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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is planning to roll out new proposals that would change the kind of jobs H-1B workers can do, what their relationship with their employers must look like, and how much employers must pay them, according to a letter from USCIS Director Francis Cissna to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Big picture: This administration has already increased scrutiny for employers who send H1-B workers to third-party worksites. H-1B critics believe these employers take advantage of the visa and steal jobs from U.S. workers. By redefining "specialty occupation" and "employer-employee relationship," USCIS will likely make it more difficult for companies to obtain H-1Bs, particularly outsourcing companies.

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Dave Lawler, author of World
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Special report: Trump's hopes of nuclear deal with Putin come down to the wire

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A surprise offer from Vladimir Putin has the U.S. and Russia once again circling a potential pre-election nuclear deal.

The big picture: The last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russia, New START, is due to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, two weeks after the next U.S. presidential inauguration. For the first time since the height of the Cold War, the nuclear guardrails could come off.

The cliffhanger could be ... Georgia

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It hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1992, but Georgia's changing demographics may prove pivotal this year — not only to Trump v. Biden, but also to whether Democrats take control of the Senate.

Why it matters: If the fate of the Senate did hinge on Georgia, it might be January before we know the outcome. Meanwhile, voters' understanding of this power in the final days of the election could juice turnout enough to impact presidential results.

Amy Harder, author of Generate
6 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Climate change goes mainstream in presidential debate

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The most notable part of Thursday’s presidential debate on climate change was the fact it was included as a topic and assumed as a fact.

The big picture: This is the first time in U.S. presidential history that climate change was a featured issue at a debate. It signals how the problem has become part of the fabric of our society. More extreme weather, like the wildfires ravaging Colorado, is pushing the topic to the front-burner.

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