Rescue Bill Would Extend Unemployment Benefits To Gig Workers : NPR

The economic rescue package passed by the Senate this week would let gig workers and other self-employed people seek unemployment benefits they wouldn’t normally qualify for. John Minchillo/AP hide caption toggle caption John Minchillo/AP The economic rescue package passed by the Senate this week would let gig workers and other self-employed people seek unemployment benefits […]

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Draft emergency funding bill proposes broad spending powers through end of 2021

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are proposing to grant themselves the power to spend money, borrow, and change taxes without parliamentary approval through to Dec. 31, 2021, according to a draft copy of legislation the government is expected to table Tuesday as it passes COVID-19 emergency economic measures. According to a copy of the bill […]

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Racism and Bigotry
U.S. Congress
United States

U.S. House passes anti-lynching legislation after bill spent over a century in Congress

WASHINGTON – The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime, more than 100 years since the first such measure was introduced in Congress. H.R. 35, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, was approved on a 410-to-4 vote. Only a handful of lawmakers — three Republicans and one independent — voted […]

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California vaping bill targets flavors not covered by Trump’s ban

Days after concerns over youth vaping led the Trump administration to announce a partial ban on many e-cigarette pods, California lawmakers on Monday introduced a much stronger measure to outlaw store sales of all flavored tobacco products. The proposal would go far beyond the federal government’s plan, announced Thursday, for a temporary ban on many […]

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Australia news
Australian politics
Christian Porter
Scott Morrison

The Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: what’s changed and can doctors refuse treatment? | Australia news

On 10 December, Scott Morrison and the attorney general, Christian Porter, released the second draft religious discrimination bill. The new bill is designed to respond to a revolt from conservative religious organisations that forced the Coalition to miss its self-imposed deadline to introduce the bill to parliament by year’s end. What is the original bill […]

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Sean Hannity Urges Bill O’Reilly To Return To Fox News

Sean Hannity wants disgraced ex-colleague Bill O’Reilly to return to Fox News ― and he told him so on his radio show Tuesday. (Hear the clip below.) O’Reilly mentioned the “attack and vitriol” that President Donald Trump has been “able to absorb,” then segued into the criticism that the two right-wing media personalities also face. […]

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General election 2019
Labour Party

Families would be ‘crippled by Jeremy Corbyn’s tax rises if Labour seize power – including £2,400 bill for all workers’ – The Sun

MILLIONS of families would be hit by 12 crippling tax rises if Labour seized power, the Chancellor warned last night. Sajid Javid claimed working people would have to pay £2,400 each to fill a £385billion black hole in Jeremy Corbyn’s spending plans. 3 The hidden taxes in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour spending plans have been revealed […]

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BC First Nations leaders worry UN Indigenous rights bill in trouble

The B.C. Legislature. DEBRA BRASH / TIMES COLONIST VANCOUVER — Indigenous leaders in British Columbia are urging Opposition Liberals to allow passage of a key piece of legislation for a new relationship between the province and First Nations. The First Nations Leadership Council says the bill entitled Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act […]

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Zimbabwean man faces £93,000 NHS bill after two weeks in coma – Channel 4 News

The Government’s policy on charging people from overseas to use the NHS is putting vulnerable people’s lives at risk, campaigners have warned. In recent years the rules have been tightened so the NHS has to charge up front for any non-urgent treatment. But now it’s emerged that a man who came to this country from […]

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