Business Plans and RFE Response

Do responses to Requests for Evidence need business plans? What if the RFE for an I-526 petition includes this dread sentence “Upon reviewing the business plan, USCIS finds that the evidence in the record does not establish that the business plan is Matter of Ho compliant.” Should the RFE response submit an updated/revised business plan, or take another strategy? … Read moreBusiness Plans and RFE Response

DHS’s Final EB-5 Regulations: What Stakeholders Need to Know

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published final regulations that change some of the key features of the EB-5 Program, which takes approximately 10,000 green cards available each year for qualifying investors and their family members. When the final rule takes effect on November 21, 2019, the regulations will create broad, sweeping changes to … Read moreDHS’s Final EB-5 Regulations: What Stakeholders Need to Know

RBA Holds This Month

Latest from the RBA… The Statement On Monetary Policy to come Friday, will be.. well… interesting! At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.00 per cent. The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable. However, the increased uncertainty generated by the trade and technology disputes is affecting investment and means … Read moreRBA Holds This Month

Prisoners of Intelligence, by James Thompson

What happens when above average and below average ability people have to deal with each other? Specifically, how will they interact when potentially both are able to gain from the exchange? It seems obvious that they should cooperate, and extract the greatest amount of mutual gain, but does this really happen in situations where there… … Read morePrisoners of Intelligence, by James Thompson

Innocence Lost National Initiative and Operation Independence Day 2019

The Department of Justice announced today the FBI-led recovery or identification of 103 child victims and the arrest of 67 sex traffickers through Operation Independence Day. This initiative — a revamping of a previously successful program — was executed during the month of July through 161 operations conducted nationwide. Please follow and like us:

Leader of Conspiracy to Illegally Unlock Cell Phones for Profit Extradited from Hong Kong

A 34-year-old citizen of Pakistan, who is alleged to have paid insiders at telecommunications giant AT&T to plant malware and otherwise misuse computer networks to unlock cellphones, was charged in a 14-count federal indictment unsealed yesterday following his extradition from Hong Kong to the Western District of Washington. Please follow and like us:

Florida Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Mailing 16 Improvised Explosive Devices in Connection with October 2018 Domestic Terrorist Attack

Cesar Altieri Sayoc was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in prison in connection with his mailing of 16 improvised explosive devices to victims across the country.  SAYOC pled guilty to a 65-count Superseding Information on March 21, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who also imposed today’s sentence.  Please follow and like us:

“With 9/11 Victims Compensated, We Must Now Prevent Future Terror Attacks”

Hi Gang: On August 5, 2019 Newsmax published my latest article: With 9/11 Victims Compensated, We Must Now Prevent Future Terror Attacks By Michael Cutler  Monday, 05 August 2019 10:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive Kindly forward this e-mail to your senators and congressional representatives and to as many folks as you can and then ask that those to … Read more“With 9/11 Victims Compensated, We Must Now Prevent Future Terror Attacks”

Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

Editor’s note: The 25 year old currency war against the US has been joined.  Washington – The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to analyze the exchange rate policies of other countries. Under Section 3004 of the Act, the Secretary must “consider whether countries manipulate the rate of … Read moreTreasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

Government pushes banks to cut rates in slowdown battle

The government on Monday prodded banks to speed up rate cuts, while seeking to include auto and housing loans under the 59-minute scheme to fast-track clearances and enhance flow of loans to the two sectors that are in the drip of a sharp slowdown. The government made a case for faster transmission of the benefit … Read moreGovernment pushes banks to cut rates in slowdown battle

July 2019 Mortgage Stress Still Up, Despite Rate Cuts

The DFA mortgage stress tracker to the end of July 2019 is released today. This is based on our rolling 52,000 household surveys and includes data up to the 31st July. More than 70,000 households risk default over the next 12 months. Despite the two RBA rate cuts, and the tax refunds which some can … Read moreJuly 2019 Mortgage Stress Still Up, Despite Rate Cuts

Mass Shootings and Responses to Them Have Unintended Consequences

Mass Shootings and Responses to Them Have Unintended Consequences Paul Craig Roberts The unintended consequences of mass shootings and the attempts to use these shootings for various agendas can be far worse than the shootings themselves and ultimately endanger far more people.   I was listening to NPR this morning prior to President Trump’s 10 … Read moreMass Shootings and Responses to Them Have Unintended Consequences

Centre steps to safeguard e-shoppers may hit cos

The govt is proposing a slew of measures to protect the interest of online shoppers, which may have an impact on operations of e-commerce players, online travel and food delivery. The proposals include disclosing terms of contract between the merchant and the marketplace and details of the merchant. They are also not allowed to influence … Read moreCentre steps to safeguard e-shoppers may hit cos

Trump Blows El Paso Response, and Maybe the Election. He Better Hope Congress Fails to Pass His Terrible Proposals, by Washington Watcher II

President Donald Trump responded to the El Paso and Dayton shootings in the worst way possible. He called for gun control, the death penalty for “hate crimes,” and more tech censorship. It’s a plan Kamala Harris would envy and if implemented, would let the federal government silence Trump voters on social media and take their… … Read moreTrump Blows El Paso Response, and Maybe the Election. He Better Hope Congress Fails to Pass His Terrible Proposals, by Washington Watcher II

Exploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings, by Pat Buchanan

It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera — police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials — were nonpartisan, patient, polite and dignified in the unity and solemnity of their… … Read moreExploiting Massacres to Raise Poll Ratings, by Pat Buchanan

Feeding the Israel Lobby, by Philip Giraldi

If you have been wondering when the twenty Democratic aspirants for the presidency will begin a serious discussion of American foreign policy in the Middle East, where Washington has been bogged down in both current and impending wars, you are not alone. With the honorable exception of Tulsi Gabbard, no one seems keen to touch… … Read moreFeeding the Israel Lobby, by Philip Giraldi

Women We Are Fighting for, by Andre Vltchek

There are stories that are unrelated to the news, but can explain much better than many combat reports, why people like me are fighting against the Empire and imperialism, with such determination and vehemence. Not all stories are ‘big’ or ‘heroic’; not all include famous people or iconic struggles. Not all take place on battlefields…. … Read moreWomen We Are Fighting for, by Andre Vltchek

Defrauding Americans for a Living, by Eve Mykytyn and Gilad Atzmon

Binary options fraud flourished in Israel for years before the industry was gradually outlawed by the Knesset which first made binary options illegal only for Israeli investors. Finally, in 2017 the Knesset managed to ban the sale of binary options altogether (with a three month grace period). The legislation followed superb investigative reporting by The… … Read moreDefrauding Americans for a Living, by Eve Mykytyn and Gilad Atzmon

Chinese Yuan Drops after Trump Announces More Tariffs

Trade warrin’! The Trump administration is still deep in a trade dispute with the Chinese government. Last week President Trump sent U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Shanghai for high-level talks with Vice Premier Liu He … US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer shows his Chinese counterpart an example of the … Read moreChinese Yuan Drops after Trump Announces More Tariffs

Rep. Axne Sponsors Skills Training and Career Education Package

DES MOINES – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced she has signed onto three pieces of legislation that would expand career education for students of all ages. The School to Career Pathways Act, the START Career Pathways Act, and the Making Education Affordable & Accessible Act would provide funding for career pathways programs in … Read moreRep. Axne Sponsors Skills Training and Career Education Package

Amnesty comes with a huge cost to America.

“AMERICA WAKE UP”   DACA And The Dream Act:  Sounds Easy And Compassionate To The Uninformed, But Has Disastrous Unintended Consequences For Conservatives And It Doesn’t Solve Anything By Greg Aprahamian – 8-3-19   The Congressional election cycle is nearing and once again the general public starts to engage with political… Continue reading The post Amnesty … Read moreAmnesty comes with a huge cost to America.

Article 370 scrapped: How the state of Jammu & Kashmir will cease to exist

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Following is the broad framework of how the state of Jammu and Kashmir will cease to exist after Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir: The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019:*A Union Territory of Ladakh will be formed;  * It will … Read moreArticle 370 scrapped: How the state of Jammu & Kashmir will cease to exist

Remembering Oak Creek and all Survivors of Hate Violence

August 5, 2019  On this day exactly seven years ago, a known white supremacist opened fire with a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun in the Oak Creek, WI gurdwara, and killed six people. We are still mourning the devastating impact of this violence today. Just this weekend, white male shooters claimed 31 lives in El Paso, … Read moreRemembering Oak Creek and all Survivors of Hate Violence

Sexual harassment blind spots: 3 keys to opening your CEO’s eyes

In this post-#MeToo world, nearly every HR pro has made sexual harassment prevention a top priority. But despite your best efforts, harassment isn’t going away. Research shows employees are just as likely to be sexually harassed now as they were before the #MeToo movement. Three misconceptions So why does this issue persist? Turns out, even … Read moreSexual harassment blind spots: 3 keys to opening your CEO’s eyes

To Increase Wages, Mandate E-Verify, Shrink Labor Market

Democratic presidential candidates have unanimously embraced the $15 federal minimum wage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her support behind the wage hike that would more than double the current $7.25 rate. Pelosi claims that not only would the wage increase give Americans more money in their paycheck, but would also boost the gross domestic product. … Read moreTo Increase Wages, Mandate E-Verify, Shrink Labor Market

Good for Google, Bad for America

Excerpt. “A.I.’s military power is the simple reason that the recent behavior of America’s leading software company, Google — starting an A.I. lab in China while ending an A.I. contract with the Pentagon — is shocking.” At its core, artificial intelligence is a military technology. Why is the company sharing it with a rival? Please follow and like us:

Open contracting in practice: opening decisions in the social services ecosystem

Open contracting is one of the most exciting strategies towns and cities can adopt to give residents access to information on how public money is spent. This blog post is the first in a series exploring how open contracting is not just a process improvement, but a reform that could bring positive change to some … Read moreOpen contracting in practice: opening decisions in the social services ecosystem

Growing labor participation rates to ease hiring pressures

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index points to solid job growth in the coming months with growing labor participation rates easing pressures on hiring. The index rose to a level of 110.98 in July, marking a rebound from June’s reading of 109.30, which had been downwardly revised. “The Employment Trends Index increased in July but … Read moreGrowing labor participation rates to ease hiring pressures