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High schoolers across Virginia walk out in protest of Glenn Youngkin's anti-trans policies

High schoolers across Virginia walk out in protest of Glenn Youngkin's anti-trans policies

'Students will not stand to become politicized and will not stand to become part of the governor's agenda or his next campaign,' one organizer said. More than 12,000 students at 100 schools across Virginia of class on Tuesday to protest new guidelines issued by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration that would pare back protections for transgender youth.On Sep. 16, the Virginia Department of Education a slate of governing the rights of transgender students in schools. The new rules require transgender students to use school facilities, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, that...

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Scientist files whistleblower complaint after being fired for refusing to push drug

Scientist files whistleblower complaint after being fired for refusing to push drug

Dr. Rick Bright said the Trump administration rejected his warnings on COVID-19. A government scientist says he was ousted from his position after raising concerns that the Trump administration wanted to "flood" coronavirus hot spots like New York and New Jersey with a malaria drug that Donald Trump was pushing despite scant scientific evidence it helped.Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, filed the complaint Tuesday with the Office of Special Counsel, a government agency responsible for whistleblower complaints. He alleges he was...

May 5, 2020
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8 ways Trump trashed US relationships with allies around the world

8 ways Trump trashed US relationships with allies around the world

Even before he defunded the World Health Organization, Donald Trump had done much to damage U.S. ties with allies.  Donald Trump's decision Tuesday to from going to the World Health Organization in the middle of a pandemic is the latest in a long series of actions that have isolated the United States from the rest of the world.Since Trump took office, he has alienated allies by withdrawing from agreements and breaking treaties on issues ranging from climate change to national security.In January 2017, three days after being sworn in, Trump the United States from the 12-country...

April 16, 2020
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States with fewest virus cases receive giant share of federal relief funds

States with fewest virus cases receive giant share of federal relief funds

Hawaii received $2 million per positive case, while New York received just $24,000. Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming are among the least-populated states in the United States, and not surprisingly have the lowest numbers of residents who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But despite their small size, they scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid to the states.An Associated Press analysis shows those four, along with other small states, took in an outsize proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address coronavirus-related...

May 5, 2020
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Biden says Supreme Court gun law ruling 'should deeply trouble us all'

Biden says Supreme Court gun law ruling 'should deeply trouble us all'

The Supreme Court decision striking down a New York gun law sets a precedent as gun rights advocates in other states look to loosen restrictions on gun ownership. President Joe Biden, responding to the Supreme Court's on Thursday striking down a New York law restricting the carrying of concealed handguns, said the ruling "contradicts both common sense and the Constitution."Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the conservative majority on the court, the law, which required people to demonstrate a specific need in order to obtain a license to carry a gun in public, violated the Second...

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Senate Republicans block bill that would have codified Roe v. Wade

Senate Republicans block bill that would have codified Roe v. Wade

Every Republican, plus Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, voted to block the Women's Health Protection Act. Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would have protected abortion rights and codified the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a federal right to abortion. The Democratic majority brought the bill up for a vote Wednesday after the on May 1 of a draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization indicating that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe imminently.The vote was 49 to 51, short of the required 60-vote supermajority needed even to consider...

Jul 24
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House passes health bill for toxic-exposed veterans over GOP opposition

House passes health bill for toxic-exposed veterans over GOP opposition

Eighty-eight Republicans voted against the compromise to expand health care coverage for more than 3.5 million veterans. The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to provide better medical care for military veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals while serving. Eighty-eight Republicans voted against the bipartisan compromise legislation — more than 40% of their caucus.The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics of 2022 would create an interagency Toxic Exposure Research Working Group responsible for planning and  federally...

Jul 24
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June jobs report finds U.S. private sector has regained every job lost during the pandemic

June jobs report finds U.S. private sector has regained every job lost during the pandemic

The economy added 372,000 jobs in June, returning the private sector to pre-pandemic levels. A strong June jobs report released on Friday showed that the private sector has now  that was lost during the COVID-19 pandemic when millions of people were laid off during former President Donald Trump's tenure.The news came after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy  in June, exceeding economists' expectations and keeping the unemployment rate at 3.6%.The milestone came a little more than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, which caused the stock market to...

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Biden: Cut inflation by making billionaires and corporations pay fair share of taxes

Biden: Cut inflation by making billionaires and corporations pay fair share of taxes

'I want every American to know that I am taking inflation very seriously,' President Joe Biden said. President Joe Biden on Tuesday the way to push back against the inflation Americans are dealing with is by making the ultra-wealthy and large corporations pay "their fare share in taxes" and calling on Congress to pass legislation addressing drug costs, food prices, and child care costs."The President's top economic priority is tackling inflation and reducing costs for American families – so we can sustain this historic economic recovery in a way that benefits all Americans. President Biden...

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Arizona Democrats condemn ruling allowing Civil War-era abortion ban to go into effect

Arizona Democrats condemn ruling allowing Civil War-era abortion ban to go into effect

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women's rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections.Republican candidates were silent a day after the ruling, which said the state can prosecute doctors and others who assist with an abortion unless it's necessary to save the mother's life. Kari Lake, the GOP candidate for governor, and Blake Masters, the Senate candidate, did not comment.Katie Hobbs and Kris...

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