The cancella-tion of the much-hyped planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was not completely unexpected for several reasons. Yet the questions that are being asked are: Why did the proposed summit collapse? Who benefits most from it? The war of words between these two countries in recent days, particularly the evocation of the “Libya Model” by US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence, had already made the summit uncertain despite scheduling a date and agreeing on a venue. The so-called Libya Model essentially refers to the “regime change” doctrine that cannot be tolerated, let alone acceptable, to any government. Subsequent explanations, including that of President Trump's, weren't sufficient to assuage the North Koreans. Anyone with knowledge of the North Korean arguments for having a nuclear weapon programme would know that they are aware of, in their words, “the tragic … [Read more...] about Cancellation of Trump-Kim summit: who benefits?
Associated Press Published 6:42 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Gov. Kim Reynolds declined in March to order an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against one of her top allies, opting instead to fire him immediately. Now her abrupt dismissal of Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison could become a legal problem. The Reynolds administration is opposing a request by Jamison to collect unemployment benefits following his March 24 firing. The state's opposition was first reported Friday by Iowa Public Radio, which says a hearing is scheduled June 5. The burden will fall on the state to prove Jamison committed workplace misconduct that should disqualify him from benefits. That could be hard since the state never investigated the harassment allegations that two of Jamison's subordinates made to the governor's chief of staff on March 23. Records show the governor's office considered whether to put Jamison on leave so the state could investigate, but declined once the governor … [Read more...] about Reynolds opposing unemployment benefits for fired director Jamison
0 View Comments Congress has passed a massive bill, nicknamed the VA Mission Act, to streamline veterans' access to non-VA community care when clinically appropriate, create a new VA benefit of commercial walk-in clinics and end an indefensible inequity by opening the VA comprehensive caregiver program, on a phased schedule, to older generations of veterans severely injured while in service. The bill, which features many initiatives and officiallyis titled The John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act, cleared the Senate on 92-5 vote Wednesday and the House a week earlier by a 347-70 margin. Related: Military Update: New records system slows prescription service Such widespread support should ensure that an appropriations bill to be passed later will fully fund the package, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost $46.5 billion over just the next five years. The … [Read more...] about Military Update: VA bill expands caregiver benefits
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Economy Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByPatricia Cohen May 25, 2018 Over the past decade, hundreds of public projects have benefited from a federal incentive meant to encourage investments in energy-efficient technology. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey used it to save $1 million on building One World Trade Center and upgrading bus terminals and airports. In Florida, Miami-Dade County sliced $1.13 million off the price tag of an improved cooling system in its county hall, courthouses and downtown sports arena. But a growing chorus of public agencies complain that they were prevented from benefiting from this same incentive in their own building projects. Conflicting interpretations of the law and how it should be applied, they say, have caused taxpayer-funded schools, prisons, military bases and libraries throughout the nation to lose out … [Read more...] about Tax Break, or Kickback? Energy Benefit Becomes a Lightning Rod
Staff Editorial Look locally for youth mental health solutions Obligation to Iowa children doesn’t end at birth Lawmakers’ last-minute maneuvers deserve vetoes Higher education cuts will drain top talent SET Task Force objectives must not gather dust All articles by Staff Iowans frequently hear about our state’s shortage of skilled workers, but so far that information has been more anecdotal than empirical. Business owners, educators and politicians tell us there are hundreds or thousands of good jobs which need to be filled, yet there is little publicly available data about where and what those jobs are, or about the specific shortfalls of our local workforces. A new project by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development could fill that knowledge gap. The offices announced this … [Read more...] about Laborshed studies will benefit employers, workers alike