Chinese users play cat-and-mouse with censors amid protests
Word of anti-lockdown protests in China spread on domestic social media for a short period last weekend, thanks to a rare pause in the cat-and-mouse game that goes on between millions of Chinese internet users and the country’s gargantuan censorship machine.
Dallas Habitat for Humanity helps staff purchase homes
The Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is using part of the $9 million gift it received from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in March to provide its staff members a new employee benefit — $13,500 in the form of a forgivable loan to help with a down payment or closing costs on a home.
3 energy companies vying to build new Czech nuke reactor
Three energy companies including U.S. Westinghouse, France’s EdF and Korea’s KHNP are vying to build the Czech Republic's newest reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power station as the country strives to become more energy independent and wean itself off fossil fuels.
EU Commission proposes blocking billions in funds to Hungary
The European Union’s executive branch has recommended that billions of euros in EU funds be withheld from Hungary over its failure to implement solid rule-of-law reforms, a move highlighting lingering divergences between the European partners.
Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats
A former Venezuelan treasurer and nurse to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is contesting criminal charges in the U.S. Claudia Diaz is charged with money laundering, accused of taking at least $4.2 million in bribes and gifts in exchange for green lighting lucrative currency transactions.
Illinois faces major challenges amid COVID fallout as Speaker Madigan struggles to hold on to power
Since no official business can be conducted by the House until a speaker is elected, a lengthy balloting process could ensue while pressing matters such as the state budget and pandemic recovery are held in abeyance. Madigan, some Democrats contend privately, is counting at the very least on attrition to eventually return him as speaker as issues mount.chicagotribune.com
Lobbying in Q1 topped a record $938 million, but lobbyists say their profession is misunderstood
In the first quarter of 2020, the total amount spent on lobbying, about $938 million, reached the highest on record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The health sector, which spent $168 million on lobbying efforts, received $150 billion in coronavirus relief aid, according to Advisory Board. The airline industry, which spent $29 million on lobbying, received $32 billion in relief aid, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and agribusiness, which spent $38 million, received $19 billion in aid, CRP said. The lobbying industry is arguably the U.S. government's oldest profession and is protected by the First Amendment. The misconception about lobbyists is that "we walk around with bags of money and say, 'Vote our way' or 'Oppose this.'cnbc.com
Sheriff on Dorner manhunt: "We know it's a dangerous business"
Sheriff on Dorner manhunt: "We know it's a dangerous business" San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon describes the chaos during the manhunt for cop killer and former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner in February 2013 and concurs with many law enforcement officers' statements in the Dorner report that it was a miracle no one else got hurt.cbsnews.com
Vermont Country Store: The business of selling nostalgia
Vermont Country Store: The business of selling nostalgia For three generations the Vermont Country Store has sold hard-to-find, old-fashioned products. CBS News' Lee Woodruff sat down with the store's co-owner Eliot Orton to discuss the mega-million dollar business.cbsnews.com