Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

February 26, 2021

US District Judge John Barker, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump to the court in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction, but said he expected the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium. “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium….

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Senate parliamentarian rules against including minimum wage in Covid relief bill

February 26, 2021

While Democrats had pushed for the increase to be included — and leadership expressed its disappointment in the ruling Thursday evening — its removal may actually make it easier to pass the bill, senior Democratic sources believe, because it’ll avoid a messy fight over whether to strip it out of the bill and whether to compromise. “President Biden is disappointed in this outcome, as he proposed having the $15 minimum…

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Stimulus bill: When will Congress pass Covid relief?

February 26, 2021

What’s riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden even before he took office, as well as that extra federal unemployment money. Democrats have said they will get a bill signed by mid-March. But getting the proposal — proposals, really, since there will be different versions between the House, Senate and White House that must be reconciled — passed into law will test Biden’s calls for…

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Syria air strikes: US carries out strikes in targeting Iranian backed militia structures

February 26, 2021

The strikes mark the military’s first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just to respond to recent attacks against American and coalition forces, but to deal with “ongoing…

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Republican legislators in Georgia, Arizona and other states seek to tighten their control over how elections are run

February 26, 2021

The fresh showdowns over who should run elections come as allies of former President Donald Trump continue to try to cast doubt on his loss — by arguing that election officials and the courts usurped state laws when they relaxed voting rules to overcome challenges posed by the pandemic. And they represent the latest front in the ongoing political warfare over voting rules. As of this month, state legislators in…

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Andrew Cuomo denies former aide’s sexual harassment allegations

February 26, 2021

Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018, the Democratic governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York City office. “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Boylan wrote, describing the encounter. “I was in shock, but I kept walking.” Boylan first accused the governor of sexual harassment in…

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Capitol riot House hearing: Live updates

February 25, 2021

Acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday that the agency had taken action ahead of the Jan. 6 riot based on intelligence that extremists planned to participate in the preceding rally and planned to be armed, but that the intelligence failed to predict the scope of the attack, which would ultimately overwhelm officers when the Capitol was breached. Had there been better intelligence of the coordinated attack, Pittman suggested, the…

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Pentagon report reveals details about White supremacists in the ranks

February 25, 2021

It details an instance of a former National Guardsman who is a member of a dangerous neo-Nazi group bragging about openly discussing extremist views while serving and separately describes service members describing how they recognize fellow White supremacists by their fascist tattoos and T-shirt logos. While the report, commissioned by Congress and dated October 2020, concluded that extremist views were not widespread and identified “a low number of cases in…

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Airplane engine inspections discussed by FAA days before Denver United Airlines incident

February 25, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration review board meeting late last week, which has not been previously reported, is in line with comments made by FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a new CNN interview. On Saturday, United Airlines Flight 328 made an emergency landing in Denver when its right Pratt & Whitney PW4000 series engine failed with a loud bang only minutes after takeoff. “Last week we were already in the process…

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William Burns: Biden’s CIA director pick set to face senators in confirmation hearing

February 24, 2021

An official familiar with Burns’ testimony told CNN prior to the hearing that he would focus primarily on four areas: the CIA work force, partnerships, technology and China. The partnerships Burns will discuss, the source said, include the critical relationship with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and other intelligence agencies, as well as the working ties with foreign intelligence partners. Burns will mention the revolution of technology, advances in…

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