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The BL News-Amazon drops plans to build in NYC.

Amazon dropped plans Thursday for a big, new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city – reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's wealthiest and most influential companies.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized Amazon for pulling the plug on plans to set up a headquarters in the city, saying the decision caught him by surprise.

Critics see the project as an extravagant giveaway to one of the world's biggest companies and argue it won't provide much direct benefit to most New Yorkers. Several welcomed the news that Amazon might be rethinking the plan.

Some Residence and local business owners who supported Amazons decision to build in Queens are not happy with the decision to abruptly back out of the deal, and they are blaming politicians.

Amazon said Thursday it does not plan to look for another location at this time, and will continue with plans to build offices in Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee.

The BL News-Funding bill passes both chambers.

A bipartisan vote on a $333 billion spending bill has passed both the Senate and the House and will move legislation to President Trumps Desk to sign. The legislation will keep the Federal government open and Finance 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S. Mexico border, far short of what many experts have recommended, and what President Trump was aiming for. In a surprise announcement Thursday, before the signing of the bill, Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnel said he spoke to the President.

It’s not clear whether the President will even sign the legislation, or bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency. What would be expected, Democrats are against the idea of declaring a national emergency, alluding to an abuse of power, even though According to the Federal Register, 58 national emergencies have been announced since the National Emergency Act of 1976 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford. President Obama declared a national emergency ten times in his two terms in office. President Trump has already announced a national emergency three times. Before the house of representatives signed the bill, a debate on the matter showed the partisan divide.

To get to the President’s desk, it has pass both Chambers. Senators were equally divided but eager to sign the bill.

Congress can not stop the President from declaring a national emergency, but they can file a joint resolution of termination to end the emergency status if they believe the president is acting irresponsibly or the threat has dissipated. The bottom line, if the President declares a national emergency, this matter will go into months of litigation. President Trump is expected to speak on this matter in the rose garden Friday, stay tuned.

President Trump declares National Emergency

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he'll be declaring a national emergency allowing him to bypass Congress to spend more money to erect barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Congress has given Trump about $1.4 billion for border barriers, well below the $5.7 billion. Trump has insisted he needed to build a wall.
To get around Congress, Trump plans to use his executive authority to tap other sources of funding to reach a total of $8 billion to build the wall. The White House says Trump plans to tap accounts in the Treasury and Defense departments, but not money earmarked for disaster relief.

The BL News-President Trump talks Trade with China

Funding for the Government passes, and President Trump declares a National Emergency, Amazon says it will not build in New York City, and Nicolas Maduro send prisoners to the border to prevent humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela, That’s coming up on the Bl news, February 15th, 2019, I’m Rich Crankshaw, here are Just the facts.

President Trump said the trade talks with China were proceeding "extremely well." His remarks on China came before his announcement that he is going to declare a national emergency to combat Illegal drugs and human trafficking coming across our southern border.

The president also spoke about trade relations with the UK, saying they had been "strengthened further," and said, "great announcements" regarding the US withdrawal from Syria were expected over the next 24 hours.

The BL News-Across Latin America-02-15-2019

-Maduro tries to prevent humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela
- The Colombian president declared that the meeting with President Trump was "very productive."
- Bolivia seeks to "restart" dialogue with Chile on maritime sovereignty
- American and Colombian First Ladies warn of effect on children

Maduro tries to prevent humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela.

Nicolás Maduro sent forty prisoners to the border with Colombia to block the entry of international humanitarian aid into Venezuela.


the socialist leader responded to the ultimatum given by the self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó.
Guaidó established February 23 as the deadline for the army - loyal to Maduro - to allow the entry of food and medicine, after declaring a humanitarian crisis.
The authorities related to Maduro who denounce that the aid is a "Trojan Horse" that would open the way for possible foreign intervention, confirmed the arrival of 933 tons of medicines from their allies, Cuba and China.

The Colombian president declared that the meeting with President Trump was "very productive."

Colombian President Iván Duque called the meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump "very productive.”

The Colombian President assured, in his second day of official visit in Washington, that the meeting has strengthened the bonds between both countries.
He stressed the possible creation of a bi-national agenda on issues such as tourism, renewable energy, security, and trade.
He also reaffirmed the commitment of both countries in the fight against terrorism.
He also met Carlos Vecchio, the ambassador appointed by Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó, to whom he reiterated his support.

Bolivia seeks to "restart" dialogue with Chile on maritime sovereignty.

Bolivia asked Chile to restart dialogue to regain sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean, which they lost during the 19th-century war.

The petition came four months after the Hague Court exempted Chile from the discussion.
At the time, Chile's Foreign Minister, Roberto Ampuero, invited Bolivia to look to the future and abandon the request.
The Bolivian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Diego Pary, recalled that the International Court of Justice also advocated the continuation of the talks.
Based on the Court's decision, Bolivia has urged the neighboring country to restart dialogue to find a definitive solution to the maritime isolation that Bolivia has suffered for almost 140 years.

American and Colombian First Ladies warn of effect on children.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and her Colombian counterpart María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval exchanged ideas about the opioid crisis.

During a luncheon at the White House, they highlighted the devastating impact these drugs are having worldwide, especially on children and young mothers.
Mrs. Trump, who is trying to reduce the effects of these substances on future generations with her Be Best Children's Foundation, urged parents and communities to be aware of the seriousness of the problem.
She also reiterated that she would continue to foster organizations, programs, and individuals that help children overcome this and other problems they face as they grow up in the modern world.

That and more can be found on our website, for the BL News, I’m Rich Crankshaw, we’ll see ya next time.

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