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uber ceo travis kalanick leaves trump council


san francisco — uber ceo travis kalanick will resign from president donald trump’s business advisory council, the company confirmed thursday, after the executive faced intense public pressure to sever his ties to the administration.“earlier today i spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” kalanick wrote in a letter to uber employees, a copy of which was obtained by this newspaper. “i also let him know that i would not be able to participate on his economic council. joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”the move comes the day before kalanick and other tech executives were set to meet with trump, and it follows a storm






security council strongly condemns north korea missile test


united nations — the u.n. security council is strongly condemning north korea's ballistic missile launches and warning of "further significant measures" if pyongyang doesn't stop nuclear and missile testing.a council statement late monday followed a strong condemnation by secretary-general antonio guterres of the latest launch and a pledge by u.s. president donald trump to deal with north korea "very strongly."the security council condemned the saturday launch and a previous launch on oct. 19, saying north korea's activities to develop its nuclear weapons delivery systems violate u.n. sanctions resolutions and increase tensions.it called on all u.n. members to implement the six sanctions resolutions adopted by the council since 2006.






president trump signs nasa authorization bill


president donald trump has signed the nasa transition authorization act of 2017, which sets a $19.5 billion budget for the agency for fiscal year 2017. the bill — s.442 — is the first nasa authorization bill to reach a u.s. president's desk since 2010. trump signed the bill into law today (march 21) during a televised ceremony in the oval office. he was joined by nasa astronauts tracy caldwell dyson and chris cassidy, who presented the commander in chief with a nasa flight jacket. following the signing, vice president mike pence announced that the white house will re-establish a national space council. the first iteration of a presidential space council was formed in 1958 under dwight d. eisenhower, and was dissolved in 1973. a new council was formed in 1989 under president george h. w. bu






president trump signs nasa authorization bill


president donald trump has signed the nasa transition authorization act of 2017, which sets a $19.5 billion budget for the agency for fiscal year 2017. the bill — s.442 — is the first nasa authorization bill to reach a u.s. president's desk since 2010. trump signed the bill into law today (march 21) during a televised ceremony in the oval office. he was joined by nasa astronauts tracy caldwell dyson and chris cassidy, who presented the commander in chief with a nasa flight jacket. following the signing, vice president mike pence announced that the white house will re-establish a national space council. the first iteration of a presidential space council was formed in 1958 under dwight d. eisenhower, and was dissolved in 1973. a new council was formed in 1989 under president george h. w. bu






consultants: schiff involved in nonprofit's grant problems


gary schiff says he bears no responsibility for the mishandling of a federal grant by the now-defunct council on crime and justice, but two people who worked on the project say the project’s failure is partly the fault of the minneapolis city council candidate.schiff was president of the nonprofit for about a year, and took over three years after it received a $1.1 million grant from the u.s. department of justice to create a statewide crime victims legal assistance network.but the network was never created, schiff was removed as president, the grant was frozen after a federal audit and the council on crime and justice dissolved.schiff, who is running for city council in the ninth ward against alondra cano and mohamed farah, wasn’t named in the audit, and federal investigators didn’t alleg






consultants: schiff involved in nonprofit's grant problems


gary schiff says he bears no responsibility for the mishandling of a federal grant by the now-defunct council on crime and justice, but two people who worked on the project say the project's failure is partly the fault of the minneapolis city council candidate.schiff was president of the nonprofit for about a year, and took over three years after it received a $1.1 million grant from the u.s. department of justice to create a statewide crime victims legal assistance network.but the network was never created, schiff was removed as president, the grant was frozen after a federal audit and the council on crime and justice dissolved.schiff, who is running for city council in the ninth ward against alondra cano and mohamed farah, wasn't named in the audit, and federal investigators didn't alleg






minneapolis council committee moves police contract discussion behind closed doo


the minneapolis city council’s executive committee was expected to consider the specific terms of a new police contract at its public meeting in council chambers wednesday morning.instead, the four committee members present — mayor betsy hodges and council members kevin reich, elizabeth glidden, and cam gordon — retreated into an adjoining private room for about an hour, citing the sensitive nature of contract talks.council president barb johnson didn’t attend wednesday’s meeting.last week, officials confirmed that a tentative contract deal was struck between the city and the union representing its roughly 860 sworn officers.the tentative agreement, specifics of which haven’t yet been released, is next expected to be discussed at an upcoming ways & means meeting. it will eventually require






cole emerging as important san diego leader


despite preferring to fight for social justice and other priorities behind the scenes, myrtle cole has somewhat reluctantly emerged as one of san diego’s most important leaders in recent years.after several years working as a campaign strategist and policy consultant for other local politicians, cole became the first black woman to serve on the city council in 2013 and then became the first black woman to attain the pivotal post of council president in december.the council president, who sets the council’s agenda and doles out committee assignments and chairmanships, is essentially the second most powerful politician in the city behind mayor kevin faulconer.related: cole selected san diego city council presidenther recent milestones continue a long string of trailblazing achievements by co






cole emerging as important san diego leader


despite preferring to fight for social justice and other priorities behind the scenes, myrtle cole has somewhat reluctantly emerged as one of san diego’s most important leaders in recent years.after several years working as a campaign strategist and policy consultant for other local politicians, cole became the first black woman to serve on the city council in 2013 and then became the first black woman to attain the pivotal post of council president in december.the council president, who sets the council’s agenda and doles out committee assignments and chairmanships, is essentially the second most powerful politician in the city behind mayor kevin faulconer.related: cole selected san diego city council presidenther recent milestones continue a long string of trailblazing achievements by co






minneapolis council committee moves police contract discussion behind closed doo


the minneapolis city council's executive committee was expected to consider the specific terms of a new police contract at its public meeting in council chambers wednesday morning.instead, the four committee members present — mayor betsy hodges and council members kevin reich, elizabeth glidden, and cam gordon — retreated into an adjoining private room for about an hour, citing the sensitive nature of contract talks.council president barb johnson didn't attend wednesday's meeting.last week, officials confirmed that a tentative contract deal was struck between the city and the union representing its roughly 860 sworn officers.the tentative agreement, specifics of which haven't yet been released, is next expected to be discussed at an upcoming ways & means meeting. it will eventually require






ecuador national electoral council says vote results are irreversible


quito, ecuador—ecuador’s national electoral council said tuesday that the results of the country’s presidential vote are irreversible, giving ruling party candidate lenin moreno the victory. juan pablo pozo, the president of the electoral council, said mr. moreno received 51.2% of the votes compared with 48.8% for conservative ex-banker guillermo lasso, with almost all the ballots counted. pressure on mr. lasso, who has claimed...






trump says u.n. must be ready to impose new sanctions on north korea


president trump said monday that the u.n. security council should be ready to take further action against north korea over its military provocations.playvideocbsntrump administration prepares for 100-day mark president trump is demanding funding for his promised border wall as the deadline approaches for a possible government shutdown. politico's gabe ... “the status quo in north korea is also unacceptable and the council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on north korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs,” mr. trump said monday, during a working lunch with all the members of the u.n. security council. “this is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. north korea is a big world problem, and it’s a problem that we have to finally so






un rights council approves fact-finding mission in myanmar


geneva — the u.n.-backed human rights council has approved a resolution by consensus to "dispatch urgently" an international fact-finding mission to myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security forces, particularly in rakhine state.the 47-member body threw its weight friday behind existing efforts to investigate alleged abuses including torture, rape, arbitrary killings and forced displacement of the country's muslim rohingya minority.myanmar ambassador htin lynn said a domestic investigative panel is already looking into the alleged crimes, and any council action should not worsen "an already complicated situation."the resolution says the council's president will appoint the independent mission, which is to provide an update on its work in the council's autumn session.some cou






seattle city council to stay mum on sex-abuse allegations against mayor ed murra


members of the seattle city council won’t comment on allegations that surfaced last week that mayor ed murray engaged in child sexual abuse decades ago, council president bruce harrell said.members of the seattle city council are staying silent about allegations that mayor ed murray sexually abused teens in the 1980s.council president bruce harrell issued a written statement monday saying he and the council’s other members “have no intention of commenting on matters of pending or potential litigation. we believe that it is critically important that, together, we remain committed to the business of governing.”harrell read the statement aloud during a monday morning briefing. he and other council members moved on to normal business without discussing the claims.a 46-year-old kent man sued th






poll conducted by minneapolis dfl points to fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november’s election, a move that’s irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell’s wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing on behalf of a spouse caused an uproar. and some dflers argued the party should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliably progressive member of the city council.“i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in,” said council member lisa






trump removes bannon from national security council


steve bannon's addition to the national security council sparked concerns from president trump's critics, who said it was inappropriate for the political adviser to play a role on national security matters.washington (ap) — president donald trump has removed chief strategist steve bannon from the national security council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give bannon access to the high-level meetings.a new memorandum about the council’s composition was published wednesday in the federal register. the memo no longer lists the chief strategist as a member of the principals committee, a group of high-ranking officials who meet to discuss pressing national security priorities.tom bossert, the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, also had his rol






poll conducted by minneapolis dfl points to fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november’s election, a move that’s irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell’s wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing caused an uproar among some dflers. the party, they said, should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliable ally for the left wing of the city council.“i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in,” said council member lisa bender. “i






poll conducted by minneapolis dfl reveals fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november’s election, a move that’s irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell’s wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing on behalf of a spouse caused an uproar. and some dflers argued the party should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliably progressive member of the city council.“i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in,” said council member lisa






poll conducted by minneapolis dfl points to fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november’s election, a move that’s irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell’s wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing on behalf of a spouse caused an uproar. and some dflers argued the party should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliably progressive member of the city council.“i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in,” said council member lisa






trump adding cia back to national security council: white house


president donald trump will amend his recent national security council reorganization to add the cia to the group, the white house said on monday.white house spokesman sean spicer said the cia had not been part of the national security forum since 2005, but he said trump was making the change out of respect for director mike pompeo and others at the agency.susan rice, president barack obama’s national security adviser, on sunday tweeted to ask why the cia was not part of the group. trump was also criticized for adding chief strategist steve bannon, a political adviser, to the national security council.(reporting by emily stephenson; editing by chris reese)






a poll conducted by minneapolis dfl points to fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november's election, a move that's irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell's wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing on behalf of a spouse caused an uproar. and some dflers argued the party should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliably progressive member of the city council."i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in," said council member lisa






a poll conducted by minneapolis dfl points to fault lines on the city council


the minneapolis dfl paid $2,000 for a poll to see if green party city council member cam gordon would be vulnerable in november's election, a move that's irked progressives at city hall.the poll, conducted in the second ward last week, was commissioned by minneapolis dfl chair dan mcconnell without consulting the central committee. the potential candidate who would run against gordon is mcconnell's wife, becky boland, secretary of the minneapolis dfl.the appearance of insider dealing on behalf of a spouse caused an uproar. and some dflers argued the party should not spend time or money to replace gordon, a reliably progressive member of the city council."i am disappointed to hear that the head of our city dfl would prioritize that, especially without checking in," said council member lisa






uber technologies ceo travis kalanick leaves president’s business council


uber technologies inc.’s chief executive, travis kalanick, said he is stepping down from president donald trump’s economic advisory council, saying that his participation has been misunderstood as an endorsement of the new administration’s policies.the announcement, in a memo to uber staff thursday, follows criticism of the ride-hailing firm over perceptions that it supports the trump administration, with some celebrities and others...






bannon added to security council to watch over flynn


steve bannon was abruptly pulled from his seat on the national security council, but the white house explanation raises more questions than it answers.the white house chief strategist and former breitbart news publisher was added to the security council on jan. 29, three days after then-acting attorney general sally yates raised concerns about michael flynn — then national security adviser — and his communications with the russian ambassador.a senior white house official told reporters wednesday that bannon was added to the nsc to keep an eye on the national security adviser, who resigned two weeks later, and “de-operationalize” the council from obama’s national security adviser, susan rice.“we all knew flynn had issues,” the senior white house official said.flynn resigned feb. 13 after it






aspen city council backs plan to block new chain stores – the denver post


the aspen city council is supporting a citizen-driven paign to block chain stores from taking space in new buildings.the aspen daily news reports that the council will begin the process of adopting a regulation that would give the city power to exclude chain stores in new buildings.on monday during a work session all council members supported drafting a policy resolution on the new regulation. that resolution will be presented at the feb. 13 council meeting, where the council will invite public input. a formal ordinance could be adopted as soon as march 6.a citizens group approached officials this fall about the chain-store regulation policy. it was gained support from many longtime locals and independent business owners.






mcgregor hopes to become 1st transgender person on seattle city council


mac mcgregor, who would be the seattle city council’s first transgender member, is one of 10 people running for position 8. jon grant has raised the most money so far.“we’re not going back in the shadows:” that’s a message mac mcgregor wants to send with his campaign this year for seattle city council.mcgregor is trying to become the first transgender person elected to the council, and he believes he’d be the first elected anywhere in washington state.the 53-year-old, who sits on seattle police department’s lgbtq advisory council and served on the seattle lgbtq commission, said november’s election motivated him to seek office.mcgregor said president trump’s “pretty extreme, religious-right administration” wants to roll back the clock on protections and acceptance of minorities.most read st






in columbia heights, deadlocked council remains divided on appointing fifth memb


columbia heights city leaders on monday will again consider what to do about a vacant city council seat, the latest step in a process that has divided council members and drawn mounting criticism from residents as cumbersome and confusing.three months after formally declaring the vacancy on the five-member council, the four remaining members have yet to reach a consensus on which of the 17 applicants to appoint to the job, if any. each name brought forward has added to a growing list of 2-to-2 votes.if the deadlocked council cannot agree on a fifth member, it will have to proceed with four, a possibility that concerns some city leaders.“i don’t like it,” said council member bobby williams. “if we can’t agree, we could hurt our city.”the seat opened when former council member donna schmitt






russia and china veto un resolution on syria sanctions | syria news


russia and china have vetoed a un security council resolution backed by western powers that would have imposed sanctions on syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the government of president bashar al-assad.drafted by britain, france and the united states, the measure on tuesday won nine votes in favour, while three countries - china, russia and bolivia - opposed it.kazakhstan, ethiopia and egypt abstained.inside story: do talks on syria serve any purpose?it was russia's seven veto in five years to save its syrian ally. china, also one of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the security council, has joined russia in vetoing six resolutions on syria.the resolution would have put 11 syrians, mainly military commanders, and 10 entities linked to chemical attacks in 2014 and






consultants: minneapolis council candidate gary schiff was involved in nonprofit


gary schiff says he bears no responsibility for the mishandling of a federal grant by the now-defunct council on crime and justice, but two people who worked on the project say the project's failure is partly the fault of the minneapolis city council candidate.schiff was president of the nonprofit for about a year, and took over three years after it received a $1.1 million grant from the u.s. department of justice to create a statewide crime victims legal assistance network.but the network was never created, schiff was removed as president, the grant was frozen after a federal audit and the council on crime and justice dissolved.schiff, who is running for city council in the ninth ward against alondra cano and mohamed farah, wasn't named in the audit, and federal investigators didn't alleg






white supremacist bannon removed from national security council / boing boing


the trump administration claims bannon was placed on the council to oversee fired national security director and russian pattycake player michael flynn. today the famous white supremacist was removed from the council, reputedly never having attended a meeting.under the move, the national intelligence director, dan coats, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marine corps general joseph dunford, are again "regular attendees" of the nsc’s principals committee. bannon, the former executive chairman of breitbart news, was elevated to the national security council’s principals committee at the beginning of trump’s presidency. the move drew criticism from some members of congress and washington’s foreign policy establishment. a white house official said that bannon was placed on the com






portage mayor loses $30k board chairmanship salary in city council vote


residents voiced a mixed bag of reactions for the city council and for embattled mayor james snyder, who skipped the tuesday council meeting.snyder later said he was visiting a friend in a hospital during the meeting, but immediately after the meeting, one of his staffers p ed out written statements...






haiti: jovenel moise confirmed as new president | haiti news


jovenel moise has been declared the winner of haiti's november 20 presidential election, ending a protracted electoral process that has paralysed the caribbean country's politics for more than a year.the haiti provisional electoral council said on tuesday that moise was the majority winner with 55.6 percent of the vote. turnout was low at a reported 21 percent.haiti election 'better organised this time'moise, previously a little-known businessman, was chosen to run on behalf of the tet kale party of former president michel martelly, who ended his term without an elected successor.the 48-year-old president-elect runs a banana export company that he sees as a model for rural development, and on the campaign trail he branded himself as "banana man". he is expected to be sworn in on february 7






trump doesn't exactly give steve bannon a vote of confidence


president donald trump has removed chief strategist steve bannon from the national security council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give bannon access to the group's high-level meetings.a new memorandum about the council's composition was published wednesday in the federal register....






council bluffs iowa


the official mobile app for the city of council bluffs, iowa. this app provides a connection between council bluffs city offices and its residents and visitors. here you will find convenient access to city officials, request tracker, and latest city happenings. key features include;. bill pay. jobs. alerts. bid postings. calendar. city news. share with facebook and twitter. links to city council meetings, municipal code, blink wifi, alert iowa.






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump’s executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president’s order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney’s office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney’s office and the city’s human rights and equal






minneapolis city council incumbents brace for tough dfl endorsing conventions


three minneapolis city council members will seek the dfl endorsement this weekend in their bids for re-election, a seal of party approval that eluded their colleagues last week.delegates, many of them activists rallying around a push for a $15 minimum wage and equity issues, blocked endorsement for two incumbents and endorsed one challenger in the first round of city ward conventions last week. that dynamic will be at work as council members kevin reich, john quincy and linea palmisano seek endorsement this saturday, with all three facing sharp challenges from candidates positioning themselves as more progressive.“the weekend foretold that it’s difficult for incumbents, but that just raises everybody’s expectations and redoubles efforts,” said quincy, who faces challenges from erica mauter






st. paul city council vows to ist if residents detained at msp airport


st. paul staff will ist residents if they are detained at the minneapolis-st. paul international airport due to president trump's executive order on immigration.the resolution is proactive, said city council member dai thao, who proposed the measure. he said he does not know of any st. paul residents currently detained at the airport.the president's order prohibits people from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the united states for 90 days and blocks refugees from all nations for 120 days.the city attorney's office will start regularly requesting the names of people who live in st. paul who have been detained at the airport, according to a resolution city council members approved wednesday. if anyone is detained, the attorney's office and the city's human rights and equal






steve bannon out of national security council role


top white house adviser steve bannon’s position has been removed from the national security council’s principals committee, a group of the president’s top national security officials that considers policy issues affecting national security, according to a white house memo published in the federal register tuesday.playvideocbsnsteve bannon removed from national security council role in a shake-up, president trump removed chief strategist steve bannon from the national security council's principals committee, a group of the pr... the new white house memo that lists the members of the principals committee excludes bannon’s position:the pc shall have as its regular attendees the secretary of state, the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of defense, the attorney general, the secretary of






when the 'government' fights back | usa


i'm currently sitting in a very bland waiting room. the walls are white, the carpets grey, cable news plays quietly in the background as i sit in the standard issue uncomfortable chair.i'm seven people away from getting my "hard p " for the us state department. it basically just means i can walk around more freely inside the building. it means unlike the white house, i can talk to people more freely. i expect many of the employees will have a lot to say.donald trump couldn't be more different than barack obama, but there is one thing that i can't help noticing they have in common. in the early days of both presidencies the men exuded a kind of confidence that is almost palpable. it's not just the leaders, but their teams project a sense of empowerment bordering on hubris.remember, obama, i