November 10, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

November 10, 2019

1. H.R.724 [116th] Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
2. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
3. S.1838 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
4. H.R.3055 [116th] Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020
5. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
6. H.R.3  [116th] Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019
7. H.R.2884 [116th] COVFEFE Act of 2017
8. H.Res.660 [116th] Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.
9. H.R.3289 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
10. S.2603 [116th] Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act

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A Silicon Valley Funding Giant Opens in Denmark— Where Unicorns Are Numerous and Loans Are Dirt Cheap


Silicon Valley Bank, a go-to bank for startups and tech hopefuls since the 1980s, is heading to the land of cheap business loans and negative interest rates: Copenhagen.

It’s also a region where start-up capital is cheap and banks have become eager lenders, an effect—some would call it a bug—of Europe’s plunge into negative interest rates as the wider economy slows.

The U.S. bank’s entry, which was encouraged by Danish companies and investors, is seen as filling a kind of multifaceted funding-lending-consulting-networking-cheerleading gap that traditional local banks have a hard time closing.

Source: A Silicon Valley Funding Giant Opens in Denmark— Where Unicorns Are Numerous and Loans Are Dirt Cheap

In Questioning NATO Purpose, Macron Echoes Trump


It is an enduring mystery how French President Emmanuel Macron can simultaneously be such an insightful and articulate political analyst and such a ham-fisted politician. Whatever the explanation, he never fails to deliver on both counts.

The most recent example is Macron’s interview with The Economist on what is ailing NATO and the European Union, and how Europe got into its current predicament.

If Macron were simply a university professor or international affairs analyst, the interview would be an informative read. Because he is the president of France, it has already created one diplomatic incident with a non-EU government and generated anxiety and alarm among his EU partners across the continent.

Source: In Questioning NATO Purpose, Macron Echoes Trump

What’s Wrong with Boeing? | Defense One


Boeing’s products are ubiquitous in American civil and military life — not just in the air, but on the ground, at sea, and in space. It is no stretch to say that our country depends on this century-old company, which makes its recent string of high-profile failures of deep and urgent concern.

Taken together, the problems with the 737 MAX, the 787 Dreamliner, the KC-46 Pegasus, the NASA Starliner, and the Space Launch System suggest systemic organizational and cultural failures that the company, unaided, appears incapable of solving.

Left unchecked, we can reasonably expect more cost overruns, delays, and utterly unacceptable risks to those who travel aboard or rely upon these and other systems. It is time not for more internal reviews, nor even for safety assessments by the executive branch, but full Congressional investigations into Boeing’s commercial aerospace and defense, space, and security divisions.

Source: What’s Wrong with Boeing? – Defense One

BJP Maharashtra: BJP loses its oldest ally Shiv Sena

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The decision of the Maharashtra party to snap ties came following years of unease in the alliance and reached a flash point after the recent assembly election results, with the Sena accusing the BJP of breaking “promise” of equal division of power in the state.

The BJP has asserted that it had never agreed to share the post of chief minister, as claimed by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.

Source: BJP Maharashtra: BJP loses its oldest ally Shiv Sena

What’s Behind the Chile Protests? | Council on Foreign Relations


Chile has seen several weeks of unrest, including street protests, riots, and vandalism, that has so far killed twenty people and injured more than one thousand others.

The turmoil began on October 18 with student-led protests over a metro fare increase. It soon escalated as rioters burned buses and metro stations, looted businesses, and clashed with security forces. Most demonstrations have been peaceful, though, with one drawing more than a million people—the largest protest in Chilean history.

Source: What’s Behind the Chile Protests? | Council on Foreign Relations

Pizza Loves Emily: How a Background in Education Helped Emily Hyland Build a Pizza Empire | Fortune


What started with neighborhood pizza shop Emily in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn has grown into a burgeoning pizza empire.

In less than five years, Emily Hyland and her business partners Matt Hyland and Howard Greenstone are working on opening their ninth restaurant under the restaurant group Pizza Loves Emily.

Source: Pizza Loves Emily: How a Background in Education Helped Emily Hyland Build a Pizza Empire | Fortune

Schiff: Trump could be impeached for bribery | TheHill


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested President Trump’s possible impeachable offenses include bribery in an interview set to air Wednesday with NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

“On the basis of what the witnesses have had to say so far, there are any number of potentially impeachable offenses: including bribery, including high crimes and misdemeanors,” Schiff said in the interview.

“The basic allegations against the president are that he sought foreign interference in a U.S. election, that he conditioned official acts on the performance of these political favors.”

Source: Schiff: Trump could be impeached for bribery | TheHill

Australians ordered to flee flames as fires rage in east and west | Reuters


Australian officials on Wednesday ordered residents and tourists to get out of the way of fast-approaching flames as firefighters struggled to contain more than 150 bushfires raging on both the east and west coasts.

Authorities issued a “leave immediately” warning, the highest level, for several areas including Noosa, a beachside holiday destination 150 km (93 miles) north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland.

Source: Australians ordered to flee flames as fires rage in east and west – Reuters

Republicans, Democrats draw battle lines over Trump impeachment inquiry hearings | Reuters


The hearings, due to start at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continue into next week, will push the inquiry into a critical new phase, with witnesses giving their first public testimony on whether Trump pressured Ukraine to target one of the president’s domestic political rivals with an investigation.

Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, also said he would not allow the hearings to be derailed by a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine – not Russia – interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Source: Republicans, Democrats draw battle lines over Trump impeachment inquiry hearings – Reuters

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