IOC eases ban on Brazilian body amid Nuzman corruption case

(link to post)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The IOC has partially lifted the Brazilian Olympic Committee’s suspension, imposed four weeks ago after long-time president Carlos Nuzman was arrested in a corruption case. The easing of sanctions allows Brazilian officials to attend an annual assembly of Olympic bodies this week, in the Czech Republic capital city Prague.…

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Cigna OK to raise NC Obamacare policies rates by 25 percent

(link to post)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The much-smaller competitor to Blue Cross on North Carolina’s “Obamacare” health insurance marketplace is raising rates by an average of almost 25 percent. The North Carolina Insurance Department approved the rate increase for Cigna on policies sold during the six-week signup period starting Wednesday. Agency records indicate Cigna has…

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St. Louis County Council members sue county executive

(link to post)CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – The on-going battle between St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and some members of the county council has escalated, with four members filing suit against Stenger. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the lawsuit, filed Monday, also names two other county officials. It cites an effort to discourage oversight…

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Ohio capital creates legal-defense fund to help immigrants

(link to post)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s capital city is setting aside money to support legal help for immigrants facing deportation. Columbus City Council voted Monday to provide $185,000 for three groups that will help immigrants and their families. The Columbus Dispatch reports that a national nonprofit policy organization, the Vera Institute of Justice, will…

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Untangling the web of Paul Manafort

What you need to know about Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia. Source: Washington Post (owned by Jeff Bezos. Strongly Left Partisan)

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Sam Clovis's really bad excuse for greenlighting a Trump campaign meeting with Russians

Clovis’s nomination was already divisive. It’ll be even more so now. Source: Washington Post (owned by Jeff Bezos. Strongly Left Partisan)

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The Health 202: Trump's administration has proposed its biggest changes yet to Obamacare plans

Just in time for the new open enrollment season. Source: Washington Post (owned by Jeff Bezos. Strongly Left Partisan)

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The Energy 202: Clean energy investment needs to triple to halt catastrophic warming, finds new report

And that’s unlikely to happen. Source: Washington Post (owned by Jeff Bezos. Strongly Left Partisan)

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Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments

Inside the White House, the president and his aides vented frustration over Manafort and Gates indictments, fearing the unknown about Mueller probe. Source: Washington Post (owned by Jeff Bezos. Strongly Left Partisan)

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Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff to speak at Kansas State

(link to post)MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is speaking at Kansas State University. Dunford’s Nov. 27 appearance is part of the Landon Lecture series. The series is named for former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, who was the 1936 Republican nominee for president. The series was…

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