Two Greek Shipping Companies Sentenced After Illegally Discharging Oil Into Texas Port Waters

“Our nation, including the State of Texas, rely on America’s ports and coastal waters for trade, recreation, and environmental enjoyment. Foreign companies acting in defiance of the laws and regulations that protect these valued resources threaten adjacent communities as well as marine ecosystems more broadly,” said Assistant Attorney General Clark. “The Division remains committed to … Read moreTwo Greek Shipping Companies Sentenced After Illegally Discharging Oil Into Texas Port Waters

International “Malvertiser” Extradited from the Netherlands to Face Hacking Charges in New Jersey

A Ukrainian national charged with participating in a years-long, international scheme to infect computers with malware through online advertisements – so-called “malvertising” – will appear in Newark, New Jersey federal court today after being extradited from the Netherlands, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito … Read moreInternational “Malvertiser” Extradited from the Netherlands to Face Hacking Charges in New Jersey

Philadelphia-Area Political Consultant and Attorney Sentenced After Conviction in Two Campaign Finance Schemes

A long-time Philadelphia-area political consultant and attorney was sentenced today for his role in two criminal schemes to violate federal campaign finance laws announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Please follow and like us:

Three Germans Who Allegedly Operated Dark Web Marketplace with Over 1 Million Users Face U.S. Narcotics and Money Laundering Charges

Following a nearly two-year international investigation involving U.S. law enforcement and authorities in Germany and the Netherlands, federal prosecutors have charged three German nationals with being the administrators of Wall Street Market (WSM), which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband, including an … Read moreThree Germans Who Allegedly Operated Dark Web Marketplace with Over 1 Million Users Face U.S. Narcotics and Money Laundering Charges

Income Inequality and the Decline of the Middle Class in Two Charts

Now look at the middle quintiles–the middle class: their income has gone nowhere in the past decade. These two charts of average incomes of U.S. households by quintile (bottom 20%, middle 60% (20%+20%+20%) and top 20%) have both good news and bad news. (Charts are from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office — CBO). These charts depict … Read moreIncome Inequality and the Decline of the Middle Class in Two Charts

Dwelling Approvals Fall 0.6% in March

The number of dwellings approved in Australia fell by 0.6 per cent in March 2019, in trend terms, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. This won’t help the GDP or construction employment. “The overall decrease was driven by private sector houses, which declined 1.4 per cent in trend terms,” … Read moreDwelling Approvals Fall 0.6% in March

S.Res.160

A resolution recognizing the contributions of defense laboratories to the technological dominance of the United States Armed Forces and supporting the designation of April 25, 2019, as “Department of Defense Laboratory Day 2019”. (05/02/2019 legislative day) Please follow and like us:

Celebrating World Trade Month

Celebrating World Trade Month May 2, 2019 kcpullen@doc.gov Thu, 05/02/2019 – 19:04 Export and investment promotion World Trade Month Logo Post by Gilbert B. Kaplan The following is a cross-post by Gilbert Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for the International Trade Administration  During World Trade Month, the International Trade Administration (ITA) will celebrate our commitment … Read moreCelebrating World Trade Month

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Annual Induction Event

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Annual Induction Event kcpullen@doc.gov Thu, 05/02/2019 – 18:58 Intellectual property AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Thursday, May 2, 2019 Office of Public Affairs (202) 482-4883 publicaffairs@doc.gov Wilbur Ross Thank you, Andrei, for that kind introduction. The country is truly fortunate that … Read moreRemarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Annual Induction Event

‘Blank’: Sleekly mounted but bland

BY TROY RIBEIRO Film: “Blank”; Director: Behzad Khambata; Cast: Sunny Deol, Karan Kapadia, Karanvir Sharma, Ishita Dutta; Rating: **1/2 Designed as a mystery thriller, “Blank” is the drama of a suicide bomber who is on a mission. Debutant Karan Kapadia plays Hanif, the suicide bomber who is connected with a “dead man’s switch”. This “DMS” … Read more‘Blank’: Sleekly mounted but bland

Making News: Podcast On-Line of China Trade Talks National Radio Interview

I’m pleased to report that the podcast is now on-line of last night’s appearance on John Batchelor’s nationally syndicated radio show.  So ICYMI, or just want to hear it again, click here for a timely discussion with John, co-host Gordon G. Chang, and me of the state of play in the U.S.-China trade talks – … Read moreMaking News: Podcast On-Line of China Trade Talks National Radio Interview

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Kimberly A. Reed, of West Virginia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2021, vice Fred P. Hochberg, resigned. (05/02/2019 legislative day) Please follow and like us:

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Judith DelZoppo Pryor, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2021, vice Larry W. Walther, term expired. (05/02/2019 legislative day) Please follow and like us:

Amrapali brass used homebuyers’ money for wedding

Auditors Pawan Kumar Aggarwal and Ravi Bhatia filed their report after a forensic audit of 46 registered companies and numerous shell companies of Amrapali group and bank accounts of the directors. They provided a graphic account of how Rs 3,500 crore of homebuyers’ money was diverted for purposes other than construction. Please follow and like … Read moreAmrapali brass used homebuyers’ money for wedding

Chairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) responded to the Department of Veterans Affairs office of the Inspector General new report, Expendable Inventory Management System: Oversight of Migration from Catamaran to the Generic Inventory Package, which revealed alarming problems with VA’s management of medical supply inventories at its hospitals … Read moreChairman Takano Responds to “Alarming” OIG Report

CBP: New Technologies Result in More Apprehensions of Visa Overstayers

Thu, May 2nd 2019 @ 3:40 pm EDT Customs and Border Protections officials this week announced that new biometric entry/exit technologies have allowed it to verify 57% more visa overstayers than the previous year. This is a significant step forward in the implementation of an entry/exit system first mandated by Congress in 1996. Please follow … Read moreCBP: New Technologies Result in More Apprehensions of Visa Overstayers

ICE HSI Wakes Up to Fraud by Illegal Border-Crossers

A couple of days ago, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division within ICE tweeted out that it was going to work with border agents to detect fake families formed by alien adults for the sole purpose of using the unrelated minors accompanying them as shields against detention and removal if caught during their illegal border … Read moreICE HSI Wakes Up to Fraud by Illegal Border-Crossers

DHS Will Probably Take a Dive on H-4 Visa Work Permits, Just Like It Did on DACA

The U.S. Department of Homeland security submitted a proposed rule to rescind the H-4 (spouses and minor children of H-1B visa holders) work authorizations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review back in February. Such a review can take a few months. Patrick McHugh May 2, 2019 – 3:08pm John Miano Please … Read moreDHS Will Probably Take a Dive on H-4 Visa Work Permits, Just Like It Did on DACA