Commentary: The President Has Authority to Withhold Appropriated Funds Under Law While Considering a Deferral or Rescission

If the President is considering whether to defer or rescind military assistance to a foreign country, but has not yet made a decision to do so under the Impoundment Control Act, is he required to notify Congress? That’s what Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wants to know and is asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on.

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US Expands Ban on Foreign Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday expanded the Trump administration’s ban on U.S. aid to groups that promote or provide abortions to include organizations that comply with the rules but give money to others that don’t. Pompeo also said the U.S. would cut some assistance to the Organization of…

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Researchers: ‘Everything We’ve Heard about Global Urbanization Turns out to Be Wrong’

Earth's city lights at night

Reuters   Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world’s population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say. The United Nations predicts the world’s urban population is expected to grow to 70 percent…

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