country’s international rank in overall infrastructure quality jumped from 25th to 12th place out of 138 countries, according to the World Economic Forum.

On Feb. 12, the White House revealed its $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, financed through a combination of federal, local and private sectors. This is a long awaited plan, as the nation’s infrastructure quality continues to suffer.

The quality of infrastructure systems can be measured in different ways – including efficiency, safety and how much money is being invested. As a researcher in risk and resilience of infrastructure systems, I know that infrastructure assessment is far too complex to boil down into one metric.



indictment alleged that both men, who for years were unregistered agents of the Ukrainian government, hid millions of dollars of Ukraine-based payments from U.S. authorities.

According to the indictment, Gates and Manafort “laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts” and took steps to evade related U.S. taxes.

Fact-checking Trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia investigation

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. … They probably have them. I’d like to have them released.”

Trump later said he was joking. He rejected allegations that the Russians had targeted DNC or that the Russians were attempting to help him get elected. He accused Democrats of fabricating Russian ties to Trump because they were embarrassed about WikiLeaks’ release of the documents — even though the previous month, he had said that the DNC had hacked itself.

Federal judge rules White House delay of efficiency standards is unlawful | Utility Dive

The efficiency standards were not particularly controversial when approved by the Obama Administration but were stymied by President Trumps’ vow eliminate rules and regulations he considers costly or burdensome.

The judge’s ruling means DOE now has less than a month to issue final regulations on portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, air compressors, and commercial packaged boilers. The standards for walk-in coolers, the kind used by restaurants and grocery stores, were eventually published by the White House after the lawsuits were filed.


He brushed it off as a hoax. He mused that it might be China, or a guy from New Jersey, or “somebody sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds.” He said President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had assured him it wasn’t true. And, he added, “I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”

President Trump has never stopped belittling the charge that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. But on Friday, with the indictment of 13 Russians for orchestrating a vast, well-funded operation to interfere in the election, those denials collided with a mountain of evidence arrayed by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

For Mr. Trump, who has tried to discredit Mr. Mueller’s investigation as a politically motivated witch hunt, it was a direct assault on the version of reality that he has sought tirelessly to create.

Lake Oswego Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Using Forced Labor . News | OPB

“Human trafficking is a degrading crime that undermines our nation’s most basic promise of liberty,” said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams for the District of Oregon. “This defendant preyed on the hopes of vulnerable workers, using fear to compel them to work long hours for little pay. He turned a promise of employment and a better life into a human tragedy for his own financial gain.”

Paul Jumroon, who officials say is also known as Veraphon Phatanakitjumroon, accepted a plea agreement in which he admitted to facilitating the acquisition of fraudulent E-2 visas to bring four victims to the United States to provide cheap labor at Curry in a Hurry and a second restaurant, Teriyaki Thai, in Ridgefield, Washington.