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Staff were ‘afraid to bend over near Bill Clinton’ – former White House employee

Published time: 28 Nov, 2017 11:39 Bending over in the presence of Bill Clinton was a risky undertaking, according to former White House staffer, Linda Tripp. The staffer-turned-whistleblower said new criticism of Clinton’s outrageous behavior is “a day late, and it’s a dollar short.” The housekeeping staff that worked during Clinton’s tenure in the White House were “afraid to bend ...

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Lower House committee passes bill on protection for citizens reporting corruption

Published time: 23 Nov, 2017 15:12 The State Duma Committee for Security and Countering Corruption has approved a draft law offering state protection to those who reveal facts of corruption to law enforcement agencies. The bill will now progress to the first reading in the Duma. Read more The bill, developed by the Labor Ministry and drafted in the Lower ...

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German activists build Holocaust memorial outside AfD politician’s house

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 20:53 A German activist art collective has erected a replica of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial outside the house of a right-wing politician who’d controversially called on Germany to stop atoning for its past. The Center for Political Beauty (ZPS) unveiled the 24 concrete slab installation outside the house of Alternative for Germany (AfD) member Bjoern ...

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Chancellor’s stamp duty cut to help young house buyers will actually benefit the sellers

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 17:17 Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Wednesday that first-time buyers will no longer have to pay any stamp duty – a tax levied on property purchases – on properties worth up to £300,000 (US$ 400,000), and will pay no duty on the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000. Hammond said the move would ...

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Russia's upper house approves draft ‘foreign agents’ media law

Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 08:09 Edited time: 22 Nov, 2017 08:52 The upper house of the Russian parliament has overwhelmingly supported a landmark bill requiring foreign media outlets such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to register as foreign agents. Read more The Federation Council supported the legislation during a vote on Wednesday. Under the law, any ...

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White House makes reporters ‘give thanks’ before asking questions

Reporters have taken to social media to troll White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders after she made journalists share what they were “thankful for” before they were allowed to talk turkey. On Monday, Huckabee Sanders began the last White House press briefing before Thanksgiving by sharing what she was thankful for, adding that “it would be nice” if the ...

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Opioid epidemic costing US more than $500bn – White House

Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 20:50 The cost of the opioid epidemic in the US has increased six-fold after a White House panel revised the total to include the value of lost lives. Previous estimates looked only at health care, law enforcement and economic activity. The updated figures put the actual cost of the opioid crisis on the American economy ...

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House approves 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act'

Published time: 16 Nov, 2017 19:08 Edited time: 16 Nov, 2017 19:54 The House of Representatives has approved a game-changing rewrite of the US tax code proposed by President Donald Trump. No Democrats voted for the bill. Tax reform now faces an uphill battle in the divided Senate. On Thursday, the Republican majority voted to approve HR1, or “Tax Cuts ...

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White House releases rules on reporting cybersecurity flaws

After a hacker stole cyber tools from an NSA “stockpile” to carry out the WannaCry cyberattack, the White House is now revealing how and when the government decides to disclose vulnerabilities or keep them secret. On Wednesday, the White House published a charter that details the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP), which was established under former President Barack Obama to determine ...

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White House and Kremlin send conflicting signals on Putin-Trump meeting at APEC

Published time: 10 Nov, 2017 06:09 Edited time: 10 Nov, 2017 06:43 Russia and the US are as yet unclear on whether a bilateral meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will take place at the APEC summit. While the White House says there are scheduling conflicts, Moscow says it may be still viable. On Thursday, Russian presidential aide for ...

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