CDC is ‘prepared to work with every school district’ for safe reopenings, director says in coronavirus briefing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield on Wednesday said the agency is “prepared to work with every school district” to create a safe reopening this fall for students amid the coronavirus pandemic. During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Wednesday, Redfield said the CDC has outlined “a number of strategies” […]

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Talent agency CAA keeping LA, NYC and Nashville offices closed until 2021

High-profile Hollywood agency CAA, which represents the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, is delaying the reopening of its biggest US offices until 2021 as US coronavirus cases continue to rise. The talent agency told staffers via email late Wednesday that it will be keeping its LA headquarters in Century City closed, […]

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U.S. Fed buys $22.7 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

NEW YORK, July 2 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve bought $22.705 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Jun. 25 to Jul. 1, compared with $22.859 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday. In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the […]

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Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

A Michigan regulatory agency has denied Enbridge’s request for quick approval of its plan to put a replacement oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer June 30, 2020, 6:58 PM 3 min read 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Traverse City, Mich. — A Michigan […]

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US investigates headlight failures in about 392,000 Kia SUVs

The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is investigating complaints that headlights can suddenly fail in some older Kia SUVs By The Associated Press June 24, 2020, 6:39 PM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DETROIT — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is investigating complaints that headlights can […]

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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series wants ‘unusual’ looking actors

That ugly face could be your big break. A casting agency in New Zealand is looking for talent for Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series — but only “unusual” or “funny looking” wannabes. “Do you have an overbite, face burns, long skinny limbs, deep cheekbones, lines on your face, acne scars, ears that stick out, […]

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Trump-appointed head of media agency sued over firings at anti-censorship organization

Michael Pack, the recently confirmed CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, is being sued over firings at the Open Technology Fund, a grantee of the agency whose leadership was among those Pack dismissed soon after the Trump appointee assumed leadership of USAGM earlier this month. Pack, a conservative filmmaker who has ties to former […]

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Alabama history agency admits perpetuating systemic racism

Alabama’s main state history agency is acknowledging that it helped perpetuate systemic racism by promoting Confederate narratives while ignoring those of Black people By The Associated Press June 24, 2020, 1:47 PM 3 min read 3 min read MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s main state history agency, spurred by nationwide protests against racial injustice, is acknowledging […]

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Lawsuit Argues Dismissal of Government Media Employees Was Unlawful

WASHINGTON — An internet freedom nonprofit under the umbrella of the U.S. government’s global media agency filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the agency’s new chief executive, Michael Pack, calling his move last week to replace their top staff and governing board unlawful. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, is the […]

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CIA to launch nationwide recruitment ad campaign to ‘excite’ Americans to apply

The Central Intelligence Agency on Monday is expected to launch its first-ever nationwide recruitment ad in an effort to “excite” Americans to apply. The CIA told Fox News that they are launching the ad campaign, titled “Discover the CIA: Your Nation Is Counting On You,” to “offer a glimpse” of their global mission. FORMER CIA STATION […]

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China to create controversial Hong Kong security bureau

China’s state-run news agency announced the government’s intentions to create a new national security bureau in Hong Kong Saturday, in a highly controversial move toward strengthening its security reach in the semi-autonomous region. Xinhua News Agency also reported that new regulations will require all bodies in Hong Kong’s government, from finance to immigration, to directly report […]

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Controversial broadcasting agency head says ‘fully committed’ to independent reporting

Michael Pack, the newly confirmed CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which oversees Voice of America (VOA) and other taxpayer-funded international broadcasting outlets, told employees he is committed to the agency’s mission of independent journalism in a Thursday memo. The message from Pack, a Trump appointee with ties to the president’s former strategist Steve […]

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Influential advertising firm urges clients to boycott Facebook

An influential digital advertising agency reportedly urged its clients to boycott Facebook over the social media giant’s failure to combat hate speech. New York-based 360i encouraged clients Thursday to pull their Facebook spending for July in support of civil-rights’ groups call for an advertising boycott of the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. The […]

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New Trump appointee dismisses top leadership in shake-up of broadcasting agency

The new Trump-appointed CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) –­ which oversees American taxpayer-funded news broadcasting around the world, including Voice of America (VOA) –­ fired three of the agency’s network heads on Wednesday, just days after the director and deputy director of VOA had stepped down. The move by Michael Pack rankled Democrats, who […]

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C.I.A. Failed to Defend Against Theft of Secrets by Insider, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The 2016 theft of secret C.I.A. hacking tools by an agency officer, one of the largest breaches in agency history, was partly because of failures to install safeguards and officials who ignored the lessons of other government agencies that saw large breaches when employees stole secrets, according to an internal C.I.A. report released […]

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C.D.C. Calls for Masks at Large Gatherings, Warning of Crowd Risks

Three months after the country’s top public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abruptly stopped holding regular briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, its director, Dr. Robert Redfield, restarted them on Friday amid growing calls for the agency to claim a more prominent role in the virus response. The C.D.C. also released a […]

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The W.H.O. Stumbles, and Some Scientists See a Pattern

Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned on Tuesday. In a news briefing on Monday, a W.H.O. official asserted that transmission of the coronavirus by people without […]

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New Trump Appointee Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and ‘Our Homo-Empire’

A new Trump appointee to the United States’ foreign aid agency has a history of online posts denouncing liberal democracy and has said that the country is in the clutches of a “homo-empire” that pushes a “tyrannical LGBT agenda.” In one post, Merritt Corrigan, who recently took up a position as deputy White House liaison […]

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New Trump Appointee Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and ‘Our Homo-Empire’

A new Trump appointee to the United States’ foreign aid agency has a history of online posts denouncing liberal democracy and has said that the country is in the clutches of a “homo-empire” that pushes a “tyrannical LGBT agenda.” In one post, Merritt Corrigan, who recently took up a position as deputy White House liaison […]

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Ex-MI6 boss says coronavirus likely engineered in Wuhan lab

A former head of the British intelligence agency MI6 told The Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast that he believes the COVID-19 outbreak was engineered in a lab and spread through coincidence. “I do think that this started as an accident,” Sir Richard Dearlove told the Telegraph, citing a peer-reviewed paper by Professor Angus Dalgleish of St George’s Hospital at the University of […]

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‘They Let Us Down’: 5 Takeaways on the C.D.C.’s Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON — Long considered the world’s premier public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fallen short in its response to the most urgent public health emergency in its 74-year history — a pathogen that has penetrated much of the nation, killing more than 100,000 people. The agency made early missteps in […]

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E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that it had limited states’ ability to block the construction of energy infrastructure projects, part of the Trump administration’s goal of promoting gas pipelines, coal terminals and other fossil fuel development. The completed rule curtails sections of the U.S. Clean Water Act that New York has […]

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New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments By MARIAM FAM and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press May 29, 2020, 12:43 PM 3 min read 3 min read NEW YORK — Some Muslim American groups are […]

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U.S. Accuses Russian Military Hackers of Attack on Email Servers

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency publicly accused Russian government hackers of targeting email servers around the world in an unusual announcement on Thursday, showing that the agency is becoming more aggressive in calling out Moscow’s action as the presidential election approaches. While the Trump administration has publicly attributed cyberattacks to Russia before — including […]

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Jenna Bush Hager signs with Hollywood agency UTA

Jenna Bush Hager has signed with Hollywood agency UTA. The “Today” host followed agent Darnell Strom — who moved to UTA from CAA last year. She’ll also work with UTA co-president Jay Sures. Hager’s still repped by CAA for publishing. Sources said UTA will look to expand her reach beyond broadcasting. She began a Read […]

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Navy Pier is an arm of government, no matter what it claims — so let’s see every contract

Navy Pier | Sun-Times file photo An agency accepting nearly $2.5 million in federal pandemic relief dollars should be held to the highest standards of public transparency. Now that the nonprofit that runs Navy Pier is getting a federal stimulus loan of nearly $2.5 million, it’s really way past time that it opened its books […]

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