Congress urged to consider sanctions on Chinese cyber-spies

Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers should look into options for punishing cyber-spying and the theft of trade secrets from U.S. companies, a congressional advisory committee on China said on Thursday. Congress should ask U.S. trade officials to report on whether they had power to sanction companies that benefited from stealing trade secrets, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in its annual report to Congress. "If authorities do not exist, they should provide a…
Defense Secretary Hagel on how Assad may benefit from U.S. attacks against ISIS
Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:14
November 20, 2014, 8:03 AM|Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls this one of the most challenging periods in history for American leadership. In an interview at the Pentagon, Charlie Rose asked Hagel about military action in Iraq and Syria against ISIS militants.
US unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000
Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid. Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 1,750 to 287,500. Employers are laying off fewer workers and have stepped up hiring this year. The weekly applications are a proxy for layoffs, and have fallen…
Obama to announce immigration plan Thursday night
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:14
November 20, 2014, 7:09 AM|President Obama will address the nation Thursday night, discussing an executive action he plans to take regarding immigration. The move could affect millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Major Garrett reports from the White House.
Obama to announce executive action that will protect up to 5 million
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:14
President Obama will announce an executive order that will defer deportation and provide work permits for undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have no criminal record. He will also expand his 2012 action to protect the so-called Dreamers (children brought to the country illegally but who are long-time residents) by raising the eligibility age, which is currently limited to those who are no older than 30 years…
Former Senator Webb sets up panel to explore 2016 presidential bid
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:05
(Reuters) - Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat, became the first person to officially take serious steps towards a bid for the U.S. presidency in 2016 with the launch of an exploratory committee late on Wednesday. "Americans want positive, visionary leadership that they can trust, at a time when our country is facing historic challenges," Webb, 68, wrote in a four-page letter on his website, Webb2016.com. "I made this decision after reflecting on numerous…
Gunman killed by police after FSU shooting
Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:27
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — At least two people were being treated for injuries Thursday after a shooting at Florida State University, and officials issued an alert for students to take shelter as officers converged on the campus library. A nursing supervisor for Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare confirmed to The Associated Press that the hospital was treating two people for gunshot wounds early Thursday. The supervisor, who declined to be identified due to department policy, didn't disclose…
Gruber lecture contradicts Obama's Obamacare promise
Thursday, 20 November 2014 06:11
STORY HIGHLIGHTSAt issue is the tax breaks business get for providing employees health insuranceObama said only 'Cadillac plans' would be affected by this change under his lawMIT economist Jonathan Gruber said tax breaks to employers for all plans are 'terrible policy'Eventually every health insurance plan would be affected by the law due to inflation Washington (CNN) -- At a town hall meeting where he campaigned for health care legislation in 2009, President Barack Obama pledged…
Mary Landrieu against the GOP wave
Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:26
Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is the last Democrat up for election in 2014 following a GOP wave that swept eight of her colleagues out of office in November. Now senators, operatives and reporters are waiting for that same massive current to come crashing down in the Gulf. The three-term senator is increasingly facing it alone as she readies for a Dec. 6 runoff against her Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Matt Bai: Uber, Gruber and underlying truth
Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:26
Let's get a few things out of the way. Many years ago, I accidentally tried to carry a commemorative hunting knife onto a plane and was briefly questioned. I have forged my wife's name on countless checks. I once sat in the mayor's box at Yankee Stadium and accepted free ice cream. Since this column concerns a certain Uber executive, I figured I might as well disclose all the embarrassing stuff up front, just to…

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