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A War Against Slot Machines Is Brewing in Australia

A War Against Slot Machines Is Brewing in Australia

Tasmanian resident Rebecca White wants to remove addictive slot machines from every pub in the Australian island-state. To the growing ire of the gambling industry, she may soon have the power to do
Tillerson's State Overhaul Faces Mutiny as USAID Weighs Role

Tillerson's State Overhaul Faces Mutiny as USAID Weighs Role

The U.S. Agency for International Development has suspended cooperation with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s bid to overhaul the State Department.
GOP Sen. Lee Calls Earmarks the Definition of the 'Swamp'

GOP Sen. Lee Calls Earmarks the Definition of the 'Swamp'

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah discusses earmarks, the government shutdown and DACA with Kevin Cirilli on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)
Democrats Still Favored for House Despite Shutdown, Poll Says

Democrats Still Favored for House Despite Shutdown, Poll Says

Most U.S. voters want Democrats to recapture the House and Senate in November even as they cast a large amount of blame for the federal government shutdown on the party’s shoulders, according to a
Immigration Plan Should Have $25 Billion for Border, Cornyn Says

Immigration Plan Should Have $25 Billion for Border, Cornyn Says

Second-ranking Senate Republican John Cornyn said Wednesday he wants a $25 billion, 10-year border security plan as part of any compromise proposal to protect young undocumented immigrants from
Trump Administration Challenged in Court on Medicaid Overhaul

Trump Administration Challenged in Court on Medicaid Overhaul

Advocacy groups filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to overhaul Medicaid by allowing states to require some beneficiaries to work or pursue jobs.
New Jersey to Join States' Lawsuit Opposing Trump DACA Decision

New Jersey to Join States' Lawsuit Opposing Trump DACA Decision

Governor Phil Murphy said New Jersey will join 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that are challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end the “Dreamers” policy for undocumented
Justice Department Demands ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Disclosures

Justice Department Demands ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Disclosures

The U.S. Justice Department demanded that almost two dozen cities, counties and states prove that they’re sharing information with federal immigration authorities about people in the country illegally
Marriott CEO Says U.S. Less Welcoming to Travelers Under Trump

Marriott CEO Says U.S. Less Welcoming to Travelers Under Trump

International travelers curtailed trips to the U.S. last year, and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is partly to blame, Marriott International Inc.’s chief executive officer said in a Bloomberg
Trump Offers Consolation Prize to Solar Industry After Tariffs

Trump Offers Consolation Prize to Solar Industry After Tariffs

Two days after slapping steep tariffs on solar panels largely opposed by the U.S. solar industry, the Trump administration is offering them a consolation prize -- literally.
U.S. Officials Are Hiding From Russians at Davos, Deputy Premier Says

U.S. Officials Are Hiding From Russians at Davos, Deputy Premier Says

U.S. officials are avoiding contact with their Russian counterparts at the World Economic Forum amid tensions over sanctions, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said.
U.S. Sanctions on North Korea Target Entities With Ties to China

U.S. Sanctions on North Korea Target Entities With Ties to China

The Trump administration announced a new round of sanctions targeting North Korea’s crude oil industry and shipping companies as well as individuals or entities in Russia and China, two countries the
Merkel Says Populism in Europe Is 'Poison'

Merkel Says Populism in Europe Is 'Poison'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against the “poison” of populism that leads states to become increasingly inward-looking, as she made the case for a common European approach to more areas of
Bill Gates Says ‘America First’ Endangers U.S. Influence in Africa

Bill Gates Says ‘America First’ Endangers U.S. Influence in Africa

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and the second-richest person in the world, said there’s a danger that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach could damage the U.S.’s
White House Declares Open Season on the Dollar at Davos

White House Declares Open Season on the Dollar at Davos

Whether or not the White House choreographed the dollar’s slide to its lowest level in three years, the U.S. administration is certainly providing ammunition for those betting that the greenback will
Merkel Warns of ‘Poison’ of Populism in Call for European Stance

Merkel Warns of ‘Poison’ of Populism in Call for European Stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against the “poison” of populism that makes nations turn inward, telling the World Economic Forum her goal is to strengthen joint policy making in Europe and
Ross Plays Down Mnuchin’s Remarks About Weaker Dollar

Ross Plays Down Mnuchin’s Remarks About Weaker Dollar

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross indicated that investors are overreacting to the Treasury Secretary’s comments on the greenback.
Smog Choking Iran's Oil Belt Tests Leaders Hit by Protests

Smog Choking Iran's Oil Belt Tests Leaders Hit by Protests

Iranian authorities are scrambling to stem a growing crisis over air pollution in the province that produces a major share of the country’s oil, showing a sensitivity to people’s demands not always
Ramaphosa Sees Progress in South Africa’s ‘Mammoth’ Corruption Fight

Ramaphosa Sees Progress in South Africa’s ‘Mammoth’ Corruption Fight

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the authorities are intensifying their attack on pervasive corruption in the state and are having “positive” discussions with investors about the