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‘Immediate Harm To Millions’: AFL-CIO Tears Apart Green New Deal

The largest organization of labor unions in the U.S. slammed the Green New Deal Friday for combatting climate change by threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans. The AFL-CIO sent a letter on Friday to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, the two Democratic lawmakers leading the Green New Deal push in Congress. The labor group demanded a larger ...

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Macron Plans More Aggressive Climate Law After Months Of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is planning a sweeping energy and climate legislative package months after “yellow vest” protests ignited across the country over a proposed gas tax hike. The French government is putting the final touches on the legislation before releasing it, replacing vague goals with more concrete proposals. Around the country, demonstrations against high living costs and heavy taxes ...

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Plane Crashes In Ethiopia Minutes After Takeoff, 157 Dead Including 8 Americans |

Plane Crashes In Ethiopia Minutes After Takeoff, 157 Dead Including 8 Americans Tim Pearce on March 10, 2019 An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed soon after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital Sunday morning, killing all 157 passengers and crew members on board, including eight Americans, Fox News reported. The Boeing 737-8 MAX plane took off from Addis Ababa’s Bole airport at ...

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Trump’s Labor Department Rewrites Obama Rule On Guaranteed Overtime Pay

OVertime pay

The Labor Department proposed a rule Thursday that would expand guaranteed overtime pay laws over roughly 1.1 million workers. The rule would raise the threshold of overtime pay protection from workers making under $23,660 a year to workers making $35,308 a year, regardless of whether they are paid salary or by the hour, Politico reports. Former President Barack Obama’s administration ...

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Another Agency Might Be About to Lose All Its Decision-Making Authority

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) may be the latest independent federal agency to lose its decision-making authority after two board members depart by the end of April. The OSHRC is responsible for hearing appeals to federal workplace safety violations. Chairwoman Heather MacDougall is planning to exit the agency in less than a month. Commissioner Cynthia Attwood is ...

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Trump’s Interior Department Is Scrapping Federal Protections On The Gray Wolf

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is expected to propose rolling back federal protections on gray wolf populations in the contiguous United States in the coming days, the Associated Press reports. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt broke the news Wednesday in a speech at a wildlife and natural resources conference in Denver, Colo. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will ...

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Almost Three Quarters Of Economists Say A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

Nearly three-quarters of economists oppose raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, according to an Employment Studies Institute (ESI) study released Tuesday, as House Democrats continue to push the issue in Congress. House Democrats advanced the Raise the Wage Act out of committee Wednesday on a 28-20 party-line vote, priming the bill for a vote on the House ...

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Black Journalists Association Puts CNN On ‘Special Media Monitoring List’ For Lack Of Diversity

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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) placed CNN on a “special media monitoring list” Tuesday for lacking diversity at the network’s most senior positions, the NABJ announced. The NABJ made the decision to place CNN on the list after the network’s president Jeff Zucker declined an invitation to meet with representatives from the organization. As part of being monitored, ...

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Whole Foods Is Just A Tip Of The Iceberg As Sources Say Amazon Has Plan To Dominate The Food Market

Amazon.com buying Whole Foods Market

Amazon is planning to open a new string of grocery stores separate from its Whole Foods Market brand to offer a wider and cheaper selection of goods, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The company is planning dozens of locations in the largest cities in the U.S. The first store will open in Los Angeles potentially by the end of ...

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Texas Town’s Oil Boom Has Barbers Earning $180,000

Barbers are earning as much as $180,000 a year cutting hair in West Texas, one of the hottest job markets in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. An oil boom that has taken hold over the Permian Basin is leading to so much economic activity and expansion, the area can barely keep pace. In Pecos, Texas, Barbers charging a ...

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Robots Are Flooding US Industries

U.S. companies purchased 35,880 robots in 2018 in what amounted to a 7 percent increase over the year before, according to the Robotics Industry Association. Factories and businesses in industries such as transportation, electronics and food service are buying tens of thousands of machines to cut costs and improve quality control, Axios reports. “Robots are getting better, cheaper and more ...

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California Utility Put Off Power Line Maintenance For Years Before Deadly Wildfire

California’s largest utility for years neglected to repair the aging power line thought to have sparked the state’s deadliest wildfire ever last year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Pacific, Gas & Electric (PG&E) proposed repairs to the Caribou-Palermo line that runs near the town of Paradise, Calif., in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to filings with state regulators reviewed ...

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Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda Is Breaking Russia’s Grip On Poland

Donald Trump success

Natural gas from the U.S. is flooding Polish markets as the European country seeks to loosen Russia’s grip on its energy security, The New York Times reports. Russia supplies roughly half of Poland’s fuel, but contracts spanning decades that Poland’s state-owned gas giant PGNiG has recently signed with American companies could displace all of Russia’s supply. U.S.-based companies Cheniere Energy, ...

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Cohen Congratulated For Being First Witness To Testify Before Congress After Being Convicted Of Lying To Congress

GOP Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia said former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is the first person to testify in front of Congress after being convicted of lying to Congress. Cohen appeared in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday to testify that President Donald Trump implicitly instructed him to lie to Congress about events relating to the Russia investigation. Hice ...

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Congress Passed The Biggest Lands Package In A Decade, But Not A Way To Pay For It

A lengthy lands package passed the U.S. House Tuesday and now just needs President Donald Trump’s signature before becoming law. The package, roughly 660 pages and composed of 118 different bills, passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 363 to 62. The Senate version passed overwhelmingly on Feb. 12 in a 92 to 8 vote. The entire package is ...

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