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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on a broad five-year defense pact signed last week with France which includes a clause of mutual assistance in case of attack by a third party. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed the deal with French President Emmanuel Macron during a Sept. 28 visit to Paris, during which Greece also announced it would be buying three French frigates for the Greek navy. The purchase and defense deal come at a time of generally increased tension between Greece and its fellow NATO member and neighbor Turkey over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Thursday’s parliamentary debate and vote are for the defense pact only, not the purchase of the warships. The deal is expected to be ratified as the governing conservatives have a comfortable majority in parliament. Regional rivals Greece and Turkey have been at loggerheads for decades over a series of disputes, including the delineation of the continental shelf, territorial rights in the Aegean Sea, aviation and maritime boundaries and the demarcation of Exclusive Economic Zones — areas...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is mobilizing an interagency effort to deal with the effects of extreme heat across the country, the White House announced Monday.Extreme heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the US, the White House said in a fact sheet, citing record-setting temperatures over the summer and more intense and frequent heat waves due to climate change."My Administration will not leave Americans to face this threat alone," Biden said in a statement. "Today, I am mobilizing an all-of-government effort to protect workers, children, seniors, and at-risk communities from extreme heat." These cities have the worst urban heat, where temperatures can spike 15-20 degrees in a matter of blocksClimate change is making deadly heat events even more dangerous. The Northwest's record-breaking heat wave in June, which scientists said would have been "virtually impossible" without human-caused climate change, killed hundreds of people in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. When Hurricane Ida pummeled Louisiana earlier this month, a heat wave exacerbated the impacts of the storm.The compounding consequences of extreme heat don't fall equally across communities. Read MoreA recent study...
    The only woman to ever hold a high-ranking position with Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's Sinaloa Cartel has flipped on her former bosses and given 'substantial assistance' to federal investigators. Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, 60, was sentenced by a Chicago federal court to 10 years in prison for her role as a drug smuggler with the notorious cartel - a comparatively light sentence in return for her cooperation. Fernández Valencia broke down in tears and begged her family for forgiveness as she was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago on Wednesday. 'I wish I could find the words to convince you of how sorry I am,' the Mexican native said through an interpreter. 'I want to take advantage of this opportunity to ask forgiveness from my children and from my family.'  Despite the 10-year sentence, Fernández Valencia could be out in as few as three years, due to time already served and good behavior.  Meanwhile the cartel's former kingpin El Chapo is serving a life sentence in Colorado. Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, the only woman to ever hold a high-ranking position with...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is backing a proposal from Congressman Dwight Evans to add renter and homeowner assistance to any federal COVID-19 relief deal. He spoke Friday morning at a virtual press conference that included housing advocates and other elected officials. “The rental assistance proposed will help achieve just that, and it will also have greater impacts. Rental assistance doesn’t just benefit the tenant, it also benefits landlords, many of whom are small mom and pop businesses,” Kenney said. Congressman Evans introduced his Making Housing Matter plan last week. The U.S. House passed two COVID relief bills in May. They have yet to be brought up by the Senate.
    The House late Tuesday passed a stopgap bill to avoid a shutdown next week and fund the government through Dec. 11. In a 359-57-1 vote, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voting "present," a deal was reached that included billions of dollars in relief for struggling farmers and for nutritional assistance. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California announced earlier Tuesday that Democrats reached an agreement with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to avoid a shutdown. The Senate, where it is expected to pass, will likely vote on the bill by the end of the week before the measure heads to President Donald Trump for his signature. Political Cartoons on the EconomyView All 302 ImagesIt must pass by Oct. 1 to avoid a shutdown. The deal adds nearly $8 billion to nutrition assistance programs and includes funding for farmers and the agriculture community. It also adds $21 billion, at the request of the White House, for the Commodity Credit Corp., a Depression-era program designed to stabilize farm incomes that permits borrowing up to $30 billion from the Treasury. Additionally, the...
    The House on Tuesday night adopted a bill to avoid a partial government shutdown before the Nov. 3 election. The short-term spending plan — detailed earlier Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — passed the lower chamber with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 359-57. Later this week, the GOP-led Senate may take up the bill – which extends government funding through Dec. 11. “We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the CR to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” Pelosi said in a statement following a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.” Congress must pass the bill by Sept. 30 in order to prevent large portions of the government from shutting. Pelosi said the deal also includes a continued boost in food stamp spending amid an increase in unemployment linked to the virus. “To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced the details of a deal with the White House to avoid a partial government shutdown before the Nov. 3 election. Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin previously agreed in principle to avoid a potentially bitter shutdown that would cause federal workers to miss paychecks. “We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the CR to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” Pelosi said in a statement. “We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.” The bill must pass the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-held Senate before funds for agencies run out at the end of the day on Sept. 30. Pelosi said the deal also includes a continued boost in food stamp spending amid an increase in unemployment linked to the virus. “To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full...
    By Phil Mattingly | CNN House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin clinched an agreement Tuesday to take the threat of a government shutdown at the end of the month off the table. The bipartisan accord, which comes after several days of back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans over the stop-gap funding measure, would fund the government through December 11. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office said the legislation would receive a vote Tuesday night. The agreement includes tens of billions in funds for the Commodity Credit Corporation — a priority for Republicans and bipartisan members from agricultural states and districts, which will replenish crucial aid to farmers. The aid will come with some restrictions, after Democrats raised concerns that the money was being utilized by the Trump administration to distribute funds to favored political interests. It also includes nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance – a central Democratic priority during the negotiations. “We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the (continuing resolution) to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and...
    House Democrats reached a deal with Republicans on legislation to avert a government shutdown after rekindling talks over disputed farm assistance, with a vote planned as soon as Tuesday night. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement that Democrats had reached an agreement to add nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance for low-income children and families in exchange for "accountability" in assistance for farmers sought by the Trump administration. "We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the [continuing resolution] to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families. We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout," Pelosi said in a statement. Tags Nancy Pelosi
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on August 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.Stefani Reynolds | Getty Images House Democrats and the Trump administration reached agreement Tuesday on a spending deal that would fund the government into December and avoid a shutdown before a Sept. 30 deadline, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. The House aims to pass the legislation Tuesday night.  Pelosi said the proposal would include $8 billion for nutrition assistance for children and families, along with increased accountability for farm aid money. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had criticized a lack of farm assistance funds in a bill House Democrats released Monday.  The bill would fund the government through Dec. 11, avoiding a potentially chaotic shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic and before the Nov. 3 election. Lawmakers have said they want to get past the shutdown threat to focus on passing more coronavirus relief, which they have failed to do for months amid disagreements over the size of a fifth aid package.  Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.Related Tags Government spending...
    ▶ Watch Video: Fighting the coronavirus pandemic as flu season nears Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a call with Democratic members on Tuesday that she wants the House to stay in session until a deal is reached on a coronavirus relief bill, and reiterated her intentions in an interview with CNBC. “I just got off the call with my colleagues. We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement, an agreement that meets the needs of the American people,” Pelosi told CNBC. The House reconvened this week, nearly two months after talks broke down between congressional Democrats and White House officials over a new relief bill. The House passed its own $3 trillion bill in May, but Senate Republicans have refused to consider this proposal. Senate Democrats also blocked Republican efforts to pass a slimmed-down relief bill in the Senate last week. Congressional Democrats and White House officials were unable to agree on a price tag for the next relief bill after weeks of negotiations in July. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said...
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