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    Share this: This article was originally published on Oct 20 7:33pm EDT by THE CITY A confusing tale on income taxes The state earlier this month reported that income tax collections for the period from April 1 to June 30 — the first six months of its fiscal year — were $2.4 billion more than it projected.
    (CNN)The UK government's Home Office has admitted for the first time to forcibly deporting Chinese sailors who served in the nation's merchant Navy during World War II, in the latest stain on the country's migration department.A 22-page Home Office investigation into the deportations shared with CNN describes how some sailors had married and had children with women in the English city of Liverpool, and were deported without being able to tell their families where they were going. Many never heard from their husbands or fathers again. The report said that language used to justify the deportations were "racially inflected and prejudicial."Arrangements for the repatriations started in 1945 before World War II ended in Europe and affected more than 2,000 Chinese seamen. Refugees from Allied forces were also deported, according to the report. Chinese sailors were targeted because their presence in Liverpool "was seen as disruptive," the report added. Some were coerced into leaving by being denied employment.The investigation comes after a parliamentary debate over a year ago during which Kim Johnson, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party, asked about...
    In October 1798, John Adams wrote that the Constitution requires a moral people. A republic is a nation of laws, not a nation governed by one person. Adherence to those laws, without the constant threat of forceful compliance, requires the American people to buy into the system and work together to uphold the republic. The Jan. 6 hearings reveal this central, characteristic, and fatal flaw in the Constitution. The last seven years have revealed just how much of our government is based on norms and customs. There are relatively few restrictions on the president’s behavior written in code or statute. The Constitution says even less. And yet there are things the president is not supposed to do. The president is not supposed to shill for a certain brand of beans from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The president is not supposed to host military parades for his own glorification. The president is not supposed to amplify white supremacist accounts online. And those are only the cringeworthy examples. What about the examples that have significant ramifications for our...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Bennett’s office says government to be disbanded, nation to go to new elections. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    As inflation continues to wreak havoc on America, the country hit a grim milestone in the continued skyrocketing of gas prices.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. At that time, the average gallon of gas ran you $2.39, but as of Saturday, that same gallon now costs $4.81, according to AAA.  But in some places it is much higher. A Chevron gas station in Mendocino, California was seen charging nearly $10 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday.  That price is even up five cents from Friday alone, as Republicans continue to hammer the current administration on the pinch at the pump. 'Joe Biden's war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks,' Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.  Earlier Saturday, gas prices surged to nearly $10 a gallon in parts of California as costs continue to climb.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021....
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday made it clear that he made an oath to the U.S. Constitution, not a foreign nation, defending his decision to block legislation to send $40 billion in aid bill to Ukraine. “My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation. And no matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy,” Paul said, reiterating the point he made the day prior: My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation. And no matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy. https://t.co/UEyKbgadXF — Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 13, 2022 “Congress is trying yet again to ram through a spending bill – one that I doubt anyone has actually read – and there’s no oversight included into how the money is being spent,” he said...
    The California legislature is going to miss a May 1 deadline to kill the annual summer increase in its 51-cent gas tax, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said. The increase goes against Newsom’s January promise to motorists that he would suspend any tax increases given that the state pays the highest amount in the nation, both in taxes and per gallon. Currently, the average price to fill up is $5.69, according to AAA. “It is clear now that the Legislature will not act in time to provide that immediate, limited relief, but we look forward to working with lawmakers on the Governor’s proposal for direct payments to Californians wrestling with rising prices,” Newsom’s press office said in a statement. “The sooner we can move this package through the legislative process, the sooner we can deliver needed relief to Californians," the office added. BATTLE RAGES FOR NEWSOM’S FIX OVER 51-CENT GAS TAX The legislature has nixed several attempts to push through a Republican bill to suspend the entire gas tax for eight months. Democrats cite concern over lost revenue, but...
    A national TikTok trend that mimics drive-by shootings with plastic toys is sweeping the nation. The "Splat Gun" or "Orbeez" challenge uses Orbeez water gel beads as ammunition.  While the beads do not cause any harm, they can cause injury or damage when fired out of the gun.  WARNING: the below video may contain offensive language  “This specific Tik-ToK challenge has the potential to be very dangerous,” said Frederick County (Maryland) Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “I can envision a situation going bad with someone firing a splat gun out of a moving vehicle at someone, and that person return fire with a real firearm. Someone could very well lose their life in that circumstance." Jenkins' office has gotten multiple reports of the recent TikTok Orbeez/Splat Gun Challenge, the office said on Facebook. The challenge has also been reported in New Jersey, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, Florida and more. A 19-year-old man in Florida was arrested for shooting an Amazon driver in the glasses and neck while driving. Teens who take part in these shootings could face serious charges like second-degree assault, WJZ reports. There was...
                 Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) commemorated President Joe Biden’s first year in office, labeling his tenure up to this point as “disappointing.” According to the Tennessee congressman, Biden pledged to be a moderate throughout the campaign—only to advocate for progressive policies once he was sworn in. “One word can summarize President Biden’s first year in office – disappointing. While I was adamantly opposed to his candidacy, I hoped that President Biden would work to unite our nation and govern through moderate legislation and actions once he took office. Sadly, the president has done nothing to unite our nation and has caved to the radical leftwing elements of his party, driving our nation in the wrong direction,” said Fleischmann in a statement Not only has Biden shifted to the left, but he has also failed to combat key issues that are facing everyday Americans, the congressman argued. “The crises our nation currently faces: runaway inflation, authoritarian vaccine mandates, a porous southern border, record-high gas and energy prices, a supply chain crisis, and a rudderless foreign policy in Europe and the Middle...
    Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, announced on Thursday that his office would not capitulate to the Washington, D.C., vaccination mandate that goes into effect on Saturday. "The DC vaccine mandate kicks in this weekend. My office will not comply," Massie tweeted. "We will not show papers. We will not order takeout from restaurants that require papers for dine in. We will get our food from Virginia or we will bring it to work," he added. WATCH: CAGEY KAMALA FREEZES UP WHEN ASKED ABOUT 2024 TICKET Massie denounced the mandate, which is set to take effect at 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The DC vaccine mandate kicks in this weekend. My office will not comply. We will not show papers. We will not order takeout from restaurants that require papers for dine in. We will get our food from Virginia or we will bring it to work. Shame has befallen our nation’s capital.— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 14, 2022 Once in effect, any person who is 12 or older will be required to present proof of...
    LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom’s economy barely grew in October as construction activity slowed due to shortages of building materials and rising prices caused by shipping bottlenecks around the world. The Office for National Statistics said Friday that gross domestic product increased by 0.1% from the previous month, below the forecast of 0.4% from a survey of economists. The U.K. economy remains 0.5% smaller than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, the office said. Construction output fell 1.8% in October, the biggest drop since April 2020, the agency said. Manufacturing output was flat. Growth remained positive primarily because of an increase in demand for face-to-face medical appointments as COVID-19 restrictions eased and the government pressured doctors to see more patients in person. That drove a 0.4% increase in output from service industries, the statistics office said. The data comes as the economy braces for renewed restrictions to slow the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus. The government has called for people to again work from home and mandated COVID-19 passes for entrance into nightclubs and...
    “And so this is Christmas, and where is your gun?” John Lennon’s 1971 hit “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” was a call for peace, not for packing heat, but apparently the lyrics need to be updated to fit the 21st century. Fifty years later, the NRA and Republicans have made sure that far too many Americans can easily answer that (updated) question. Liberals are constantly being accused of waging a vicious—and perennial—war on Christmas, but it appears that only one side is actively arming itself. Conservatives worship the gun gods year-round, so it’s no surprise that their blasphemy would bleed into the Christmas season and overlap with a high-profile school shooting here and there. But that doesn’t make their behavior any less crass, now does it? Case in point: Santa recently showed up at the El Paso County, Colorado, sheriff’s office, and whoever runs the office’s Twitter account saw an opportunity to spread Christmas cheer. Yippy-ki-yay, motherfuckers. Christmas is gonna be a blast this year. Check this out: xGuess who came in to receive his Concealed Handgun Permit today? ????Did you know the El Paso County Sheriff's Office...
    Another piece of evidence used against Omarova was a tweet where she complained about the gender inequity in the U.S. economic system ascompared to the centralized system of the Soviet Union. "Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there," she claimed in the 2019 tweet. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania released a statement responding to the withdrawal of Omarova's nomination. "During the confirmation process, a bipartisan consensus emerged that Professor Omarova’s self-proclaimed radical ideas for America’s financial system were not suitable for our nation’s top banking regulator," wrote Toomey. During the confirmation process, a bipartisan consensus emerged that Professor Omarova\u2019s self-proclaimed radical ideas for America\u2019s financial system were not suitable for our nation\u2019s top banking regulator. — Senator Pat Toomey (@Senator Pat Toomey) 1638915333 "I hope the Biden administration will select a nominee with mainstream views about the American economy," he added. Biden also released a statement decrying Republicans and claiming that "Saule was subjected to inappropriate personal attacks that were far beyond the...
    BEIJING (AP) — China downgrades relations with Lithuania to below ambassador level after Baltic nation allows Taiwan to open office. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Tuesday, during an appearance on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) likened the Biden presidency to former President Jimmy Carter’s tenure in the late 1970s. Hawley said a central focus of Biden’s presidency has been to blame the public for the problems plaguing the nation and not to accept any of the blame. “So, there is this weird phenomenon where you point out wait, you know, in my case I’m 52 years old, it wasn’t always this way,” host Tucker Carlson said. “You didn’t normally — you didn’t have junkies living on school grounds when I was growing up. ‘What the hell is this?’ And they look at you like, ‘What? Are you crazy? It’s always been this way.'” “You know, I think that, ‘lower your expectations,’ Tucker, is really the slogan of the Biden presidency,” he said. “You talk about bringing back the old days, you know, the 1970s. I mean, this is like reliving Jimmy Carter’s worst years in office where we’re told that the American people are the problem.” “You know, you’re the problem,” Hawley...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Legislature this year approved a new state office dedicating time and resources to missing and murdered Indigenous people, the first of its kind in the country that advocates hope will be replicated nationwide. The Office of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives stemmed from a state task force dedicated to the issue, which recommended the formation of the office in its 2020 report to state lawmakers. READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Storm System Prompts Tornado Warnings In Western MinnesotaData compiled by the panel found while Native Americans make up just 1% of Minnesota’s population, they accounted for 8 – 9% of all murdered girls and women in the state in the most of the last decade. Estimates show 27 to 54 Indigenous women and girls were missing in Minnesota in any given month from 2012 to 2020, according to the report. Advocates hope the office shines a light on the crisis largely unknown to the broader public. “When we go missing, we go missing twice,” said Nicole Matthews, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s...
    Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-VW) office on Thursday, ahead of when the House is supposed to vote on the “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, denies the reports that claim a deal has been made with the senator on a path to a reconciliation package. A spokesperson from the senator’s office told Politico, “There is no agreement, Manchin stands by his statement yesterday and reports of a number are completely inaccurate. He will continue to work in good faith.” The spokesperson is reportedly talking about a segment from MSNBC’s Morning Joe about claims that a deal has been struck with the senator.   Manchin released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the current spending plans are “fiscal insanity.” “While I am hopeful that common ground can be found that would result in another historic investment in our nation, I cannot – and will not – support trillions in spending or an all or nothing approach that ignores the brutal fiscal reality our nation faces,” he said in his statement. His statement added, “There is a better way and I believe we can find it if we are willing...
                        The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that its agency will, once again, be featured on the hit-series COPS television show. According to a news release from the agency, COPS film crews rode with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for approximately nine weeks beginning in September 2020 to film segments for Season 33 and captured numerous stories and incident footage for their television series. Altogether, five episodes were filmed and will air beginning in mid-November of 2021. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said in a statement, “I am very pleased that our agency has once again been chosen to partner with COPS to display the talent, expertise, and professionalism shown by our deputies not only to the members of our community, but to the world. Many men and women who serve in law enforcement today, including several in our agency, watched COPS as a young child or adult and chose a profession in law enforcement based on what they saw on COPS. We can use this unique...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a pre-taped farewell address to the people of New York Monday. Cuomo is stepping down, and on Tuesday, Kathy Hochul will become New York’s first female governor. READ MORE: We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert Part 2? Well See, De Blasio Says Cuomo resigned after a blistering report from New York Attorney General Letitia James found he had sexually harassed multiple women, including staffers. Cuomo has vigorously disputed the findings, saying he never touched anyone inappropriately. PHOTOS: Andrew Cuomo Through The Years WEB EXTRA: Read AG Report | Exhibits 1 | Exhibits 2 | Exhibits 3 | Cuomo’s Response Here’s the text of Cuomo’s farewell address, as released by the governor’s office. Hello. As you probably know I’m stepping aside as your governor. I wanted to share some thoughts with you that I’ve been thinking about over the past few days. There will be another time to talk about the truth and ethics of the recent situation involving me, but let me say now that, when government politicizes allegations and the headlines condemn without facts, you undermine the justice system – and...
    FIRST ON FOX: Two prominent Republican senators say the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, which has led to thousands of American civilians being trapped in the Taliban-controlled country, should raise questions about President Biden's fitness for office. Florida Sen. Rick Scott told Fox News that it's time to "ask the serious question of whether Joe Biden is fit to lead our nation as commander in chief," while Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said that the Afghanistan debacle is further evidence that Biden is "unfit for office."  Scott told Fox News in a statement Wednesday that Biden's "abject failure to execute a strategic withdrawal of American forces has needlessly put innocent American lives in danger." "This massive failure of leadership cannot be ignored. It is unconscionable that Joe Biden found it acceptable to withdraw our troops before first ensuring the safe evacuation of Americans and our allies." US FAMILY TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN PLEADS FOR HELP "Now, as he hides from the American public and the press, it’s clear that we must ask the serious question of whether Joe Biden is fit to lead our nation...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Tuesday championed a new bipartisan bill designed to “strengthen Minnesota’s energy conservation programs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create local jobs across the state” with a ceremonial signing. According to a release from the governor’s office, the Energy Conservation and Optimization Act of 2021 “updates and expands Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program,” which is designed to make the state’s energy use more efficient through incentives provided by utility companies. Those updates include expanding eligibility for low-income households, mandating efficiency improvements for public schools, increasing conservation goals and more, the governor’s office said. “The ECO Act will ensure that Minnesota continues to be [a] leader in energy policy,” Walz said in a statement. “This nation-leading energy conservation legislation will help Minnesota families and small businesses save money, create good-paying jobs, and, most importantly, protect Minnesota’s environment for generations to come.” Sen. Jason Rarick, a Republican representing Pine Lake who authored the bill, said “ECO will help move Minnesota energy priorities in the right direction.” According to Rarick’s office, the MCIP has saved Minnesotans $6 billion...
    More On: elections Trump backs embattled ‘patriot’ Texas AG Paxton over George P. Bush ‘Not a Trump rally’: Biden tells crowd to ignore hecklers at Virginia speech Sen. John Kennedy blasts Dems for ‘playing the victim’ after COVID-19 diagnosis 23-year-old Karoline Leavitt launches bid for Congress WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa’s first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday. A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair her predecessor had been reluctant to relinquish after 22 years in power. She held her first Cabinet meeting, with members of her FAST Party dressed in the distinctive red clothes that party members and supporters often wear. Fiame, 64, said they were ready to begin their work. That could include a reset of the island nation’s relationship with China. On the campaign trail, Fiame had pledged to stop a $100 million port development backed by Beijing, calling the project excessive for a nation that’s already heavily in debt to China. After a knife-edge election...
    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa’s first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday.  A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair her predecessor had been reluctant to relinquish after 22 years in power. She held her first Cabinet meeting, with members of her FAST Party dressed in the distinctive red clothes that party members and supporters often wear.  Fiame, 64, said they were ready to begin their work.  That could include a reset of the island nation’s relationship with China. On the campaign trail, Fiame had pledged to stop a $100 million port development backed by Beijing, calling the project excessive for a nation that’s already heavily in debt to China.  After a knife-edge election result in April, Fiame’s predecessor Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi refused to concede defeat, despite several court rulings that went against him.   Tuilaepa had two powerful allies in the nation’s head of state and the speaker, who were able to stall the transfer of power.  A bizarre scene played out in...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — More than three months after winning an election which sparked a constitutional crisis, Samoa’s first female prime minister was finally able to take office on Tuesday. A smiling Fiame Naomi Mata’afa sat in the chair that her predecessor had been reluctant to relinquish after 22 years in power. She held her first Cabinet meeting, with members of her FAST Party dressed in the distinctive red clothes that party members and supporters often wear. Fiame, 64, said they were ready to begin their work. That could include a reset of the island nation’s relationship with China. On the campaign trail, Fiame had pledged to stop a $100 million port development backed by Beijing, calling the project excessive for a nation that’s already heavily in debt to China. After a knife-edge election result in April, Fiame’s predecessor Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi refused to concede defeat, despite several court rulings that went against him. Tuilaepa had two powerful allies in the nation’s head of state and the speaker, who were able to stall the transfer of power. A...
    More On: joe biden Delta is no reason to extend all US travel bans Biden slams ‘pain in the neck’ reporter for off-topic question on breaking news Americans have already tired of Biden’s hyper-partisan agenda: Optimism in nation’s future plunges after 6 months VA becomes first federal agency to mandate COVID vaccines for workers The honeymoon is officially over. Americans’ optimism about the country’s direction has plummeted almost 20 points since the spring. Sadly, that’s a rational reaction to President Joe Biden’s first six months. It’s not just that the public gives the prez low marks on his handling (non-handling is more like it) of the surge at the southern border and the surge in shootings on our streets. There are also worries about rapid inflation and new lockdowns in the face of the Delta variant — problems Team Biden is plainly making worse. In the ABC News/Ipsos poll, just 45 percent of Americans are optimistic about the country’s direction this coming year, down from 64 percent in early May. And the drop was about the same 20...
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Forget an inauguration ceremony. The true indicator of having made it as president is being added to the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Florida, an honor President Joe Biden will soon receive. DISNEY WORLD REVEALS ITS ‘AFTER HOURS’ HOLIDAY EVENT FOR 2021 Disney World officials said Monday that they were putting the finishing touches on the animatronic Biden replica ahead of its debut next month at the Magic Kingdom attraction that features a tableau of the nation's presidents. The attraction had been closed for several months to add Biden, who took office earlier this year as the nation's 46th president. The animatronic Biden will stand forefront in the presidential tableau. Next to him, a table will hold peach blossoms to represent his home state of Delaware and a pair of aviator sunglasses in a nod to his favorite eyewear. During the show, the real Biden will recite the presidential oath of office in a recording that was taken at the White House, according to a Disney blog post. JOE BIDEN ACCUSES FACEBOOK OF ‘KILLING...
    MASSACHUSETTS -- Two dogs in Massachusetts are now the nation's first K-9's trained in COVID detection.The 9-month-old Labradors are stepsiblings and work for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.Experts say the dogs are so advanced in their training that they can even pick up on different strains, including the more contagious Delta variant.They can also smell the virus on a surface that was recently touched by a COVID positive person."Our training method for training the COVID is the same if we were training for firearms, explosives or narcotics or any kind of scent work," said K-9 Capt. Paul Douglass of the Bristol County Sheriff's Office.Experts say the dogs were trained by using masks worn by COVID positive patients.They say the masks were put under an ultraviolet system to kill the contagious portion of the virus.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating West Virginia’s former health commissioner as the nation’s top anti-drug official, tapping a doctor who served on the front lines of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The White House said Tuesday that Dr. Rahul Gupta will be the first physician to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the “drug czar.” READ MORE: North Braddock Mayoral Nominee Accused Of Punching Mother And Daughter The nomination drew bipartisan praise from West Virginia officials. Republican Gov. Jim Justice called it “great news,” and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said the pick “means someone with firsthand knowledge of the opioid crisis, especially in West Virginia, will be coordinating the national fight against the drug epidemic that continues to ravage our nation.” READ MORE: WATCH: Investigators Release Body Camera Video From Traffic Stop Involving Woman Accused Of Kidnapping And Killing Nalani Johnson “Dr. Gupta will bring over a decade of extensive experience combatting the drug epidemic to ONDCP – the office charged with addressing the drug epidemic that has killed over 90,000 Americans just...
    First Lady Jill Biden — who is featured on the August cover of Vogue after the fashion magazine broke a decades-long tradition by snubbing former First Lady Melania Trump during her four years in the White House — says people can “breathe again,” now that former President Donald Trump is out of office. Mrs. Biden said President Joe Biden came in and “heal[ed] this nation.” “During the campaign, I felt so much anxiety from people — they were scared,” Jill Biden told Vogue. “When I travel around the country now, I feel as though people can breathe again.” “I think that’s part of the reason Joe was elected,” the first lady added. .@flotus @drbiden stars on the cover of our August issue! Read the full profile: https://t.co/nxKE4csnjT pic.twitter.com/gopBPIxCff — Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) June 29, 2021 Jill Biden claimed “people wanted someone to come in and heal this nation,” adding that her husband has accomplished by “getting shots in everybody’s arms.” To be clear, under Joe Biden, violent crime is surging in Democrat-run cities, inflation is hiking prices and depressing purchasing power...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — They won’t share the information with us, but now CBS 2 has learned the state isn’t sharing unemployment fraud info with your elected officials and the Department of Labor, either. Illinois is one of the two worst states in the country, lagging way behind in reporting issues related to unemployment fraud in the federal program created during the pandemic, according to the Department of Labor. READ MORE: Edmond Harris Charged In Federal Court With Carjacking, Murder Of Rideshare Driver, Javier Ramos CBS 2’s Tara Molina has been investigating this for more than a year and first reported on the issue earlier this month. States bigger than Illinois are getting this fraud info to the feds quickly, so what’s the deal in Illinois? And why can’t the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) put a cost on the fraud issue? We’re asking tonight and so is a state senator, who’s been waiting on the same information for months. “The people of this state deserve answers,” said 53rd District State Sen. Jason Barickman. “They’ve waited much too long.” Barickman...
    After House Republicans voted to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as chair of the conference, the lawmaker pledged to ensure Donald Trump would never get “near the Oval Office” again. “Going forward, the nation needs a strong Republican Party,” she said. “The nation needs a party that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism and I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward and I plan to lead the fight to do that.” A reporter then noted that Trump may end up back in the Oval Office in 2024, asking Cheney if she was prepared to prevent that. “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the oval office. We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language,” Cheney said. “We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it is very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.” Cheney then reiterated that she wants the Republican Party...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “TORONTO — Once regarded as a ‘joke’ hockey player, Muzz Patrick, the boss’ son, today had reached high-calibre rating in the Ranger artillery. The Leafs, facing extermination tonight in the sixth game of the Stanley Cup series, were frankly puzzled by the behemoth. They don’t know how to cope with him. He beat them Thursday night, may do it again. At any rate, the Rangers are 13-10 favorites tonight or 5 to 2 to win the Cup with a victory either tonight or Tuesday. It was Captain Trapper Coulter, backline boss of the Rangers, the tight-lipped walloper who pairs with the younger Patrick on the defense, who broke down and gave the explanation. ‘I’ve never seen a youngster with better co-ordination than Murray,’ said Coulter. ‘This was only his second year of big league hockey, but working beside him I saw him learn more than the average hockey player learns in three years … Why, it’s gotten now so that I trust his own judgment over my own.’” *** ON...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. The commission said results from 90% of the polling places showed 79% approval of the constitution in Sunday’s referendum. The referendum came three months after Sadyr Zhaparov was elected president, following the ouster of the previous president amid protests, the third time in 15 years that a leader of Kyrgyzstan had been driven from office in a popular uprising. The new constitution reduces the size of the country’s parliament by 25% to 90 seats and gives the president the power to appoint judges and heads of law enforcement agencies. It also calls for creating an advisory council that critics say could essentially become a shadow parliament or an instrument for the president to exert pressure. Zhaparov last year was serving a prison sentence on charges of abducting a regional governor amid a dispute over a gold mine when he was freed by demonstrators who contested the results of the October parliamentary election. Immediately after his release, Zhaparov...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan will cast ballots Sunday on whether to approve a new constitution that would substantially increase the president’s powers in this impoverished Central Asian nation. The referendum comes three months after Sadyr Zhaparov was elected president, following the ouster of the previous president amid protests, the third time in 15 years that a leader of Kyrgyzstan had been driven from office in a popular uprising. In the January election that brought Zhaparov to office, voters also approved a referendum on whether presidential powers should be increased. The proposed new constitution would reduce the size of the country’s parliament by 25% to 90 seats and give the president the power to appoint judges and heads of law-enforcement agencies. It also calls for creating an advisory council that critics say could essentially become a shadow parliament or an instrument for the president to exert pressure. Zhaparov last year was serving a prison sentence on charges of abducting a regional governor amid a dispute over a gold mine when he was freed by demonstrators who contested...
    (UPI) — The highest-grossing film of all time is once again Avatar, a 2009 sci-fi adventure directed by James Cameron and produced by Jon Landau. Avatar‘s global box office is estimated at $2.8 billion while Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame — helmed by the Russo brothers with a 2019 release — has racked up $2.797 billion in receipts. Avatar unseated Endgame because it was re-released in China this week with few new movies available to theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Congratulations to @JimCameron ,@JonLandau, and ALL of Na’vi Nation for reclaiming the box office crown! We love you 3000,” Marvel Studios tweeted Saturday. “Passing the gauntlet back to you… @JimCameron,” the Russo brothers wrote in their own post. Disney owns both Avatar and Endgame. Congratulations to @JimCameron ,@JonLandau , and ALL of Navi Nation for reclaiming the box office crown! We love you 3000. @OfficialAvatar pic.twitter.com/WlMWRcL15y — Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 13, 2021
    President Biden is set to deliver his first primetime address to the nation since taking office Thursday night, to mark one year since the World Health Organization designated the novel coronavirus a pandemic and shutdowns started across the country. Since March 11, 2020, 29.15 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19, and more than 529,000 Americans have died.  BIDEN TO PURCHASE 100 MILLION DOSES OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID-19 VACCINE The president’s speech will take place on his 50th day in office, a day after the House of Representatives passed the Senate version of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, The American Rescue Plan, in his first legislative victory. "The president will deliver his first primetime address to commemorate the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. "He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the last year, and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered." The carefully scripted speech comes, however, as Biden has taken heat for going 50 days without a formal press...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Channing Phillips, a Justice Department official during the Obama administration, will return as acting U.S. attorney in the nation’s capital, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Phillips will assume the role Wednesday leading the largest U.S. attorney’s office in the country, which has been historically responsible for some of the most significant and politically sensitive cases the Justice Department brings in the U.S. In recent weeks, prosecutors in the office have brought nearly 300 federal cases following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Hundreds of other people are still being sought by investigators. The office was involved in some of the most tumultuous and controversial decisions made by the Justice Department under President Donald Trump, including a decision by then-Attorney General William Barr to reverse the sentencing recommendation by career prosecutors in the case against Trump ally Roger Stone. The outgoing acting U.S. attorney, Michael Sherwin, will remain in Washington for a “brief period” to help ensure a smooth transition overseeing the riot investigation and...
    WASHINGTON -- Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it.On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. The moment came days after the nation reached the devastating milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths and ahead of a meeting with the nation's governors on plans to speed the distribution even further."The more people get vaccinated, the faster we're going to beat this pandemic," Biden said at the White House ceremony, noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office."We're halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days," Biden said. "That's weeks ahead of schedule."All told, more than 45 million Americans have been administered at least one dose of the approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna since they received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December, with more than 20 million receiving both required doses.EMBED More News Videos President Joe Biden, first lady Jill...
    By ZEKE MILLER and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. The moment came days after the nation reached the devastating milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths and ahead of a meeting with the nation's governors on plans to speed the distribution even further. “The more people get vaccinated, the faster we’re going to beat this pandemic,” Biden said at the White House ceremony, noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. “We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days," Biden said. "That’s weeks ahead of schedule." All told, more than 45 million Americans have been administered at least one dose of the approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna since they received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December, with more than 20 million...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in. The moment came days after the nation reached the devastating milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths and ahead of a meeting with the nation’s governors on plans to speed the distribution even further. “The more people get vaccinated, the faster we’re going to beat this pandemic,” Biden said at the White House ceremony, noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. “We’re halfway there: 50 million shots in 37 days,” Biden said. “That’s weeks ahead of schedule.” All told, more than 45 million Americans have been administered at least one dose of the approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna since they received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in December, with more than 20 million receiving both required doses. As part of...
    COMPTON (KABC) -- Private First Class James Anderson Junior was the first African American Marine to receive the Medal of Honor. He died in action in the Vietnam War - 54 years ago. And during this Black History Month - there's a new Federal bill to rename a Compton Post Office in Anderson's honor.At 20 years young, Anderson shielded his comrades from a grenade as they were under fire in Vietnam.Denise Johnson-Cross, Anderson's niece, was only five or six at the time."I was actually home the day that the officers came to the house to make the notification to my grandparents," said Johnson-Cross. "Just the sadness. Of not just our family, but literally everyone in the neighborhood."In 1968, Anderson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, becoming the first Black Marine to receive the military's highest decoration."The civil rights movement at the time, that was absolutely amazing to go to Washington, and to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor," said Johnson-Cross.Now, Congresswoman Nanette Barragan re-introduced a bill to have a Compton post office renamed in his honor."We have received an...
    Microsoft will soon warn Office 365 admins more directly about possible nation-state hacking activity, according to an update on its roadmap seen by ZDNet. Rather than just receiving an email as before, IT administrators will get notifications directly from the dashboard of Microsoft Defender for Office 365, the cloud-based security app for Office 365 users. Nation-state hacking is generally sponsored by governments with the aim of furthering national interests, and “represent some of the most advanced and persist threat activity that Microsoft tracks,” the company wrote in the roadmap update. Microsoft has been tracking those threats for some time now, informing users by email that they’ve been targeted and what to do about it. It warned 10,000 customers about such attacks in 2019. However, overburdened admins might miss an email or not see it soon enough to take action. By placing the notifications directly in the Defender dashboard, IT employees might be able to secure systems and take action more quickly. Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center also “follows these threats, builds comprehensive profiles of the activity, and...
    Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., was once busy and bustling with top Republicans and other political figures, but has reportedly turned into a “dead zone” since he left office and moved to Florida. The Daily Mail reported that the lobby at Trump’s International Hotel in the nation’s capital had been bustling with powerful people and allies of the president while he was still in the White House, peaking in activity around the time of the Republican National Convention last summer. This week, there were only scattered guests and just one table seated at the upscale restaurant on an upper floor, the report noted. The outlet added that with Trump gone and the possibility of a chance encounter with the president no longer a reality, the hotel seems to have lost its appeal. “Gone were fixtures of the Trump hotel: no Rudy Giuliani, no cabinet secretaries, no Republican congressman, no White House aides, no Trump children or in-laws, and no chance of an encounter with the president and his entourage,” the report noted. The newspaper published a series of photos...
    As newly inaugurated leaders are wont to do, President Joe Biden began his term with a ritual call for America’s unity. But standing on the very steps of the Capitol where just two weeks ago robbers put American democracy in check, Biden’s words seemed less a rhetorical flourish and more an urgent request to stabilize a country plagued by an uncontrolled pandemic, economic uncertainty. , racial tensions and a growing division between truth and lies. “We must end this uncivilized war,” Biden declared shortly after taking office as the country’s 46th president. Repairing the battered nation is one of the greatest challenges facing an American president. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 400,000 citizens and continues to progress uncontrollably. The economy continues to destroy jobs and unemployment particularly affects women and minorities. And the uprising on Capitol Hill made clear the extent of the risks posed by the country’s deep political divisions and the acceptance of conspiracies and lies by many followers of Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump. “Few people in our nation’s history have...
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