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4/25/2017

Backing off from his previous stance that the new funding bill contain provisions for the proposed border wall, President Donald Trump said he would be willing to be flexible on the timeline for the wall funding. However, Trump made it clear that he still intends to build the wall, and that the compromise on the funding deadline is merely an effort to avert a government shutdown.

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4/25/2017

The White House announced it will hold a Senate briefing Wednesday to discuss North Korea's increasing nuclear threats. All 100 senators were invited to attend the briefing, which will be led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

4/25/2017

If the White House opts to deny funding for health insurers' Affordable Care Act payments, government costs could increase $2.3 billion by 2018, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The report found that the government could save $10 billion if it revoked ACA payments, but health care insurers would have to increase their premiums by 20%, which would cause the government to pay $12.3 billion in tax credits to help Americans cover their premiums.

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Reuters
4/25/2017

In a Twitter message Sunday, former President Bill Clinton reported that the Clinton Presidential Center had been "bugged," and he attached a photo of himself standing next to the newly installed statue of a grasshopper outside the center. The statue is part of the center's temporary Earth Day exhibit, "Xtreme Bugs," which highlights the role bugs play in the environment.

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CNN
4/25/2017

The Florida Legislature is divided over a bill that would criminalize forgery in condo board elections and set up penalties for withholding documents from owners. Opponents say such misconduct should be handled in civil court and could discourage owners from wanting to serve as a board member, while proponents state the bill helps financially-strapped members who have been wronged.

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Florida Legislature
4/25/2017

Two bills in the current Nevada legislative session would once again give HOAs the ability to sue builders over construction defects. In 2015, Nevada banned HOAs from filing lawsuits against developers, resulting in a rise in multifamily construction, including condos and townhomes.

4/25/2017

The association of Bay Pointe Condominiums in Limestone County, Ala., has backed the installation of a historical marker at a Native American burial ground on its property. The gravesite of the Echota Cherokee Tribe was discovered in 1989, and the condos were built around three sides of the site.

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Condo association
4/25/2017

The Cape Cod HOA in New York hosted an Easter egg hunt of almost 1,200 candy-filled eggs and an Easter Bunny-led parade. Up to 150 kids and adults attended, which was a better-than-expected turnout for the annual event, said HOA president Susie Pezzello Travia.

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4/25/2017

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018 would make the role of US philanthropy even more important, write management consultant Ed Crego and philanthropist Frank Islam. They advise the sector to practice "purposeful philanthropy" with investments in key areas of American society, like education, the arts, world peace and civic engagement.

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The Huffington Post
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4/25/2017

Chi-chi Nwanoku founded the Chineke! Foundation, Europe's first professional orchestra comprised entirely of minorities, in 2015 to encourage diversity in the sector. "[O]f course, we need orchestras to slowly and surely start looking like the communities in which they play," said Simon Rattle, artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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