The Republican-led Congress is getting ready for a flurry of legislative activity aimed as rolling back Barack Obama-era regulations and executive orders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the action is needed because too much power has been placed in the hands of bureaucrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hopes to confirm "six or seven" Cabinet members for President-elect Donald Trump on Friday. Confirmation hearings are scheduled Wednesday for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-nominee Scott Pruitt.
The public's confidence in the institutions of government, media, business and nongovernmental agencies all dropped in 2016, according to a survey by Edelman PR. Trust in the media fell from 48% to 43%, the lowest ever, with faith in traditional media being hit hardest.
Crowds of partiers and protesters will flock to Washington, D.C., for Friday's inauguration and associated events. Getting around the District will be complicated as many streets and several Metro stations will be closed for security purposes.
Medical research and helping low-income communities in Africa and India are top priorities for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. "You want to improve human life as much as you can sort of per-dollar, and the ability to do that in poor countries is over a hundred times greater than if you are working in an area where the basic situation is much better," he said.
Lawmakers in Colorado are eager to address the high cost of insuring developments in the state and jump-start condo developments, which slowed dramatically after the state's construction defects law took effect. The latest push targets insurance rates, allowing insurers to go to court to have defense costs assigned equally among the liability insurers who are mandated to challenge a defect case.
A proposed law change in South Carolina has specific requirements for developers to transfer control of the HOA executive board to owners based on the number of properties sold. The current law allows developers to keep control as long as they deem necessary so that property owners won't hamper the project's development.
United Way in Charlotte, N.C., has merged with Hands On Charlotte to create one of the state's largest community service volunteer programs. Hands on Charlotte board member Carol Hardison said the move marks one way United Way is trying to re-establish itself after being forced to cut many services during the recent recession.
President-elect Donald Trump's administration has signed off on a plan to restructure the bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission in an effort to create a more streamlined agency. "There is an opportunity now, not to be wasted, to make some fundamental changes in the FCC's structure and the way it operates," said Randolph May of the Free State Foundation.
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