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Supreme Court allows census count to end October 31, siding with Trump administration

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the U.S. Census Bureau can conclude its 2020 count on October 31 and that will give it enough time to finish with enough time to process the data before year end. The decision, which the Trump administration favored, came with a candid dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  

“Meeting the deadline at the expense of the accuracy of the census is not a cost worth paying,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. “Especially when the Government has failed to show why it could not bear the lesser cost of expending more resources to meet the deadline or continuing its prior efforts to seek an extension from Congress. This Court normally does not grant extraordinary relief on such a painfully disproportionate balance of harms.”

The U.S. Census Bureau, which is overseen by Trump appointee Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, announced in an August 3 press release that it would

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Trump Administration Orders Nevada to Allow Rapid Covid-19 Tests in Nursing Homes

The Trump administration ordered the state of Nevada to withdraw a directive blocking nursing homes from using federally provided rapid coronavirus testing equipment, highlighting a debate over the proper use of the tests after reports of some false-positive results.

In a letter to Nevada officials, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official who has overseen U.S. testing efforts, said the state’s action is “inconsistent with and pre-empted by federal law and, as such, must cease immediately or appropriate action will be taken against those involved.” The letter was dated Oct. 8 and made public Friday.

Adm. Giroir defended the performance of the federally supplied equipment on a call Friday with reporters, saying the false-positive rate was low and the issue could be managed by using proper procedures to confirm results. The state’s action wasn’t justified, he said. Adm. Giroir declined to say what enforcement action the

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Trump administration discourages diversity hiring by contractors

WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) – American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government.

Trump’s Labor Department is using a 55-year-old presidential order spurred by the Civil Rights Movement to scrutinize companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo over their public commitments to diversity. Government letters sent last week warned both companies against using “discriminatory practices” to meet their goals.

Microsoft has brushed off the warnings, publicly disclosing the government inquiry and defending its plan to boost Black leadership.

But advocates for corporate diversity initiatives worry that more cautious executives will halt or scale back efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive out of fear that a wrong step could jeopardize lucrative public contracts. The agency has oversight over the hiring

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Trump administration targets diversity hiring by contractors

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government.

Trump’s Labor Department is using a 55-year-old presidential order spurred by the Civil Rights Movement to scrutinize companies like Microsoft and Wells Fargo over their public commitments to diversity. Government letters sent last week warned both companies against using “discriminatory practices” to meet their goals.

Microsoft has brushed off the warnings, publicly disclosing the government inquiry and defending its plan to boost Black leadership.


But advocates for corporate diversity initiatives worry that more cautious executives will halt or scale back efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive out of fear that a wrong step could jeopardize lucrative public contracts. The agency has oversight over the hiring practices of thousands of

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Michael Cohen is working to free whistleblower Reality Winner jailed by the Trump administration


By Frances Mulraney For Dailymail.com

14:44 06 Oct 2020, updated 14:45 06 Oct 2020

  • Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen says he is working to secure compassionate release for a whistleblower imprisoned by the White House
  • Reality Winner, 28, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2018 for leaking documents detailing the Russian hack on the US election to the media
  • The former NSA contractor has been repeatedly denied compassionate release despite a coronavirus outbreak in the prison
  • Cohen said he is meeting with a lawyer this week to take a ‘deep dive’ on Winner’s case  
  • He claimed it was part of making amends for his previous life as Trump’s attorney
  • The same year Winner was charged for the Russian leak, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia

President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen says he is working to free a whistleblower imprisoned

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Braille Energy Systems Inc. Awarded U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule to Officially Become Approved Federal Contractor

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OTTAWA, Sep 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Braille Energy Systems Inc. (formerly Mincom Capital Inc.) (TSX-V: BES) (“BESI” or the “Company”), announced today that it has received U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) approval under the Federal Government’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) for Industrial Products and Services (MAS Category 335911: Batteries Includes, but not limited to, batteries, chargers, monitoring systems, battery spill containment systems, and all options, parts, and accessories related to these products. Products can be used for rental, emergency, or disaster recovery efforts). Accordingly, BESI is now recognized by the GSA as an approved federal contractor for industrial products and services.

The GSA serves as the acquisition and procurement arm of the federal government, helping public agencies at the federal, state, and local levels access products and

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Trump Administration Invests $268 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 28 States

Projects Will Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for 267,000 Rural Residents and Businesses

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states (PDF, 222 KB).

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Background:

USDA is funding 76 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will help to improve rural water infrastructure for 267,000 residents. For example:

  • The city of Greenville, Ill., will
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Charlie Baker administration to allow indoor visits at nursing homes amid coronavirus pandemic

After months of families unable to meet with loved ones inside Massachusetts nursing homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Baker administration said it will now allow people to enter nursing homes for indoor visits.



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BOSTON MA. – SEPTEMBER 17: Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after receiving a flu shot at a CVS in Roslindale on September 17, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

The Baker administration on Thursday announced new indoor visit guidance for nursing homes and rest homes, along with expanding indoor visit options in assisted living residences. The guidance goes into effect on Friday.

“The guidance from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) balances the important role visitation plays in supporting resident emotional health and quality of life, while ensuring necessary infection control measures are in

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Trump Administration invests in Rural Kansas energy efficiency improvements

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Trump Administration has invested over $354,000 in energy efficiency improvements in Rural Kansas, helping 17 small businesses and agricultural producers lower their energy costs.



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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, announced it is investing $558,552 in order to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in Kansas.

“By improving the energy efficiency of farms and businesses, energy expenses are decreased and new opportunities for improvement are created elsewhere,” said Hinrichsen. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural Kansas in building stronger and healthier communities through energy efficiency, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The USDA said those receiving grants are as follows:

  • Conway
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