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Christie orders flags to half-staff on 9/11
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags at state government buildings lowered to half-staff on Sept. 11 in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks. In his executive order, the Republican says almost 700 New Jerseyans were among the nearly 3,000 who perished 15 years ago. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | President of the United States Federal government of the United States State U.S. state Government New Jersey Washington D.C. Sovereign state
Ohio public-records mediation a smart move for state and its citizens: editorial
Peace at last? A new Ohio mediation option applauded by the editorial board could stop the long, costly battles over public records between citizens and state and local governments. The Ohio legislature deserves a thumbs-up for giving citizens a way to dig into public records without forcing them to dig deep into their pockets.  Under Substitute Senate Bill 321, which passed in June and goes into effect Sept. 28, citizens denied public records by a government entity in Ohio will be able to opt for a $25 mediation process through the Ohio Court of Claims instead of having to file a lawsuit and thereby forcing the government to defend itself in court. Mediation should ensure that more Ohioans are able to take advantage of the state's open records law, which is the hallmark of good, transparent government.  Mediation part of public records bill Currently, citizens denied public records have only one legal remedy: a mandamus action, or a writ, through the courts forcing the government to turn the public records over. But litigation can be a sky-high barrier for many record-seeking citizens who lack the money to hire a lawyer.  Soon, rejected citizens will be able to pay $25 to file a complaint in their county clerk's office for the Ohio Court of Claims, which will then attempt to mediate the problem. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> If mediation fails, a special master steps in and gives the Court of Claims judge an advisory opinion. The judge can then issue a legally binding decision. That ruling is appealable, but the idea is that most of these disputes will be resolved efficiently within weeks, not months, by an independent, third party. About 28 states already offer mediation as a way to resolve public-records disputes, said Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.   Hetzel supports the new Ohio law, as does state Auditor Dave Yost and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Yost and DeWine said they will likely dismantle their programs to mediate public-records disputes. Ideally, there should be no need for mediation or lawsuits. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 has a right-thinking view of how public records should be handled: Public records (with some reasonable exceptions, such as personal information about law-enforcement personnel) should be "promptly prepared and made available for inspection ( or copying) to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours." And the requester need not even give her or his name. Despite the clarity of Ohio law, it is not unusual for some cities and villages to thumb their noses at it and refuse to turn over consultant contracts, mayor's schedules, public officials' garage-door logs and other documents on the flimsiest excuses.  If public-records mediation works as it should, it will give many citizens an opportunity to pry those records free without costly dramas. That's how it should be. Gray skies during Sunshine Week Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Law Dispute resolution Mediation Government Ohio Attorney General Judge Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
Salvation through soccer?
The Central African state of Chad is suffering through a steep economic decline and a grueling fight against terrorism.
6 points by CNN | Ligue 1 FC Metz France RC Lens Government Ligue 2 Official Sovereign state
Department of Homeland Security asks businesses to share cyber attack information, finds only one that's willing
— A law championed by Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger to get businesses and the government to share information about computer security threats has had limited impact so far because companies are reluctant to hand over data to the government, officials and corporate executives said Thursday. About...
14 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Department of Homeland Security Computer security Security Attack Dutch Ruppersberger Government Worry Law
Babul Aktar's father 'does not know' his whereabouts
The father of Babul Aktar does not know the whereabouts of the police officer just relieved of his duties.
170 points by | Mobile phone Government Murder Deputy Commissioner Accept Television series by NBC Universal Television Assistant Commissioner
Two year prison term for $14 million organized crime scheme
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison for his part in a $14 million organized crime conspiracy that forced a financial institution to fold.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Criminal law Law Nicodemo Scarfo Mafia Contract Government English-language films American Mafia
Kim Jong Un can’t take the jokes, bans sarcasm
Kim Jong Un is making jokes about him no laughing matter. The diminutive dictator banned North Koreans from making sarcastic comments about him, or his regime. Government authorities gathered citizens in mass meetings to warn them of the latest ban, according to Radio Free Asia. “One state security official personally organized a meeting to alert...
2945 points by New York Post | South Korea North Korea World War II Kim Jong-il Kim Il-sung Government United States Kim Jong-un
Trump says immigrants who join the military could become legal residents, an idea backed by this California Republican
Essential Politics: Pence visits California, Brown faces hundreds of challenges in bills on his desk Sept. 8, 2016, 9:05 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:California lawmakers joined a Santa Clara rally on Friday...
45 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Immigration to the United States Government Donald Trump Immigration President of the United States Bill Clinton Westminster system
Medicaid drug reimbursement to put more focus on counseling
The state will change the way it reimburses medical providers for drug rehabilitation under Medicaid, the insurance program for low-income people, to encourage more counseling services for addicts and emphasize its importance as part of treatment.The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Addiction Heroin Methadone Drug addiction Opioid Government Health insurance Health economics
Boeing bonuses: earned or excessive?
To the editor: Isn’t this exactly the corruption lurking in the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about? ( “Boeing wins big bonuses after failures,” Sept. 4) My heart sinks when I think of the national treasure that has been squandered for decades on gold-plated, ineffective...
6 points by Los Angeles Times | Santa Susana Field Laboratory Dwight D. Eisenhower Missile defense Government Donald Trump Military-industrial complex National missile defense San Fernando Valley
Washington Post: What Trump gets right
Our government used to get things done. The Manhattan Project coordinated the work of more than 130,000 people in over a dozen states. It was difficult, unprecedented – and successful. Less than four years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the go-ahead, the United States detonated the world...
5 points by Concord Monitor | Jeb Bush F-35 Lightning II Fighter aircraft Donald Trump George W. Bush The Apprentice Government Washington D.C.
High Court stays BTRC notices advising subscribers to switch from Citycell
The telecoms regulator's notices advising subscribers to switch from Citycell to other operators have been stayed.
186 points by | Mobile phone Mobile network operator Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury Administrative law Lawyer Telecommunication Government Court
From Silicon Valley, Trump sure looks right about our broken government
Our government used to get things done. The Manhattan Project coordinated the work of more than 130,000 people in over a dozen states. It was difficult, unprecedented — and successful. Less than four years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the go-ahead, the United States detonated the world’s first atomic bomb. Today our government finds...
125 points by New York Post | F-35 Lightning II Government Fighter aircraft George W. Bush Washington D.C. Donald Trump United States The Apprentice
Gov. Brown on the more than 700 bills awaiting his signature: 'It's like a mini Phd in government structure and policy'
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 2:13 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | Government State United States Sovereign state Political philosophy Aristotle Governor of California California
Clash over the number of Senate debates continues, but candidates agree on at least one
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 2:09 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | California Los Angeles United States Governor of California Government Orange County California California State University Political philosophy
Kamala Harris still favored by wide margin in U.S. Senate race, according to new poll
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 1:18 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
19 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Voting system California Elections Voting Primary election Government Alaska
Jerry Brown to sign climate change legislation Thursday
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 12:25 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
267 points by Los Angeles Times | Government United States California State Scotland Law Political philosophy Aristotle
Catalonia: DNA tests to identify Spain's civil war dead
Catalonia starts DNA project to identify some of the 114,000 who disappeared during Spain's civil war and dictatorship.
1107 points by Al Jazeera English | Democracy Spain Catalonia Francisco Franco José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Government People's Party Dictatorship
In Colorado, moving forward on carbon and climate
Re: “On climate change order, Hickenlooper faces a perception problem,” Aug. 30 editorial. The Denver Post notes the awkward timing of a leaked draft from the governor’s office, then hits the climate nail on the head, citing the need to move from a fossil-fuel economy to one based on renewable energy. The carbon dilemma must be addressed, […]
2 points by The Denver Post | United States State U.S. state Sovereign state Denver New England Government Climate change
Maryland House passes first major ethics bill in over a decade
The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Friday that would update the state's ethics laws. It would require more disclosure of lawmakers' conflicts of interest and put some new limits on legislators' advocacy for private businesses.The bill would make the first major changes to...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Legislature Legislation Judiciary Separation of powers Legislatures Government Executive Democracy
UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Burma Aung San Suu Kyi Kofi Annan Rakhine State Aung San Government Nobel Prize United Nations
Judge blocks Louisiana law that kept refugee from marrying
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Refugee Law Federal government of the United States Citizenship Vietnam War Government Canada Passport
Oroville Dam exposes rift between conservative town, coastal liberals
Residents here in Oroville, Marysville and Yuba City are now living with the fresh knowledge that maybe this dam isn’t as safe as they thoug...       
5 points by USA Today | Butte County California Government Marysville California United States Federal government of the United States President of the United States Oroville California U.S. state
‘What a billion means’: art exhibit shows extent of fraud in Europe’s poorest nation (PHOTOS)
A Moldovan artist has created an exhibit to highlight the banking scandal that rocked the country in 2014 when $1 billion suddenly disappeared from three banks in the small Eastern European nation. Read Full Article at RT.com
736 points by Russia Today | Moldova Money Vlad Filat Transnistria United States Government Sovereign state International Monetary Fund
Hogan blasts expansion of Maryland attorney general's powers
Gov. Larry Hogan sharply criticized on Friday a resolution passed by the General Assembly this week to empower the attorney general to sue the federal government without his permission — a resolution swiftly approved by the Democratic-led legislature due to concerns that President Donald J. Trump's...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Democratic Party President of the United States Democracy Washington D.C. Government Federal government of the United States Delaware
Rauner scores victory over AG Madigan, state workers will keep getting paid during impasse
State employees will continue to be paid in full after a downstate judge Thursday opted to keep checks flowing during Illinois' historic 20-month budget stalemate.St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien rejected a request from Attorney General Lisa Madigan that he undo a previous ruling,...
23 points by Chicago Tribune | Lisa Madigan Supreme Court of the United States Appeal United States Government Michael Madigan Trade union Collective bargaining
California limits video-only visits for county jail inmates
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California regulators are pushing back against what had been a growing movement to end in-person visits in county jails. The Board of State and Community Corrections voted Thursday to require that future jails include space for face-to-face visits. The board says five of the state's 58 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democracy United States California Prison Civil liberties Police Government Regulation
Bombings Kill Dozens in Baghdad
Islamic State claims responsibility for the largest bombing in the south of the Iraqi capital, which leaves at least 45 people dead and nearly 50 others wounded.
15 points by The Wall Street Journal | Brazil Iraq Caliphate Iraq War Government
Hiring freeze could add to government's risk, GAO chief warns
Hiring freeze could worsen "skills gaps" already hampering some federal government operations, House hearing told.
8 points by The Washington Post | Government Accountability Office Comptroller General of the United States Eugene Louis Dodaro Management Human resource management The Freeze Donald Trump Government
100 days of demonetisation: Stories of hardship
From people who lost jobs, to people who lost loved ones - seven stories that reveal the impact of demonetisation.
925 points by Al Jazeera English | Factory Industrial Revolution Government Assembly line Laborer Poverty Money
Australia's Catholic Church paid $213 million in abuse compensation, costs
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Catholic Church has paid A$276 million ($213 million) in compensation to thousands of child abuse victims since 1980, a government inquiry heard on Thursday -- the first time the total compensation paid by the church's schools, orphanages and residences has been revealed.
96 points by Reuters | Abuse Reuters Thomson Reuters Child abuse Psychological abuse Government Royal Commission Physical abuse
This bill would bar the state from compelling landlords to disclose information on their tenants' citizenship
Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricting reform Feb. 15, 2017, 6:12 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry...
26 points by Los Angeles Times | United States California Political philosophy Renting Federal government of the United States Government President of the United States Property
Becerra says he is 'very concerned' about immigration officials detaining man in deferred action program
Essential Politics: Brown plays down any chance of Trump punishing California, Schwarzenegger calls for national redistricting reform Feb. 15, 2017, 3:21 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry...
17 points by Los Angeles Times | United States President of the United States Federal government of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington Monday Xavier Becerra Government
Kinzinger: Flynn ‘coverup’ is ‘arguably, or questionably a crime’
WASHINGTON – Rep. Adam Kinzinger R-Ill.on Tuesday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn contacts with a Russian ambassador, that led to his resignation, were “arguably, or questionably a crime.” Kinzinger reacted to Flynn’s Monday night resignation, accepted by President Donald Trump because he misled Vice President Mike Pence on the nature of the call. […]
15 points by Chicago Sun-Times | President of the United States Federal government of the United States Vice President of the United States United States Senate United States Cabinet Donald Trump Government Franklin D. Roosevelt
Blowback: More government may not be the answer to boosting retirement savings
The Times’ Feb. 10 editorial, “House Republicans side with Wall Street against the little guy,” sadly resorts to worn out rhetoric and attacks about motive rather than engaging in an honest debate about ideas. If we were to respond in kind, we would question the L.A. Times’ enduring faith in big...
8 points by Los Angeles Times | Pension Retirement United States Congress United States Life annuity Tax Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Government
Swiss Voters Reject Corporate Tax Overhaul
Swiss voters rejected a corporate tax overhaul plan backed by the government, casting uncertainty over hopes to bring the country’s tax policies in line with international norms while maintaining global competitiveness.
177 points by The Wall Street Journal | Tax Public finance Government Anarcho-capitalism Property
Letter: Power of ‘blue sheets’
Power of ‘blue sheets’When people go to the State House/Legislative Office Building to make their opinions known about any bills being heard in the various committees, there are “blue sheets” that people can sign to register their pro/con to the relevant bill(s).These sheets are available to the gen...
3 points by Concord Monitor | Democracy Government Prince Plato Participatory democracy Direct democracy Human rights World War II
Political Road Map: What does the state spend more money on, prisons or schools?
Let’s not beat around the bush. There are an awful lot of Californians who don’t know where the state government spends most of their hard-earned tax dollars. It’s a problem that’s been going on for years. For more than a decade, poll takers for the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California...
99 points by Los Angeles Times | Government U.S. state Sacramento California California United States Tax Kindergarten State
Anti-government protests continue in Romania
Protesters brave freezing temperatures as they take to the streets against attempts to water down anti-corruption laws.
98 points by Al Jazeera English | Nicolae Ceauşescu Romania European Union Democracy Transparency International Capital punishment Government Communist Romania
Antigovernment Protests Flare Up Again in Baghdad
Iraqi security forces fired tear gas at protesters to keep them from reaching the government and diplomatic enclave of the Iraqi capital, in a rekindling of mass demonstrations over election and governing practices.
70 points by The Wall Street Journal | Iraq War Iraq Mahdi Army Political philosophy Classical mechanics Aristotle Government
In Aleppo ... it's 'as if nothing happened'
For football fans in Aleppo, a recent match provided a fleeting glimpse at what life used to look like.
210 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Al-Ittihad Aleppo Latakia Aleppo American football Government
EDITORIAL: FDA rules will shutter many vape shops, including in Las Vegas
As in so many other areas, let’s dial back the stifling regulations, encourage competition among e-cigarette entrepreneurs and halt protectionism of the tobacco industry — all while lowering costs for businesses and consumers.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Tobacco Nicotine Smoking Electronic cigarette Cigarette Tobacco smoking Government Health care
Kashmir: Born To Fight
Is India's crackdown on Kashmiri protesters creating new generation of young fighters?
19245 points by Al Jazeera English | Government Kashmir Pakistan Terrorism The Streets Torture Jammu and Kashmir Violence
Justice minister Florin Iordache resigns after protests
Florin Iordache, co-architect of controversial corruption measure that set off rallies, resigns citing 'public opinion'.
975 points by Al Jazeera English | Constitution Resignation Government Law Communism Termination of employment Prime minister Westminster system
Ending arms trade with Saudi Arabia carries serious political risks, court told
Halting Britain’s multi-billion pound arms trade with Saudi Arabia would have serious political ramifications, the UK government has told a London court. Read Full Article at RT.com
170 points by Russia Today | Human rights International trade Yemen Government Amnesty International Gulf War Export War
3 things to watch for on Legislative Session Day 4
It’s the fourth day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The third day was relatively calm, but Day 4 won’t be. Here’s what to watch for.
8 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | High school Education Higher education School College Investment Vocational school Government
SDP-led government survives no-confidence vote
Motion follows biggest protests since fall of communism against law that would have decriminalised some graft offences.
460 points by Al Jazeera English | Protest Democracy Romania Voting Communism United Kingdom Associated Press Government
Bentley seeks 4 percent raise for state workers
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is using the first day of the legislative session to propose a 4-percent pay raise for state employees, a figure that immediately drew skepticism from some lawmakers over whether the state could afford it. Finance Director Clinton Carter announced the proposed raise ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Alabama Proposal Proposals Finance Southern United States State Montgomery Alabama Government
Jordan frees 8 prominent government critics from detention
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Relatives and a defense lawyer say eight prominent government critics are free on bail after a month in detention. The men were jailed on charges of incitement, after they protested on social media against tax hikes and the government's purported failure to punish corruption. The case ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Prison Criminal law Constitutional monarchy Unemployment Government spending Recession Government The Washington Times
Romania president: We are in a crisis
BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania's president told lawmakers Tuesday the country is in a "fully-fledged" political crisis, after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against a government measure that would weaken the country's anti-corruption drive.In an address to Parliament, President Klaus Iohannis, a critic of the two-month-old government, said the majority of Romanians now believed the country was going in the wrong direction.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Romania Democracy Traian Băsescu Emil Boc Political philosophy President Government Sovereign state