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03 декабря, 16:00

Eerie portraits of cars in 1970s New York – in pictures

Langdon Clay spent two years in the 1970s roaming the streets of New York at night, photographing parked and abandoned cars, a period when America was producing some of the most distinctive cars ever made. Forty years later the collection has been published in his new book, Cars – New York City 1974-1976 by Steidl Continue reading...

03 декабря, 13:42

Book Bits |3 December 2016

● The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics By John Judis Review via The Economist The Western intelligentsia, snug in its echo-chamber, has done a dismal job of understanding what is going on, either dismissing populists as cranks or demonising them as racists. John Judis, an American author and journalist, […]

03 декабря, 00:06

U.S. Weekly FundFlows Insight Report: Headline Flows are Misleading This Week

During the holiday-shortened flows week ended Wednesday, November 30, 2016, markets continued their post-election ascent, with a few minor pullbacks. Despite continued trepidations over the upcoming OPEC meeting to curtail

02 декабря, 22:57

When They Go Low, We Go Lower

During the Democratic National Convention last summer, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, gave a rousing speech. Her most memorable line was, "When they go low, we go high," and it became an unofficial anthem of the Clinton campaign. With all due respect to the First Lady, while that may very well have been appropriate for the Convention, it no longer is. The campaign is over, and the worst has happened. Now, when they go low (and they do so every day), we must go lower. We fight them with everything we've got. Americans love a fighter, so let's give them a fight. The last time Americans' challenged a fascist power - actually, two - was during World War II. We didn't win it by going higher, except to keep the Allied bombers above the range of the German anti-aircraft guns. We did what needed to be done, raining devastation down on the German and Japanese homelands. FDR and Churchill knew what it would take to defeat fascism - utter destruction and unconditional surrender. Today the fascists are among us, and preparing to take control of the federal government. For four decades, the Republican party has worked assiduously to destroy that government, to, in Grover Norquist's words, starve it to such a degree that it could be flushed down the bathtub. Today that Republican party no longer exists. The coming government, Republican in name only, is a fascist government - a plutocratic, kleptocratic kakistocracy, people so vile, incompetent, and unskilled that they were held at arm's length by previous Republican administrations. A circus of incompetence and right wing extremism, driven by bigotry in all its manifestations. Our battle against fascism is now a battle at home. A civil war. The Democratic party, now not the minority party but the opposition party, must not collaborate with the fascists. Ever. If there are sane Republicans left, then by all means recruit them into a new alliance against fascism, and work together in your defiance, but do nothing that in any way would assist the regime in its purpose. The day after Obama's election in 2008 the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, said that the only issue for the Republicans from that day forth would be to ensure that Obama be a one term president. This occurred, by the way, after the worst market crash since 1929 and the beginning of the worst economic contraction since the 30s. Did the Republicans pay a price for their intransigence? Did they pay a price for the racist teabagger movement created by Karl Rove, or the racist birther movement of Il Duce? Did they pay a price for shutting down the government, twice, and threatening the credit rating of the United States? No. They did not. Democrats, decent people as most of them are, didn't make much of a fuss. Decent people usually do not. Call out your political opponents as racist? Not the American way. As unpatriotic? Not the American way. And what do we have today? A fascist government in waiting, the natural and not unexpected outcome of traitorous behavior by conservative extremists over the past forty years. Aided and abetted by an uneducated electorate that revels in its stupidity, along with the criminal sabotage of the Russians and the FBI. This country's soul has been destroyed, its secrets shared with our primary enemy, and its weapons soon to be placed in the hands of religious extremists. These extremists are intent on waging a war of civilizations, amplifying an Islamic extremist bogeyman just as was done by the previous Republican president who couldn't be satisfied with attacking the perpetrators of 9/11, but had to go to war with the Islamic world. In the process, he destroyed Iraq and Syria, created ISIS, and killed hundreds of thousands of people, all the while giving the radical Islamists exactly what they want. This is where we stand today, and fancy speeches by the likes of Senator Warren and Congressman-elect Raskin aside, I fear the Resistance will not be found in Congress. The Democratic party has been too badly damaged as well, and it's a party not known for its spine anyway. They need to obstruct, and do so every day that this regime is in power. What are they afraid of? The short-attention-span and proudly ignorant and anti-intellectual public won't remember any of it. As David Faris puts it: Democrats must comprehend, at long last, what is being done to them by the Republican Party. The Democratic negotiating position on all issues put before them while they are in the House and Senate minority for at least the next two years should be very simple: You will give us Merrick Garland or you may go die in a fire. At long last, Democrats must learn from their tormenters: Obstruct. Delay. Delegitimize. Harass. Destroy. Above all: Do. Not. Help. This. Man. Govern. If this strikes some Democrats as a difficult strategy to square with their values, it should. After spending the past six years railing against Republican intransigence, how can the party then turn around and do the exact same thing? The answer is that our political system as currently constituted has turned into a fiefdom for a permanent right-wing minority wielding power through the Constitution's bizarre quirks, including the Electoral College. The Democrats must do whatever it takes to recapture power, even if it means adopting tactics that only yesterday they were calling threats to democracy. They must use their time in the minority to slow down and obstruct Trump, to turn the American people against the Republican Party, and to devise a message of social democracy that appeals not just to their coalition -- whose vulnerable members must be defended vigorously rather than discarded in a hasty and ill-conceived post-mortem that blames "identity politics" -- but also to the marginalized rural voters who have turned against the only organized force in American politics that actually cares about them. The future of democracy, and of the planet, depends on Democrats digging in their heels and fighting dirty. Let us hope they can do so. Can they? Based on history, I doubt it. So, the power will truly have to come from the people, the people who generate 2/3 of the country's GDP and can bring the economy to a halt if they choose. My preference, as I've written the past two weeks in recognizing the fascism taking over both here and in Israel, and offering a "Disunion Solution" as the best of all possible bad alternatives, is that the productive capacity of the nation needs to pull away from the federal regime and form regional and urban compacts to defend the values of the Constitution. I think my solution is a good idea, reinforced by the hate mail I've received from both leftists and Nazis. I've also received hate mail from right-wing Jews who haven't bothered to read my words but simply lashed out based on the twisted misinformation put out by the extremist CAMERA organization that has long taken a hard line on the Israel-Palestine question. It's much easier to respond, "Well, it's been reported that you equated Israelis to Nazis . . .," so that makes me an anti-Semite and a "kapo piece of shit." Way to go, American Jews - you sound just like your new Nazi friends in Steve Bannon's clown car. We live in a "post-truth" age, an age of fascism and American authoritarianism never experienced here. I know it's hard to comprehend, since even the President admitted that the sun is still coming up each morning. But when the darkness begins to spread those sunrises will be harder and harder to see, until the day when we're all plunged into darkness. Before then we must either go on a general strike against the regime, doing everything we can with or without Congressional Democrats, and/or we must save what we can to continue the grand experiment in human decency, dignity, and equality. The government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" is perishing at the hands of a small proportion of its people, and the apathy of its majority. Drastic measures are needed. The Marquess of Queensberry Rules no longer apply. Hit below the belt. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

02 декабря, 21:02

Asian-Americans In Congress Ask Trump To Meet About Muslims, Immigration, Education

Asian-American and Pacific Islander members of Congress have requested a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the issues that most affect their communities, while voicing their extreme concern over anti-Muslim discrimination.  The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for AAPI issues, sent a letter to Trump last week, citing immigration, civil rights and education as some of the critical topics the group wants to discuss.  The demands are straightforward: No Muslim registry, no mass deportations, keep the legal immigration system in place and reform it if necessary, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), the caucus’ chair, told The Huffington Post. Chu said her primary objective right now is to ask Trump not to establish any system that would unfairly discriminate against Muslims, such as a registry, which the president-elect said he supports. “This would be a serious invasion of Muslim-American civil liberties in this country,” Chu said. “Much like how the Japanese were the target of the internment camp experience. They lost their civil liberties due to fear, hysteria and accusations of espionage. We cannot have that happen again.” This would be a serious invasion of Muslim-American civil liberties in this country. Much like how the Japanese were the target of the internment camp experience ... We cannot have that happen again. A Trump surrogate recently suggested the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II serves as a “precedent” for a national Muslim registry. And during the campaign, Trump suggested that he himself might have supported imprisoning Japanese-Americans at the time.  Trump’s transition team has denied the president-elect’s support for a Muslim registry, though a video from the campaign trail last year in Iowa shows him detailing how a Muslim registry would involve “good management” and how he would “sign them up at different places.” Trump has also mentioned the Philippines and other countries with large Muslim populations as potential targets for immigration bans.  “We need to express our grave concerns on an outright ban on a country like the Philippines,” Chu said. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Chu also expressed other preoccupations about immigration as it relates to Asian-Americans. From 2000 to 2013, Asian undocumented immigration increased 202 percent, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The number of undocumented immigrants from China and India now exceeds the population coming from Mexico and Central America, MPI reports. Chu pointed out that Asian students make up about 40 percent of all undocumented students in the University of California system ― which comprises 10 schools, including UCLA and UC Berkeley. Eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, authorized under President Barack Obama, could put those students and others at risk of deportation, Chu noted. DACA has prevented 700,000 young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children from being forced to leave the country. But that could change as Trump vows to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Education is another issue Chu said she wishes to discuss with Trump. Southeast Asians have the highest dropout rates in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University. Forty percent of Hmong, 38 percent of Laotian and 35 percent of Cambodian students do not complete high school, the White House reported. What’s more, about 1 in 10 Hmong, Laotian, and Cambodian-Americans are out of work, according to The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. That’s higher than the unemployment rate for Latinos and similar to that of black workers.  These particular Asian-American populations also face poverty rates as high as 38 percent, the White House reports. Chu said she wants Trump to understand the need for disaggregated data and to recognize that the model minority myth ― the belief that all Asians are high achieving ― is just that: a myth. Otherwise, vulnerable Asian-American populations could miss out on critical resources and programs. There is a stereotype that all Asians are a model minority when it comes to education. But those from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, have the highest dropout rate in the U.S.   Chu also said she was concerned about efforts to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act. Before the heath care law was implemented, 15.7 percent of the Asian-American population was uninsured, according to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. As of last year, that had decreased to 7.8 percent ― the largest change for any racial or ethnic group. The Obama administration also facilitated registration by providing language assistance for those who needed it. About  2.7 million Asian-Americans could be at risk of losing access to health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the AAPI Health Forum estimates.  Trump’s transition team did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.  Chu has not heard from the president-elect’s team either, she said. But she’s not giving up: “If we do not hear, we will press again.”  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

02 декабря, 21:02

Asian-Americans In Congress Ask Trump To Meet About Muslims, Immigration, Education

Asian-American and Pacific Islander members of Congress have requested a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the issues that most affect their communities, while voicing their extreme concern over anti-Muslim discrimination.  The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for AAPI issues, sent a letter to Trump last week, citing immigration, civil rights and education as some of the critical topics the group wants to discuss.  The demands are straightforward: No Muslim registry, no mass deportations, keep the legal immigration system in place and reform it if necessary, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), the caucus’ chair, told The Huffington Post. Chu said her primary objective right now is to ask Trump not to establish any system that would unfairly discriminate against Muslims, such as a registry, which the president-elect said he supports. “This would be a serious invasion of Muslim-American civil liberties in this country,” Chu said. “Much like how the Japanese were the target of the internment camp experience. They lost their civil liberties due to fear, hysteria and accusations of espionage. We cannot have that happen again.” This would be a serious invasion of Muslim-American civil liberties in this country. Much like how the Japanese were the target of the internment camp experience ... We cannot have that happen again. A Trump surrogate recently suggested the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II serves as a “precedent” for a national Muslim registry. And during the campaign, Trump suggested that he himself might have supported imprisoning Japanese-Americans at the time.  Trump’s transition team has denied the president-elect’s support for a Muslim registry, though a video from the campaign trail last year in Iowa shows him detailing how a Muslim registry would involve “good management” and how he would “sign them up at different places.” Trump has also mentioned the Philippines and other countries with large Muslim populations as potential targets for immigration bans.  “We need to express our grave concerns on an outright ban on a country like the Philippines,” Chu said. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Chu also expressed other preoccupations about immigration as it relates to Asian-Americans. From 2000 to 2013, Asian undocumented immigration increased 202 percent, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The number of undocumented immigrants from China and India now exceeds the population coming from Mexico and Central America, MPI reports. Chu pointed out that Asian students make up about 40 percent of all undocumented students in the University of California system ― which comprises 10 schools, including UCLA and UC Berkeley. Eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, authorized under President Barack Obama, could put those students and others at risk of deportation, Chu noted. DACA has prevented 700,000 young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children from being forced to leave the country. But that could change as Trump vows to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Education is another issue Chu said she wishes to discuss with Trump. Southeast Asians have the highest dropout rates in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University. Forty percent of Hmong, 38 percent of Laotian and 35 percent of Cambodian students do not complete high school, the White House reported. What’s more, about 1 in 10 Hmong, Laotian, and Cambodian-Americans are out of work, according to The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. That’s higher than the unemployment rate for Latinos and similar to that of black workers.  These particular Asian-American populations also face poverty rates as high as 38 percent, the White House reports. Chu said she wants Trump to understand the need for disaggregated data and to recognize that the model minority myth ― the belief that all Asians are high achieving ― is just that: a myth. Otherwise, vulnerable Asian-American populations could miss out on critical resources and programs. There is a stereotype that all Asians are a model minority when it comes to education. But those from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, have the highest dropout rate in the U.S.   Chu also said she was concerned about efforts to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act. Before the heath care law was implemented, 15.7 percent of the Asian-American population was uninsured, according to the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. As of last year, that had decreased to 7.8 percent ― the largest change for any racial or ethnic group. The Obama administration also facilitated registration by providing language assistance for those who needed it. About  2.7 million Asian-Americans could be at risk of losing access to health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the AAPI Health Forum estimates.  Trump’s transition team did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.  Chu has not heard from the president-elect’s team either, she said. But she’s not giving up: “If we do not hear, we will press again.”  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

02 декабря, 21:00

Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama

By request, here is another update of an earlier post through the November 2016 employment report including all revisions.  And, yes, I will post these graphs during the next Presidential term.NOTE: Several readers have asked if I could add a lag to these graphs (obviously a new President has zero impact on employment for the month they are elected). But that would open a debate on the proper length of the lag, so I'll just stick to the beginning of each term.Note: We frequently use Presidential terms as time markers - we could use Speaker of the House, or any other marker.Important: There are many differences between these periods. Overall employment was smaller in the '80s, however the participation rate was increasing in the '80s (younger population and women joining the labor force), and the participation rate is generally declining now.  But these graphs give an overview of employment changes.First, here is a table for private sector jobs. The top two private sector terms were both under President Clinton. The third best growth for the private sector is Obama's 2nd term.Reagan's 2nd term saw about the same job growth as during Carter's term.  Note: There was a severe recession at the beginning of Reagan's first term (when Volcker raised rates to slow inflation) and a recession near the end of Carter's term (gas prices increased sharply and there was an oil embargo).TermPrivate SectorJobs Added (000s)Carter9,041Reagan 15,360Reagan 29,357GHW Bush1,510Clinton 110,884Clinton 210,082GW Bush 1-811GW Bush 2415Obama 11,921Obama 29,4881146 months into 2nd term: 9,901 pace.The first graph shows the change in private sector payroll jobs from when each president took office until the end of their term(s). Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush only served one term, and President Obama is in the final months of his second term.Mr. G.W. Bush (red) took office following the bursting of the stock market bubble, and left during the bursting of the housing bubble. Mr. Obama (blue) took office during the financial crisis and great recession. There was also a significant recession in the early '80s right after Mr. Reagan (yellow) took office.There was a recession towards the end of President G.H.W. Bush (purple) term, and Mr Clinton (light blue) served for eight years without a recession. Click on graph for larger image.The first graph is for private employment only.The employment recovery during Mr. G.W. Bush's (red) first term was sluggish, and private employment was down 811,000 jobs at the end of his first term.   At the end of Mr. Bush's second term, private employment was collapsing, and there were net 396,000 private sector jobs lost during Mr. Bush's two terms.  Private sector employment increased slightly under President G.H.W. Bush (purple), with 1,510,000 private sector jobs added.Private sector employment increased by 20,966,000 under President Clinton (light blue), by 14,717,000 under President Reagan (yellow), and 9,041,000 under President Carter (dashed green).There were only 1,921,000 more private sector jobs at the end of Mr. Obama's first term.  Forty six months into Mr. Obama's second term, there are now 11,409,000 more private sector jobs than when he initially took office. A big difference between the presidencies has been public sector employment.  Note the bumps in public sector employment due to the decennial Census in 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010.  The public sector grew during Mr. Carter's term (up 1,304,000), during Mr. Reagan's terms (up 1,414,000), during Mr. G.H.W. Bush's term (up 1,127,000), during Mr. Clinton's terms (up 1,934,000), and during Mr. G.W. Bush's terms (up 1,744,000 jobs).However the public sector has declined significantly since Mr. Obama took office (down 334,000 jobs). This has been a significant drag on overall employment.And a table for public sector jobs. Public sector jobs declined the most during Obama's first term, and increased the most during Reagan's 2nd term.TermPublic SectorJobs Added (000s)Carter1,304Reagan 1-24Reagan 21,438GHW Bush1,127Clinton 1692Clinton 21,242GW Bush 1900GW Bush 2844Obama 1-708Obama 23741146 months into 2nd term, 390 paceLooking forward, I expect the economy to continue to expand through the two months of Mr. Obama's presidency, so I don't expect a sharp decline in private employment as happened at the end of Mr. Bush's 2nd term (In 2005 and 2006 I was warning of a coming down turn due to the bursting of the housing bubble - and I predicted a recession in 2007).For the public sector, the cutbacks are over.  Right now I'm expecting some further increase in public employment during the last months of Obama's 2nd term, but obviously nothing like what happened during Reagan's second term.Below is a table of the top four presidential terms for total non-farm job creation.Currently Obama's 2nd term is on pace to be the 3rd best ever for private job creation.  However, with very few public sector jobs added, Obama's 2nd term is only on pace to be the fifth best for total job creation.Note: Only 374 thousand public sector jobs have been added during the forty six months of Obama's 2nd term (following a record loss of 708 thousand public sector jobs during Obama's 1st term).  This is about 25% of the public sector jobs added during Reagan's 2nd term!Top Employment Gains per Presidential Terms (000s)RankTermPrivatePublic Total Non-Farm1Clinton 110,88469211,5762Clinton 210,0821,24211,3123Reagan 29,3571,43810,7954Carter9,0411,30410,3455Obama 219,4883749,862  Pace29,90139010,291146 Months into 2nd Term2Current Pace for Obama's 2nd Term The last table shows the jobs needed per month for Obama's 2nd term to be in the top four presidential terms. Right now it looks like Obama's 2nd term will be the 3rd best for private employment (behind Clinton's two terms, and ahead of Reagan) and probably 5th for total employment.Average Jobs needed per month (000s)for remainder of Obama's 2nd Termto RankPrivateTotal#1698857#2297731#3-66467#4-224242

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02 декабря, 20:07

A Defining Moment Of Trust For Donald Trump

Before he’s sworn in as the forty-fifth U.S. president, Donald Trump faces a defining moment of his presidency in deciding how to separate himself from his business holdings, a move that, if done the right way, may establish credibility and trust in his leadership far beyond expectations.

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02 декабря, 19:40

Five Year-End Steps To Take While You're Closing Out This Year

Fourteen hundred and forty – the number of minutes in a day. Since we can make more money, arguably the greatest challenge of any small business owner is balancing the demands of the forces that compete for those minutes. “What is the best use of my time right now?” is the constant [...]

02 декабря, 19:33

One dead in Peru after angry mob tries to lynch poll workers

LIMA (Reuters) - One woman was killed and some forty people were arrested in a Peruvian shantytown after an angry mob tried to lynch two poll workers who residents believed were butchering local children to take their organs, a police official said on Friday.

02 декабря, 06:18

Танки в обороне и наступлении

Танки союзников по Антанте были прежде всего ударным боевым средством. Но как они применялись в обороне? Ответ на этот вопрос поможет дать краткий анализ роли англо-французских танков в ходе оборонительного Второго сражения на Сомме 21 марта – 13 июня 1918 г., ставшего более чем поучительным уроком для командования коалиции. Наконец, триумф танка как наступательного оружия ярче всего проявился в ходе сражения у Амьена 8 - 18 августа 1918 г., ставшего началом конца сопротивления германской армии и действительно «Черным днем» для кайзеровских дивизий на Французском фронте Первой мировой войны. Но настолько ли был сокрушительным августовский удар?

02 декабря, 04:31

Jill Stein’s Recount Campaign Is Winning Her New Fame -- And Losing Her The Green Party

WASHINGTON ― Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s crowd-funded election recount is finally underway in Wisconsin ― and it enjoys the cooperation of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.  The recount is shaping up to be a huge source of media attention and fundraising for Stein, who barely registered on the national radar during the election. But, ironically, an initiative that has endeared Stein to some of the Democrats who once scorned her is upsetting many of the Green Party leaders who were her most loyal supporters.  Mainly, they question Stein’s choice of states and what they say is her willingness to work with ― and serve the interests of ― Democrats.  Andrea Merida Cuellar, co-chair of the national Green Party, argues that recounts in states like Texas ― where a Green Party railroad commissioner candidate narrowly missed the 5 percent threshold needed to secure the party 2018 ballot access ― would have been more important for the party as a whole. “This doesn’t really help us in our party-building efforts, in state party building,” Merida said. Merida also believes the party should have higher priorities when it comes to restoring integrity to the voting process. She cites as an example the implementation of ranked choice voting, a process gaining traction in some states and cities. “We have a whole slate of things we need to focus on to make sure that the next time somebody runs, we have a strong state party network to support that candidacy,” Merida said. Kevin Zeese, a senior adviser to Stein’s campaign, longtime Green Party activist and former political candidate, echoed Merida’s sentiments. “There are many other election integrity issues. A lot of them are at the registration and preventing people from voting levels that have a massive effect on the outcome,” Zeese said.  Zeese also worries that recounts that simply reprocess the ballots through optical scanners or electronic voting machines, rather than recounting them manually, will not expose issues inherent in the electronic voting process. A Wisconsin judge ruled on Tuesday night that the Stein campaign could not compel Wisconsin counties to recount all ballots by hand. Forty-seven of the Badger State’s 72 counties have nonetheless chosen to count them by hand, and an additional 13 counties will use a combination of manual counting and optical scanners. In Michigan, which uses only paper ballots counted by optical scanners, a pending recount will be done entirely by hand. But Zeese is discouraged by the level of Democratic Party involvement in that effort, which raises his doubts that it will be conducted with complete integrity. Mark Brewer, for example, an attorney Stein has hired to represent the recount effort in Michigan, is a former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. LuAnne Kozma, campaign director of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan and a Green Party activist, pointed out several other Democratic Party-affiliated figures involved in the Michigan recount effort in a widely circulated email condemning the recount. “We had a good crew of hard-working volunteers. We built the party,” Kozma wrote, referring to Green Party election efforts. “Now thisnews is devastating us and we’ve been completely sidelined and blindsided.” Even Stein’s running mate, Ajamu Baraka, is opposed to the effort. “It would be seen as carrying the water for the Democrats,” Baraka told CNN on Tuesday. It's a shame the recount has resulted in questions regarding our motives after waging a powerful campaign against 2 corrupt candidates.— Ajamu Baraka (@ajamubaraka) November 30, 2016 Stein shocked the political world last week when she announced an effort to crowd-fund recounts in the closely fought battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Michigan recount was scheduled to begin Friday until the Trump campaign objected, arguing that, as a fourth-place finisher in the state, Stein cannot be considered “‘aggrieved’ by any alleged fraud or mistake.” The recount is now on hold, and Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers will consider the objection on Friday.  Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the Department of State is estimating that voters have petitioned for recounts in over 200 precincts in counties across the state. Counties, which have the discretion to accept these requests, are now assessing them. No candidate is legally entitled to finance a statewide recount in Pennsylvania unless they demonstrate that there was illegal activity in the way the election was conducted. The Stein campaign is contesting the Pennsylvania election with a lawsuit in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court and has a hearing scheduled for Monday morning. Although Stein faces accusations of suckering disgruntled Clinton voters to enhance her brand and raise funds for unrelated purposes, her decision to pick the three states that narrowly cost Clinton the election appears to have captured some Democrats’ imaginations. Stein, who received no more than 1 percent of the vote in each of the three states, surprised many observers by shattering her $2 million fundraising goal within hours of launching the crowd-funding campaign last week. Stein has since increased its goal several times, citing Wisconsin state officials’ higher estimates of the cost of a recount and other unforeseen expenses. Thus far the campaign has raised $6.8 million of its latest $9.5 million goal. For its part, the Wisconsin Elections Commission maintains that its estimate of $3.5 million was its first real projection and that any previous figures put forward were based loosely on the cost of past recounts. Stein denies that the recount is about anything other than authenticating the results, however.  “Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking,” Stein said in a statement. “The recount does not benefit one candidate over another. It benefits all voters across the political spectrum. This is an essential first step to restore confidence in our elections and trust in our democracy.” In the Wisconsin and Pennsylvania recount petitions, as grounds for concerns about electronic vote tampering, Stein cites the analysis of University of Michigan data scientist J. Alex Halderman and the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Stein also mentioned the disconnect between most pre-election polling and election results. The Stein campaign’s press staff did not respond to requests for comment on the specific criticism of Green Party leaders. In addition to practical concerns with a recount seemingly tailored to solicit Democratic support, Stein’s Green Party critics have ideological concerns about the collaboration with Democrats. For instance, the Wisconsin petition and Pennsylvania lawsuit’s references to the possible involvement of the Russian government in election tampering due to its alleged role in the DNC and Podesta email hacks dismayed Merida. She believes the accusations against Russia have yet to be substantiated and are being used to ratchet up tensions between the two countries ― something Stein stood against during her campaign. “This is a candidate who was in Russia two years ago and was doing this because we are a party of peace,” Merida said. “For her to now say the Russians did it because they supposedly hacked into DNC email servers ― it’s disconcerting to say the least.” Both Zeese and Merida lament that Stein’s campaign did not solicit the input of top Green Party officials before deciding to go forward. The campaign presented it to the Green Party steering committee as a “fait accompli,” according to Merida. “She just did it unilaterally and didn’t talk to people. She could have done New Hampshire or Maine ― small, easy states ― and then it wouldn’t have been about Clinton,” Zeese said.  Neither Zeese nor Merida was willing to question the genuineness of Stein’s motives. But Merida made it clear that the future of the party should not be so tied to Stein’s presidential campaign. “Jill Stein is not the Green Party. She is simply a member of the Green Party,” Merida said.  “At this point after Election Day, we do have to recalibrate within the Green Party toward the Green Party and away from the Jill Stein campaign,” she added. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

02 декабря, 04:31

Jill Stein’s Recount Campaign Is Winning Her New Fame -- And Losing Her The Green Party

WASHINGTON ― Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s crowd-funded election recount is finally underway in Wisconsin ― and it enjoys the cooperation of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.  The recount is shaping up to be a huge source of media attention and fundraising for Stein, who barely registered on the national radar during the election. But, ironically, an initiative that has endeared Stein to some of the Democrats who once scorned her is upsetting many of the Green Party leaders who were her most loyal supporters.  Mainly, they question Stein’s choice of states and what they say is her willingness to work with ― and serve the interests of ― Democrats.  Andrea Merida Cuellar, co-chair of the national Green Party, argues that recounts in states like Texas ― where a Green Party railroad commissioner candidate narrowly missed the 5 percent threshold needed to secure the party 2018 ballot access ― would have been more important for the party as a whole. “This doesn’t really help us in our party-building efforts, in state party building,” Merida said. Merida also believes the party should have higher priorities when it comes to restoring integrity to the voting process. She cites as an example the implementation of ranked choice voting, a process gaining traction in some states and cities. “We have a whole slate of things we need to focus on to make sure that the next time somebody runs, we have a strong state party network to support that candidacy,” Merida said. Kevin Zeese, a senior adviser to Stein’s campaign, longtime Green Party activist and former political candidate, echoed Merida’s sentiments. “There are many other election integrity issues. A lot of them are at the registration and preventing people from voting levels that have a massive effect on the outcome,” Zeese said.  Zeese also worries that recounts that simply reprocess the ballots through optical scanners or electronic voting machines, rather than recounting them manually, will not expose issues inherent in the electronic voting process. A Wisconsin judge ruled on Tuesday night that the Stein campaign could not compel Wisconsin counties to recount all ballots by hand. Forty-seven of the Badger State’s 72 counties have nonetheless chosen to count them by hand, and an additional 13 counties will use a combination of manual counting and optical scanners. In Michigan, which uses only paper ballots counted by optical scanners, a pending recount will be done entirely by hand. But Zeese is discouraged by the level of Democratic Party involvement in that effort, which raises his doubts that it will be conducted with complete integrity. Mark Brewer, for example, an attorney Stein has hired to represent the recount effort in Michigan, is a former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party. LuAnne Kozma, campaign director of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan and a Green Party activist, pointed out several other Democratic Party-affiliated figures involved in the Michigan recount effort in a widely circulated email condemning the recount. “We had a good crew of hard-working volunteers. We built the party,” Kozma wrote, referring to Green Party election efforts. “Now thisnews is devastating us and we’ve been completely sidelined and blindsided.” Even Stein’s running mate, Ajamu Baraka, is opposed to the effort. “It would be seen as carrying the water for the Democrats,” Baraka told CNN on Tuesday. It's a shame the recount has resulted in questions regarding our motives after waging a powerful campaign against 2 corrupt candidates.— Ajamu Baraka (@ajamubaraka) November 30, 2016 Stein shocked the political world last week when she announced an effort to crowd-fund recounts in the closely fought battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Michigan recount was scheduled to begin Friday until the Trump campaign objected, arguing that, as a fourth-place finisher in the state, Stein cannot be considered “‘aggrieved’ by any alleged fraud or mistake.” The recount is now on hold, and Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers will consider the objection on Friday.  Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the Department of State is estimating that voters have petitioned for recounts in over 200 precincts in counties across the state. Counties, which have the discretion to accept these requests, are now assessing them. No candidate is legally entitled to finance a statewide recount in Pennsylvania unless they demonstrate that there was illegal activity in the way the election was conducted. The Stein campaign is contesting the election in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court and has a hearing scheduled for Monday morning. Although Stein faces accusations of suckering disgruntled Clinton voters to enhance her brand and raise funds for unrelated purposes, her decision to pick the three states that narrowly cost Clinton the election appears to have captured some Democrats’ imaginations. Stein, who received no more than 1 percent of the vote in each of the three states, surprised many observers by shattering her $2 million fundraising goal within hours of launching the crowd-funding campaign last week. Stein has since increased its goal several times, citing Wisconsin state officials’ higher estimates of the cost of a recount and other unforeseen expenses. Thus far the campaign has raised $6.8 million of its latest $9.5 million goal. For its part, the Wisconsin Elections Commission maintains that its estimate of $3.5 million was its first real projection and that any previous figures put forward were based loosely on the cost of past recounts. Stein denies that the recount is about anything other than authenticating the results, however.  “Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking,” Stein said in a statement. “The recount does not benefit one candidate over another. It benefits all voters across the political spectrum. This is an essential first step to restore confidence in our elections and trust in our democracy.” In the Wisconsin and Pennsylvania recount petitions, as grounds for concerns about electronic vote tampering, Stein cites the analysis of University of Michigan data scientist J. Alex Halderman and the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Stein also mentioned the disconnect between most pre-election polling and election results. The Stein campaign’s press staff did not respond to requests for comment on the specific criticism of Green Party leaders. In addition to practical concerns with a recount seemingly tailored to solicit Democratic support, Stein’s Green Party critics have ideological concerns about the collaboration with Democrats. For instance, the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin petitions’ references to the possible involvement of the Russian government in election tampering due to its alleged role in the DNC and Podesta email hacks dismayed Merida. She believes the accusations against Russia have yet to be substantiated and are being used to ratchet up tensions between the two countries ― something Stein stood against during her campaign. “This is a candidate who was in Russia two years ago and was doing this because we are a party of peace,” Merida said. “For her to now say the Russians did it because they supposedly hacked into DNC email servers ― it’s disconcerting to say the least.” Both Zeese and Merida lament that Stein’s campaign did not solicit the input of top Green Party officials before deciding to go forward. The campaign presented it to the Green Party steering committee as a “fait accompli,” according to Merida. “She just did it unilaterally and didn’t talk to people. She could have done New Hampshire or Maine ― small, easy states ― and then it wouldn’t have been about Clinton,” Zeese said.  Neither Zeese nor Merida was willing to question the genuineness of Stein’s motives. But Merida made it clear that the future of the party should not be so tied to Stein’s presidential campaign. “Jill Stein is not the Green Party. She is simply a member of the Green Party,” Merida said.  “At this point after Election Day, we do have to recalibrate within the Green Party toward the Green Party and away from the Jill Stein campaign,” she added. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

01 декабря, 19:25

Presidential Proclamation -- To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes

TO MODIFY THE HARMONIZED TARIFF SCHEDULE OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION 1. Section 1205(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (the "1988 Act") (19 U.S.C. 3005(a)) directs the United States International Trade Commission (the "Commission") to keep the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) under continuous review and periodically to recommend to the President such modifications to the HTS as the Commission considers necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes set forth in that subsection. Pursuant to sections 1205(c) and (d) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(c) and (d)), the Commission has recommended modifications to the HTS to conform the HTS to amendments made to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and the Protocol thereto (the "Convention"). 2. Section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)) authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the HTS based on the recommendations of the Commission under section 1205 of the 1988 Act, if the President determines that the modifications are in conformity with United States obligations under the Convention and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. I have determined that the modifications to the HTS proclaimed in this proclamation pursuant to section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act are in conformity with United States obligations under the Convention and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. 3. Presidential Proclamation 6763 of December 23, 1994, implemented with respect to the United States the trade agreements resulting from the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations, including Schedule XX-United States of America, annexed to the Marrakesh Protocol to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (Schedule XX), that were entered into pursuant to sections 1102(a) and (e) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 2902(a) and (e)), and approved in section 101(a) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3511(a)). 4. Pursuant to the authority provided in section 111 of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3521) and sections 1102(a) and (e) of the 1988 Act, Proclamation 6763 included the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the terms of Schedule XX. In order to ensure the continuation of such rates of duty for imported goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed, including certain technical or conforming changes within the tariff schedule. 5. Presidential Proclamation 7857 of December 20, 2004, implemented the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement (USAFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USAFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, and 2.6 of the USAFTA and the schedule of reductions with respect to Australia set forth in Annex 2-B of the USAFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 6. Presidential Proclamation 7971 of December 22, 2005, implemented the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USMFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 4.1, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.3.11, 4.3.13, 4.3.14, and 4.3.15 of the USMFTA and the schedule of reductions with respect to Morocco set forth in Annex IV of the USMFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 7. Presidential Proclamations 7987 of February 28, 2006, 7991 of March 24, 2006, 7996 of March 31, 2006, 8034 of June 30, 2006, 8111 of February 28, 2007, 8331 of December 23, 2008, and 8536 of June 12, 2010, implemented the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (the "CAFTA-DR Agreement") with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "CAFTA-DR Act") (19 U.S.C. 4031), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of the United States duty reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 8. Presidential Proclamation 8332 of December 29, 2008, implemented the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (USOFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USOFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2.8, and 3.2.9, and the schedule of duty reductions with respect to Oman set forth in Annex 2-B of the USOFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 9. Presidential Proclamation 8341 of January 16, 2009, implemented the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (USPTPA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (the "USPTPA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3.13, and Annex 2.3 of the USPTPA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 10. Presidential Proclamation 8783 of March 6, 2012, implemented the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (USKFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USKFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, and the schedule of duty reductions with respect to Korea set forth in Annex 2-B, Annex 4-B, and Annex 22-A of the USKFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 11. Presidential Proclamation 8894 of October 29, 2012, implemented the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (PTPA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (the "PTPA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.26, 3.27, 3.28, and 3.29, and the schedule of duty reductions with respect to Panama set forth in Annex 3.3 of the PTPA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed. 12. Presidential Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016, implemented the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (the "Declaration") and, pursuant to section 111(b) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3521(b)), modified the HTS to include the schedule of duty reductions necessary or appropriate to carry out the Declaration. These modifications to the HTS were set out in Annex I to that proclamation, and included certain technical errors that affected the tariff treatment accorded to certain goods covered by the Declaration. I have determined that modifications to the HTS are necessary to correct the technical errors. 13. Presidential Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016, implemented amendments to sections 112(b)(3)(A) and 112(c)(1) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) (19 U.S.C. 3721(b)(3)(A) and 3721(c)(1)), as amended by sections 103(b)(2) and 103(b)(3) of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA) (Public Law 114-27). That proclamation, in part, modified the HTS to extend the regional apparel article program and the third-country fabric program through September 30, 2025. These modifications to the HTS included certain technical errors. I have determined that modifications to the HTS are necessary to correct the technical errors. 14. Executive Order 13742 of October 7, 2016, authorized by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) and the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), revoked the ban on the importation into the United States of any jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma and any articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma. Presidential Proclamation 9383 of December 21, 2015, previously modified the HTS to include additional U.S. Note 4 to Chapter 71 of the HTS, which prohibited the importation of any jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma and any articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma. Importation of those products was previously prohibited under the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 (the "BFDA") (Public Law 108-61), as amended by section 6(a) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 (the "JADE Act") (Public Law 110-286), before its expiration on July 28, 2013. I have determined that the deletion of additional U.S. Note 4 to Chapter 71 of the HTS is necessary to the implementation of Executive Order 13742. 15. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "Trade Act") (19 U.S.C. 2483), authorizes the President to embody in the HTS the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other acts affecting import treatment, and actions taken thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction. Section 1206(c) of the 1988 Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 3006(c)), provides that any modifications proclaimed by the President under section 1206(a) of that Act may not take effect before the thirtieth day after the date on which the text of the proclamation is published in the Federal Register. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including but not limited to sections 1102 and 1206 of the 1988 Act, section 111 of the URAA, section 201 of the USAFTA Act, section 201 of the USMFTA Act, section 201 of the CAFTA-DR Act, section 201 of the USOFTA Act, section 201 of the USPTPA Act, section 201 of the USKFTA, section 201 of the PTPA Act, section 112 of AGOA, section 604 of the Trade Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq., and 50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., do proclaim that: (1) In order to modify the HTS to conform it to the Convention or any amendment thereto recommended for adoption, to promote the uniform application of the Convention, to establish additional subordinate tariff categories, and to make technical and conforming changes to existing provisions, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex I of Publication 4653 of the United States International Trade Commission, titled, "Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Under Section 1206 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988," which is incorporated by reference into this proclamation. (2) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for originating goods of Morocco under the USMFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (a) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "MA" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "MA" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (3) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for originating goods of Australia under the USAFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (b) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection B is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "AU" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "AU" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (4) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for originating goods under general note 29 to the HTS that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in subsections (c)(1) and (c)(2) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection (c)(1) of Annex II is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "P" in parentheses; (b) The rates of duty for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "P" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof; (c) The Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection (c)(2) of Annex II is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "P+" in parentheses; and (d) For each of the subsequent dated table columns in such subsection set forth before the symbol "P+" in parentheses, are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (5) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for originating goods of Peru under the USPTPA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (d) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section (d) of Annex II is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "PE" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "PE" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (6) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for originating goods of Oman under the USOFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (e) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section (e) of Annex II is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "OM" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "OM" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (7) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for originating goods of Korea under the USKFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (f) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section (f) of Annex II shall be modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "KR" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "KR" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (8) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1–Special subcolumn for originating goods of Panama under the PTPA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4653 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section (g) of Annex II of Publication 4653, the HTS is modified as follows: (a) The Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn is modified by inserting in such subcolumn for each subheading the rate of duty specified for such subheading in the table column titled 2017 before the symbol "PA" in parentheses; and (b) For each of the subsequent dated table columns, the rates of duty in such subcolumn for such subheadings set forth before the symbol "PA" in parentheses are deleted and the rates of duty for such dated table column are inserted in each enumerated subheading in lieu thereof. (9) In order to make technical corrections necessary to provide the intended tariff treatment to goods covered by the Declaration in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex III of Publication 4653. (10) In order to make technical corrections necessary to provide that the regional apparel article program and the third-country fabric program are effective through September 30, 2025, in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 9466 of June 30, 2016, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex III of Publication 4653. (11) In order to implement Executive Order 13742 of October 7, 2016, as authorized by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, National Emergencies Act, the BFDA, and the JADE Act, the HTS is modified by deleting additional U.S. Note 4 to Chapter 71 of the HTS. (12) (a) The modifications and technical rectifications to the HTS set forth in Annex I of Publication 4653 shall be effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the later of (i) January 1, 2017, or (ii) the thirtieth day after the date of publication of this proclamation in the Federal Register. (b) The modifications to the HTS set forth in Annexes II and III of Publication 4653 shall be effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the respective dates specified in each section of such Annex for the goods described therein. (13) Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are superseded to the extent of such inconsistency. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.   BARACK OBAMA

01 декабря, 19:00

China Now Has the Lowest Fertility Rate in the World

Joan Kaufman Politics, Asia China’s New Two Child Policy: Too Little, Too Late I have been closely watching China’s population policy for about forty years and arrived in China for my first work stint (with the United Nations Population Fund) in 1980 just after the one child policy was launched. I was in China for my latest work stint (with Columbia University) when it officially ended on January 1, 2016. Even while the total fertility rate, a rough approximation of the number of children a woman has over her reproductive years, had already dropped from about six to less than three, the population “problem” was one of the first issues Deng Xiaoping tackled as part of the Four Modernizations, setting a goal to keep the population at 1.2 billion by 2000 as part of the formula for quadrupling China’s GDP within the same period. It quickly became evident that the target driven program being implemented by local officials was leading, in some cases, to serious rights abuses. But criticism of the policy within China was not permitted, and despite international pressure, the program continued for thirty-five years. The regulations, stiff fines, bureaucratic procedures, and documented abuses used to enforce the policy are well known. What is less known is that China’s fertility rate was already declining when the policy came into force. It was not that women were having too many children, but that too many women were having children, the result of rapid population increase due to health improvements—less infant mortality and greater life expectancy—and an earlier baby boom generation about to enter the reproductive years. That fertility decline continued, similar to declines in neighboring East Asian countries like Korea and Taiwan, with an educated and healthy workforce that included working women. In an article last year in the China Journal, Marty Whyte, Wang Feng, and Cai Yong argued that China’s population size would have been about the same in 2015 without the policy. Read full article

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01 декабря, 15:41

INEZ FELTSCHER STEPMAN: States have simple message for incoming administration on education: Get ou…

INEZ FELTSCHER STEPMAN: States have simple message for incoming administration on education: Get out of our way. Forty-three states (plus the District of Columbia), including California, allow choice within the public system through the authorization of charter schools. Twenty-seven states and the District have enacted at least one form of private educational choice, whether that […]

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01 декабря, 05:49

«Пиррова победа» - тактический успех

101 год назад произошло одно из крупнейших сражений на Французском фронте Первой мировой войны – у Камбрэ 20 ноября – 7 декабря 1917 года, ознаменовавшемся массовым применение танков британского Королевского танкового корпуса.

30 ноября, 23:01

Presidential Proclamation -- World AIDS Day, 2016

WORLD AIDS DAY, 2016 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives -- and far too many people with HIV have struggled to get the care, treatment, and compassion they deserve. But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, research, and historic investments in evidence-based practices, we have begun to move toward an era of resilience and hope -- and we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation. On World AIDS Day, we join with the international community to remember those we have lost too soon, reflect on the tremendous progress we have made in battling this disease, and carry forward our fight against HIV/AIDS. By shining a light on this issue and educating more communities about the importance of testing and treatment, we have saved and improved lives. Although we have come far in recent decades, our work is not yet done and the urgency to intervene in this epidemic is critical. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV. Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk. People living with HIV can face stigma and discrimination, creating barriers to prevention and treatment services. My Administration has made significant efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, including by encouraging treatment as prevention, expanding access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, eliminating waiting lists for medication assistance programs, and working toward a vaccine. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, no one can be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions like HIV, and millions of people can now access quality, affordable health insurance plans that cover important services like HIV testing and screening. In 2010, I introduced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the United States, and last year, through an Executive Order, I updated it to serve as a guiding path to 2020. This update builds on the primary goals of the original Strategy, including reducing the number of HIV-infected individuals and HIV-related health disparities, improving health outcomes for anyone living with HIV and increasing their access to care, and strengthening our coordinated national response to this epidemic. Currently, more than 36 million people, including 1.8 million children, are living with HIV/AIDS across the globe, and the majority of people living with HIV reside in low- to middle-income countries. We need to do more to reach those who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, and the United States is helping shape the world's response to this crisis and working alongside the international community to end this epidemic by 2030. We have strengthened and expanded the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with now more than $70 billion invested, to accelerate our progress and work to control this epidemic with comprehensive and data-focused efforts. With PEPFAR support for more than 11 million people on life-saving treatment and through contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria -- including a new pledge of more than $4 billion through 2019 -- there are now more than 18 million people getting HIV treatment and care. Because in sub-Saharan Africa young women and adolescent girls are over eight times more likely to get HIV/AIDS than young men, we launched a comprehensive prevention program to reduce HIV infections among this population in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. This summer, PEPFAR established an innovative investment fund to expand access to quality HIV/AIDS services for key populations affected by the epidemic and reduce the stigma and discrimination that persists. We have also helped prevent millions of new infections worldwide, including in more than 1.5 million babies of HIV-positive mothers who were born free of HIV. By translating groundbreaking research and scientific tools into action, for the first time we are seeing early but promising signs of controlling the spread of HIV. Accelerating the progress we have made will require sustained commitment and passion from every sector of society and across every level of government around the world. A future where no individual has to suffer from HIV/AIDS is within our reach, and today, we recommit to ensuring the next generation has the tools they need to continue fighting this disease. Let us strive to support all people living with HIV/AIDS and rededicate ourselves to ending this epidemic once and for all. Together, we can achieve what once seemed impossible and give more people the chance at a longer, brighter, AIDS-free future. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2016, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. BARACK OBAMA

30 ноября, 22:47

Is Life Getting Better or Worse for Ordinary Americans?

Is life getting better or worse for ordinary Americans? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Becky Bond and Zack Exley, Former Senior Advisers to Bernie Sanders (2016); co-authors of Rules for Revolutionaries, on Quora. Life is getting worse economically for the vast majority of Americans. For forty years, incomes have been stagnating when adjusted for inflation. This is despite labor productivity and GDP per capita increasing steadily. (Some good graphs showing the trends here [1].) But real incomes have actually been declining if you use the old measure of inflation [2] -- over the years the government has changed the way inflation is calculated by, for example [3]. This decline is a two edged sword: labor participation is falling [4], and workers real wages are falling. [5] On top of that fundamental problem of the income floor dropping out from under us, there are other major factors that have been making life worse for millions of Americans. Tens of millions of people -- especially Black, Latino and low income white people -- have gone to prison over the past few decades for minor crimes that few other countries would ever consider worthy of incarceration -- crimes such as possession of marijuana which is fast becoming decriminalized now. Millions of Americans -- also mostly lower income Americans -- have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest wars in American history. Many have served more and longer tours than America has ever called upon soldiers to do. We owe these veterans a great debt, and yet we are allowing them to come home to terrible job opportunities, skyrocketing housing and tuition costs, and a worsening health care situation when they are most in need. Speaking of health care, it's been getting harder and harder to afford. Instead of making health care more affordable, Obama/Romneycare has increased costs while mandating working Americans to pay private insurance companies for the honor of holding plans with deductibles so high that people still can't afford to see a doctor when they are sick. Footnotes [1] Why Wages Have Stagnated While GDP Has Grown:  The Proximate Factors [2] Alternate Inflation Charts [3] If There's No Inflation, Why Are Prices Up So Much? [4] America's biggest job market problem is uniquely American [5] For Most Americans, Wages Aren't Just Stagnating -- They're Falling This question originally appeared on Quora. - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions:​ Bernie Sanders: What could Bernie Sanders have done, if anything, to beat Hillary in the primary? Democratic Party: Will the Democratic Party become more or less liberal due to the results of the 2016 election? Political Campaigns: How can you apply the learning from large political campaigns to your local communities? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 ноября, 19:32

Presidential Proclamation -- National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2016

NATIONAL IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION MONTH, 2016 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Driving drunk, drugged, or distracted poses a significant threat to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and all who share our roads. During the holiday season, incidents of impaired driving occur more frequently, and every December, we observe National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to highlight steps we can take to improve safety on our streets and raise awareness of these preventable dangers. Recently, the number of traffic crash fatalities caused by impaired driving has unfortunately increased -- last year, preventable alcohol-related driving fatalities accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. Consumption of alcohol by drivers, even those who are of legal drinking age, is highly dangerous, and drug use, including prescription drug use, can also harm judgment, perception, and the motor skills used when driving. Distracted driving -- including eating, tending to passengers, and using a cell phone -- can also be dangerous and is equally preventable. We can all do our part to keep our roads safe and prevent these tragedies. As passengers, we can reduce our interactions with drivers and lessen distractions. As friends and family members, we can look out for loved ones who may be drinking and help them get home safely. And as citizens, we can always call 911 to report any dangerous driving we observe. My Administration has worked to help Americans who struggle with substance use disorders and substance misuse, which can lead to incidents of drunk or drugged driving. We are also striving to give law enforcement officers the resources and support they need to combat impaired driving, and we must encourage the development of technologies like ignition interlock devices, which can prevent impaired individuals from getting behind the wheel. Through the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, States and communities across our country are working to increase road patrols and sobriety checkpoints, in addition to raising awareness and improving education on the dangers of impaired driving. You can learn more about what we are doing to prevent impaired driving by visiting www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP/DruggedDriving, www.NHTSA.gov/DriveSober, and www.Distraction.gov. Whether encouraging parents to set a good example for their teen drivers or educating every driver on the dangers of unsafe driving, we must recommit to doing everything we can to prevent driving-related injuries and fatalities. This month, let us continue empowering drivers to make responsible decisions and educating the American people on ways they can help keep our roads safe and our futures bright. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2016 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.   BARACK OBAMA

25 апреля, 04:15

Банковская мафия рубит концы. Чего то опасаются...

В Европе уничтожают банкиров целыми семьямиВ Западной Европе продолжается череда таинственных убийств высокопоставленных банкиров. Их убивают нарочито жестоко вместе с детьми и женами. С января этого года было убито уже 14 топ-менеджеров ведущих банков, ни одно из преступлений не было раскрыто. Такими темпами, банкиры по примеру Депардье вскоре начнут просить политубежище в России.В пятницу, 18 апреля, стало известно, что в бельгийском городе Визе был убит 37-летний директор BNP Paribas Fortis вместе со своей супругой и девятилетним племянником в результате стрельбы из проезжающего мимо них автомобиля. Согласно заявлениям мэра Визе Марселю Невену, ничто не может объяснить, что вызвало жестокую стрельбу поздней ночью 18 апреля. До сих пор не найдены ни убийца, ни внятный мотив для совершения этого преступления.Ранее финансовый мир был озабочен загадочным убийством бывшего генерального директора ABN Amro и членов его семьи, позже стало известно о гибели главы Bank Frick & Co. Юргена Фрика в Лихтенштейне.Всего, не считая последнего убийства, начиная с январе в Европе и США погибло уже 13 банкиров.Часть смертей полиция классифицирует как самоубийства, а некоторые называют необъяснимыми или просто отказывается раскрывать подробности, что только усиливает подозрения в умышленных убийствах.№1. УИЛЬЯМ БРОКСМИТ58-летний бывший топ-менеджер Deutsche Bank был найден мертвым в своем доме в центре Лондона 26 января. Полиция классифицирует эту смерть как самоубийство.№2. КАРЛ СЛИМ51-летний управляющий директор Tata Motors был найден мертвым на четвертом этаже отеля Shangri-La в Бангкоке 27 января.№3. ГАБРИЭЛЬ МАГИ39 -летний сотрудник JP Morgan умер после падения с крыши европейской штаб-квартиры JP Morgan в Лондоне 27 января.№4. МАЙК ДЮКЕР50-летний главный экономист инвестиционного банка США был найден мертвым недалеко от Такомского моста в штате Вашингтон.№5. РИЧАРД ТЭЛЛИ57-летний основатель Title Services был найден мертвым в начале этого месяца. Судя по всему, он сам выстрелил в себя из ружья.№6. ТИМ ДИКИНСОНДиректор по коммуникациям британской Swiss Re AG также умер в прошлом месяце, однако обстоятельства его смерти до сих пор неизвестны.№7. РАЙАН ГЕНРИ КРЕЙН37-летний топ-менеджер JP Morgan умер несколько недель назад . Подробностей трагедии нет, в качестве причины называется самоубийство. О его смерти свидетельствует лишь небольшой некролог в Stamford Daily Voice.№8. ЛИ ДЖУНДЖИ33-летний банкир из Гонконга покончил с собой, спрыгнув с крыши штаб-квартиры JP Morgan в Гонконге на этой неделе.№9. ДЖЕЙМС СТЮАРТБывший генеральный директор National Bank of Commerce найден мертвым в Скоттдейл, штат Аризона, утром 19 февраля. Представитель семьи отказался называть причину смерти.№10. ЭДМУНД РЕЙЛИ47-летний трейдер Midtown’s Vertical Group совершил самоубийство, прыгнув под поезд.№11. КЕННЕТ БЕЛЛАНДО28-летний трейдер Levy Capital, ранее работающий инвестиционно-банковским аналитиком в JPMorgan, выпрыгнул из окна своей квартиры.№12. ЯН ПЕТЕР ШМИТТМАНН57-летний бывший главный исполнительный директор банка ABN Amro Group найден мертвым у себя дома недалеко от Амстердама вместе с женой и дочерью.№13. ЮРГЕН ФРИК48-летний бывший генеральный директор Bank Frick & Co. был застрелен в подземном гараже одной из финансовых компаний в Лихтенштейне.