Thursday, October 22

Bee News Daily Blog

“DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking”
Homeland Security, Trafficking

“DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor. The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and across DHS, as well as subjec...
Border Control, crime

“ICE Arrests 15 Nonimmigrant Students For OPT-Related Fraud”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday preliminary results from Operation OPTical Illusion, a law enforcement operation targeting nonimmigrant students who fraudulently used the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States. OPT enables nonimmigrant students to work in the United States in positions related to their field of study for up to one year, with an additional 24 months if the student participates in STEM optional practical training. The operation, which is ongoing, resulted in the arrest of 15 nonimmigrant students who claimed to be employed by companies that don’t exist. “Today’s announcement is just another example of the Trump Administration not only putting America first but making sure the law...
“Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-UAE Strategic Dialogue”
National Security, Trade

“Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-UAE Strategic Dialogue”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----Secretary of Commerce Ross delivered remarks at the Thank you, Timothy, for that kind introduction, and to Ambassador Rakolta, for organizing today’s important dialogue. And my thanks to Secretary Pompeo for your incredible leadership on last month’s breakthrough peace agreements in the Middle East. The Abraham Accords have transformed the dynamics of the Middle East, and provided so many people with hope. Thank you for hosting today’s discussion. A warm welcome also to His Excellencies Abdullah bin Zayed and Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi who join us this morning. I am pleased that we can meet together today to discuss expanding the commercial ties between our two nations. This dialogue is critical as we rise from the global challenges facing both our nations this ye...
“Father Edward Meeks delivered at Christ the King parish in Towson, MD A Homily About the Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and the Church Teachings”
Metro

“Father Edward Meeks delivered at Christ the King parish in Towson, MD A Homily About the Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and the Church Teachings”

TOWSON, MD--- Fr. Edward Meeks delivered at Christ the King parish in Towson, MD on 10/11/2020. This is the homily that should be preached from every pulpit in America.  Father Meeks "the five things that every Catholics need to know about"  Catholic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden. They are non negotiable.   Joe Biden is pro-abortion on up until birth.  Biden is pushing for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment to require that Christians pay for abortions, Joe Biden opposes the churches teachings that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Biden performed a marriage between two male staffers as the Vice-President--and posted a picture on his website and stated that he was "proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house." A Biden's Administration would be a danger to our already "religious liber...
“Five Alleged MS-13 Members Charged Federally for Their Participation in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy Including Eight Murders and Four Attempted Murders”
crime, Judiciary

“Five Alleged MS-13 Members Charged Federally for Their Participation in a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy Including Eight Murders and Four Attempted Murders”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---A federal grand jury returned an eleventh superseding indictment Monday, charging five men in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.  The eleventh superseding indictment adds a new defendant charged with a racketeering conspiracy related to his membership in MS-13, including a double homicide and drug trafficking. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur for the District of Maryland; Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office; Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of U.S. Immigration and ...
“Six Defendants Charged in Scheme to Defraud Student Loan Programs of More Than $12 Million”
crime, Education

“Six Defendants Charged in Scheme to Defraud Student Loan Programs of More Than $12 Million”

COLUMBUS, GA----Six former administrators from the Columbus, Georgia, campus of the Apex School of Theology were charged in an indictment unsealed Monday for their alleged participation in a scheme to defraud student loan programs of more than $12,000,000. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler of the Middle District of Georgia, Special Agent in Charge J.C. Hacker of the FBI’s Atlanta Division, Special Agent in Charge Neil Sanchez of the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG), and Special Agent in Charge James E. Dorsey, of the IRS Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) Atlanta Division made the announcement. According to the indictment, Erica Montgomery, 47, of Ft. Mitchell, Alaba...
“Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws”
crime, Economy, Judiciary

“Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives.  Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitr...
“Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace”
crime

“Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace”

PITTSBURGH, PA--- a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh returned an indictment charging six computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the Russian Federation (Russia) and officers in Unit 74455 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.  These GRU hackers and their co-conspirators engaged in computer intrusions and attacks intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) Georgia; (3) elections in France; (4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent, Novichok, on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games after Russian athletes were banned from participating unde...
“SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules”
Politics

“SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it adopted final amendments to certain auditor independence requirements in Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X.  Informed by decades of staff experience applying the auditor independence framework, the final amendments modernize the rules and more effectively focus the analysis on relationships and services that may pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality.   The final amendments reflect updates based on recurring fact patterns that the Commission staff has observed over years of consultations in which certain relationships and services triggered technical independence rule violations without necessarily impairing an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality.  These relationships either triggered non-...
Judiciary

Ethiopian Terrorist Convicted of Additional Activity

WASHINGTON, D.C.---A 46-year-old international terrorist convicted of additional terrorist activity that he committed while an inmate of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has been sentenced in the Eastern District of Texas, announced the Department of Justice. Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, an Ethiopian national born in Eretria, was found guilty by a jury in December 2019, of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (ISIS) and making a false statement to the FBI.  Ahmed was sentenced to an additional 300  months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone. “While in prison for a prior terrorism conviction, Ahmed continued to engage in terrorist activity by recruiting fellow inmates to join ISIS and training them in preparation for future at...
“The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum”
Homeland Security

“The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.----today, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of a Final Rule amending their respective regulations to prevent certain categories of criminal aliens from obtaining asylum in the United States.  The rule takes effect 30 days after publication of the Final Rule in the Federal Register, which is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Asylum is a discretionary immigration benefit that generally can be sought by eligible aliens who are physically present or arriving in the United States, irrespective of their status, as provided in section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1158.  However, in the INA, Congress barred certain categories of aliens from receiving asylum.  In addition to the st...
“Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons”
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, I was honored to convene the Trump Administration’s third meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, a cabinet-level entity that consists of 20 agencies across the federal government responsible for coordinating U.S. efforts to combat all forms of human trafficking. I was joined by Deputy Secretary Biegun and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. Task Force members underscored the Administration’s strong commitment to combating human trafficking, commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, pledged to build on 20 years of progress in the anti-trafficking movement, and discussed key State Department initiatives.  This year’s Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts t...
“Joint Statement by the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel”
State Department

“Joint Statement by the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---yesterday, delegations from the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States of America, and the State of Israel met in Manama.Bahrain and Israel signed a historic Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic, Peaceful and Friendly Relations, marking the new and promising era in their relationship. Bahrain and Israel also signed Memorandums of Understanding regarding economic and trade cooperation, air services, agriculture, telecommunications and postal services, visas, financial services, cooperation between Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and cooperation between Chambers of Commerce. In addition, working groups met to discuss a wide range of additional areas for potential cooperation, including healthcare, port services, sports, and culture. The opening of direct rel...
“United States Charges Russian Military Intelligence Officers for Cyber Crimes”
Russia, State Department

“United States Charges Russian Military Intelligence Officers for Cyber Crimes”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The criminal charges the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today against six officers of the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate’s (GRU) Military Unit 74455 highlight once again Russia’s continuing disruptive, destructive, and destabilizing activities in cyberspace. As the DOJ and FBI make clear, this Russian military intelligence unit unleashed some of the most destructive malware the world has seen.  The 2017 NotPetya cyber attack, which we publicly attributed previously to Russian military intelligence, was launched in Ukraine and caused billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  The GRU’s action disrupted the delivery of critical infrastructure services to the public, including ...
Defense

“Defense Official Calls Artificial Intelligence the New Oil”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Artificial intelligence is the new oil, and the governments or the countries that get the best datasets will unquestionably develop the best AI, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center's chief technology officer said Oct. 15. Speaking on a panel about AI superpowers at the Politico AI Summit, Nand Mulchandani said AI is a very large technology and industry. "It's not a single, monolithic technology," he said. "It's a collection of algorithms, technologies, etc., all cobbled together to call AI."  The United States has access to global datasets, and that's why global partnerships are so incredibly important, he said, noting the Defense Department launched the AI partnership for defense at the JAIC recently to have access to global datasets with partners, which gives DO...
State Department

“Status of UN Arms Embargo on Iran”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---on September 19, virtually all UN sanctions on Iran returned, including re-imposition of the UN arms embargo. Accordingly, the export of certain conventional arms to Iran is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 and the procurement of any arms or related materiel from Iran is a violation of UNSCR 1747. The United States is prepared to use its domestic authorities to sanction any individual or entity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms. Every nation that seeks peace and stability in the Middle East and supports the fight against terrorism should refrain from any arms...
“Federal Response on Human Trafficking”
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“Federal Response on Human Trafficking”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---the United States has made the global fight against human trafficking a policy priority and employs a whole-of-government approach to stop human traffickers, protect victims, and prevent this crime. Combating human trafficking requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary effort. Within government, this means the participation and coordination among agencies with a range of responsibilities, including criminal enforcement, labor enforcement, victim outreach and services, public awareness, education, trade policy and promotion, international development and programs, customs and immigration, intelligence, and diplomacy. Coordinated federal efforts that incorporate state, local, and tribal entities; the private sector; civil society; survivors; religious communities; and a...
Wear Mask Coverings May Slow the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus
Health

Wear Mask Coverings May Slow the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement about wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.  Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.   While people who are sick or know that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home, COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extr...
“McConnell on COVID-19 Relief & Senate Schedule”
Jobs, Politics

“McConnell on COVID-19 Relief & Senate Schedule”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---the United States Senate will once again, vot on a second stimulus package similar to the one it took up in September, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi, want to bail out Democrat controlled states and not the American people.  A purposed “targeted” package does not include any aid for airlines, airports or other transportation interests. In a separate negotiation process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin are still trying to hash out disagreements over their own deal. They spoke for an hour and 15 minutes on Saturday night and plan to talk again today. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 relief: “Speaker Pelosi has wasted months playing political games with the health and financial...
“Trump Administration, DHS Fight to Ensure American Technological Advantage and Competitiveness on Innovative Technologies”
Technology

“Trump Administration, DHS Fight to Ensure American Technological Advantage and Competitiveness on Innovative Technologies”

Announce Release of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology Washington, D.C. – The Trump Administration continues its work to ensure America’s technological and innovative edges are guaranteed by offering the first National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology. The plan outlines efforts to protect critical and emerging technologies across American industry, including fields such as Computing; Artificial Intelligence; Communications and Networking; Data Science and Storage; Semiconductors; and Space. The Department of Homeland Security plays a pivotal role in these efforts and by building upon this Strategy, will continue working to safeguard the homeland. DHS’s continued mission success depends on American innovation to bring the best technologies to bear agai...
“DHS, ICE Announce Arrests of More than 170 At-Large Aliens in Sanctuary Jurisdictions”
Border Control, crime

“DHS, ICE Announce Arrests of More than 170 At-Large Aliens in Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday the conclusion of a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of more than 170 at-large aliens throughout the U.S., where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. ICE officers assigned to field offices in Seattle, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. conducted the enforcement actions Oct. 3 through Oct. 9. The enforcement actions focused on aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite having active immigration detainers in place. More than 80% percent ...
President Donald J. Trump Signed Into Law The Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act
Military, White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump Signed Into Law The Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law "S. 743, the “Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal to the soldiers of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as "Merrill's Marauders", in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II; S. 785, the “Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019,” which amends a number of VA authorities related to helping veterans transition from military to civilian life; suicide prevention; mental health care research and oversight; mental health care staffing; and health care for women veterans; and S. 2661, the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020,” w...
Federal Judge Orders DOJ To Clarify President Trump’s Intentions Involving Mueller Russian Gate
Judiciary

Federal Judge Orders DOJ To Clarify President Trump’s Intentions Involving Mueller Russian Gate

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, Judge Reggie Walton, ordered President Donald J. Trump via the Justice Department to file a brief on President  Trump’s exact intentions when he tweeted about declassifying all information related to the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, finding comments from the White House counsel’s office were not enough to decide the matter. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004 to chair the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, which was created by Congress to identify methods to curb incidents of prison rapes.   Former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist appointed Judge Walton to the federal judiciary’s Criminal Law Committee in 2005, which he served on until 2011. In 2007, Chief Justice John Roberts appointe...
“Ice Cube Black Contract To America Attacked by Democrats”
Economy

“Ice Cube Black Contract To America Attacked by Democrats”

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rapper Ice Cube, has set a war in place between the Democrats and prosperity for Black Communities.  Ice Cube, is a  critic of both the Republican and Democratic parties.  He has  been and remains unabashed in his criticism of both President Donald Trump and the Trump's Administration---related to the Black communities. But, President Trump has not taken Ice Cubes criticism lightly.  Recently, Ice Cube released a Black Contract to America, (CWBA) outlining policies related to the betterment of the black community that he would like the candidates running for the presidency to at least consider pursuing.---and Trump responded by bringing the Cube to the table to help in the Trump's "Platinum Plan" for Black American.  Ice Cube has been working with the Administration--to...
“HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TOURS OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROJECT IN CLEVELAND”
Housing

“HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON TOURS OPPORTUNITY ZONE PROJECT IN CLEVELAND”

CLEVELAND, OH - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today toured an Opportunity Zone redevelopment project in Cleveland. Funded with Qualified Opportunity Funds and additional Opportunity Zone investments, The Tappan is a mixed-use, mixed-income apartment building with a 2,000-square foot bakery occupied by a first-time business owner. The 95-unit apartment building has set aside 60 percent of units as workforce housing. The redevelopment has created 100 construction jobs and will create up to 25 new permanent jobs. The Tappan was featured in the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council’s Best Practices Report to the President. Secretary Ben Carson tours an Opportunity Zone project in Cleveland, Ohio.View additional pictures via Secretary Carson’s Twitt...
“Release of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report”
State Department

“Release of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically dismantled the autonomy that Beijing promised to the Hong Kong people and the world in a UN-registered treaty. Through the imposition of the National Security Law, the CCP has crippled democratic institutions, human rights, judicial independence, and individual freedoms in Hong Kong. The United States has publicly condemned an increasing number of problematic actions taken by Beijing and Hong Kong authorities to stifle dissent and eviscerate Hong Kong’s autonomy. These include the installation of a mainland security agency, mass arrests of peaceful protestors, the politically motivated delay of the September 2020 Legislative Council elections, and the capture and detention of Hong Kong democratic activists attemptin...
“Release of American Hostages Held in Yemen”
State Department

“Release of American Hostages Held in Yemen”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, we join with all Americans in welcoming the release of two U.S. citizens from Houthi custody in Yemen. My deepest condolences go out to the family of a third American who died while in captivity, but whose remains are being repatriated. I would like to thank Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for their diplomatic efforts.  I also want to commend the tenacious diplomacy of our embassies in the region who helped facilitate this release. Today’s news is the latest affirmation that President Trump remains committed to bringing every American held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad back home.  This Administration will not rest until they are all reunited with their families. Sour...
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud After Their Meeting”
State Department

“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud After Their Meeting”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  This Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that Prince Faisal and I launched today marks a new era in our relationship. Ever since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz Al Saud first laid the foundation for our ties 75 years ago, Saudi Arabia has been an important partner in this volatile region.  The relationship between our people has grown since that time, and it’s distinguished today by deep and steady cooperation between our two nations. Our conversations this morning reflected a mutual willingness to grow not only our security and economic ties, but our whole partnership. As proof, I have an announcement today.  The United States is preparing to acquire a 2...
“First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---First Lady Melania Trump shared her heart warmth mother's experiences with COVID-19.   "It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news." "Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think “what about tomorrow or the next day?”. My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive. Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we c...
“Joint IMFC and Development Committee Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin”
Health, Treasury

“Joint IMFC and Development Committee Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin”

WASHINGTON – As we begin the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, we find ourselves seven months into a global economic and health crisis unlike any the world has previously faced. Since March, the World Bank and IMF have helped countries respond quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting their operations to provide urgently needed emergency finance and advice to over 130 countries. As countries continue to respond to the crisis and move toward recovery, the IMF and World Bank will remain instrumental players, helping countries restore economic stability and lay the groundwork for a robust medium-term recovery characterized by sustainable growth and debt accumulation. The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that requires a global response. The United St...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration”
FEMA, weather

“President Donald J. Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Isaias from July 31 to August 4, 2020. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Isaias in the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, and Pitt. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Pete Gaynor, Administrat...
“NIH study aims to identify promising COVID-19 treatments for larger clinical trials”
Health

“NIH study aims to identify promising COVID-19 treatments for larger clinical trials”

 This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus shown was isolated from a patient in the U.S.NIAID The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today launched a study designed to determine whether certain approved therapies or investigational drugs in late-stage clinical development show promise against COVID-19 and merit advancement into larger clinical trials. The ACTIV-5 Big Effect Trial, which will enroll adult volunteers hospitalized with COVID-19 at as many as 40 U.S sites, is being conducted in collaboration with the NIH’s public-private partnership Ac...
“TSA stops second gun in a two-day period at Norfolk International Airport”
Border Control, crime, Transportation

“TSA stops second gun in a two-day period at Norfolk International Airport”

A woman was caught with this handgun in her carry-on bag at a Norfolk International Airport checkpoint on Oct. 10. (TSA photo) NORFOLK, Va.—Transportation Security Administration officers at Norfolk International Airport stopped a gun from getting through the checkpoint on Saturday, Oct. 10, just two days after stopping one on Thursday, Oct. 8. On Saturday, TSA officers stopped a Hampton, Virginia, woman with a .22 caliber handgun that was detected among her carry-on items. It was not loaded. When the TSA officer detected the pistol in the checkpoint X-ray machine, the Norfolk Airport Authority Police were alerted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the weapon and detained the woman for questioning before citing her on weapons charges. The case will be forwarded to the Norfolk Com...
“30 Pounds of Illegal Ketamine Seized by Cincinnati CBP “
Border Control

“30 Pounds of Illegal Ketamine Seized by Cincinnati CBP “

CINCINNATI—From Monday, October 6, to Thursday, October 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati seized 11 shipments containing a total of 30 pounds of smuggled ketamine. The shipments were destined to private residences in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. During routine inspections of Nigerian and Columbian freight, officers decided to take a closer look at 11 suspicious shipments of personal care products. After testing bottles of bath scrubs, water, and various facial products with a handheld elemental isotope analysis tool, officers discovered liquid ketamine in all of the products. The cumulative value of the ketamine was about $215,000. Like many anesthetics ketamine has legitimate medical uses, but it is often misused for its halluc...
“Trump Administration Invests $6.3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Colorado”
Farming

“Trump Administration Invests $6.3 Million in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Colorado”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – today, the Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.3 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Colorado. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program. “The need for rural broadband has never been more apparent than it is now – as our nation manages the coronavirus national emergency. Access to telehealth services, remote learning for school children, and remote business operations all require access to broadband,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “I am so proud of our rural communities who have been working day in and day out, just like they always do, producing the food and fiber America dep...
“USDA Protecting Americans From Inappropriate Import of Fresh Blueberry Fruit”
Farming

“USDA Protecting Americans From Inappropriate Import of Fresh Blueberry Fruit”

Washington, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is revising the requirements for importing fresh blueberry fruit from Chile into the United States. Effective immediately, blueberries from the Biobio and Nuble regions of Chile may be produced under a systems approach as an alternative to the methyl bromide fumigation requirement. The systems approach combines safeguarding measures across the production continuum by growers, packers, and shippers to minimize the risk of introducing plant pests into the United States.For more information or to view the requirements of the systems approach, please go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2019-0049-0056
“Presidential Message on the 245th Birthday of the United States Navy”
Defense, Military, White House Daily News Conference

“Presidential Message on the 245th Birthday of the United States Navy”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--As Commander in Chief, I send my sincere gratitude to our Nation’s sailors on the 245th birthday of the United States Navy.  Today, we celebrate the Navy’s unmatched position as the world’s preeminent naval power, and I encourage all Americans to reflect on the heroism of our patriotic sailors and the countless sacrifices they have made for our country throughout our history. In 1775, the Continental Congress formally established the Continental Navy.  Since its inception, the Navy has grown from two armed vessels into the most effective seafaring force in the history of the world.  From the earliest days of our Nation and throughout the many conflicts we have faced, the United States Navy has valiantly protected our homeland, brought justice to our enemies, and ensured...
“Cincinnati CBP Agriculture Stops About 1,300 Pounds of Mooncakes”
Border Control, crime

“Cincinnati CBP Agriculture Stops About 1,300 Pounds of Mooncakes”

CINCINNATI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Cincinnati recently confiscated 1,272 pounds of mooncakes and 359 pounds of other prohibited items during Special Operation Over the Moon. In anticipation of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, which was celebrated October 1, specialists intensified inspections on freight coming from China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia during the first four days in October. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, celebrates thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and is the second largest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It has been celebrated in China for more than 3,000 years. Mooncakes, which are traditionally given to family members and business associates during this holiday, are sweet pastri...
“Second Largest Border Meth Bust in History”
Border Control, crime

“Second Largest Border Meth Bust in History”

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial facility Friday seized more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills and heroin as part of the second largest methamphetamine bust along the southwest border in the history of the agency, based on information developed by DEA, working jointly with HSI.“Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border and because of the partnership between CBP, Homeland Security investigations and DEA this significant seizure occurred and we stopped them,” said Anne Maricich, acting CBP director of field operations in San Diego. “I’m proud of the CBP officers’ dedication to our mission; they continue to stop dangerous drugs from entering our communities.”On Oc...
“Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin on Legal Victory Protecting Religious Worship in the Nation’s Capital”
Faith Base, Judiciary

“Statement from Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin on Legal Victory Protecting Religious Worship in the Nation’s Capital”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric Dreiband and Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin for the District of Columbia issued the following statements: “Yesterday, in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., a federal district court ruled that the fundamental right of all Americans to worship endures during our COVID-19 response,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division.  “Last night’s decision is a victory for religious liberty and the rule of law. In an overwhelming vote, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in order to guarantee our nation’s first freedom is always upheld. The Department of Justice is grateful the court ruled preliminarily with this in mind and is grateful that members of Capit...
“CEO Of Haliburton International Foods Charged With Engaging In Prostitution With 2 Teenage Girls”
crime

“CEO Of Haliburton International Foods Charged With Engaging In Prostitution With 2 Teenage Girls”

  NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — The CEO of Haliburton International Foods in Ontario has been charged with engaging in prostitution with two teenage girls. Ian Charles Schenkel, 59, of Newport Beach, was charged Tuesday with six felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor and two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution of a minor involving two girls, ages 15 and 16. A 22-year-old Huntington Beach woman, Amanda Emilia Perez, has also been charged with pimping and pandering for arranging to bring the underage girls to him for sex, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Newport Beach police began investigating Schenkel in October of last year when a man reported his teenage daughter had inappropriate sexual contact with him, according to District Attorney’s officials. The...
International News

Kim Jong-um Hosted A North Korea Military Parade To Mark 75th Anniversary Of The Workers’ Party

NORTH KOREA---- North Korea held a rare night-time military parade on Saturday, attended by leader Kim Jong-un. The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party. North Korea typically uses its parades to show off new missiles and weaponry. Experts say intercontinental ballistic missiles were evident during Saturday morning's event. It is the country's first parade in two years and comes just weeks ahead of the US presidential election. North Korea had not featured ballistic missiles in its parades since President Donald Trump and Mr Kim held their first summit in 2018. According to South Korea's military, the parade took place before dawn on Saturday. The reason for its early timing is not yet known. No foreign media or foreigners were allowed to attend, so analysts are relyin...
“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act”
crime, UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans, White House Daily News Conference

“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act”

Blackfeet Reservation, photo by David Goldman, Associated Press 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump was the first president to formally recognize the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Native Americans, when he issued a Proclamation in May of 2019 drawing attention to this issue.  Today, he proudly signed into law S. 227, Savanna’s Act, which directs the Department of Justice to develop law enforcement protocols to address the issue, and S. 982, the Not Invisible Act of 2019, which directs the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to establish a joint commission on violent crime within and against the Native American community.  These two bills reinforce many actions the President has already undertaken to fulfill his promise that Missing and Murdered...
President Trump Test Reveals He Is No Longer Considered A Transmission Risk
Health, White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Test Reveals He Is No Longer Considered A Transmission Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- "This evening I am happy to report that in addition to the President meeting the CDC criteria for the safe discontinuation of isolation, this morning’s COVID PCR sample demonstrates, by currently recognized standards, he is no longer considered a transmission risk to others," physician Sean Conley wrote in a memo released by the White House.  Conley wrote "now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever-free for well over 24 hours and all symptoms improved, the assortment of advance diagnostic test obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus."   In addition, sequential testing throughout his illness has demonstrated decreasing viral loads that correlate with increasing cycle threshold times, as well as decreasing and now undetectable subgenomic ...
“President Trump Delivers Remarks at a Peaceful Protest for Law & Order
crime

“President Trump Delivers Remarks at a Peaceful Protest for Law & Order

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today President Donald J. Trump Delivers Remarks at a Peaceful Protest for Law & Order. Trump’s speech today at the White House South Lawn will address “law and order” and protests around the country in the wake of the death of several Blacks  and racial issues, sources revealed on Friday.  Black Lives Matter and professional sport players have been protesting against Joe Biden's like racism--displayed during the 1960's and 1970's when Biden served in the U.S. Senate.   Biden does not support funding the police, but yet in several "blue cities" crime has increased.  In New York , the  city recorded 242 shootings in August, up from 91 last year, continuing a summer spike in gun violence that has become an issue in the presidential race.  The rise in gun violence and...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration “
FEMA, weather, White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration “

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Delta beginning on October 7, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat...
USDA”s Secretary Merely Mentioning “Forgotten People” Ordered To Reimburse the U.S. Treasury
Agriculture

USDA”s Secretary Merely Mentioning “Forgotten People” Ordered To Reimburse the U.S. Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint alleging that Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the Hatch Act in North Carolina.  CREW sued President Donald J. Trump  on on day one of his administration alleging violations  of the Emoluments Clauses  of the U.S. Constitution, because of the unconstitutional corruption that would result from his refusal to divest from his business interests.  CREW is lead by Beth Nolan, the chief legal officer for the  George Washington University in Washington, DC.  She directs all legal services for GW, providing legal counsel, preventive legal guidance and related services in support of the university's teaching and research mission. CREW alleged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue viol...
“Six Arrested on Federal Charge of Conspiracy to Kidnap the Governor of Michigan”
crime

“Six Arrested on Federal Charge of Conspiracy to Kidnap the Governor of Michigan”

MICHIGAN---The Department of Justice today announced that six men have been arrested and charged federally with conspiring to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.  According to a complaint filed Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta conspired to kidnap the Governor from her vacation home in the Western District of Michigan. Under federal law, each faces any term of years up to life in prison if convicted. Fox, Garbin, Franks, Harris, and Caserta are residents of Michigan.  Croft is a resident of Delaware. U.S. Attorney Birge said that “Federal and state law enforcement are committed to working together to make sure violent extremists never succeed with their plans, particularly when they target our duly e...
“Justice Department Sues Yale University for Illegal Discrimination Practices in Undergraduate Admissions”
Education, Judiciary

“Justice Department Sues Yale University for Illegal Discrimination Practices in Undergraduate Admissions”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----The Justice Department today filed suit against Yale University for race and national origin discrimination. The complaint alleges that Yale discriminated against applicants to Yale College on the grounds of race and national origin, and that Yale’s discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular most Asian and White applicants. The complaint also alleges that Yale injures applicants and students because Yale’s race discrimination relies upon and reinforces damaging race-based stereotypes, including in particular such stereotypes against Yale’s racially-favored applicants. And, the complaint alleges that Yale engages in racial balancing by, among other things, keeping the annual percentage of African-Ameri...
President Trump Is Ready To Return To Full Duty After Combating COVID-19
Health, Politics, White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Is Ready To Return To Full Duty After Combating COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump has completed his course of treatment for Covid-19 according to Dr. Sean Conley.  Conley said that President Trump is ready to return to  public engagements this weekend. Dr Sean Conley said the president had responded "extremely well" to medication and had "remained stable". Dr Conley had said that if the president's condition remained the same or improved throughout the weekend and into Monday, "we will all take that final, deep sigh of relief". In a memo released by the White House on Thursday evening, Dr Conley said Mr Trump was displaying no signs "to suggest progression of illness". President Trump  later said during a one-on-one interview with the Hannity Show that  he would probably take another Covid test on Friday and hoped to hold a...
“Discussing the Long Arc of Discovery with NIH’s Newest Nobelist”
Health

“Discussing the Long Arc of Discovery with NIH’s Newest Nobelist”

It’s been a tough year for our whole world because of everything that’s happening as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Yet there are bright spots that still shine through, and this week brought some fantastic news about NIH-supported researchers being named 2020 Nobel Prize Laureates for their pioneering work in two important fields: Chemistry and Physiology or Medicine. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, NIH grantee Jennifer A. Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley, got word that she and Emmanuelle Charpentier, a microbiologist at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany, had won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the CRISPR/cas approach to genome editing. Doudna has received continuous NIH fun...
“Lakota Medical Donates 200,000 Masks to South Carolina”
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“Lakota Medical Donates 200,000 Masks to South Carolina”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster was joined today by representatives from Inman-based Lakota Medical to announce the company’s $500,000 donation of 200,000 masks to the state of South Carolina. The donated masks will initially be transferred to the state’s stockpile, which is used during an emergency to supplement PPE supplies at schools, long-term care facilities, healthcare facilities, for first responders and other organizations or agencies if their own supplies become critically low. “Lakota Medical’s generosity is a shining example of an innovative business stepping up and providing for their communities during a time of need,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This donation will help fight the spread of COVID-19 and get protective equipment to the South Carolinians who need it most.” ...
“Governor’s Office Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19, Few Quarantined”
Health

“Governor’s Office Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19, Few Quarantined”

LOUISIANA--a member of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ team tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the Governor’s office disclosed on Friday morning. Two additional staff members who were deemed to have close contact with this person are quarantining for 14 days from exposure, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Louisiana Department of Health. The person did not have close contact with the Governor. Source: Gov. of Louisiana
FEMA

“Hurricane Delta Preparations Underway”

  As Hurricane Delta moves towards the Gulf Coast, FEMA, state and local officials are actively monitoring and preparing for the storm’s impact. FEMA has pre-staged over 5 million meals, 4 million liters of bottled water and 285 generators near the expected areas of impact. Response teams are on the ground in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. This includes Urban Search and Rescue teams that help locate survivors and assess damage and Mobile Emergency Operations Vehicles, that provide emergency communication capabilities for federal resources. FEMA received emergency declaration requests from the governors of Alabama and Louisiana for Hurricane Delta response. These declarations provide federal assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance u...
“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVESTIGATION FINDS NEW HAMPSHIRE RESTAURANTS VIOLATED FEDERAL WAGE AND CHILD LABOR LAW”
Jobs

“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVESTIGATION FINDS NEW HAMPSHIRE RESTAURANTS VIOLATED FEDERAL WAGE AND CHILD LABOR LAW”

MANCHESTER, NH – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Mammoth Restaurant Group has paid $75,012 in back wages to 63 employees to resolve violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at two restaurants in Manchester, New Hampshire. The employer also paid $5,377 in civil money penalties for child labor violations. Investigators found the employer violated the FLSA’s minimum wage requirements at its Pizza Express II and Grand Slam Pizza 2 restaurants in Manchester when it failed to reimburse certain expenses incurred by drivers who used their own vehicles to make deliveries. As a result, those drivers’ wages fell below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and Mammoth owes them $69,5...
“DON PANCHO RESTAURANT CHAIN TO PAY $563,350 IN BACK WAGES AFTER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINDS WAGE, CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS”
Jobs

“DON PANCHO RESTAURANT CHAIN TO PAY $563,350 IN BACK WAGES AFTER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINDS WAGE, CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS”

CLARKSVILLE, TN – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant will pay $563,350 in back wages to 120 employees after an investigation found minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at three Tennessee locations in Mount Juliet, Ashland City and Jackson. The Department also assessed the restaurant a $683 civil penalty for violating the child labor provisions of the FLSA. WHD investigators determined Don Pancho Mexican Restaurant – headquartered in Clarksville, Tennessee – kept a percentage of servers’ tips to offset the restaurant’s expenses, in violation of minimum wage requirements. The law prevents employers from keeping workers’ tips. Don Pancho also failed to reco...
“SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less”
Treasury

“SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less”

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. “The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he c...
“Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions”
State Department

“Sanctions on Iran’s Financial Institutions”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, the United States is identifying the Iranian financial sector as subject to the terms of Executive Order (E.O.) 13902 and sanctioning 18 major Iranian banks, further depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran of funds to carry out its support for terrorist activities and nuclear extortion that threatens the world. These sanctions will take effect following a 45-day wind down period. This action includes imposing sanctions on 17 Iranian banks pursuant to E.O. 13902 for operating in Iran’s financial sector, or for being owned or controlled by sanctioned Iranian banks, and the designation of an additional Iranian military-affiliated bank pursuant to E.O. 13382, a counter-proliferation authority. Our maximum economic pressure campaign will continue until Iran is willing...
Drugs, White House Daily News Conference

“First Lady Melania Trump on substance abuse prevention”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and the entire Trump Administration are committed to a nationwide effort to break the hold of addiction. “This month, we pause to remember the lives lost to addiction, and recommit to protecting all Americans—particularly our nation’s young people—from the devastating effects drugs can have on them and their loved ones,” the President wrote in his proclamation. To fight opioid misuse, a growing epidemic when President Trump took office, the President declared a Public Health Emergency in 2017 and signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act into law. His Administration also strengthened the Drug‑Free Communities program, which offers grants to prevent youth sub...
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Announced Funding For Electric Vehicle Production
International News

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Announced Funding For Electric Vehicle Production

CANADA---Trudeau, Ontario Premier Ford announce funding for electric vehicle production | LIVE The federal and Ontario governments are each donating in more than $250 million to mass produce electric vehicles — and the batteries that power them — at Ford Motor Co.’s plant in Oakville, Ont. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced  the joint investment Thursday. It is part of a three-year agreement worth nearly $2 billion that was announced last month between the automaker and Unifor, the union that represents autoworkers in Canada. The premier is to be at the Oakville plant with representatives of the motor company for the announcement. Battery Electric Vehicles BMW i3 Chevrolet BOLT Ford Focus Electric Hyundai IONIQ Electric Hyundai KONA Electri...
“Gov. Edwards: President Trump Has Approved Louisiana’s Request for a Federal Emergency Declaration in Advance of Hurricane Delta”
FEMA, weather, White House Daily News Conference

“Gov. Edwards: President Trump Has Approved Louisiana’s Request for a Federal Emergency Declaration in Advance of Hurricane Delta”

LOUISIANA--Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that President Donald Trump has approved his request for a federal emergency declaration in advance of Hurricane Delta, which is forecast to make landfall along Louisiana’s coastline. “I appreciate President Trump’s quick action on approving my request for a federal emergency declaration for Hurricane Delta, which will impact Louisiana’s coastline beginning on Friday,” Gov. Edwards said. “We have been working with our federal and local partners to prepare for and quickly respond to this hurricane, even as we continue to recover from Hurricane Laura and manage the COVID-19 public health emergency.  All who live in South Louisiana should be preparing for Hurricane Delta and plan to be in place by Thursday evening as we prepare to weather yet anoth...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration”
FEMA, weather

“President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Delta beginning on October 6, 2020, and continuing. The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat ...
President Trump Said No To The Biases Of The Commission On Presidential Debates Virtual Town Hall Offer
Politics

President Trump Said No To The Biases Of The Commission On Presidential Debates Virtual Town Hall Offer

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald Trump said during a Fox News interview Thursday that he will not participate in a virtual debate against Joe Biden, since the Presidential Debate Commission's decision favors Joe Biden.  The Commission has been packed with Democrats and their decision is bias against President Trump.   Trump, who tested positive last week for Covid-19, called the Commission on Presidential Debates' decision to make next week’s event virtual “not acceptable.” The commission announced last week that the first debate demonstrated the need for “additional structure” in the format of the remaining forums to “ensure a more orderly discussion.” “I'm not going to do a virtual debate,” the president told Fox Business. "I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. ...
New Jersey Postal Worker Dumping Voting Ballots, Your Mail In Ballots Will Not Be Counted
crime

New Jersey Postal Worker Dumping Voting Ballots, Your Mail In Ballots Will Not Be Counted

NEW JERSEY---A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been charged by federal authorities for allegedly discarding bundles of mail, including 99 general election ballots that were supposed to be delivered to Essex County residents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. America, your ballots are not safe.  The Postal Inspector can not police all mail carriers nationwide. Nicholas Beauchene, 26, of Kearny, was charged with one count of delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. According to the criminal complaint, nearly 2,000 pieces of mail, including 99 general election ballots destined for residents in West Orange and hundreds of campaign flyers for local elections, were recovered from dumpsters in North Arlington and West Orange on Oct. 2 and...
“Citi Issues Statement in Response to Consent Orders From Regulators”
Economy, Judiciary

“Citi Issues Statement in Response to Consent Orders From Regulators”

New York – Citi issued the following statement in response to the Consent Orders issued today by the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: “We are disappointed that we have fallen short of our regulators’ expectations, and we are fully committed to thoroughly addressing the issues identified in the Consent Orders. “Citi has significant remediation projects underway to strengthen our controls, infrastructure and governance. “These projects are each multi-year and have received significant investment. However, while we have made progress in each of these areas, we recognize that substantial improvement is still required to meet the standards we have set for ourselves and that our regulators expect of us. “We have thus redoubled our efforts and have made t...
“NFL coronavirus outbreak: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will let Dolphins sell out Hard Rock Stadium, report says”
Health

“NFL coronavirus outbreak: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will let Dolphins sell out Hard Rock Stadium, report says”

FLORIDA---FOX Sports radio host Andy Slater reports a spokesperson for Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says the “Miami Dolphins have been given clearance to go to full capacity of 65,000 fans at Hard Rock Stadium." DeSantis' spokesperson follows up with me wanting to make it clear that after the governor recently dropped COVID-19 restrictions, all Florida stadiums were able to go to full capacity. That DeSantis would give the Dolphins the green light comes as no surprise. Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, he has pushed for Florida to remain open, especially for sports. In May, DeSantis declared his state a sanctuary for any sports franchise or league needing a home.   “If you have a team ... in an area that just won’t operate, we’ll find a place for them here in Flor...
“Governor Ivey Evacuates Alabama’s Gulf Coast Due To Delta”
FEMA, weather

“Governor Ivey Evacuates Alabama’s Gulf Coast Due To Delta”

MONTGOMERY, AL--Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency and is calling for a mandatory evacuation of the Alabama Gulf Coast beginning Wednesday morning due to Hurricane Delta. In a release, she said, “Unless you are a local resident with a hurricane pass or have a pass or decal that has been issued to contractors, property management or other businesses working in response to Hurricane Sally, this mandatory evacuation notice should help us prepare for the worst, even as we hope for the best.” Florida has not implemented any such order for its Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center says data from the NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft reports that Delta continues to rapidly strengthen Tuesday morning. They found that Delta had strengthened into a Category 4 storm. The storm is curren...
Health

“Judge rules against Roy Moore’s clients in lawsuit challenging Ivey mask order”

479077450-Judge-denies-request-for-temporary-restraining-order-in-lawsuit-against-mask-order MONTGOMERY, AL--U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins has denied a motion for a  temporary restraining order against Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris to block enforcement of their emergency regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19, including the statewide mask order. Seven people represented by former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore sued Ivey and Harris on Sept. 24 claiming the orders violated their constitutional rights under the First, Fifth, and 14th Amendments. They asked the court to block Ivey and Harris from enforcing orders “with regard to wearing of masks, unconstitutional regulation of houses of worship, discriminatory closing of businesses, socia...
“Governor Abbott Encourages Health Care Providers To Enroll In DSHS Immunization Program In Preparation For COVID-19 Vaccine”
Health

“Governor Abbott Encourages Health Care Providers To Enroll In DSHS Immunization Program In Preparation For COVID-19 Vaccine”

AUSTIN, TX---Governor Greg Abbott today encouraged Texas health care providers to enroll in the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) Immunization Program to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines once they are available. Hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities that want to participate are required to enroll as vaccine providers at EnrollTexasIZ.dshs.texas.gov to administer COVID-19 immunizations in Texas.  "While potential COVID-19 vaccines continue to undergo clinical trials, the State of Texas is taking a proactive approach to ensure the vaccine is distributed as quickly as possible once available," said Governor Abbott. "Providing Texans with access to a voluntary vaccine and efficiently administering the immunization will be essential...
The Impact of the Thursday’s Vice Presidential Debate Surmountable
Politics

The Impact of the Thursday’s Vice Presidential Debate Surmountable

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Vice Presidential Debate in Utah to impact voters across our Nation---are surmountable.  For more than three years, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence has changed the American economy--full of jobs, and economic opportunities for all communities.   In about 9 hours, our Vice President will go on live TV to debate Kamala Harris in front of the entire Nation for the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate. The accomplishments of the Trump and Pence administration are surmountable. Almost 4 million jobs created since election. More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history. We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election. Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES. Economic gro...
White House Daily News Conference

Dr. Conley’s Daily Update of President Trump’s COVID-19 Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today, Sean P. Conley, DO, FACEP, Physician to the President Commander, U.S. Navy provided an update about the health of President Donald J. Trump.  The President this morning says "I feel great!, said Dr. Conley.  His physical exam and vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory, rate all remain stable and in normal range, added Dr. Conley. Read the entire report. Source: White House Press Office
“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”

WASHINGTON, D.C. ---Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:Sean Plankey, of Connecticut, to be Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, Department of Homeland Security. Major General Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (Ret.), of Alaska, to be a Member of the Arctic Research Commission. Justin M. Peterson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.    
President Donald J. Trump signed A Proclamation In Commemoration of the birthday of “Founding Father Caesar Rodney A Delawarean'”.  
Defense, Education, White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump signed A Proclamation In Commemoration of the birthday of “Founding Father Caesar Rodney A Delawarean'”.  

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation in commemoration of the birthday of "Founding Father Caesar Rodney'".   Read the Proclamation:   Today is the 292nd birthday of Founding Father Caesar Rodney.  Rodney was a soldier, a sheriff, a justice on the Delaware Supreme Court, a delegate from Delaware to the Continental Congress, a Brigadier General in the Continental Army, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He is an American legend.     Rodney rode into American history when, despite suffering from cancer and asthma, he traveled 80 miles overnight from Dover to Philadelphia through a raging thunderstorm in time to cast Delaware's deciding vote for independence on July 2, 1776.  His heroic act helped ensure that the Declaration of Independence ...
President Trump’s Physician’s  Daily Medical Update
Health

President Trump’s Physician’s Daily Medical Update

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump's met Tuesday with the President in the residence at the White House.  The physicians stated in the medical update that President Trump "had a restful first night."  The physician's did not report any other symptoms.  But the President's vital signs and physical exam remain stable, with no ambulatory oxygen saturated of 95%-97%.  Overall he continues to do well, said Sean P. Conley, DO, FACEP, Physician to the President, Commander, U.S. Navy.    
Communications, Infrastructure

President Trump Supports Repealing Section 230

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---Everywhere one looks in Washington one finds proposals to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grants internet platforms legal immunity for most of the content posted by their users.  President Donald Trump, tweeted"  Silicon Valley has total control over  American citizen's First Amendment rights on social media and the Internet. Even if Congress and the Trump administration fail to enact new rules, the additional pressure on internet platforms is likely to have a chilling effect that will make it harder for all users to communicate openly. The movement for Section 230 reform Today, platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are the primary source of information for many Americans, just as network television and newspapers were in the...
“Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Fourth Annual Made in America Showcase “
Economy, White House Daily News Conference

“Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Fourth Annual Made in America Showcase “

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Each year since taking office, President Donald J. Trump has welcomed hundreds of business owners and workers from every State to display their unique, American-made products at the annual Made in America Showcase. The President extends his sincere appreciation to the companies that planned to attend this year’s event at the White House today. He is incredibly proud of their grit, ingenuity, and use of American labor to manufacture exceptional products on the homeland. President Trump remains steadfastly committed to implementing policies that put American workers first and allow businesses across the United States to thrive.  Alabama – Wickles PicklesAlaska – Alaskan FloatsArizona – Lifetime Leather Co.Arkansas – Tyson Foods Inc.California – Justice BrothersColorado –...
“COVID is Spreaded Based On The Longer and Close You Are”
Health

“COVID is Spreaded Based On The Longer and Close You Are”

ATLANTA, GA---Today, CDC issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19.  Today’s update acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area.  In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise.  Such environments and activities may ...
“625 Bogus Gucci Shoes Intercepted by CBP Officers in Louisville”
Border Control, crime, Economy

“625 Bogus Gucci Shoes Intercepted by CBP Officers in Louisville”

LOUISVILLE, Ky—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville recently seized a shipment that contained 625 counterfeit Gucci shoes worth more than $450,000. Last Friday night, October 2, CBP officers in Louisville held a shipment, manifested as cell phone shells for inspection. The parcel was inspected to determine the admissibility of its contents in accordance with CBP regulations. When the shipment was opened 625 phony Gucci shoes were found inside. The items were inspected by an import specialist who determined the items were counterfeit. If these items were real, the total MSRP for these items would have been $456,250. The shipment was coming from Dubai and was heading to an incorporated company in New York. “Customs and Border Protection officers encounter a wide v...
“El Paso Sector September Stash House Busts”
Border Control, crime, Trafficking

“El Paso Sector September Stash House Busts”

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents strike a blow to human smuggling organizations in the month of September. Last month’s activity included the discovery of at least seven stash houses, over 100 inadmissible individuals taken into custody in connection with the stash hash discoveries, and the arrest of eight criminal smugglers. Those arrested included aliens from a variety of countries to include Ecuador, Cuba, El Salvador and Guatemala. Agents collaborated with federal and state law enforcement agencies in Texas and New Mexico to rescue the individuals from harsh and less than humane conditions. The stash houses were located in the Fabens, San Elizario, El Paso and Chaparral communities. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, these arrests demonstrate the reckless and dangerous pr...
“AMO and USBP Rescue Undocumented Alien Trapped by Wildfire”
National, White House Daily News Conference

“AMO and USBP Rescue Undocumented Alien Trapped by Wildfire”

DOUGLAS, Ariz. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents on a training mission diverted to collaborate with U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents to rescue a distressed undocumented alien surrounded by fire and smoke. On Thursday, AMO Air Interdiction Agents in Arizona responded to a call to rescue an undocumented alien trapped by a forest fire east of Douglas. Scanning from an ASTAR helicopter and unmanned aerial systems aircraft, AMO’s aircrews arrived in the area and attempted to land near the individual but were unsuccessful due to the flames. In a second attempt, the aircrew picked up two Border Patrol agents and dropped them nearby the area to attempt the rescue on foot. The agents were able to locate and assist the distressed individual to reach the hel...
“US Border Patrol, PR Police Seize 238 Pounds of Cocaine near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico”
Border Control, crime

“US Border Patrol, PR Police Seize 238 Pounds of Cocaine near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico”

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – US Border Patrol and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau discovered 238 pounds (117 Kilos) of cocaine Sunday near Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo.  The estimated value of the seized contraband is $ 2.9 million.  “This is just a dent in this drug trafficking business. Every time a shipment of narcotics enters Puerto Rico, a series of criminal events is triggered that almost always ends in violence and murder,” stated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector. “It is everyone's responsibility to ensure our safety and improve our quality of life in Puerto Rico. We ask that you report any suspicious activity in your community. It's up to all of us. ” Ramey Border Patrol agents responded to a maritime smuggling event that took place near Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo, PR. Border P...
“Justice Department Settles with Minnesota-Based Company to Resolve Discrimination Claims Under the Immigration and Nationality Act”
Border Control, Judiciary

“Justice Department Settles with Minnesota-Based Company to Resolve Discrimination Claims Under the Immigration and Nationality Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The Department of Justice announced today that it reached a settlement with WinCraft, Incorporated (WinCraft), a Minnesota-based sports manufacturing company with locations in Iowa, Florida, and Washington. The settlement resolves claims that WinCraft violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by requiring lawful permanent residents to provide specific work authorization documentation without any legal justification because of their immigration status.  “Companies large and small must abide by the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) requirements not to discriminate,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “We are pleased that WinCraft will work with the Department of Justice to ensure that its policies and practices comp...
Health, White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Is Safeguarding Americans’ Mental Health and Preventing The Tragedy of Suicide”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- “At a time when many Americans are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, and personal loss, we must also ensure that our country can meet the mental health needs of those struggling in this crisis.” – President Donald J. Trump  IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to improve Americans’ mental health which has been harmed by prolonged lockdowns. President Trump signed an Executive Order to address the negative impact of prolonged shutdowns on mental and behavioral health and increase suicide prevention efforts. The President is establishing a cabinet-level working group to assess the mental health needs of the most vulnerable, including the elderly, minorities, children, veterans, and people with disabilities. The order also focuses on...
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

President Trump Feeling Great And Keeps Working Schedule While Evaluated At Walter Reed Medical Center

President Donald J. Trump participates in a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Not shown in the photo also in the room on the call is Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)     President Donald J. Trump participates in a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in his conference room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Not shown in the photo also in the room on the call is Chief of Staff Mark ...
White House Daily News Conference

Trump Thanked The American People For Their Tremendous Support

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- today, President Donald J. Trump released a video prior to departing the White House for a two day evaluation stay at Walter Reed. “I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure things work out.” Trump thanked people for their support and said that he will never forget."  Trump also said that First Lady Melania Trump--"is doing very well." Although the President will be evaluated by physicians at Walter Reed, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah confirmed that here has been no transfer of power. “The president is in charge,” she says.  
“President Donald J. Trump Approves New York Disaster Declaration”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Approves New York Disaster Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4, 2020. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Seamus K. Leary as the Federal Coordinating Officer for ...
“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:Thomas Fitton, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure. Laurence Allen Elder, of California, to be a Member of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. Loren Robert Flaum, of New York, to be a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Bill H. Stern, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Source: White House Press Office
“Statement from the Press Secretary:The Buy American, Hire American President”
White House Daily News Conference

“Statement from the Press Secretary:The Buy American, Hire American President”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Over the past four years, President Trump and the Trump Administration have lived by one beautiful phrase, “Made in the USA,” and two simple rules, “Buy American, Hire American.” The White House is pleased to release a new report from the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy entitled “Donald J. Trump: The Buy American, Hire American President.” This comprehensive report demonstrates that President Trump has not only talked about “Made in the USA,” he has made it a reality across five dimensions of a comprehensive strategy: Buy American Government Procurement; Hire American initiatives; Trade negotiations and tariffs; The defense budget and foreign military sales; and Support for America’s maritime industry By focusing on “Made in the USA” across these five dimens...
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump In Self Quarantine After Staffer Tested Positive for Covid-19
White House Daily News Conference

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump In Self Quarantine After Staffer Tested Positive for Covid-19

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---- President Donald J. Trump tweeted late Thursday night that "Hope Hicks,-- has tested positive for Covid 19.  The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results.  In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process," added Trump. But, what President Trump did not state in his tweet that he had tested positive and that the campaign was on hold.  President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is in self quarantine.   Update: President Donald J. Trump tweeted Friday morning, at 12:54 A.M.
“President Donald J. Trump’s National Manufacturing Day, 2020 Proclamation”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump’s National Manufacturing Day, 2020 Proclamation”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--- President Donald J. Trump issued a National Manufacturing Day, 2020, Proclamation.    Read President Donald J. Trump's Proclamation:   Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have been renowned for their craftsmanship and productivity.  On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate our dedicated American workers who carry on this legacy, recognizing that manufacturing is a cornerstone of our economic prosperity and national security.  The workmanship and ingenuity of American manufacturers make "Made in the U.S.A." an enduring stamp of patriotism and excellence, and we will always support the men and women whose work ensures that American manufacturing is second to none.     Since my first day in office, I have put America first, ushering in an unprecedented manuf...
“REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GUESTS AT THE AL SMITH DINNER”
White House Daily News Conference

“REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO GUESTS AT THE AL SMITH DINNER”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump delivered remarks at the Al Smith Dinner.  "It is a profound honor to address the 75th annual Al Smith Dinner.  For generations, this wonderful event has been a revered institution in New York and New York life. I fondly remember attending with my father a long time ago. I was a young man, but never forgot it. This organization’s incredible tradition of Catholic charity exemplifies the very best not only of this city, but of this country," said President Trump.    " I want to thank Cardinal Dolan -- a very special man -- for his extraordinary stewardship of the Archdiocese and for his deep dedication to God and to our nation. I also want to thank him for all of the help he’s given me, and so many things and so many different ways. Thank you ve...
“Terrorism Funding Designations”
White House Daily News Conference

“Terrorism Funding Designations”

  TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: In accordance with section 114(b) of division A of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (H.R. 8337; the “Act”), I hereby designate for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism all funding (including the rescission of funds) so designated by the Congress in the Act pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as outlined in the enclosed list of accounts. The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed memorandum from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.    DONALD J. TRUMP THE WHITE HOUSE,October 1, 2020.   Source: White House Press Office
Commerce

“Increased Consumer Spending And Personal Income–Beating Market Expectations”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--the "Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported increased consumer spending and personal income in July—both beating market expectations. Thanks to the economic policies of President Trump, our Nation continues to gain momentum towards a strong economic recovery.” – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. New Residential Sales The real estate and the housing market play an important role in the U.S. economy. The U.S. Census Bureau reports monthly sales of new single-family houses in the United States. These sales are driven by factors such as household income, employment and interest rates. The U.S. Census Bureau has been collecting this data since 1959. On September 24, the U.S. Census Bureau reported sales of new single-family homes increased by 46,000 units (4.8%) in August t...
crime

“U.S. Marshal’s Arrest ‘Fugitive of the Week’ and Companion in Londonderry”

Concord, NH –  last week’s featured “Fugitive of the Week,” Alacia Renee Linville, 25 years-of-age, whose last known address was in Northfield, NH, was located and arrested at a Londonderry Hotel. Ms. Linville was being sought on a couple of outstanding arrest warrants issued by the Belknap County Superior Court. These warrants were issued for failing to appear for two counts of sales of methamphetamine and a second warrant for possession of methamphetamine.Linville was featured last Wednesday (09/23/20) as the “Fugitive of the Week.” This feature was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link, the Rochester Voice and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” ...
crime, Homeland Security

“The United States Has Repatriated 27 Americans from Syria and Iraq Including Ten Charged with Terrorism-Related Offenses for Their Support to ISIS”

With the recent transfer of custody of four defendants, the United States has successfully repatriated all Americans held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against whom criminal charges have been lodged for offenses relating to their support for ISIS.  The Department of Justice will review the facts and circumstances relating to any future detainees and, where warranted, bring additional charges against others. “With this week’s repatriations, the United States has brought back every American supporter of ISIS known to be held by the Syrian Democratic Forces against whom we have charges,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.  “The Department of Justice has worked tirelessly over the years to prevent individuals from leaving America to fight for ISIS a...
White House Daily News Conference

“White House Bill Announcement”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the President signed into law:  S. 2193, the “Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies Act” or the “CHARGE Act,” which requires the General Services Administration to issue guidance to clarify that Federal agencies may pay by charge card for the charging of Federal electric motor vehicles; and S. 3105, which designates a facility of the United States Postal Service located at 456 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the Richard G. Lugar Post Office. Source: White House Press Office
Economy

IRS Sets Deadline To Request Stimulus Payment provides final regulations on income tax withholding on certain periodic retirement and annuity payments

The clock is ticking for individuals to request coronavirus stimulus payments from the IRS. Households that don’t file federal tax returns have until October 15 to request an economic impact payment from the IRS, if they haven’t already gotten one. The Professional Managers Association, which represents IRS managers, recommended other agencies help the IRS with outreach for this program. That includes anti-poverty programs within the Commerce Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The IRS has gotten more than 5 million non-filers to sign up for payments through its online portal. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations PDF updating the federal inc...
Health

“UN welcomes nearly $1 billion in recent pledges – to bolster access to lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines to end COVID-19”

NEWYORK--- New commitments from governments, international organizations and the private sector support unified approach to end pandemic, backing a response of unprecedented scale, scope and speed­—through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator­—as pandemic claims more than 1 million lives Recent Commitments at a Glance: United Kingdom – £571m (US$ 732m) for COVAX pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools- (ACT) Accelerator, of which up to £500m (US$ 641m) is to support low- and middle-income countries. This includes a commitment to match £1 for every US$ 4 committed by others up to £250m (US$ 321m). Canada - CAD 440m (US$ 332m) for the COVAX pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, of which CAD 220 (US$ 166m) is to support low & middle income countries  Germany - EUR 100m (US$ 117m) for the CO...
Health

“SAMHSA Remains Committed to the Nation’s Mental Health”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---SAMHSA stands by its commitment to fostering and protecting the mental health of all Americans. It is vastly disappointing that the mere reference to mental health is seen as a political ploy by members of the media and even other federal agencies who purportedly exist to protect the health of Americans. SAMHSA will proudly and continually advocate for the importance of addressing mental health. Our fellow Americans who claim to herald science ignore that one of the main demands of science is the ability to consider multiple perspectives at once. Why have we, as a nation, accepted that the only science that exists is that which details the tragedies of the virus? For which other medical condition would this be permitted? Never would we ignore the casualties caused...
“National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown Results in Charges Against 345 Defendants Responsible for More than $6 Billion in Alleged Fraud Losses”
Health

“National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown Results in Charges Against 345 Defendants Responsible for More than $6 Billion in Alleged Fraud Losses”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Deputy Inspector General Gary Cantrell of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Assistant Administrator Tim McDermott of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced a historic nationwide enforcement action involving 345 charged defendants across 51 federal districts, including more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals.  These defendants have been charged with submitting more than $6 billion in false and fraudulent claims to federal health care programs and private insurers, including more than $4.5 billion...
Trump Wins First Debate and  Joe Biden Declared That He Does Not Support The Radical Green New Deal
Infrastructure, weather, White House Daily News Conference

Trump Wins First Debate and Joe Biden Declared That He Does Not Support The Radical Green New Deal

CLEVELAND, OH--President Donald J. Trump wins the first Presidential Debate without question.  Democratic Candidate Joe Biden declared that he does not support the Green New Deal.   The  Green New Deal has skyrocketed to the top of the progressive agenda, outlines an all-encompassing plan that prioritizes climate change alongside economic justice and calls for federal investment into green infrastructure on a massive scale. Joe Biden outlined  a bold Green New Deal plan – as a Clean Energy Revolution – which he abandoned during the first debate Tuesday.   Biden's website reads: "Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently nee...
“Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Passing of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait”
White House Daily News Conference

“Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Passing of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.  Melania and I send our sincere condolences to the people of Kuwait.  Sheikh Sabah was an unwavering friend and partner to the United States.  Earlier this month, I had the honor of awarding him the prestigious Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander.The Amir was an unparalleled diplomat, having served as Foreign Minister for 40 years.  His tireless mediation of disputes in the Middle East bridged divides under the most challenging circumstances.  I hope that the Gulf nations will come together to honor his legacy and work toward the cooperative future he envisioned.
“HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON HOSTS AFFORDABLE HOUSING ROUNDTABLE IN WISCONSIN OPPORTUNITY ZONE”
Housing

“HUD SECRETARY BEN CARSON HOSTS AFFORDABLE HOUSING ROUNDTABLE IN WISCONSIN OPPORTUNITY ZONE”

GREEN BAY, WI - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today hosted a roundtable in an Opportunity Zone alongside U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher (WI-08) to discuss innovative solutions to increasing the supply of affordable housing and the role of public-private partnerships in addressing affordable housing challenges. Secretary Carson and Rep. Gallagher also toured an affordable housing development in the Opportunity Zone. Secretary Ben Carson hosts an affordable housing roundtable discussion and tours Broadway Lofts Apartments, located in an Opportunity Zone.View additional pictures via Secretary Carson’s Twitter page here “Housing prices have risen to the level that there are many in the workforce who maintain a job, but still cannot afford a place to ca...
“HUD FINALIZES REVISED SECTION 3 Rule: New rule will advance economic opportunity through streamlined processes and a more
Housing

“HUD FINALIZES REVISED SECTION 3 Rule: New rule will advance economic opportunity through streamlined processes and a more

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today the release of the final rule implementing the “Section 3” statute. Section 3 requires that recipients of certain HUD funds make economic opportunities available for low- and very low-income individuals, especially recipients of government assistance for housing, living in the areas where HUD funds are spent. An “interim rule” has been in effect since 1994.  The final rule is designed to improve a focus on economic opportunity outcomes while simultaneously reducing the regulatory burden on those entities that receive those funds. "HUD funding is an investment in the people we serve, not just an investment in affordable housing or community development," said Secretary Carson. "Section 3 works to ...
“Illinois: Federal Carjacking and Firearm Charges Filed Against Man for Allegedly Stealing Vehicle at Gunpoint in Chicago”
crime

“Illinois: Federal Carjacking and Firearm Charges Filed Against Man for Allegedly Stealing Vehicle at Gunpoint in Chicago”

A federal grand jury indicted a man on carjacking and firearm charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle at gunpoint in Chicago. “Our office will use every available federal resource to vigorously pursue and prosecute violent carjackers,” said John R. Lausch, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  “We are committed to working with our state and local law enforcement partners to aggressively fight violent crime and protect Chicago’s neighborhoods from gun offenders.” Elias Quinones-Figueroa, 19, of Chicago, was charged with one count of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. According to court documents unsealed Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, on May 27, 2020, Quinones-Figueroa forcibly took a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe sport-utility vehicle fro...
“South Florida Lawyer Charged with Fraud Related to 1 Global Capital Investment Scheme”
crime

“South Florida Lawyer Charged with Fraud Related to 1 Global Capital Investment Scheme”

FLORIDA---A Florida attorney and former outside counsel for 1 Global Capital LLC (1 Global), has been charged today with conspiring to commit wire fraud and securities fraud in connection with an investment fraud scheme that as alleged impacted more than 3,600 investors in 42 different states, and involved him personally and fraudulently raising more than $100 million from investors.  Andrew Dale Ledbetter, 78, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is charged in an information with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles of the Southern District of Florida.  According to the allegations in the information, 1 Global was a commercial lending business based in Hallandale Beach, Florida, that made the equivalent of “pay day” ...
“JPMorgan Chase & Co. Agrees To Pay $920 Million in Connection with Schemes to Defraud Precious Metals and U.S. Treasuries Markets”
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. Agrees To Pay $920 Million in Connection with Schemes to Defraud Precious Metals and U.S. Treasuries Markets”

NEW YORK, NY---JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan), a New York, New York-based global banking and financial services firm, has entered into a resolution with the Department of Justice to resolve criminal charges related to two distinct schemes to defraud: the first involving tens of thousands of episodes of unlawful trading in the markets for precious metals futures contracts, and the second involving thousands of episodes of unlawful trading in the markets for U.S. Treasury futures contracts and in the secondary (cash) market for U.S. Treasury notes and bonds. JPMorgan entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in connection with a criminal information filed today in the District of Connecticut charging the company with two counts of wire fraud.  Under the terms of the DPA, JPM...
“North Carolina Man Charged with Fraudulently Seeking Over $6 Million in COVID Relief Funds”
crime, Judiciary

“North Carolina Man Charged with Fraudulently Seeking Over $6 Million in COVID Relief Funds”

NORTH CAROLINA---A North Carolina man was charged with fraudulently seeking over $6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. of the Eastern District of North Carolina.   Tristan Bishop Pan, 38, of Garner, is charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.  The indictment, unsealed today, alleges that Pan perpetrated a scheme to submit fraudulent PPP loan applications to federally insured banks.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees PPP loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  According to the allegations, Pan submitted numerous fraudulent PPP loan ...
“NASA Invites Media, Public to Watch Cargo Launch to Space Station”
Defense, Military

“NASA Invites Media, Public to Watch Cargo Launch to Space Station”

FLORIDA----NASA commercial cargo provider Northrop Grumman is targeting 9:38 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 1, for the launch of its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage of the launch from Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events Monday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 1. Loaded with nearly 8,000 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft will launch on the company’s Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The Cygnus spacecraft, dubbed the SS Kalpana Chawla, will arrive at the space station Sunday, Oct. 4. Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA will grapple Cygnus and Flight Engineer Ivan Vag...
“NASA Report Details How Agency Significantly Benefits US Economy”
Military, Technology

“NASA Report Details How Agency Significantly Benefits US Economy”

NASA released Friday the results of its first-ever agencywide economic impact report. The report shows that, through all NASA activities, the agency generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2019, supported more than 312,000 jobs nationwide, and generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes throughout the United States.  “In this new era of human spaceflight, NASA is contributing to economies locally and nationally, fueling growth in industries that will define the future, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in America,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “With an investment of just one-half of 1% of the federal budget, NASA generates significant total economic output annually. This study confirms, and puts n...
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

Joe Biden’s Medicine A Question of National Security

Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government. National Security Concerns: Drug use and other mental illness often co-exist. In some cases, mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia may come before addiction. In other cases, drug use may trigger or worsen those mental health conditions, particularly in people with specific vulnerabilities. Presidential performance is compromised if the President is not healthy and physically fit.    Tobacco use and alcohol abuse also pose significant threats to military readiness and resilience.  The President has to deal with military personnel who are more likely to be exposed to traumatic experiences that are associated with both behavioral health and chronic physical h...
Child Welfare, crime, Judiciary

“TRUMP ADMIN TEAMS WITH NONPROFIT TO LAUNCH ‘SAFETY PLEDGE’ TO COMBAT ONLINE CHILD EXPLOITATION”

EXCLUSIVE: The Trump administration on Tuesday is launching a safety pledge with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in an effort to prevent attacks from online predators and sex traffickers, as the nonprofit has seen “a dramatic increase” in reports of child sex exploitation since the coronavirus pandemic began. A White House official told Fox News that Attorney General Bill Barr, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, along with the NCMEC nonprofit, will launch the “Safety Pledge Campaign,” an initiative to combat online child exploitation. The official said that exploitation “often leads to the evil of child trafficking.” TRUMP ADMIN TO DIREST $35 MILLION IN GRANTS TOWARD HOUSING FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING SURVIVORS  Th...
“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--- President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:Brian S. Davis, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). Brian S. Davis currently serves as the Director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center for the Department of Defense. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Elizabeth City State University Aviation Advisory Board, and was previously a pilot with Omega Air Refueling Services, where he provided combat training and support to United States Navy and Marine Air Operations.  Mr. Davis served as an officer in the United States Air Force, commanding the 507 Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, the 459 Operations Group at Joint Base A...
crime, Judiciary

“FBI Releases 2019 Crime Statistics”

WASHINGTON, D.C.  today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its 2019 Crime Statistics report.  For the third consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased when compared with the previous year’s statistics, according to FBI figures released today. In 2019, violent crime was down 0.5% from the 2018 number. Property crimes also dropped 4.1%, marking the 17th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined. The 2019 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 366.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the estimated rate of property crime was 2,109.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate fell 1.0% when compared with the 2018 rate; the property crime rate declined 4.5%. These and additional dat...
“President Trump Gives an Update on the Nation’s Coronavirus Testing Strategy”
Health, White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Gives an Update on the Nation’s Coronavirus Testing Strategy”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today the Trump Administration today detailed the national distribution plan for the Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Card rapid test to assist Governors' efforts to continue to safely reopen their states. BinaxNOW is a unique testing option to provide support to K-12 teachers and students, higher education, critical infrastructure, first responders, and other priorities as governors deem fit. The BinaxNOW rapid test – the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-authorized antigen rapid point-of-care test that does not require an instrument – is easy to use, will produce COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes, and costs $5. "This distribution of tens of millions of rapid tests is the fruit of President Trump's effective national testing strategy, which draws on the best of the public and...
“G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 to 22 — Saudi G20 presidency statement”
Politics, United Nations

“G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 to 22 — Saudi G20 presidency statement”

RIYADH, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The 2020 G20 Leaders' Summit will be held virtually on Nov. 21 to 22, chaired by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's G20 presidency said in a statement early Monday. The statement said the Saudi G20 presidency will "build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders' Summit held in March and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings." G20, the world's premier platform for international economic cooperation, is leading the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. G20 members have contributed over 21 billion U.S. dollars to support the production, distribution and access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, according to the statement. Under the theme of "Realizing Opportunities of the 21s...
Health

“Scientists discover genetic and immunologic underpinnings of some cases of severe COVID-19”

     Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample.NIAIDcollaborators help explain why some people with COVID-19 develop severe disease. The findings also may provide the first molecular explanation for why more men than women die from COVID-19.    BETHESDA, MD----New findings by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and their collaborators help explain why some people with COVID-19 develop severe disease.  The researchers found that more than 10% of people who develop severe COVID-19 have misguided antibodies―autoantibodies―that attack the immune system rather than the virus that causes the disease. Another 3.5% or more of people who develop severe COVID-19 carry a specific kind of ...
“China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea”
State Department

“China’s Empty Promises in the South China Sea”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----Five years ago on September 25, 2015, General Secretary Xi Jinping stood in the White House Rose Garden and stated “China does not intend to pursue militarization” of the Spratly Islands, and China’s outposts would not “target or impact any country.”  China has instead pursued a reckless and provocative militarization of those disputed outposts, they have deployed anti-ship cruise missiles, expanded military radar and signal intelligence capabilities, constructed dozens of fighter jet hangars, and have built runways capable of accommodating combat aircraft. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses these militarized outposts as platforms of coercion to assert control over waters to which Beijing has no lawful maritime claim.  They serve as staging grounds for the hundred...
“”Joe Montana: American football legend saves grandchild from kidnapping attempt
crime

“”Joe Montana: American football legend saves grandchild from kidnapping attempt

LOS ANGELES, CA----today American football legend Joe Montana and his wife have rescued their nine-month-old grandchild from a kidnapping attempt, authorities say. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the couple confronted a woman who had entered their home and grabbed the child from a playpen. After a "tussle", officials said the couple were able to retrieve the child. "Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well," the Hall of Fame quarterback tweeted. "We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time," he added. Montana, who is now 64, spent most of his career with the San Francisco 49ers and is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He was nicknamed "the Comeback Kid" during his heyday in the 1980s, because he was famous for setti...
Judge Temporarily Halts The Trump’s Administrations TikTok Download Action
Judiciary

Judge Temporarily Halts The Trump’s Administrations TikTok Download Action

WASHINGTON, D.C.----today, a judge granted a partial preliminary injunction to video-sharing app TikTok on Sunday, blocking a ban on new downloads in the US that would have gone into effect at midnight. US District Judge Carl Nichols issued his decision to grant a preliminary injunction just after 8PM ET, but his opinion has been sealed, pending review by the two sides’ attorneys. Nichols did not block “at this time” restrictions by the Commerce Department set to go into effect on November 12th, however. Attorneys for TikTok argued Sunday morning during a dial-in hearing that a ban by the Trump administration would be “devastating,” and urged a judge to block it until the entire case can be decided. TikTok’s attorney said the ban that would prevent new downloads of TikTok from Apple and ...
Trump’s Nominee the Tale of Two Court’s Makes A Stronger Court and Stronger Nation
Supreme Court Decisions

Trump’s Nominee the Tale of Two Court’s Makes A Stronger Court and Stronger Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C.----President Donald J. Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the ninth Supreme Court justice Saturday. Barrett is the Justice Antonin Scalia's model.  Expect Barrett to rule like Scalia as the animated proponent of originalism and structural constitutionalism.   Barrett said in her first statement "I was lucky enough to clerk for Justice Scalia and given his incalculable influence on my life---I am moved to have members of his family here today."   I clerked for Justice Scalia twenty years ago, but the lessons I learned still resonate."   His judicial philosophy is mine too.  A judge must apply the law as written. Judges are not policy makers, and they must be resolute and setting aside any policy views they might hold." "Justice Scalia was an originalist in tha...
Black Lives Matter Activist In Atlanta, Georgia Arrested On Fraud Charges
crime

Black Lives Matter Activist In Atlanta, Georgia Arrested On Fraud Charges

ATLANTA, GA---The FBI has arrested a Black Lives Matter activist for money laundering and wire fraud. Tyree Conyers-Page, who uses the alias Sir Maejor Page.  According to the charging document, Page has been charged with "fraudulently spending over $200,000 that was donated to Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta to purchase a home in Toledo, Ohio, tailored suits, food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, and a home security system. Page also purchased one pistol and two rifles. Page attempted to cover up the fraudulent home purchase transaction by having a second person's to sign the purchase documents for the home and then a nondisclosure agreement. Evidence shows that Page did not use the funds for BLM of Greater Atlanta or in any other state.  “In June 2020, BLMGA’s Faceboo...
Supreme Court Decisions

“Could We Have A Newly Seated SCOTUS Justice in Two Weeks and What Are The People Saying About Justice Barrett”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump announced  Senator Lamar Alexander (Republican--TN) tweeted "I have voted to confirm Justices Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh based upon their intelligence, character and temperament. I will apply the same standard when I consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg." Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-SC) tweeted "I stand by what I said in Jan. 2019: Harry Reid & Chuck Schumer changed Senate rules to try and stack the courts for Obama. Now it's coming back to haunt them as I predicted. I'm dead set on confirming" President Donald J. Trump's nominee. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to begin hearings on President Trump's nominee October 12th through October 15th. Members are expe...
Supreme Court Decisions

Leader McConnell “Judge Amy Coney Barrett Is An Exceptionally Impressive Jurist:

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court.  immediately following President Donald J. Trump's announcement of Justice Barrett.  Leader McConnell issued this statement Saturday, following Trump's announcement regarding the Supreme Court vacancy:
“Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020”
White House Daily News Conference

“Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.  Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that ...
crime, Homeland Security

“ICE arrests Inland Empire man who teaches at San Bernardino middle school on federal child pornography charges”

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A Fontana man is expected to make his initial court appearance late this afternoon after being charged today with federal child pornography offenses for allegedly uploading explicit images to the internet. Josue Gamaliel Vidal Quintanilla, 28, who teaches mathematics at Shandin Hills Middle School in San Bernardino, was arrested Wednesday morning by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) during the execution of a search warrant at his residence. According to a federal criminal complaint filed today, Vidal was arrested after he admitted using various online platforms to send, receive and possess child pornography. Evidence obtained by HSI agents and officers with the Fontana Police Department’s Intern...
crime, Homeland Security

“NYPD releases Dominican national to commit crimes after failing to honor 10 ICE detainers”

NEW YORK – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged 10 immigration detainers during the past two years on an illegally present Dominican national after he was arrested on 10 separate occasions by the New York Police Department (NYPD). After each arrest, he was released into the community to reoffend with active immigration detainers in place. “Jhonny Alejandro Soto-Ubaldo is one of many examples of how New York’s sanctuary city policies place the safety of the residents at risk. Their willful uncooperative nature provides criminals such as Soto-Ubaldo the opportunity to re-offend,” said Tony H. Pham, senior official performing the duties of the director for ICE. Soto-Ubaldo was first arrested by the NYPD in June 2018 on local charges in Queens. At that time, ICE lodged an imm...
Homeland Security

“DHS Proposes to Change Admission Period Structure for F, J and I Nonimmigrants”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Homeland Security has announced a proposed rule to require a fixed period of stay for international students, exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives to encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of Foreign Information Media, proposes to remove the duration of status framework that currently allows aliens in F, J and I classifications to remain in the United States for as long as they maintain compliance with the terms of admission. “This effort would create a fixed time period of admission for certain aliens, con...
White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump To Issue a Presidential Permit for the A2A Cross-Border Rail Between Alaska and Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C.---- President Donald J. Trump tweeted: In 2019 "The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corporation (A2A) have established a Master Agreement of Cooperation toward building a 1,500-mile connection between the Alaska Railroad and Canadian railroads that also serve the Lower 48." "The entire project is expected to cost approximately $13 billion USD ($17 billion CAD). Full construction would begin after a right-of-way is approved by state authorities, a Presidential border crossing permit is received, environmental reviews are conducted by the US and Canada, and two national agencies – the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in the US and the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) – has given their approvals." "First Nations, Indige...
crime

Kentucky Suspect of Shooting Two Police Officers in Louisville, Kentucky Held On High Bail

LOUISVILLE, KY---Larynzo Johnson, 26, allegedly accused of shooting two policemen in Louisville, Kentucky amid racial justice protests has been ordered to be held in jail on $1 Million dollar bail. Johnson, shot two Louisville Police officers within hours after it was announced  that the three officers involved in the drug raid--was not indicted by the grand jury on murder charges involving the death of  Breonna Taylor's who was fatally shot to death during a police raid. The decision sparked days of unrest and the city is under a weekend curfew. Ms Taylor's family through their attorney's have demanded that a grand jury transcript of her case be released to the public. The grand jury on Wednesday had returned charges of 'wonton endangerment' against one former officer. However, the decis...
crime, International News

“Paris attack: Stabbing near Charlie Hebdo office ‘an act of terror”

IMAGE COPYRIGHTEPA  image captionSecurity was tight as police combed the scene of the attack near the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir A stabbing in Paris that left two people seriously injured is being treated as a terror attack, the French interior minister has said. Gérald Darmanin said the attack near the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was "clearly an act of Islamist terrorism". An eighteen-year-old man of Pakistani origin described as the main suspect was arrested near the scene.   Six other people are in custody and are being questioned, police said. The victims - a man and a woman who worked at a TV production company - were seriously injured by a machete-type weapon, police said. Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters at the scene - near the Boulevard Ri...
President Donald J. Trump Unveiled His Four Year Empowerment Plan For Black Americans
White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump Unveiled His Four Year Empowerment Plan For Black Americans

ATLANTA, GA—today, President Donald J. Trump released his “ Black Economic Empowerment: The Platinum Plan" for Black Communities. For decades, Blacks have supported the Democratic Party, but their communities and schools continue to crumble.  But President Trump has implemented school choice and empowerment zones in Black communities.  The Democrats mad big promises to the Black communities and families—and they kept one promises—the 3 Strikes You Out reform bill that Presidential Candidate Joe Biden authored.  The 3 strikes bill has destroyed the Black families—leaving many families without their fathers, mothers, and grandparents.  President Trump—changed the Biden/Harris prosecution plan for Blacks---by signing the “First Step Act”.  “This legislation reformed sentencing laws that hav...
” Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2020 Signed By President Donald J. Trump”
White House Daily News Conference

” Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2020 Signed By President Donald J. Trump”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--today, President Donald J. Trump a "Proclamation on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2020."  The Proclamation reads:   The brave men and women of our Armed Forces represent the very best of our great Nation, matched only by the families who walk beside them in their service.  It is our sacred duty to recognize the unending and immeasurable sacrifices our military families make in support of their loved ones and for our country, and we are cognizant of the fortitude they show enduring the anguish of knowing that their hero may never return home.  On this Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, we solemnly honor the memory of every lost Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman, and we humbly grieve with their families who persevere with remarkable courage, ...
Democrats To Attack Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Catholic Religion and Beliefs in God
Supreme Court Decisions, White House Daily News Conference

Democrats To Attack Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Catholic Religion and Beliefs in God

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump plans on submitting his U.S. Supreme Court nominee to the Hill this week.  President Trump will make his nominee's announcement Saturday at the White House. But, that has not stopped the electeds on the other side from planning their attack of the nominee.  If Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett, her religion as a Catholic will come into play.  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., told " Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that Senate Democrats' push to bring Judge Amy Coney Barrett's  religion into the debate is a bad idea. "I'm Catholic, OK. And religion should not enter into it. It sure doesn't with me," said Manchin, who doesn't support filling the Supreme Court vacancy left after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. 3 election. B...
“Navy to Commission Guided Missile Destroyer Delbert D. Black”
Defense

“Navy to Commission Guided Missile Destroyer Delbert D. Black”

PORT CANAVERAL, FL---The U.S. Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Port Canaveral, Florida. Due to public health and safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the commissioning is a private event, rather than the traditional public commissioning ceremony. The ceremony’s principal speaker is Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russel L. Smith. “Commissioning a ship after the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is an honor without equal. The Navy has always been and will always be indelibly influenced by the leadership of our senior enlisted sailors epitomized by Delbert Black,” said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwait...
HBCU’s “Statement from the Press Secretary”
Education, White House Daily News Conference

HBCU’s “Statement from the Press Secretary”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Following President Donald J. Trump’s remarks at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Board of Advisors Meeting, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien announced the intent to establish the United States – Africa Institute for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (the U.S.-Africa Institute).  The U.S.-Africa Institute is a transformative partnership with leading HBCUs that will harness a whole-of-America effort to usher in a new era of equal partnership to deliver tangible results in preventing pandemics.  The U.S.-Africa Institute will build the leadership and capacity of African health professionals, support African technological innovation, and create a data hub to support the rapid detection and mitigation of ...
Judiciary, Legislative Branch, Mail-In Ballots

“Revised Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots”

HARRISBURG - On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections. Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence.  Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded.   Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time.  Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and...
crime

“FBI probes police killing of boy on family’s drive”

Image copyright SHEILA ALBERS The FBI is to investigate the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy as he reversed a vehicle out his family's garage in the US state of Kansas. A police officer fired 13 shots, killing John Albers, 17, on 20 January 2018 in a Kansas City suburb. Police had been called to check on the boy, who had ADHD, after his online posts prompted fears for his safety. A month after the shooting the county prosecutor announced the officer, Clayton Jenison, would not be charged. The FBI's Kansas City, Missouri, field office is working with the US Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and US attorney's office in Kansas on the inquiry. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said in a statement on Thursday that they would "collect all available facts and evidence and will ens...
Homeland Security, Human Rights, International News

“Kim Jong-un apologises for killing of South Korean official – South”

Image copyright  REUTERS Image caption Mr Kim said the incident should never have happened North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has issued a rare personal apology for the killing of a South Korean official, Seoul says. Mr Kim reportedly told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that the "disgraceful affair" should not have happened. South Korea has said the 47-year-old man was found by troops floating in the North's waters. He was then shot dead and his body was set alight, according to Seoul. The killing - the first of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade - has caused outrage in the South. The border between the Koreas is tightly policed, and the North is thought to have a "shoot-to-kill" policy in place to prevent coronavirus from entering the country. Kim Yo-jong...
“Statement from the Press Secretary”
Health

“Statement from the Press Secretary”

CHARLOTTE, NC---President Donald J. Trump’s healthcare vision is putting America first by providing higher quality healthcare at a lower cost for patients.  Since taking office, the President has been committed to putting healthcare back in the hands of the American people—where it belongs.  The Trump Administration has taken unprecedented actions to lower prescription drug prices, end surprise medical billing, reduce the price of insulin, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and allow the American people to keep their doctors.  This bold and dynamic plan is providing the hard-working men and women of our country more choice, better care, and lower cost.  For more on the President’s America First Healthcare Plan, click here. Source: White House Press Office
“Ireland faces devastating blow due to our failure to develop ferry services to Europe”
International News, Transportation

“Ireland faces devastating blow due to our failure to develop ferry services to Europe”

The failure to develop fast daily direct ferry services to continental Europe has exposed this country to another economic hammer blow in just three months time. The consequences for industry and employment, coming on top of all the other current woes, will be devastating. Since the Brexit vote over four years ago, the political system has displayed nimble political footwork in positioning this country on the high moral ground in the various tussles between the EU and UK in relation to the Border. However, nothing like the same energy or commitment seems to have been applied to the practical reality of preparing for the inevitable consequences of Brexit. The most obvious impact is that the UK landbridge across which over 80 per cent of our exports to the continent are transported every d...
“Air pollutants exceeded WHO guidelines at 33 locations in Ireland in 2019”
International News

“Air pollutants exceeded WHO guidelines at 33 locations in Ireland in 2019”

Air pollution is main contributor to 1,300 premature deaths a year here, EPA says Ireland’s biggest source of air pollution is the burning of solid fuel in residential properties, and this is also the main contributor to an estimated 1,300 premature deaths a year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said. In its air quality report for 2019, it says while air quality in Ireland is generally good and compares favourably with many of our European neighbours, “there are worrying localised issues” arising from burning solid fuel to heat buildings and traffic in large urban areas. EPA monitoring shows in urban areas traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution is increasing with the EU limit value for this pollutant exceeded at one Dublin traffic monitoring location – at St Jo...
“Fur sales face post-Brexit ban under ministers’ proposals”
Economy, International News

“Fur sales face post-Brexit ban under ministers’ proposals”

Fur sales will be banned after Britain's departure from the EU single market and customs union under plans being drawn up by ministers, it was reported on Thursday night. In 2019, the Queen has stopped wearing real fur, according to her official dresser, who revealed that the monarch's new outfits will feature faux-fur. ... “If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” she wrote. The move is being spearheaded by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who is a close friend of Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds, an animal rights campaigner. Last year, Ms Symonds described anyone who wished to buy fur as "really sick" an...
“U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $335 Million in Infrastructure Grants to America’s Airports”
Transportation

“U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $335 Million in Infrastructure Grants to America’s Airports”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 80 airports in 25 states. “Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. A complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airports receiving funding is available on the FAA website.  The total includes $300 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $35 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 perce...
International News

“Report: Satellite Images Reveal Suspected Detention Sites In China’s Xinjiang Region”

ASIA---A new report by an Australian research group has identified and mapped more than 380 suspected detention facilities in China's western Xinjiang region. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in its report that these centers have been built and expanded, even as Chinese officials claimed most of the people sent to the facilities had "returned to society." The researchers say they believe their database and map covers most such facilities that exist. The institute scoured satellite photos for evidence of such facilities, including nighttime imagery that showed evidence of new construction in places where there hadn't been illumination in the past. Their work followed eyewitness accounts, news reports and other research that had documented the construction of such camps. Th...
“Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals Advancing Russia’s Malign Influence”
State Department

“Imposing Sanctions on Entities and Individuals Advancing Russia’s Malign Influence”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- the United States imposed sanctions on a network connected to Russian operative Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting entities and individuals working on his behalf to advance Russia’s influence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  The United States is also targeting actors involved in supporting the activities of the Federal Security Service, also known as the FSB, for supporting previously designated persons’ attempts to evade U.S. sanctions. Prigozhin is the leader and financier of the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll farm designated by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in 2018 and 2019.  The Internet Research Agency conducts operations designed to exacerbate political tensions and divisions around the world, including...
“Major New Human Rights-Related Listings and Accompanying Sanctions on Iran “
State Department

“Major New Human Rights-Related Listings and Accompanying Sanctions on Iran “

WASHINGTON, D.C.--the Iranian regime must respect the human rights of the Iranian people. Despite its obligations and commitments, the regime continues to subvert its justice system to fuel fear and repression. The United States is committed to holding accountable those who are denying freedom and justice to the people of Iran, and today we are taking major new actions which support the Iranian people. Today, the United States sanctioned several Iranian officials and entities for gross violations of human rights. Pursuant to Section 106 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), I determined that Judge Seyyed Mahmoud Sadati, Judge Mohammad Soltani, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Shiraz, and Adelabad, Orumiyeh, and Vakilabad Prisons were respon...
campaign, Communications, crime, Mail-In Ballots

“FBI Warns Voters About Election Crimes Ahead of the November 2020 Election”

WASHINGTON, D.C. ---Fair elections are the foundation of our democracy in the United States, and the FBI is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to vote. The FBI is issuing this warning to educate voters about federal election crimes and how to avoid them, and to encourage voters to report suspected violations. “Every year, Americans pick their leaders and make their voices heard through elections,” said Calvin Shivers, assistant director for the Criminal Investigative Division. “Those elections must remain free and fair to ensure voters' voices are truly heard. As Americans get ready to vote, the FBI is asking each citizen to remain vigilant and report any suspected criminal scheme targeting voters to the FBI immediately.” Election Crimes  Election crimes threaten the legi...
Communication, crime, Mail-In Ballots

“CYBER THREATS TO VOTING PROCESSES COULD SLOW BUT NOT PREVENT VOTING”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing this announcement to inform the public that attempts by cyber actors to compromise election infrastructure could slow but not prevent voting. The FBI and CISA have not identified any incidents, to date, capable of preventing Americans from voting or changing vote tallies for the 2020 Elections. Any attempts tracked by FBI and CISA have remained localized and were blocked, minimal, or easily mitigated. The FBI and CISA have no reporting to suggest cyber activity has prevented a registered voter from casting a ballot, compromised the integrity of any ballots cast, or affected the accuracy of voter registration information. However, even if actors did achie...
“President Trump Delivers Remarks on the America First Healthcare Plan”
Health, White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Delivers Remarks on the America First Healthcare Plan”

CHARLOTTE, NC--today, President Donald J. Trump will visit Charlotte, North Carolina to layout his administrations healthcare system for America. "Under the American First Healthcare Plan, we will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the World.  Cutting edge treatment, state of the art medicine, ground breaking cures and true health securities for you and your love ones."  "And we will do it rapidly and its in very good order, and some of it has already been implemented."  The plan protects medicare and existing conditions. Highlights: President Trump's healthcare plan has three pillars: First Pillar: More Choice--allows citizens more options to choose.Families have the right to shop for more affordable plan of their choices, and then have employers to cover the full cost. We...
White House Daily News Conference

Vice-President Delivers Remarks at a Made In America Event

Eau, Claire, WI-- Vice-President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence paid their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wednesday. Ginsburg was a true public servant who paved the way for women in law and we honor that service. Justice Ginsburg and her families shall remain in our hearts and our prayers. As as we rightly honor her life in service. The Constitution of the United States provides that the President shall appoint judges to the Supreme Court. "President Trump shall appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I promise you, come this Saturday President Trump will do his duty and we will nominate a principled conservative woman to the Supreme Court of the United States."  
President Donald J. Trump Alone with First Lady Melania Trump Paid Their Respects To A Fallen Hero Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump Alone with First Lady Melania Trump Paid Their Respects To A Fallen Hero Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHIGTON, D.C.--today President Donald J. Trump alone with First Lady Melania Trump paid their respect to a fallen hero, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  First Lady Melania Trump tweeted "Today, POTUS & I paused at the US Supre me Court to pay our respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg." "Her 27 years on the Court will be remembered for her vigor, determination & service to our great Nation, added the First Lady.  
“U.S. Department of Education Launches Rethink Adult Ed Challenge to Grow Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities for Life-long Learners”
Education, Legislative Branch, White House Daily News Conference

“U.S. Department of Education Launches Rethink Adult Ed Challenge to Grow Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities for Life-long Learners”

WASHINGTON – In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge that will expand career opportunities for adult learners through pre-apprenticeship programs. These important educational opportunities help to ensure students seeking apprenticeships are prepared with the skills they need for success.  “In our dynamic and changing economy, learning must be a life-long pursuit,” said Secretary DeVos. “Educational opportunities for adults should reflect this reality, but all too often, students, particularly adult learners, encounter barriers to changing careers and learning new skills. This pre-apprenticeship challenge gives local education leaders the opportunity and encouragement they n...
Lorenzo Johnson Suspect in Kentucky Police Shooting Faces 16 Counts
crime, Judiciary

Lorenzo Johnson Suspect in Kentucky Police Shooting Faces 16 Counts

LOUISVILLE, KY---Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Rob Schroeder gave an update Thursday on the shooting that happened the evening prior that resulted in to LMPD officers receiving gunshot wounds, reported WLKY. "One of the officers shot is Mjr. Aubrey Gregory, who has been one of the leaders in the department's efforts during protests. "Some would call him the bedrock of those efforts," Schroeder said." "The other officer shot, Officer Robinson Desroches, is with LMPD's 2nd division. He was shot in the abdomen and had to undergo surgery. Just before noon on Thursday, he is still hospitalized, and is expected to recover." President Donald J. Trump tweeted "Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky."   "The Federal Government stands ...
International News

“Kremlin alleged they did not submit Putin’s nomination for Nobel Peace Prize”

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. The Kremlin did not nominate Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday. "You all know that completely different people are nominated for this award, this is an initiative of those submitting the nomination. In this case, [the nomination was submitted by] the aforementioned writer," the spokesman said, commenting on the nomination submitted by writer Sergey Komkov. "If this decision is made (to award Putin the prize - TASS) - great, if not, it’s no problem as well," Peskov said. Earlier, a group of Russian public figures led by writer Sergey Komkov informed that they had submitted Vladimir Putin’s nomination for t...
“Johnson & Johnson Initiates Pivotal Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Janssen’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate”
Drugs, FDA, Health

“Johnson & Johnson Initiates Pivotal Global Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Janssen’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate”

  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., September 23, 2020 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced the launch of its large-scale, pivotal, multi-country Phase 3 trial (ENSEMBLE) for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, JNJ-78436735, being developed by its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. The initiation of the ENSEMBLE trial follows positive interim results from the Company’s Phase 1/2a clinical study, which demonstrated that the safety profile and immunogenicity after a single vaccination were supportive of further development. These results have been submitted to medRxiv and are due to be published online imminently. Based on these results and following discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ENSEMBLE will enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across three continents ...
crime, Drugs

GBI In Georgia Makes Drug Arrest

Toccoa, GA  - On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Toccoa Police Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted a search at 182 Hughes Street, Toccoa, Stephens County, GA. The search resulted in the following arrests: Austin Lee Kidd, 25 – Two probation revocation warrants, two counts possession of Roxicodone, two counts of possession of Methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and possession of firearm during commission of a felony Alyssa Kari Whitlock, 22 – Possession of Roxicodone Abby Gail Jordan, 26 – Possession of Roxicodone and possession of Methamphetamine All three of the individuals were transported to the Stephens County Jail. More charges are ...
“The Justice Department Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation”
Judiciary

“The Justice Department Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--on behalf of the Trump Administration, the Department of Justice sent draft legislation to Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  The draft legislative text implements reforms that the Department of Justice deemed necessary in its June Recommendations and follows a yearlong review of the outdated statute.  The legislation also executes President Trump’s directive from the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.   “For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open and competitive environment is vitally important to America.  We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Sect...
crime

Cameron Charged An Officer In Death of Breonna Taylor In Kentucky, Jury Indicted On Three Counts

LOUISVILLE, KY---an emergency room technician Breonna Taylor's murder indicted. Taylor did not have a criminal record. Brett Hankison, the former Louisville police officer who allegedly fatally shot Breonna Taylor, was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. Two other officers involved in the March shooting -- Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- were not charged following months of investigations  of all the officers.   The former police officer Hankison was fired after Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said he violated standard operating procedure for use of deadly force and obedience to rules and regulations the night of Breonna Taylor's death.   The long-awaited findings of a grand jury probe into the fatal police sh...
Judiciary

“The Justice Department Unveils Proposed Section 230 Legislation on Behalf of the Administration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, the Department of Justice sent draft legislation to Congress to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  The draft legislative text implements reforms that the Department of Justice deemed necessary in its June Recommendations and follows a yearlong review of the outdated statute.  The legislation also executes President Trump’s directive from the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.   “For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open and competitive environment is vitally important to America.  We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms ...
President Donald J. Trump Signed The Born Alive Executive Order
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans, White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump Signed The Born Alive Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today President Donald J. Trump signed "the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive - no matter their circumstances - receive the medical care that they deserve! Trump says, that every unborn child born or unborn is made in the image holy of God. Trump said that he "will always protect the vital role and religion in society.  To ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, received the medical care that they deserve."   Trump also increased natal research funding to ensure that every child has the best chance to thrive and to grow, said Trump.  
USPS Deferred the Payroll Deferral of Military and Civilian Postal Workers
Mail-In Ballots, White House Daily News Conference

USPS Deferred the Payroll Deferral of Military and Civilian Postal Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under fire for reorganizing during the 2020 November Presidential election.  The USPS has decided not to implement the president’s payroll deferral,  which went into effect for much of the military and civilian federal workforce last week. "This would not constitute a forgiveness of the tax but merely a deferral. Employees would still be required to repay the deferred taxes between January and April next year. These deferred payments would be in addition to next year’s taxes,' said the USPS in a released statement. “USPS has reviewed guidance issued by the IRS and the Office of Management and Budget addressing this issue,” the agency said Tuesday in an announcement to employees. “After thoroughly considering the impact on both em...
The White House Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Awards Building Future Talents Through Entry Training
Jobs, White House Daily News Conference

The White House Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Awards Building Future Talents Through Entry Training

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--today First Daughter Ivanka Trump and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross hosted the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Awards at the White House. President Donald J. Trump signed an  executive order in 2018  which created the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board--asking top U.S. organizations to cosign a "Pledge to America's Workers."  "Our Nation was facing a skills crisis.  There were more than 6.7 million unfilled jobs in the United States, and American workers, who are our country’s most valuable resource, need the skills training to fill them.  At the same time, the economy is changing at a rapid pace because of the technology, automation, and artificial intelligence that is shaping many industries, from m...
USDA Push To Improve the Quality and Scope of Public Customer Service
Economy, UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans, White House Daily News Conference

USDA Push To Improve the Quality and Scope of Public Customer Service

WASHINGTON, D.C.----A governmentwide push to improve the quality and scope of public customer services, available on agency websites, has gained momentum during the coronavirus pandemic. The Agriculture Department, for example, the lead agency in the Trump administration’s overhaul of customer experience, has launched a digital strategy playbook that gives its subcomponents seven criteria to improve the services they provide online. The new customer service--is a big improvement from the failed MIDAS program that cost the American taxpayers almost a half billion dollars.  MIDAS never delivered what the USDA promised--under former President Barack Obama and former Vice-President Joe Biden.  MIDAS is another hidden failed program of candidate Biden/Obama's administration--which failed to p...
“President Trump Delivers Remarks in Honor of Bay of Pigs Veterans”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Delivers Remarks in Honor of Bay of Pigs Veterans”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today Today, President Donald J. Trump delivered remarks to honor the Bay of Pigs veterans as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Mariel boatlift and reaffirm the Trump Administration’s commitment to stand by the Cuban people in their quest for liberty. The Bay of Pigs invasion was a failed landing operation on the southwestern coast of Cuba in 1961 by Cuban exiles who opposed Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution. The training camps were set up in Guatemala and the leader of the group would be Jose Miro Cardona. If the invasion had succeeded, Cardona was set to take over the provisional presidency of Cuba, according to the JFK Library. "Today, we reaffirm our ironclad solidarity with the Cuban people and our eternal conviction that freedom will prevail over the siniste...
President Trump Launched the Most Aggressive Mobilization Against the China Virus Since the Second World War
United Nations, White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Launched the Most Aggressive Mobilization Against the China Virus Since the Second World War

UNITED NATIONS---Today President Donald J. Trump  launched the most aggressive mobilization against the China virus since the second World War.      Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle.  We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy -- the China virus -- which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries.     In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilization since the Second World War.  We rapidly produced a record supply of ventilators, creating a surplus that allowed us to share them with friends and partners all around the globe.  We pioneered life-saving treatments, reducing our fatality rate 85 percent since April.                                     ...
Romney Sticks With President Trump and the Majority in The U.S. Senate Regarding SCOTUS Nominee
Judiciary, Supreme Court Decisions

Romney Sticks With President Trump and the Majority in The U.S. Senate Regarding SCOTUS Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced that he will support President Donald J. Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee. "My decision regarding a Supreme Court Nomination is not the result of a subjective test of "Fairness" which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder," said Romney in a statement.  The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees," added Romney.
crime

“New York City Police Department Officer Charged with Acting As an Illegal Agent of the People’s Republic of China”

NEW YORK CITY, NY---A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York charging Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a New York City Police Department officer and United States Army reservist, with acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding.  Angwang was arrested earlier today in Williston Park, New York, and his initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York. “State and local officials should be aware that they are not immune to the threat of Chinese espionage,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “Acc...
“UK National Sentenced to Prison for Role in “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group”
crime

“UK National Sentenced to Prison for Role in “The Dark Overlord” Hacking Group”

EASTERN, MISSOURI---today a United Kingdom national pleaded guilty today to conspiring to commit aggravated identity theft and computer fraud, and was sentenced to five years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Ronnie White for the Eastern District of Missouri sentenced Nathan Wyatt, 39, who participated in a computer hacking collective known as “The Dark Overlord,” which targeted victims in the St. Louis area beginning in 2016.  Wyatt was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Eastern District of Missouri in December 2019.  Judge White also ordered Wyatt to pay $1,467,048 in restitution. “Nathan Wyatt used his technical skills to prey on Americans’ private data and exploited the sensitive nature of their medical and financial records for his own personal gain,” said Acting Assist...
crime, Judiciary
USMS Asks for Public’s Help to Find Fugitive Wanted for 1998 East Chicago Murder Washington, DC – The U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF) is seeking the public’s help in apprehending a man wanted for a 1998 murder in East Chicago, Indiana. Javier Oropesa (aka Guillermo Lanteros-Serna) is alleged to have shot Alexander Martinez in the face and head on Jan. 11, 1998, in the 400 block of Grove Street. Oropesa, who is 48 or 49, was charged with the murder in February 2009, and the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force was requested to assist in the fugitive investigation. GLRFTF Investigators obtained fingerprints from a 1997 Lake County, Indiana, arrest of Oropesa. Those fingerprints were submitted to the Department of Homeland Security...
“Operation Safety Net Concludes 35 Missing Children Recovered & Permanent Unit Established in Northern Ohio”
Child Welfare, crime, Judiciary

“Operation Safety Net Concludes 35 Missing Children Recovered & Permanent Unit Established in Northern Ohio”

Cleveland, OH – United States Marshal Pete Elliott, Police Chief Calvin Williams, Sheriff David Schilling, East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner, and Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy announce the recovery of 35 children during of Operation Safety Net. The U.S. Marshals Service has been working with its state and local partners over the past month to locate and recover missing juveniles from the Cuyahoga County area. 35 missing and endangered children, between the ages of 13 and 18, were recovered during the operation. A little more than 20% were tied to human trafficking cases and those cases were referred to the Human Trafficking Task Force in Cuyahoga County. Of the 40 missing cases referred to the Marshals Task Force only 5 cases remain open. Members of the task force and ...
“Statement by the President Regarding New Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile, and Conventional Weapons Pursuits”
Defense, Homeland Security, State Department

“Statement by the President Regarding New Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile, and Conventional Weapons Pursuits”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, I am taking new actions to restrict Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits.  My Administration will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, nor will we allow Iran to endanger the rest of the world with a fresh supply of ballistic missiles and conventional arms.  To ensure this cannot happen, I am issuing a new Executive Order, restoring United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iran, and imposing new sanctions and export controls on more than two dozen entities and individuals that support Iran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional arms-related activities.The Executive Order I am issuing today blocks the property, and interests in property, in the United States of those who contribute to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms ...
Making of a SCOTUS Nominee During An Election Year–A Political Gem
Judiciary

Making of a SCOTUS Nominee During An Election Year–A Political Gem

WASHINGTON, D.C.--President Donald J. Trump is expected to name his third SCOTUS nominee next week, and Judge Amy Coney Barrett is well qualified to serve on the United States (U.S.) Supreme Court and should be the nominee--since she was second to Justice Brett Michael Kavanaugh.     "Joe Biden has refused to release his list perhaps because he knows the names are so extremely far left that they could never withstand public scrutiny or receive acceptance," Trump said.   "Our cherished rights are at risk including the right to life and our great second amendment," Trump added.   Two United States (U.S.)  Senator's are standing alone in the no column against President Donald J. Trump's potential U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nominee to replace the vacant seat on SCOTUS.   Maine Sen. Sus...
“Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure”
campaign, White House Daily News Conference

“Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure”

Highlights: TikTok is moving along.  We’re dealing with Oracle, which you know of.  Larry Ellison.  And we’re dealing with, as a combination, Walmart -- Walmart, a great company.  A great American company.  The security will be 100 percent.  They’ll be using separate clouds and a lot of very, very powerful security.  And they’ll be making about a 5-billion-dollar contribution toward education.  We’re going to be setting up a very large fund toward the education of American youth.  And that’ll be great.  That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for. They’ll be hiring at least 25,000 people.  It’ll most likely be incorporated in Texas.  It’ll be a brand-new company.  It will have nothing to do with any outside land, any outside country.  It will have nothing to do with China.  It’l...
“Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a roundtable discussion on veteran suicide prevention efforts underway in Arizona.”
Military, White House Daily News Conference

“Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a roundtable discussion on veteran suicide prevention efforts underway in Arizona.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a roundtable discussion on veteran suicide prevention efforts underway in Arizona. The participants of the roundtable included Thomas Winkel and Wanda Wright, the Directors of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) and Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS), government, non-profit, and private sector leaders. Mrs. Pence delivered opening remarks about her role as the Lead Ambassador for PREVENTS and the importance of now more than ever being the time to address veteran suicide. She also applauded the leadership of ACMF and ADVS and their work to create a comprehensive approach and solutions to help prevent suicide among veterans. Mrs. Pence also heard personal testimonials from veterans who had struggled with...
FEMA, Infrastructure, White House Daily News Conference

Trump Awarded A Major New Grant To Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- President Donald J. Trump awarded a major new grant to rebuild Puerto Rico's crumbling infrastructure.  The infrastructure grant will help in Puerto Rico's recovery following Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. "Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced plans to award nearly $13 billion – including $11.6 billion in Federal funding – for new infrastructure grants to Puerto Rico." These grants are two of the largest grants ever awarded by FEMA, together exceeding the total disaster Public Assistance program funding for any other single disaster declared by a President outside of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. $9.6 billion of this funding will be granted to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to repair and rebuild the territory’s electrical grid system, which is...
President Donald J. Trump: “Our Nation Mourns the Loss of a Titan of the Law”
White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump: “Our Nation Mourns the Loss of a Titan of the Law”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, our Nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served more than 27 years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States—notably just the second woman to be appointed to the Court. She was a loving wife to her late husband, Martin, and a dedicated mother to her two children. Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds. A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburg battled cancer, and other ve...
“Secretary DeVos Launches New Web Tool to Help Parents, Educators Easily Access School Spending Data”
Education

“Secretary DeVos Launches New Web Tool to Help Parents, Educators Easily Access School Spending Data”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a new user-friendly website today that clearly shows how much money each school spends per student.  The tool will radically increase transparency as parents and local leaders seek to understand funding levels and differences between schools. States are required by the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to provide this funding information called Per Pupil Expenditure (PPE). Unfortunately, each state provides the information in different ways and places—some more transparently than others. Under Secretary DeVos’ direction, state data will be aggregated and made easily accessible and searchable at studentspending.ed.gov.    “Parents are increasingly attuned to how their schools are—or aren’t—meeting their students’ nee...
“U.S Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General and Justice Department Conduct Animal Welfare Criminal Investigations Training”
Agriculture, Judiciary

“U.S Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General and Justice Department Conduct Animal Welfare Criminal Investigations Training”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---On Sept. 14 to 18, criminal investigators and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General (USDA-OIG) and the U.S. Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) collaborated to put on a week-long training for USDA-OIG criminal investigators, as well as other federal law enforcement agencies on animal welfare criminal investigations and prosecutions.  “Animal fighting and other violations of federal animal welfare laws are serious offenses, and ending these cruel practices requires close partnerships among federal law enforcement agencies,” said ENRD Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Brightbill.  “Our division is proud to be a leader in this worthy cause.  Our work with the U.S. Department of...
“Virginia Attorneys Sentenced for Attempting to Extort a Multinational Chemicals Company”
Judiciary, National, White House Daily News Conference

“Virginia Attorneys Sentenced for Attempting to Extort a Multinational Chemicals Company”

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA---Two Virginia attorneys were sentenced today on federal extortion charges for their roles in a scheme to extort a multinational chemicals company by threatening to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if their demands for a $200 million payment disguised as a purported “consulting agreement” were not met. Timothy Litzenburg, 38, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon of the Western District of Virginia.  Daniel Kincheloe, 41, of Glen Allen, Virginia, was separately sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release by Judge Moon.  Both defendants had previously pleaded guilty to one count of transmitting i...
“Secretary DeVos Announces Student-Centered Grant Awards to Expand Personalized Learning through Course Access, Student-Centered Funding”
Education, Judiciary

“Secretary DeVos Announces Student-Centered Grant Awards to Expand Personalized Learning through Course Access, Student-Centered Funding”

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced new funding for two grant programs focused on meeting students' unique learning needs and improving student outcomes. The Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Courses Demonstration Grants Program supports school districts' efforts to develop distance-learning opportunities, expand their course offerings, and ensure students have access to a broad range of advanced, career or technical, and other courses. The Well-Rounded Education Through Student-Centered Funding Demonstration Grants Program allows funding to follow individual students so that school districts can allocate resources in a way that provides a customized approach to education that considers individual needs in order to improve academic achievement. "For more ...
Justice Ruth Ginsburg Dead at 87
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

Justice Ruth Ginsburg Dead at 87

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87…has died she had cancer.”  “Bad cancer. The kind you don’t get better from,” Bunning went on. “Even though she was operated on, usually nine months is the longest that anybody would live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.” Ms Ginsburg said underwent a  scan had last spring which revealed lesions on her liver, but the chemotherapy had helped to reduce them. As the court's most senior liberal justice, her health was  closely watched for years prior to her death. She received hospital treatment a number of times in recent years but has returned swiftly to work on each occasion. "The chemotherapy course... is yielding positive results," she added. "My most recent scan on 7 July indicated [a] significant reduct...
Education

Biden and Obama’s Administration Excluded Black Students and HBCU’s, But Trump Administration Did Not Leave Them Behind In President’s Environmental Youth Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.---during the former  Vice President Joe Biden's and former President Barack Obama's Administration --appointees to serve on the science and technology councils--were not representative of Black or  America.  Biden  and Obama's appointed  John P. Holdren and Eric Lander as Co-Chair as of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST ).  In addition to serving as Biden's/Obama's Co-chair, Mr. Holdren also served as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.  Biden/Obama failed to utilize the expertise of Black scientist or students from Historical Black Universities and Colleges to serve as Co-Chairs on any of the administrations scienc...
“United States and Republic of Indonesia Sign Cooperation Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building”
Treasury

“United States and Republic of Indonesia Sign Cooperation Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati of the Republic of Indonesia remotely completed the signing of the Cooperation Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building on September 18, 2020. This cooperative initiative is designed to achieve the mutual goals of the United States and the Republic of Indonesia to support infrastructure development through market-oriented, private sector investment. Under this cooperative framework, the United States and the Republic of Indonesia will address regulatory, market, and legal barriers to private sector investment by focusing on the development of financial instruments, project finance, the local debt market, and capital markets. “Infrastructure development is critica...
White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Holds Press Conference, 9/18/2020

Highlights: On Kuwait: So the ambassador to — the Kuwaiti ambassador to Austria this week told the IAEA that the Kuwaiti government is very concerned over Iran’s constant breaching of the JCPOA.  In your discussions with the Kuwaitis today, have you discussed where they stand this week as we go into the U.N., as the United States tries to extend sanctions on Iran? President Trump expects seven or eight countries that want to be a part of it without even working very easily, very quickly.   So we’re out of Syria, except we kept the oil, and we’ll make a determination.  We’ll probably be dealing with the Kurds and the oil and see what it all ends up.  But we’ll be out. We’re down to very few soldiers in Iraq, and we’re down — we’ll be down very shortly over the next couple of weeks to 4,0...
crime, Judiciary

“Seven International Cyber Defendants, Including “Apt41” Actors, Charged In Connection With Computer Intrusion Campaigns Against More Than 100 Victims Globally”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---In August 2019 and August 2020, a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned two separate indictments charging five computer hackers, all of whom were residents and nationals of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), with computer intrusions affecting over 100 victim companies in the United States and abroad, including software development companies, computer hardware manufacturers, telecommunications providers, social media companies, video game companies, non-profit organizations, universities, think tanks, and foreign governments, as well as pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.  The intrusions, which security researchers have tracked using the threat labels “APT41,” “Barium,” “Winnti,” “Wicked Panda,” and “Wicked Spider,” facilitated the theft o...
“Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2021”
Drugs, White House Daily News Conference

“Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2021”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today, President Donald J. Trump identified "the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela." President Trump stated in his memorandum "a country’s presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counternarcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.  Consistent with the statutory definition of a major drug transit or major illicit drug producing country set forth in section 481(e)(2) and (5) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (Public Law ...
“U.S. Seeks to Recover More Than $300 Million in Additional Assets Traceable to Funds Allegedly Misappropriated from Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund”
Judiciary

“U.S. Seeks to Recover More Than $300 Million in Additional Assets Traceable to Funds Allegedly Misappropriated from Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund”

CALIFORNIA--The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $300 million in additional assets allegedly associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.  Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director Calvin Shivers of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Chief Don Fort of IRS-Criminal Investigation made the announcement. Combined with earlier civil forfeiture complaints filed beginning in July 2016, the United States has sought the forfeiture of more than $2.1 billion in assets traceable to funds embezzled from 1MDB.  To dat...
crime, Judiciary

“Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Cyber Theft Campaign Targeting Computer Systems in United States, Europe, and the Middle East”

NEWARK, N.J.---Two Iranian nationals have been charged in connection with a coordinated cyber intrusion campaign – sometimes at the behest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) – targeting computers in New Jersey, elsewhere in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, the Department of Justice announced today. According to a 10-count indictment returned on Sept. 15, 2020, Hooman Heidarian, a/k/a “neo,” 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, a/k/a “Mehdi Mahdavi” and “Mohammad Mehdi Farhadi Ramin,” 34, both of Hamedan, Iran, stole hundreds of terabytes of data, which typically included confidential communications pertaining to national security, foreign policy intelligence, non-military nuclear information, aerospace data, human rights activist information, victim financial informa...
crime

“Kansas Man Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges”

TOPEKA, KS---A resident of Topeka, Kansas, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on federal child pornography charges, Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today. The three-count indictment charged Jeffrey Pierce with producing and possessing child pornography.  Pierce is alleged to have solicited sexually explicit images and videos from minor victims. This case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to bette...
crime

“United States Citizen Who Joined ISIS Charged With Material Support Violations”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---An indictment and arrest warrant were unsealed today in the federal court of the District of Columbia charging Lirim Sylejmani, a Kosovo-born naturalized U.S. citizen, with conspiring to provide, providing, and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and receiving training from ISIS, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2339B and 2339D.  Sylejmani was detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and recently transferred into FBI custody.  Sylejmani made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge [ADD] in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. “The United States is committed to holding accountable those who have left this country in order to join ISIS,” said Assistant Att...
“VA awards $1.3 million to support Veterans at elevated risk of suicide from experiencing or being at risk of homelessness”
Defense, Military

“VA awards $1.3 million to support Veterans at elevated risk of suicide from experiencing or being at risk of homelessness”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it recently awarded $1.3 million in grants to 11 regional homelessness nonprofit organizations to bolster suicide prevention services for Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  VA’s combined public health approach to preventing suicide and addressing homelessness aims to improve the identification of Veterans in need within the community, increase Veteran and community awareness of suicide risk and protective factors, and increase Veterans’ connectedness to community and care resources.  “Our data shows Veterans are at particular risk for suicide within 30 days of an eviction or the onset of homelessness, especially when it is paired with other risk factors, such as financial instability a...
“VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services”
Military

“VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services”

      WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits. VA’s iPad program provides qualifying Veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access tele-health services and currently helps more than 50,000 Veterans across the country connect to VA health care services virtually. “VA will continue working diligently to provide Veterans with the tools and resources necessary to access quality health care when and where they need it,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA’s partnership with Apple is an integral step in helping to bridge the digital divide for Veterans everywhere. This is particularly critical during the COVID-19 public health emergency, when telehealth is being leveraged to...
“Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the First Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation”
Commerce

“Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the First Meeting of the National Council for Expanding American Innovation”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----Thank you, Andrei, for the kind introduction, and for your leadership at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during these tumultuous times. I must first say how sorry I am not to be present in person. I had been eagerly awaiting this event, but recent events in the Middle East require me to be with the Qatari delegation this whole day through dinner. We commend you and your team for creating this new Council at a critical juncture in American history. This is a seminal event that is long overdue. The National Council for Expanding American Innovation is ground-breaking, and it is long overdue. I am grateful to serve as a government member along with you, Andrei; and the Directors of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Panchanathan; and the Small Business Administrat...
White House Secretary Press Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Press Briefing, 9/16/2020
White House Daily News Conference

White House Secretary Press Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Press Briefing, 9/16/2020

Highlights: President, thanked  the commissioner of Big 10 football, Kevin Warren, and all of the players, parents, coaches, and fans who wanted more than anything to play football. Players in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Nebraska will now have access to football, which is very good to see, said the Press Secretary. Fourteen months ago, two deputies with the Los Angeles Police Department were sworn in to protect and serve their community.  This past Saturday, these two deputies were ambushed.  While sitting in their patrol car in Compton, California, a suspect approached the passenger-side window, took aim, and fired multiple shots at point-blank range into the patrol car.  Targeting a police officer is an assa...
“CDC Releases Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making”
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“CDC Releases Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----Today, CDC released indicators to help schools make dynamic decisions about in-person learning as local conditions evolve throughout the pandemic. When coupled with local data about community spread, these indicators are an important tool to help local health officials, school administrators, and communities prepare, plan, and respond to COVID-19. These indicators are the latest resources CDC has provided for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they supplement previously released CDC guidance. To make decisions about operational conditions, like beginning, continuing, or pausing in-person learning, schools in cooperation with local health departments must be able to monitor the local spread of COVID-19 and assess their own ability to implement prevention and mit...
“House Republican Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Housing Programs for Homeless Veterans”
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“House Republican Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Housing Programs for Homeless Veterans”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, released the following statements after they introduced the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act of 2020.“I applaud my friends, Leader McCarthy and Rep. Levin, for introducing the Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act to make it easier for homeless veterans to access safe, affordable housing,” said Ranking Member Roe. “This bill will get us one step closer to ending veteran homelessness once and for all and I am proud to support it today.”“For generations, our veterans have sacrificed immensely to guarantee the safety of the United States at ho...
Trump Holds News Conference, 09/16/2020
White House Daily News Conference

Trump Holds News Conference, 09/16/2020

Highlights: President Donald J. Trump weighs in  on the federal officer shot in Phoenix and the two Los Angeles sheriff deputies that were ambushed: We need to stop this horrible anti-police rhetoric. President Trump "I'm calling on Biden to stop promoting his anti-vaccine theories because all they're doing is hurting the importance of what we're doing." Bid Ten Football is back. People with the China Virus only makeup 1.5% of all emergency room visits, the fatality rate has fallen 85% since April. President Donald  J.  Trump: "The WTO, as far as I’m concerned, was created to suck money and jobs out of the United States to the benefit of China and other countries." Dr. Scott Atlas: We have a very detailed vaccine distribution plan and we've had it for months. Dr. Scott Atlas details the...
“Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Virtual Currency Theft”
Treasury

“Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Virtual Currency Theft”

Washington - Today, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two Russian nationals for their involvement in a sophisticated phishing campaign in 2017 and 2018 that targeted customers of two U.S.-based and one foreign-based virtual asset service providers. American citizens and businesses were among the victims of this malicious cyber-enabled activity, which resulted in combined losses of at least $16.8 million. “The individuals who administered this scheme defrauded American citizens, businesses, and others by deceiving them and stealing virtual currency from their accounts,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The Treasury Department wil...
“Treasury International Capital Data for July “
Treasury

“Treasury International Capital Data for July “

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released Treasury InternationalCapital (TIC) data for July 2020. The next release, which will report on data for August 2020, is scheduled for October 16, 2020. The sum total in July of all net foreign acquisitions of long-term securities, short-term U.S. securities, and banking flows was a net TIC outflow of $88.7 billion. Of this, net foreign private outflows were $55.0 billion, and net foreign official outflows were $33.7 billion. Foreign residents decreased their holdings of long-term U.S. securities in July; net sales were $26.7 billion. Net sales by private foreign investors were $20.8 billion, while net sales by foreign official institutions were $5.9 billion.U.S. residents decreased their holdings of long-term foreign securities, with net...
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate: Charles Edward Atchley, Jr., of Tennessee, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Chuck Atchley is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, where he has served as the First Assistant United States Attorney since 2018.  Mr. Atchley joined the United States Attorney’s Office in 2001 and previously served in the Criminal Division, supervising the General Crimes and National Security Section.  Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Atchley served as an Assistant District Attorney General for the State of Tennessee.  Mr. Atchley earned his B.A. from the Un...
Agreement Between the Government of the United States, Israel, the UAE and Government of the People’s  Bahrain
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Agreement Between the Government of the United States, Israel, the UAE and Government of the People’s Bahrain

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Marking the most historical peace agreement in more than a decade President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed on Tuesday historic and groundbreaking normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the third and fourth ever between Israel and Arab states. Read the entire "Abraham Accords Declaration: The Abraham Accords Declaration: We, the undersigned, recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom. We encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance as a culture of peace among the three Abrahamic religions and all hum...
WTO An Advocate of China, Rules Against Trump Administration’s Tariffs
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WTO An Advocate of China, Rules Against Trump Administration’s Tariffs

GENEVA  — A World Trade Organization panel who is an advocate for China ruled Tuesday that the Trump's administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the United States has all but incapacitated the WTO’s ability to hand down a final, binding verdict. The WTO---assisted in the COVID-19 coverup alone with China--leading to almost 200,000 American citizen and infections to millions across the World. The decision marks the first time that the Geneva-based trade body has ruled against a series of high-profile tariffs that President Donald Trump’s government has imposed on a number of countries — allies and rivals alike. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the WTO treats the U.S. unfairly. The ruling, in theory, would allow China to impose ...
Hurricane Sally Threatens Alabama Shores With Heavy Rain and Floods
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Hurricane Sally Threatens Alabama Shores With Heavy Rain and Floods

Alabama---If you live near the Fish, Styx or Perdido rivers, Baldwin officials have one word for you to consider now: Alabama officials advise that you evacuate. "Baldwin County emergency management officials are encouraging residents living along the Styx, Perdido and Fish rivers to leave for higher ground on Tuesday."   The hurricane spared New Orleans but it is headed to Alabama, and heavy rain and flooding are expected. Orange Beach has enacted a curfew from 8 p.m. tonight (9/15/20) until 6 a.m. tomorrow (9/16/20).  Mark Heim "Sally remains a Category 1 storm with 85 mph winds and is still crawling at only 2 mph. There are two significant changes: The storm track has shifted more to the east and shows the center of Sally moving up into Mobile Bay. The storm is expected to make landfa...
City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor’s mom, reform police
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City to pay $12M to Breonna Taylor’s mom, reform police

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The city of Louisville will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and reform police practices as part of a lawsuit settlement months after Taylor’s slaying by police thrust the Black woman’s name to the forefront of a national reckoning on race, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday. Taylor’s death sparked months of protests in Louisville and calls nationwide for the officers to be criminally charged. The state’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, (Republican-KY) is investigating police actions in the March 13 fatal shooting. “I cannot begin to imagine Ms. Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death,” Fischer said, referring to Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. At Tuesday’s news conference, an emotional Palmer pushed for charges against...
President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Historic Abraham Accords Peace Signing Ceremony”
White House Daily News Conference

President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Historic Abraham Accords Peace Signing Ceremony”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed to the White House Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu alone with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed told Trump the deal offers a chance for more cooperation in the region, and more between the United States and UAE.  And Minister Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani to sign "landmark deals that no one thought was possible.   Israel, the UAE and Bahrain will establish embassies, exchange ambassadors, and begin to work together as partners, said Trump.  Highlights: This is a very important day for the World. It's a very important day for peace, said President Donald J. Trump “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of ...
“A Giant Virtual Science Festival? Coming Right Up!”
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“A Giant Virtual Science Festival? Coming Right Up!”

Over 100 virtual presenters, including DOE headquarters (STEM Rising and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be “at” the free virtual SciFest All Access event next week, running September 16-23 at your computer. “The DOE has been a great partner with us through the many years of live events, bringing energy education and inspiration to our nation’s K-12 students – and we are grateful for the very innovative content that will be on display at SciFest All Access,” said Bob Perrine, Director of National Partnerships at...
“Department of Energy and Export-Import Bank Fireside Chat”
White House Daily News Conference

“Department of Energy and Export-Import Bank Fireside Chat”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette joined the Export Import (EXIM) Bank’s Annual Conference to deliver remarks and answer questions about key issues impacting today’s energy landscape. The theme of this year’s Conference was, “Keeping America Strong: Empowering U.S. Businesses and Workers” – a clear intersection with the Department of Energy’s mission and the driving force behind the Trump Administration’s energy policies. You can read Secretary Brouillette’s full remarks here. Highlights include: Plain and simple, energy security is national security. Energy security requires abundant, affordable, and reliable supply. But it also requires diversity of supply.  I’m proud to say that under President Trump's leadership, this Administration fully supports energy diversity by deployin...
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“U.S. Department of Energy to Provide $16 Million for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Research”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will provide $16 million for advanced research in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) for both scientific investigation and the management of complex systems. The funding will support two sets of projects. The first set focuses on the development of ML and AI for predictive modeling and simulation for research across the physical sciences. The second set of projects focuses on basic ML and AI research for “decision support” in managing complex processes similar to those found in self-driving cars, where ML and AI can make or aid in making decisions in real time.  “We are making enormous strides in adapting machine learning and artificial intelligence to a wide range of scientific and operational challen...
“NIH augments large scale study of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers”
Health

“NIH augments large scale study of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---to meet the pressing need to better understand the prevalence, progression, and clinical impact of Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican Americans, the National Institutes of Health has added funding for more biomarker measures, including positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, to the ongoing Health and Aging Brain Among Latino Elders (HABLE) Study. NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) awarded new support that is expected to total $45.5 million over five years to the University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) at Fort Worth for the Health and Aging Brain Among Latino Elders-Amyloid, Tau, and Neurodegeneration (HABLE-AT(N)) Study. This combined investment and effort will help researchers better understand the health disparities of brain aging and Alzheimer’...
Health

“Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19 susceptibility”

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published today in Molecular Psychiatry, was co-authored by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The findings suggest that health care providers should closely monitor patients with SUDs and develop action plans to help shield them from infection and severe outcomes. By analyzing the non-identifiable electronic health records (EHR) of millions of patients in the United States, the team of investigators revealed that while individuals with an SUD constituted 10.3% of the total study population, they represented 15.6% of the COVID-19 cases. The analysis revealed that those with a rec...
“Joint Statement on U.S.-Brazil Trade in Ethanol”
Trade

“Joint Statement on U.S.-Brazil Trade in Ethanol”

Washington, DC – Brazil and the United States have held consultations regarding their bilateral trade on ethanol. As a result, they have decided to conduct results-oriented discussions on an arrangement to improve market access for ethanol and sugar in Brazil and the United States. They will also consider an increase in market access for corn in both countries. The two countries will also discuss ways to ensure there is fair market access along with any increase in the consumption of ethanol, as well as to coordinate and ensure that the ethanol industries in both countries will be treated fairly and benefit from future regulatory changes on biofuel products in Brazil and the United States. The discussions should aim to achieve reciprocal and proportional outcomes that generate trade and ...
“DHS Cracks Down on Goods Produced by China’s State-Sponsored Forced Labor”
China, crime

“DHS Cracks Down on Goods Produced by China’s State-Sponsored Forced Labor”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) today on products from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The products subject to the WROs are produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities. “By taking this action, DHS is combating illegal and inhumane forced labor, a type of modern slavery, used to make goods that the Chinese government then tries to import into the United States. When China attempts to import these goods into our supply chains, it also disadvantages American workers and businesses,” said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. “President Tr...
crime, Judiciary

“Operation Legend Case of the Day: Michigan Man Charged with Federal Drug and Firearm Offenses

United States vs. Gregory Dulaney MICHIGAN--- “Operation Legend continues to show results,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider for the Eastern District of Michigan.  “Positive changes can happen when law enforcement agencies from across the board work together to make our streets safer.  Removing the scourge of drugs and guns from our communities is our top priority.” Gregory Dulaney was charged on Aug. 19, 2020, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and distributing narcotics. According to the charging document, ATF special agents conducted an undercover operation in which confidential informants purchased suspected crack cocaine from Dulaney at a motel in Detroit.  On July 30, 2020, while purchasing 19 baggies of crack cocaine from Dulaney, a confidential informant also a...
Judiciary

DOJ officials hold a press conference regarding the $1.5 billion settlement between Daimler and the US. Justice Dept

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- today, "the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced today a proposed settlement with German automaker Daimler AG and its American subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (collectively, “Daimler”) resolving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and California law associated with emissions cheating. " Under the proposed settlement, lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Daimler will recall and repair the emissions systems in Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles sold in the United States between 2009 and 2016 and pay $875,000,000 in civil penalties and roughly $70,300,000 in other penalties.  The company will also extend the warranty period for certain parts in the repaired vehi...
Health, White House Daily News Conference

First Lady Melania Trump “Improving the Lives of Americans with Sickle Cell Disease Roundtable”

Update 9/14/2020: Readout from The First Lady’s Roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, First Lady Melania Trump and the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) hosted a roundtable on “Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease” in recognition of National Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month. For the first time since 1983, the White House has elevated this important issue with a Presidential Proclamation issued by President Trump on August 31, 2020. The First Lady opened the roundtable by reaffirming the goal of finding a cure and highlighted the children’s well-being pillar of her Be Best initiative, noting that the effects of SCD often begin in early childhood. Mrs. Trump also pointed out that...
Democrat Appointed U.S. District Court Judge Rules Against DOJ
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Democrat Appointed U.S. District Court Judge Rules Against DOJ

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled the Office of Legal Counsel may not be able to automatically keep most of its opinions secret, but also determined that not all of the opinions should be proactively released under open records law. Ketanji Brown Jackson is a U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2016, she was interviewed as one of U.S. President Barack Obama's potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM
Georgia Sheriff Fired After Captured on Video Repeatedly Punching A Black Man
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Georgia Sheriff Fired After Captured on Video Repeatedly Punching A Black Man

CLAYTON, COUNTY, GEORGIA---today, a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia has been fired after being captured on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop, authorities said Sunday.  This punch to cost Clayton County Sheriff's Office a big penny. The deputy was being let go for “excessive use of force,” the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. It did not identify the deputy, but said a criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney’s office. Roderick Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the vehicle he was riding in Friday with his girlfriend, their 5-month-old child and his stepson for an alleged broken taillight, his attorney, Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm in Atlanta said Sunday. The dep...
“Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2020”
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“Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2020”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--President Donald J. Trump signed a "Proclamation on Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, 2020." During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to ending the opioid crisis in our country, and we pledge to help our friends, family, and colleagues with addiction as they work toward a drug-free life.  Addiction undercuts human personal potential, damages families, and disrupts relationships.  This month, and every month, we must continue to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and resolve to build a healthier and happier Nation. Since my first day in office, my Administration has taken aggressive action to confront and dismantle the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.  In October ...
Oregon Fires Leave Families Digging Through Personal Items As Homes Continue to Burn
FEMA, weather

Oregon Fires Leave Families Digging Through Personal Items As Homes Continue to Burn

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities said over the weekend as crews battled wildfires that have killed at least 33 from California to Washington state. The flames up and down the West Coast have destroyed neighborhoods, leaving nothing but charred rubble and burned-out cars, forced tens of thousands to flee and cast a shroud of smoke that has given Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, some of the worst air quality in the world. The smoke filled the air with an acrid metallic smell like pennies and spread to nearby states. While making it difficult to breathe, it helped firefighters by blocking the sun and turning the weather cooler as they tried to get a handle o...
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at Intra-Afghan Negotiations Opening Ceremony”
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“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at Intra-Afghan Negotiations Opening Ceremony”

Doha, Qatar--today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered his thanks to his excellency the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar and my friend, Sheikh Mohammed, for Qatar’s amazing longstanding support for this effort.  We wouldn’t be at this moment without all the work that you and your team have done.  Bless you for that. Pompeo, said 'today is truly a momentous occasion.  Afghans have at long last chosen to sit together and chart a new course for your country.  This is a moment that we must dare to hope.  As we look toward the light, we recall the darkness of four decades of war and the lost lives and opportunities, but it is remarkable and a testament to the human spirit that the pain and patterns of destruction are no match for the enduring hopes for peace held by all ...
campaign, White House Daily News Conference

Trump hold’s Nevada Rally before 25,000 cheering crowd of supporters

President Donald J. Trump holds rally before more than 25,000 cheering supporters. Highlights: The  #politicalhack #Nevada Governor tried to silence the Trump supporters— contacting venues trying to stop the rally. Now he is in charge of millions of mail in ballots— trying to steal the election. Biden spent the last 47 yrs selling out America, offshoring your jobs throwing open your borders, depleting our military and sacrificing your children’s future. Trump has spent last 4 yrs bringing jobs back to America, securing your borders, rebuilding our military and standing up to #China. Trump accuses Nevada Gov. Sisolak of trying to stop rally, claims it shows he is not trustworthy on election integrity: "How would you trust a guy that fought that we aren't here, that we can't have all thes...
White House Daily News Conference

“The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of safe communities”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, released a statement about the Ninth Circuit's safe communities decision. "The Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of safe communities and vacated two overbroad injunctions that had permitted the release of criminal aliens into American communities.  This decision will allow for better communication between the Federal Government and local jurisdictions and prevent criminal aliens from being released onto the streets where they pose a threat to law-abiding Americans, wrote McEnany. Source: 
“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP HAS BROKERED A HISTORIC DEAL BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN”
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“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP HAS BROKERED A HISTORIC DEAL BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today President Donald J. Trump announced that has "brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel – the second such agreement between Israel and an Arab nation in less than one month."  The White House stated in a released statement that "this peace deal is a significant step forward for both Israel and Bahrain."  "The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in more than 25 years." The "Agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates also help to advance President Trump’s vision for finding a fair and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians." President Donald J. Trump, his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prime Ministe...
“President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, United States Army”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, United States Army”

Highlights: With us also is our First Lady -- thank you, darling; and Vice President Mike Pence -- Mike, thank you very much; along with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper -- Mark, thank you; Congressman Richard Hudson -- Richard -- Richard, thank you very much; Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy -- thanks, Ryan; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley -- Mark, thank you very much.  It’s amazing the way all these big generals are showing up.  This is something, huh?  (Laughter.)  This is the big one, as I say -- always do.  It always will be.  The Army Chief of Staff James McConville -- James, thank you.  Thank you very much, James.  And Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston -- . President Trump recognize the three Medal of Honor recipients that are with us: Matthew Willia...
President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Flight 93 National Memorial Nineteenth Anniversary Observance
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President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Flight 93 National Memorial Nineteenth Anniversary Observance

SHANKSVILLE, PA---President Trump and The First Lady Participate in a Flight 93 National Memorial Nineteenth Anniversary Observance in Shanksville, PA. Highlights: Nineteen years ago, on this day, at this very hour, on this field, 40 brave men and women triumphed over terror and gave their lives in defense of our nation.  Their names and their stories are forever inscribed on the eternal roll call of American heroes. Today, we pay tribute to their sacrifice, and we mourn deeply for the nearly 3,000 precious and beautiful souls who were taken from us on September 11th, 2001. To the family members of Flight 93: Today, every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours.  Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation.  The memory of your treasured loved ones will inspire America ...
White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Holds a News Conference

Highlights: In the past four months, we've added 10.6 million jobs, including 643 [thousand] manufacturing jobs and 658,000 construction jobs.  It's far beyond expectations.  We've experienced the smallest contraction of any Western nation, meaning we've been affected less than any other nation -- Western nation -- and probably, almost, I think you can put us in -- I just saw some numbers -- I think you can put us into just about any category anywhere.  And the fastest recovery by far.  And that's anywhere.  Nobody has recovered like we're recovering.  If we follow Joe Biden’s strategy, we’d shut down the entire country after just having set records on growth.  And we also did have tremendous retail growth, as you probably noticed.  We're witnessing the fastest labor market recovery fro...
Health

“Trends and Patterns in Menarche in the United States: 1995 through 2013-2017”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today the National Health Statistics released the Trends and Patterns in Menarche in the United States: 1995 through 2013-2017" report. This report presents national estimates of age at first menstrual period for women aged 15–44 in the United States in 2013–2017 based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Estimates for 2013–2017 are compared with those from previous NSFG survey periods (1995, 2002, and 2006–2010). Methods—Data for all survey periods analyzed are based on in-person interviews with nationally representative samples of women in the household population aged 15–44 in the United States. For the 2013–2017 survey period, interviews were conducted with 10,590 female respondents aged 15–44. In 2015–2017, the age range of the NSFG included ...
Health

“Federal Government Adjusts COVID-19 Entry Strategy for International Air Passengers”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the United States Government (USG) is innovating and taking a new approach to help keep international air passengers healthy. The new, more effective strategy focuses on the continuum of travel and the individual passenger, including pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners, and illness response. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more effectively protects the health of the American public. Beginning September 14, 2020, the USG will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving from, or recently had a presence in, certain countries to land at one of 15 designated airports and halt enhanced entry health sc...
“Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Mnuchin’s call with the Finance Ministers of the Five Eyes Nations”
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“Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Mnuchin’s call with the Finance Ministers of the Five Eyes Nations”

WASHINGTON – On September 9, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin participated in a call with his counterparts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  The call, hosted by the Finance Minister of New Zealand, was the fourth in a series of regular calls among the Finance Ministers of the Five Eyes nations.  The Secretary and Ministers discussed the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the policy responses underway. Source: Department of Treasury
“Treasury Sanctions Russia-Linked Election Interference Actors”
Treasury, White House Daily News Conference

“Treasury Sanctions Russia-Linked Election Interference Actors”

Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four Russia-linked individuals for attempting to influence the U.S. electoral process. Russia uses a variety of proxies to attempt to sow discord between political parties and drive internal divisions to influence voters as part of Moscow’s broader efforts to undermine democratic countries and institutions. In the United States, Russia has used a wide range of influence methods and actors to target our electoral process, including targeting U.S. presidential candidates. Treasury designated Andrii Derkach (Derkach) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Derkach, a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, has been an active R...
“California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes”
Infrastructure, Metro

“California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes”

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in small mountain communities and killed at least three people. Several other people were critically burned and about 2,000 structures, including homes and other buildings were damaged or destroyed in the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada, authorities said. About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in three counties. Another fire raging along the Oregon border destroyed 150 homes near the community of Happy Camp and one person was confirmed dead, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said. About 400 more homes were threatened. Numerous wildfires were also burning in Oregon and Washington state. Between Tuesday ...
Schumer and Democrats Blocked 5th Stimulus Bill To Help America
Trade, Treasury

Schumer and Democrats Blocked 5th Stimulus Bill To Help America

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democrats blocked the  GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday, saying the measure shortchanged too many pressing needs as the pandemic continues its assault on the country. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling over a fifth relief bill that all sides say they want but are unable to deliver. The bipartisan spirit that powered earlier aid measures has given way to election-season political combat and name-calling. The 52-47 vote fell well short of what was needed to overcome a filibuster and seems likely to end hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election, although the American people need help now.  The GOP bill focused on school aid, jobless benefits and help for small businesses. The Democrats, were ...
Commerce, State Department

“Antitrust Division Announces Updates To Civil Investigative Demand Forms And Deposition Process”

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division announced today that the Antitrust Division has implemented two uniform updates to its Civil Investigative Demand (CID) forms and deposition process:  First, all CIDs issued by the Antitrust Division — including CIDs for documentary material, written interrogatories, oral testimony, or any combination thereof — will now provide notice to all recipients that their documents, answers to interrogatories, and/or testimony may be used by the Department of Justice in other civil, criminal, administrative, or regulatory cases or proceedings.  Specifically, CIDs issued by the division will now include the following notice: The information you provide may be used by the Department of Justice in other civil, cr...
“USAID Rehabilitates Yomonjar Canal to Improve Water Management”
State Department

“USAID Rehabilitates Yomonjar Canal to Improve Water Management”

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum, together with the Minister of Water Resources, Shavkat Khamraev, opened a virtual event in Tashkent to celebrate the renovation of the Yomonjar irrigation system in Bukhara province. The rehabilitation was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Smart Waters project, implemented by the Central Asia Regional Environmental Center (CAREC). Yomonjar is an irrigation canal on the Uzbek-Turkmen border – one of the most arid territories in Uzbekistan. The main issue was the lack of coordination on water allocation among farmers due to the shortage of hydroposts and measuring equipment. Built in 1978, the canal diverts water from the main Amu-Bukhara canal to irrigate 8,000 hectares ...
State Department

“2020 Investment Climate Statements Released”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The U.S. Department of State announces the release of the 2020 Investment Climate Statements. The 2020 Investment Climate Statements help U.S. companies make informed business decisions by describing conditions in foreign markets regarding factors such as: openness to foreign investment; legal regimes and transparency; industrial policies; protection of real and intellectual property rights; state-owned enterprises; responsible business conduct; corruption; and political and security environments. The reports highlight efforts to reform business environments as well as persistent barriers to U.S. investment. Addressing these barriers would enable countries to: expand high-quality, private sector-led investment; build infrastructure that drives growth; further women’s ec...
“Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting”
State Department

“Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in the 10th East Asia Summit Virtual Foreign Ministers’ Meeting”

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined counterparts from 17 countries for the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting this morning.  Secretary Pompeo highlighted U.S. support for principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, and respect for international law.  These principles are shared across our Indo-Pacific vision, ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo Pacific, and the visions of many other EAS member states. The Secretary praised ASEAN unity and transparency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined U.S. efforts to leverage all available resources to develop safe, effective, affordable, and widely available vaccines and therapeutics to fight against the virus.  He also underscored the U.S. commitment—both government and private sector—to partnering with ASEAN coun...
DC Federal Court Rules White House To Bring In Signed Interpreters
Judiciary, White House Daily News Conference

DC Federal Court Rules White House To Bring In Signed Interpreters

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- According to the U.S. District Court Judge in his order today, "President Trump began holding regular televised briefings about the COVID-19 outbreak in March of 2020.  The Court added,  "although generating controversy at times, the briefings have addressed critical issues ranging from information on social distancing and mask wearing, to updates on economic-relief packages and vaccine development." "Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, have also appeared to provide analysis and updates on relevant public-health information. . So, too, have Press Secretary McEnany and Vice President Pence, who heads the Task Force and has spoken to “what every American can do to play their part inreducing the spread and ...
Incumbent President Donald J. Trump Released A List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees
Judiciary

Incumbent President Donald J. Trump Released A List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, President Donald J. Trump, released a new list of potential nominees.President Donald J. Trump said "the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice is among the most important decisions a President must make." Bridget Bade is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Prior to her appointment in 2019, Judge Bade was a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Arizona and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.  Judge Bade served as a law clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Judge Bade earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Arizona State University and her J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.Daniel Cameron i...
“2020 State of the Homeland As Delivered by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf”
Homeland Security

“2020 State of the Homeland As Delivered by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----today the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. The 2020 State of the Homeland Address covers several different issue areas, all of which make up the Department of Homeland Security’s single, overarching mission: Protecting the American people, the homeland, and our values. The mission sets of the components that comprise DHS—from USCIS to the Secret Service—are distinct and important. They are diverse. But the dedication of our workforce is uniformly strong," said Acting Secretary Wolf. But the threats have changed. They are more complex. More sophisticated. We were established in 2003. Before iPhones existed that could be used to control drones. Before terrorists used cryptocurrency to fund their ev...
President Donald J. Trump Sends Eleven Nominees To the U.S. Senate Breaks Judge Appointees Record
White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump Sends Eleven Nominees To the U.S. Senate Breaks Judge Appointees Record

 WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump sent eleven new nominations to the United States Senate and three withdrawals. As of August 20, there are 73 Article III vacancies, 72 of which are current. Once the remaining nominees are officially nominated, there will be 47 pending nominees: 20 waiting for floor votes, 5 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 22 waiting for hearings before the Committee. President Trump has appointed and the U.S. Senate lead by GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-KY)  has confirmed 197 Article III federal judges through June 1, 2020, his fourth year in office. This is the second-most Article III judicial appointments through this point in all presidencies since Jimmy Carter (D). The Senate had confirmed 228 of Carter’s appoint...
“Statement by the Press Secretary Regarding President Donald J. Trump’s Nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize”
White House Daily News Conference

“Statement by the Press Secretary Regarding President Donald J. Trump’s Nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in brokering the Abraham Accords, bringing about the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and marking a major step toward a more peaceful Middle East. This historic diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in more than a quarter of a century.This nomination comes amid widespread international support for the peace accords and optimism that the region finally may be turning a corner. By uniting two of America’s closest partners in the region—something many said could not be done—this agreement will create a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle...
International News, United Nations, White House Daily News Conference

President Donald J. Trump, the Peacemaker, Nominated Twice in Two Years By Christian Tybring-Gjedde as Nobel Peace Prize

President Donald J. Trump nominated for the second time  by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, 57, citing the President's work in normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Gjedde, not a Trump supporter, first nominated Trump, for the coveted honor in 2018, following the president's Singapore meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But this years Nobel Prize went instead to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad..  The Jerusalem twitted Wednesday morning: In addition to the Israel-UAE deal, the nomination letter to the Nobel Committee cited Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties... such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea," wrote the Jerusalem Post. Last year, Presiden...
Politics

“PAC challenging SC’s Graham over offshore drilling stance”

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. As the state's beaches teem with visitors on Labor Day, Lindsey Must Go PAC is flying a plane up and down the South Carolina coast, with a trailing banner reading "L. Graham Will Drill 4 Oil Here." Officials with the PAC say the plane expenditure and an accompanying digital ad decrying Graham's support for drilling expansion legislation and alleged ties to the oil industry, are part of a six-figure buy over the next two weeks, now that the campaign has entered its final two months and voters are starting to tune in....
“Justice Department Files Friend-of-The-Court Brief in Indiana Supreme Court Supporting Catholic Archdiocese’s First Amendment Rights in Former High School Teacher’s Lawsuit”
crime, Judiciary

“Justice Department Files Friend-of-The-Court Brief in Indiana Supreme Court Supporting Catholic Archdiocese’s First Amendment Rights in Former High School Teacher’s Lawsuit”

INDIANA---The Justice Department today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Indiana Supreme Court explaining that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives the Roman Catholic Archdiocese the right to decide for itself who should personify its beliefs, inculcate its teachings, and instruct students at religious high schools affiliated with the Archdiocese. In its brief, the United States explains that three separate aspects of the First Amendment prevent a former Catholic high school teacher from suing the Archdiocese over his termination:  the church-autonomy doctrine, the Archdiocese’s right to expressive association, and the ministerial exception — a doctrine recently reaffirmed and clarified by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 7-2 decision two months ago in Our Lady of Guadal...
“Attorney General William Barr provides an update on Operation Legend”
crime

“Attorney General William Barr provides an update on Operation Legend”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---Attorney General Barr, was "joined by several law enforcement officials, including: Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Regina Lombardo, Deputy Director of the FBI David Bowdich and three U.S. Attorneys: John Lausch of the Northern District of Illinois, Justin Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio and Thomas Kirsch of the Northern District of Indiana, according to the DOJ. The operation was launched in Kansas City, Missouri, in early July and was expanded to Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis and Indianapolis in the weeks following. Highlights: Operation Legend started in Missouri and expanded into Chicago.  Operation Legend has made 2500 arrest. Federal prosecutors have bought criminal ch...
“New Research Finds FastMRI Scans Generated with Artificial Intelligence Are as Accurate as Traditional MRI”
Health, UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“New Research Finds FastMRI Scans Generated with Artificial Intelligence Are as Accurate as Traditional MRI”

BETHESDA, MD---New research finds that rapid MRI scans generated with artificial intelligence (AI) were just as effective as, and were diagnostically interchangeable with, traditional MRI. The results could significantly improve the patient experience, expand access to MRIs, and potentially enable new use cases for MRI. For the study, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Facebook AI built a neural network and trained it using the world’s largest open-source dataset of deidentified knee MRIs, which was created and shared by NYU Langone Health as part of the fastMRI initiative it launched with Facebook two years ago. By removing roughly three-fourths of the raw data used to create a scan, the AI model was able to generate a fastMRI scan that matched the scan created by the st...
“Treasury Targets Hizballah’s Enablers in Lebanon”
crime, Judiciary, Treasury

“Treasury Targets Hizballah’s Enablers in Lebanon”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned former Lebanese government ministers Yusuf Finyanus and Ali Hassan Khalil, who provided material support to Hizballah and engaged in corruption. These designations underscore how some Lebanese politicians have conspired with Hizballah at the expense of the Lebanese people and institutions. The United States supports the Lebanese people in their calls for a transparent and accountable government free of corruption. The catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, has amplified these urgent calls, and the U.S government stands firmly in support of the Lebanese people’s demands. “Corruption has run rampant in Lebanon, and Hizballah has exploited the political...
crime, Judiciary
"Operation Legend: Case of the Day Tennessee: Memphis Man Charged with Federal Firearms Offense"     Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Western District of Tennessee. Operation Legend launched in Memphis on Aug. 6, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates. United States vs. DeQuan Johnson "Prohibited persons in possession of firearms or ammunition, such as convicted felons, persons with histories of domestic violence, and unlawful users of illegal narcotics present a known and immediate risk of violence to the community at large,” said U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee. “Operation Legend is leveraging our ...
White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Holds a Labor Day News Conference”

Highlights: The U.S. economy added 1.4 million jobs last month, and we’ve have added a record-setting 10.6 million jobs since May.  10.6 million jobs since May.  That’s a record that is not even close.  Second place is a long ways away. In July, the Congressional Budget Office was projecting unemployment over 10.5 percent through the end of 2020.  So they thought 2020, and maybe it would be a lot longer than that.  Some projections, where you’d go through the entire year, and that includes a lot of months in the following year, 2021.  And instead, the unemployment rate plunged, really, to the surprise of many, all the way down to 8.4 percent in August.  And that’s the second-largest single month decline on record.  And we have the first; we have both of them.  So we have the two number-...
Trump Puts a Halt To Democratic “Racism Theory” Training
Civil Rights, Education, White House Daily News Conference

Trump Puts a Halt To Democratic “Racism Theory” Training

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- President Donald J. Trump has ordered the Office of Management and Budget halt the “Racism Theory” training that was created by Howard Ross. But the federal government is not alone in paying big dollars for Ross’ racism theory training. Howard Ross has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries carrying out the work of Cook Ross through the title of “racism theory”. Fortune 500 companies have bought into Ross’ theory and major institutions --Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University, Washington University Medical School, and over 20 other colleges and universities.  Ross has also offered his training within healthcare, and non-profit sectors in addit...
Trump Calls On Fox To Fire Griffin for France 2018 Hoax
White House Daily News Conference

Trump Calls On Fox To Fire Griffin for France 2018 Hoax

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump urged Fox News to fire correspondent Jennifer Griffin after she failed to verify the statement of four individuals quoted in her so-called bombshell trip to France article, the White House rejected. President Trump tweeted late Friday evening that Ms. Griffin should lose her job for reporting that two former members of his administration confirmed parts of The Atlantic article published the previous evening. “Never even called us for comment,” Mr. Trump complained. Fox News is gone!” he tweeted, tagging the cable network’s Twitter account. Ms. Griffin reported Thursday that two former senior White House officials confirmed parts of her bombshell recent article in The Atlantic’s about the president’s trip to France in 2018. First Lady Melan...
“Press Briefing by Ambassador O’Brien, Ambassador Grenell, Senior Advisor Kushner, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, September 4, 2020”
White House Daily News Conference

“Press Briefing by Ambassador O’Brien, Ambassador Grenell, Senior Advisor Kushner, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, September 4, 2020”

Highlights: It’s another historic day here at the White House.  And I have with me Ambassador Ric Grenell, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner to talk to you about the history that was made here at the White House today, and then they'll take a few of your questions.  AMBASSADOR O’BRIEN:  Again, it was a great morning in the Oval Office with President Trump, President Vučić, and Prime Minister Hoti.  We brought together -- through the hard work of great diplomats, primarily led by Ric Grenell, acting at the President’s direction -- Serbia and Kosovo.  And they've normalized their economic relations.  This is a -- the Serbia-Kosovo conflict has gone on for decades.  They've been stuck, unable to move forward, for many, many years. One of the side be...
“The Place, The Legend, The Man”
Drugs

“The Place, The Legend, The Man”

ARLINGTON, Va. --The residents of Bishopville, a small South Carolina town, filled the streets, Aug. 29, for a special celebration honoring their hometown hero. The motto “Heritage, History, Home,” proudly painted on the Main Street mural perfectly embodied the town’s spirit as everyone gathered for the return of retired Major James “Jim” Capers Jr.Maj. Capers, described by his comrades as the “utmost Marine”, is the recipient of a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with “V” for valor, and three Purple Hearts. Most notably for his time in Vietnam, he is one of the most decorated Marines in Force Reconnaissance history. He became the first African American to command a Marine Reconnaissance company and to receive a battlefield commission. “This is what you call a great moment in America. What’s...
“Fresno Guard members help fight California wildfires”
Defense

“Fresno Guard members help fight California wildfires”

RUMSEY, Calif. – The smell of smoke hangs heavy in the air as the Soldiers and Airmen make their way through the burnt and barren landscape. Forcing their way through charred branches and soft dirt, they meet up with the rest of the crew, who arrived by helicopter a few hours earlier and are already at work clearing brush and roots. This is the end of their four-hour hike up the steep slopes of Rumsey Canyon, but not the end of their day. After a brief lunch, the exhausted service members pick up their hand tools, joining the rest of their crew. While some teams have over a year of experience fighting fires, for many of these Soldiers and Airmen, this is their first large fire since joining Joint Task Force Rattlesnake and completing their training in June. Although covered in sweat, soo...
“Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin “Benny” Gantz”
Defense

“Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin “Benny” Gantz”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin “Benny” Gantz over the phone today.  During the call, Secretary Esper congratulated Minister Gantz on the historic step to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates under the Abraham Accords.  Both leaders exchanged views on how recent developments will advance shared U.S.-Israeli defense priorities, and committed to maintaining an open dialogue about potential avenues for cooperation. Source: DOD Press Office
“REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, PRESIDENT VUČIĆ OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, AND PRIME MINISTER HOTI OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO IN A TRILATERAL MEETING”
White House Daily News Conference

“REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, PRESIDENT VUČIĆ OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, AND PRIME MINISTER HOTI OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO IN A TRILATERAL MEETING”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- today, President Donald J. Trump announced  announced  "Serbia and Kosovo have each committed to economic normalization."  Highlights: After a violent and tragic history, and years of failed negotiations, my administration proposed a new way of bridging the divide.  By focusing on job creation and economic growth, the two countries were able to reach a major breakthrough -- something that nobody thought was going to be possible.  And I think it's going to work out very well.  And we're going to be working with them on economic cooperation across a broad range of issue -- issues. And I can say that Serbia and Kosovo have tremendous numbers of people in the United States.  They’re -- they love your country.  They love your country so much.  They love your country so mu...
“USDA Designates 18 Iowa Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas”
Agriculture

“USDA Designates 18 Iowa Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas”

Radcliffe, Iowa,  — the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas, enabling producers who suffered losses because of the recent Derecho, that occurred on August 10, 2020, to be eligible for emergency loans. Additionally, Perdue reminded producers about the suite of disaster assistance programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including program flexibilities and a special signup through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). “The extent of damage to crops, equipment, facilities, and the ag sector as a whole from this storm is devastating,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump has already demonstrated his support for Iowa by immediately approving Iowa’s disaster declaration. He is co...
crime

DOJ’s “Operation Legend: Case of the Day”

MISSOURI--- today the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a Missouri man has been charged with federal drug and firearm arms crimes.    Each weekday, the Department of Justice will highlight a case that has resulted from Operation Legend. Today’s case is out of the Eastern District of Missouri.  Operation Legend launched in St. Louis on Aug. 6, 2020, in response to the city facing increased homicide and non-fatal shooting rates. United States vs. Troy Jackson “The goal of Operation Legend is to take violent criminals off the streets so long term, community-wide efforts to make St. Louis a safer place can take hold,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen for the Eastern District of Missouri.  “Troy Jackson is one of approximately 370 arrested so far.  Many more arrests and char...
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

U.S. Marshals Statement on the Officer-Involved Shooting in Olympia, Washington, Sept. 3

OREGON.---At approximately 7:30 p.m. PST on September 3, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force were involved in a line-of-duty shooting in Olympia, Washington. The task force was attempting to arrest Michael Forest Reinoehl, wanted by Multnomah County Circuit Court (Oregon) on a charge of murder. Reinoehl was allegedly involved in an August 29 shooting incident in Portland, Oregon, that resulted in a death. The Portland Police Bureau had issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the day and asked the US Marshals to locate and apprehend the suspect. The fugitive task force located Reinoehl in Olympia and attempted to peacefully arrest him. Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement offi...
“Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Tracking Down of Fugitive Michael Forest Reinoehl”
crime

“Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the Tracking Down of Fugitive Michael Forest Reinoehl”

WASHINGTON, D.C. today Attorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement: “Last Saturday, Aaron “Jay” Danielson was shot and killed amid the continuing violence in Portland.  Local authorities subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-described Antifa member suspected of the alleged murder.  Reinoehl fled to Washington State, where he was located yesterday by members of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement partners.  When Reinoehl attempted to escape arrest and produced a firearm, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.   The tracking down of Reinoehl — a dangerous fugitive, admitted Antifa member, and suspected murderer — is a significant accomplishment in the o...
“Seattle man arrested for making bomb threat to Portland, Oregon, Police precinct”
crime

“Seattle man arrested for making bomb threat to Portland, Oregon, Police precinct”

(Seattle) - A 36-year-old Seattle man was arrested today and appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle for making a threat to damage or destroy a building–in this case a Portland, Oregon, police precinct, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  KYLE ROBERT TORNOW is accused of using an online communication system to claim he had planted explosives at a Portland, Oregon, Police precinct. According to records file in the case, on July 24, 2020, TORNOW allegedly used the Portland Police TrackIT system to send a message claiming he had planted an explosive at one of the city’s police precincts.  Using an alias, TORNOW claimed he had planted a bomb that was “undetectable” to canine searchers and that if he were caught, “others will take my place and immediately detonate the bomb.”  The comm...
crime

“U.S. Marshals Capture Multiple Homicide Suspects and Other Dangerous Felons in Kansas City”

Kansas City MO – United States Marshal Mark S. James announced today the capture of multiple homicide suspects and other dangerous felons during the first week of September. While the U.S. Marshals does not discuss the specifics of arrest operations, the following are examples of the day-to-day work that Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers do throughout the Western District of Missouri and across the nation in all 94 federal districts.On September 1, a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals observed Parole absconder James Yeomans emerge from a wooded area on 39th street near Gillham Park. Yeomans was a wanted fugitive by the Missouri State Probation and Parole Board for violations of his release on narcotics charges and other felonies. As deputies approached, Yeoman fled on foot, jumped over a ...
President Trump Issued A Proclamation “National Days Of Prayer And Remembrance 2020”
White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Issued A Proclamation “National Days Of Prayer And Remembrance 2020”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump signed a Proclamation in memory of the  National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.  The proclamation reads "during these National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 precious lives lost on September 11, 2001.  We solemnly honor them and pray that those who bear the burdens of unimaginable loss find comfort in knowing that God is close to the brokenhearted and that He provides abiding peace.     The memories of that fateful morning still touch American hearts and remind us of our Nation's reliance on Almighty God.  When cowardly terrorists attacked our homeland, we witnessed the unthinkable as each successive plane struck the very heart of our Nation.  As the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon was hit, the pea...
“Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Call with Mrs. Akie Abe of Japan”
White House Daily News Conference

“Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Call with Mrs. Akie Abe of Japan”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, First Lady Melania Trump spoke with Mrs. Akie Abe of Japan.  Mrs. Trump thanked Mrs. Abe for the tremendous work she and her husband, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have done to strengthen the alliance between the United States and Japan.  Mrs. Trump congratulated Mrs. Abe for her family’s remarkable success, noting that Prime Minister Abe is the longest continuously serving Prime Minister in Japan’s history.  The First Lady also wished Prime Minister Abe a quick recovery and return to good health.  Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Abe look forward to continuing the close friendship they have developed for years to come.  Source: Office of the First Lady
“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 9/3/2020”
White House Daily News Conference

“Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 9/3/2020”

Highlights: “Where is Nancy Pelosi?”  Today, I can announce: We have found Nancy Pelosi.  As you can see, we found Nancy Pelosi going into her hair salon.  We will be playing the video on loop for all of you to see during the duration of this introduction.   Nancy Pelosi was not in the halls of Congress when I asked where she was.  She was not working in good faith to make a deal for the American people.  Nope.  Nancy Pelosi was found in San Francisco, at a hair salon, where she was indoors, even though salons in California are not -- only open for outdoor service.  Apparently, the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She wants small businesses to stay shut down but only reopen for her convenience.  “Do as I say, not as I do,” says Nancy Pelosi.    Nancy Pelosi is holding up $1....
“Readout from The White House National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Event: “Recovery Works: Celebrating Connections”
Drugs, Health, White House Daily News Conference

“Readout from The White House National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Event: “Recovery Works: Celebrating Connections”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, First Lady Melania Trump and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) partnered together to host “Recovery Works: Celebrating Connections” in recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The White House officially commemorated Recovery Month with a Proclamation issued by President Trump on August 31, 2020. The First Lady was joined by ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, Surgeon GeneralJerome Adams, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Burgum, and recovery-friendly employers and their employees.The First Lady opened the roundtable by thanking ONDCP, and those in attendance, for recognizing all Americans in recovery and the incredible organizations that support them. Mrs. Trump empha...
President Trump Executive Order Request HHS To Report on Efforts to Improve Rural Healthcare To Build on 94 New Rural-Focused Projects
Drugs, FDA, Health

President Trump Executive Order Request HHS To Report on Efforts to Improve Rural Healthcare To Build on 94 New Rural-Focused Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.--President Trump signed an executive order requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services produce a report on existing and upcoming efforts to improve rural healthcare. Today, HHS released the Rural Action Plan, the first HHS-wide assessment of rural healthcare efforts in more than 18 years and the product of HHS’s Rural Task Force, a group of experts and leaders across the department first put together by Secretary Azar in 2019. This action plan provides a roadmap for HHS to strengthen departmental coordination to better serve the millions of Americans who live in rural communities across the United States. Eighteen HHS agencies and offices took part in developing the plan, which includes 71 new or expanded activities for FY 2020 and beyond. Efforts tha...
Prude’s Sister Was Seeking Help for Daniel Prude, But Racism May Have Murdered Him
Civil Rights, crime

Prude’s Sister Was Seeking Help for Daniel Prude, But Racism May Have Murdered Him

The daughter of Daniel Prude, a Chicago man who died of asphyxiation at the hands of New York police, shares her family’s call for justice over his mistreatment and death. "Prude's sister was seeking help for her brother, Daniel Prude--but racism may have murdered him." “I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched,” Prude’s brother, Joe Prude, said at a news conference. “How did you see him and not directly say, ‘The man is defenseless, buck naked on the ground. He’s cuffed up already. Come on.’ How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?” Highlights: A Black man who had run naked through the streets of a western New York city died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, the...
AG Barr’s DOJ “Operation Pocket Dial Results In Eleven Drug Traffickers Charged For Conspiring To Distribute Heroin”
crime, Judiciary

AG Barr’s DOJ “Operation Pocket Dial Results In Eleven Drug Traffickers Charged For Conspiring To Distribute Heroin”

TAMPA, FL---– United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, along with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, announces several recent arrests in “Operation Pocket Dial” – a joint investigation targeting heroin and fentanyl distribution networks in Tampa and Kissimmee. Three indictments were unsealed this week charging a total of 11 members of drug trafficking organizations with offenses related to the distribution of heroin and fentanyl. (See chart for details). In December 2019, two additional defendants, Eric Manuel Robles Rivera (45/Orlando) and Eddie Quinones Santiago (38, Kissimmee), were charged as part of this investigation. Robles Rivera previously pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it and, in July 2020, he was sentenced to 33 months in fe...
“The Chinese Communist Party’s Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang”
State Department

“The Chinese Communist Party’s Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said,  “We call on the Chinese Communist Party to immediately end these horrific practices and ask all nations to join the United States in demanding an end to these dehumanizing abuses.” What’s Happening in Xinjiang? The Chinese Communist Party is waging a targeted campaign against Uyghur women, men, and children, and members of other Turkic Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China. Documented human rights abuses include coercive population control methods, forced labor, arbitrary detention in internment camps, torture, physical and sexual abuse, mass surveillance, family separation, and repression of cultural and religious expression. WATCH VIDEO IN ARABIC | CHINESE | RUSSIAN In recent years, these egregious abuses have increased ...
First Lady Melania Trump Is Planning Christmas 2020 and America Invited To  Participate
White House Daily News Conference

First Lady Melania Trump Is Planning Christmas 2020 and America Invited To Participate

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---The initial planning for the 2020 Christmas season is underway at the White House.  First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald J. Trump are opening the people’s house up to the public for the traditional Christmas decorating of the White House. Individuals interested in volunteering to decorate the White House can find additional details below. Additionally, the White House invites musicians including bands, choirs, and Christmas-themed entertainers to apply for the opportunity to perform during the Holiday Open Houses throughout the month of December.  Details regarding this performance opportunity are provided below.  Confirmed volunteers and entertainers will receive notification later this fall. In order to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all volunteers...
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability: Topics Multilateralism, China, Iran, Africa, Belarus, the Middle East, and Venezuela”
Human Rights, State Department

“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability: Topics Multilateralism, China, Iran, Africa, Belarus, the Middle East, and Venezuela”

Highlights: The Trump administration wants multilateral institutions to function, to actually work.  But multilateralism just for the sake of it, just to get together in a room and chat, doesn’t add value. The International Criminal Court, a thoroughly broken and corrupted institution.  The United States has never ratified the Rome Statute that created the court, and we will not tolerate its illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction. In June, the Trump administration authorized the imposition of economic sanctions against foreign persons directly engaged in ICC efforts to investigate U.S. or allied personnel, and those who materially assisted in those – in that effort. Pursuant to Executive Order 13928, the United States will designate ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda,...
Department of Labor Reports the Real Job Facts– Trump’s Economy Decreased Unemployment
Jobs

Department of Labor Reports the Real Job Facts– Trump’s Economy Decreased Unemployment

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(DOL) reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In July, notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, government, retail trade, professional and business services, other services,and health care. DOL released households "statistics from two monthly surveys" measures labor force status, including unemployment, by demographic characteristics. "The establishment survey measures nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry. For more information about t...
President Donald J. Trump To Hold Lawless Jurisdictions Accountable By Reviewing Federal Funds
crime, National

President Donald J. Trump To Hold Lawless Jurisdictions Accountable By Reviewing Federal Funds

    WASHINGTON, D.C.---"today, President Trump signed a memorandum to hold local politicians accountable for refusing to protect their communities from rioting, looting, and mass property destruction." "Through this action, the Trump Administration will explore avenues to ensure Federal funds are spent to uphold the President’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property." "The memorandum directs agencies to identify Federal funds provided to Seattle, Portland, New York City, and Washington, D.C., and the authorities available to withhold funds." "The Department of Justice, in consultation with other Federal agencies, will consider a number of factors, including whether the city defunded the police or prevented local law enforcement from intervening to restore order." "The Trump Admin...
“President Donald J. Trump Is Working to Stop Evictions and Protect Americans’ Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Housing, White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Is Working to Stop Evictions and Protect Americans’ Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump has taken action to temporarily halt evictions.   Following an Executive Order by President Trump, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using its authority to temporarily halt evictions through the end of 2020 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Under the CDC Order, American renters who meet certain conditions cannot be evicted if they have affirmatively exhausted their best efforts to pay rent, seek Government rental assistance, and are likely to become homeless due to eviction. Those who benefit from this assistance are still obligated to pay accrued rent or housing payments in accordance with their lease or contract. Landlords are still permitted to pursue eviction against tenants committing criminal act...
Read The Real Tracking COVID-19 Data Daily
Education, Health

Read The Real Tracking COVID-19 Data Daily

  ATLANTA, GA---The CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker has a new look and location to make the data easier to find and use. All previous data remains and will be updated on the same schedule. Please update bookmarks and links. Also, as of 8/27, the Tracker includes correctional facility information, NIH Vulnerability Index data, and upgraded testing information.   Map of news reports related to schools and students resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, such as school closures, localized outbreaks, state of emergency declarations, etc. The data presented above represent viral COVID-19 laboratory test (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) results from laboratories in the United States, including commercial and reference laboratories, public health laboratories, hosp...
“NIH-supported study to track prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries”
Health, White House Daily News Conference

“NIH-supported study to track prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries”

  BETHESDA, MD---The National Institutes of Health has launched a study to track the prevalence and impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection among approximately 16,000 pregnant women in seven low- and middle-income countries. The study will follow women through pregnancy and 12 months after childbirth to compare maternal, fetal and newborn outcomes of participants who have been infected with the virus to those of pregnant women who have not been infected. At delivery, women enrolled in the study will receive an antibody test to determine if they have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2. Researchers hope to determine if infection increases the risk of complications such as preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, newborn death and birth defects. They also hope to assess participants’ knowledge a...
“Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health Initiative”
Communications, Health, Judiciary, Legislative Branch

“Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Up for Rural Health Initiative”

Agencies Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate on Efforts to Keep Rural Americans Connected to Vital Health Services WASHINGTON, September 1, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a joint effort to collaborate and share information to address health disparities, resolve service provider challenges, and promote broadband services and technology to rural areas in America. This action delivers on President Trump’s recently signed Executive Order on Improving Rural Health and Telehealth Access. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the critical...
“Attorney General Barr Joins President Trump in Announcing $41 Million in Funding to Address Public Safety in Wisconsin”
crime, White House Daily News Conference

“Attorney General Barr Joins President Trump in Announcing $41 Million in Funding to Address Public Safety in Wisconsin”

WASHINGTON. D.C.---Attorney General William P. Barr joined President Trump today in a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the President announced $41 million in grant awards to the state of Wisconsin and local jurisdictions within the state to address a surge in community violence and ongoing civil unrest. Awards will support community-based crime-fighting initiatives, local victim service programs, and the hiring and training of law enforcement officers and prosecutors. “Thanks to the efforts of federal law enforcement and the National Guard, working closely with our state and local partners, the streets of Kenosha have been restored from violent agitators who have abused their First Amendment rights to frighten citizens and fan the flames of disorder,” said Attorney General Barr. “As Pre...
“Four Charged For Multi-Million Dollar Elder Fraud Schemes”
crime, Judiciary, White House Daily News Conference

“Four Charged For Multi-Million Dollar Elder Fraud Schemes”

NEW YORK, NY---Four individuals responsible for mass-mailing fraud schemes were charged with allegedly defrauding thousands of elderly and vulnerable victims, the department announced today.  Two U.S. individuals and two Canadian individuals were charged for their roles in operating the schemes, which collectively caused tens of millions of dollars in victim losses.  Two defendants were charged in the Eastern District of New York and two defendants were charged in the District of Nevada. “Fraud schemes are intolerable, especially those that harm our nation’s seniors,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  “As Attorney General Barr made clear earlier this year when he announced record results in the 2020 Elder Fraud Sweep, th...
Judiciary

“Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework With Australia, Canada, New Zealand, And United Kingdom”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim signed a new competition enforcement framework between the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission, and competition agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.  The Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework for Competition Authorities (Framework) aims to strengthen cooperation between the signatories, and provides the basis for a series of bilateral agreements among them focused on investigative assistance, including sharing confidential information and cross-border evidence gathering. Building on the antitrust agencies’ existing cooperation arrangements, the Framework includes a memorandum of understanding designed to reinforce and improve existing case coordinatio...
White House Daily News Conference

“Remarks by President Trump During a Wisconsin Community Safety Roundtable | Kenosha, WI”

Highlights: Kenosha has been ravaged by anti-police and anti-American riots.  They have been hit so hard, and we were able to get involved.  David Beth and Daniel Miskinis, who I've been watching a lot on television -- now, today, I got to know them both very well, and they have done an incredible job.  And you're going to say a few words in a couple of minutes, and we would appreciate it. Violent mobs demolished or damaged at least 25 businesses, burned down public buildings, and threw bricks at police officers -- which your police officers won't stand for, and they didn't stand for it.  These are not acts of peaceful protest, but really domestic terror. My administration coordinated with the state and local authorities to very, very swiftly deploy the National Guard, surge federal law...
State Department, White House Daily News Conference

“China Pursues Own Nuclear Triad, Doubling of Nuclear Capability”

China---Over the next 10 years, it's expected China will double the number of nuclear warheads it possesses, while embarking on an effort to expand the ways it can deploy its nuclear capability, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China Chad L. Sbragia said at the American Enterprise Institute. He discussed findings of a just-released Defense Department report, "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China -- 2020." "The report does contend that there are currently an estimated low-200s in terms of warhead stockpiles, and it's projected to at least double in size over the next decade as China expands and modernizes its nuclear forces," Sbragia said. But equally as important is how China would be able to deliver those warheads. It intends to develop a "...
White House Daily News Conference

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Press Briefing August 31st

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Q9vO8H8Ny4  Highlights: Washington D.C., New York, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Kenosha: all of these cities are Democrat-run; all of these cities have experienced anarchy, violence, and destruction in recent days — the opposite of a peaceful protest. This is the reality facing American cities and towns across the country. This is not hypothetical. These are real people and real lives that have been impacted. Portland mayor, Ted Wheeler, rejected federal law enforcement in an irrational and tone-deaf letter. Mayor Wheeler might have thought he put political points on the board, but the very next day, a protester was shot and killed on the streets of his city. Before the Trump administration took action in Kenosha, businesses were burned, property da...
First Lady Melania Trump Announced the Restart of the White House Public Tours
White House Daily News Conference

First Lady Melania Trump Announced the Restart of the White House Public Tours

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today the Office of the First Lady announced that the White House Visitors Office will resume public tours on Saturday, September 12, 2020." "In order to ensure the safety and health of all visitors, there have been new policies implemented that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials. Guests attending a White House tour should expect the following precautions to be taken during their visit": Limited Hours and Guests: Tours will be hosted two days a week instead of five, on Friday and Saturday, from 8:00AM to 11:00AM. Number of guests is limited to 18% of normal capacity. Added Safety Precautions: All guests (ages 2 years and over) are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing during their visit to the White Hou...
UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

DC Federal Court Rules Against DOJ and Flynn but Upholds Sullivan

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- a federal appeals Court in Washington, D.C. failed to dismiss the U.S. Department of Justice's case against Michael Flynn.  The ruling opens the door for Judge Sullivan to continue to scrutinize the DOG request to dismiss its case and to maintain a political fight in Court against the DOJ.  Sullivan was appointing on the Court by former President Bill Clinton.   The appeals court in Washington, D.C. declined to reassign Flynn's case to another trial judge, after Flynn's legal team accused Sullivan of becoming partial against Flynn.   The appeals court ruling rubber stamps Sullivan, hiring of a lawyer to argue the case regarding his authority and asked for the full panel to hear it this summer, had taken those steps for sound legal reasons, at the invitation of the app...
“Troika Statement on the Peace Agreement between Sudan Armed Opposition Groups”
State Department

“Troika Statement on the Peace Agreement between Sudan Armed Opposition Groups”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today the U.S. State Department announced "the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) welcome the peace agreement between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Civilian-led Transitional Government of Sudan, initialed on 28 August 2020 as the first step in a long process to rebuild hope and stability for conflict-affected communities in Sudan.  The peace agreement lays a foundation for sustainable peace and stability in Darfur and other conflict-affected areas that is critical for Sudan’s democratic transition." We recognize the concessions all have made to conclude these negotiations and call on all parties to implement the agreement in good faith, with the same spirit of partnership and compromise, and in a way that complement the ongoing tal...
“HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to States, Tribes to Combat Opioid Crisis”
Drugs, Health

“HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to States, Tribes to Combat Opioid Crisis”

WASHINGTON, D.C.----the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing the first-year funds of its two-year State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs. The two programs ultimately will award nearly $3 billion over two years to help states and tribes provide community-level resources for people in need of prevention, treatment and recovery support services. “The Trump Administration continues to provide historic levels of support for treating Americans with substance use disorders, because the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t put a pause on our country’s opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We’re committed to a science-based approach for fighting the opioid crisis, focusing...
Officer Charged In George Floyd’s Death Challenges Cause of Death
crime

Officer Charged In George Floyd’s Death Challenges Cause of Death

MINNEAPOLIS, MN---Defense attorney Eric J. Nelson filed a motion in Hennepin County, Minnesota, District Court on Friday, alleging prosecutors have failed to show probable cause for charging Derek Chauvin with second-degree murder unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.  The attorney is asking a judge to drop all charges, arguing that Floyd's death was due to a drug overdose and not caused by the officer planting his knee in the back of Floyd's neck. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  The attorney argued in his motion that Chauvin acted on his training from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in the use of a "Maximal Restraint Technique" and did so to prevent  Floyd from harming himself or the officers struggling to arrest him. The Minne...
Military

“Service Members Want Discussions on Race, Diversity, Inclusion”

  GUAM, ----In meetings with Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper, service members in the Pacific said they want serious discussions about race, diversity and inclusion and want the military to confront racism and address conscious prejudice and institutional bias. On every trip, the secretary makes time to speak with service members. Some of his talks include all hands and are on the record. Other talks are private and the secretary speaks in generalities about what he hears from service members. During this trip he spoke to an all-hands gathering aboard the USS Essex and with a small number of crew members on the ship. He spoke with Marines, a SeaBee civic action team in Palau, and with airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He will have more opportunities in Hawaii. ''Most of my conv...
Snyder’s Washington Football Team to Open Training Camp Monday at FedEx Field
Sprts

Snyder’s Washington Football Team to Open Training Camp Monday at FedEx Field

Prince George County, MD---The Washington  Football Team aka former Washington Redskins ton bring their training camp out to FedEx Field in Prince George County in Maryland for the first time this 2020 season.  The team's owner Dan Snyder stood before the staff at staff meetings and alleged that he wanted to move the franchise toward a new era of transparency and inclusiveness while hiding sexual allegations against him. Bruce Alen allegedly hid secrets as the team's president for the previous decade.   Just before the ink was dry on a contract between Snyder and his wife, Tanya, who hired a local television reporter Julie Donaldson to be the team’s new senior vice president for media and Jason Wright, a former NFL player and business executive, to become the team’s president twenty-five...
President Trump Toured Hurricane Stricken Areas in Texas, and Louisiana
FEMA

President Trump Toured Hurricane Stricken Areas in Texas, and Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana--today, President Donald J. Trump toured devastated areas impacted by Hurricane Laura in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.   President Trump's first stop was in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he was joined by Gov. John Bel Edwards, Senator Kennedy, GOP Whip Scalise and Representatives, Graves, Higgins and Johnson--to tour the areas where trees were toppled, roofs blown off homes, and the electric infrastructure destroyed in many areas of Lake Charles.   Trump was also joined by the Louisiana delegation for a round table discussion about the hurricane damages with FEMA. White House spokesman Judd Deere said Trump wanted “to be with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Laura.” He is expected to survey storm damage and receive briefings on emergency operations and o...
“Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Savannah”
Defense, Military

“Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Savannah”

  MOBILE, Alabama---today, the Navy christened its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Savannah (LCS 28), during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 29, in Mobile, Alabama. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition James Geurts will deliver the christening ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Dianne Isakson, wife of former U.S. Senator John Isakson, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Mrs. Isakson will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow. “Today we christened the sixth USS Savannah following an outstanding record of service named for a great American city. In so doing we move one step closer to welcoming a new ship to Naval service and transitioning the platform fro...
“Operation Warp Speed More Than Halfway to Enrolling Participants in Vaccine Trials”
Drugs, Health

“Operation Warp Speed More Than Halfway to Enrolling Participants in Vaccine Trials”

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- today two of the six candidate vaccines for COVID-19 are now in Phase III trials. Each of those trials will require about 30,000 participants, and Operation Warp Speed is about half finished finding participants for the clinical trials, the deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services said.  "We're past the halfway point in terms of enrollment," Paul Mango said. "We feel very good about that enrollment in terms of the overall diversity." He said the population participating, so far, is varied in age and race, as well as among individuals with varying medical conditions. "We feel very good about those clinical trials," Mango said. "We would expect that two more of our candidate vaccines will go into Phase III clinical trials by the midd...
“President Trump Signed Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Steel Into The United States”
Trade, Treasury, White House Daily News Conference

“President Trump Signed Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Steel Into The United States”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today President Donald J. Trump signed a Proclamation, adjusting imports of steel into the United States. President Trump "determined that the alternative measures regarding Brazilian steel imports, without any modifications, will be ineffective in eliminating the threat to the national security posed by imports of such articles, in the current environment. " The United States and Brazil have held consultations regarding Brazil's steel exports to the United States.  As a result of these discussions, the United States will lower, for the remainder of 2020, one of the quantitative limitations set forth in Proclamation 9759 applicable to certain steel articles imported from Brazil.  In my judgment, this modification will preserve the effectiveness of the alternative means ...
Black Panther Actor Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43
Health, National

Black Panther Actor Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

  CALIFORNIA---tonight actor Chadwick Boseman,'s spokesperson confirmed to Variety, that the Black Panther actor died after a long fight with colon cancer.  It was reported that Boseman was fighting the deadly cancer while taping the Black Panther Movie.   Boseman's twitter announced his passing “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”  
“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Pardon of Alice Marie Johnson”
campaign, Civil Rights, crime, Judiciary, Politics

“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Pardon of Alice Marie Johnson”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Alice Marie Johnson.  In 2018, the President commuted Ms. Johnson’s sentence in light of her hard work and rehabilitation while in prison, including model behavior for more than two decades and mentorship to her fellow inmates.Ms. Johnson, a 65-year-old great-grandmother, served nearly 22 years in Federal prison for a first-time, non-violent criminal offense.  While incarcerated, she completed numerous training and education courses, volunteered in a hospice, contributed her talents to art and theater programs, and held steadfast to her Christian beliefs.  Although sentenced to life with little hope for freedom, Ms. Johnson nonetheless worked to better herself, those around her, an...
Lincoln Died Before Fulfilling the Forty-Acres and A Mule Promise–March On Washington
Africa, Housing, Infrastructure, National

Lincoln Died Before Fulfilling the Forty-Acres and A Mule Promise–March On Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Abraham Lincoln promised freed Blacks forty acres and a mule--but he died before the promises would be fulfilled.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-CA) and Congress has failed Blacks more than 150 years---to fulfill the promised of Lincoln.  "Today, we commonly use the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” but few of us have read the Order itself.  “The islands from Charleston, south, the abandoned rice fields along the rivers for thirty miles back from the sea, and the country bordering the St. Johns river, Florida, are reserved and set apart for the settlement of the negroes [sic] now made free by the acts of war and the proclamation of the President of the United States.” "Section two specifies that these new communities, moreover, would be governed entirely by blac...
FEMA, FDA and HHS Helping People Impacted By Laura
Drugs, FDA, FEMA, Health, weather

FEMA, FDA and HHS Helping People Impacted By Laura

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- today, FEMA tweeted "After a disaster, it's imperative to get commodities like water and food to communities that need it most. Our teams are working across the nation to deliver these essential supplies to survivors in Louisiana & Texas. Learn about ongoing response efforts: http://fema.gov/disasters/hurricane-laura . FEMA has posted a website page to help "residents impacted by Laura should continue to follow guidance from officials in their area. FEMA wrote, "If you have been evacuated, do not return until local officials tell you it is safe to do so. If you have been ordered to shelter in place, please do so until advised it is safe." FEMA further wrote "We are working closely with our state, territorial, tribal and local partners to make sure we are consideri...
FITARA Grades Fail to Reveal the Failures Behind Management in Federal Government Agencies and GAO Failed to Look at Hiring Practices Impact on Deliverables
Infrastructure, Legislative Branch, White House Daily News Conference

FITARA Grades Fail to Reveal the Failures Behind Management in Federal Government Agencies and GAO Failed to Look at Hiring Practices Impact on Deliverables

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump issued a directive to the heads of agencies in 2016 stating “each Federal employee is responsible for safeguarding Federal assets and the efficient delivery of services to the public. Federal leaders and managers are responsible for establishing goals and objectives around operating environments, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and managing both expected and unexpected or unanticipated events.” “They are responsible for implementing management practices that identify, assess, respond, and report on risks. Risk management practices must be forward-looking and designed to help leaders make better decisions, alleviate threats and to identify previously unknown opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of go...
“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individual to a Key Administration Post”
Politics, White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individual to a Key Administration Post”

    WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:  Chad F. Wolf, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Homeland Security. Chad F. Wolf currently serves as the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Wolf oversees the third largest department in the United States Federal Government and is responsible for counterterrorism; border, aviation, and maritime security; enforcement of immigration laws; response to national disasters and pandemics; and cybersecurity and critical infrastructure. Before his current post, Mr. Wolf was confirmed on November 13, 2019, as the first Under Secretary of the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, where he led the policy, coordina...
“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Purchase of 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests”
Drugs, FDA, Health

“Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Purchase of 150 Million Rapid COVID-19 Tests”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, the Trump Administration is pleased to announce the purchase and production of 150 million rapid tests to be distributed across the country.  In March, President Donald J. Trump called for the development of a low cost, reliable point-of-care test.  To deliver on this promise, the Administration has partnered with Abbott Laboratories to produce inexpensive and easy-to-use Abbott BinaxNOW tests.  This is a major development that will help save more lives by further protecting America’s most vulnerable and allow our country to remain open, get Americans back to work, and get kids back to school. Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States is leading the world in testing and the development of a wide range of reliable tests. This announcement is made in co...
“U.S. Marshals Find 33 Missing Children In Georgia “Operation Not Forgotten”
Exploited Children

“U.S. Marshals Find 33 Missing Children In Georgia “Operation Not Forgotten”

Washington, DC - The U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit, in conjunction with the agency’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Georgia state and local agencies, led a two-week operation in August in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, to rescue endangered missing children. Investigators charged individuals for sex offender violations  and other related charges. “The U.S. Marshals Service is fully committed to assisting federal, state, and local agencies with locating and recovering endangered missing children, in addition to their primary fugitive apprehension mission,” said Director of the Marshals Service Donald Washington. “The message to missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for y...
“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES AWARD OF MORE THAN $80 MILLION TO PROVIDE GRANTS FOR TRAINING AND SAFE HOUSING FOR FARMWORKERS”
Agriculture, Jobs

“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES AWARD OF MORE THAN $80 MILLION TO PROVIDE GRANTS FOR TRAINING AND SAFE HOUSING FOR FARMWORKERS”

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $80,684,142 in grants through the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) to provide career services, training services, youth services, related assistances, and housing services to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents. These awards fall into two categories: NFJP Career Services and Training Grants, aimed to help farm workers retain their current jobs in agriculture and to acquire new skills to start careers that provide higher wages and stable-year-round employment, and NFJP Housing Grants, which help create safe and sanitary housing for farmworkers. The Department will award $74,562,142 for Career Services and Training Grants to fund 47 grants. The Department is also awarding $6,122,000...
crime

Ronnie Long To Be Released From North Carolina Prison

NORTH CAROLINA--Ronnie Long, Concord man who has maintained innocence for 44 years, released from prison.  “The state said it will ask the district court to enter a writ vacating Ronnie’s conviction. In short, Ronnie Long is coming home!” lawyer Jamie Lau wrote on Twitter. “While it will take some time for the courts to do what is needed to vacate the conviction, the state has set in motion a process that will lead to Ronnie’s freedom,” Lau wrote. “I spoke with Ronnie this morning. He is grateful, overwhelmed, and looks forward to reuniting with his loved ones.” “We’re thrilled” by the decision of the North Carolina (N.C.) Attorney General’s office, Lau later told The Charlotte Observer on Wednesday. “We’re glad the Attorney General’s office agrees with us that Ronnie Long should be free...
“U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $400 Million in Federal Funding Allocations for Four Transit Infrastructure Projects”
Transportation

“U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $400 Million in Federal Funding Allocations for Four Transit Infrastructure Projects”

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today announced a total of $400 million in federal funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to four transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, and New Jersey. The projects are advancing towards readiness to receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) under FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The projects must meet additional requirements in law before a grant can be awarded.   “This $400 million federal investment will help ensure that critical updates can be made to our country’s public transit systems so they remain safe and operational,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. With this announcement, FTA has advanced funding for 39 new CIG ...
“U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR ANNOUNCES AWARD OF NEARLY $20 MILLION TO COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS”
crime, Drugs

“U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR ANNOUNCES AWARD OF NEARLY $20 MILLION TO COMBAT OPIOID CRISIS”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia today announced the award of nearly $20 million in funding to four states as part of a new pilot program to address the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction and overdose by providing retraining and other services to workers in communities significantly impacted by the opioid crisis. The grantees are the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Maryland Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. In October 2018, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which directed the Department to develop a pilot grant program focused on addressing the economic and workforce impacts associa...
“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TO ASSIST AMERICANS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE LAURA”
FEMA, weather, White House Daily News Conference

“U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TO ASSIST AMERICANS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE LAURA”

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Laura. In response to the anticipated needs of those living in states in the path of Hurricane Laura, the Department and its agencies are taking the following actions: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has actively engaged with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies and is prepared to provide assistance; The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will be prioritizing all calls in the affected areas to continue to provide uninterrupted service to workers and employers; The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is prepare...
DOL’s Unemployment Insurance Weekly Labor Report
Jobs

DOL’s Unemployment Insurance Weekly Labor Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today the United States Department of Labor released it's In the week ending August 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,006,000, a decrease of 98,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 2,000 from 1,106,000 to 1,104,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,068,000, a decrease of 107,250 from the previous week's revised average.The previous week's average was revised down by 500 from 1,175,750 to 1,175,250.  Read the entire report.
“FHA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium For Homeowners Through Year End”
Housing

“FHA Extends Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium For Homeowners Through Year End”

WASHINGTON - Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced the third extension of its foreclosure and eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020, for homeowners with FHA-insured single family mortgages covered under the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This extension provides an additional four months of housing security to homeowners, as they will not fear losing their homes as they work to recover financially from the adverse impacts of the pandemic. With this third extension, FHA has now provided more than nine months of foreclosure and eviction relief to FHA-insured homeowners “President Trump is taking unprecedented measures to ensure American homeowners have the resources and support they need to get back to financial stability during the eco...
“Second Government Contracting Executive Pleads Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy Involving PBGC Contracts”
crime

“Second Government Contracting Executive Pleads Guilty to Bribery Conspiracy Involving PBGC Contracts”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, A second executive from a federal contracting firm pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy involving his business partner and a senior contracting official with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, Acting Inspector General Nicholas J. Novak of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement. James N. Girardi, 39, of Reston, Virginia, the chief operating officer of a government contracting firm, pleaded guilty to one-count of conspiracy to bribe a public official before U.S. Distri...
“President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate: Zachary N. Somers, of the District of Columbia, to serve as Judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims.Zachary Somers serves as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he handles oversight and investigations for Chairman Lindsey O. Graham.  Previously, Mr. Somers served over a decade on the United States House Committee on the Judiciary in several counsel roles, including as the Committee’s General Counsel and Parliamentarian.  Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Mr. Somers was an attorney at the boutique Washington, D.C. law firm Marzulla Law, LLC, where he specialized in takings and breach of contract litigation before the Court of Feder...
Africa, Jobs, Politics, White House Daily News Conference

First Lady Melanie Trump Delivered Remarks and the RNC Convention and Talked Stopping the Violence, Preventing Slavery, Remembering Our History, Drug Addition, Education and Prosperity

 Highlights: First Lady Melanie Trump spoke on behalf of her husband and the American people.  The First Lady expressed her gratefulness to the American people for electing President Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States in 2016--and she laid out the journey that she has traveled to defend and to protect the children and families not only in the United States but around the World--to Be Best. She prayed for those who are suffering or who have lost a loved one due to the COVID-19.  She assured the American people that they are not alone. "I know many people are anxious, but some feel helpless, I want you to know that you are not alone," said the First Lady.  "My husband's administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment for vaccine available...
“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING STRONG ACTION TO FURTHER PROTECT NURSING HOMES FROM THE CORONAVIRUS”
Aging Programs for Caregivers, Drugs, Health, White House Daily News Conference

“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING STRONG ACTION TO FURTHER PROTECT NURSING HOMES FROM THE CORONAVIRUS”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--today President Donald J. Trump continues his commitment to protect the vulnerable citizens in America's nursing homes. Action Plan: PROTECTING NURSING HOME RESIDENTS: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to protect vulnerable citizens in America’s nursing homes. President Trump announced additional steps to keep our Nation’s nursing home residents safe from the scourge of the virus. President Trump is now requiring all nursing homes to test their staff on a regular basis. Testing will occur twice a week, weekly, or monthly, depending on local factors such as an individual facility’s risk for COVID-19 transmission. Nursing homes will also be required to test residents and staff when there are new cases. To make this required testing easier and less co...
“Trump Administration Announces Additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program”
Agriculture, White House Daily News Conference

“Trump Administration Announces Additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program”

Washington – Aug. 25, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $1 billion for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The additional funding allows the program to continue critical support to farmers, distributors, and American families in need. The Farmers to Families Food Box program has provided over 70 million boxes to hungry Americans across the country. “I’m so proud of the people of USDA for designing this program in record time. With this additional up to $1 billion in funding, the Farmers to Families Food Box Program will continue to save countless jobs, support our farmers and move food to where it’s needed most,” said Secretary Perdue. “As the President said, when a food box is delivered to a family, we sh...
“FDA Approves Targeted Treatment for Rare Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Mutation”
Drugs, FDA, Health

“FDA Approves Targeted Treatment for Rare Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Mutation”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Viltepso (viltolarsen) injection for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in patients who have a confirmed mutation of the DMD gene that is amenable to exon 53 skipping. This is the second FDA-approved targeted treatment for patients with this type of mutation. Approximately 8% of patients with DMD have a mutation that is amenable to exon 53 skipping. “The FDA is committed to fostering drug development for serious neurological disorders like Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., director of the Office of Neuroscience in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Today’s approval of Viltepso provides an important treatment option for Duchenne muscular dystrophy pa...
“FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Convalescent Plasma as Potential Promising COVID–19 Treatment, Another Achievement in Administration’s Fight Against Pandemic”
Drugs, FDA, Health, White House Daily News Conference

“FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Convalescent Plasma as Potential Promising COVID–19 Treatment, Another Achievement in Administration’s Fight Against Pandemic”

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. Based on scientific evidence available, the FDA concluded, as outlined in its decision memorandum, this product may be effective in treating COVID-19 and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. Today’s action follows the FDA’s extensive review of the science and data generated over the past several months stemming from efforts to facilitate emergency access to convalescent plasma for patients as clinical trials to definitively demonstrate safety and efficacy remain ongoi...
“Federal Court Permanently Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer”
crime, Judiciary, Treasury, UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans

“Federal Court Permanently Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer”

TEXAS---A federal court permanently enjoined Siza Mhlanga, d/b/a Tax Refund Express, Camp Bowie Tax, Camp Bowie Tax Services, Tax Refund Company, and United Tax Refunds, of Fort Worth, Texas, from owning or operating a tax return preparation business and preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. Mhlanga consented to the relief. The complaint against Mhlanga, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleges that Mhlanga repeatedly prepared returns that report fake deductions for charitable donations, business losses, and fabricated education and energy credits to generate tax refunds. For example, the complaint alleges that Mhlanga prepared a customer’s 2017 tax return on which Mhlanga fabricated a business for the cust...
“Treasury Delists Former Honduran Money Launderer and Associated Companies”
Treasury

“Treasury Delists Former Honduran Money Launderer and Associated Companies”

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) delisted one individual and five associated companies from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List). Honduran money launderer Jaime Rolando Rosenthal Oliva (Jaime Rosenthal) (now deceased), Banco Continental S.A., Empacadora Continental S.A. de C.V., Inversiones Continental (Panama), S.A. de C.V., Inversiones Continental S.A. de C.V., and Inverciones Continental, U.S.A. Corp (IC USA) were designated by OFAC pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) in October 2015. This designation was part of a larger U.S. government effort against the Honduras-based Rosenthal Money Laundering Organization (MLO), which included the indictment and a...
“Treasury Sanctions Chinese National for Shipping Fentanyl to the United States”
China, Commerce, Economy, Treasury, White House Daily News Conference

“Treasury Sanctions Chinese National for Shipping Fentanyl to the United States”

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Chinese national Taotao Zhang as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). OFAC also designated Hong Kong-based Allyrise Technology Group Co., Limited, for being owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, Taotao Zhang. “Fentanyl has wreaked havoc on American communities and families,” said Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich. “The United States remains committed to protecting vulnerable Americans by targeting individuals peddling this deadly drug.” OFAC Action Further Targets Chinese Fentanyl Trafficking Taotao Zhang, a chemist and chemical supplier, has shipped synthetic opioids to th...
“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS LIFTING UP AND DRIVING NEW PROSPERITY IN PREVIOUSLY FORGOTTEN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES”
Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Infrastructure, Jobs, Politics, White House Daily News Conference

“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS LIFTING UP AND DRIVING NEW PROSPERITY IN PREVIOUSLY FORGOTTEN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES”

        WASHINGTON, D.C.--today President Donald J. Trump is taking real action to revitalize the forgotten communities across our Country.  “Our goal is to rebuild homes, schools, businesses, and communities that need it the most," said Trump.  Trump serves all Americans--including Black America and other minorities--communities---building smart communities and creating a stronger America together.   Advocates like Actor, Ice Cube voices are heard in the Trump Administration---. Although Blacks and other minority groups have made great economic  strides, societal barriers still exist that prevent their social and political empowerment.  President Trump signed an Executive Order that instructs agencies to prioritize the location of facilities within distressed areas, including Opportunit...
“Readout from the Launch of the “Building the Movement Exhibit: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”
Education, White House Daily News Conference, Women

“Readout from the Launch of the “Building the Movement Exhibit: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, First Lady Melania Trump, hosted the launch of the Building the Movement Exhibit: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Today’s exhibit was launched in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. The exhibit follows an art competition for students in grades 3-12 that was launched in June. The winning artwork showcased in the exhibit depicts individuals, objects, and events that hold a significant meaning to the women’s suffrage movement. The First Lady was joined by Second Lady Karen Pence, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza...
“President Trump Signed an Executive Order on Targeting Opportunity Zones”
Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs

“President Trump Signed an Executive Order on Targeting Opportunity Zones”

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on targeting Opportunity Zones (OZs) and other distressed communities for federal site locations. President Trump signed legislation into law to establish Opportunity Zones in 2017.  The bipartisan community development program established in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to incentivize investments in low-income communities across the country including Black communities who have suffered socio-economic disparities.   OZs advocates have been looking for federal, State and local leaders to establish programs that impact investing, and finance, from state and local government, and community development to lead the way on ensuring Opportunity Zones create opportunities for those who need it most. After the en...
Republicans nominate President Donald J. Trump to take on Biden in the fall
campaign, Politics, White House Daily News Conference

Republicans nominate President Donald J. Trump to take on Biden in the fall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Republican Party formally nominated President Donald Trump for a second term in the White House in Charlotte Monday, one of the first acts of a GOP convention that has been dramatically scaled down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said in an unscheduled appearance after the nomination was official. “Our country can go in a horrible direction or in an even greater direction,” he said. Trump has sought to minimize the toll of the pandemic, but its impact was evident as proceedings began in Charlotte. Instead of the thousands of people who were expected to converge on this city for a week-long extravaganza, just 336 delegates participated in a roll-call vote from a Charlotte Conven...
“NASA Researcher Arrested for False Statements and Wire Fraud in Relation to China’s Talents Program”
crime, White House Daily News Conference

“NASA Researcher Arrested for False Statements and Wire Fraud in Relation to China’s Talents Program”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today a criminal complaint has been unsealed today, charging Zhengdong Cheng, 53, of College Station, Texas, for conspiracy, making false statements and wire fraud.  Texas A&M University (TAMU) Professor Zhengdong Cheng is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon today at 10 a.m. in Houston, Texas.  Authorities took him into custody Sunday, Aug. 23.  Cheng allegedly led a team conducting research for NASA. According to the criminal complaint, for several years he willfully took steps to obscure his affiliations and collaboration with a Chinese University and at least one Chinese-owned company.  The terms of Cheng’s grant prohibited participation, collaboration or coordination with China, any Chinese-owned company or any Chine...
“Secretary DeVos Fully Implements President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum Extending Student Loan Relief to Borrowers Through End of Year”
Education

“Secretary DeVos Fully Implements President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum Extending Student Loan Relief to Borrowers Through End of Year”

  WASHINGTON – Acting on President Donald J. Trump's Presidential Memorandum signed August 8, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today directed Federal Student Aid (FSA) to extend the student loan relief to borrowers initiated by the President and Secretary in March 2020 through December 31, 2020. All borrowers with federally held student loans will have their payments automatically suspended until 2021 without penalty. In addition, the interest rate on all federally held student loans will be set to 0% through the end of the calendar year. Borrowers will continue to have the option to make payments if they so choose. Doing so will allow borrowers to pay off their loans more quickly and at a lower cost. "Thanks to President Trump's leadership, students can continue their educa...
“DUSA Pharmaceuticals To Pay U.S. $20.75 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Promotion Of Unsupported Drug Administration Process”
crime, Politics

“DUSA Pharmaceuticals To Pay U.S. $20.75 Million To Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating To Promotion Of Unsupported Drug Administration Process”

Massachusetts-based DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (DUSA), a subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. (Sun Pharma), has agreed to pay the United States $20.75 million to resolve allegations that DUSA caused physicians to submit false claims to Medicare and the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program by knowingly promoting an administration process for the drug Levulan Kerastick that contradicted the product instructions approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was unsupported by sufficient clinical evidence.   “The department is committed to protecting taxpayer-supported health care programs from fraud and abuse,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis for the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “We will hold drug manufacturers accountable when the...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Emergency Declaration”
FEMA, White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Emergency Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storms Marco and Laura beginning on August 23, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the thr...
President Trump Makes Major COVID19 Medical Breakthrough
FDA, Health, UncategorizedTrump signed four executive orders to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans, White House Daily News Conference

President Trump Makes Major COVID19 Medical Breakthrough

Highlights: "Prior to announcing the COVID19 breakthrough, President Donald J. Trump said, that he is closely monitoring Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura. President Trump has already approved emergency declarations for Puerto Rico and Louisiana. If you are in the path of the storms, please follow the instructions of your state & local officials!" President Trump announced a major breakthrough in our battle against COVID. TheU.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Convalescent Plasma as a therapeutic treatment to fight Coronavirus, with the potential to save countless lives. “We’re encouraged by the early promising data that we’ve seen about convalescent plasma. The data from studies conducted this year shows that plasma from patients who’v...
Trump’s Plan For America— Includes Black America
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Trump’s Plan For America— Includes Black America

WASHINGTON, D.C.---President Donald J. Trump’s Black America Contract benefits are defined in the “Opportunity Zones.”  Prior to the COVID-19, pandemic the initiative was spurring more economic growth in underdeveloped communities around the country. Through targeted tax incentives, the initiative is projected to generate approximately $100 billion of new private investment in communities that need it most. But Black business owners continue to struggle to finance their business and are turned down for loans at twice the rate of white and other minority business owners. That makes it more difficult for Black business owners to break into the lucrative supply chains of national chains, which typically require that suppliers have banking relationships—which Blacks cannot access without a p...
Trump Tweeted Mail Drop Boxes Are A Voter Security Disaster
White House Daily News Conference

Trump Tweeted Mail Drop Boxes Are A Voter Security Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, President Donald J. Trump  slams the Democrats, in a  tweeted,  "So now the Democrats are using Mail Drop Boxes, which are a voter security disaster. Among other things, they make it possible for a person to vote multiple times. Also, who controls them, are they placed in Republican or Democrat areas? They are not Covid sanitized. A big fraud! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2020" President Trump is concerned about the integrity of security of the mail-drop boxes.  The president tweeted last week  that “Some states use drop boxes’ for the collection of Universal Mail-In ballots,” he tweeted earlier this week. “So who is going to collect’ the Ballots, and what might be done to them prior to tabulation? A Rigged Election?” The Trump Campaign is ...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration”
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“President Donald J. Trump Approves California Disaster Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of California and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on August 14, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is also available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sh...
“Readout from the Reopening of the White House Rose Garden”
White House Daily News Conference

“Readout from the Reopening of the White House Rose Garden”

  Washington, D.C.---Today, First Lady Melania Trump, Honorary Chair of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House (CPWH), hosted the official reopening of the White House Rose Garden. Joining the First Lady were The President, Vice President, Second Lady, members of the CPWH, Administration officials and other key partners who contributed to the project. Following remarks by representatives of the landscape architecture firms, the First Lady began the evening by thanking those who made the renewal possible, acknowledging their hard work, dedication and generosity. She touched upon the history of the garden that Americans have come to treasure and how this renewal returned the garden to its original 1962 blueprint designed by Bunny Mellon during the Kennedy Administration. Mrs...
Speaker Pelosi’s Democrats Passed A $25 Billion US Post Office Bill And Abandon’s the Homeless
Mail-In Ballots, Russia

Speaker Pelosi’s Democrats Passed A $25 Billion US Post Office Bill And Abandon’s the Homeless

  WASHINGTON, D.C.---today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-CA) passed a House approved emergency funding bill for the U.S. Postal Service, which Democrats say is urgently needed to halt any attempt by President Donald Trump to impede mail-in voting this fall. The bill requires the Postal Service to prioritize election mail as "first-class," ensuring a speedy delivery of mail-in ballots. But the bill does not include the mail challenges that more than 500,000 homeless Americans face on a daily basis. The USPS coordinates with the federal Interagency Council on Homelessness,  to assist the homeless in receiving mail.  New York and California, both liberal States lead the Nation in homelessness. There are more Blacks homeless than in any other group in the United States (U.S.) that lives in...
“President Donald J. Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration”
White House Daily News Conference

“President Donald J. Trump Approves Puerto Rico Emergency Declaration”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Laura beginning on August 21, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert...
“First Lady Melania Trump Unveils the Restoration of the White House Rose Garden”
White House Daily News Conference

“First Lady Melania Trump Unveils the Restoration of the White House Rose Garden”

The progress of First Lady Melania Trump’s historic restoration to the Rose Garden as seen Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at the White House. This project marks the first time in 60 years that the Rose Garden has been renewed. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)      The progress of First Lady Melania Trump’s historic restoration to the Rose Garden as seen Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the White House. This project marks the first time in 60 years that the Rose Garden has been renewed. (Official White House Photo by Daysa Corrington)      Masonry workers lay limestone pathways during First Lady Melania Trump’s historic restoration of the Rose Garden Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, at the White House. This project marks the first time in 60 years that the Rose Garden has...
Trump Delivers Powerful Remarks At the Council for National Policy Meeting Friday
campaign, Politics, Russia

Trump Delivers Powerful Remarks At the Council for National Policy Meeting Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today Incumbent President Donald J. Trump delivered a powerful speech to the  2020 Council for National Policy Meeting Friday in Virginia.   “Over the last week, the Democrats held the darkest and angriest and gloomiest convention in American history,” Trump said in a speech to the GOP-aligned Council for National Policy in Arlington, Virginia. “They spent four straight days attacking America as racist, a horrible country that must be redeemed. ” Trump added,  "we’ve seen heroics and nurses raving into action to save lives—first responders helping people in need. We’ve built hospitals, we will have vaccines—" Two hours following Vice-President's Mike Pence interviews on CBS This Morning and Maria Bartiromo, President Trump said Friday that where Democratic presidential ...
crime, Russia

“Snowden: Lawsuit targeting his book is selective enforcement “

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said he would be “vehemently opposed” to any attempt to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, after the president suggested he might consider it. The attorney general’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press come days after President Donald Trump said he would “look at” whether to pardon Snowden, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programs. “There are many, many people — it seems to be a split decision that many people think that he should be somehow treated differently, and other people think he did very bad things,” Trump said of Snowden at a news conference on Saturday. “And I’m going to take a very good look at i...
“International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism”
State Department

“International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---On this third annual International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, the United States stands with the victims of terrorism and their families. The pain and suffering caused by terrorism is a heavy burden that the American people know all too well. We honor the strength and resilience of terrorism victims and their families around the world. We are committed to holding terrorists accountable for the crimes they have committed, no matter where they may be found or how long they have escaped justice. And by working to prevent future attacks, we ensure that the victims we remember today will not have died in vain. Source:US Department of State
“DOD Announces $17.4 Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions”
Defense, Homeland Security

“DOD Announces $17.4 Million in Defense Production Act Title III COVID-19 Actions”

WASHINGTON, D.C.---Today, the Department announces four Defense Production Act Title III actions to sustain and strengthen essential domestic industrial base capabilities in molecular diagnostic testing, satellite communications, laser electronics, and aircraft engine repair.  These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19. The Department remains closely partnered with FEMA and HHS, providing almost $2.9 billion in life-saving medical services, supplies and equipment to service members and federal agencies in the nation's whole-of-government approach to the pandemic. DOD & HHS Announce $3.1 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement with BioFire Defense, LLC to Expand Domestic Production Capacity for Molecular Dia...