Brazil’s government backs new basic income payments to poor

By Ricardo Brito and Marcela Ayres

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s government on Monday detailed how it would pay for a new minimum income program called Renda Cidada, with President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes still pledging to honor the country’s spending cap and fiscal rules.


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The proposed program would replace Bolsa Familia, the successful flagship welfare program of former Workers Party President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, which pays women a stipend on the condition that they send their children to school and has been credited with reducing poverty in Brazil.

Renda Cidada, which translates as “Citizen Income,” would draw from funds already dedicated to Bolsa Familia, as well as from an education fund called Fundeb, said Senator Márcio Bittar, speaking on the sidelines of a meeting between top officials at Bolsonaro’s official

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Donna Shalala failed to disclose Tegna stock sales

Miami Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala failed to publicly report two stock sales, a violation of federal disclosure law for the second time in five months. Earlier this year, she acknowledged that she had failed to report 556 stock sales.

In the most recent failure to disclose financial information, Shalala said Monday she failed to disclose two stock sales of Tegna, a broadcast, digital media and marketing services company based in Virginia. The first sale, on April 1, 2019, was valued between $15,001 and $50,000 and the second sale, on March 31 of this year, was valued between $1,001 and $15,000. Shalala signed a federal Periodic Transaction Report on July 21, more than a year after the first sale and more than three months after the second sale.

The transactions were not publicly reported as required by the STOCK Act, a 2012 law that prohibits members of Congress and their

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Federalist Society funded trips to universities and conventions by Amy Coney Barrett

Judges do not have to reveal how much was spent on their behalf, but the Federalist Society paid for travel, lodging, meals and her convention registration, according to the disclosure report. Altogether, the trips covered 17 days, including five days for the convention.

Those were among 13 trips that Barrett reported altogether. Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University paid for her to come and engage with students. The University of Notre Dame, where she continued to teach while serving as a judge, also paid to send her to give speeches in Seattle and Savannah, Ga. George Mason University paid for her to attend a tribute to the late former Justice Antonin Scalia held in Arlington and Washington.

The St. Thomas More Society of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dallas paid for her to attend the Catholic Bar Association General Assembly in Dallas for three days

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CA aims to make lower cost prescription drugs under new law

California could make its own insulin and other prescription drugs in an effort to lower costs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he signed into law Monday.

Newsom first proposed that California create its own prescription drug label in his January budget proposal. The legislation Newsom signed, Senate Bill 852, attempts to implement that plan by directing California’s Health and Human Services Agency to explore partnerships with drug manufacturers that could make drugs more affordable and accessible.

California wouldn’t develop new drugs under the law, but would instead try to make cheaper versions of generic drugs, or drugs that are no longer protected by patents.

The agency will have to explore whether such an arrangement would be legal and cost effective. The law specifies that any arrangements include production of at least one form of insulin, which about 7.4 million Americans with diabetes take to regulate blood sugar.


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‘Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex’ book review

That term, borrowed from Adrienne Rich’s 1980 essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” is one Chen uses to describe “the belief that lust is universal and to be otherwise is to be abnormal.” The idea that sex is the ultimate connection between two people and the narrative that sex is a sign of maturity almost always go unquestioned. A person who has no desire for sex, even if they are in a monogamous romantic relationship, is regarded as somehow broken under compulsory sexuality. Even the most progressive feminist and queer spaces almost always center sexual liberation in their narratives. But, Chen writes, we have a lot to gain from “thinking more critically about whether these stories [are] true and, if so, what they might imply about how we connect sex and politics and power.”

“Because sexual variation exists,” Chen continues, “there is no universal vision of liberated sexuality.”

The population

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South African government docks Minister’s salary for allowing party members join her on official trip

The South African government has docked the defense minister’s salary for allowing members of the ruling party to join her on an official trip, according to the country’s presidency.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula wearing a costume: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula looks on during a cabinet meeting January 29, 2020, in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula looks on during a cabinet meeting January 29, 2020, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula flew with some members of the African National Congress (ANC) to Zimbabwe while on an official diplomatic visit using an aircraft belonging to the country’s air force.

The government says Mapisa-Nqakula, who heads the Ministry of Defense and Military Veterans, misused state resources because of her “error of judgment” and docked her salary for three months starting next month.

Mapisa-Nqakula didn’t act “in the best interest of good governance” and “acted in a way that is inconsistent with (her) position,” a statement from the presidency said.

Her salary for the three months will instead go into a fund

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Bolivia’s Interim Government Splits as Ministers Quit Over Economy | World News

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Internal splits in Bolivia’s interim government led to the departure of the country’s economy minister and two other cabinet ministers Monday, stoking uncertainty about the Andean country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Óscar Ortiz stepped down from the economy portfolio, citing “deep differences” and pressure from people close to interim President Jeanine Añez, a conservative former Senator who took over in a power vacuum after fraught elections last year.

Bolivia is heading toward a re-run of that vote on Oct. 18, which will set the political direction of the gas and lithium-rich country for the years ahead. Anez recently withdrew as a candidate after falling far behind in the polls.

The landlocked nation tumbled into political crisis last year after allegations of electoral fraud sparked widespread protests and led to the resignation of long-term leader Evo Morales. The pandemic has hammered the economy.

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Trump likely exceeded law with TikTok ban: judge

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The Kid Who Masterminded El Chapo’s Secret Phone Network

It came in off the street one day—a tip, a lead, a rumor—whatever you cared to call it, it was one of the strangest things they had heard in their careers. Chapo Guzmán, the world-famous drug lord, had hired a young IT guy and the kid had built him a sophisticated system of high-end cell phones and secret servers, all of it ingeniously encrypted.The unconfirmed report—perhaps that was the best way to describe it—had arrived that Friday in June 2009 when a tipster walked into the lobby of the FBI’s field division office in New York. After his story had been vetted downstairs, it made its way up seven flights of stairs and landed with a curious thud among the crowded cubicles of C-23, the Latin American drug squad. For more than thirty years, the elite team of

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Notre Dame Law Students Are Excited for Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS Nomination, Regardless of Politics

a close up of a woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. Barrett has received overwhelming support from students at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. Barrett has received overwhelming support from students at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

President Donald Trump’s official nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett excited more than just evangelicals and supporters of the pro-life movement on Saturday. The nomination of a non–Ivy League judge to the Supreme Court of the United States is the first in almost four decades.

Since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated and confirmed as the first woman to the bench in 1981, all 13 justices who followed O’Connor graduated from Harvard Law School or Yale Law School. O’Connor graduated from Stanford Law School.

However, if Barrett is confirmed, it would open a new path for law students who

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Trump lowered our taxes. Why so upset that he pays so little to the government himself?

Democrats and Never-Trumpers would convince voters that the “moral character” of a candidate is far more important than whether or not he intends to rob you blind through any one of their wealth re-disribution schemes.

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That’s why the New York Times, along with its assistants at CNN and MSNBC, are trying to turn the latest “explosive” report on President Trump’s financial history into an issue one month before the election. They think it’s far more worthy of your consideration that Trump has done everything he can to avoid paying taxes (as most wealthy people do) than that he actually passed major legislation that lowered the total income taxes that most middle-income Americans pay.

Democrats like the idea of people paying maximum allowable taxes to fund their green schemes and welfare projects, but nobody else wants that. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican,

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