Vehicle to remove allies from Russia, damage it economically. The Ruble in free fall after oil took a hit. The most powerful government agency you have never heard of the Office of Foreign Assets Control has used sanctions on Putin associates and oil conglomerates. Cuba has deep relations with Russia going back decades, has much to offer the US.
Citigroup announced it would move its headquarters from New York to U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of House of Representatives. Citi spokesperson acknowledged makeover of the House is to cost millions,” “It’s always expensive to open a new branch.”“Instead of flying from New York to give Congress their orders, Citigroup executives can be on the floor with them, handing them legislation, telling them how to vote, result in tremendous cost savings.
US Congress approved “pension reform” measure that permits preemptive cuts in benefits from still-solvent pension funds if the funds are deemed to be in a “critical status. The pension provision was backed by major corporations such as UPS, Kroger and by trade unions that jointly administer pension plans covering 10 million retired and active workers.
The United States, Europe imposed sanctions on Russia’s energy, financial, military sectors, Russian nationals close to President Putin. White House officials: Russia was facing “a very serious economic situation” which “reflects the consequences of not following a set of international rules.”
Obama: US seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.
The legislation authorizes the US president to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, ammunition, and "tactical troop-operated surveillance drones."It will also impose penalties on Russia’s state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and other Russian defense companies.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Russia will overcome the West's sanctions, which will only make the country stronger, “We have been in much worse situations in our history and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger.
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.
State Duma chairman, Sergey Naryshkin:“Isn’t it time for European countries to take their fate into their own hands and stop applying for the “services” of those who can only instigate conflicts ending in violence, destruction,humanitarian disasters and human casualties.
District of Columbia officials indicated they will move forward with marijuana legalization, approved by city voters in November, despite a spending bill passed last week by Congress in which the legislative branch appeared to block the effort.
Brownback's proposal: Slash the state’s required pension contribution by $40 million to balance state budget. Kansas has one of the worst-funded pension systems in the nation. The state was recently sanctioned by Securities and Exchange Commission for not accurately disclosing the shortfalls.
It is useless for Washington to try to pressure Moscow on the world arena; instead, it should take into account the other side’s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry as the two officials met in Rome
Denmark says scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it. Denmark will deliver a claim on Monday to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting.
The US to impose sanctions on Venezuela over the sometimes-violent suppression of anti-government protests which racked the country earlier this year. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro: “They can stick the sanctions in their ears or wherever else they’ll fit.”
For the first time in US history the federal government is cutting off funding for enforcement of marijuana laws. The final federal spending bill that Congress will consider this next week includes amendments that block the Justice Department from spending any funds on undermining state marijuana laws.
The US government will not stop Native American tribes from growing marijuana on tribal lands, nor will it enforce federal pot laws on the groups, according to a recently released Department of Justice memo.
Tens of thousands of people protest against government’s plan to start billing for water and sewer service. Ireland is one of only two countries in the world (Turkmenistan is the other) that provide free water to residents, according to Global Water Intelligence, a British research outfit.
The government to spend $200,000 on the kits. Will be delivered to every major bank in the United States. The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, medicines, must include a “reusable solar blanket” 52 by 84 inches long, a 2,400-calorie food bar, “50 water purification tablets,” a “dust mask,” “one-size fits all poncho with hood,” a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an “Air-Aid emergency mask” for protection against airborne viruses.
Congressional negotiators to a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Tuesday undercut the U.S. capital city’s referendum to legalize marijuana, prohibiting Washington, D.C., from using federal and local funds to implement the initiative. Congress has the power to restrict city spending, and the rider bars any spending by the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana under the referendum.
Former US congressman Ron Paul says American lawmakers are seeking to drag the United States into a war with Russia by passing an anti-Russia resolution. Much of the bill ironically condemned Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine.
By imposing sanctions on Moscow, the US aims to change the political leadership, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, adding that Washington is “twisting the arms” of its allies so that they can continue an “anti-Russian front.”
Attempts to establish a political consensus on how to tackle growing problem of hunger in Britain came under strain Monday as a Conservative who helped launch a cross-party report on the issue declared one of the principal causes of food poverty was that “poor people do not know how to cook”.
Former congressman Ron Paullashed out at resolution the House passed against Russia, branding it “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever.” It could pave the way for a potential war with Russia, as it was with Iraq, says bill was nothing but “16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush.
The US is said to be considering imposing economic sanctions on Israel over its construction plans in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Senior US officials are reportedly engaged in discussions over the possibility of punitive action against Israel over the matter.
State Duma deputies have drafted a motion defining all countries that introduce sanctions against Russia as “aggressor nations” and ordering automatic reciprocal sanctions against them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Western sanctions against Russia will not undermine the country, nor alter Moscow’s policies. It is senseless for the Western countries to speak to Russia from the position of force and superiority. Putin made the remarks during his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday.
Putin: Russia is open to the world, ready for developing equal partnership with other countries. US has always been, directly or behind the scenes, affecting relations between Russia and its neighbors, Russia will not get involved in an expensive arms race. Russia cannot afford the liberty of being weak.
President Putin: 4.5 million additional schools required, Special certification to be required for healthcare professionals. “The core of economic development is having trained, skilled professionals,” outlines measures to reform education in engineering, Technological development needs particular focus. Businesses in this sector need to outline their needs to the government.
Russian lawmaker has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services.
Russian lawmaker Dmitry Gorovtsov has prepared a bill recommending all MPs to stop using iPhones and iPads to protect themselves from eavesdropping by foreign special services, applied primarily to politicians who had access to classified information.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call early elections and fire his finance and justice ministers for opposing the administration’s policies. The government has been teetering on the brink of collapse as Israel grapples with a slowing economy and escalating violence.
French lawmakers have voted to call on the government to recognize Palestine as a state. This is the latest in a series of efforts from European countries to push forward peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.
President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will seek $263 million in order to better train police officers ? and a large chunk of that money will fund the purchase of roughly 50,000 body cameras.
So there’s just this incredible level of disgust with their, as they say, partners in the west in Moscow and the result is they’re not really eager to talk anymore. They’re far more interested in acting. So, what we’ll probably see is a constant stream of surprises coming from Russia that will be completely unannounced and not predicted by anyone.
The Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Westfield Shopping Centers this weekend to provide deal-seekers with information on health insurance ahead of a Feb. 15 deadline for Americans without coverage to purchase it or pay a fine.
Republican Senator John McCain has rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia due to the escalating tensions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Arizona senator, however, criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s president has announced plans to change the nation's legislation to make it possible to appoint foreigners to top government positions. This has been dubbed “unprecedented,” and may indicate that the country is being governed “from outside.”
White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda, the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
Two opposition lawmakers want an official list of “undesirable foreign organizations” and criminal responsibility for Russians who assist the activities of these entities inside the country, to prevent any foreign groups to harm the “basic values of the Russian state.”
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.
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