June 23, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

June 23, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
3. H.R.40 [116th] Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
4. H.R.40 [115th] Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act
5. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
6. H.R.2740 [116th] Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
7. H.R.6 [116th] American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
8. S.1790 [116th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
9. H.R.3055 [116th] Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
10. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

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The Government Agency in Charge of Killing Wild Animals Is Facing Backlash | Pacific Standard


Wildlife Services is a federal agency that shoots, traps, and poisons wild animals en masse at the behest of state governments, agricultural interests, and more. With a purported mission to reduce human-wildlife conflict and mitigate economic damage caused by wildlife, it kills many thousands of critters that come between ranchers or farmers and their profits, and it has done so for more than a century.

Earlier this month, it released up-to-date data about its nationwide operations in 2018 and, as usual, the numbers were eye-popping.

Source: The Government Agency in Charge of Killing Wild Animals Is Facing Backlash – Pacific Standard

The Hiding Place: Inside the World’s First Long-Term Storage Facility for Highly Radioactive Nuclear Waste | Pacific Standard


Deep in the bedrock of Olkiluoto Island in southwest Finland a tomb is under construction. The tomb is intended to outlast not only the people who designed it, but also the species that designed it. It is intended to maintain its integrity without future maintenance for 100,000 years, able to endure a future ice age.

One hundred thousand years ago three major river systems flowed across the Sahara.

One hundred thousand years ago anatomically modern humans were beginning their journey out of Africa.

The oldest pyramid is around 4,600 years old; the oldest surviving church building is fewer than 2,000 years old.

This Finnish tomb has some of the most secure containment protocols ever devised: more secure than the crypts of the Pharaohs, more secure than any supermax prison.

It is hoped that what is placed within this tomb will never leave it by means of any agency other than the geological.

Source: The Hiding Place: Inside the World’s First Long-Term Storage Facility for Highly Radioactive Nuclear Waste – Pacific Standard

Let’s set things straight: Accession talks do not equate EU membership promise | EURACTIV.com


Statements that starting EU accession talks with a candidate country directly implies membership are false. Sena Marić explains why communication of enlargement – both by EU institutions and in the member states – should be based on facts and not on dangerous play with words and emotions.

In her runup campaign for the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections in France, Nathalie Loiseau, a leading figure in Macron’s Renaissance movement and a former minister for European affairs, proudly declared that she directly blocked the enlargement of the EU to Albania and North Macedonia.

Source: Let’s set things straight: Accession talks do not equate EU membership promise – EURACTIV.com

Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation | EURACTIV.com


Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies.

Ekrem Imamoğlu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) had secured more than 54% of votes, with nearly all ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said – a far wider victory margin than his narrow win three months ago.

The previous result was annulled after protests from Erdoğan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, which said there had been widespread voting irregularities.

Source: Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation – EURACTIV.com

China’s Qu Dongyu beats EU candidate for FAO leadership | EURACTIV.com


Despite months of diplomatic efforts, Europe failed to get French candidate Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle elected as the new chairperson of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The 41st session of the FAO Conference voted on Sunday (23 June) to appoint the highest governing body of the Rome-based UN agency.

China’s Qu Dongyu won the top job after the first round of voting among the 194 FAO member countries.

Source: China’s Qu Dongyu beats EU candidate for FAO leadership – EURACTIV.com

Turkey, Russia and China covet Western Balkans as EU puts enlargement on hold | EURACTIV.com


Unless the EU accession process of the Western Balkans picks up the pace, the six countries of the region may examine alternatives for their countries’ external orientation, including boosting relations with China, Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States, a report has warned.

According to the report by The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, the tendency of Balkan countries to build ties with the new partners results from an EU integration process which proved to be less smooth than they had expected.

Source: Turkey, Russia and China covet Western Balkans as EU puts enlargement on hold – EURACTIV.com

Council of Europe assembly authorizes Russia’s return | EURACTIV.com


The Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly agreed Tuesday (25 June) to allow Russian representatives to return to the body, five years after it was stripped of its voting rights over the annexation of Crimea.

Despite strong opposition from Ukraine, 118 parliamentarians from Council of Europe member states agreed that Russia could present a delegation, paving the way for it to participate in the election of a new secretary general for the pan-European rights body on Wednesday.

Source: Council of Europe assembly authorizes Russia’s return – EURACTIV.com

Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchization | EURACTIV.com


Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied on Monday (24 June) in the Georgian capital for the fifth consecutive day as the increasingly unpopular ruling party’s promise of sweeping reforms failed to appease mass demonstrations.

Following four days of protests, Georgia’s powerful oligarch and ruling Georgian Dream party chief Bidzina Ivanishvili announced “large-scale political reform.”

Source: Thousands in Tbilisi demand Georgia’s de-oligarchisation – EURACTIV.com

Swiss ready to retaliate against EU over stock market access | EURACTIV.com


The Swiss government said on Monday (24 June) it was ready to ban stock exchanges in the European Union from trading Swiss shares — intensifying a row over a stalled partnership treaty.

The move followed the EU not extending stock market equivalence to Switzerland after Brussels grew frustrated with Swiss foot-dragging over the long-discussed agreement.

Source: Swiss ready to retaliate against EU over stock market access – EURACTIV.com