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State Department revokes visa of Giuliani-linked Ukrainian ally: report

The State Department revoked the visa of a Ukrainian political ally to President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuiliani, The Washington Post reported Monday.  

Ukrainian fixer Andrii Telizhenko’s visa was revoked earlier this year after he assisted Giuliani in efforts last year to dig up information that would damage now-Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight CNN anchor confronts senior Trump campaign adviser after motorcade: Trump’s ‘downplaying the virus’ Biden again tests negative for COVID-19 MORE, U.S. officials told the newspaper. 

His visa was invalidated shortly before the Treasury Department sanctioned another Ukrainian ally to

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Justice Department Nabs a Louisiana Business for Millions in Tax Evasion

Last week, a business owner in Shreveport, Louisiana was sentenced to 40 months in prison for falsifying tax returns, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana Alexander Van Hook said in a statement.

Robert Poimboeuf, 58, is one of the co-owners of D&G Holdings LLC, a medical laboratory operating as Doctors Lab. The business provided laboratory and phlebotomy services. The co-owner was responsible for filing falsified tax returns for fiscal years 2011 through 2015. According to the Department of Justice, Poimboeuf “underreported gross receipts earned from his business.”

“Poimboeuf concealed from his tax return preparers at least two bank accounts reflecting income earned, and falsely characterized business receipts as non-taxable loans,” a press release from the Justice Department explained. “As a result of these actions, Poimboeuf caused a tax loss of more than $1.9

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards Contract to Ryan Consulting Group, Inc.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ryan Consulting Group, Inc. today announced that the company has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The contract will support the Client Experience Center, an information technology service provider under USDA’s Office of Chief Information Officer. The OCIO CEC is an integrated Government and Contracted program team whose mission is to deliver streamlined, flexible, and robust Enterprise IT solutions, policies and procedures that maximizes the performance, value, and results of the entire USDA.

Awarded under the NITAAC CIO-SP3 contract, Ryan Consulting will be migrating the CEC’s current On-Premise based Microsoft Project Web App (PWA) instance to the Microsoft Project Online 2019 Government Cloud environment. This work will include technology enhancements and/or process improvement features to provide a one-stop shop

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Illinois Department of Labor launches free COVID-19 safety consulting program for small businesses

The Illinois Department of Labor announced Tuesday a free consulting program to help small businesses reopen under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The service, called Back to Business Illinois, will connect businesses with up to 250 with consultants in the department’s Workplace Safety and Health Consultation Division, the department said in a statement.

The consultants will “help local small businesses audit their physical operation, identify best practices and find ways to implement them efficiently,” the statement said. They will be paired with businesses “based on their expertise and specific needs to customize the best plan for their business.”

“While this pandemic has affected Illinois’ small businesses in unexpected ways, IDOL remains committed to promoting health and safety during every step of recovery. We are excited to offer this new program in support of our small business owners’ efforts to keep workers and customers safe as these businesses continue to operate,” said IDOL

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Illinois Department of Labor launches free COVID-safety consulting program for small businesses

The Illinois Department of Labor announced Tuesday that they are starting a free consulting program to help small businesses reopen under COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The service, called Back to Business Illinois, will connect businesses with 250 or fewer employees with consultants in the department’s Workplace Safety and Health Consultation Division, the department said in a statement.

The consultants will “help local small businesses audit their physical operation, identify best practices and find ways to implement them efficiently,” the statement said. They will be paired with businesses “based on their expertise and specific needs to customize the best plan for their business.”

“While this pandemic has affected Illinois’ small businesses in unexpected ways, IDOL remains committed to promoting health and safety during every step of recovery. We are excited to offer this new program in support of our small business owners’ efforts to keep workers and customers safe as these businesses

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Nordstrom: Department Store Retail Is A Tough Business (NYSE:JWN)

I shorted Nordstrom (JWN) again this week after posting my momentum sort results on struggling Midcap S&P 400 picks. After mentioning the stock in a bearish article in early May, Nordstrom has continued to slide in price and underlying value.

Nordstrom operates large physical, mall-centered store locations that require high rent payments and overhead costs. When the company was forced to shutter retail stores from the U.S. coronavirus pandemic response, it’s sales and cash flow plummeted. And, with much greater logistical effort to close and restart sales than the typical department store or online retailer, this high-end clothing and fashion boutique has struggled throughout 2020.

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To illustrate just how rotten business has been for Nordstrom, and the difficult investment headwinds for the stock, I have pictured some Seeking Alpha data points to consider below. The Quant, computer-driven score for the company is one of the

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U.S. Labor Department Could Make It Easier to Treat Workers as Independent Contractors | Investing News

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday said it would soon propose a rule that could make it easier to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, a major issue for the “gig economy” and other industries that use contractors to contain costs.

During a phone call with reporters, senior department officials said the rule, if adopted, would provide courts with a “cleaner and easier-to-use process” than the complex multi-factor test currently applied in lawsuits alleging workers have been misclassified.

Independent contractors are not entitled to many of the legal protections afforded to employees, such as minimum wage and overtime pay. Employees can cost companies up to 40% more than contractors, according to several studies.

The labor department will publish a formal proposal by next week, the officials said, and adopt a final rule by the end of the year.

Under the proposal, a worker would be

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One Fort Wayne haunted business makes plans to open, working with health department

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As the Halloween season arrives, one haunted business has prepared to open, with help from the Allen County Health Department. Hysterium Haunted Asylum has made adjustments in anticipation of welcoming guests beginning Friday.

While some Halloween themed attractions like the Haunted Castle have decided not to open this year because of the pandemic, Hysterium has laid out a plan for guests. Group sizes will be restricted and social distancing will be enforced. Temperature checks and hand-santizing stations have also been planned.

According to a spokesperson for the Health Department, any haunted house-type business that plan to open must follow the guidelines for entertainment venues in the Back on Track plan. Those guidelines include operating at 50% capacity with masks being required for guests.

The people with the health department reviewed Hysterium’s plan and have asked that any similar type of business that expects more than

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Trump’s crackdown on ‘critical race theory’ training leads to cancellation of Justice Department ‘unconscious bias’ program

Weeks after White House officials called for a halt to training sessions for federal employees that deal with “white privilege” and “critical race theory,” some government staffers are starting to see the memo’s effects, MarketWatch has learned.

Last week, President Donald Trump told the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

Employees in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division were supposed to hear about “unconscious bias” at a program scheduled for this week — but that has now been postponed pending further guidance.

“It does not appear that the Division has much, if any, discretion related to postponing the training at this moment,” Matthew Hammond, assistant chief of the department’s division’s telecommunications and broadband section, wrote in an email obtained by MarketWatch. “We were excited about this training. We had received a lot of positive responses about the

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Trump’s crack down on ‘critical race theory’ training leads to cancelation of Justice Department ‘unconscious bias’ program

Weeks after White House officials called for a halt on federal worker training sessions that deal with “white privilege” and “critical race theory,” some government staffers are starting to see the memo’s effects, MarketWatch has learned.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: An order from Trump’s White House about ‘critical race theory’ is putting the breaks on unconscious bias training, MarketWatch learned.


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An order from Trump’s White House about ‘critical race theory’ is putting the breaks on unconscious bias training, MarketWatch learned.

Last week, President Donald Trump told the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”

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Employees in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division were supposed to hear about “unconscious bias” at a program scheduled for this week — but a recent White House memo on race-related worker training forced the session’s postponement pending further guidance.

“It does not appear that the Division has much, if any, discretion related to postponing the training at this moment,” Matthew

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