Pelosi, Mnuchin agree on plan to avoid government shutdown

Democrats and the Trump administration are taking a key step toward avoiding a government shutdown in September

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration have informally agreed to keep a stopgap government-wide funding bill — needed to avert a shutdown at the end of this month — free of controversy or conflict.

The accord is aimed at keeping any possibility of a government shutdown off the table despite ongoing battles over COVID-19 relief legislation, while sidestepping the potential for other shutdown drama in the run-up to the November election.

That’s according to Democratic and GOP aides on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on a Tuesday conversation between Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. They required anonymity to characterize an exchange they were

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Bangladesh Red Crescent Society – Population Movement Operation (PMO), Cox’s Bazar, Monthly Situation Report 62, July 2020 – Bangladesh

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In July 2020, the frequent and heavy rainfall, along with COVID-19 transmissions continued in Cox’s Bazar district including the camp settlements. The government authorities extended the zonal system around the district town and host communities to restrict non-essential activities and contain the spread of the pandemic. The daily COVID-19 update of WHO Bangladesh reported that up to 19 August 2020, a total of 3,849 people tested positive in Cox’s Bazar district for COVID-19. Out of this cumulative figure, there were 3,765 cases among the host communities and 84 in the camp population. The total death toll for the district stood at 67, out of which 61 deaths occurred in the host community and 6 in the camps. In reference to the testing capacity for both the host and the camp population where more than 1.2 million people live, health sector partners continue to support the government testing laboratory

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A lawyer for alleged victims of Robert Hadden, a former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing patients for 2 decades says the case is ‘just getting started’

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Robert Hadden, right, is released on bail, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Former New York gynecologist Hadden, accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was charged with six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. AP Photo/John Minchillo

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Robert Hadden, right, is released on bail, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Former New York gynecologist Hadden, accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was charged with six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts. AP Photo/John Minchillo

  • Robert Hadden, a former gynecologist, was charged with six federal counts on Wednesday tied to allegations of sexually abusing women and girls during routine exams.
  • Dozens of women have accused Hadden of sexually abusing them between 1993 and 2012 while he worked at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Anthony DiPietro, a laywer for dozens of women who have accused Hadden of sexual abuse say the case is “just getting started” and believes many employees at Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian knew of the abuse.
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Reversal of pesticide ban sparks criticism of French government

France has moved to reverse a ban on a class of pesticides only weeks after it came into force, reigniting a bitter dispute between environmentalists and farmers and embarrassing politicians who have championed ecological causes under President Emmanuel Macron. 

The French cabinet’s approval on Thursday of a draft law allowing sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoids was portrayed by ministers as essential to save the country’s sugar industry, the EU’s largest.

“I don’t want to abandon the sector and have my children eating only Belgian or German sugar,” Julien Denormandie, agriculture minister, said in a television interview. Viruses spread by aphids have severely damaged this year’s sugar beet crop in northern France. 

Environmentalists, however, are up in arms. Delphine Batho, a centre-left MP and head of Génération Ecologie, a green NGO, rejected the reintroduction of the pesticides as “ecocide, an ecological catastrophe”. Scientific studies have shown that neonicotinoids kill bees

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CAPPA scholars honored by Texas Society of Architects

Two University of Texas at Arlington architecture educators recently won 2020 Honor Awards from the Texas Society of Architects.

Bradley Bell, associate professor and director of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, won the award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec.

Kathryn Holliday, professor and founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, won the award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers.

Holliday is an award-winning architectural historian, researcher and teacher who is focused on the built environment. She has written numerous articles and essays, as well as her acclaimed book “The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture,” published in 2019 by the University of Texas Press.

“This award is welcome recognition for the work of the Dillon Center and its mission to connect

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Tulsa World editorial: America depends on the U.S. Postal Service; undercutting it for political reasons is outrageous | Editorial

Election 2020 Postal Service

Rebecca Slisher of Groveport, Ohio, holds a sign while rallying with others during a Save the Post Office Rally on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Whitehall, Ohio. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The current controversy over the U.S. Postal Service has brought out one clear point: America still depends on the mail.

Recently, President Donald Trump said he wasn’t interested in emergency funding for the Postal Service because he doesn’t want to aid vote-by-mail efforts. Ironically, Trump mailed in his own ballot for the Florida primaries last week.

Meanwhile, we have seen reports of significant mail delays, a problem postal workers and Democrats have attributed in part to operational changes imposed by Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy.

Under pressure, DeJoy announced last week that he was suspending Postal Service changes until after the election to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” but that hasn’t

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heroic South African human rights lawyer with a macabre duty to represent the dead

Advocate George Bizos, who has died at the age of 92, stands in the pantheon of South African human rights lawyers and anti-apartheid activists.

Throughout his lengthy lifetime, he doggedly used the courts as his chosen terrain to fight back against a police state that blatantly violated the rule of law. His lifelong commitment to human rights left a legacy in South Africa’s constitution and bill of rights. He knew that democracy is not a destination but a lifelong quest: eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Bizos was among a number of young white people who arrived in South Africa as refugees from Europe, only to find themselves forced to align themselves with the oppressed black majority against apartheid. This company includes Joe Slovo, Lithuanian by birth, and also an advocate by training, who became leader of the South African Communist Party.

Bizos was born in 1927 in the

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3 Reasons The U.S. Should Prioritize Human Rights With China

The U.S.-China relationship is under duress as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its campaign against universal values and human rights. From the internment of an estimated 1.8 million Uighurs in political reeducation camps to the undermining of freedom in Hong Kong, the CCP is on a mission to consolidate its power and advance its own interests to the detriment of the Chinese people.

The CCP’s actions merit a strong response, which is why the U.S. should press into its longstanding role in promoting human rights and values in Asia.

There are, at least, three critical reasons why the U.S. should promote values as a part of its foreign policy strategy toward China:

1)  Promoting human rights in China advances the U.S. free and open Indo-Pacific strategy. The U.S. cannot forsake values at a time when they are so clearly under threat. Instead, the

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Korean doctors call off strike, reach agreement with government

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Thousands of striking South Korean doctors are ready to return to work as the Korean Medical Association and the ruling Democratic Party came to an agreement Friday that put a halt to the government’s medical reform plans.

South Korean interns and residents have been on strike since Aug. 21 in response to governments plans introduced in July that would have increased medical school admission quotas by 4,000 over the next decade.

The five-point agreement signed Friday morning by the KMA and DP said discussions would start from scratch after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with special commissions to be formed that include doctors, politicians and health officials.

Later in the day, KMA President Choi Dae-zip signed another agreement with Health Minister Park Neung-hoo to end the strike and call on trainee doctors to return to work.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in reacted with relief on Friday,

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Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society releases booklet

The Cape Historical Preservation Society has produced a booklet about the former trolley line that ran from the old Cape Casino to Portland. Courtesy photo of Ellen Van Fleet

CAPE ELIZABETH — A new booklet that highlights the old trolley line that ran from Cape Casino to Portland is now available.

Created as a fundraiser, the booklet was researched and produced by Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society’s Ellen Van Fleet and Diane Brakeley, said Dan Davidson of Cape Elizabeth.

The booklet is $10 and is available at  Jordan’s Farm Market, Pond Cove IGA, Portland Head Light Museum, Drillen’s Hardware and Fiddlehead Florist, he said.

Readers can use the booklet as a tour guide as it takes them along the old trolley line along Shore Road.

“The booklet is filled with interesting, little-known facts about the line and features amazing old photos to help readers find still-existing remnants of the line

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