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Breyer mum as some liberals urge him to quit Supreme Court


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Nine top New York health officials quit amid Cuomo undercutting expert advice, report says


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Biden news – live: Trump lawyers quit before impeachment trial as president says he’s ‘just getting started’


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Biden’s next executive order will let people stay on unemployment if they quit an unsafe job


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Austria Threatens to Quit Effort to Create an EU Financial Tax

Austria Threatens to Quit Effort to Create an EU Financial Tax(Bloomberg) — Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Austria’s new finance minister dismissed a proposal by his German counterpart on how to tax financial trades in the European Union, throwing the years-long effort into disarray.“We want a common, broad financial transaction tax. We’re ready to talk, but the current proposal is the opposite of what was originally intended,” Austria’s Gernot Bluemel told journalists on his way into a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. Without a new a approach, the country will leave the group of 10 still working on the plan, he said.Germany’s Olaf Scholz tabled a “final proposal” for the levy in December that focused on stock purchases, after talks on a broader version of the tax had failed. Bluemel, who was sworn in along with the rest of Austria’s new government this month, said this approach would damage the real economy while letting “speculators” off the hook.The European Commission first proposed a financial-transaction tax in 2011 to make sure the industry made a “fair contribution” after taxpayers bore most of the costs of the financial crisis. When some member states opposed the plan, a smaller group sought a compromise under “enhanced cooperation” rules. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are still at the table.Scholz said he still expects an agreement with other European countries on the issue, indicating that some countries are willing to join the group. After years of discussion, “everybody who’s been involved knows what’s possible and what isn’t,” he said. Under EU rules on enhanced cooperation, at least 9 countries are needed for a coordinated approach. Scholz’s proposal foresees a tax rate of 0.2%, which would apply to acquisitions of shares issued by companies based in one of the participating countries and whose market capitalization exceeds 1 billion euros ($ 1.1 billion).(Updates with comment from Scholz in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Weber in Brussels at aweber45@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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Iraqi president threatens to quit in defiance of Iran's allies in parliament

Iraqi president threatens to quit in defiance of Iran's allies in parliamentIraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee of an Iran-backed parliamentary bloc for prime minister, saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters. The Bina bloc, led by Iran-backed militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, had nominated Basra Governor Asaad al-Edani to be the next prime minister following weeks of political deadlock. “Out of my desire to stop blood and maintain peace, and with due respect to Asaad al-Edani, I refuse to nominate him,” Salih said.



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Gov, mayor say official who called Jews 'brutes' should quit

Gov, mayor say official who called Jews 'brutes' should quitNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined Jersey City’s mayor Tuesday in calling for a school board member to quit over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market, referring to Jews as “brutes” and questioning whether the shooters had a point to make in attacking Jews. A message seeking comment was left with Paige.



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Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong government

Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong governmentForeign experts recruited to add legitimacy to Hong Kong’s police watchdog quit Wednesday, saying the agency lacks teeth. The expert panel’s decision to stand aside is likely to increase pressure on the territory’s government for an independent probe of police behavior during six months of pro-democracy protests.



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Malta PM to Quit as Questions Mount Over Reporter Murder

Malta PM to Quit as Questions Mount Over Reporter Murder(Bloomberg) — Malta’s Joseph Muscat pledged to resign as leader after his closest aides were linked to a car bomb that killed an investigative journalist.Muscat, 45, said that public anger over the murder, two years ago, was justified. His closest adviser and economy minister have both been questioned by police in recent days as the inquiry into the killing gathered pace. “We are starting the process for a new prime minister who will continue carrying out the work for this legislature,” Muscat said in a broadcast on Sunday.The scandal shines an uncomfortable light on the European Union’s smallest member, one whose central banker nevertheless shares a seat at the table with the likes of Germany and France setting the euro-area’s monetary policy.At a time when further expansion is being questioned, the slow drip of negative headlines has refused to go away for a nation that is also on the front lines of migration and further complicates the job of the EU’s newly-appointed executive arm. The long-festering scandal raises deeper questions about accountability and governance in the island nation, and beyond.The journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was investigating suspicious payments by a local power company at the time she was killed and the European Central Bank has raised broader concerns about money laundering in Malta.“I kept my word — not only do we have three persons accused of this murder but, also now, someone accused of being the principal person behind this killing,” said Muscat. He was first elected prime minister in 2013 and said he will stay in office until his Labour Party has chosen a successor in a process starting Jan. 12.Pressure on Muscat to step aside has grown since businessman Yorgen Fenech was arrested last month in connection with the Caruana Galizia’s murder in 2017. Fenech was suspected of trying to flee the country when he was apprehended on his yacht. He has denied involvement in the murder.Protesters in the capital Valletta threw eggs and coins at lawmakers from the ruling party, the Times of Malta said. Demonstrations intensified on Monday, with hundreds gathered around the parliament to ask for Muscat’s immediate resignation, Ansa reported.Three men have been arrested for the assassination, but they have yet to identify the person who allegedly hired them. Police gained evidence against Fenech after the recent arrest of a man for an unrelated crime who offered evidence in return for leniency.The government earlier rejected Fenech’s request for immunity from prosecution in return for revealing information about the murder plot and about alleged corruption involving Muscat’s former chief of staff Keith Schembri, among others, court filings showed, according to Reuters. Schembri has denied any wrongdoing, the agency said.Malta isn’t the only weak link in Europe’s financial and legal controls.Danske Bank A/S, Denmark’s biggest lender, saw suspicious funds funneled through its branch in Tallinn, Estonia, from 2007 to 2015. Allegations have also emerged against Swedbank AB, Sweden’s oldest bank and Helsinki-based Nordea Bank Abp.(Adds anti-government protests in seventh paragraph. A previous version of this story corrected the second paragraph to say that economy minister, not finance minister, was questioned)To contact the reporters on this story: Mathew Carr in London at m.carr@bloomberg.net;Alessandro Speciale in Rome at aspeciale@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net, Flavia Krause-Jackson, Ben SillsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Egypt's hardline president el-Sissi faces calls to quit in rare protests

Egypt's hardline president el-Sissi faces calls to quit in rare protestsRare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt over the weekend calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down -  in the first major protests against his rule since he took power in 2014. In the capital, Cairo, dozens of protesters gathered on Friday night near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrators chanted slogans echoing the Arab Spring uprisings that briefly defied dictatorships across the region. Police responded with teargas. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights said security forces reportedly rounded up at least four dozen people in Cairo and elsewhere in the country in a move that was condemned by Human Rights Watch. The protesters took to the streets following calls to mobilise by a self-exiled businessman,  Muhammad Ali, who accused corruption by the military and government in a series of online posts that went viral online. Small groups of protesters gather in central Cairo shouting anti-government slogans in Cairo, Egypt September 21, 2019. Credit: Reuters Mr Ali alleged his contracting business had witnessed the large scale misuse of public funds in the building of luxurious hotels, presidential palaces and a tomb for the President's mother, who died in 2014. The allegations came as economic reforms and austerity have squeezed Egypt's lower and middle classes badly. In a rambling speech on Tuesday, Mr el-Sissi angrily dismissed the allegations as "sheer lies." He portrayed Mr Ali's videos as an attempt to weaken Egypt and undermine the public's trust in the military. Police vehicles are seen in central Cairo as protesters gather shouting anti-government slogans in Cairo Credit: Reuters Mr el-Sissi, a former army general, has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands.  He came to power after the military ousted an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, amid mass protests against his one-year-rule. He promised to continue building new presidential residences despite the claims. "I am building a new country," he said, warning Egyptians against protesting or repeating the 2011 uprising. Egypt's 2011 revolutionaries reflect as Sisi consolidates power On Friday night, security forces speedily dispersed the scattered protests, which came directly after a soccer game between al-Ahly, Egypt's biggest team, and its archrival Zamalek. No casualties were reported. The willingness of the protesters to defy police and laws that all but ban public protests is being regarded as a potential turning point against the President’s rule, however small. "This is a very important development because this was the first such protest against the rule of el-Sissi," said political scientist Mustafa Kamel el-Sayed of Cairo University. "The small demonstrations demolished the wall of fear installed by el-Sissi and that could lead to more protests in the future."



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