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Through executive order, Trump aims to make government 'less wasteful' Through executive order, Trump aims to make government 'less wasteful'
WASHINGTON — President Trump launched an ambitious effort to reorganize the federal government Monday, signing an executive order that he said would "make it less wasteful and more productive." Like many of Trump's executive orders, the order sets a high-level policy but leaves the details to be determined. Titled "Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch," the directive gives T...
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The Case for a Border-Adjusted Tax The Case for a Border-Adjusted Tax
The American corporate tax system is broken. Faced with one of the highest tax rates in the world, many multinational corporations in the United States move their operations and reported profits offshore or undertake “inversions” to relinquish their American tax nationality. Elaborate regulatory and enforcement measures have been unable to stop this. Vilifying companies for their behavior hasn’t w...
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Ms. DeVos’s Fake History About School Choice Ms. DeVos’s Fake History About School Choice
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered a positively Orwellian explanation Monday of why historically black colleges and universities were created in the United States. Incredibly, she suggested that they were “real pioneers” in the school-choice movement and “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education.” The Education Department...
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Republicans refuse to enforce gun law: Our view Republicans refuse to enforce gun law: Our view
Seven weeks into Congress’ new session, little on the Republicans’ list of major goals has been accomplished. But right out of the box, members of the GOP majority made sure to get one thing done: Make it easier for people with severe mental illness to buy guns. Talk about getting things backwards. Under a policy based on a decade-old law and approved during the final days of the Obama White H...
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Trump's terrorism claim is baloney Trump's terrorism claim is baloney
First, there was the "Bowling Green massacre" that wasn't. Now comes President Donald Trump's claim Monday at the key US military base overseeing the war on ISIS -- US Central Command in Tampa, Florida -- that the media aren't reporting terrorism for "reasons" the President didn't elaborate upon. Trump told the CENTCOM audience, "You've seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it...
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IS conflict: 1,950 Iraq security forces killed in November
At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in November, the UN says. It is almost three times the figure for October, when the government launched a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. The number of civilians killed in November was 926, while 930 others were injured. The UN special representative for Iraq, Jan Kubis, ...
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Mercosur 'suspends Venezuela over trade and human rights'
The South American economic bloc Mercosur has suspended Venezuela for failing to meet basic trade and human rights standards, officials say. Founding members Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay made the decision after concluding Venezuela had not incorporated all Mercosur accords into national law, Brazilian sources say. The suspension is expected to be officially confirmed later in Friday. ...
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Nazi gate stolen from Dachau 'found in Norway'
German police say they believe an iron gate stolen in 2014 from a former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau has been found in Norway. Bavaria's police say their colleagues in Bergen found a gate with the Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work sets you free") after an anonymous tip-off. After receiving photos from Norway, the police say it is "highly likely" to be the infamous gate. More than 40,...
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Australia Police grant cancer patient's wish 'to blow stuff up'
A 12-year-old Australian boy in remission from cancer has been granted his request to "blow stuff up" with an elite police squad. Make-A-Wish Australia organised the day for Declan, who was diagnosed in 2015. He was taken behind-the-scenes at a police training facility, participated in a hostage-rescue exercise and detonated a series of explosives. Declan was also given the VIP treatment from P...
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Tesco branch's baby milk price cut illegal, campaigners say
Campaigners have called for supermarket giant Tesco to be prosecuted after a branch was found selling cut-price baby milk. A mother found one container of Nestle's SMA milk at a store in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, which had its price slashed from £11 to £2.20. The law prohibits the sale of infant formula through any "special display" or "special sales". Tesco said the product was "reduced in error...
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