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  • US Senators propose bill to expedite FDA approval for drugs approved in other countries 19 July 2019
    US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill on Thursday that proposes to fast-track FDA approval for drugs and medical devices already authorized in other countries. Known as the Reciprocity Ensures Streamlined Use of Lifesaving Treatments Act, or the RESULT Act, the bill advocates for the reciprocal approval of drugs. In […]
  • White House rebukes Turkey for purchasing Russian missile system 19 July 2019
    The US government on Wednesday suspended Turkey’s involvement with the F-35 fighter jet program, citing concerns with Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-built missile defense system. In a statement issued by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, the US government said that Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system presented a security risk for the […]
  • Germany cabinet approves mandatory measles vaccination law 19 July 2019
    The German Federal Ministry of Health on Wednesday approved a broad measure that would require proof of measles vaccination to access to community facilities, including daycares and schools. The bill comes as a reaction to continued measles infections despite an effective vaccine. In 2018 there were 651 cases of measles reported, and within four months […]
  • US House passes $15 minimum wage bill 19 July 2019
    The US House of Representatives on Thursday voted 231-199 to approve a bill that could increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. HR 582 (or the “Raise the Wage Act”) is set-up to gradually increase the minimum wage until 2025, when the $15 minimum would be achieved. Tipped workers, new hires younger than […]
  • European Commission opens an antitrust investigation into Amazon 18 July 2019
    In a press release on Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) opened an investigation into Amazon for possible anti-competitive conduct to “assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is a breach in EU competition rules.” Commissioner Vestager stated that the EC is seeking to ensure that “large online […]
  • US House passes resolutions blocking Trump administration’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia 18 July 2019
    The US House of Representatives passed three joint resolutions on Wednesday disapproving of the Trump administration’s planned transfer of precision-guided bombs, other bombs and munitions, and support services to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other members of the Saudi-led coalition. Joint resolutions 36 and 37 passed the House with 238 votes in their favor […]
  • Peru ex-president detained in US on extradition order, faces corruption charges in Peru 18 July 2019
    Alejandro Toledo, a former president of Peru, was arrested in California on Tuesday on an extradition order for his alleged role in the Odebretch corruption scandal. Toledo is facing corruption charges in Peru for accepting bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebretch while he was in office from 2001-2006. The Odebretch scandal spans 12 countries and […]
  • Sudan ruling military council makes power sharing deal with civilian leaders 18 July 2019
    Sudan’s ruling military council and a pro-democracy opposition alliance signed a power-sharing agreement on Wednesday that brings three months of negotiations and protests to a close and creates a pathway to democratic rule. The two powers have been vying for power since April when former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was ousted. The agreement establishes a […]
  • PA Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance 18 July 2019
    In a 4-3 decision on Wednesday, Tthe Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a 2015 City of Pittsburgh ordinance that requires employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. The ordinance was challenged by the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association and several Pittsburgh businesses that argued that the city lacked the authority to require employers to provide […]
  • Federal judge modifies Roger Stone’s gag order, bans his use of social media 18 July 2019
    Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, modified Roger Stone’s gag order to be an outright ban on Stone’s use of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The original order prevented Stone from discussing his case publicly Stone, who faces charges of obstruction of a proceeding, witness tampering, and […]