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Wilmington officials continue enforcing short-term rental policy deemed illegal by North Carolina court

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Wilmington city officials have kept a short-term rental ordinance intact despite it being ruled illegal by a North Carolina superior court judge. The city’s zoning ordinance places a 2% cap on how many properties can operate as rental homes......

How IBM influences policy without spending big money on election campaigns

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes. Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc.......

Some lending apps thrive on India’s Google Play despite policy violations

MUMBAI (Reuters) – At least 10 Indian lending apps on Google’s Play Store, which have been downloaded millions of times, breached Google rules on loan repayment lengths aimed at protecting vulnerable borrowers, according to a Reuters review of such services and more than a dozen users. FILE PHOTO: The logo......

Biden plans to release more Covid vaccine doses in break from Trump administration policy

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he announces his Justice Department nominees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 7, 2020. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden plans to release more doses of the Covid vaccines once......

Exclusive: Biden will release all available vaccine doses in break from Trump administration policy of holding back stock for second dose

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Releasing all vaccine doses on hand could quickly ratchet up the availability of coronavirus vaccines by allowing more people access to a first dose. It could also be a risky strategy as both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines require two......

U.S. transport chief, foreign policy aides quit after Capitol violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation on Thursday, the first Cabinet member to join a list of officials of President Donald Trump’s administration who are leaving in protest at the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. Chao, the wife of Republican Senate Majority Leader......

China’s central bank says it will make policy flexible, targeted in 2021

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee BEIJING (Reuters) -China’s central bank said on Wednesday it would make its monetary policy flexible, targeted and appropriate in 2021, focusing on supporting small......

Joe Biden is set to pull America’s schools far to the left

Max Eden Education reformers breathed a sigh of relief when it became clear that President-elect Joe Biden wouldn’t tap a teachers-union leader as his secretary of education, contrary to the post-election rumor mill. Instead, Biden nominated Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona. Compared to teachers-union leaders, Cardona appears moderate. But Biden’s......

A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy

WASHINGTON — Nearly a quarter century ago, a team of tobacco industry consultants outlined a plan to create “explicit procedural hurdles” for the Environmental Protection Agency to clear before it could use science to address the health impacts of smoking. President Trump’s E.P.A. embedded parts of that strategy into federal......

ECB will raise interest rates if needed, but shift can take some time – Weidmann

FILE PHOTO: German Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann presents the annual 2018 report in Frankfurt, Germany, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach BERLIN (Reuters) – Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann warned euro zone governments forced to increase public debt to support their economies during the coronavirus pandemic not to expect the European Central......

New Jersey adopts new use-of-force policy to focus on de-escalation

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Nationwide reckoning: The policy changes come eight months after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked sustained protests in New Jersey and across the U.S. against police brutality and a launched nationwide reckoning with the way......

Tanzania ‘using Twitter’s copyright policy to silence activists’

But internet rights advocacy group Access Now says it’s seeing the increased use of spurious DMCA claims in attempts to silence journalists, activists, and civil society organisations that report on human rights violations. BBC – For more and to sign up click here To Return to the Main Aggregate News......

“We’re in a crisis”: Biden introduces climate policy team

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday issued a dire warning on climate change as he announced the nominees who will shape his environmental team. Mr. Biden stressed the need for the U.S. to reenter the Paris climate agreement and discussed......

Bank of Israel to offer non-bank credit deals to COVID-hit small businesses

People wear protective face masks as they shop at a market amid Israel’s second-wave coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, in Jerusalem October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Bank of Israel said on Sunday it would start offering repo transactions with supervised non-bank credit providers to increase the supply......

Here’s everything the Federal Reserve could do at its policy meeting next week

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on “The Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress” on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 1, 2020. Susan Walsh | Pool | Reuters The Federal Reserve heads into its......

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