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Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) 03 February 2021
Like them or revile them, federal agencies seem poised to regain some of their traditional powers under the new administration. But it’s not clear how far President Biden wants them to go.   During the first week and a half of the Biden administration, Americans have been treated to...

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IANS 03 February 2021
To maintain high quality standards in highway development, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to penalise firms for lapses in construction standards.   Accordingly, any lapses in construction quality of bridges, structures, approaches to structure by...

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Silicon Valley-based online trading app Robinhood, co-founded by Indian American Baiju Bhatt, raised emergency funding of $1 billion from its existing investors after demands on its cash skyrocketed amid this week's "extraordinary circumstances" in the market, the media reported on...

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Chris Morran (ProPublica) 28 January 2021
Donald Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow.   Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 following a campaign of pledges to...

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Brianna Bailey (The Frontier) 27 January 2021
COVID-19 relief was meant to give a lifeline to hospitals, especially the small, rural facilities that struggled to stay open before 2020. But in states like Oklahoma, problems created by confusing guidelines could cause harm long after the pandemic.   A federal economic relief...

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Ending speculation about his whereabouts, Alibaba Co-founder Jack Ma has reappeared in public view after months amid increased scrutiny of his companies by Chinese regulators.   The news of his reappearance came after a video of his on Chinese social media appeared.   In the...

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ProPublica 20 January 2021
The final episode of “Trump, Inc.” says goodbye to its namesake in the White House by identifying eight objects that symbolize the unique intersection between his presidency and his family business.   f you had to select a few objects to embody the Trump administration — especially,...

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Sunil Mahajan 19 January 2021
It is a normal practice to look back at the year just gone by. I usually refrain from the practice; but the last year has not been an ordinary one by any reckoning. Anyone, who has lived through 2020, will never forget it in his lifetime. I wish to touch upon just one aspect, the fact that a...

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A Seoul court on Monday sentenced Lee Jae-yong, heir apparent of South Korea's biggest family-run conglomerate the Samsung Group, to two years and a half in prison for corruption charges, including a bribery case involving former President Park Geun-hye.   The Seoul High Court gave...

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After Huawei and ZTE, the US government has now taken on the Chinese conglomerate Xiaomi, blacklisting it as a "Communist Chinese military company".   In a fresh list, the US Department of Defense has targeted Xiaomi, which means that the company is also vulnerable to the outgoing...

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Allan Sloan (ProPublica)  and   Cezary Podkul (for ProPublica) 15 January 2021
The “King of Debt” promised to reduce the national debt — then his tax cuts made it surge. Add in the pandemic, and he oversaw the third-biggest deficit increase of any president.   One of President Donald Trump’s lesser known but profoundly damaging legacies will be the explosive...

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Lydia DePillis (ProPublica) 14 January 2021
Now the lawyer who wrote the rules that gave Wall Street insiders a big financial incentive to report crimes to the SEC is suing the government for changing them.   After agonizing about the decision, the top financial adviser had finally gone to the Securities and Exchange Commission...

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An unprecedented second impeachment of outgoing US President Donald Trump in the final days of his term has been initiated, with the Democrats on Monday introducing the single article charging him with "incitement of insurrection" following the violent storming of the Capitol last...

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Joshua Kaplan (ProPublica) 11 January 2021
A Pentagon memo offers one version of events — six days of preparation for a rally that quickly spiraled out of control.   President Donald Trump met with top military officials and gave his approval to activate the D.C. National Guard three days before he encouraged a mob of angry...

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Nikhila Natarajan (IANS) 08 January 2021
They smashed windows, they climbed walls, they took down the American flag and replaced it with a Trump flag they brought along, they sat in the Speaker's chair and left a quarter on her desk. After these scenes of violent protest played out at the US Capitol on January 6, a single question...

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Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf  and   J. David McSwane (ProPublica) 08 January 2021
Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed.   The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was stoked in plain sight. For weeks, the far-right supporters of President Donald Trump railed on social media...

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Arul Louis (IANS) 07 January 2021
After a deadly attack on the citadel of American democracy, Congress defiantly resumed its constitutional task of tallying the electoral colleges votes to plant the final seal on Joe Biden's election as the 46th US President and Kamala Harris as Vice President.   Sitting President...

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Isaac Arnsdorf (ProPublica) 29 December 2020
Private executioners paid in cash. Middle-of-the-night killings. False or incomplete justifications. ProPublica obtained court records showing how the outgoing administration is using its final days to execute the most federal prisoners since World War II.   In its hurry to use its...

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IANS 28 December 2020
After China's top market watchdog began investigation last week into alleged anti-competition practices by ecommerce giant Alibaba, media reported on Monday that the country has now laid out ‘rectification plan for the Jack Mas fintech venture Ant Group.   According to a report in...

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IANS 24 December 2020
In a significant development, China's top market watchdog on Thursday started investigation into alleged anti-competition practices by ecommerce giant Alibaba, as Beijing tightened control of an expanding Internet.   In a brief note, the State Administration for Market Regulation...

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