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Navajo candidate announces bid as Democrat for Hatch's seat

He's Navajo. He's Mormon. He's a Democrat. And he plans to challenge Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Meet James Singer, the 34-year-old who believes he can unseat the seven-term Utah Republican, who appears poised to seek re-election.

"Orrin Hatch has been in office longer than I've been alive," Singer joked.

Billing himself as a millennial's candidate — his campaign motto is "It's time for a new generation to represent Utahns" — Singer first thought about a political run during one of the handful of Salt Lake City rallies after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January. He declared to the crowd of 100 people that "in 2018 there should be native people running in every contest."

Singer followed his own call for action and may be the first Utah Navajo to run for U.S. Senate. He formally filed in mid-April and has raised $3,000 in donations.

Hatch at last report had $3.5 million in his campaign account.

Singer argues that Hatch has lost touch with his constituents, particularly overlooking those from tribal lands in the state — where Singer's grandparents live. The biggest indication of that, he said, is how Hatch and other members of Utah's all-Republican delegation reacted to former President Barack Obama's declaration of Bears Ears National Monument.

Their repeated calls to rescind the designation do not align with Native American wishes, Singer said.

At: http://www.sltrib.com/home/5231712-155/navajo-candidate-announces-bid-as-democrat

Argentina's top court cuts sentence of human rights abuser

Argentina's Supreme Court on Wednesday reduced the jail sentence of a man serving time for crimes against humanity committed during the country's 1976-83 dictatorship.

Luis Muiña, 61, was sentenced in 2011 to 13 years in prison for the kidnapping and torture of five people during a 1976 military operation in Alejandro Posadas Hospital, west of Buenos Aires.

Three of the top court's five justices decided that his days spent in prison before a firm conviction should count double toward his sentence, meaning Muiña could get out eight years earlier.

The court said the ruling was based on an interpretation of a repealed law that had never been previously applied to human rights convictions. The so-called 2x1 law was in effect from 1994 to 2001, when most dictatorship-era human rights criminals were still free. A law signed by former President Néstor Kirchner in 2003 had rescinded amnesty granted to most perpetrators in 1986.

"This ruling determined that common crimes are the same as crimes against humanity," said Andres Gil Domínguez, a constitutional lawyer. "It's a new judicial and ideological way of looking at human rights crimes by the Supreme Court."

The view was shared by former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, during whose 2007-15 administration most of the 681 convictions so far for crimes against humanity were issued. Human rights groups, Kirchner's center-left FpV, and leftist parties condemned the ruling, which raises the possibility that other Dirty War perpetrators might likewise ask the courts for release.

The narrow ruling came down to two Kirchner appointees (including Chief Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti) dissenting, and both justices appointed by current President Mauricio Macri voting in the majority. The tie-breaking vote, that of Kirchner appointee Elena Highton de Nolasco, came as a surprise to Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo head Estela Barnes de Carlotto, who noted that Justice Nolasco had previously ruled against cases filed by Dirty War apologists.

Carlotto, one of Argentina's most prominent advocates for victims of the Dirty War and their relatives, intends to appeal to international tribunals.

At: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article148464264.html

And: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pagina12.com.ar%2F35399-les-estan-abriendo-la-puerta-a-los-genocidas

U.S. House passes bill to fund government through September

Source: Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September and avoid federal agency shutdowns on Saturday when existing money is depleted.

With the 309-118 vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, the legislation now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass it before a midnight Friday deadline.

The Pentagon is a big winner in the legislation, with defense spending rising significantly.

While the bill cleared the House easily, dozens more Democrats voted for it than Republicans, many of whom oppose most spending measures.

Another battle over the barrier is expected when Congress tries to pass a spending bill for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Trump already has begun focusing on that upcoming fight. In a tweet on Tuesday, he taunted lawmakers, saying, "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"

The legislation would add $12.5 billion this fiscal year for the Pentagon, with another $2.5 billion available after Trump gives details on his plans for defeating the Islamic State militant group. It ignores many of the spending cuts on domestic programs the White House had sought and adds $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $295 million for Puerto Rico's underfunded Medicaid healthcare for the poor and $407 million to fight fires in Western states.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN17Z1YU

Puerto Rico files for biggest ever U.S. local government bankruptcy

Source: Reuters

Puerto Rico announced a historic restructuring of its public debt on Wednesday, touching off what may be the biggest bankruptcy ever in the $3.8 trillion U.S. municipal bond market.

While it was not immediately clear just how much of Puerto Rico's $70 billion of debt would be included in the bankruptcy filing, the case is sure to dwarf Detroit's insolvency in 2013.

The move comes a day after several major creditors sued Puerto Rico over defaults its bonds.

Bankruptcy may not immediately change the day-to-day lives of Puerto Rico's people, 45 percent of whom live in poverty, but it may lead to future cuts in pensions and worker benefits, and possibly a reduction in health and education services.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-puertorico-debt-bankruptcy-idUSKBN17Z1UC
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