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Monday, August 12, 2019

A string of pending proposals on Capitol Hill could change the way current and future retirees live. But that's assuming they can first get through both Houses of Congress. ... When the Secure Act sailed through the House of Representatives on May 23 by a 417-3 vote, it looked like it would be fast-tracked in the Senate. Months later, progress on that side of Congress is still elusive. read more


The Trump administration has reauthorized the use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals. Here's how they work: When an animal stumbles across one of the devices, a capsule containing sodium cyanide, a highly toxic pesticide, is ejected into its mouth. And then scavenger animals eat the carcass, thus spreading the poison. When they die, other animals eat their carcasses, spreading it further. Then, it ends up in the ground through decay and rain, and plants grow, which feed animals that continue spreading it.


The Trump administration has reauthorized the use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals. Here's how they work: When an animal stumbles across one of the devices, a capsule containing sodium cyanide, a highly toxic pesticide, is ejected into its mouth. And then scavenger animals eat the carcass, thus spreading the poison. When they die, other animals eat their carcasses, spreading it further. Then, it ends up in the ground through decay and rain, and plants grow, which feed animals that continue spreading it.


Wednesday, August 07, 2019

China's trade war with the United States has escalated in recent days, posing a growing threat to an already slowing economy. Beijing needs private businesses to help rekindle growth and provide paychecks to Chinese workers. But many of those private businesses are short of cash. Instead, more than $200 billion in i.o.u.s -- known in the dry world of finance as commercial acceptance bills -- are floating around the Chinese financial system, according to government data.


Tuesday, August 06, 2019

They're confirming judges who want to render us powerless to stop mass shootings ... the Senate operates as "an approval factory" for Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the Times found. Under Trump, the Senate has confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 99 district courts judges, and 43 federal court of appeals judges. Today, nearly 1 in 4 judges on the powerful courts of appeals was nominated by Trump. The president is reshaping the judiciary in the image of the Republican Party's far-right conservative wing. read more


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