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Sports Betting Now Legal in USA

Finally, it will be interesting to see whether or not this is favorably going to impact the US justice system, perhaps reducing the number of illicit activities related to betting, with players moving to safer, more enjoyable and reliable, sources of entertainment

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We’re all very familiar with gambling websites and online casinos, where you can do anything from betting on sports events. Pixabay

While this may sound strange to most people residing outside of the United States, Sports
Betting has been mostly illegal in the US up until this point. People living in Europe have been gambling on their favorite teams and sport event for decades now, with the possibility to do it legally in proper physical facilities or online, thanks to a wide variety of websites offering such possibility.

Online casinos might have actually played a big part in the legalization of betting in the US,
with a non-defined number of people resorting to online gambling through proxies and
localization softwares while actually living in the United States. If you can’t fight them, join
them. That’s something that has become a fairly common trend when it comes to
depenalization or legalization of anything, from recreational substances, to betting, or even
drugs, surprisingly producing positive effects in a number of occasions.

We’re all very familiar with gambling websites and online casinos, where you can do anything from betting on sports events, to playing table games or slots. While safe and working to avoid any sort of malfunction, in accordance to the strict laws they’re required to abide by, it is hard to imagine that all of such websites in the world could possibly detect all of the US users – especially the most digitally prolific ones – who were using proxies in order to get access to legal sports betting.

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Apart from this, black market bookies have always been a problem in the US, much like black market moonshiners used to be back in the Prohibition Era, and legalizing sports betting aims to reduce the number of people conducting this kind of shady business, especially considering that such individuals are often associated to bigger criminal organizations, and can be very dangerous to their clients.

It will be interesting to follow the situation, especially with NFL season kicking off, and see
how this shift in American laws and regulations will impact the markets and courtrooms.
After all, as any new business, it is up for grabs, with casinos looking to expand their markets, and new competitors trying to enter the world of sports betting. It will also be interesting to see how this reflects on all the international players offering online betting, and the possibility of some of them entering the US territory.

Finally, it will be interesting to see whether or not this is favorably going to impact the US
justice system, perhaps reducing the number of illicit activities related to betting, with players moving to safer, more enjoyable and reliable, sources of entertainment.

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Donald Trump to Declare ‘Emergency’, Use Military Funds for Mexico Border Wall

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

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US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency to fund his planned border wall with Mexico, the White House has said.

He will sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown, but also act to bypass Congress and use military funds for the wall, a statement said.

Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”, the BBC reported on Friday.

The Congress passed the bill on Thursday which does not meet Trump’s demands for wall funding. It now has to be signed by the President to become law.

 

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Senior Democrats have responded by accusing him of committing a “gross abuse of power” and a “lawless act”. VOA

The compromise legislation passed by Congress includes $1.3 billion in funding for border security, including physical barriers, but it does not allot money towards the border wall for which Trump had wanted $5.7 billion.

“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday.

She added he would “take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border”.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, however, Republican leader Mitch McConnell indicated his support for the move, saying the President was taking action with “whatever tools he can legally use to enhance his efforts to secure the border”.

In a 83-16 vote, the Senate on Thursday passed the border security bill. The House of Representatives later also backed the measure, by 300 to 128.

 

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“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. VOA

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already suggested a legal challenge from Democrats should the President make an emergency declaration.

She and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also issued a joint statement condemning the move.

 

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“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” they said.

Republicans fear this will set a precedent for presidential power that Democrats can someday use to circumvent the will of Congress. (IANS)