March 31, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

March 31, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
3. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019
4. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
5. H.R.6 [116th] American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
6. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
7. H.J.Res.46 [116th] Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.
8. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
9. S.J.Res.8 [116th] A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
10. S.7 [116th] Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019

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May looks for a way out of Brexit maelstrom as EU says no-deal exit looms | Reuters


European officials said on Tuesday the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal in 10 days time was growing as British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned ministers to try to find a Brexit breakthrough.

She is expected to try to put her deal to a fourth vote this week.

The deadlock has already delayed Brexit for at least two weeks beyond the planned departure date to 2200 GMT on April 12.

Source: May looks for a way out of Brexit maelstrom as EU says no-deal exit looms | Reuters

Israeli researchers – hundreds of fake Twitter accounts boost Netanyahu | Reuters


Two Israeli researchers said on Monday they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts that promoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked his political rivals, a week before a national election.

Source: Israeli researchers – hundreds of fake Twitter accounts boost Netanyahu | Reuters

Despite being exposed, fake news thrives on social media ahead of India polls | Reuters


.. Within 24 hours, one of Facebook Inc’s fact-checking partners in India, BOOM, exposed Dandiya’s video as fake. An analysis on BOOM’s website said the video was created by splicing audio from older political interviews.

By the time Facebook took down the post, it had received more than 2.5 million views and 150,000 shares. There is no Indian law that specifically targets fake news, but police in New Delhi registered a case of forgery against Dandiya and an official said investigations were ongoing.

Source: Despite being exposed, fake news thrives on social media ahead of India polls | Reuters

U.S. disaster aid won’t cover crops drowned by Midwest floods | Reuters


The Black Hawk military helicopter flew over Iowa, giving a senior U.S. agriculture official and U.S. senator an eyeful of the flood damage below, where yellow corn from ruptured metal silos spilled out into the muddy water.

The USDA has no mechanism to compensate farmers for damaged crops in storage, Northey said, a problem never before seen on this scale. That’s in part because U.S. farmers have never stored so much of their harvests, after years of oversupplied markets, low prices and the latest blow of lost sales from the U.S. trade war with China – previously their biggest buyer of soybean exports.

Source: U.S. disaster aid won’t cover crops drowned by Midwest floods | Reuters

College students should get more from work study jobs


.. students can and should get more from college jobs than a paycheck; they also deserve a professional experience that will allow them to apply their classroom learning, give them some polish, and make them more desirable to recruiters post-graduation.

This is illustrated in a new report, Employing Student Success, recently published by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a membership organization focused on campus life and student affairs that goes by the acronym NASPA.

Source: College students should get more from work study jobs

Single Indian rocket puts satellites in three orbits, in first for nation | Reuters


An Indian rocket on Monday placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space.

The state-run Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said 24 satellites from the United States, two from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland were positioned in Monday’s launch, in addition to India’s EMISAT satellite.

Source: Single Indian rocket puts satellites in three orbits, in first for nation | Reuters

Buttigieg becomes first winner in fundraising primary | TheHill

Democratic presidential hopefuls are facing a critical test of their momentum and viability in the first-quarter fundraising deadline.

Some, such as Pete Buttigieg, are passing with flying colors. The South Bend, Ind., mayor reported raising an impressive $7 million in the two months since he began exploring the White House race.

Source: Buttigieg becomes first winner in fundraising primary | TheHill

EU denies claim of funding Eritrea ‘forced labor’ project | BBC News


The EU has pledged to spend €20m ($22m; £17m) in Eritrea as part of its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which is aimed at tackling what the EU calls “irregular migration” by funding job creation schemes in various African countries.

The money will be spent on improving the road network in Eritrea.

In its explanation of the project, the EU acknowledges that people on national service will be used but it says they will be paid and the pay rates have recently been increased.

It adds that the issue is the subject of “heightened dialogue” with Eritrea.

Sources in Eritrea have told the BBC that since 2016 soldiers have nominally received $120 a month, but after deductions, including paying for rations, they personally get paid just $17 a month and their family gets $40.

There has been no recent pay increase, the BBC understands.

Source: EU denies claim of funding Eritrea ‘forced labor’ project – BBC News

Facebook, Rights Groups Hit Out at Singapore’s Fake News Bill


Singapore submitted wide-ranging fake news legislation in parliament on Monday, stoking fears from internet firms and human rights groups that it may give the government too much power and hinder freedom of speech.

The law would require social media sites like Facebook to carry warnings on posts the government deems false and remove comments against “public interest.”

The move came two days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said governments should play a more active role in regulating the online platform.

Source: Facebook, Rights Groups Hit Out at Singapore’s Fake News Bill