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    New Jersey will become the first state in the nation to introduce a climate change curriculum into public schools starting this year. Source: ABC News/YouTube The state’s board of education first adopted the new standards in 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was pushed back until now. Now, with educators and districts prepared, the lesson plans for all students in K-12 will begin. The state has also launched the New Jersey Climate Change Education Hub, which helps teachers access lesson plans and educational videos. New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, who spearheaded the initiative, told ABC News Live, “Climate change is becoming a real reality,” she said. “The districts themselves are able to design whatever it is that the way they want to implement and interpret this new education standard.” The lessons will focus on climate change, and how it has altered the planet and contributed to natural disasters. Lessons will also explore how climate change has impacted public health and society. They will also introduce students to careers in climate change. “You can look around...
    L: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images R: L: Brent Stirton/Getty Images President Joe Biden tore into Republicans at a small private DNC fundraiser, and recounted how world leaders at the G7 told him how shaken they were by the attack carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The president spoke to a small gathering of around 40 people at the home of Henry Laufer and Marsha Laufer in New York City this week, where he told one of the anecdotes that has become a regular part of his post-insurrection stump. But this telling had an added dimension, as elsewhere in the speech, Biden also ripped into the threats of violence if Trump is punished for any of the crimes of which he is accused. He then told of G7 leaders saying their faith in America’s longevity was shaken by the attacks — and wondering “Are we going to be okay?”: And so I went to the first G7 meeting in England, and I sat down with the leading heads of state and of the seven most prosperous countries in the world. And...
    San Jose State vs. Western Michigan Records: SJSU (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West); Western Michigan (1-2, 1-0 Mid-American) Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., CEFCU Stadium Television: CBS Sports Network Radio: KTRB (860 AM) Series history: The Spartans lost the only meeting between the schools, 23-3 last season in Kalamazoo. Storylines: Last season’s loss to the Broncos was particularly painful because quarterback Nick Starkel, who had the Spartans off to a 2-1 start, was injured during the game, significantly altering the trajectory of SJSU’s season. Starkel missed the next five games and wasn’t 100 percent when he returned. SJSU ended the season losing six of its final nine games, starting with Western Michigan. … Both mid-major programs are coming off encouraging showings against Power Five teams. The Spartans led Auburn at halftime on the road in a 24-16 loss two weeks ago; Western Michigan trailed No. 24 Pittsburg by a touchdown in the fourth quarter in their 34-13 home loss last week.  …  SJSU should be slightly fresher than the Broncos — the Spartans are coming off a bye. The Broncos opened the...
    According to CNN's Zachary Wolf, the Supreme Court could throw the 2024 presidential election into total chaos if they give their blessing to an "oddball" legal theory proposed by the same conservatives who attempted to overturn the 2020 election. At issue, while the House and Senate work on a bill that would clarify how votes from the states are tabulated and ways in which they can be contested, is a legal theory that suggests the federal government can't control how state legislatures run and report their elections and blocks the courts from stepping in. As Wolf wrote, "The Supreme Court, meanwhile, could be headed in the direction of conjuring anti-democratic nightmares if its conservative majority chooses to bless part of the oddball legal theory behind that very same push to overturn the 2020 election," before adding, "Some Republican lawmakers and the lawyer who conjured then-President Donald Trump's effort to stay in power despite the 2020 election results argue that the Constitution actually suggests state legislatures are independent and disembodied from the rest of their governments to rule over federal elections...
    Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) opposes national legislation curtailing abortion rights, believing the issue should be left to the purview of the states. Youngkin, who has said he is a “pro-life governor,” is pushing legislation in Virginia to outlaw abortion at 15 weeks while permitting exceptions for rape, incest, and risks to the mother’s health. He is hopeful a bill might pass when the state legislature reconvenes in January. But Youngkin is against federal intervention to restrict abortion rights in states governed by Democrats. That includes opposing Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) proposal to outlaw the procedure nationally after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “We find [ourselves] in a situation today reflecting what I believe was a very good decision from the Supreme Court to remand, to the states, the right to make these decisions,” Youngkin, a potential 2024 presidential contender, said Friday in Austin, Texas, during an hourlong Texas Tribune Festival interview. “I felt that the decision was correct. This is a decision that should be made by voters — by citizens.” GLENN YOUNGKIN MEETS WITH PROMINENT GOP DONOR GROUP AMID 2024...
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn HocksteinEvelyn Hockstein | Reuters President Joe Biden vowed that Democrats will codify the right to an abortion into law if two more are elected to the U.S. Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. "If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we're going to codify Roe and once again make Roe the law of the land," Biden said at the headquarters of the country's largest union, the National Education Association, in Washington, D.C. With 46 days to go until November's Election Day, Biden urged supporters at a Democratic National Committee event to consider "what's on the ballot," listing issues including abortion, Social Security and gun control. "The power to get things done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women out there," Biden said. "I don't think the MAGA Republicans have a clue about the power of American women. Let me...
    Maik Aye Teng, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Sudan. CREDIT DR In an official letter dated September 23, Sudanese diplomacy noted that communication with the Polisario delegation to the UN “does not in any case mean recognition of the government”, contradicting allegations so far made by the Algerian news agency APS. Polisario Channel SPS. Republic of South Sudan “recognizes only member states of the United Nations”, South Sudan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Nationals Abroad, in an official letter to Nasser Bourita, distributed to New York on September 23. “South Sudan, under the leadership of His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayerdit, salutes His Majesty King Mohammed VI and reaffirms its commitment to further strengthen relations between the two countries to achieve the interests of our allies and peoples”, Added the same source. Called by Nasser Burita to clarify his position on the Sahara issue following an interview by South Sudan officials with a Polisario representative on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations in New York, Juba’s...
    A year ago, many Democratic strategists feared that the 2022 midterms would bring a major red wave like the ones in 1994 and 2010. But that was before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, angering millions of Americans and giving Democrats a major issue to use against Republican candidates. One of the Democrats who has been hammering her Republican opponent relentlessly over abortion is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose far-right MAGA challenger, Tudor Dixon, opposes abortion even for rape or incest victims. That race is one of the three gubernatorial battles that the Daily Beast’s Sam Brodey discusses in an article published on September 23; the other two are in Wisconsin and Minnesota. And Brodey stresses that the GOP candidates in those three races are all “floundering.” “In Michigan, former actress and MAGA media personality Tudor Dixon began the general election with just two full-time campaign staffers, according to MLive.com, and had roughly 28 times less cash on hand than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer,” Brodey explains. “Next door in Wisconsin, businessman Tim Michels emerged victorious from a primary in...
    by Michael Lucci   Inflation continues to be the top concern for American voters going into the midterm elections. But rather than advancing responsible policies that will tame inflation, the federal government continues to pursue tax and spending plans that will raise the federal deficit, undermine growth, and do nothing to lower prices. As the federal government has failed on economic policy, states have fought back against inflation with pro-growth tax and regulatory policies that provide a lesson for federal policymakers. Better managed states safeguarded their economies during the pandemic by taking a lighter approach to lockdowns. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a study from economists at the University of Chicago, the Heritage Foundation, and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity found that more open states, such as Utah, Florida, and Arkansas, performed much better than states that locked down, such as New York, New Jersey, California, and Illinois. Since then, dozens of states have been busy enacting policies that increase supply rather than demand. In 2021 and 2022, 24 states cut their individual income taxes, corporate taxes, or both. Permanent income-tax rate reductions leave more dollars with residents...
    The Biden administration is rolling out $1.5 billion in funding Friday meant to help state and local governments fight the opioid epidemic. Senior administration officials note that President Joe Biden highlighted the "overdose epidemic" as a "key pillar" of his Unity Agenda in 2022's State of the Union address, and the White House claims that Friday's announcement will help "large cities, small towns, tribal lands, and every community in between." BIDEN DRUG STRATEGY RELIES ON CONTROVERSIAL HARM REDUCTION MEASURES "I know how much we all worry about substance abuse and use among young people. ... It's important more now than ever to prevent youth substance use and to help people with substance use disorders achieve and maintain recovery," said second gentleman Doug Emhoff during a briefing previewing Friday's action. "Our progress will not end here. We want everyone to know that this administration has your back. And we're just getting started." The $1.5 billion in direct funding is being distributed through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's State Opioid Response and Tribal Opioid Response grant program. Officials say...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “More than 13 percent of Brooklyn’s elementary and junior high school register continued to stay away from school today because of infantile paralysis. This is a greater percentage than in any other borough. After school got under way yesterday, a Board of Education check of representative schools of various boroughs showed that 12.8 percent of Manhattan’s children were absent due to the paralysis scare; 11.2 percent in the Bronx; 11.1 percent in Queens; 13.2 percent in Brooklyn and only 4.8 percent in Staten Island. This made a city-wide average of 11.44 percent. Superintendent of Schools O’Shea pointed out in normal times there are at least 5 percent who do not show up the first day of the school year. A check showed that the greater number of absentees came from the sections of the more well-to-do, many of whom have summer places and are keeping their children there until the first of October or until the weather becomes cooler. Doctors and nurses are busy in every school today...
    MILLIONS of Americans across the country could receive direct payments of up to $1,500 to help combat inflation. The payments are expected to reach residents across 17 different states in a matter of months. 1Residents in 17 states could receive direct paymentsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Aiming to help offset the rising cost of inflation, the payments are mostly being funded by tax surpluses, CNBC reports. Some of the payments are automatic rebates while others are the result of legislation that has been passed in response to inflation. CALIFORNIA California is providing eligible residents with a tax rebate totaling up to $1,050. Residents must be making $250,000 or less for individuals, while the threshold is $500,000 couples filing jointly. READ MORE ON DIRECT PAYMENTSCASHING IN Exact date direct payments of up to $1,050 will start going out to millionsCHECKING IN Bonus checks worth up to $1,000 available to Americans under $3.4million pot California residents must have been living in the state for at least six months in 2020, and they must also be currently residing in the state. Additional...
    (CNN) — Laws that ban abortion or severely restrict the procedure have gone into effect in about a dozen states since the U.S. Supreme Court ended a constitutional right to abortion. On July 26, the Supreme Court transmitted its judgment in the case, taking the procedural step that started the process for some states to implement their so-called trigger bans on abortion. Here are the states that have enacted restrictions on abortion or face legal challenges over their bans: States where abortion bans or limits are in effect Alabama: Full ban A federal judge on June 24 lifted an injunction against a 2019 state law that bans abortions. It allows exceptions to prevent a “serious health risk” to the mother, for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Arkansas: Full ban Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified the state’s trigger ban, allowing it take effect on June 24. It bans abortions except in the case of a life-threatening emergency. Florida: 15-week ban (under challenge) A law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy took effect on...
    In its ruling yesterday overturning Judge Aileen Cannon’s injunction—with regard to the approximately 100 documents bearing classified markings seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence—the 11th Circuit did not merely overrule Judge Cannon, it went out of its way to detail the many ways in which Judge Cannon had fundamentally misstated the law. In my more than 25 years of practice as a criminal and civil litigator (including three years as an assistant U.S. Attorney), I do not believe that I have read an appellate decision that was more dismissive of the lower court. The 11th Circuit sent a clear message to Judge Cannon and Trump: stop doing this. Let's take them one by one. 1. The 11th Circuit (in Footnote 4 of its ruling) explicitly poured cold water on the idea that the FBI raid was designed solely to harass Trump: The Supreme Court has recognized an exception to this general rule—where the “the threats to enforce statutes against appellants are not made with any expectation of valid convictions, but rather are part of a plan...
    A conservative think tank has filed a legal complaint against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan over allegations they spent $500 million to help Joe Biden win the 2020 election.  Chan and Zuckerberg are cited in one of two complaints filed with the Internal Revenue Service by the Center for Renewing America (CRA), a conservative nonprofit run by former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought.  According to FOX Business, the complaints filed with the IRS allege that the high ranking Facebook officials attempted to sway the 2020 presidential election in favor of now President Joe Biden with $500 million funneled through nonprofit, tax-exempt voting rights groups.  CRA says the donations should have been eligible for taxation, because they were used for electioneering.   CRA also filed a second complaints against the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) and National Vote at Home Institute (NVAHI), claiming that they played a major role in the scheme to help now President Biden win the vote.  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla...
    Former President Donald Trump threw a fit on his failing fake Twitter app Truth Social on Thursday following the passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. Trump also repeated his debunked Big Lie that the 2020 election was "fraudulent" and "stolen" by President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the 'great' Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, 'under any circumstances,' regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures. If the V.P. couldn’t do it, then why are they passing legislation saying he can’t do it. BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE DONE IT, and should have, based on large scale fraudulent election results," Trump truthed. "Would have been a different result. REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!" READ MORE: Jamie Raskin wallops Republicans for trumpeting 'utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theories' After he lost in a landslide to Biden, Trump and his allies in Congress incorrectly insisted that then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject Electoral...
    A NEW plan would give Americans bonus checks worth up to $1,000 thanks to $3.4million available in funding.  The proposal was announced by Madison, Wisconsin mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway.  1All city employees of Madison, Wisconsin are eligible The up to $1,000 payment serves as a thank you to qualifying residents that worked during the pandemic in addition to helping them offset high inflation.   “I am grateful for the hard work, long hours and deep commitment to our community that our employees show,” Ms Rhodes-Conway said. “It’s nice that we can find a way to recognize them without burdening our taxpayers.” Who would be eligible? Of course, this is only a proposal at the moment. READ MORE ON PAYMENTSACT FAST There are DAYS left for Americans to apply for monthly direct payments of $500IN THE GREEN Direct payments from $17.3million pot set to go out to Americans in weeks For the payments to go out, the city council would have to approve them. If the green light is given, up to $1,000 will be sent to all city employees by the end of February 2023....
    ELIGIBLE residents in West Virginia will be receiving a relief check worth up to $465 starting next week. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said a supplemental payment will be available for residents who were part of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) in 2022. 1West Virginia residents who took part in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program can receive more help What is LIEAP? The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families, Office of Programs and Resource Development, Division of Family Assistance. LIEAP helps eligible households with the cost of home heating through direct cash payments or payments to utility companies on their behalf. Eligibility is based on a combination of factors, including income, type of heating payment, and total heating costs. You can also check with your state about LIEAP and if you qualify. Read More on Stimulus ChecksCLAIM YOUR MONEY How do I claim my stimulus check? Step by step guideCHECK THIS OUT This stimulus check...
    MILLIONS of Americans are getting $300 direct payments – and there's a simple way to check on the status of it. To help Americans offset high inflation, various states are sending out residents tax rebates. 1Payments could take up to eight weeks to arrive One of them is Illinois, which is offering two direct payment programs. This includes individual income and property tax rebates. Those are both worth up to $300 each. Starting September 12, the payments started rolling out. READ MORE ON PAYMENTS HELPING HAND 33 states that boost SSI benefits by up to $120 as September payments sentIN THE GREEN Direct payments from $17.3million pot set to go out to Americans in weeks Below is who is eligible and how you can check the status of your money. Who's eligible? Eligibility for both rebate programs will depend on income.   For example, those making below $200,000 per year are eligible for the income tax rebate. This amount is $50 for singles and $100 for married couples, which must make less than $400,000 to...
    Demand for psychiatric beds has outstripped supply nationwide. “Every day is an emergency,” one hospital executive declared during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet nothing happens fast in Minnesota. When days count, state approval for health care investment is only months away. The process, called a “public interest review,” is designed to move slow. Recent deliberations for a psychiatric hospital in St. Paul provide one example. Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and a joint venture partner from Tennessee filed a statement of intent to build the $62 million facility in November 2021. More than 10 months later, the Minnesota Health Department gave the investors permission to spend their money. This was the expedited version. Normally, public interest reviews are just preliminary. Health officials then must forward their recommendations to the state Legislature for another round of debate and final vote. Yet lawmakers waived their oversight authority in June – just this once –because of the crisis. Article continues after advertisement Everyone else who wants to open or expand a hospital, psychiatric facility or radiation therapy center must navigate the full bureaucratic maze. The reason is...
    Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain in flux. Health officials advise delaying travel if you’re not fully vaccinated and caught up on boosters. This article was last updated on September 20. If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. The basics Mexico is open to travelers. You do not need to provide a negative result of a Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination to enter. You might be subject to a health screening before entering. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States. This eases passage back to the United States for American citizens, who constitute a big block of Mexico’s tourists. What’s on offer You’ll find incredible food, sensational beaches, charming towns and historical remains in Mexico. While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the bulk of visitors, those who want more than a fly and flop go for Mexico City’s cultural heft, the coastline of Baja California...
    I served in the U.S. Army as an officer during Operation Desert Storm, and understand the importance of firearms in the defense of our nation. I am also a surgeon who has treated civilian gunshot victims for more than two decades. I cannot reconcile the senseless injuries I see with what is interpreted as a constitutional right to maintain “a militia” as laid out in the Second Amendment. The answer to America’s firearm injury epidemic must start with rewriting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. A nationwide movement to begin that debate by calling a constitutional convention could start with California. Such a revision is nothing new: Americans have amended the Constitution 27 times, most recently in 1992. The founders wrote that regular revision was necessary: “Let us provide in our Constitution for its revision … every 19 or 20 years so … that it may be handed on, with periodical repairs, from generation to generation,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789. “If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.” James Madison, just one year after the...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1898, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “ALBANY — Governor [Frank S.] Black’s final stand at Saratoga next Tuesday will lack the effect of his presence to make it dramatically complete. The governor decided today that he would not attend the convention and the cottage which had been engaged for him may be put to other uses … The governor’s belated decision is no sign of weakening on his part. He is just as determined as ever to fight it out to the end, and, although he must realize that he will be overwhelmed by the [Theodore] Roosevelt movement, he will not take down his flag.” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1901, an Eagle editorial said, “Will the United States interfere or not is the question that Venezuelans and Colombians are eagerly asking themselves now that hostilities have broken out between the two republics. The recent war with Spain and the consequent entrance of the United States upon an era of colonial expansion has been watched with the most intense interest by America’s southern neighbors,...
    Mike Pompeo did something this month many prominent Republicans in his position stubbornly refused to do. Publicly, without arm-twisting, the former secretary of state leaned into his desire to run for president in 2024. If you’ve followed Pompeo or the dozen or so other Republicans like him interested in a White House bid, you’ve noticed they tend to downplay their plans for higher office every chance they get. "My priority is to help Republicans win control of Congress in 2022," they insist, all while making the rounds in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina and then making the rounds again — and again and again. Or, they do what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did recently in an interview with the Washington Examiner: They argue there’s no point in discussing the 2024 GOP presidential primary until former President Donald Trump makes his intentions to run or not public. “The whole world will change depending on what Donald Trump decides,” Cruz said this month during a campaign swing through New Hampshire. So, Pompeo turned some heads when he revealed, rather bluntly, during...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has fired up a new billboard campaign within pro-life states that promotes his state’s embrace of abortion. The governor, who is running for re-election, has rented billboards in seven states that have passed significant restrictions on abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The billboards, which are up in Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, direct women seeking abortions in those states to “come to California.” “Here is my message to any woman seeking abortion care in these anti-freedom states: Come to California,” Governor Newsom says, ramping up his attack on Republican leaders https://t.co/9JfoFNoz1A — Bloomberg (@business) September 15, 2022 “Here is my message to any woman seeking abortion care in these anti-freedom states,” Newsom said in a press statement last week, reported USA Today. “Come to California. We will defend your constitutional right to make decisions about your own health.” “The idea that these Republican politicians are seeking to ‘protect life’ is a total farce,” Newsom added. “They are seeking to restrict and control their constituents...
    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) spoke at the Reagan Foundation Tuesday about what he hopes to see for the Conservative movement as the county moves forward, which is giving state governments more power to enact policies designed to help their citizens. “There is an exodus from the Golden State. Americans are voting with their feet. The conservative ideas applied outside of Washington, D.C. are winning and it’s not even close. Here is why I believe it’s happening: Conservative states have better policies, policies that are working for everyday Americans. There is far more freedom and opportunity in these states. And there is a sense of priority for personal safety in our states,” Ducey said. To show what Arizona can do for the people without the federal government, Ducey touted several policies put into law during his time in office. For example, he signed the American Civics Act in 2018, which requires 9-12 grade students to take an American civics course to ensure the next generation graduates high school with at least the knowledge needed to pass the citizenship test. In...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is willing to help ensure women in the U.S. who want an abortion can get one. "We will make sure we continue to fight for better health and reproductive rights all around the world. It used to mean being there to fight for health and reproductive rights in the global south. We'll help out in the United States if we need to as well," Trudeau told reporters at the United Nations on Wednesday. "As we see in the United States attempts to roll back rights that women have fought for for generations, the idea that there are young girls growing up in the United States who will have less rights over their own bodies than their mothers did, is exactly what Canadians, Americans and people all around the world are so concerned about," he added. MAREN MORRIS EXPECTED TO SKIP CMA AWARDS BECAUSE OF FEUD WITH JASON AND BRITTANY ALDEAN CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Trudeau previously called...
    ELIGIBLE residents in Alaska, New York, and Virginia will see payments of up to $3,284 hit their bank accounts in October. While the states are offering checks in different ways, each is designed to support struggling taxpayers. 1Residents in the three states should see checks hit their bank accounts next monthCredit: Getty Nearly 20 states have been providing payments to their residents this past year as Americans have seen prices continue to skyrocket. In August, Pennsylvanians collected up to $1,657 thanks to a one-time property tax rebate. Additionally, Connecticut approved child tax credits of $250 per child in a household, with a maximum credit of $750 in July. Below are the next three states in line to grab their checks. Read More on Direct PaymentsRELIEVING THE BURDEN Americans in line to get $1.1B in tax relief under new plan that's grand Applications now open for brand new direct payment of at least $1,000 1. Alaska - $3,284 Governor Mike Dunleavy recently announced that eligible Alaskans will potentially pocket $3,284 checks. Residents will score a $650 energy relief payment and...
    \u201cMinutes ago, a bus of migrants sent from Texas arrived outside the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. We\u2019re told they\u2019re from Venezuela and Nicaragua. Men, women, children - even newborns. This is the second bus to arrive outside of the VP\u2019s residence this week. @NBCNews\u201d — Gary Grumbach (@Gary Grumbach) 1663413084 Concerning the initiative, DeSantis' communications director Taryn Fenske told Fox News Digital that "States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as 'sanctuary states' and support for the Biden Administration's open border policies." Abbott likewise has endeavored to confront liberal states and cities with the fallout of the policies for which they have advocated. "The Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for almost two years," he said on September 15. He said of his decision to send illegals to the sanctuary city of Chicago, "To continue providing much-needed relief to our small, overrun...
    (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff on Wednesday joined a host of high-profile Washington figures honoring Queen Elizabeth II at a memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral. The British Embassy co-hosted the service to honor Britain's longest-reigning monarch. The service featured the UK's national anthem, "God Save the King," as well as the US' "The Star-Spangled Banner." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other politicians and Washington public figures were among those in attendance. "The Queen was a great friend and admirer of the United States," Dame Karen Pierce, British ambassador to the United States, said. "She paid some six official visits in total -- many more to the Kentucky stables -- addressing Congress as well as speaking to Presidents and attending football and baseball games and commemorative events such as America's bicentennial and the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement." As King Charles III takes the throne, big changes lie ahead for the royal family Pierce, who is the first woman to serve as ambassador to the US from the UK, added that: "The...
    A majority of Republican voters favor establishing a national religion in the United States of America, according to the results of a survey conducted by Politico and the University of Maryland that was published on Wednesday. The poll contained two key questions. The first asked respondents if they believed that the Constitution allows for an official state religion. READ MORE: 'Without the Bible, there is no America': Josh Hawley goes full Christian nationalist Forty-three percent of Republicans said yes and fifty-seven percent said no. The second question was if those polled would "favor or oppose the United States officially declaring the United States to be a Christian nation?" Sixty-one percent of Republicans said they would, while only thirty-nine percent said that they would not. The First Amendment to the Constitution explicitly forbids such an action: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of...
    Former Trump administration official Miles Taylor — best known as the then-anonymous staffer who blasted the administration in a New York Times op-ed — claimed that former President Donald Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security to bus migrants to Democratic cities but the Department of Justice refused. Taylor’s claim, made during Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, comes as Govs. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have sent illegal migrants to Democratic enclaves such as Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard amid high numbers of illegal crossings at the Southern Border. These moves have been characterized by critics as a stunt. Taylor, who served in DHS during the Trump years, recalled a time when Trump wanted to do what Abbott and DeSantis are currently doing: Not only did the Trump administration think about something like this, I think they’re the progenitors of the concept. This is a zombie Trump administration policy that had died and has now come back to life. And these two governors have brought it back to life. And I’ll tell you exactly when this happened. In January...
    In the United States, the vast majority of snake species are non-venomous. There are only 22 species (37 subspecies) of venomous snakes in the USA. Most of these venomous snakes are pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads. Only the coral snake, amongst venomous snakes in the US, is not a pit viper. It is an elapid snake, the same family as cobras and sea snakes. There are roughly 7,000-8,000 people who are bitten a year by venomous in the US, and just over a quarter of them (1750-2,000) envenomate victims. More than half of them are the result of someone handling the snake. As a country of 330 million people, we average about five deaths a year from snake bites, less than from bee stings or lightning strikes. Even so, it’s good to have a healthy respect for snakes as potentially dangerous creatures, and it’s even better to understand which snakes are and how to identify them. The first step to that is becoming familiar with what venomous snakes might live where you live, and from there,...
    ABOUT eight million Americans are set to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments worth at least $841 this week. For many, it's still not enough to pay for the basic necessities, but some may see a boost as the majority of states supplement the checks. 1Some states provide additional money to a beneficiary's monthly SSI payment The latest round of checks is sent out Friday, July 1. The Supplemental Security Income program provides financial support to needy persons aged 65 or older, blind or disabled adults, and blind or disabled children. Eligibility requirements and federal payment standards are the same. Anyone may apply for SSI, but not everyone receives the same amount. READ MORE ON SSI TAKE NOTE Differences between SSI and SSDI explained - and how to qualify for up to $861CASH BOOST Will Social Security and SSI claimants get a fourth stimulus check? You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment. But you could get less if the following reasons apply: Have other income such as wages, pensions, or Social...
    Share this: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York held a special naturalization ceremony in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Friday, Sept. 16 in Downtown Brooklyn. It was part of a celebration throughout the federal court system and a recognition of new U.S. citizens. Seventy-five candidates for citizenship attended the special ceremony on Friday. Senior District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, who was recently appointed Special Master in the Southern District of Florida case, Trump v. The United States of America, performed the oath for the new citizens.
    (CNN)The 2022 primary season is all but in the books. Intraparty contests in Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island wrapped up this past week, so all that's left is Louisiana on Election Day in November and its unique jungle primary system. About 80% of the states that held primaries this year have turnout data that we can compare to midterm primaries since 2010 to detect some interesting trends across the electorate: One is good for Republicans. One is good for Democrats. And one is just plain old good for democracy. In a big change from 2018: More people voted in Republican primaries this yearNo matter how you slice or dice the data, the majority of people across the country who voted in primaries this year chose a Republican ballot or voted for a Republican candidate (in the case of nonpartisan top two primary systems in states such as California and Washington). This was a big shift from 2018. Now, I should be clear: Depending how you compile this data, you can get slightly different numbers. Read MoreIn my analysis, I...
    (CNN)The Washington, DC, city council voted Tuesday to create a new office focusing on the recent arrival of migrants who were sent to the district from states whose leaders oppose the Biden administration's stance on immigration policies.The move aims to improve response to the thousands of migrants who have been arriving in the nation's capital from Arizona and Texas, whose Republican leaders have come under scrutiny for the tactic.The Washington city council approved the launch of the new agency in a unanimous vote after Mayor Muriel Bowser requested it to address the needs of migrants. "With the establishment of the Office of Migrant Services, we stay true to our DC values by creating a framework for providing support to individuals and families while ensuring our homeless services systems continue to support our DC residents," said Bowser, who is a Democrat.Texas is sending migrants to New York and Washington, DC, by bus. Many are glad to goThe new agency will be housed within the district's Department of Human Services. Its goal is to provide arriving migrants with basic needs-- including meals,...
    by Scott McClallen   Seven Midwest states entered a coalition to pursue clean hydrogen development as an alternative to gas and diesel fuel. The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin signed onto the Midwest Hydrogen Coalition. The coalition will accelerate clean hydrogen development, from production and supply chain to distribution in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and other industries. “The development of clean hydrogen markets will create jobs and strengthen industries across our state,” Minn. Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement. “I am proud to join a coalition that will work to expand the clean energy economy and reduce climate impacts on future generations across Minnesota and the U.S.” The memorandum of understanding says the seven states have advantages in the production, transportation, and end-use of hydrogen. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act gave the U.S. Department of Energy $8 billion for clean hydrogen hubs. The M-H2 Coalition will evaluate possibly pursuing a Hydrogen Hub application. Applications are expected to open in the Fall 2022. The M-H2 Coalition will develop partnerships with commercial, university, research, and nonprofit organizations...
    On September 18, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t” use nuclear weapons in retaliation for severe battlefield losses in Ukraine. While Putin dismissed Biden’s worries as unfounded, the specter of nuclear armageddon drove U.S. antiwar activists to the streets days before in a September Week of Action organized by the Peace in Ukraine Coalition. This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Demanding a “ceasefire now,” activists hosted antiwar events in D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Madison, Boston, Rockville, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. The Peace in Ukraine Coalition—consisting of CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Democratic Socialists of America, Massachusetts Peace Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-U.S., and other organizations—mobilized for negotiations, not escalation, in what CODEPINK describes as a proxy war threatening a direct war between the two most heavily armed nuclear nations, the United States and Russia. With President Biden asking Congress for another $13.7 billion for Ukraine, $7.2 billion for weapons and military training, activists delivered letters to...
    Former President Donald Trump will soon face yet another lawsuit in the the United States Disrict Court in the Southern District of New York. According to Reuters, E. Jean Carroll – an ex-Elle journalist who has accused Trump of raping her in a Mahattan department store in the 1990s – "plans to sue Trump for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress under New York State's Adult Survivors Act." The law, Reuters explained, was "recently signed by Governor Kathy Hochul" and "gives adult accusers a one-year window to bring civil claims over alleged sexual misconduct regardless of how long ago it occurred." READ MORE: Judge rules Trump rape accuser E. Jean Carroll's defamation suit can proceed Carroll's attorney Roberta Kaplan wrote in a letter to District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan that was made public on Tuesday that "as soon as that statute authorizes us to do so on November 24, 2022, we will file the case in this District and, as required by the Local Rules, mark it as related to the present action." Trump, they stressed, "has...
    Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced articles of impeachment on Monday to remove President Joe Biden from office for “draining our reserves and selling our oil.” Greene released a short clip online Monday night explaining why she wants Biden removed from office. “I just introduced articles of impeachment on President Joe Biden. Joe Biden is selling our strategic petroleum reserves. This should never happen. He is draining our reserves and selling our oil, Americans’ oil to foreign countries,” Greene says in the clip. “And China is the top buyer. China is our enemy. They are not our friend. They’re buying American’s oil. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is our emergency supply for if something goes wrong in this country,” she continues, adding: It’s now down to 434 million barrels of oil. That is nearly half of what it was when President Trump left office. This is an outrage. This is completely wrong. And no president of the United States should be doing this to the American people. It’s going to create a national emergency crisis. And that’s exactly what President...
    Oregon State is 3-0 for the first time since 2014, halfway to bowl eligibility and preparing for two of its biggest games of the season. But for a few hours Monday morning, the prevailing sentiment among the OSU faithful was (take your pick) confusion, frustration, annoyance or abject indignation. For the second consecutive week, the Pac-12’s media partners, ESPN and Fox, passed on a chance to broadcast the OSU game. And not just any games: successive showdowns against No. 7 USC and No. 13 Utah. Instead, both games will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks, which have a low profile and limited reach. Displeasure flowed down — and up — the Beavers’ chain of command. “I’m disappointed for our student athletes and coaches,” athletic director Scott Barnes told the Hotline on Tuesday. “They have earned the opportunity to play on a Tier 1 national platform. “Our (media) partners, in my mind, are missing two good games.” That could very well be the case. But the decision to pass on OSU’s consecutive Saturday showdowns had little to do with the Beavers...
    “They are not going to let me go love you there is a key to the house in the blue flower pot by the door.” That was the chilling Venmo message Deborrah “Debbie” Collier sent her daughter around 3:17 p.m. on Sept. 10—along with approximately $2,300—before the 59-year-old left her Georgia home in a rented SUV and vanished. Less than 24 hours later, authorities would discover her nude and severely burned in a ravine about an hour from her Athens home. According to the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office incident report obtained by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, investigators found Collier on Sept. 11 “laying on her back, grasping a small tree with her right hand.” “Collier’s remains [were] apparently burned with what appeared to be charring to her abdomen,” the report added, noting that the remains of a burned tarp and a red tote bag were nearby. The grisly details have only sparked more questions about a harrowing case that investigators are treating as a homicide. So far, authorities have not yet identified any suspects or provided a cause of...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed recent moves by Republican governors to fly migrants who entered the country illegally to blue states, calling it a “good idea.” LIZ CHENEY BLASTS PARTY FOR TREATING TRUMP ‘AS THOUGH HE WERE A KING’ The administrations of Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Greg Abbott (R-TX) recently organized transports of migrants to blue states, dropping them in places such as Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago, with some transports leaving migrants outside the official residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been selected by President Joe Biden as the point person on immigration issues at the southern border. The moves have been the subject of controversy, with supporters praising them as a protest of Biden’s border policies and critics blasting them as cruel stunts. McConnell praised the effort in remarks to supporters at the Capitol Tuesday. “There’s been a good deal of talk about what some of the governors have done to transport illegal immigrants up to other parts of the country,” McConnell said. “I personally thought it...
    House GOP leadership is whipping against a bill to reform the Electoral Count Act that is scheduled to be brought to the floor on Wednesday, a source in House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s office confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The bill, spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), looks to clarify “ambiguous provisions” on the vice president’s role in overseeing the process of certifying an election in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The House-led bill would require one-third of each body to approve debate to challenge a state’s results and allow for the courts to appoint a state official to send electors to Congress if a governor refuses. Parallel legislation has also been introduced in the Senate. Scalise told reporters earlier in the day that he believes that some of the House bill's language infringes on states’ rights. DC TO VOTE ON BILL THAT WOULD CREATE OFFICE TO RESPOND TO INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS “If you look at the bill, it's got some components, like it allows more...
    "Undeniably, unequivocally," said the fundraiser of Newsom's intentions. "No ifs, ands or buts. He will run if Biden does not." A Los Angeles philanthropist entrenched in the Democratic Party similarly suggested that Newsom will run should Biden bow out. Newsom survived a recall election in 2021, with 61.9% voting to keep him, and advanced from the Democratic primary on June 7 of this year. He once again faces a general election on November 8, this time facing Republican Brian Dahle, against whom he is expected to win. Nevertheless, the California governor has recently been looking outside his state and making national plays for attention. Newsom recently targeted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a potential opponent in the 2024 presidential election. On September 16, he challenged DeSantis to a debate, promising to bring his hair gel, which the Florida governor indicated had been "interfering with his brain function." \u201cHey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you're struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people\u2019s lives. Since you have only one overriding need -- attention --let's take this up & debate. I\u2019ll bring my hair...
    Consider the plight of Arizona, for a moment. As many as 11% of all school children have at least one parent who is in the country illegally. According to a 2012 study by the Federation for Immigration Reform, “The total education, medical, and incarceration costs in Arizona due to illegal immigration are $2.6 billion a year.” And that is for an entire state. You can imagine that the costs are even more acute in some local cities and towns, many of which are quite poor, such as Yuma. Some estimate that the lifetime cost of just the illegal aliens who have come under Biden so far is upwards of $100 billion. And those numbers are growing every day. Martha’s Vineyard currently has 165 children in the local public school. Applying the same ratio as Arizona, they could easily afford these families because they likely don’t yet have 18 children among the group of 50 (11% of their native enrollment). If even that is too absurd for them, why should Texas, Arizona, and every other state cater to the invasion instead?...
    VARIOUS places in the country are sending money back to taxpayers worth up to $$3,284. These tax rebates are for the most part being offered to help Americans deal with inflation. 1Some payments are going out now While the consumer price index dropped slightly to 8.3 percent in August (compared with the previous month) – the rate is still quite high. Below are the states that are sending tax rebates to Americans. 1. Alaska Thousands of Alaskans will start getting two direct payments today. This includes money from the Permanent Fund, which pays a dividend of the state’s oil profits to residents each year, as well as a one-time energy relief payment. READ MORE ON PAYMENTS MO' MONEY Direct payments of up to $3,284 for thousands will hit accounts in DAYScash in New $3,200 checks sent out today - but there's a second exact date you need to know These are expected to be worth a combined $3,284 this year, according to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s office. Alaskans who opted for direct deposit will start receiving their payments on Tuesday. Paper checks will be issued during the week...
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a moment on Fox & Friends where he not only declared that banning abortion ought to be a national issue, but he also made it clear he lied when he said abortion should be left up to the states to decide. Graham joined the morning talk show on Tuesday as his fellow Republicans remain divided over his proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. the senator began the interview by tripling down on the bill, declaring “there is no shame in being pro-life” and likening the Democrats’ policy positions to those of China and North Korea. My position is 15 weeks. France is at 14 weeks, exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother, and the states can do more if they want to, up to 15 weeks. I want to be a nation that is civilized. I don’t want to be China, I don’t want to be North Korea. From there, Carley Shimkus addressed the fact that some conservatives have backed away from Graham while saying abortion should be decided at...