Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Americas Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Americas | On Venezuela, Rubio Assumes U.S. Role of Ouster in Chief Supported by ByPeter Baker and Edward Wong Jan. 26, 2019 WASHINGTON — His hand chopping in the air, his voice stern and stalwart, he declared that it was time for the regional despot to go and warned of the consequences if he did not. With a commander in chief’s resolve, he vowed that the United States would do whatever it took to protect its own diplomats on the ground. It was not the commander in chief but Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican who nearly three years after losing his own bid for the presidency has become a lead policy architect and de facto spokesman in a daring and risky campaign involving the United States in the unrest that is now gripping Venezuela. Through sheer force of will and a concerted effort to … [Read more...] about On Venezuela, Rubio Assumes U.S. Role of Ouster in Chief
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FILE PHOTO: A patient undergoes an eye exam at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) health clinic in Inglewood, California August 11, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators expressed concern on Wednesday that federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown could lose their dental and vision health insurance benefits if they are unable to pay their premiums. In a letter to the government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Democratic Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin said forcing workers to pay the premiums during the shutdown would be “unacceptable.” Some 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. 22, after Republican President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress deadlocked over his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall with Mexico. With no paychecks and thus no payroll deductions, federal workers subject to the … [Read more...] about Furloughed federal workers may lose some health benefits: U.S….
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As a partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its sixth day, the agency that oversees the federal workforce offered advice on staving off creditors to the estimated 800,000 employees who could be affected by a lapse in pay.The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suggested furloughed workers could offer partial payments to mortgage lenders and posted on its website form letters they could use.gi "I am a Federal employee who has recently been furloughed due to a lack of funding of my agency," said one of three templates offered by the agency. "Because of this, my income has been severely cut and I am unable to pay the entire cost of my mortgage, along with my other expenses."In a Twitter post, OPM said idled workers should contact personal attorneys if they needed advice on dealing with creditors.President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have reached an apparent stalemate in a fight over government funding with the president insisting on $5 … [Read more...] about U.S. government advises workers on staving off creditors amid shutdown
Washington – Minnesota’s top budget official voiced unease Friday about the looming uncertainty of a protracted federal government shutdown. “Short term we don’t see an immediate effect, but the long-term nature of this makes us concerned,” Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans told the Star Tribune. Frans said he grew more worried after President Donald Trump vowed in a tweet early Friday that “there will be a shutdown that will last a very long time” if Democrats voted against appropriating $5 billion for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. With lock-step Democratic opposition, Republicans lack enough votes in the U.S. Senate to approve a measure that passed the U.S. House on Thursday night to keep the government running until Feb. 8 and provide $5.7 billion for the border wall. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, both Democrats, flew to Minnesota on Thursday, then returned to Washington on Friday as … [Read more...] about Minnesota braces for effects of federal government shutdown
A U.S. government investigation has reportedly concluded Chinese hackers were responsible for the massive data breach of the Marriott hotel chain discovered in September. American investigators see the cyber attack as part of a Chinese intelligence effort that also includes gathering data on U.S. citizens by raiding health insurance companies and security clearance databases.The New York Times cited “two people briefed on the investigation” in a Tuesday report about the Trump administration’s growing crackdown on Chinese espionage: The hackers, they said, are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days. Those moves include indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military, according to four … [Read more...] about U.S. Blames Chinese Hackers for Massive Marriott Data Breach