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Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia as Trump’s New Labor Secretary

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump’s new labor secretary.The Senate voted along party lines, 53-44, to approve Scalia’s nomination. Republicans said his background in labor and employment law made him qualified for the post. Democrats said Scalia fought for corporations and against workers and was the wrong candidate for the Cabinet post.Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he received more than 30 letters of support for Scalia from small-business owners, workers, former career lawyers at the Labor Department, where Scalia once worked, and more.”It is important for the Department of Labor to create an environment to help employers and employees succeed in today’s rapidly changing workplace,” said Alexander, R-Tenn.Scalia spent the bulk of his career as a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher firm, where he rang up a string of victories in court cases on behalf of business interests challenging labor and financial regulations. He also served for a year as the Labor Department’s top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.”The president has sent us a corporate lawyer who’s fought over and over to stop workplace protections, to undermine worker safety, to depress workers’ wages over and over and over again,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.The AFL-CIO opposed the nomination, calling Scalia a union-busting lawyer who has eroded labor rights and consumer protections.”We will not forget this betrayal by the Trump administration, and we will never stop fighting to ensure all working people have the safety protections on the job they deserve,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.Business interests viewed Scalia as a sturdy opponent of government overreach and backed his nomination.FreedomWorks, a conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, said Scalia’s confirmation “is a victory in the fight against outdated, burdensome workplace regulations that neither protect employees nor encourage job and wage growth.”Scalia becomes the seventh former lobbyist to hold a Cabinet-level post in the Trump administration.On his financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics, Scalia listed 49 clients who paid him $5,000 or more for legal services, including e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs, Facebook, Ford, Walmart and Bank of America.Disclosure records show Scalia was registered in 2010 and 2011 to lobby for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Trump’s previous labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned in July after renewed criticism for his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was found dead last month in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan after his July arrest on sex trafficking charges.Deputy Labor Secretary Pat Pizzella has been serving as acting secretary. 

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Світові лідери попрощалися з Жаком Шираком у Парижі – відео

У Франції 30 вересня прощалися з колишнім президентом країни Жаком Шираком. У церемонії взяв участь президент Емманюель Макрон. На жалобні заходи в Париж прибули десятки нинішніх і колишніх іноземних лідерів, у тому числі президенти Росії й Грузії, колишній президент США Білл Клінтон, ексканцлер Німеччини Ґергард Шредер, король Йорданії Абдалла II. 30 вересня у Франції оголосили днем національної жалоби. Церемонія прощання почалася вранці з меси на території Будинку інвалідів, а потім продовжилася в соборі Сен-Сюльпіс, де відбулася панахида. Жак Ширак був похований на кладовищі Монпарнас у Парижі поряд із могилою його дочки, яка померла 2016 року. Жак Ширак помер 26 вересня у віці 86 років. Він займав посаду президента з 1995 до 2007 року. Крім того, Ширак двічі був прем’єр-міністром Франції і протягом 18 років мером Парижа. (Відео Reuters)

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North Korea Blames US for Stalled Denuclearization Talks

North Korea said Monday that tensions remain high with the United States and little has been achieved diplomatically, a year after the historic summit between the adversaries.“Relations between the DPRK and the U.S. have made little progress so far and the situation of the Korean Peninsula has not come out of the vicious cycle of increased tension,” North Korean U.N. Ambassador Kim Song told the final day of the U.N. General Assembly annual debate.“We expressed our willingness to sit with the U.S. for [a] comprehensive discussion of the issues we have deliberated so far,” Kim said of resuming bilateral talks.Kim blamed American “political and military provocations” for the stalled talks and urged Washington to find a new approach.Despite what U.S. President Donald Trump says is a positive personal relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, his administration has maintained a policy of “maximum pressure” on North Korea, supporting tough international economic sanctions until Pyongyang makes progress toward complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.Talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down after a second summit in February between Kim and Trump ended without a deal. Kim demanded a relaxation of sanctions in exchange for partial steps to dismantle his nuclear program. Trump wanted a more far-reaching deal.North Korea has conducted 10 rounds of short-range missile tests since early May. Trump has shrugged off the tests, saying he has no problem with short-range launches. Many within range of the short-range missiles do not share that assessment.During his speech last week to the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump only briefly touched on North Korea, saying it is a country “full of tremendous untapped potential, but that to realize that promise, North Korea must denuclearize.”His former national security advisor, John Bolton, said Monday that North Korea “has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons,” and that “the strategic decision Kim Jong Un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further.”Bolton, who was fired by Trump earlier in September due to policy differences, was speaking to an audience at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.On Monday, North Korea’s envoy put the weight of diplomacy on the United States.“It depends on the U.S., whether the DPRK-U.S. negotiation will become a window of opportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis,” the envoy said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name.He also criticized South Korea for what he said was “double-dealing behavior,” shaking hands in public but behind the scenes introducing new sophisticated weapons and holding joint military exercises with the United States.The envoy said intra-Korean relations would only improve when Seoul ends its “big power worship” and policy of dependence on foreign forces.The United States has maintained some 28,000 troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War. 

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Легка атлетика: українка Магучіх виборола «срібло» на чемпіонаті світу

На чемпіонаті світу з легкої атлетики, який триває у місті Доха (Катар), українці вибороли першу нагороду. Вісімнадцятирічна чемпіонка ІІІ Юнацьких Олімпійських ігор Ярослава Магучіх стала другою у стрибках в висоту, взявши 2,04 метра. Це не лише особистий рекорд українки, але й світовий рекорд серед спортсменів віком до 20 років.

«Золото» здобула Марія Ласіцкене, яка виступає під нейтральним прапором. Вона також подолала позначку 2,04 метри, але випередила Магучіх за кількістю спроб.

Ще одна українка Юлія Левченко стала четвертою. Її результат – два метри.

Цьогоріч Ярослава Магучіх стала чемпіонкою Європи серед спортсменів віком до 20 років, піднімалася на п’єдестал «Діамантової ліги», а також стала наймолодшою представницею стрибків у висоту, яка підкорила 2 метри.

 

 

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Синоптики розповіли про погоду у перший день жовтня

В Українському гідрометеорологічному центрі повідомили, що вночі 1 жовтня у більшості областей України, а вдень місцями у східній частині очікуються дощі.

«Вітер переважно північно-західний, 7-12 м/с, вночі та вранці в Україні пориви 15-20 м/с. Температура вночі 9-14; вдень 13-18, на Закарпатті, Прикарпатті та в південній частині 19-24. 1 жовтня у Києві вночі дощ, вдень без опадів. Вітер переважно північно-західний, 7-12 м/с, вночі та вранці пориви 15-20 м/с. Температура вночі 12-14, вдень близько 15», – йдеться в повідомленні.

Синоптик Наталка Діденко на сторінці у Facebook зауважує, що жовтень в Україну «прийде теплим і лагідним».

«Дощів не передбачається, лише вздовж північного кордону є ймовірність невеликих опадів, а також на крайньому сході», – додала Діденко.

За даними Держслужби з надзвичайних ситуацій, 1 жовтня у більшості районів Дніпропетровської, Кіровоградської, Черкаської, Полтавської, східних областей та південної частини України утримається надзвичайний рівень пожежної небезпеки.

 

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GOP Congressman Blasts as ‘Repugnant’ Trump Civil War Tweet

A Republican congressman is slamming as “beyond repugnant” President Donald Trump’s tweet of a conservative pastor’s comment that removing Trump from office would provoke a “civil war-like fracture” in America.
 
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a former Air Force pilot who represents an Illinois district Trump won in 2016, tweeted Sunday, “I have visited nations ravaged by civil war. … I have never imagined such a quote to be repeated by a President. This is beyond repugnant.”
 
Trump had tweeted a comment from the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas. On “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, Jeffress said, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war-like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.”

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Pope Meets with Jesuit Targeted by Right for Gay Outreach

Pope Francis has met privately with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays.The Vatican listed the audience with the Rev. James Martin among the pope’s activities Monday, in a clear sign that Francis wanted it publicized. The implicit message was a vote of confidence in Martin’s ministry.
 
Martin, author of “Building a Bridge,” a book about how the Catholic Church should reach out more to the LGBT community, has had several talks canceled in the United States because of pressure from conservative groups who oppose his advocacy.
 
In a tweet Monday, Martin said that during the 30-minute audience, he shared with Francis “the joys and hopes, and the griefs and anxieties, of LGBT Catholics and LGBT people worldwide.”  

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US Violent Crime Rate Falls for 2nd Year in a Row

The U.S. violent crime rate fell for the second year in a row in 2018, largely extending a decades-long decline, the FBI said in its annual crime report released on Monday.  There were an estimated 369 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2018, a decrease of 3.9 percent from the 2017 level.   In 2017 also violent crime fell though at a lower rate.   The back-to-back declines follow an increase of 8% in 2015 and 2016 and put the violent crime rate nearly 15 percent lower than a decade ago and more than 50 percent below the levels seen in the early 1990s when the U.S. was engulfed by a wave of crime.  The report comes just weeks after the Justice Department’s statistics arm released a survey showing an increase of 22 percent in the number of violent crime victims in the United States over the past three years.  The annual household survey includes both crimes reported and not reported to police, whereas the FBI’s closely watched stats are based on voluntary reporting by thousands of police departments around the country.The rise and then fall of violent crime in recent years has fueled a debate among policy makers and criminologists over their underlying causes and whether they signal a new trend.  Coming into office, the Trump administration blamed the 2015-2016 surge in violent crime on the former President Barack Obama’s immigration policies and then took credit for its more recent turnaround by instituting tough on crime, pro-law enforcement policies.  But that’s a simplistic reading of the long-term trend, according to criminologists.What’s clear is that violent crime remains substantially lower the 1990s peak despite the recent fluctuations and stubornly high rates in some major cities.      “Across all three metrics (murder, violent crime and overall crime), crime in the United States remains at or near the bottom of downtrend that has lasted more than a quarter century,” Ames Grawert, a criminologist at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University wrote in a report.  But not all U.S. cities have equally shared in the decline, he said, adding that more “innovative solutions are needed to preserve and expand on public safety gains.”The overall drop in violent crime was seen across most categories of crime.The murder rate also fell for the second consecutive year, decreasing by 6 percent to nearly 5 murders per 100,000 people.   Though a tad higher than a recent low in 2014, the overall U.S. murder rate remains nearly half the 1991 high of almost 10 murders per 100,000 residents.Large cities saw a marked decline in murder.  In cities with a population of more than 1 million people such as Chicago, the overall murder rate fell by 8.5 percent.  In Chicago, it tumbled by 14 percent to 21 murders per 100,000 residents.  In Baltimore, another city that has experienced high murder rates in recent years, it fell by 9 percent to 51 murders.The decades-long decline in violent crime has been most pronounced in New York City, the nation’s largest city.  Once known as the murder capital of the United States, the city recorded 287 murders in 2018, five fewer than 2017 and down 87 percent from a record 2,245 murders in 1990.Among other categories of violent crime, robbery saw the largest decline, decreasing by 12 percent to 86.2 robberies per 100,000 people.   The rate of rape crimes, however, rose by 2.1 percent, likely due to an increase in reporting, to 42.6 rapes per 100,000 residents.