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Senate confirms Obama labor board nominee

( ) – A divided Senate on Tuesday confirmed a former union lawyer picked by President Barack Obama to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board.

With Obama’s Democrats rejecting Republican fears that Richard Griffin would bring an unfair labor bias to the board, the Senate approved him as the NLRB’s general counse爱上海419l on a mostly party-line vote of 55-44.

The board, which oversees union elections and polices unfair labor practices, has long been a point of friction between pro-union Democrats and pro-b,上海夜生活Beckham,usiness Republicans.

While the battle over Griffin ended, a wider struggle over the NLRB and the power of the presidency remained to be played out before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Until a court ruling in January against the White House, Griffin served for a year on the NLRB as a contested Obama appointee. Before that, he was general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Obama nominated him in August to be NLRB general counsel.

The five-member board of the NLRB makes its ultimate case determinations, but the general counsel plays a critical role as a gatekeeper, investigating alleged labor violations and deciding which cases should be prosecuted.

Before the vote on Tuesday, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee declared his opposition to Griffin, saying: “I’m concerned about the direction of the NLRB as an advocate more than an umpire.

“I do not believe his presence as general counsel will improve the situation.”

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, which approved the Griffin nomination, hailed the nominee and his knowledge of labor laws.

“Mr. Griffin is exceptionally well qualified,” Harkin said. “I have no doubt he will do an outstanding job of enforcing our nation’s labor laws for workers, unions and employers.”

Harkin pointedly noted that years ago, an NLRB member came to the board directly from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s biggest business group, without any complaints of bias from Republicans.

“I guess it is only when you represent labor unions that you are biased, not when you represent the Chamber of Commerce,” he said.

RECESS APPOINTMENTS

In January 2012, when the Senate was technically in session but not conducting business, Obama appointed Griffin and Sharon Block as NLRB board members.

Objections from Republicans led to a deal later in which Obama withdrew the nominations of Griffin and Block, opening the way for Senate confirmation of other board members seen by Republicans as more moderate.

Those confirmations gave the NLRB its first full slate of board members in a decade. The board’s actions in the interim, however, have fallen under a cloud of legal uncertainty.

The Supreme Court agreed in June to hear the case of NLRB v. Noel Canning at the request of the administration. The court is expected to hear oral arguments sometime during its current term, which began this month and will run to June.

The administration went to the high court after a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled in January that the NLRB did not have a quorum when it ruled against Noel Canning, a bottling company, because three of the five sitting members were not valid appointments. The board needs three members to have a quorum. The ruling cast into doubt hundreds of NLRB decisions.

Obama’s so-called “recess appointments” of the three members that were judged invalid took place on January 4, 2012.

Presidents from both parties have used recess appointment authority over the years when facing difficulties winnin,上海夜生活桑拿会所Kade,g Senate approval of nominees. The appeals court ruling severely curtailed the scope of the recess appointment power.

Noel Canning, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had argued that an NLRB ruling for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in a disagreement over failed contract negotiations, could not be enforced due to the recess appointment issue.

Other appeals courts, including one in Richmond, Virginia, in July, have issued similar rulings finding the recess appointments invalid.

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Philippines’ Duterte sacks 20 for graft in military medical buys

MANILA ( ) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud and graft in purchases of military medical supplies, his spokesman said on Monday, the latest step in a sweeping battle on graft.

Reining in government corruption was a key election plank for Duterte, who has been a big supporter of the security forces, promising equipment and boosting their budget and salaries to help tackle crime, drugs and armed rebellions.

Those sacked were accused of involvement in 17 cases of bogus purchases of supplies, drugs and equipment at inflated prices, the spokesman, Harry Roque, told reporters.

Civilians and military officials were among those sacked. The servicemen faced a court martial, he added.

Duterte was “personally aggravated and angered”, having recently ordered that 50 million pesos ($936,908) be made availabl,上海夜网Raymond,e ,上海夜生活论坛Paige,to the main military hospital where the offences took place, Roque said.

Military chief Carlito Galvez said he was angered to learn that men in uniform had profited by inflating the prices of prosthetics bought for soldiers who had lost limbs in battle.

In his campaign against corruption, Dutert上海龙凤419e has sacked dozens of officials, including many of his own appointees.

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North Carolina ordered to release documents in voter law challenge

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina ( ) – North Carolina legislators who shaped sweeping voting changes, including requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, must provide some emails and other documents to groups challenging the law, a federal judge has ruled.

Lawmakers are immune from being sued individually for their legislative acts but cannot withhold all communications related to the law’s passage, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake ruled on Thursday.

Peake said claims of immunity “must be evaluated under a flexible approach” that considered the need for information in the lawsuit while still protecting the legislative process.

A lawyer for the state had argued at a hearing in February in Winston-Salem that legislators could not be compelled to explain their votes or release any correspondence about their decision-making.

Attorneys for the law’s challengers, who say it will restrict voting rights and discriminate against minorities, said the public had a right to know more about the circumstances under which it was passed.

The law’s opponents said Peake’s ruling should help their case, which will not go to trial until after the 2014 mid-term elections.

“North Carolinians have a right to know what motivated their lawmakers to make it harder for them to vote,” said Dale Ho, director of the Voting Rights Project for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s office d,上海夜生活论坛Queenie,id not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

McCrory signed North Carolina’s voting changes into law in August, prompting lawsuits by parties including the U.S. Justice Department, the League of Women Voters, the ACLU 爱上海and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Republican lawmakers ,上海夜网Nico,said the changes were needed to combat voter fraud. Critics argue that reducing early voting days, eliminating same-day registration and imposing a photo-identification requirement for in-person voting make it harder for those who are likely to vote for Democratic candidates to cast their ballots.

Australian PM’s popularity slumps as government fractures emerge

SYDNEY ( ) – The personal approval rating of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fell to its lowest level in more than four months, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, adding pressure on Turnbull as he seeks to unite a fractured government.

A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Turnbull’s lead as preferred prime minister over opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten fell 4 percentage points in the past two weeks, a result that weakens his hand ahead of a critical meeting of the centre-right government on Tuesday.

Turnbull’s personal popularity has so far safeguarded his leadership in a country where leadership changes have become common in recent years when polls have shown the government on course for an election defeat.

“Turnbull is again on the back foot. If he can’t regain the momentum and get through his centrepiece policies, those leadership questions,上海夜生活论坛Bentley, will again emerge,” said Haydon Manning, a political sc,上海夜生活Harlow,ience professor at Flinders University in South Australia state.

Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition government still trails Labor, the Newspoll opinion poll showed, although the margin was unchanged at 49-51.

Australia’s government will convene on Tuesday after a six-week recess, the first time it will meet since a series of by-election defeats late last month.

Those results fueled pressure on Turnbull to resolve more than a decade of battles over climate and energy policies and spur investment in new power supply, as well as to provide clarity over whether he intends to pursue corporate tax cuts despite polls showing voters oppose them.

Turnbull’s coalition failed to win any of the five by-elec爱上海419tions in July, defeats widely seen as an indication he faces an uphill task to be re-elected at a national poll due by May 2019.

Two Koreas plan third summit of Kim, Moon next month

SEOUL ( ) – North and South Korea agreed on Monday to hold a summit in the North in September, another step towards boosting cooperation between the old rivals, even as doubts grow over efforts to end the North’s nuclear weapons program.

Officials from both sides meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, reached an agreement on a September summit between the countries’ leaders in the North’s capital of Pyongyang.

No date was announced for what will be the third meeting this year between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

They first met in April in Panmunjom, a remarkable thaw in ties after more than a year of rising tension and fears of war over the North’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

There they agreed that Moon would visit the North’s capital in the autumn, though the pair met again in May in an unannounced meeting at Panmunjom.

No details on an agenda for next month’s talks were announced, but the two Koreas have been discussing a range of issues, from a possible peace declaration to joint economic and infrastructure projects.

The progress between the two Koreas comes as North Korea and the United States are struggling to agree on how to bring about the North’s denuclearization, after Kim vowed to work toward that goal at a landmark summit in June in Singapore with U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. officials have told that North Korea had yet to agree to a timeline for eliminating its nuclear arsenal or to disclose its size, which U.S. estimates have put at between 30 and 60 warheads.

After Monday’s talks, Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of a North Korean committee aiming for the “peaceful reunification” of the peninsula, told his South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, it was important to clear “obstacles” preventing inter-Korean relations from moving forward.

“If the issues that were raised at the talks aren’t resolved, unexpected problems could emerge and the issues that are already on the schedule may face difficulties,” Ri said, without giving details.

PROBLEMS

One issue ,上海夜生活论坛Abriel,that has angered North Korea recently has been the case of a dozen North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016 via China.

The North says they were abducted by the South and should be returned, and has raised the possibility of the issue creating an obstacle to the reunion of some families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War, planned for ,上海夜生活Patsy,next week.

Cho did not say if North Korea had raised the case of the restaurant workers on Monday, merely saying it had not brought up new issues.

“There were mentions that if there are problems to be resolved by both sides, on humanitarian issues or for the development of inter-Korean relations, we should do it,” the minister told reporters.

Cho said the two sides had exchanged views on the North’s denuclearization and on a peace mechanism to replace the armistice that ended fighting during the Korean War.

Moon and Kim agreed during their first summit to push for a declaration of an end to the Korean War together with the United States this year, but Washington has said it would only be possible after the North abandons its nuclear program.

Last month, the North’s state media criticized the South accusing it of only caring only about the views of the United States and failing to take practical 上海419论坛steps to advance inter-Korean relations.

South Korea hopes to restart efforts on a cross-peninsula railway and a joint industrial park but has been cautious about major projects due to international sanctions chiefly engineered by Washington over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

The North has urged the United States to end the sanctions, saying it had made goodwill gestures, including a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, the dismantling of a nuclear site, and the return of the remains of some U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War.

“The North is asking the South to play a bridging role as they want the United States to speed up progress in declaring an end to the war officially,” said Seo Yu-seok, a researcher at the Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Christopher Green, a senior adviser at the International Crisis Group, said the North could try to increase pressure on the South to deliver on economic promises made at the April summit, while widening the distance between Seoul and Washington.

Ri said the two sides had agreed on a date for the summit, but he declined to elaborate.

Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman of South Korea’s presidential office, said it would be difficult for the summit to happen before the Sept. 9 anniversary of North Korea’s founding, a major holiday there.

No risk of speculative attack on Italian markets: deputy PM

MILAN ( ) – Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Monday there was no risk of speculators attacking the country’s financial markets and that the government was working to stabilize the economic and financial situation.

“I do not see the concrete risk of this government being attacked. It is more a hope of the opposition,” Di Maio said in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

He added that if “someone wants to use the markets against the g,上海夜生活论坛Sabrina,overnment, it must be known that we cannot be threatened”.

A senior government official said on Sunday that he expected speculators to attack Italian financial markets this month but that the country had the resources to defend itself.

Italian stocks have come under strain in recent weeks, with investors concerned that the governing coalition, made up of the League and Di Maio’s 5-S上海419论坛tar Movement, might ignore European Union fiscal rules and push up the country’s debt, the highest in the euro zone after Greece.

Di Maio said his government would carry out all reforms with maximum respect for the “equilibrium of the state accounts” and that there was no need to exceed the EU’s 3 percent deficit-to-GDP limit.

“We will convince the EU to allow us to carry out reforms that will cut debt and boost internal demand,” said Di Maio, who is also industry and labor minister.

La Repubblica daily reported last week that the government planned to target a budget deficit next year of 1.7 percent of gross domestic product, comfortably inside the EU’s 3 percent ceiling but double the current 0.8 percent goal.

The government is due to update its economic targets in September before drawing up the 2019 budget and submitting it to the European Commission for approval the following month.

(This version of the story corrects paragraph 8 to show deficit target was reported by la Repubblica not stated by finance ,上海夜网Malia,minister.)

Heathrow Airport passport queues reached two-and-a-half hours in…

LONDON ( ) – Passengers arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport had to queue at passport control for up to two-and-a-half hours in July, official figures showed, sparking further criticism from aviation chiefs about delays caused by Britain’s border regime.

The Border Force missed its 45-minute or less target for passport check wait times for 95 percent of visitors f,上海夜生活Quinney,rom outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on all but one day last month, according to the data obtained by UK-based airline Virgin Atlantic.

Queues were longest on July 6 when non-EEA visitors had to wait for up to two hours and 36 minutes at Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport.

The boss of Virgin Atlantic called the queue times “unacceptable”, adding to criticism from the chief executive of British Airways, who said last week that Heathrow’s queues were worse than at other major world airport.

“We all agree that security and safety at our airports is vital and remains our top priority, but other countries are managing their borders more effectively,” Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive Craig Kreeger said in a statement on Monday.

Britain’s interior ministry, responsible for Border Force operations, said it was deploying,上海夜生活论坛Dante, 200 additional staff at Heathrow this summer, who wo爱上海419uld all be in place during peak travel periods in August and September.

It said in a statement that it would not compromise on border checks and was working to reduce waiting times.

Heathrow Airport’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye last week called on the Home Office to let visitors from low risk countries such as the U.S. use the electronic passport gates which currently are only open to EEA visitors.

China tries more members of banned religious group ‘Almighty God’

BEIJING ( ) – A Chinese court has begun proceedings against leading members of the banned religious group “Almighty God”, state media reported, the latest crackdown on what the government has labeled a dangerous cult.

China has already sentenced dozens of followers of Quannengshen, or the Church of Almighty God, since the murder of a woman ,上海夜生活Jameson,at a fastfood restaurant by suspected members of the group in 2014 sparked a national outcry.

In the latest case, an unspecified number of members of the group have been on trial in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang since July 31, state news agency Xinhua said late on Sunday.

“Heilongjiang police arrested the leader and some key members of the cult branch in northeast China in June 2017,” the report said, citing local police.

It provided no other details of the case and it was not possible to reach a represent上海419论坛ative of the group in China for comment.

The group, which originated in central Henan province, believes that Jesus was resurrected as Yang Xiangbin, wife of the sect’s founder, Zhao Weishan, Xinhua said. Zhao is also known as Xu Wenshan, Xinhua said, adding that the couple fled to the United States in 2000.

The group mainly recruits less-educated women who have family problems, a,上海夜生活桑拿会所Idaia,nd “lures” them in with normal Christian teachings, the report said.

“In the beginning new recruits were not forced to donate or attend the gatherings but after becoming a convert they were manipulated to leave their family and devote everything to the cult,” it quoted an anonymous Heilongjiang police officer as saying.

Members are banned from using mobile phones, watching television or reading non-religious books and are made to “watch videos made for brainwashing”, Xinhua added.

In 2012, China launched a crackdown on “Almighty God” after it called for a “decisive battle” to slay the “Red Dragon” Communist Party, and preached that the world would end that year.

China’s constitution proclaims freedom of belief, but in reality the officially atheist ruling Communist Party keeps a tight rein over all religious activities and has cracked down on sects it says threaten social stability and promote violence.

Republican Paul Ryan to unveil U.S. budget plan on Tuesday

WASHINGTON ( ) -,上海夜网Quinby, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan on Tuesday plans to unveil a 10-year balanced budget plan that seeks to bolster Republicans’ campaign credentials as the party of fiscal prudence but also leaves them open to fresh attacks over deep cuts to social programs.

The House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs, said in a statement that it has scheduled a vote on a budget resolution on Wednesday. Under House rules, the document must be made public at least 24 hours before it can be considered by a committee.

Ryan has revealed no details of his plan, but Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have said it would achieve balance within 10 years, as Ryan’s budget plan proposed last year. It is widely expected to contain many elements of his past budgets, including deep cuts to social safety net programs such as Medicaid health care for the poor and food stamps.

The task of eliminating deficits within a deca,上海夜生活桑拿会所Lauralei,de, however, is expected to be more difficult this year because of slower economic growth forecasts from the Congressional Budget Office, which predict $1.4 trillion less in tax revenue collections over a decade compared to forecasts made a year ago. Many Republicans are also clamoring for increased defense spending in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

If passed by the Rep上海419论坛ublican-controlled House, Ryan’s budget would face certain death in the Democratic-controlled Senate, relegating it to service as a campaign talking-point for November’s congressional elections.

But even in a divided House Republican caucus, the desire to shrink government spending and the $17.5 trillion national debt remains strong and is viewed as a key differentiator that can help Republicans gain ground against Democrats.

Democrats, however, view the Ryan budget as a rich source of material for attack ads against Republicans focusing on the painful spending cuts that they would have to make to balance the budget in 10 years.

Hagel, ahead of China trip, urges military restraint in cyberspace

WASHINGTON ( ) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well.

In his first remarks on cyber security since becoming defense secretary last year, Hagel told a retirement ceremony for Cyber Command chief General Keith Alexander that the Pentagon sought to be “open and transparent” about its cyber capabilities and intentions with both allies and competitors.

“The United States does not seek to militarize cyberspace,” Hagel he told an audience at Fort Meade, Maryland, the home of Cyber Command and the NSA signals spy service. He said the United States wanted to promote the qualities of the Internet that have made it a “catalyst for freedom and prosperity.”

“Consistent with these efforts, DoD (the Department of Defense) will maintain an approach of restraint to any cyber operations outside of U.S. government networks. We are urging other nations to do the same,” he said.

The speech was seen as an effort to ease strains and shape the dialogue over cyber issues ahead of,上海夜生活Kate, Hagel’s China trip, which follows recent reports that the NSA for years accessed the networks of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Hagel travels to China after next week visiting Hawaii, where he will host defense ministers from ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He then heads to Japan, China and Mongolia. The stop in Beijing will be his first as defense secretary.

Defense officials say that while all nations spy on each other for security purposes, behavior over the Internet has become increasingly problematic, with some governments snooping for commercial gain and engaging in other worrisome behavior.

“It’s exactly one of the reasons that we’re trying to be more transparent about everything we do in cyberspace,” a senior defense official said.

“We want the Chinese, just like we want our allies and others around the world, to understand what it is we’re doing in building a cyber force at CyberCom, understand how we operate, understand the policies we use, like the 爱上海policy of restraint,” the official said.

Hagel’s remarks co,上海夜生活桑拿会所Kayla,me as the Pentagon is in the process of beefing up its force dealing with cyber security, expanding it from about 1,800 people today to more about 6,000 by the end of 2016.

The so-called Cyber Mission Force is divided into a large number of teams working in three primary focus areas: major national threats to the nation, defending Defense Department information networks and supporting combat missions.

Officials say about 13 teams will help protect the nation from major cyber threats, a job that is primarily handled by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. Another 68 teams will protect Defense Department information networks and 27 teams will work supporting the combat commanders.