Dan Cohen AUTHOR Even with the momentum spurred by the two-year budget deal reached in the Senate Wednesday, Congress still needs to pass a continuing resolution (CR) by midnight to avoid the second partial government shutdown in three weeks. The Senate is expected to vote first on the plan that would lift the discretionary caps on defense and domestic spending by a total of $296 billion in fiscal 2018 and 2019, clearing it Thursday afternoon or evening, reported the Washington Post. The package also would include a CR and host of other provisions, including $89 billion in disaster relief and a suspension of the nation’s debt limit through March 1, 2019. The House then would have just hours to clear the measure before the midnight deadline.While passage is all but certain in the Senate, it’s not 100 percent clear where the votes will come from to put the bill over the top in the House. Opposition to the budget agreement from fiscal conservatives over the huge spending increases for domestic accounts means approval likely will require some level of Democratic support. But Democrats are unhappy the package fails to address President Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program next month. At press time, it appeared that while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a contingent of Democrats would oppose the budget deal unless they are able to secure a guaranteed vote on immigration legislation, some members of the party would back the legislation.Photo by the Architect of the Capitol
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington United Methodist Church’s Outreach Committee is holding a yard sale on Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, on the church lawn.The majority of items being sold represent the generous donations made to the Wish Project, but that are not generally distributed to warehouse clients. These include: decorative glassware, silver/gold trim china, stemware and holiday themed items, plus men’s and women’s dress pants with the tags still attached and an overflow of toys for all ages.All proceeds will benefit The Wish Project and their work in helping families move out of shelters and into their own apartments.The yard sale has a rain date of Saturday, September 15, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from the church’s latest monthly newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Methodist Church To Hold Yard Sale To Benefit The Wish Project On Sept. 17In “Church”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”10 Things To Do In Wilmington Today (September 19, 2015)In “5 Things To Do Today”
The Department of Telecom has rejected CAG’s allegations that it extended undue favours towards Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited and its subsidiary Infotel, which resulted in a loss of over ₹20, 000 crore to the government.The telecom department responded in a 37 page report to Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the issue.It said that CAG has challenged the decision-making powers of the government and the wisdom and the decision of the authorities of the time is also being questioned, reported Mint.DoT has now recommended that “draft audit paras may be dropped and matter closed.”CAG had earlier alleged that the government had failed to notice signs of rigging when auction of high speed internet spectrum was held in 2010. During the process, Infotel is said to have paid 5000 times its ₹2.5 crore net worth to grab spectrum across the nation.Infotel paid ₹12, 847.77 crore after giving ₹252.50 crore as earnest money to get 20 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 22 circles across India. After the auction, it sold its 95 percent stake to RIL for ₹4800 crore.”This was an auction that was open to bidders across the world. Why would they collude to allow a competitor to gain? You can’t collude when interests are different,” said Mahesh Uppal, a telecom regulatory expert with Com First India Private Limited.Moreover, CAG accused the DoT of extending favours to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited by permitting it to offer voice services, using the internet service provider licence.”From the beginning of the auction itself, it was clear that a successful bidder, with an Internet service provider licence, could offer voice services by acquiring the requisite licence,” he added.Supporting DoT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Communication and law minister said: “Our policy on spectrum sharing, trading and allocation is transparent.”In a previous report, CAG said DoT’s share of 2G spectrum (1800 MHz band) in 2008 caused a loss of ₹1.76 trillion.The government collected bids worth ₹1.07 trillion in that auction, involving more than ₹32, 000 crore from 3G spectrum sold during auction. The DoT said the firms successful in the auction were permitted to issue fresh equity.The department of telecom is likely to start the next auction of 2G and 3G spectrum bands from February 2015.
Share Eric Gay/APA 3D-printed gun called the Liberator. A man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for violating a court order after he printed his own 3D gun.Eric Gerard McGinnis was not supposed to have a gun. After a violent altercation with his girlfriend, a Texas judge barred him in 2015 from possessing a firearm. A year later, McGinnis tried to buy a gun anyway, but the purchase wouldn’t go through after a background check revealed the court order.So, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McGinnis obtained a barrel, stock, upper receiver and grip — and then used a 3D printer to create the gun’s firing mechanism. He assembled the parts into a short-barrel AR-15 style rifle, and headed out into the woods with what federal attorneys called a “hit list” of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including their office and home addresses. The list was titled, “9/11/2001 list of American Terrorists.”McGinnis was arrested in 2017 after officers heard three shots in the woods. On Wednesday he was sentenced to eight years in prison.“When he realized he couldn’t legally purchase a firearm, Eric McGinnis circumvented our gun laws by 3D-printing his weapon, eliminating the need for a background check,” said Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.While McGinnis was being sentenced in Texas, Democrats in the House of Representatives were attempting to make good on their promise to tighten gun laws. The Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved two bills expanding background checks for gun purchases. Those laws would require checks even at gun shows or in private sales. According to Politico, the legislation “stands virtually no chance in the Senate,” which is controlled by Republicans.McGinnis’ attempt to legally purchase a firearm was stymied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. But legislation proposed yesterday in the Senate deals directly with 3D printable guns. A group of Democrats proposed a law that would maintain current laws against publishing 3D printed gun information over the internet.The Senate Democrats criticized President Trump’s proposal to transfer oversight of 3D guns to the Commerce Department, arguing that would make it easier for people to get access to blueprints.“The Trump administration basically gave anyone – including criminals and murderers – a green light to 3D print and sell untraceable ‘ghost guns,’” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, according to The Washington Examiner. “Thankfully, the courts have blocked this for now, but Congress needs to act to close this glaring loophole before anyone gets killed.”It’s not just Congress that is considering gun legislation. In New Hampshire on Wednesday, state lawmakers considered multiple bills that would expand background checks to close the so-called “gun show loophole”; impose a seven-day waiting period for most firearm sales; and prohibit possession of firearms at school zones throughout the state.In Nevada, the state senate also approved a bill designed to close the gun show loophole. According to the Reno Gazette Journal, all eight members of the Republican minority party opposed the bill, arguing the law was a “feel-good” measure being passed for political reasons.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.