Congressional Republicans say they're planning to use a looming domestic spending deadline as leverage in a bid to derail any global climate deal agreed to by President Barack Obama in Paris next month. "We want to make sure that any of these countries that think they're going to have a check to cash because of an agreement that the president may make in Paris -- that they shouldn't cash the check just yet," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Pfizer's $160 billion merger with Allergan drew scathing criticism from Republicans and Democrats on Monday, amid concern that the deal would see the new company incorporated in Dublin for tax purposes. "We cannot delay in cracking down on inversions that erode our tax base," said Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump called the deal "disgusting," and added, "our politicians should be ashamed."
A firm employed by John Kasich's super PAC is mining school yearbooks, newspaper clippings, church lists and other local information sources in a bid to map out the social graph of New Hampshire voters. The aim is to identify key influencers and to help campaigns target their volunteer outreach and fundraising more effectively.
A 14-year-old boy competing in a Rubik’s cube contest in Maryland has set a stunning world record, solving a randomly arranged cube in less that five seconds. The feat drew comparisons to Roger Bannister's breaking of the four-minute-mile barrier.
The Advertising Council, the US' first creator of public service announcements, is increasingly sharing its messages via social media, says President Lisa Sherman. For example, its "Love Has No Labels" campaign video first appeared on Upworthy's Facebook page and generated 1.4 million shares and 3.3 million likes. The nonprofit, which was founded in an effort to boost patriotism during World War II, now operates between 35 and 40 campaigns simultaneously, with a cost per campaign between $500,000 and $1 million.
Save the Children will launch a fundraising campaign called #GamingTuesday on Dec. 1 to benefit children in need around the world. Save the Children has already received a large amount of money from the gaming community -- $4 million from Gaming for Good, which grew to $20 million through matching grants. "That’s why we think creating a gaming holiday is something worth doing,” said Senior Director of Social Business Strategy and Innovation Ettore Rossetti.
In June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told states they could use Medicaid funding to help chronically homeless people and those with long-term disabilities find permanent housing. Since then, Massachusetts, Washington and Minnesota have begun using Medicaid dollars to provide both housing and health care to the homeless. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development said US homelessness has declined 2% overall this year, but increased in 17 states.
Only about 18% of people in the US are aware of Giving Tuesday, according to The Templeton Giving Survey. In comparison, 93% of Americans are familiar with Black Friday. "Holiday consumer spending is climbing each year, but Giving Tuesday allows consumers to focus on the true meaning of Thanksgiving," said Giving Tuesday Founder and 92nd Street Y Executive Director Henry Timms.
Howard Warren Buffett has launched a company called i(x) Investments based on the structure of his grandfather Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The difference is this firm will invest in companies working on social causes such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture and water scarcity. "I'm looking for that sweet spot. How do we improve society through these investments? How can we be creative with capital to address some of the greatest human needs," Buffett said.
Many Republicans still believe that Donald Trump and Ben Carson will lose steam in the run-up to the party's primaries, and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are fighting hard to position themselves to take advantage if the current front-runners stumble. Cruz is seeking to cast himself as an electable conservative, capable of winning key early-primary states such as Iowa and South Carolina. "Once Trump and [Ben] Carson's descent becomes more rapid, it's Cruz's to lose," said Douglas Gross, who was Mitt Romney's Iowa finance chairman in 2012.
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