Canada vows ‘full steam ahead’ on ratifying trade pact after U.S. lifts metals tariffs

Canada will move quickly to ratify the new North American trade pact, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday, a day after the United States agreed to lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.


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Huawei founder says growth ‘may slow, but only slightly’ after U.S. restrictions

Huawei Technologies’ founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei said on Saturday the growth of the Chinese tech giant “may slow, but only slightly” due to recent U.S. restrictions.


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How Will The U.S. – China Trade War Affect You?

 PRESIDENT TRUMP AGAIN INCREASED TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS LAST WEEK. CAN YOU GIVE US A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED?

As you know, the US and China have been engaged in an escalating trade battle since last year. In September, the U.S. imposed 10% tariffs on $ 200 billion worth of goods imported from China, with tariffs rates set to rise to 25% on January 1, 2019. China then retaliated. In the wake of this tit for tat, negotiators from both countries launched trade negotiations, and the January tariff hike was postponed. However, those talks broke down last week, and President Trump raised duties to 25% while announcing the US would consider imposing tariffs on the remaining $ 325 billion worth of goods from China.

CAN YOU REMIND US HOW TARIFFS WORK?

Tariffs are simply a tax on goods imported into the United States. Just like sales tax, tariffs are set as a percentage of the value of any given good. So, when companies or individuals buy goods subject to tariffs, they will have to pay that amount on top of the value of the goods when they enter the United States. Countries impose tariffs for a few reasons: to raise income, to give domestically produced products an advantage, and to penalize a country by making its products more expensive. One thing is certain when it comes to tariffs, Tom: higher tariffs mean higher prices.

IF CONSUMERS ARE GOING TO FACE HIGHER PRICES, WHY DID THE WHITE HOUSE GO DOWN THIS PATH?

Many reports have suggested that President Trump went this route following a decision by China to call for substantial changes to the negotiating text that both countries had been using as a blueprint for a deal. Specifically, China removed language in the draft agreement that would have committed the country to change its laws relating to the theft of U.S. intellectual property and trade secrets, the forced transfer of certain technologies to domestic Chinese firms, and currency manipulation, among other items. The president and U.S. trade negotiators believe that any agreements on these measures and others must be legally binding, and after the changes were made, talks hit a wall.

HOW WILL CONSUMERS FEEL THE PINCH OF THESE NEW DUTIES ON GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA?

While American consumers have been affected by the past two tariff hikes on Chinese goods, this round of duties will hit our pocketbooks much harder. The reason? Past hikes have been designed to shield consumers, focusing instead on goods used to make finished products and exemptions for important consumer items such as clothing and children’s products.

However, this latest round does not contain these exclusions, and the additional 15% tariffs will certainly drive up ticket prices. The administration increased to 25% tariffs on a wide swath of household goods. Everything from pet toys to food, power tools to furniture is subject to these new duties and will get more expensive. The prices of consumer electronics and auto parts in particular are expected to shoot up. At the end of the day, these tariffs will cost every American money.

WILL CONSUMERS SEE PRICES HIKES OF 25%?

While prices are certain to go up, consumers are unlikely to see prices rise by 25%. This is because retailers will try to absorb or redistribute some of the cost increase. We saw this is in January 2018, when the administration levied a 20% duty on washing machines. According to the Wall Street Journal, prices of both washing machines and dryers rose by about 12%, because appliance manufacturers spread the cost increase across both items.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT GOING FORWARD?

That remains unclear, Tom. US and Chinese officials both said they continue to seek a trade deal. But at this point, there are no talks scheduled and the tariffs remain in place. If China retaliates for this latest round of US tariffs, it could very well inflict more pain on US manufacturers and farmers, and slow the US economy. Let’s hope this trade battle gets resolved, for the sake of consumers and the economy as a whole.


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U.S. growth would have contracted without trillions in government, consumer debt: Gundlach

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U.S. Import Prices Edge Up Much Less Than Expected In April

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China still ‘cautiously optimistic’ on U.S. trade talks despite new tariffs

China and the United States have agreed to hold more trade talks in Beijing, Vice Premier Liu He said as U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his trade chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China.


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U.S. says Huawei lawyer’s prior work at Justice Department poses conflicts

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd lawyer James Cole’s prior work at the U.S. Department of Justice created conflicts of interest that should disqualify him from defending the Chinese company in a case of alleged bank fraud and sanctions violations, U.S. prosecutors said in a filing on Friday.


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African swine fever has crept from China to Europe. Will it hit the U.S.?

At least 129 outbreaks have been reported since African swine fever was first identified in August, reducing the country’s hog population by 40 million and leading to the extermination of an estimated 1 million hogs, Chinese officials say. Experts believe infection numbers and the number of culled pigs have been immensely underreported.
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U.S. Factory Orders Rebound More Than Expected In March

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U.S. judge rules Spanish museum can keep Pissarro confiscated by Nazis

A Madrid museum cannot be forced to return a Camille Pissarro painting that was seized by the Nazis from its Jewish owners during World War Two, despite the institution’s failure to honor its “moral commitments,” a federal judge in California has ruled.


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Facebook’s settlement with U.S. regulators likely to include WhatsApp: WSJ

Facebook Inc’s potential settlement with U.S. regulators over breaches of consumer data privacy is nearing completion, and the agreement will likely include its WhatsApp messaging service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.


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U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump Much More Than Expected In March

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Stocks Move Mostly Lower On Disappointing Alphabet Results – U.S. Commentary

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U.S. Government Tells Fashion Label in Supreme Court Case: Stop Trying to Make ‘FUCT’ Happen

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The U.S. Supreme Court held G-rated arguments over an R-rated word on Monday while debating whether “FUCT” is too scandalous to trademark.

The eight-year saga of an L.A.-based clothing line founded by artist Erik Brunetti came to Washington, D.C., as justices heard his case against the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

It started in 2011, when Brunetti’s trademark application for FUCT—which, according to CNN, stands for “Friends You Can’t Trust”—was denied on the grounds that it violated the Lanham Act. (Representatives for the brand did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.)

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Iran says leaving nuclear treaty one of many options after U.S. sanctions move

Iran said on Sunday it could quit a treaty against the spread of nuclear weapons after the United States tightens sanctions, while an Iranian general said the U.S. Navy was interacting as before with an elite military unit blacklisted by Washington.


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Not so fast: Trump’s Alaska drilling study slammed by U.S. wildlife regulator

The Trump administration failed to adequately consider oil spills, climate change and the welfare of polar bears in its expedited study of proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to comments published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.


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Major Averages Turning In Mixed Performance In Mid-Day Trading – U.S. Commentary

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Major Averages Close Mixed Following Volatile Session – U.S. Commentary

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Kenzo Takada Celebrates U.S. Book Launch at FIT, Talks About Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly

A LIFE IN PICTURES: Tuesday night’s understated book signing for Kenzo Takada at the Fashion Institute of Technology was just his style.
About 50 guests were invited to the FIT Foundation’s low-key event at the school’s Art & Design gallery. Stateside for a three-day stay, the Paris-based designer planned to return to campus Wednesday afternoon for an informal chat with students. Known for his inclusive approach to fashion that incorporates multicultural influences with exacting techniques, Takada did not wish to judge the students’ designs — to avoid dissuading them in any way.
Undergrads were not among the well-wishers Tuesday night, since alcohol was served. Sipping on a glass of red wine, Takada was surprised to learn that FIT has a museum on campus and asked about what types of exhibitions have been staged there.
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Nasdaq, S&P 500 Reach Record Closing Highs On Upbeat Earnings – U.S. Commentary

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Weak first quarter seen for U.S. refiners, but brighter summer expected

U.S. independent refiners are expected to roll out lower than expected first-quarter profits after a spate of outages, weak gasoline margins and a surge in the price of Canadian oil, according to analysts.


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Dow Reaches Six-Month Closing High But Nasdaq Nearly Flat – U.S. Commentary

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U.S. FDA approves Teva’s generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

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FCC chairman opposes China Mobile bid to provide U.S. services

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he opposes China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services and that the commission will vote on whether to deny the application in May.


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Trump lifts ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

The Trump administration is lifting a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s Communist government since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.


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Booker launches ‘Justice’ tour, aiming for surge in U.S. presidential bid

U.S. Senator Cory Booker held the first major rally of his presidential campaign on Saturday in the city that launched his political career, saying America “can’t wait” any longer to address the country’s deep divisions and urgent problems.


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Mexico government slams U.S. border slowdown as ‘very bad idea’

Mexico’s foreign minister on Wednesday criticized hold-ups in the flow of goods and people at the U.S-Mexico border, and said he planned to discuss the matter with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials later in the day.


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Senate Votes To End U.S. Military Support For Saudi-Led Yemen War

Several Republicans joined Democrats to pass a resolution in the Senate calling for an end to U.S. military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the destructive war in Yemen.

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Several U.S. states sue Trump administration over school lunch rules

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U.S. studying India anti-satellite weapons test, warns of space debris

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations contemplating anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday that they risk making a “mess” in space because of debris fields they can leave behind.


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Trump plans U.S. aid cut to 3 Central American countries as fight widens over U.S.-bound migrants

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U.S. sees India space debris from weapons test eventually burning up

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday he expected debris from an Indian anti-satellite weapons test to eventually burn up in the atmosphere instead of creating a lasting debris field that could threaten other satellites.


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U.S. government weighs social-media snooping to detect Social Security fraud

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U.S. transport chief questions Boeing decisions on 737 MAX safety features

The top U.S. Transportation Secretary questioned on Wednesday why Boeing Co did not require safety features on its top-selling 737 MAX that might have prevented two recent crashes, ahead of a much-anticipated Senate hearing about the airplane.


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U.S. lawmakers blast Trump’s plan for diplomacy, foreign aid cuts

Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress rejected President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to diplomacy and foreign aid budgets as dangerous to national security on Wednesday, setting the stage for a budget battle with the White House.


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Key U.S. lawmaker objects to Trump ‘Space Force’ plan

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee strongly criticized President Donald Trump’s plans for a new “Space Force” on Monday, setting the stage for a battle over one of Trump’s favorite initiatives.


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China refuses to concede on U.S. demands to ease curbs on tech firms: FT

Ahead of fresh high-level trade talks this week, China is not conceding to U.S. demands to ease curbs on technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing three people briefed on the discussions.


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China refuses to concede on U.S. demands to ease curbs on tech firms: FT

Ahead of fresh high-level trade talks this week, China is not conceding to U.S. demands to ease curbs on technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing three people briefed on the discussions.


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U.S. lawmakers await details of Mueller’s Russia report

U.S. lawmakers waited on Sunday for details of a confidential report into a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over President Donald Trump’s time in office and raised questions about possible collusion between the Republican’s campaign and Moscow.


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Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources

Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday.


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Herno’s New Showroom Seen as Key to Increasing U.S. Sales

NEW YORK – Herno is stepping up its efforts to expand in the U.S. market.
The Italian luxury outerwear brand has opened a permanent showroom on Varick Street in Tribeca to better service its existing customers — which include Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Mitchell — and others seeking a sartorial alternative to the ubiquitous Canada Goose and Moncler puffers.
Herno has had a small presence in the U.S. in the past and had been represented by the M5 Showroom, which is located in the same building. But now Claudio Marenzi, president and chief executive officer, has moved a few floors down and opened a cleanly designed space where the brand can present its full offering of men’s, women’s and children’s coats hanging on hooks similar to how they are displayed in its retail stores.
Herno is sharing the floor with Woolrich. Although the two brands have no professional affiliation, Marenzi said they are friendly competitors with a mutual respect. Both firms had been represented by M5 and wanted to have their own space, so it was a practical decision.
Marenzi said that over the past five years the U.S. has grown to represent a larger chunk of Herno’s business. It now

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U.S. bank regulator fines Citigroup $25 million for violating fair lending rules

The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said on Tuesday it has fined Citigroup $ 25 million for violating the Fair Housing Act after it denied some borrowers preferential rates on the basis of their race, color or other factors.


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U.S. states probing Hyundai, Kia over vehicle fires: Connecticut AG

A group of U.S. states is investigating Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp for potential unfair and deceptive acts related to reports of hundreds of vehicle fires, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said on Monday.


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Brazil to sign accord with U.S. on space technology next week

The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets lifting off from its launch site near the equator, the Brazilian government said on Monday.


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51 Women are Suing the U.S. Olympic Committee for Failing to Prevent Abuse By Larry Nassar

(DENVER) — Fifty-one women are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, its board members and a number of former high-ranking officials for failing to prevent their abuse at the hands of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver, details abuse dating to the late 1990s. One of the victims was 8 years old.

Most contend that because they were young and sexually inexperienced, they were not aware they were being abused at the time. Some became aware when other victims began telling their stories at Nassar’s 2018 sentencing hearing for child pornography and sex abuse. Others acted after the release of a report in December that detailed the USOC’s slow response to sex-abuse cases.

The lawsuit alleges the USOC violated Title IX and the constitution by not acting promptly and more forcefully.

The USOC said the federation would have no comment on pending litigation. The governing body has tried to remove itself as a defendant in a number of other similar lawsuits, contending it should not be held legally responsible for Nassar’s crimes. Those lawsuits include USA Gymnastics as defendants, but this one singles out the USOC, which is based in Colorado Springs.

The lawsuit outlines abuse by six other coaches, and the USOC’s slow response to it, though most plaintiffs say they were abused by Nassar.

Many of the plaintiffs’ claims in this lawsuit are similar to those of other victims: Often their parents were present during the examinations but Nassar positioned himself in a way that they could not see what was happening.

One plaintiff described gasping and looking over at her mother when Nassar touched her inappropriately, and Nassar responded by saying “Sorry, cold hands.”

In addition to compensation, the plaintiffs are asking for institutional reform at the USOC. Virtually all the top executives — including the chairman, CEO and sports performance director — have left voluntarily or been fired since Nassar’s sentencing in January 2018.

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Stocks Close Firmly Positive On Upbeat Economic Data – U.S. Commentary

Stocks fluctuated late in the session but managed to remain firmly positive throughout most of the trading day on Wednesday. With the upward move, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 ended the session at their best closing levels in five and four months, respectively.
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U.S. House technology panel heads seeks delay in 5G spectrum auction

Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a planned radio frequency spectrum auction for 5G wireless communications.


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Major Averages Turning In Mixed Performance In Mid-Day Trading – U.S. Commentary

Stocks remain mostly positive in mid-day trading on Tuesday, although a steep drop by Boeing (BA) has contributed to a pullback by the Dow. The broader Nasdaq and S&P 500 are holding on to notable gains on the day.
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Stocks Fall Sharply After ECB Lowers Economic Growth Forecast – U.S. Commentary

Stocks have moved sharply lower over the course of morning trading on Thursday, extending the downward move seen in the previous session. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 are pulling back further off the four-month intraday highs set on Monday.
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All 28 Women’s National Team Players Sue U.S. Soccer for Equal Pay

Players for the U.S. women’s national soccer team have filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts.

The action comes just three months before the team will defend its title at the Women’s World Cup.

The class-action lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The players allege they have been subject to ongoing “institutionalized gender discrimination,” including unequal pay, despite having the same job responsibilities as players on the men’s national team. The 28 members of the current national team player pool joined in the lawsuit.

The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association was not party to the lawsuit, but in a statement said it “supports the plaintiffs’ goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF.”

The U.S. Soccer Federation didn’t have an immediate comment.

The players are seeking equal pay and treatment, in addition to damages including back pay. The complaint was filed on International Women’s Day.

“Each of us is extremely proud to wear the United States jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that. We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility. As players, we deserved to be paid equally for our work, regardless of our gender,” forward Alex Morgan said in a prepared statement.

This is not the first time the players have sought equitable compensation and conditions.

A group of players filed a complaint in 2016 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The players maintained that players for the men’s team earned far more than they did, in many cases despite comparable work.

The lawsuit effectively ends that EEOC complaint, brought by Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd and former goalkeeper Hope Solo.

The team took the fight into contract negotiations and struck a collective bargaining agreement in 2017 that runs through 2021.

The players received raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gave the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights. Specific details about the deal were not disclosed.

“This lawsuit is an effort by the plaintiffs to address those serious issues through the exercise of their individual rights. For its part, the USWNTPA will continue to seek improvements in pay and working conditions through the labor-management and collective bargaining processes,” the players’ union said.

The USSF has in the past maintained that much of the pay disparity between the men’s and women’s teams resulted from separate labor agreements.

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Stocks Move Notably Lower On Global Economic Concerns – U.S. Commentary

Extending the downward move seen in the previous session, stocks saw considerable weakness during trading on Thursday. With the drop on the day, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 pulled back further off the more than four-month intraday highs set on Monday.
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Huawei announces it will sue the U.S. government

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Huawei is taking its fight against the U.S. to the courts.

The Chinese tech giant announced on Thursday it would be filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government, which has accused Huawei of being a spy threat and placed restrictions on its products.

Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping said the company wants to challenge the constitutionality of the National Defense Authorization Act, which saw Huawei’s products banned in the U.S., and also to seek an injunction against those restrictions.

Guo said the U.S. government has failed to provide evidence on it being a security threat, and has convinced other countries to not use its products. Read more…

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To Ten-Year High In December

With imports jumping and exports slumping, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing the U.S. trade deficit widened by more than anticipated in the month of December. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit widened to $ 59.8 billion.
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Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.


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China Aims to Become ‘Strong Film Power’ Like U.S. by 2035, Calls for More Patriotic Films

The Chinese government has exhorted filmmakers to turn the country into a “strong film power” like the U.S. by 2035 and called for the production of 100 movies a year that each earn more than RMB100 million ($ 15 million) as part of a push to increase China’s soft power. The targets were set by Wang […]

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SpaceX rocket with unmanned U.S. capsule blasts off for space station

A SpaceX rocket with an unmanned crew capsule blasted off on Saturday for the International Space Station, in a key milestone for Elon Musk’s space company and NASA’s long-delayed goal to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil later this year.


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U.S. agency probing two fatal Tesla crashes in Florida since last Sunday

U.S. authorities are investigating a fatal Tesla Inc Model S crash in Florida last Sunday that killed the driver and caused a massive fire, the second fatal Tesla crash in the state this week being probed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Saturday.


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Stocks Fluctuate But Close Firmly In Positive Territory – U.S. Commentary

After an initial move to the upside, stocks fluctuated over the course of the trading session on Friday but managed to maintain a positive bias throughout the day. With the advance on the day, the tech-heavy Nasdaq ended the session at its best closing level in well over four months.
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SpaceX rocket with unmanned U.S. capsule blasts off for space station

A SpaceX rocket with an unmanned crew capsule blasted off on Saturday for the International Space Station, in a key milestone for Elon Musk’s space company and NASA’s long-delayed goal to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil later this year.


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Major Averages Just Below Unchanged Line In Mid-Day Trading – U.S. Commentary

Stocks have fluctuated over the course of the trading session on Thursday but have largely maintained a slightly negative bias. The choppy trading on the day extends the lackluster performance seen over the two previous sessions.
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Stocks Close Modestly Lower Amid Geopolitical Uncertainty – U.S. Commentary

Selling pressure was somewhat subdued, although stocks still moved modestly lower over the course of the trading session on Thursday. The major averages all ended the day in negative territory after the mixed performance in the previous session.
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Major Averages Close Mixed After Seeing Early Weakness – U.S. Commentary

Stocks once again recovered from an early move to the downside on Wednesday but showed a lack of direction over the remainder of the session. The major averages spent the afternoon lingering near the unchanged line before closing mixed.
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Fed’s Powell sees solid but slower U.S. economic growth in 2019

The U.S. economy will grow at a solid though slower pace in 2019 and the Federal Reserve will remain “patient” in deciding whether to further raise interest rates, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday.


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Major Averages Turn Mixed After Seeing Initial Weakness – U.S. Commentary

After an initial move to the downside, stocks have regained some ground over the course of morning trading on Tuesday. The major averages have climbed off their lows of the session, with the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 reaching positive territory.
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U.S. senators press for Huawei to be excluded from solar power market

A bipartisan group of
senators on Monday urged the U.S. government to block Huawei
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U.S. Existing Home Sales Unexpectedly Tumble To Three-Year Low In January

Existing home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a steep drop in the month of January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday. NAR said existing home sales tumbled by 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.94 million.
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U.S., China sprint to seal deal ahead of Trump’s deadline

U.S. and Chinese negotiators met for over seven hours on Saturday to resolve their trade dispute and avoid an escalation of the tit-for-tat tariffs that have already disrupted global commerce, slowed the world economy and roiled financial markets.


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U.S. prosecutors say no leniency needed for Trump ex-aide Manafort

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team told a U.S. judge on Saturday that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly” broke the law, and argued he did not deserve leniency at sentencing.


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Dunhill to Spotlight New Brand Positioning in U.S.

The Alfred Dunhill brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1893 but its presence in the U.S. market over the years has been spotty at best.
In the Fifties, the London-based brand operated major stores on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center in New York and counted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra as fans.
But it slowly lost its grip on the market as management changed, stores closed and the brand cycled through a number of designers including Richard James, Nick Ashley, John Ray and Kim Jones.
Enter Andrew Maag, a former Burberry executive who joined the brand at the end of 2017 and promptly set out to “right size” the business and redirect its focus back to its core business. “We were really missing the mark in the luxury space,” he said. “But we’re just now experiencing a turnaround.”
That has been helped in large part by the positive reaction to the modern tailoring created by the company’s new creative director, Mark Weston.
At the same time, Maag said that since joining the company, one of his major focuses has been updating the fleet of stores. “They desperately needed to be brought up to relevant standards,” he said.
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Calling Out the Caregiving Crisis in the U.S.

According to a recent Harvard Business School study, almost three-quarters of U.S. workers face some kind of caregiving responsibility—and of them, 32 percent left a job because they couldn’t balance work and family duties and more than 80 percent said their responsibilities at home kept them from doing their best at work.

Those are staggering figures—and ones that I’m all too aware of through my work with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

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I’ve spent over 10 years working in philanthropy, as an executive director for a non-profit and as a critical care nurse. I’ve witnessed firsthand the joys and trials of family caregivers, and in my current position, I support the Foundation’s investments in caregiving, one of the fundamental tenets of our work.

That HBS study zeroed in on one of the biggest obstacles facing caregivers: so much of their work goes on behind the scenes, and even friends or employers may be unaware of their caregiving obligations. While 80 percent of workers said their productivity had been affected by their caregiving responsibilities, just 24 percent of employers said caregiving was affecting the performance of their employees.

That gap is likely taking shape because many employees hide the burden of caregiving responsibilities. They struggle to balance the unexpected and recurring care obligations that require mental, physical and financial resources to address. This sets off a tough cycle: Caregivers struggle to balance their work and family responsibilities, they grow overstressed and their performance at work suffers. Some may even leave the workforce entirely, leaving employers to cover another major cost in the loss of talented, trained employees.

The current caregiving landscape is particularly hard on women, who make up 60 percent of caregivers in the U.S. Women have long carried the responsibility of caring for their families and loved ones, which places a heavy burden on their economic security—they’re more likely to take leave, but tend to have lower retirement savings, in part due to the cumulative impacts of the wage gap over time.

There are many complicated challenges facing caregivers across the country, not the least of which is articulating what it means to be a caregiver. The spectrum of care, from childcare to eldercare, crosses demographics and takes many forms. Many caregivers do not even identify as such. We’re committed to helping to address this trend by investing in initiatives and programs that will make caregiving a respected, and better supported, role for family members. We want to help to identify and share positive stories of caregivers—and in doing so, elevate the role of “caregiver” as something to be not only understood, but celebrated.

Being a caregiver can also be an isolating experience. Many people feel they’re alone in shouldering the burden, even when it comes to caring for immediate family members. A study from the Practica Group, which reinforced the findings of many national studies, revealed that family caregivers are often unaware of existing resources, or find them too daunting to be useful. That’s why it is critical to build networks of organizations, individuals and volunteers that support family caregivers, in ways they find respectful and easy to access—whether that’s expanding volunteer networks to better serve family caregivers or providing support to existing institutions like local hospitals to offer expert support for family caregivers whose loved ones are grappling with serious medical challenges.

The good news is that there are already promising resources and services available to caregivers: The TimeSlips program provides resources and tools for family members to use storytelling to meaningful engage with relatives who have dementia; BonaResonds, based in rural Allegheny County, New York, builds wheelchair ramps for people who would otherwise be unable to leave their homes. But further investment and resources are needed. We’re focusing on supporting existing programs for caregivers to maximize their reach and effectiveness—providing non-profits with marketing and communication support to collect data and information about the caregivers they serve, for example, in order to understand the market for their programs and services.

There’s no denying that we’re facing a crisis around caregiving in the United States, and that it is only going to worsen. As the U.S. population continues to age, more and more Americans will assume caregiving responsibilities. It is imperative that we properly invest in educating, supporting and championing caregivers across the country, and we all have a role to play. It is time for employers, politicians, and business owners alike to recognize the work of caregivers and increase awareness around the issue. 

Caregivers deserve to have access to resources and support from their employers. They deserve to have their work acknowledged—particularly women caregivers, whose economic security is inextricably linked to access to family friendly policies and resources.

Amber Slichta is the Vice President of Programs for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

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After an early move to the downside, stocks continue to see modest weakness in mid-day trading on Thursday. The major averages remain in negative territory, although selling pressure has been relatively subdued.
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Stocks Close Lower Following Disappointing Batch Of Data – U.S. Commentary

Stocks moved moderately lower during the trading session on Thursday following the release of a batch of largely disappointing U.S. economic data. Selling pressure was relatively subdued, however, limiting the downside for the major averages.
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U.S. carriers compete for new slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport

The top three U.S. carriers announced bids for new slots at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on Thursday as part of a push to increase daily nonstop flights to the Japanese capital ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.


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Australia has emoji license plates, but U.S. is stuck with numbers and letters

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In Queensland, Australia, the more than 3.5 million licensed drivers in the state can decide to pay for an emoji to appear on their car plates from March 1.

Until the laughing, heart-eyed, and sunglass-wearing smiley faces make it onto plates, you can design, mock up, and pre-order your future plate through the plate customization company Personalised Plates Queensland (PPQ). 

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The U.S. Legal System is Failing FGM Survivors

Half a million. That is how many women and girls across the U.S. are currently at risk of or have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a number that surprises many—and so should the fact that just 28 states have enacted laws to provide protection against this form of violence and control over female bodies and sexuality.

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FGM involves removing and damaging external female genitalia for non-medical reasons, thereby interfering with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. The World Health Organization cites four classifications of FGM: clitoridectomy, which is the partial or total removal of the clitoris; excision, involving the removal of the entire clitoris and the cutting of the labia minor; pricking, nicking or in other ways damaging the female genitalia; and infibulation, recognized as the most extreme form of FGM, in which all external genitalia are removed and the two sides of the vulva are stitched together, leaving only a small hole. All forms of FGM are internationally recognized as gender based violence, with no medical benefit, and FGM is also recognized as a human rights violation.

The procedure is typically carried out on girls between infancy and 15 years of age. Survivors of FGM are impacted everyday for the rest of their lives. After being cut,  menstruation, and sexual intercourse can be excruciatingly painful, and women and girls who have undergone FGM can face serious difficulties during childbirth, along with other persistent risks to their physical and psychological well being. Some girls even die from infection or bleeding. As of 2016, there are over 200 million women and girls worldwide who are living with  FGM.

In September 2015, 193 countries, including the U.S., adopted a target in the United Nations Sustainable Development goals to eliminate FGM by 2030. FGM was made illegal in the U.S. in 1996, more than two decades ago, but it was not until last year that the first federal charges were brought under the law.

In 2017, a Detroit-area emergency room physician, Jumana Nagarwala, was charged with using a clinic belonging to another doctor, Fakhruddin Attar, to perform FGM on what federal law enforcement estimates was up to 100 young girls over a twelve year period. In November 2018 all eyes were on Judge Bernard Friedman’s courtroom in the Eastern District of Michigan as he heard the case brought against Nagarwala by nine girls, ranging in age from seven to 13, from Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota.

Equality Now joined FGM survivor-led organizations Sahiyo, WeSpeakOut and Safe Hands for Girls in submitting an Amicus Brief in the case, in which we argued that the federal government has the authority to prohibit FGM based on the cross-border nature of what is an organized community activity, and that Congress also has the power to enact laws in accordance with treaties the U.S. has signed—including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, signed by the U.S. in 1992, which requires signatories to report on what is being done to address FGM in accordance with global recognition of the practice as a violation of the human rights of women and girls.

We knew that this wasn’t just about nine young girls whose lives had been irrevocably changed in a clinic in a Detroit suburb. At the time of the trial, Illinois and Minnesota had laws against FGM. Michigan didn’t. Among the 28 states with laws prohibiting FGM, only eleven have provisions in their laws prohibiting transporting a child out of state to undergo FGM. What happened to these girls in Michigan is indicative of what we know is at risk of happening to hundreds of thousands of girls across the U.S., or what has already happened to those women and girls living with FGM. 

FGM doesn’t just transcend geographic boundaries; it happens across lines of religion, culture, education and socioeconomic status. It happens among groups like the Dawoodi Bohra, at the center of the Michigan case, but also in white Christian communities. “FGM happened to me in white, Midwest America,” Dr. A Renee Bergstrom, whose clitoris was removed at the age of three as a “cure” for masturbation, wrote in a December 2016 essay for The Guardian. She goes on to describe “Christian leaders and doctors recommending circumcision,” “physicians carrying out the practice” and “American culture first accepting this form of sexual abuse and then denying it ever occurred.”

Judge Friedman ultimately ruled that Congress had overstepped its authority in the 1996 legislation outlawing FGM, and ruled the federal ban on FGM “unconstitutional.” But his argument did not sanction FGM, nor does it carry any authority outside of Michigan’s Eastern District. He failed to see that FGM is a “commercial practice,” ignoring the reality that, in most communities, medical practitioners and traditional cutters are compensated for their services—and that performing FGM is lucrative work. The Department of Justice, which recognizes FGM as a form of child abuse, appealed the decision, and now it’s up to the Sixth Circuit Court to reinforce that FGM clearly falls under the lawmaking authority of Congress as stated by the Constitution.

How is it that other countries are making positive progress on banning FGM—while the U.S risks potentially moving backwards?

Standalone laws against FGM, at the state and federal levels, send a powerful and important message about our nation’s will to protect girls in the U.S. and around the world from harm and human rights violations. Protecting children from FGM, however, also requires going beyond law enforcement. We need to be engaging schools, teachers, school counselors, health workers, community leaders and social workers—the people girls at risk engage most with and those who can provide services to FGM survivors. 

Advocates marked International Day of Zero Tolerance Day for Female Genital Mutilation earlier this month, on February 6—a day for the global community to come together to raise awareness around FGM. Building on informal working groups that began several years ago, this past Zero Tolerance Day, Equality Now was thrilled to be part of the launch of the U.S End FGM/C Network, and we’re proud to serve on the inaugural Steering Committee. The Network brings together policymakers, healthcare professionals, civil society organizations, foundations, activists and survivors committed to eradicating FGM in the U.S. and around the world.

The key to ending FGM around the world is talking about it, and using the law as a tool for prevention and education. Together—with survivors who are sharing their stories, raising their voices and making a different choice for their daughters—we can ensure the conversation around FGM is had more widely and more openly and engenders more protections for those at risk.

And we can start right here at home—by demanding a law against FGM in every single state.

Shelby Quast is the Americas Director at Equality Now and has worked internationally for over three decades in a broad range of disciplines. She is a recipient of the Fulbright award and has taught at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, American University, Jagiellonian University in Poland and the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow and holds a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at CUA and a B.A. in International Business from the University of Oregon. Follow her on Twitter @ShelbyRQuast.

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NEW YORK — Onward Kashiyama, the Japanese conglomerate that owns Jil Sander, Joseph and J. Press, has come up with a novel way to introduce its new men’s made-to-measure suit concept to the U.S. market: open shops at WeWork locations.
The company launched Kashiyama the Smart Tailor in Japan at the end of 2017 and sold 59,000 suits, bringing in sales of $ 40 million its first year. Jun Murakami, president and chief executive officer of Onward USA and J. Press, is hoping to replicate that success in the U.S.
The brand’s point of differentiation, he said, is its price — suits start at $ 300 — as well as quick turnaround and manufacturing expertise. Kashiyama’s suits are made in a company-owned factory in China and can be produced and delivered to customers in 10 days.
Although the competition in affordable made-to-measure men’s wear is stiff in the U.S. with brands such as Indochino, Knot Standard, My Suit, Men’s Wearhouse and others already entrenched in the market, Murakami believes Kashiyama can find a niche.
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China Very Badly In Need Of Trade Deal With U.S.: Trump

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Many cities in the United States receive a huge influx of visitors every year. These include both foreign and domestic tourists. Travelers interested in culture, history, shopping, adventure, or just plain experiences have cities that satisfy their needs and interests. Each city has its unique features that serve as an attraction to millions of visitors each year, year in and year out. Some cities have maintained a steady flow of visitors over the last ten years, and the numbers keep rising. The question is, what makes these cities tick? What makes millions of people flood their airports daily throughout the year? Below, we’ll look at some of the most visited cities in the U.S. in the last decade and see what they have to offer.

1. New York City

The largest city in the United States, New York definitely has a lot to offer. This is a place where you’ll find people from all regions, races, and walks of life. It’s riddled with architectural and historical monuments, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, which are both sights that anybody visiting New York for the first time would like to see. It’s an ideal destination for fashion lovers, art enthusiasts, and foodies. Famous department stores, international designer outlets, and well-known eateries are commonplace here. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses over two million pieces, also acts as a major attraction site, alongside the American Museum of Natural History and Broadway’s many theaters and shows.

2. Las Vegas

Located in the Mojave Desert in Nevada, one word comes to mind with the mention of this city: luxury. It’s the go-to city for fun lovers who are looking to indulge in the very best of entertainment, shopping, or gambling, since the city is famous for its 24-hour casinos. It’s also known for its luxurious hotels that offer exquisite accommodation and dining experience, with an entire 2.5 mile long stretch lined with the most luxurious of them all. The nightlife here is one that sets trends for all other cities.

3. Los Angeles

Right after New York City in size, Los Angeles is the movie and TV buff heaven on earth. Easily the capital of the entertainment industry in the country, it hosts mega production studios such as Warner Brothers and Universal. Studio tours are a major attraction. It is also home to famous neighborhoods such as Hollywood and Beverly Hills. On another note, visitors also love it for its beaches that come with a pleasant climate.

4. Chicago

One of Chicago’s main attraction points is the fact that it’s culturally rich. The Art Institute of Chicago, for example, houses more that 100,000 works of art. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and has a stunning skyline, which makes it incredibly scenic. It is also an ideal destination for shoppers and foodies. Unique architecture adds to its general appeal.

5. San Francisco

San Francisco’s temperate all-year-round climate is one of the reasons that visitors keep flocking to the city all throughout the year. It’s the ideal scene for outdoor adventurers, with a food scene that includes delicious seafood at the Fisherman’s Wharf. It also has a rich culture and history that sets it apart from other cities in the country.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) turned 26 this week, just as President Trump was preparing to talk paid leave during his State of the Union address.

The Family Medical Leave Act was an important first step. Now it’s time to pass the FAMILY Act. (MomsRising)

As the most female Congress in history gets to work, lawmakers have an urgent imperative to adopt comprehensive paid family and medical leave that allows all workers to care for their families without risking their jobs or financial security. No issue is more important to moms across the country.

Moms need paid leave to care for new babies, for sure, but also to care for a spouse or sibling who is battling heart disease or a parent struggling with dementia, or to recover from illness or injury.

Not just any paid leave program will do: The U.S. needs a comprehensive, meaningful paid leave program that covers all workers, addresses the range of caregiving needs families face, expands the definition of family, provides wage replacement sufficient to allow workers with low wages to take leave and ensures that the same or comparable jobs will be there when workers return from their leave.

We expect that, as with last year’s State of the Union, Trump’s lip service to paid leave will be followed with sparse details. In the past, his paid leave proposals have fallen far short of what working families need—providing only parental leave, doing nothing for workers who need leave to care for a sick family member or to recover from illness—and the benefits they would offer would not be meaningful, and would be especially inadequate for workers with lower incomes and wages. Their eligibility rules may even exclude the new parents who need leave the most.

That is not what the country needs.

Similarly, some Republican lawmakers have offered proposals that are deeply, even fatally, flawed—because they would reinforce stereotypes about women, require workers to trade future Social Security benefits for paid leave and/or provide inadequate job protections.

That would not be what our country needs.

Twenty-six years ago, the FMLA required certain employers to provide workers with 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave to welcome a new child, care for an ill family member or recover from a serious illness. It was a vitally important starting point, but it does not meet the needs of working families or our economy today.

We need the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to boost moms and families, strengthen our economy, improve our health and make our workplaces more equitable.

The FAMILY Act, which we expect will be introduced in both the House and Senate very soon, would create a social insurance fund with small contributions from employees and employers; provide all workers with a meaningful amount of leave to meet the full range of caregiving needs; and be affordable, cost-effective and sustainable for workers, employers and taxpayers.

We want to be clear: A paid leave program that provides only parental leave is a non-starter for the millions of MomsRising members across the country who see paid family and medical leave as top priority issue.

Congress must pass the FAMILY Act, and President Trump must sign it into law. It’s time for the U.S. to finally give moms, and all workers, access to paid family and medical leave.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is the author of Keep Marching and Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising—an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms and build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. 

Ruth Martin is the Vice President of Workplace Justice Campaigns at MomsRising.

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Pompeo reassures allies of U.S. commitment to defeat Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday reassured coalition partners that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was not “the end of America’s fight” and called on them to help permanently defeat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.


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Defect found on Russian rocket ahead of U.S. OneWeb launch: agencies

A defect has been discovered on part of a Russian space rocket that is due to launch next month carrying satellites into orbit for U.S. startup OneWeb, two Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.


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Russian rocket glitch to delay satellite launch for U.S. startup OneWeb

The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket set to carry satellites into space for U.S startup OneWeb has been delayed after an anomaly was discovered on the rocket, company chairman Greg Wyler said on Thursday.


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U.S consumer confidence fell to a 1-1/2 year low in January as a partial shutdown of the government and financial markets turmoil left households nervous about the economy’s near-term outlook.


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Alysa Liu Wins U.S. National Figure Skating Championship at 13 Years Old

(DETROIT) — Alysa Liu was already a phenom. Now she’s a national champion at age 13.

Liu stole the show Friday night, breezing through a free skate that included two triple axels and dethroning 2018 winner Bradie Tennell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Liu became the youngest winner of an individual title at this event, and after her score was posted, she put her hands over her face, overcome with emotion.

“I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program,” Liu said.

Liu had already landed a triple axel in the short program Thursday, and she was in second place behind Tennell entering Friday. Tennell fell during her long program, and Liu, skating immediately after, seized the opportunity. Her first triple axel was in combination with a double toe loop. Then she landed another triple axel, and by the time she finished her performance — set to “Witches of Eastwick” by John Williams — she was beaming.

Tara Lipinski was the youngest women’s champion at nationals after winning at age 14 in 1997, and Scott Allen also was 14 when he won in 1964. Now a commentator with NBC, Lipinski was there Friday when her record fell.

“Records are made to be broken,” Lipinski said afterward. “It is quite an honor that she is the one to do it. What a phenomenal talent.”

Earlier Friday, Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue took a step toward defending their ice dancing title, finishing atop the standings after the rhythm dance. Hubbell and Donohue will compete for their second straight national championship in the free dance Saturday.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates were second after the rhythm dance, followed by Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker.

The ice dancing competition was one of the most anticipated events of the week, in part because the top teams have plenty of ties to Michigan. Hubbell was born in Michigan, and she and Donohue used to train there. Chock and Bates are from Michigan as well.

Those two teams now train in Montreal under the same coaches — with Hawayek and Baker there as well.

“We’re pretty lucky that we get to train with the best in the world,” Donohue said. “We’re pushing each other. … We’ve got such a unique, incredible atmosphere where we all love each other, we all want to beat each other.”

The women’s competition was without several big names, with Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu and Gracie Gold all missing it for various reasons. Now Liu looks like she could provide a boost for American figure skating. The U.S. hasn’t won an Olympic medal in women’s figure skating since 2006.

“To handle the pressure like she did, and to push the technical envelope as far as she’s pushing it, at such a young age, is truly mind blowing,” Lipinski said. “I think she’s the future of U.S. ladies’ figure skating.”

The U.S. nationals are being held in Detroit for the first time in 25 years. The 1994 event is best remembered for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan after a practice, but there was a 13-year-old who shined that year too — Michelle Kwan, who finished second.

The 4-foot, 7-inch Liu had already turned heads in August, when she became the youngest woman to land a triple axel in international competition. On Friday, she showed poise and ability on a big stage, although international stardom may have to wait a bit. Under the current age restriction, she’s not even eligible to compete at worlds until 2022.

“I’m not too worried about that part,” Liu said. “Because I get more time to work on my jumps, skating skills, spins, and just trying to learn more.”

Liu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third. Bell was the only skater left after Liu, and she fell during her routine.

Tennell stepped out of a triple loop in a combination early in her program, and she fell attempting a triple lutz.

“Obviously, it wasn’t my best skate, and I’m disappointed,” Tennell said. “There’s always something to be learned from skates like this, so I’m excited to get back home and work harder than ever to fix what I made mistakes on.”

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Less than half of U.S. youth discuss sensitive topics with their doctors

Fewer than half of young people in the United States are having discussions of sensitive topics with their regular healthcare providers, according to a new study. The research suggests that modifying healthcare delivery practices may improve discussions between youth and their healthcare providers.
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Canadian Air Traffic Controllers Are Sending Pizza to U.S. Colleagues

Canadian air traffic controllers are showing their support of their American counterparts by buying them hundreds of pizzas as the U.S. government’s partial shutdown continues.

Peter Duffey, the head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association said it all started when employees at Edmonton’s control center had the idea to buy the pizza for controllers in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday. And as word got out, many other facilities across Canada decided to join in on the act of solidarity.

“The next thing we knew, our members were buying pizzas left, right and center for the colleagues in the U.S,” Duffey said to the Associated Press. “As it stands right now, I believe we’re up to 36 facilities that have received pizza from Canada, and that number is growing by the hour.”

Duffey believes that by Sunday afternoon, an estimated 300 pizzas had been sent by union members who were looking for a way to support their American colleagues, who then took to social media to thank them.

“Air traffic control is a very stressful job,” Duffey said to the AP. “They say you have to be 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time. People just don’t need to be reporting to work with the added stress of worrying about how to pay their mortgages and grocery bills on top of it.”

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