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New details on Trump Organization’s confidentiality agreement

WASHINGTON — Throughout his business career, Donald Trump placed a premium on fame. But President Trump’s business organization wants to stay on the down low. CBS News has obtained a new confidentiality agreement rolled out after the election. The Trump Organization is requiring employees at all levels to sign it, or else they will lose their jobs. Employees must agree to keep secret any information they learn about anyone in the “Trump family” and extended family, including their “present, former and future spouses, children, parents, in-laws.” “I have reviewed confidentiality…

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Newsbook: 3 Books That Delve Into What Work Means to Us

Work, and our relationship to it, is evolving. On Thursday, Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, announced a $50 million initiative to support organizations preparing people for the changing job market. Employee priorities are shifting, and companies, particularly in the tech world, are responding by offering enhanced benefits, more flex time (like summer hours) and other in-office perks. In the three novels below, the characters’ time at the office interacts with their personal lives in various ways — in one case the former threatens to completely engulf the latter. Photo…

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Teacher, 28, banned from classroom after allegedly having sex with student on plane

A 28-year-old British physics teacher was indefinitely banned from the classroom after she was reportedly caught having drunken sex with a student in a plane bathroom — and on Thursday police said they were investigating the allegations. Eleanor Wilson, of South Gloucestershire, was coming back from a July 2015 school trip to Switzerland with students when she started flirting with a boy near the back of the plane while she was taking care of another student who was sick, Metro UK reported. Wilson, who was intoxicated, and the boy –…

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Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer was about sanctions, financier tells Senate panel

A financier for one of the largest foreign investment firms in Russia says the meeting arranged between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian entities during the 2016 campaign had a quid pro quo — repealing the U.S.-passed Magnitsky Act and the sanctions enshrined in it in exchange for a “sizable offer” to the campaign itself.  “It’s clear the interest and goal in that meeting was to repeal the Magnistky Act, said Bill Browder, CEO and founder of Hermitage Capital Management before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “It’s the one thing…

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Nicolas Cage slammed by human rights group over Kazakhstan trip: He ‘should be mortified’

Recent photos of Nicolas Cage posing in traditional nomadic garb while visiting Kazakhstan transformed him into a hilarious meme that has gone viral, but the Human Rights Foundation isn’t laughing. PHOTOS: NICOLAS CAGE BECOMES A NEW VIRAL MEME The Hollywood Reporter revealed Wednesday that despite reported violations of human rights in the country, the 53-year-old Hollywood actor attended the Eurasia Film Festival as a VIP guest. He told journalists, “I would be pleased to participate in some film project on the territory of Kazakhstan. I enjoyed the architecture of your…

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Firm behind anti-Trump dossier also worked for Russia, Senate witness says

The company behind an infamous anti-Trump dossier also worked “on behalf of the Russian government” to fight U.S. sanctions that had enraged Moscow’s elite, a key witness testified to a Senate committee on Thursday.  The testimony of Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, shed new light on the dealings of the controversial company Fusion GPS — which was tied to the dossier of spurious claims about President Trump. According to Browder, the company also conducted a “smear campaign” against him in a bid to fight Russia sanctions.  Further…

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Defense Department to Trump on transgender ban: Not so fast

The Department of Defense declared Thursday there will be “no modifications to the current policy” on transgender service members for now, a day after President Trump issued a surprise three-tweet directive banning those troops from the military.  In a memo to service chiefs and commanders, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. declared no changes to the policy until “the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance” — which has not yet happened.  “In the meantime,…

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5 things we learned from Facebook’s latest blowout quarter

Stock analysts are running out of superlatives for Facebook (FB) after its latest blockbuster earnings report. Needham & Co.’s Laura Martin called the social media giant an “economic juggernaut.” Facebook is “hitting on all cylinders,” according to Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities. Gene Munster of Loup Capital gushed that “It’s hard to find fault with the quarter,” while Victor Anthony of Aegis Capital spoke of how Facebook continued its “impressive streak of quarterly outperformance.”   Not surprisingly, these and other analysts recommend that investors buy Facebook’s shares. According to FactSet,…

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Skills Gap: Switching Careers Is Hard. It Doesn’t Have to Be.

For some whose jobs have disappeared — particularly those without college degrees who worked in jobs requiring routine, physical labor — it can be nearly impossible to find a stable, well-paying new one. These jobs are more isolated, in terms of skills, from the rest of the labor market. Extensive research has shown that there are fewer middle-skill jobs, and that some displaced workers never recover, especially if they live in communities that no longer have jobs similar to their old ones or they don’t have higher education. “They have…

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Skills Gap: Switching Careers Is Hard. It Doesn’t Have to Be.

For some whose jobs have disappeared — particularly those without college degrees who worked in jobs requiring routine, physical labor — it can be nearly impossible to find a stable, well-paying new one. These jobs are more isolated, in terms of skills, from the rest of the labor market. Extensive research has shown that there are fewer middle-skill jobs, and that some displaced workers never recover, especially if they live in communities that no longer have jobs similar to their old ones or they don’t have higher education. “They have…

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