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The Bank of Tokyp-Mitsubishi Announces Insider Trader Caught

8-7-2017 Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an Order filing and settling charges against The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) for engaging in multiple acts of spoofing in a variety of futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, including futures contracts based on United States treasury notes and Eurodollars. The Order finds that BTMU engaged in this activity through one of its employees (Trader A), who accessed these markets through a trading platform from one of BTMU’s Tokyo offices. The Order requires BTMU to pay a $600,000 civil monetary penalty and to cease and desist from violating the Commodity Exchange Act’s prohibition against spoofing. The CFTC became aware of the conduct through BTMU’s voluntary self-reporting of the wrongdoing.

CFTC’s Director of Enforcement Comments

“This case shows the benefits of self-reporting and cooperation, which I anticipate being an important part of our enforcement program going forward,” said James McDonald, the CFTC’s Director of Enforcement. McDonald continued: “We expect market participants, through adequate supervision, to prevent this sort of misconduct before it starts. But when market participants discover wrongdoing, we want to incentivize them to voluntarily report it and to cooperate with our investigation, as the Bank of Tokyo did here. The Bank of Tokyo benefitted from its self-reporting and cooperation in the form of a substantially reduced penalty.”

CFTC’s Order

The Order finds that during the period starting at least July 2009 through December 2014, although largely in 2010 and 2011, Trader A placed multiple orders for futures contracts with an intent to cancel the orders before their execution. Trader A’s spoofing strategies included submitting orders on opposite sides of the same market at nearly the same time. The Order further finds that Trader A engaged in this spoofing activity in order to move the market in a direction favorable to his orders. Once aware of Trader A’s misconduct, BTMU promptly suspended the trader and reported the conduct to the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement (the Division).

The Order makes additional findings about BTMU’s self-reporting, cooperation, and remediation. The Order finds that BTMU commenced an expansive internal review and assisted the Division’s investigation of the conduct. The Order further finds that BTMU launched an overhaul of its systems and controls and implemented a variety of enhancements to detect and prevent similar misconduct. The Order additionally finds that BTMU revised its policies, updated its training, and implemented electronic systems to identify spoofing.

The CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Kara Mucha, Jordon Grimm, Laura Brookover, Philip Tumminio, and Rick Glaser.

Abortion in Texas laws Struck Down Supreme Court Says

6-27-2016 Abortion in Texas laws struck down Supreme Court says. The Supreme Court just ruled in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.

According to NARAL, This law was never about protecting women. It was about trying to ban abortion while undermining a woman's dignity—but the justices recognized that, and rejected this assault on our rights. They've powerfully reaffirmed a woman's constitutional right to make her own decisions about her health, family and future, no matter her zip code.

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President Obama Suspends Coal Leasing on Public Lands

1-19-2016 “The Sierra Club applauds President Obama and Secretary Jewell for their leadership in reforming the federal coal leasing program and putting an immediate stop to all new and modified coal leasing. This program is broken, outdated, and does not consider the threat of climate change in our communities, and thanks to the Obama Administration’s leadership, we can proudly say that big coal’s destructive reach over our public lands is coming to an end.

“The action taken today will help protect the health of more families, save taxpayers more money, and helps move us toward a policy that the President has said we must pursue: keeping more dirty fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.

“For decades, coal companies have ripped 400 million tons of coal from our public lands every year, burning it in power plants, slowing clean energy development, hastening climate disruption, and polluting our communities. In reforming the federal coal leasing program and accounting for the full cost of coal on our health and our climate, President Obama and Secretary Jewell are saying that the American people no longer have to pay for this outdated, dysfunctional, and destructive program with their health or their wallets.

“This is the kind of action that furthers America’s international leadership following the historic climate agreement in Paris. America is waking up from its nightmare that is our fossil fuel dependency. No longer will our health suffer from the dangers of coal mining and development; no longer will we ravage our public lands for an outdated energy source; and no longer will we sacrifice our climate to stay committed to a fossil fuel that has wreaked havoc for generations.”

 

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Senator Chris Murphy Why I filibustered on the Senate Floor for gun violence prevention tonight

6-16-2016 An email I received tonight. Diane --Why I filibustered for gun violence prevention.

For years, Congress has failed those families and the victims of gun violence all across the country.

That is why yesterday, starting at 11:21 a.m., I decided to stand on the Senate floor and talk for as long as I could about the need to prevent gun violence. And with the help of more than 30 of my colleagues, we demanded immediate action to make our communities safer from gun violence:

I can tell you that as the hours progressed, my colleagues heard your calls for change grow louder and louder. And after almost fifteen hours of filibustering, I was proud to be able to announce that Republicans had agreed to our demand for a vote on legislation that would keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and require comprehensive background checks for gun purchases.

That is just one step, and our fight is far from over. But there are millions of voices out there who believe like we do that now is the time for action. And if we keep making ourselves heard, we will save lives.

Add Your Voice to Hillary Clinton's and mine click here

Whether it's shootings fueled by racism, rage against women, homophobia, extremist ideologies, or severe mental illness, I shudder to think what it says about us as a nation if we don't even attempt to make a good faith effort to end this carnage. We need to re-think whether or not that's something we are willing to allow. And like President Obama said on Sunday, doing nothing is a choice, too.

So I am going to stand with Hillary Clinton and continue this fight until Congress has done everything it can to make our communities safer from gun violence. Thank you for adding your voice to ours.

Chris Murphy

U.S. Senator, Connecticut

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On Sunday, Americans woke up to a nightmare:

5-13-2016 Another act of terrorism in a place no one expected it, a man with a gun in his hands and hate in his heart, apparently consumed by rage against LGBT Americans—and, by extension, against the openness and diversity that define our way of life.

Another act of terrorism in a place no one expected it, a man with a gun in his hands and hate in his heart, apparently consumed by rage against LGBT Americans—and, by extension, against the openness and diversity that define our way of life.

No matter how many times we endure attacks like this, the horror never fades. The murder of innocent people always breaks our hearts, tears at our sense of security, and makes us furious. So many of us are praying for everyone who was killed, for the wounded and those still missing, and for all the loved ones grieving today. As a mother, I can’t imagine what those families are going through.

But we owe their memories and their families more than prayer. We must also take decisive action to strengthen our international alliances and combat acts of terror, to keep weapons of war off our streets, and to affirm the rights of LGBT Americans—and all Americans—to feel welcome and safe in our country.

Here’s what we absolutely cannot do: We cannot demonize Muslim people. Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror. It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques tripled after Paris and San Bernardino. Islamophobia goes against everything we stand for as a nation founded on freedom of religion, and it plays right into the terrorists’ hands.

We’re a big-hearted, fair-minded country. We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all—not just for people who look a certain way, or love a certain way, or worship a certain way.

I want to say this to all the LGBT people grieving today in Florida and across our country: You have millions of allies who will always have your back. I am one of them. From Stonewall to Laramie and now Orlando, we’ve seen too many examples of how the struggle to live freely, openly, and without fear has been marked by violence. We have to stand together. Be proud together. There is no better rebuke to the terrorists and all those who hate.<

This fundamentally American idea—that we’re stronger together—is why I’m so confident that we can overcome the threats we face, solve our challenges at home, and build a future where no one’s left out or left behind. We can do it, if we do it together.

According to Emma Greenman Director of Voting Rights and Democracy,

Republicans are Repressing Voters Rights

6*5-2016 Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint revealed in a radio interview the real reason that some states have passed restrictive voter ID laws: they help elect conservative Republicans to office.

Voting rights activists have long known that the proliferation of voter ID laws threatens our democracy by disenfranchising low-income workers, young people, and communities of color. But DeMint’s stunning admission that voter ID laws rig the rules in favor of conservatives flies in the face of the typical GOP argument that voter ID is designed to prevent the non-existent problem of voter fraud.

Each and every citizen should have the opportunity and ability to take part in our democracy and have their voices heard in elections. But over the past few decades, Republicans have fought to roll back millions of Americans’ voting rights by putting undue burdens on registration and voting in moves that harken back to a darker era of Jim Crow poll taxes and literacy tests.

DeMint, a former right-wing Senator from South Carolina and Tea Party leader, said the GOP is working to pass voter ID laws “because in the states where they do have voter ID laws you’ve seen, actually, elections begin to change towards more conservative candidates.”

In a growing number of states, people are fighting back. Just this spring, Virginia and Maryland have restored the right to vote for people disenfranchised because of prior felony convictions. And just yesterday, Vermont made its elections more inclusive and representative by passing Automatic Voter Registration, which automatically registers eligible residents and eases the path to voting.For additional information see http://a.cpdaction.org/

Also see: "Heritage Chief: Voter ID Laws Tilt Elections to Conservative Candidates," Talking Points Memo. April 28, 2016.

Benghazi Final Discussions

5-2-2016 In a letter from the Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen C. Hedger to Trey Gowdy Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Stephen C. Hedger specifically calls out Gowdy for his committees flagrant crescendo of requests regarding the attacks on American facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12-2012.To read the entire document click here for the pdf

 

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