Meanwhile, the Office of Special Counsel sought to clarify when federal employees could use words like “impeachment” or “resist” without breaking the law.
Forces to benefit from £450m but Labour say the poorest will be hit by bills
Ministers have been accused of a financial sleight of hand over plans to allow a council tax increase to pay for extra police funding, in a move Labour said would hit the poorest hardest without providing enough extra funding.
Forces across England and Wales were set to benefit to the tune of £450m, it emerged on Friday, and there have been suggestions the government could hand over a further £170m when it decides on police funding for next year. Police have been dealing with years of shrinking budgets and a pension shortfall of about £420m.
Judge who has had more than 70 cases overturned in four years failed to publish reasons for decision until after appeal time limit had lapsed
A full bench of the federal court has again overturned a migration decision by the controversial circuit court judge Sandy Street, who failed to publish his reasons until after the time limit for the man to appeal had lapsed.
In May this year Street dismissed an Iraqi man’s appeal against a negative refugee assessment, which had been upheld by the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA).
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi still has a math problem, but the number of Democrats she persuaded to support her over the past month bodes well for her candidacy.
Back-to-back earthquakes, measuring 7.0 and 5.8, rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage on Friday, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The warning was lifted a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because of tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region
Former deputy prime minister says Turnbull is poisoning the Coalition government before next year’s election
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce says Malcolm Turnbull “threw him under the bus” and has accused him of causing turmoil in the Liberal party.
Joyce, who was forced to resign this year after having an extramarital affair with an employee, said the former prime minister was poisoning the Coalition government before next year’s federal election.