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German lawmakers criticize reported US troop withdrawal plan

World
Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U.S. decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed in GermanyByThe Associated PressJune 6, 2020, 10:16 AM2 min read2 min readBERLIN -- Two conservative German lawmakers have criticized the reported U.S. decision to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops stationed in Germany. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Germany by 9,500. Currently there are 34,500 American service members permanently assigned in Germany as part of a long-standing arrangement with America's NATO ally. In an interview published Saturday by Germany's Funke Media Group, lawmaker Norbert Roettgen said such a troop withdrawal would ...
Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

World
China’s legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has triggered new protests in the territory and strained relations with the United States and BritainBy JOE McDONALD Associated PressMay 28, 2020, 10:07 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted protests in the territory. The National People’s Congress backed the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was held under intensive anti-coronavirus controls. The vote was 2,878 to 1, in line with the high-profile but largely ceremonial body’s custom of near-unanimous approval of legal changes decided by the ruling Commun
Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Technology
Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreakBy AARON MORRISON Associated PressMarch 30, 2020, 9:52 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both from Massachusetts, said comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the virus that causes COVID-19 does not exist. Over the weekend, cities with large bla...
Washington state lawmaker’s comments raise ire of nurses

Washington state lawmaker’s comments raise ire of nurses

Health
A Washington state lawmaker has angered nurses and spawned a flurry of viral hashtags and memes on social media by saying that some nurses may spend a lot of time playing cards in small, rural hospitals. State Sen. Maureen Walsh, a Republican representing College Place, Washington, made the comments this week while debating a Senate bill that would require uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses. The bill would also provide mandatory overtime protections for nurses. Walsh wants an amendment that would exclude hospitals with fewer than 25 beds from the breaks, The Olympian on Friday. Small, rural hospitals that literally serve a handful of individuals will have trouble staying open and nurses in those settings probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day, the new...