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05 мая, 17:17

South Africa 2017 - Achieving Inclusive Growth

http://www.weforum.org/ The Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on Africa highlight the imperatives for the year ahead and the implications for government, industry and society. This session was developed in partnership with CNBC Africa. - Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International, United Kingdom; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa - Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive Officer, Transnet, South Africa; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa - Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board, Wendel, France; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa - Rich Lesser, Global Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Consulting Group, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa - Ulrich Spiesshofer, President and Chief Executive Officer, ABB, Switzerland; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa Chaired by - Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director, CNBC Africa, South Africa

04 мая, 20:15

South Africa 2017 - Press Conference: Meet the Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017

http://www.weforum.org/ The Co-Chairs Press Conference offers accredited media an opportunity to hear directly from the co-chairs about their expectations for meeting and their outlook for Africa. Speaker - Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International, United Kingdom - Siyabonga Gama, Group Chief Executive Officer, Transnet, South Africa - Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board, Wendel, France - Rich Lesser, Global Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Consulting Group, USA - Adrian Monck, Head of Public and Social Engagement, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum - Ulrich Spiesshofer, President and Chief Executive Officer, ABB, Switzerland

04 мая, 19:37

South Africa 2017 - Africa Economic Outlook

http://www.weforum.org/ What is the regional economic outlook in 2017? Dimensions to be addressed: - Bouncing back from a weak economic performance in 2016 - Responding to policy uncertainty in the US, Europe and China - Preparing for threat of reversal of capital flows to emerging markets This session was developed in partnership with CNBC Africa. - Abdourahmane Cisse, Minister in Charge of the Budget and State-Owned Entities of Côte d'Ivoire; Young Global Leader - Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance of South Africa - Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board, Wendel, France; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa - Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance of Germany - Ulrich Spiesshofer, President and Chief Executive Officer, ABB, Switzerland; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa Moderated by - Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director, CNBC Africa, South Africa

24 апреля, 15:53

GOODBYE, NANNY STATE: Joel Kotkin & Wendell Cox: The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red. D…

GOODBYE, NANNY STATE: Joel Kotkin & Wendell Cox: The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red. Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live. Despite all the hype about a massive “back to the city” movement and the supposed superiority of ultra-expensive liberal regions, people […]

18 апреля, 03:52

Arkansas Court Blocks Executions As State Pushes Ahead With 'Conveyor Belt' Lethal Injections

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); A flurry of court rulings on Arkansas’ unprecedented attempt to execute eight prisoners in an 11-day span has temporarily spared the lives of two prisoners, while leaving the lives of other condemned killers in limbo.  The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision on Monday, granted stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis. Both had been scheduled to die Monday, the first of what critics call the state’s “conveyor belt” plan for multiple executions.  “There will be no executions tonight. We are deeply grateful that the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued stays of execution for Bruce Ward and Don Davis,” Scott Braden, assistant federal defender in Arkansas, said in an email statement. State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said she would immediately appeal. I will appeal Bruce Ward and Don Davis' stays of execution granted by the State Supreme Court to #SCOTUS this evening. #arpx #ARExecutions— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) April 17, 2017 Later, Rutledge’s office said she wouldn’t appeal Ward’s stay “at this time.” Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) criticized the state Supreme Court for sparing the two men. .@AsaHutchinson issues following statement on today's legal movements on tonight's possible execution #ARnews #ARpx pic.twitter.com/8cdILMV2sn— Greg Yarbrough (@GregYarbrough) April 17, 2017 Soon after the state Supreme Court ruling, a federal appeals court lifted stays for five of the condemned inmates that had been put in place on Saturday. That case challenges the state’s method of performing the executions. A stay for prisoner Jason McGehee was granted in a separate case on Friday. In Monday’s ruling, the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals said the five inmates had ample time already to file objections to the execution protocol, and only acted at the last minute. Judge Jane Kelly, in a dissent, argued the the case was about more than which drugs are used to put inmates to death, and questioned whether Arkansas was in line with the Eight Amendment’s “evolving standards of decency.” The state is aggressively moving to thin its death row before its supply of midazolam ― a controversial sedative in the lethal-injection cocktail ― expires in April. Hutchinson has said he’s unsure where the state can get more. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58ebaadae4b0c89f91203057 Despite the federal appeals ruling, a state court ruling remains in place that blocks the state Department of Corrections from using pancuronium bromide ― a second drug in the lethal three-drug mixture. The state temporary restraining order was granted Friday by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who has since become controversial for attending a death penalty protest hours after his ruling.  Drugmaker McKesson Medical-Surgical sought the order to prevent the state from using the drug after learning the corrections department had obtained it for executions, which the company doesn’t permit. A day after winning the restraining order, the company filed to withdraw its petition, saying the federal ruling that stayed the executions made the state court order unnecessary.  Griffen drew criticism from Republican lawmakers for taking part in Friday’s protest. Griffen faces potential disciplinary action and was removed from all death penalty-related criminal and civil cases in Pulaski County.  -- 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.

17 апреля, 14:24

Monday's Morning Email: U.S. Puts North Korea On Notice

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) TENSIONS CONTINUE TO ESCALATE WITH NORTH KOREA The U.S. is working with China and other allies to develop a list of appropriate responses to North Korea’s threats. According to South Korea, the country tried to launch a missile Sunday and failed. And Vice President Mike Pence cited recent attacks in Syria and Afghanistan as why North Korea should consider its next move carefully. The New York Times called it the “Cuban Missile Crisis in slow-motion.” [Reuters] HUNT IS ON FOR SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED MAN IN FACEBOOK VIDEO “The chilling video, which was posted to Steve Stephens’ personal Facebook page around 2 p.m. local time, showed him driving in his car and complaining about a woman. He then approached an elderly black man, shot him at close range and drove off.” [HuffPost] ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS HALTED A federal judge temporarily blocked the executions of the eight men. And Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who blocked Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug, came under fire for protesting about the death penalty in front of the governor’s house. [Reuters] WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TURKEY’S REFERENDUM And the country’s new constitution. [HuffPost] THE WHITE HOUSE POWER STRUGGLE CONTINUES Vanity Fair takes a lengthy look at the dynamics at play. Here’s why you should be paying attention to top economic aide Gary Cohn. And a look at a White House that is run “like a family business.” [Reuters] 68 SYRIAN CHILDREN KILLED After a suicide bomb hit a bus envoy carrying residents out of besieged towns. [HuffPost] HOW AN ALL SPORTS COLLEGE FAILED, AND DESTROYED ITS STUDENTS “My dad, who’s in prison, is eating better than we were at that school.” [ESPN] ‘WHAT WAS SAVED’ “Ten years after the Virginia Tech shooting, objects of grief.” [WaPo] WHAT’S BREWING UNITED CHANGED ITS LAST-MINUTE CREW BOARDING POLICY To ensure this public relations nightmare never happens again. All the while, Delta changed its policy so that it can pay you up to $9,950 to volunteer to switch flights. [HuffPost] YES, MELISSA MCCARTHY WAS SPICEY IN AN EASTER BUNNY COSTUME FOR ‘SNL’ THIS WEEK Our lives are truly complete. And Harry Styles’ solo performance and that Jared Kushner skit were just icing on the cake. [HuffPost] APRIL THE GIRAFFE FINALLY GAVE BIRTH It is now safe to go on Facebook again without 7 zillion notifications about the impending arrival. [HuffPost] ‘THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS’ JUST HAD THE LARGEST GLOBAL BOX OFFICE OPENING WEEKEND EVER This is in fact the eighth in the franchise of a movie about car chases. Some things never change. [HuffPost] WELL THAT’S IT: A VOICE OF OUR GENERATION IS OFF THE AIR The “Girls” finale aired last night so prepare yourself for an onslaught of think pieces. Check out Matt Zoller Seitz’s interview with show runners Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham as well as this look at the best quotes  throughout “Girls” six seasons and what it was like to grow up with the show. [HuffPost] PRINCE HARRY IS ALL OVER THE NEWS For his secret Easter visit to see girlfriend Meghan Markle, his frank discussion of the impact of his mother’s death and what the palace plans to do this summer to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. [HuffPost] WE ARE COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS Until Netflix releases the TV version of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” [HuffPost] BEFORE YOU GO What the proposed tax cuts could mean. In case you missed it ― the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dropped. The last known person to be born during the 1800s has died. Sounds like Radiohead’s Coachella set did not go as planned. We don’t know how we feel about the new Oreo flavor. What is this clear coffee magic? Now that’s our kind of Easter Egg hunt: A helicopter dropped over 45,000 eggs from the air. The “Survivor” contestant who outed another contestant claims he has been fired from his job because of it. A rotating restaurant killed this 5-year-old after he became stuck. A suspect has been arrested in the killing of 27-year-old jogger in Massachusetts. “Meet the Catholic priest whose Twitter puts Trump to shame.” The death of the allure of Facebook instant articles for publishers. Instagram stories have turned out to be a nightmare for Snapchat. What happened to Curt Schilling? CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect the name and position of Judge Wendell Griffen, who protested the death penalty in Arkansas. -- 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.

16 апреля, 23:49

Judge Who Blocked Use Of Execution Drug Blasted For Anti-Death Penalty Protest

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); Amid the legal battle over Arkansas’ plan to execute as many as eight prisoners in 11 days, one of the judges that ruled against the state has angered death penalty supporters with a dramatic protest of capital punishment. On Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order blocking Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide, one of three drugs in its lethal injection cocktail. Griffen granted the order after McKesson Medical-Surgical, which does not want its product used in executions, petitioned to stop the state on the grounds that the drug had been misleadingly obtained. Within an hour of issuing that order, Griffen joined anti-death penalty protesters gathered outside Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s mansion in Little Rock. Griffen was dressed as an inmate and bound to a cot with ropes to look like a condemned prisoner on a gurney.   RIGHT NOW: Judge Wendell Griffen protesting #Arkansas #executions in front of Governor's Mansion by laying on a gurney. #ARNews pic.twitter.com/16Myw4vHiu— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) April 14, 2017 Arkansas Republicans including U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and state Sen. Trent Garner quickly criticized Griffen’s protest. On Saturday, Garner called for the judge to resign or face impeachment.  Judge Griffen should resign immediately, or face impeachment. His actions are a disgrace and unacceptable. #arpx #arleg #impeachment https://t.co/NYJLqT9Wqj— Senator Trent Garner (@Garner4Senate) April 15, 2017 Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) raised the issue of Griffen’s protest in a motion to have his temporary restraining order thrown out and him removed from the case. The state argued that Griffen couldn’t be considered even “remotely impartial” when it comes to the death penalty. “As a public opponent of capital punishment, Judge Griffen should have recused himself from this case,” a spokesman for Rutledge said in a statement. “Attorney General Rutledge intends to file an emergency request with the Arkansas Supreme Court to vacate the order as soon as possible.” The state also took issue with a recent post on Griffen’s personal blog, which interweaves justice and religion. The judge wrote: Premeditated and deliberate killing of defenseless persons ― including defenseless persons who have been convicted of murder ― is not morally justifiable. Using medications designed for treating illness and preserving life to engage in such premeditated and deliberate killing is not morally justifiable.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58f16b81e4b0bb9638e42e51 Griffen, a former Baptist minister and a lawyer, has faced criticism for his off-the-bench commentary before. He criticized the University of Arkansas’ lack of racial diversity in 2002 and attacked President George W. Bush for the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War in 2005. The latter may have been part of the reason he lost his re-election bid for the Arkansas Court of Appeals a few years later. In 2011, he won a seat on the state’s 6th Circuit court. “We have never, in my knowledge, been so afraid to admit that people can have personal beliefs yet can follow the law, even when to follow the law means they must place their personal feelings aside,” Griffen told The Associated Press on Saturday. Griffen’s ruling on Friday had put another wrench in the state’s plan to start the series of eight executions on Monday and complete them before its supply of one hard-to-obtain lethal injection drug expired. Two of the eight prisoners had already been granted stays of execution when a federal judge on Saturday halted those of the remaining inmates on grounds that the state’s hasty schedule denied them due process.  McKesson Medical-Surgical moved to lift Griffen’s temporary restraining order following the federal court ruling, arguing that the order had become unnecessary.  -- 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.

16 апреля, 00:26

Outcry after Arkansas judge who stayed executions joins anti-death penalty rally

Republican lawmakers questioned Judge Wendell Griffen’s impartiality after he lay bound on a cot following his ruling to halt executionsThe judge who on Friday barred Arkansas from executing six prisoners in rapid succession followed his ruling by attending an anti-death penalty rally, where he lay down on a cot and bound himself as though he were a condemned man on a gurney. Related: Arkansas executions: health giant sues state as federal judge issues injunction Continue reading...

15 апреля, 18:08

U.S. Judge Halts Arkansas Plan For Rapid Series Of Executions

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked plans by Arkansas to carry out a rapid series of executions this month, after the inmates argued the state’s rush to the death chamber was unconstitutional and reckless. Arkansas, which has not carried out an execution in 12 years, planned to begin the lethal injections of at least six convicted murderers on Monday and complete the executions before the end of April. Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, no state has ever put as many inmates to death in as short a period. The ruling on Saturday by a federal court in Little Rock threatens that plan, as did an order on Friday by an Arkansas state judge. The federal judge, however, provided officials with an opportunity to address her concerns at a hearing on Monday. Arkansas had scheduled the fast-paced series of executions in order to beat the expiration date on its batch of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, in a 101-page ruling, found the state’s plan would deny the inmates their legal rights by depriving them of adequate counsel because prison officials allow only a single lawyer to be present for any execution. If the attorney had to rush out to file an emergency petition, it would deprive the inmate of a lawyer to witness the execution, Baker said. “The court finds that plaintiffs are entitled to a preliminary injunction based on their challenge to (the state’s) viewing policies, in their current form, as unreasonable restrictions of plaintiffs’ right to counsel and right of access to the courts,” Baker wrote. Baker ordered lawyers for the state and the death row prisoners to return to court on Monday with a revised plan for viewing the executions and having defense counsel present. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge vowed to appeal the temporary restraining order. “It is unfortunate that a U.S. District Judge has chosen to side with the convicted prisoners in one of their many last-minute attempts to delay justice,” Judd Deere, a spokesman for Rutledge, said in a statement.   CONDEMNED PRISONERS The lawsuit behind the injunction was filed on behalf of nine condemned prisoners. One of them was never put into the execution schedule for April. Two others won stays of execution from state courts, leaving six of the original petitioners currently in line for their executions to be carried out. The state’s mixture of drugs used in executions has brought legal challenges, and Baker’s ruling on Saturday also raised questions about whether one of them, midazolam, was effective enough at preventing pain during executions. Arkansas employs potassium chloride in combination with vecuronium bromide and midazolam. The latter drug is intended to render the inmate unconscious before the other two chemicals are administered to paralyze the lungs and stop the heart. Governor Asa Hutchinson has said the state must act quickly because its midazolam supply expires at the end of the month. John Williams, attorney for some of the death row prisoners welcomed Baker’s ruling, saying it was legally sound and reasonable. “The unnecessarily compressed execution schedule using the risky drug midazolam denies prisoners their right to be free from the risk of torture,” he said in a statement. Critics have contended that the drug does not achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions. Supporters have said it is effective, and the U.S. Supreme Court has authorized its use. On Friday, Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen, an outspoken opponent of capital punishment, issued an order on Friday blocking the state from using vecuronium bromide after a petition from its maker, McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. The company, along with other pharmaceutical makers, objects to its drug being used in executions. Rutledge filed an emergency petition with the Arkansas Supreme Court on Saturday seeking to overturn Griffen’s order.   (Reporting by Steve Barnes; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Alistair Bell) -- 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.

15 апреля, 04:10

Arkansas Courts Put Seven Executions On Hold

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - The state of Arkansas on Friday ran into a pair of new legal obstacles to its plan to carry out lethal injections on seven murderers in an unprecedented series of executions before the end of the month. The Arkansas Supreme Court granted an emergency stay of execution for Bruce Ward, 60, who was convicted of killing a convenience store clerk, and less than two hours later the executions of six other murderers were put on hold when an Arkansas circuit judge issued a temporary restraining order. The judge’s restraining order barred the state from administering one of three drugs it planned to use in the executions, which are scheduled to begin on Monday and stretch over 11 days. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge plans to file an emergency request for the Supreme Court to vacate that order, a spokesman said, allowing the injections to commence. The state, which has not carried out an death sentence in 12 years, scheduled the fast-paced executions in order to beat the expiration date on its batch of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail. An eighth inmate who had been scheduled to die also won a stay earlier, removing him from the list for April execution. Lawyers for all of the convicts have asked a federal court in Little Rock to block the executions, arguing the state’s rush to the death chamber was unconstitutional and reckless. The U.S. judge has yet to issue a ruling on the broader case. The state Supreme Court offered no comment in staying Ward’s execution. His lawyers had argued he was schizophrenic and the court should take that into consideration before any final decision on his execution. “He deserves a day in court for that, but in Arkansas the rules do not permit that,” Scott Braden, a lawyer with the Arkansas Federal Defender Office, said after the stay was granted. The attorney general was evaluating how to proceed in Ward’s case, a spokesman said in a statement. Arkansas uses potassium chloride in combination with vecuronium bromide and midazolam. The latter drug is intended to render the inmate unconscious before the other two chemicals are administered to paralyse the lungs and stop the heart. Governor Asa Hutchinson has said the state must act quickly because the efficacy date for midazolam expires at the end of the month. But Judge Wendell Griffen, an outspoken opponent of capital punishment, issued an order blocking the state from using a second drug, vecuronium bromide, after a petition from its maker, McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. The company said the Arkansas prison system failed to return a supply of the drug when it learned the state intended to use it for executions, a violation of an understanding between the two, according to McKesson. “As a public opponent of capital punishment, Judge Griffen should have recused himself from this case,” said Judd Deere, spokesman for the attorney general. Two other drug makers on Thursday asked a federal court to block Arkansas from using their drugs for upcoming executions, claiming that doing so would violate contractual controls and create a public health risk, court documents showed. The companies did not disclose which of their drugs Arkansas will use during the executions.   (Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Bill Trott) -- 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.

07 апреля, 21:58

Trump's Coldest Cut

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); WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump doesn’t want the federal government helping poor people heat their homes. In his budget outline last month, Trump proposed entirely eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which since the 1980s has helped millions of poorer Americans pay utility bills. “Compared to other income support programs that serve similar populations, LIHEAP is a lower-impact program and is unable to demonstrate strong performance outcomes,” the budget says. Heating assistance is one of many domestic programs Trump would like to reduce or eliminate in order to boost military spending and build a wall along the Mexican border. About 6 million households are expected to get heating or cooling assistance from LIHEAP this year at a cost of $3.3 billion, or 0.2 percent of discretionary spending. The program also helps people weatherize their homes, and it provides a pot of money specifically for crises, such as a broken heater in winter or an imminent utility shutoff. Keith Wilson, a disabled former woodworker in Wendell, Minnesota, said he received heating assistance several years ago, but stopped after getting approved for Social Security disability insurance because of arthritis and back problems that left him temporarily unable to walk. “I’ve only applied for it when I needed it,” Wilson said. “If we didn’t need it, I would let other people use it.” Unlike Medicaid or food stamps, heating assistance isn’t an “entitlement,” meaning not everyone who is eligible to receive benefits does. Only 19 percent of eligible households are expected to get assistance this year, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. The average annual heating benefit was $301 in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.  Wilson, 60, said his household income declined again after his partner died last year. He’s going to apply for heating assistance again. “Right now I can’t even afford car repairs,” he said. Though presidential budgets are generally just conversational documents intended to frame debate, the Trump administration is hoping Congress will take some of its suggestions this month. Lawmakers are under a tight deadline, since without new legislation to fund government operations, the federal government will partially shut down on April 28. Trump’s Office of Management and Budget sent Capitol Hill leaders a list of spending “reduction options” for the rest of the fiscal year, including a 10 percent cut in LIHEAP funding. Republicans on the Hill have not yet revealed their spending plans, though they have seemed cool to the idea of dramatic changes. There’s been little debate about the many small programs singled out for cuts in Trump’s budget. The Trump administration has not explained why it thinks LIHEAP is “lower-impact” relative to other government-assistance programs. Several studies have suggested that the program is effective at, you know, helping people pay their utility bills. Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said the problem with LIHEAP isn’t that it’s a terrible program. It’s that it’s one of more than 80 federal programs that provide benefits to poor people. Rector and some other conservatives view the array of anti-poverty efforts as an uncoordinated sprawl that is out of proportion to the actual poverty problem, which afflicts 13.5 percent of the U.S. population. “It really is impossible to fix any of this if every one of the 80 programs is sacrosanct,” said Rector, who would prefer to see anti-poverty efforts funded at the state level. “Each of these programs is treated by the left as a beachhead, so if we’re subsidizing energy costs then it must go on forever.” Outside of Washington, local officials have organized to pressure their congressional representatives to protect heating assistance. Though LIHEAP does have a vocal constituency, policymakers had the gumption to reduce its funding during the Obama years. Mark Wolfe, director of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, an advocacy group for state officials who oversee program benefits, said LIHEAP’s appeal gives it a strong defense.   “It’s really popular,” Wolfe said. “It’s well known. It’s very strong in so-called Trump states.” -- 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.

05 апреля, 12:28

Did the President Incite a Riot?

A new case filed by anti-Trump protesters will test the limits of free speech—and the responsibility Trump bears for his own statements.

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28 марта, 17:40

Will Dems Derail Sanders's Push for Public Option?

Wendell Potter, a health insurance executive turned whistleblower, on the GOP failure to repeal Obamacare and what lessons the 2009 defeat of the public option - when Democrats controlled Congress - can offer today. Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.

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15 марта, 22:03

Atlético Madrid 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen: Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened

Atlético Madrid eased into the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive season after an entertaining goalless draw with Leverkusen 9.36pm GMT Peep peep! Atletico are into the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive season. The game was more fun than the scoreline suggests, with some classy attacking play - particularly from Leverkusen - and some beautiful goalkeeping from Oblak and Leno. Thanks for your company, goodnight. 9.31pm GMT 89 min Gaitan is booked for a high tackle on Kampl. Continue reading...

28 февраля, 20:36

Illiberal Reformers is Heartening, by David Henderson

No, using "is" instead of "are" is not a typo. Illiberal Reformers is the title of an excellent book by Princeton University economics lecturer Thomas C. Leonard. The subtitle is "Race, Eugenics & American Economics in the Progressive Era." Some students of mine from last quarter and I meet weekly to discuss interesting books and articles. On the agenda last week and this week are some chapters from Leonard's book. Russ Roberts, by the way, has an excellent interview with Leonard on EconTalk. Arnold Kling also has an excellent review of Leonard's book. The students are leading the discussion and occasionally I'm adding some historical context, for example, explaining that Richard Ely, who is mentioned numerous times in the book as a major progressive who had eugenicist and racist views, was not some bit player but, rather, the founder of the American Economics Association, which is the largest economics association in the world. I point out that there is a prestigious lecture named after Ely at the AEA's annual meetings. I also, at our recent meeting, speculated that fewer than 15 percent of the people who attend the meetings know anything about his views. Yesterday, I ran into one of the students and we started discussing some of the chapters. We both agreed that at first we found the book profoundly upsetting. But now that we have some perspective, we can actually be heartened by where we are today. To realize that some of the most prestigious thinkers during the Progressive Era--President Woodrow Wilson, Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and famous economist Irving Fisher, to name three--had racist or eugenicist views, that such views were mainstream, and that such views would be soundly rejected today by a huge percent of the population and a huge percent of intellectuals is grounds for optimism rather than the opposite. I told him that it reminded me of a similar situation I experienced in the late summer of 1968. I was 17 at the time and becoming a libertarian, although I wasn't sure of the word's meaning. A friend and I were invited by some slightly older libertarians to meet with them on a Saturday evening. One of the main agenda items, it turned out, was for the two of them who had visited Milton and Rose Friedman at their summer home in Vermont to tell about that experience. The main thing I remember from their "trip report," other than how gracious Milton and Rose were, was that the two young guys were playing "ain't it awful" about the intellectual state of the world and that Milton had told them that the intellectual state of the world was so much better in 1968 than it had been 20 years earlier, just after World War II had ended. Socialists and Communists dominated the intellectual debate way more then, said Milton, than now (meaning 1968.) (10 COMMENTS)

22 февраля, 21:51

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The late Antonin Scalia was almost universally regarded as a brilliant jurist who not only wrote more beautifully than any Supreme Court justice since Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. but also transformed the nature of constitutional interpretation itself. President Trump stated during the election campaign that he would "appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia." It is also Scalia's seat that the president will be nominating someone to fill on Thursday. The current cacophony about which judge on the president's short list is the most "Scalia-esque" is therefore understandable. But it is misguided. I mean no disrespect to Justice Scalia--his Supreme Court opinions are the most fun for law professors to teach because he wrote so well--but the justice the president should be using as a model when selecting Scalia's replacement is Clarence Thomas. Why? For two primary reasons. First, because no justice in the history of the Court has understood the connection between our nation's two founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, better than Justice Thomas. He has been reading, writing, and speaking about the subject since his days as chairman of the EEOC during the Reagan Administration. Although opponents of Thomas's nomination to the Court a quarter of a century ago, such as Harvard's Laurence Tribe, tried to use Thomas's commitment to the principles of the Declaration against him, they were foolish to do so. After all, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration in 1776 as "an expression of the American mind," Abraham Lincoln invoked the Declaration in the 1850s and '60s to help end slavery, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 was sown from the Declaration's promise that every person in America would one day live in a nation "where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Justice Thomas shares this vision of the American regime. For example, he reminded the faculty and students of James Madison University in Virginia that Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, based the Constitution on "universal principles, [which] we find ... most succinctly and, indeed, elegantly stated by Madison's close friend, Thomas Jefferson, in our Declaration of Independence." Thomas went on in his speech to describe how the Constitution secures the rights promised to all Americans by the Declaration. President Trump would be well served by reading Justice Thomas's James Madison Day Lecture. He also should read Thomas's Lincoln Day address to the Claremont Institute. That speech, in my judgment, is the most significant speech about the Declaration since Rev. King's "I Have a Dream." There, Thomas urges the American people "to be ever vigilant in reminding us--me and everyone else who has the privilege of serving our nation through public office--of the principles of our Founding and how they apply to the controversies of our time." The second reason that President Trump should use Justice Thomas as a model when selecting Scalia's replacement is less jurisprudential than the first, but at the present moment in American politics--arguably the meanest and the most uncivil in our history--it is probably more important. Justice Scalia, for all his skill as a literary stylist, sometimes crossed the line with his impassioned rhetoric. And as we all know, the presidential election campaign that led to Donald Trump's victory was frequently caustic, to put it mildly, and the opening days of the new Administration have not deviated from that path. Thomas, in contrast, has an unparalleled reputation on the Court for being kind to everyone, no matter what their station in life. He mentors young persons. He visits people in the hospital. He lingers after speeches and events until everyone who wants to meet him, ask him a question, or take a photograph with him has had a chance to do so. He knows the names of everyone who works at the Court and he cares about them and their families. And when you interact with him one on one, as I have been fortunate enough to do on a couple of occasions, he wants to talk about you, not about himself. The Supreme Court could use another justice like Clarence Thomas, and so could the American people. Let's hope that President Trump realizes it too. -- 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.