Feds consider coronavirus bailout for airlines

WASHINGTON — White House economist Larry Kudlow confirmed Monday that authorities are looking closely at a bailout of the airline industry — though Kudlow said he prefers the term “liquidity fix.” Kudlow said that Trump administration officials are in touch with House and Senate leaders about options as the coronavirus outbreak tanks demand for flights….

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Russia’s Constitutional Court validates reforms to the Magna Carta

Moscow, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Russia’s Constitutional Court (TC) revalidated on Monday the Magna Carta reforms bill, considering it in accordance with its first, second and ninth articles of that crucial national document.

A statement by the TC, now headquartered in the northern city of Saint Petersburg, supported the decisions made by the Duma (lower house) and the Federation Council (senate) that approved and ratified the referred bill past week.

After the approval given by the TC to the aforementioned bill, it must be submitted to a popular consultation and only after having the support of the majority of the population, will it come into force.

This day the Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov, indicated that the date of upcoming April 22 is kept for the realization of the referendum on the constitutional reform package.

Commenting on the possibility that the effect of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic could affect that vote, Peskov noted that so far, it is planned the likely signing of a decree by President Vladimir Putin to carry out the referendum on the scheduled date.

The changes include limiting the President’s time in office to two terms, but first world cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova proposed that Putin should have the opportunity to stand for election in 2024.

The bill also provides restrictions for State’s senior officials related to accounts in foreign banks or properties, dual citizenship or permanent residence in another nation.

Likewise, the powers of the Duma are broadened, including the approval of the government proposed by the president, without the ruler being able to discuss the decision of that body, while the Senate participates in the appointment of the heads of the force’s portfolios.

The amendments also refer to the ability of the senators to remove the judges of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court and to the powers of the Court to determine whether the bills approved are in correspondence with the national Magna Carta.

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