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Kim Jong Un gathers military for four-day lecture, criticizes US military drills


NORTH KOREA (July 31, 2021)--- North Korean leader calls out 'fanatical practices for invasion' ahead of tentative joint U.S.-ROK drills. North Korean state media revealed Friday that Kim Jong Un chaired another big military event in Pyongyang earlier this week, criticizing U.S. military drills during a first-of-its-kind “workshop” for Korean People’s…

United States Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 30, 2021)-- A New York federal court today entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers with vessels flagged in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and…

Lucas, Science Committee Republicans Request Investigation into COVID Origins


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 30, 2021)--today, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Frank Lucas and Republican Committee Members sent a letter to Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Chairman Bill Foster requesting an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.  On July 14, 2021, fully…

Minister Guilbeault Announces Ontario’s Final Recipients of Creative Export Canada Funding


GATINEAU, (July 30, 2021)--Canadian cultural industries are unique and admired around the globe. The Government of Canada is committed to helping them expand into global markets and meet their full potential. The Creative Export Canada program was designed to support our creative industries by meeting this international demand and helping…

Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021


ATLANTA, GA (July 30, 2021)--During July 2021, 469 cases of COVID-19 associated with multiple summer events and large public gatherings in a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, were identified among Massachusetts residents; vaccination coverage among eligible Massachusetts residents was 69%. Approximately three quarters (346; 74%) of cases occurred in fully…

Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Products Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin


Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain products due to potentially elevated levels of Aflatoxin above the acceptable limit. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. No illnesses have been reported in association…

FDA Warns Consumers To Avoid Certain Products With Hiden and Potentially Dangerous Drug Ingredients


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 30, 3031)---the FDA  issued a letter to notify Amazon about its distribution of certain products with hidden and potentially dangerous drug ingredients represented as conventional foods or dietary supplements for weight loss, body building, pain relief, sleep aids, and sexual enhancement.  The agency wrote an untiled…

Governor Noem Signs Executive Order Banning Federal Grants Tied to Critical Race Theory


PIERRE, S.D. (July 29, 2021)– Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2021-11, which directs the South Dakota Department of Education to refrain from applying for any federal grants tied to critical race theory.  “Critical race theory has no place in South Dakota schools. These ideas are un-American. We are…

Canada’s PM Trudeau announces the appointment of Senators


CANADA (July 29, 2021)---The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Canada’s new Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, appointed the following individuals as independent Senators to fill vacancies across Canada: David Arnot, for Saskatchewan Michèle Audette, for Québec Amina Gerba, for Québec Clément Gignac, for Québec…

Biden’s Administration Streamlined Options To Help Homeowners While Housing Sales Drop


WASHINGTON (July 29, 2021)- The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on July 23, 2021 announced streamlined COVID-19 Recovery options to help homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic bring their mortgage current and remain in their homes. The simplified COVID-19 Recovery waterfall allows mortgage servicers to…

American Rescue Plan To Help Homeless Children and Youth Depends on States Distribution of Funds


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 29, 2021)---there are more than 2 million homeless children and youth across America.  Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released nearly $600 million in funding under the American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) program to support students experiencing homelessness. But funds distributions…

Russian President Meeting With Acting Governor of Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov


RUSSIA (July 29, 2021)--Russian President Vladimir Putin had a working meeting, via videoconference, with Acting Governor of the Belgorod Region Vyacheslav Gladkov. The discussion focused on the region’s socioeconomic development. At the beginning of the meeting, the President noted that, for many years, the Belgorod Region was ahead of others in many areas, but suggested starting with high-priority problems…

$20 million federal grant launches AI institute for better crops, agricultural production


AMES, Iowa (July 29, 2021)--– The latest artificial intelligence tools will allow researchers to develop digital twins of individual crop plants and entire farm fields, helping plant breeders improve crop varieties and farmers boost production. The researchers behind a new artificial intelligence research institute say their work can accelerate the…

Study links Half of Americans living with diabetes may be consuming less than recommended amount of protein


ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Jul. 29, 2021 – A new study conducted by The Ohio State University and Abbott showed that half of the adults surveyed living with diabetes did not consume the daily recommended intake of protein, which is associated with lower diet quality, increased carbohydrate intake, and greater physical…

Statement by White House Press Secretary on Biden-⁠Harris Administration Eviction Prevention Efforts


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 29, 2021)--For nearly 11 months, the CDC’s eviction moratorium has served as a critical backstop to prevent hard-pressed renters and their families who lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic from being evicted for nonpayment of rent.  This moratorium prevented hundreds of thousands of…

E&C Republicans Announce Next Phase of Their Effort to Hold Big Tech Accountable


Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers issued the following statement on a comprehensive package of discussion draft bills to hold Big Tech accountable by improving transparency and content moderation accountability, reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, promoting competition, and preventing illegal and harmful activity on their platforms.  “Big Tech has failed to promote the battle of ideas and…

Rep. Gosar And the GOP Urged Biden To Withdraw Vicious Eco-Terrorist Nomination As BLM Director


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 28, 2021)---Rep. Paul Gosar, (R-Arizona) DDS tweeted "Stone-Manning is playing the ‘ole “but my terrorism was 30 years ago,” card.  Republicans of the Committee on Natural Resources wrote President Joe Biden a letter in "opposition to Ms. Tracy Stone-Manning's nomination to serve as Director of the…

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at a Joint Press Availability


INDIA (Ju;y 28, 2021)-- MODERATOR: Good afternoon. Honorable Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, Honorable Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jaishankar, distinguished members of both delegations, members of the media: a very good afternoon again to all of you and a very…

Designation of Al-Qa’ida-Linked Financial Facilitators


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 28, 2021)--The United States is designating one Turkey-based al-Qa’ida financial facilitator for materially assisting al-Qa’ida and one Syria-based terrorist fundraiser and recruiter for providing material support to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), a group linked with al-Qa’ida.  These designations were made pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as…

Navy Identifies Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Sailor Who Died of COVID-19 Related Complications


CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (July 28, 2021)-- Active duty U.S. Navy Capt. Corby Ropp died on July 23, 2021 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, due to COVID-19 related complications. Ropp, 48, was assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Camp Lejeune as the department head of…

Navy Identifies Reserve Sailor Who Died of COVID-19 Related Complications


BOISE, Idaho (July 28, 2021) –  Master-at-Arms First Class Allen Hillman died July 26, while hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19. Hillman, 47, of Boise, Idaho, was assigned to Navy Reserve Volunteer Training Unit, Boise, ID.“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and shipmate MA1 Hillman.  He was…

Statement on UK Recognition of Vaccinated Travelers from the EU and US


UK (July 28, 2021)--“Recognizing vaccinated travelers from the US and Europe is a positive, logical and long-overdue development. Along with restoring the individual freedom to reconnect and the ability of businesses to operate in global markets, it will help rescue livelihoods in the travel and tourism sector. Today’s announcement is…

Representative Cawthorn And GOP Leaders Write Letter To DHS Secretary Mayorkas About Transparency, Fraudulent Employment Under OPT


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 27, 2021)---Today Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-North Carolina) led a letter with House GOP colleagues to US Department of Homeland Security,  Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas  about his refusal to make 2020 SEVP data public, as it has been done in the past. Representative Cawthorn tweeted "Without transparency, fraudulent…

Microsoft earnings press release available on Investor Relations website


REDMOND, Wash. — July 27, 2021 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that fiscal year 2021 fourth-quarter financial results are available on its Investor Relations website. The direct link to the earnings press release is https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/earnings/FY-2021-Q4/press-release-webcast. As previously announced, the company will host a conference call at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. A…

Hundreds of State Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade


More than 300 lawmakers across the country are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies again. The Center Square reports they recently signed onto an amicus brief supporting a Mississippi pro-life law that is being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices are scheduled…

Lawmakers balk at issues with VA’s $21 billion health record program: Federal CIO’s Ignored OMB Digital Record Mandate


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---The Senate voted 91-8 to confirm Donald Remy to the post of deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs on July 15. Remy comes in as the agency looks to pivot past two adverse oversight reports about the cost and performance of the Electronic…

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Statement on Aon and Willis Towers Watson Decision to Terminate Merger Agreement


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today released the following statement on Aon plc’s and Willis Towers Watson’s announcement that the firms agreed to terminate their planned $30 billion merger. The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit on June 16, 2021, to stop the merger,…

Former Alabama Correctional Supervisor Convicted for Allowing Inmate Abuse


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---after a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted former Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) shift commander Willie Burks, 42, of failing to stop an officer under his command from assaulting an inmate at ADOC’s Elmore Correctional Facility. The evidence at trial established that when Burks…

ICYMI: House Republicans tell Biden he’s acting like a ‘Cuban dictator’ with his social media censorship campaign


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)---House Republicans have called on President Joe Biden to turn over the details of his campaign to clamp down on social media coronavirus misinformation while blasting the effort as government-sponsored censorship that rivals Communist Cuba.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House…

Plague activity identified in Colorado: Ten Year Old Girl Died From Plague


COLORADO (July 26, 2021)---Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with local public health agencies, is investigating plague (Yersinia pestis) activity. Currently, there have been laboratory confirmed reports of plague in animals and fleas from six counties. This includes LaPlata County, where a 10-year-old resident died from causes…

Readout: Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Visit to the People’s Republic of China


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 26, 2021)--Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to the People’s Republic of China for meetings with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other PRC officials from July 25-26.  The Deputy Secretary expressed the United States’ sincere condolences for the lives lost in the…

COP26 President-Designate welcomes agreement from G20 to limit warming to 1.5C but urges further action on coal phase out


UK (July 25, 2021)--G20 Climate & Energy Ministerial in Naples agrees to action in line with the Paris Agreement and global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees. Despite progress by a growing number of countries, the Ministerial could not agree on phasing out coal power and overseas coal financing…

Government of Canada announces new shelters for Indigenous Peoples facing gender-based violence


CANADA (July 24, 2021 ) — Iqaluit, Nunavut — Indigenous Services Canada  The Government of Canada is committed to securing the safety of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who are escaping gender-based violence.  Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for…

Statement by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Jordan


Washington, DC (July 24, 2021)--today  Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued the following statement: “I greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet today in Washington with King Abdullah II of Jordan. We discussed global and regional developments and the efforts of the Kingdom to achieve…

California lawmakers feud with Biden admin over how high-speed rail should be powered


CALIFORNIA (July 23, 2021)---A key block of California lawmakers is feuding with the Biden administration over the state’s high-speed rail endeavor, arguing that conditions of a restored federal grant lock the project into what the group sees as an outdated technology for powering the bullet train. In a recent letter…

Around the Air Force: Recruiting Diversity, Airmen Aid Flood Victims and Record-Breaking Satellite


FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (July 23, 2021) --Today’s look around the Air Force highlights Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.’s recruiting message that emphasizes diversity, Civil Engineering Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany aid local communities before and after area floods, and the Air Force Research Lab’s…

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Pax­ton Announces Glob­al Opi­oid Settlement


TEXAS (July 23, 2021)---Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a historic $26 billion agreement that will bring desperately needed relief to Texans who are struggling with opioid addiction. The agreement includes Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – and Johnson & Johnson, which manufactured and marketed…

Crisis At The Southern Border And A Massive Backlog In Asylum Cases In Federal Immigration Courts


TUCSON (July 23, 2021) - Federal authorities are dealing with an increase in the number of migrants illegally crossing the southern border, plus a massive backlog in asylum cases in U.S. immigration courts.  Comparing May of this year to 2020, the number of migrants apprehended in the Border Patrol's Tucson sector was…

Update: Air Force puts future basing plans for Davis-Monthan AFB, Nellis AFB on hold pending NDAA outcome


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 24, 2021) --The Department of the Air Force announced that it is pausing plans related to aircraft basing decisions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona and Nellis AFB, Nevada that are dependent upon the requirement to retire 42 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs. The announcement comes as the department awaits…

UK’s Johnson: Post-Brexit trade deal for Northern Ireland is ‘unsustainable’


England (July 22, 2021)--British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the European Union Thursday to look "seriously" at UK proposals to overhaul their post-Brexit trade deal for Northern Ireland, but met immediate resistance in Brussels. Johnson told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a phone call that the so-called Northern Ireland protocol…

Germany Underwater With No Relief From Insurance And At Least 155 People Remain Missing


Germany (July 22, 2021)--Germany remains underwater following the largest flooding in history, but there is no help from the insurance companies--because it's to expensive. At least 155 people remain missing a week after record rainfall caused devastating floods in western Germany, as the president of the country’s disaster relief organization said…

Readout: White House and Department of Education Listening Session with Educators with Disabilities


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 22, 2021)--- Today, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, White House Office of Public Engagement Associate Director Emily Voorde, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Deputy Assistant Secretary Katy Neas met with public educators from the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. All…

Texas Supreme Court may decide next plot twist in the Democratic walkout, and the fate of 2,100 state employees


Texas (July 21, 2021)---The state’s highest civil court has been asked to decide if Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to cut off funding for legislative staff, a move Abbott hoped would keep Democratic lawmakers from leaving the state and shutting down a special legislative session. The Texas legislature is…

Heavy floods in central China kill at least 18 people, force 200,000 from their homes


CHINA (July 21, 2021)--Passengers trapped in a subway are among at least 18 people killed in widespread flooding that hit China’s central Henan province on July 20, 2021. [embed]https://youtu.be/mrmJBXoVROc[/embed] Video showed people trapped in carriages and on platforms in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, by the flooding caused when nearly a…

British warships supporting US in Asia-Pacific ‘could expand Five Eyes’ remit’


CHINA (July 21,2021)---Great Britain has decided to send two warships  to permanently support the United States  freedom of navigation operations in the Asia-Pacific could help broaden the influence of the five eyes intelligence alliance,  Chinese military observers said. Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said the presence of the two additional…

Pelosi Rejected McCarthy’s House Special Committee Nominees To Probe January 6th Attack


WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021)- Republican leaders in the  U.S. House of Representatives withdrew their  five nominees to serve on the House's special committee to probe the January 6th  attack on the U.S. Capitol after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them Wednesday.  Pelosi has decided to micro manage…

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Weltevreden: Shrimp (April 2021)


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021)--- The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Weltevreden infections linked to the consumption of frozen cooked shrimp manufactured by Avanti Frozen Foods of India. On 7/21/2021, the CDC announced that this outbreak is over. Investigation Background On January…

EEG Testing and Private Investment Companies Pay $15.3 Million to Resolve Kickback and False Billing Allegations


TEXAS (July 21, 2021)---Two Texas companies have agreed to pay a combined $15.3 million to resolve allegations of kickbacks and other misconduct resulting in the submission of false claims to federal health care programs. According to the settlement, Alliance Family of Companies LLC (Alliance), a national electroencephalography (EEG) testing company…

Man Arrested in Connection with Alleged Role in Twitter Hack


CALIFORNIA (July 21, 2021)-- Spanish national police arrested a U.K. citizen Wednesday charged by U.S. law enforcement in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack that compromised over 130 accounts, the Justice Department announced. The 2020 breach compromised dozens of high profile accounts including those of former president Barack Obama,…

TRAVEL GUIDANCE FOR THE FIRST LADY TO ALASKA, JAPAN, AND HAWAII: WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 – SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021


 Tokyo(July 21, 2021)---First Lady Jill Biden has landed in Tokyo to represent the United States at the Olympics.  The First Lady  "will land at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska where she will greet with military and veteran families who are staying at Alaska Fisher House. She will then visit the…

Gov. Kate Brown, state leaders outline response to ‘historic’ start to Oregon wildfire season


OREGON (July 21, 2021)-- Gov. Kate Brown, the state fire marshal and director of emergency management briefed the public on Oregon’s response to a “historic” start to wildfire season Tuesday, citing drought emergencies in 19 counties so far with more expected. They spoke as the Bootleg fire has already scorched…

CBP Border Agents Interrupted Smuggling Attempts And , Encountered A Large Group Of Migrants From The Rio Grande


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021)--- the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made the following arrest.   Smuggler Abandons Vehicle Along with Migrants in RGV   EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents interrupt smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Yesterday afternoon, the Brownsville…

Actors from Harry Potter, Star Wars featured at Puyallup comics convention next month


WASHINGTON STATE (July 20, 2021)---The Washington State Summer Con has announced its line-up for the August convention at the fairgrounds. The two-day convention on Aug. 7-8 will be at the Washington State Fair and Events Center. Guests include: Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise; Giancarlo Esposito of…

75% of sexual assault survivors have PTSD one month later


WASHINGTON State (July 20, 2021)---Researchers’ meta-analysis yields timeline showing symptoms frequently diminish within three months, offering hope to survivors. Researchers want sexual assault survivors to know that it’s normal to feel awful right after the assault, but that many will feel better within three months. In a meta-analysis published in Trauma, Violence…

American Board of Urology outlines processes to ensure diversity in leadership


July 19, 2021 - At the organization responsible for certifying the training and skills of US urologists, achieving and maintaining diversity, equity and inclusion is more than just a "numbers game," according to a special article in Urology Practice®, an Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). The journal is published in the…

Congratulations to Peru’s President-Elect Pedro Castillo


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 20, 2021)--On behalf of the United States, I congratulate the people of Peru for making their voices heard in free and fair presidential and legislative elections.  We commend the many officials, public servants, and volunteers whose dedication made the vote and certification possible under challenging conditions presented…

President Biden Announces Jonathan Kanter for Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 20, 21) – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Jonathan Kanter for Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice. Jonathan Kanter, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice Jonathan Kanter is a distinguished antitrust lawyer…

Texas Democrats DC’s Trip: Expensive, Political, COVID-19 Infections and Donor Contributions


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 19, 2021)--- The tab for Texas Democrats to jet to Washington, DC, and remain in the nation’s capital until next month to forestall Republican-led election legislation is estimated to be about $1.5 million, one of the Lone Star State lawmakers said Monday. The group of about 60 legislators — five…

New Director of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Joins UW


WYOMING (July 19, 2021)---The new director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) recently joined the University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Eric Webster began his duties July 6. He previously was director of the Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Iberia Research Station and assistant regional director of…

NASA Science Mission Directorate to Hold Town Hall Meeting


NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall meeting with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and his leadership team at 1:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 22, to discuss updates to NASA's science program and share the current status of NASA activities. Members of the science community, academia, the media, and the…

England’s PM Johnson Decision To Open Up England Under Fire


ENGLAND (July 19, 2021)---England Scraps Most COVID-19 Restrictions As Boris Johnson Self-Isolates.   Today is Freedom Day in England--and the people are dancing in the streets----in the shadows of the Delta variance without mask.  One-hundred and twenty scientist have signed a letter---stating that opening up England--may open up potential vaccine resistance…

HHS Announces $103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in the Health Workforce


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 19, 2021)--- the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of an estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health among the health workforce.…

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on Senior Administration Delegation Trip to Uzbekistan


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 17, 2021)--- This week, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, led a US delegation with representatives from the White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Department of State to a high-level international conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to promote security, prosperity,…

Statement by President Joe Biden on DACA and Legislation for Dreamers


DELAWARE (July 17, 2021)-- President Joe Biden released a statement about the Texas federal judge declaring DACA illegal and   halting DACA applications.  In 2012, the Obama-Biden Administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to remain in the United…

Green Dining Table, Inc. Recalls Frozen Pork Dumplings Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 16, 2021)--- Green Dining Table, Inc., an Alhambra, CA establishment, is recalling approximately 183,330 pounds of frozen pork dumplings due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk and coconut, known allergens, which…

APEC Economic Leaders’ Statement Overcoming COVID-19 and Accelerating Economic Recovery


(July 16, 2021)---The first APEC Informal Leaders' Retreat is taking place now. The leaders are "discussing measures to accelerate the region's economic recovery will be a priority at the APEC Informal Leaders’ Retreat. .APEC Leaders are engaging in a discussion to identify collaborative opportunities to accelerate sustainable economic recovery for…

Two California Men Charged With Conspiracy To Destroy A Building Affect Interstate Commerce and Related Crimes


CALIFORNIA (July 16, 2021)--two California men have been charged with conspiracy to destroy a building affecting interstate commerce and related crimes.   Ian Rogers and Jarrod Copeland, are facing federal charges of conspiracy to destroy a building and related crimes, according to the indictments that were unsealed Thursday.  On January 15,…

Largest Hospital In England Halts Elective Operations As COVID-19 Cases Surge To Record Numbers


ENGLAND (July 16, 2021)---Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has just cancelled all planned ops for 2 days - including life-or-death liver transplants. They have 163 COVID-19 inpatients, 26 in ICU. The hospital is one of  the largest hospitals in the country has cancelled all its planned operations for Thursday and Friday because of…

Samsung Enters In An Agreement With Lucky Group To Produce Their Phones in Pakistan


(July 16, 2021)---Samsung enters in an agreement with Lucky Group as local partners to produce their phones in Pakistan. Production facility will be operational by Dec 2021.  Chairman CPEC working for socio-economic development of Pakistan, Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted "This landmark development coupled with a number of upcoming Chinese Mobile…

European Flooding: 110 Dead In German, 14 In Belgium and 1300 People Remain Unaccounted For


GERMANY (July 16, 2021)---flooding continues in Germany and Belgium. At least 103 people in Germany have been reported dead across western Germany and 14 in Belgium. Many people still missing. Rescue workers assess the damage in Bad Neuenahr as 1,300 people remain unaccounted for, possibly due to mobile networks being…

Potential Concerns with NuVasive MAGEC System Implants – FDA Safety Communication


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 16, 2021)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing patients, their caregivers, and health care providers of potential mechanical failures and concerns about tissue incompatibility (biocompatibility) associated with components of the following NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics’ MAGEC devices: MAGEC Spinal Bracing and Distraction System MAGEC 2…

Press Briefing: July 15th White House


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 15, 2021)---today the White House held its daily press conference at the White House. Highlights: Politicizing COVID-19. White House resources priorities. White House Cybersecurity plans and actions. CDC providing health information--regarding school resources. CDC tracking rise in COVID-19 cases. Inflation--the Biden's Administration flooding the USA;s economy…

Live: Trudeau, Legault make aerospace announcement in Montreal


CANADA (July 15, 2021)---Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make an aerospace announcement and hold a media availability alongside Quebec Premier François Legault on Thursday. They will be joined by Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly, Quebec’s Minister of Finance…

U.S. Department of Education Approves Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, and Oklahoma Plans for Use of American Rescue Plan Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students, Distributes Remaining $418 Million


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 15, 2021)---On Wednesday, July 7, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the approval of the  American Rescue Plan's for elementary and Secondary Schools in five key voting states to reopen schools safely.  The States can now use their  American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School…

Backlash: Texas Democrat Moody Stripped Of Leadership Position After Leaving State With Democrats


TEXAS (July 15, 2021)--- Joe Moody, one of House Speaker Dade Phelan's closest Democratic allies, is the first Democrat to suffer political backlash after the quorum break. The Texas Democrat leader flew to Washington aboard a private chartered alone with several of his colleagues on an  airplane.  He has attended …

Update: SAPS Make 2203 Arrest In South African Riots, 12 Masterminds Arrested


SOUTH AFRICA (July 15, 2021)--- https://twitter.com/PresidencyZA/status/1415692463013044232?s=20 The South African President spoke to the people "The violence and destruction that we have witnessed in our country cannot be justified. Arrests will continue to be made, and those responsible will be prosecuted. We cannot allow a minority of people to threaten our…

COVID-19: Council adds Ukraine and removes two countries from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted


EU (July 15, 2021)---The European Council--Council of the European Union issued the following press release Thursday. Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and…

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion in Pro­tect­ing Chil­dren from Dan­ger­ous, Life-Alter­ing Procedures


TEXAS (July 15, 2021)---Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition in support of Arkansas’ defense of its recently-enacted law banning the use of hormones and surgery to treat gender dysphoria in children. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of the Save…

Germany : At least 42 dead and more missing after floods hit western Germany


GERMANY (July 15, 2021)---At least 18 people died in the region around the western town of Ahrweiler alone, local officials reported, with the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia hit hardest by the unusually heavy rainstorms afflicting a large swathe of western Europe. “We have never seen such a catastrophe,…

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products Due to the Presence of Benzene


(July 14, 2021)---today Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (JJCI) is voluntarily recalling all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines to the consumer level. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Consumers should stop using the affected products and follow the…

Kenneth Paschal first Black Republican to serve in #Alabama legislature in almost 145 years since the Reconstruction Period


SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. —more Black politicians have left the Democratic Party since 2017 rebuking President Joe Biden's claim that Jim Crow is alive and minorities aren't aloud to vote in Republican controlled States.  Tuesday history was made in the Alabama legislature as Republican Kenneth Paschal won the special general election…

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 14, 2021)---National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and reaffirmed the strong bilateral ties between our countries. They welcomed the outcomes of the U.S.-EU Summit and NATO Summit in June and pledged to work together to ensure the…

Antibiotics in Early Life Could Affect Brain Development


NEW JERSEY (July 14, 2021)---Antibiotic exposure early in life could alter human brain development in areas responsible for cognitive and emotional functions, according to a Rutgers researcher. The laboratory study, published in the journal iScience, suggests that penicillin changes the microbiome – the trillions of beneficial microorganisms that live in and on our…

Blinken Call with Mozambican President Nyusi and the Struggles of the People With COVID-19


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 14, 2021)--- Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.  The Secretary and President reaffirmed the strength and importance of U.S.-Mozambique relations and our joint commitment to countering ISIS.  The Secretary underscored U.S. support for Mozambique’s efforts against COVID-19, building on…

With Inflation Hurting Families, Democrats Want Yet Another Overdose of Overspending?


WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2021)– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats’ spending spree: “Senators have just spent two weeks traveling our home states and hearing what’s on the minds of working families. “I got to spend time with…

President Joe Biden’s To Participate in the APEC Leaders’ Virtual Retreat While Gas Prices and Inflation Soars Across America


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 14, 2021)--On Friday July 16, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Virtual Retreat, where Leaders will discuss ending the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the global economic recovery, hosted by Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand. The President’s participation…

The United States of America and Republic of Ghana Sign a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation


TCITY OF WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021)---today, the United States of America and Republic of Ghana signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation (NCMOU), which improves our cooperation on nuclear energy and strengthens our diplomatic and economic relationship. Dr. C.S. Eliot Kang, the Senior Official for Arms Control…

Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination


July 13, 2021,  Editors Note---The release is being updated to alert consumers that the recalled ready to eat products were used in additional products produced by other establishments and retailers. Some products bear a different establishment number on the label due to further processing and some products may have been…

Issuance of the Updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021)---The U.S. Department of State, alongside the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Labor, issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory in response…

Coast Guard offloads $15 million in seized cocaine, transfers custody of 2 smugglers in San Juan, Puerto Rico


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (July 13, 2021) — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos crew offloaded nearly $15 million in seized cocaine and transferred custody of two male smugglers at Coast Guard Base San Juan Monday, following the interdiction of a go-fast vessel in Mona Passage waters near Mona Island,…

Empowering young Black people “essential” to UK motorsport


LONDON (July 13, 2021)---   The Hamilton Commission, which launched in June 2020, set out to identify the key barriers to the recruitment and progression of Black people in UK motorsport. The report, published today, provides ten recommendations which aim to address the issues limiting Black students’ progression into engineering careers, as well as barriers…

NASA Announces Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Reactor Concept Awards


NASA is leading an effort, working with the Department of Energy (DOE), to advance space nuclear technologies. The government team has selected three reactor design concept proposals for a nuclear thermal propulsion system. The reactor is a critical component of a nuclear thermal engine, which would utilize high-assay low-enriched uranium…

More Americans in Addiction Treatment, But Gaps Persist


PITTSBURGH – Substantially more people in the U.S. with opioid use disorder are receiving evidence-based treatment for the disease, but there are still considerable gaps in care along racial lines, according to the largest analysis to date of opioid use disorder among Medicaid recipients.    The results, published today in JAMA, provide insights that policymakers and…

Purdue team flying miles above Earth with NASA, gathering data on North American monsoon season


WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (July 13, 2021) — During the summer, North America’s monsoon season creates massive storms across the Midwest. These storms can cause a phenomenon where the lowest atmospheric layers, the troposphere and stratosphere, mix. Though rare and difficult to study — the stratosphere hovers from 6.2 to 31 miles above Earth’s…

First Lady Jill Biden To Attend 2021 Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremony In Tokyo While COVID Cases Spikes


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021)--- First Lady Jill Biden to travel to Japan according to the White House released statement: "First Lady Jill Biden will travel to the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan. The Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Summer Games will be held on…

PA Senator Mastriano Seeks A Meeting With President Biden To Discuss Pennsylvania’s Voters, Transparency and Accountability


PENNSYLVANIA (June 12, 2021)---today Pennsylvania's State Senator Doug Mastriano wrote President Joe Biden a letter requesting a meeting with President Joe Biden Tuesday during his visit to Pennsylvania. Mastriano wants to discuss the accuracy of the 2020 General Election. with Biden.  In a Muhlenberg University poll in January---it showed that…

FDA Planning To Warn That J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Can Lead To An Increase of A Rare Neurological Condition


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 12, 2021)--The Food and Drug Administration is planning to warn that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine can lead to an increased risk of a rare neurological condition known as Guillain–Barré syndrome, another setback for a vaccine that has largely been sidelined in the United States because…

Biden Released Statement Following Republican Senators and Members Demands For The People In Cuba


FLORIDA (July 12, 2021)---following more than 24 hours of Cuba oppression protest, President Joe Biden has finally issued a statement about Cuba "The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must…

NC, Wisconsin, NY Students to Hear from Astronauts on Space Station


Students from three states will hear from astronauts from three different countries aboard the International Space Station next week. The Earth-to-space calls will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. On Monday, July 12, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will answer prerecorded video questions from North Carolina…

WHO issues new recommendations on human genome editing for the advancement of public health


(July 12, 2021)---Two new companion reports released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) provide the first global recommendations to help establish human genome editing as a tool for public health, with an emphasis on safety, effectiveness and ethics. The forward-looking new reports result from the first broad, global consultation looking…

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Addressed The Nation About COVID-19 And Violence


SOUTH AFRICA (July 13, 2021)--- President President of the African National Congress. Cyril  Ramaphosa addressed the African Nation about COVID-19 and violence. President Ramaphosa tweeted "As we did with the #COVID19 TERS scheme, government is firmly committed to continue its engagements with business and labour to find a way through…

The United States Restricts Visas of 100 Nicaraguans Affiliated with Ortega-Murillo Regime


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 12, 2021)---The Department of State has imposed visa restrictions on 100 members of the Nicaraguan National Assembly and Nicaraguan judicial system, including prosecutors and judges, as well as some of their family members.  The Department has revoked any U.S. visas held by these individuals. In the…

NIH Grant Supports Clinical Trial to Determine if Video Games Can Relieve Late-Life Depression


CONNECTICUT (July 12, 2021)--- UConn Health will participate in a two-site study with University of Utah Health scientists led by Dr. Sarah Shizuko Morimoto who have received a five-year, $7.5-million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. UConn Health will participate in a two-site study with University of Utah Health…

AFMC plays key role in record Air Force DITPR compliance


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (July 10, 2021) (AFNS) -- The Air Force made history recently by becoming the first agency ever to achieve a 100% compliance rating in the Department of Defense Information Technology Portfolio Repository.With nearly 700 IT investments totaling more than $1 billion, Air Force Materiel Command manages one-third of…

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Israeli settlements should be classified as war crimes, says UN expert


GENEVA (July 9, 2021) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, today called on the international community to designate the creation of Israeli settlements as a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. …

Big Technology Under Attack


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 8, 2021)---House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) together with other House Republicans are "leading the charge against out-of-control Big Tech," tweeted McCarthy . https://twitter.com/GOPLeader/status/1412806721920196612?s=20 Wednesday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced a multistate lawsuit against Google for monopolizing the smartphone application market in violation of…

AG Bonta Announced Charges Against Six Former California Officers In Overtime Scheme


CALIFORNIA (July 8, 2021)---California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced charges against six former California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in connection with an alleged, multi-year overtime fraud scheme. The charges are the result of an internal criminal investigation by CHP that looked into whether officers in the East Los Angeles…

FBI With Portland Police Bureau Offering $15,000 Reward For Information Leading To Arrest For Shooting Death of Evelin Navarro-Barajas


PORTLAND (July 8, 2021)---The FBI, working with Portland Police Bureau, is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of Evelin Navarro-Barajas. This reward is in addition to the CrimeStoppers reward of up to $2,500…

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, Her Majesty Queen Rania, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein to the White House on July 19th


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 8, 2021)--the White House issued a statement regarding His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, Her Majesty Queen Rania, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein to the White House on July 19th. Read the statement here. "The President and the First Lady look forward to…

UN Secretary Guterres and US President Biden Condemned The Deadly Haitian Assassination Coup Against Haitian President Moïse


NEW YORK (July 8, 2021)---UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the incident in the strongest terms, according to a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.  An ‘abhorrent act’  “The Secretary-General calls on all Haitians to preserve the constitutional order, remain united in the face of this abhorrent act and reject all violence”,…

Older Adults Are Excluded From Using AR–A Revolutionize Essential Way People Complete Essential Everyday Task


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 8, 2021)--- in a recent study, University of BATH said in a released statement that Augmented Reality (AR) has great potential for improving the lives of older adults who have much to gain from the technology. Read the entire findings here: Augmented reality (AR) is poised…

Justice Department to Provide Funding for Body-Worn Cameras to Small, Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 7, 2021)---The Justice Department announced today that the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is releasing $7.65 million in a competitive microgrant grant solicitation that will fund body-worn cameras (BWCs) to any law enforcement department with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel, rural agencies (those agencies within…

Readout from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Meetings Commemorating Six Months since the January 6th Attack on the Capitol


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 7, 2021)---Attorney General Merrick B. Garland this afternoon met with U.S. Capitol Police officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th, and with Department of Justice employees who have worked tirelessly to hold accountable those who attacked the Capitol six months ago today. Along with Deputy…

TSA screened over 10.1 million during Fourth of July weekend, advises enrollment in TSAPreCheck®


CITY OF WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 10.1 million travelers over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, which includes traveler screenings from July 1 to July 5. This milestone represents 83% of travel volume for the same 5-day holiday period in 2019. Thursday, July 1…

Biden Excluded White Farmers: US Federal Judge Halts Biden’s Agriculture’s Loan Program


FORT WORTH, TEXAS (July 6, 2021)--A US District Court judge has halted President Joe Biden's US Department of Agriculture's loan program.  Judge Reed O'Connor ruled "This prohibition encompasses: (a) considering or using an applicant Class Member’s race or ethnicity as a criterion in determining whether that applicant will obtain loan…

Germany reiterates support to UNIDO’s Global Hydrogen Partnership in Industry


VIENNA, (July 5, 2021) – Within the framework of the 2021 Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), German Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Gerhard Kuentzle met with Tareq Emtairah, Director of the Department of Energy, and Petra Schwager, Chief of the Energy Technologies and Industrial Applications Division, to reiterate Germany’s support for UNIDO’s…

Biden Delivers Remarks At 2021 National Education Association Annual Meeting


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 3, 2021)---President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the 2021 National Education Association Annual meeting. 5:19 P.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everyone.  They tell me there are a few people out there watching.  (Laughter.) MS. PRINGLE:  A couple thousand. THE PRESIDENT:  A couple thousand.But, look, before I begin my…

U.S. Releases Section 353 List of Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors for Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 2, 2021)---The United States is committed to improving social, economic, and political conditions in Central America because U.S. security and prosperity is tied to the success of our regional partners. Actions that undermine the rule of law and democracy in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and…

Statement by President Joe Biden on Today’s Agreement of 130 Countries to Support a Global Minimum Tax for the World’s Largest Corporations


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 2, 2021)---today marks an important step in moving the global economy forward to be more equitable for workers and middle class families in the United States and around the world. I want to thank all the signatories of the Paris OECD statement — 130 countries —…

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Tajikistan Foreign Minister Muhriddin


CITY OF WASHINGTON (July 1, 2021)---Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Tajikistan Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary welcomed the eighth iteration of the U.S.-Tajik Annual Bilateral Consultations held today at the State Department.  The Secretary reaffirmed the strength and importance of the U.S.-Tajikistan bilateral…

Prince Harry and Prince William Unveiled A Statue Of Their Mother, Princess Diana, On What Would Have Been Her 60th Birthday.


LONDON (July 1, 2021)--- Prince William and Prince Harry released a joint statement in honor of their Mother's 6oth birthday. "Today, on what would have been our Mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing…

Thirty Governors Wrote Biden A Letter To Oppose US Supreme Court’s Packing


(July 1, 2021)--- thirty Governors wrote President Joe Biden a letter to "oppose any attempt to increase the number of Justices on the Supreme Court.  The Governor's letter read "in short, "court packing"---or increasing the number of Justices to manipulate the Court's decisions--would be unprecedented unproductive,, and unpredictable.   "The highest…

Ceasefire in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 30, 3031)---The Government of Ethiopia’s announcement yesterday of a unilateral ceasefire in the Tigray region could be a positive step if it results in changes on the ground to end the conflict, stop the atrocities, and allow unhindered humanitarian assistance.  We are closely monitoring developments.  We…

Fundamental Fairness: Cosby’s Sex Assault Conviction Overturned by Pennsylvania Highest Court


PENNSYLVANIA (June 30, 2021)---Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction Wednesday after finding an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented him from being charged in the case. Cosby has served more than two years of a three- to 10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. He had…

Former USA President Makes Humanitarian Visit To The Mexico-USA Border To Promote Human Welfare and Safety


MCALLEN, Tex. — Former president Donald Trump to visit the Souther Border Wall--where it all started Wednesday.   Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and a group of congressional Republicans  will join the former President at the wall.  Trump's visit isn't political =, but a humanitarian visit to promote human welfare and…

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Joins Senator Roger Wicker on Mississippi Tour Focused on Broadband, Maritime Technology and Gulf Coast Development


MISSISSIPPI (June 30, 2021)--U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo for a tour of sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Friday, June 25. Wicker invited Raimondo to tour the Mississippi Gulf Coast prior…

FDA Provides Update on Ongoing Efforts to Better Understand the Occurrence of PFAS in the Food Supply


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 30, 2021)-- Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on its ongoing sampling and testing efforts designed to better understand the occurrence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the food supply. The foods tested in the FDA’s recent analysis were collected from the…

First Lady Jill Biden Travels To Maine And New Hampshire July 3rd


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 30, 2021)---today the White House announced that  First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 3, 2021 as part of the Administration’s nationwide “America’s Back Together” tour to celebrate our country’s progress against the COVID-19 virus. Additional details to follow.…

Speech of FAO Director-General at G20 Meeting of Joint Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers


UNITED NATIONS , Rome (June 29, 2021)--FAO Director-General QU Dongyu speeks during the joint G20 Foreign Affairs and Development Ministers’ Meeting. "Excellencies, It is an honor to join you today. FAO applauds the G20 Presidency for placing food security at the center of this Joint Ministerial Session. Before the pandemic…

Boston: Black Air Force Veteran and A Retired Massachusetts State Trooper Fatally Shot “Because They Were Black”


MASSACHUSETTS (June 28, 2021)--An Air Force veteran and a retired Massachusetts state trooper who were fatally shot near Boston over the weekend may have been targeted because they were Black, a district attorney said. The victims were identified as retired Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dave Green and Ramona Cooper, a 60-year-old…

SCOTUS Ruled In Favor Of Deceased Homeless Man And Against The City Of St. Louis Police Officers


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 28, 20211)--today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the petitioner and granted the petition for certiorari, vacated the judgment of the Eighth Circuit, and remanded the case to give "the court theopportunity to employ an inquiry that clearly attends to the facts and circumstances…

Statement from President Joe Biden on Call with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell


Delaware (June 28, 2021)---President Joe Biden's released state on call with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. "I spoke this afternoon with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell to hear firsthand about her visit today to Surfside, FL and the scene of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers residential building. What I heard…

ADVISORY: Recommendations for national SARS-CoV-2 testing strategies and diagnostic capacities


Inbox WHO has updated its guidance on testing strategies to account for a wider range of situations in countries, including the circulation of more transmissible variants, and the use of new tests. Timely and accurate diagnostic testing is an essential tool in preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19.  The…

CAPITO JOINS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS TO INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO TELEHEALTH SERVICES


toWASHINGTON, D.C.(June 28, 2021) – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) this week announced the introduction of their Rural and Frontier Telehealth Expansion Act. This bipartisan legislation would increase Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding for telehealth services,…

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Rome-Based Food Security Agencies


ROME (June 27, 2021)--Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the heads of the Rome-Based Food Security Agencies today in Rome, including UN World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu. Secretary Blinken affirmed the importance of combating global…

The United States-Italy Relationship and Transatlantic Unity


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 27, 2021)---Congratulations, Prime Minister Mario Draghi. I look forward to working closely with you to deepen our strong bilateral relationship, cooperate during your leadership of the G20, and address global challenges from COVID to climate change.” – President Joseph R. Biden, February 14, 2021  Secretary Antony…

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Chauvin Learns His Sentence Friday


MINNEAPOLIS (June 25, 2021) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin learns his sentence Friday for murder in George Floyd’ s death, closing a chapter in a case that sparked global outrage and a reckoning on racial disparities in America. Chauvin, 45, faces decades in prison, with several legal experts predicting a sentence…

Hold Adam Schiff Accountable: Targeting Trump Administration Through Questionable Spy Operations


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 23, 2021)---the Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on “The Brief with Gregg Jarrett” to discuss Rep. Adam Schiff’s secret subpoenas of Americans’ phone records, anti-Trump targeting, the Biden administration’s DOJ halting the probe of leaked classified information, and much more! We have joined Parler and…

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS MORE THAN $130M IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS; INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2021) (Source DOL)– The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the award of more than $130 million in grants to develop, modernize and diversify Registered Apprenticeship Programs in 15 states and to establish Registered Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Centers of Excellence in three states and Washington, D.C.,…

Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 23, 2021)---President Biden believes that the surge in gun violence that has affected communities across the country over the last year and a half is unacceptable, and his Administration is moving decisively to act with a whole-of-government approach as we enter the summer months when cities…

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic


WASHINGTON (June 22, 2021) — Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims. The report from the inspector general of…

Readout: President Biden’s Meeting with Lead Financial Regulators


CITY OF WASHINGTON, (June 22, 2021)--President met with top financial regulators to discuss how to build on the rapid economic turnaround since his inauguration and ensure there is sustainable and equitable growth that benefits every American family. The regulators reported that the financial system is in strong condition. They further…

Education under Threat: Urgent Call for Reform to Address Lebanon’s Declining Education Outcomes and Build Forward Better


Beirut, June 22, 2021 – Lebanon needs to urgently embark on a comprehensive reform agenda that puts students at the center of the education sector and prioritizes quality of education for all, according to a new World Bank report released today. Low levels of learning and skills mismatch in the…

Weather: Tropical Wave Moving West Toward The Windward Islands Between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean


FLORIDA (June 22, 2021)---Forecasters are tracking a tropical wave moving west toward the Windward Islands, which form the southeastern boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The wave emerged Monday about 1,000 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands in the West Indies, according to the National Hurricane Center.…

How to best support and protect young children during COVID-19? Some lessons learned


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 22, 2021)---Young children and their families have been particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. A survey of caregivers during COVID-19  in Pakistan found that emotional well-being of some children deteriorated significantly, particularly for those from poorest households and with parents also experiencing distress. In Kenya, during the…

SCHUMER, URGED CANADIANS TO WORK WITH U.S. OFFICIALS, AND ADOPT NEW ESSENTIAL TRAVELER RULES & IMPLEMENT COMMON SENSE NORTHERN BORDER REOPENING PLAN


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 21, 2021)--With pandemic restrictions completely lifted in New York last week as New York state reached a 70% vaccination rate, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, on a personal call to Canadian Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, once again pressed for Canadian and U.S. officials to adopt…

California to use federal COVID funds to pay off past-due rent accumulated during pandemic


CALIFORNIA (June 21, 2021)--- Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will pay off all the past-due rent that accumulated in the nation’s most populated state because of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, a promise to make landlords whole while giving renters a clean slate. Left unsettled is whether California will…

COVID-19 dual-antibody therapies effective against variants in animal study


St. Louis (June 21, 2021)---COVID-19 therapies made from antibodies often are given to patients who are at high risk of severe illness and hospitalization. However, there have been nagging questions about whether such antibody therapies retain their effectiveness as worrisome new virus variants arise. New research at Washington University School…

FAA, Department of the Air Force sign commercial space agreement


WASHINGTON (June 21, 2021) --the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of the Air Force signed an agreement June 15 aimed at eliminating red tape while protecting public safety during commercial space activities at ranges operated by the U.S. Space Force.The agreement recognizes common safety standards for FAA-licensed launch and reentry activities that…

First Lady Jill Biden To Visit COVID-19 Vaccine Sites In Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee


 CITY OF WASHINGTON---On Tuesday, June 22, First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee where she will visit vaccine sites and encourage everyone in these communities to get vaccinated.These trips are part of the Administration’s nation-wide tour to reach millions of Americans who still need protection…

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 21, 2021)--Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service of ending the pandemic globally.  As we continue to fight…

US Supreme Court Ruled In Favor Of Investors: Remanded Goldman Sachs Securities-Fraud Class Action Back To Second Circuit


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 21, 2021)--- today the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded the "Goldman Sachs securities-fraud class action  alleging that The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and certain of its executives (collectively, Goldman) violated securities laws and regulations prohibiting material misrepresentations and omissions in connection with the sale of…

Claudette re-strengthens into tropical storm over North Carolina; hurricane center spots new wave in Atlantic


Claudette re-strengthened into a tropical storm Monday morning while pummeling North Carolina with rain, as the National Hurricane Center also identified a tropical wave with the potential to become the next named storm of the year. Claudette was cutting through the Southeast region as a tropical depression over the weekend…

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2021 Article IV Consultation with Switzerland


Washington, DC (June 21, 2021)--- the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Switzerland at its June 11th meeting. Switzerland has navigated the pandemic well. COVID-19 has had major social and economic impacts, but an early, strong, and sustained health and economic policy response helped…

Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America: About The Safety Of Our Country From Radical Islamic Terrorism


FLORIDA (June 20, 2021)--- former President Donald J. Trump released a statement about the safety of our Country from Radical Islamic Terrorism. "If Joe Biden wants to keep our Country safe from Radical Islamic Terrorism, he should reinstitute the foreign country Travel Ban and all of the vetting requirements on…

Astronauts Pesquet and Kimbrough tackle ISS solar panel work in new spacewalk


Spacewalking astronauts equipped the International Space Station with the first in a series of powerful new solar panels Sunday, overcoming suit problems and other obstacles with muscle and persistence. ADVERTISING   It took two spacewalks for French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough to install and unfurl the panel to its full 63 feet (19 meters)…

Iran’s Pivotal Presidential Election


IRAN (June 20, 2021)---Iran’s June 18 presidential election could mark the most important political transition in more than 30 years. The new president is likely to be in power when the next supreme leader is selected — and Ayatollah Khamenei’s ascension to supreme leader in 1989 while serving as president…

Governor DeSantis Wins Major Victory to Protect Florida’s Cruise Industry


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 18, 2021)--–  the federal district court in Tampa delivered a major victory for Governor Ron DeSantis against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its obstructionist No Sail Orders that have flatlined Florida’s cruise industry for over a year. Ruling in favor of Florida’s Motion…

President Lincoln Proclamation: Enjoined Upon The People So declared To Be Free


GALVESTON, Texas (June 19, 2021) --- on this day 158 years ago, the slaves in Galveston, Texas--troops' arrived in June 19, 1865 two years after after  President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation which had freed all enslaved people in certain states. Lincoln's Proclamation given the troops  the authority…

Experts in Space Exploration, Illumination and Interferometry to Headline 2021 Optical Design and Fabrication Congress


Washington – The all-virtual OSA Optical Design and Fabrication Congress, to be held 27 June – 01 July, will feature three plenary talks describing advances in space telescopes, applications of freeform optics and a historical overview of interferometry. Other topics that attendees can engage in include the fabrication of optics by…

The Federal Reserve Kept Interest Rates Near Zero and Maintained Asset Purchases


CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2021)---  today  Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell released the Federal Reserve statement regarding the interest rates. The Federal Open Market Committee kept interest rates near zero and maintained our asset purchases. These measures, along with our strong guidance on interest rates and on…

World Bank-UNICEF Survey Finds Inequality Has Likely Increased in PNG, with Bottom 40% Hit Hardest by Latest Outbreak


PORT MORESBY, June 17, 2020 – A joint World Bank and UNICEF report based on mobile phone surveys of Papua New Guinean families has found that while there was a slight recovery in employment between June and December 2020, people in the bottom 40% of wealth distribution remain the hardest hit…

Biden Holds Press Conference Following Meeting With Putin


GENEVA (June 16, 2021)--- President Joe Biden holds press conference following meeting with Russian President Valdmir Putin.   Highlights: Human Rights-devastating consequences for Russia. Cybersecurity. Biden provided Putin with a list of 16 entities. Both agreed to work on specific understandings of what's off limits and cases. Food-- Iran's nuclear…

Biden’s and Putin’s Meeting Lasted Less Than Four Hours


GENEVA (June 16, 2021)--President Joe Biden and Russian President Valdamir Putin's meeting was scheduled to last 4 hours--but abruptly ended before Noon. The Russian government wrote on Twitter "Russian-American consultations began with a restricted-format meeting that included Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken." https://twitter.com/KremlinRussia_E/status/1405172509763375106?s=20…

Ohio’s AG Filed A Lawsuit Against Google LLC Seeking A Legal Declaration As A Public Utility


OHIO (June 16,, 2021)---Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against Google LLC (“Google”), seeking a legal declaration that the tech giant’s search engine qualifies as a common carrier and/or public utility under Ohio common law, which would subject the company to a heightened duty to provide its competitors equal…

U.S.-Saudi Arabia Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Challenge


SAUDIA ARABIA (June 16, 2021)--At the conclusion of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the two countries released the following statement:    Begin text:    The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are committed to addressing the increasing climate challenge with seriousness and…

The United States Welcomes the Organization of American States Resolution on Nicaragua


CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2021)---Yesterday, an overwhelming majority of Organization of American States (OAS) member states sent a clear message of support for the Nicaraguan people and their fight for free and fair elections, respect for human rights, and accountability. The resolution approved yesterday condemns the Ortega-Murillo regime’s…

AI breast cancer screening project wins government funding for NHS trial


LONDON (June 16, 2021)---UK researchers have secured government funding to study the use of artificial intelligence for breast cancer screening in NHS hospitals.  The work builds on previous research which showed that artificial intelligence could be as effective as human radiologists in spotting breast cancer from X-ray images.  Backed by funding through…

Readout: President Biden Meeting With President Parmelin and Foreign Minister Cassis


GENEVA (June 15, 2021)---President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Guy Parmelin and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis of Switzerland.  President Biden thanked President Parmelin for hosting the U.S.-Russia Summit in Geneva on June 16, and he expressed appreciation for Switzerland’s unique historical role providing a neutral ground for…

Republic of Latvia – Staff Concluding Statement of the 2021 Virtual Article IV Mission


Washington, DC (June 15, 2021)---After a relatively mild first wave of COVID-19, Latvia experienced a stronger and deadlier second wave. A robust recovery is expected, assuming mass vaccination gains momentum and containment measures are phased out. Policies should remain supportive in the near term and should be adjusted flexibly to…

World Bank, IMF Launch High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery and Growth


Washington, DC (June 15, 2021)--In the face of two crises—COVID-19 and climate change—the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund launched a High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) on Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery and Growth today to help secure a strong recovery and set a path for green, resilient, and inclusive development over the…

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism


CITY OF WASHINGTON (June 15, 2021)--the Biden's senior administration officials held a teleconference with a select group of press on National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Hello, everybody.  This is [senior administration official].  Thank you very much for making time to talk tonight as we approach the…

Are plant-based ground beef alternative products healthier than ground beef?


MINNESOTA (June 15, 2021)---A growing number of Americans are giving plant-based ground beef alternative products a try, with the aim of eating healthier and protecting the environment.To find out if plant-based products are in fact healthier, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) researchers studied the nutritional quality of plant-based ground…