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Restaurant Revitalization Fund Efforts Step Up Again

by on February 18, 2022 0
Congressional representatives, led by Senate Small Business Chairman Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are working on a small business financial relief bill in join President Biden’s omnibus spending plan, which must be passed by March 11 to avoid a federal government shutdown, according to Roll Call reports and an earlier... Read More

Latest news on Omicron variants, Covid cases and vaccines: live updates

by on January 28, 2022 0
Medical workers in a VA Boston Healthcare System Covid-19 ward this month.Credit…Joseph Prezioso/Agence France-Presse, via Getty Images Unvaccinated healthcare workers in about half of the United States must receive a first dose of a Covid vaccine by Thursday under an understaffed federal mandate in hospitals and nursing homes who are preparing to lose more... Read More

SCOTUS will block the OSHA Vax mandate. Federal power limits are still important

by on January 10, 2022 0
Based on Friday’s oral argument to the Supreme Court, it appears reason will prevail and judges will block the federal mandate for private sector vaccines, an “emergency” standard announced in November by the Occupational Safety and Health. Administration. Just as the court blocked the Centers for Disease Control’s moratorium on evictions last summer, six... Read More

Protests erupt in Afghanistan against freezing of US funds

by on December 21, 2021 0
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kabul on Tuesday to demand that the United States unblock Afghanistan’s financial assets. Protesters chanted anti-American slogans and gathered outside the closed American embassy in the Afghan capital, with banners that read: “Give us our frozen money” and “Let’s eat.” In addition, dozens... Read More

Senate passes interim financing bill, avoiding closure

by on December 3, 2021 0
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate passed an interim spending bill that avoids a short-term shutdown and funds the federal government until Feb. 18 after leaders defused a partisan standoff over federal mandates on vaccines. The measure now falls to President Joe Biden to be enacted. Earlier Thursday, congressional leaders announced that they had finally... Read More

Judge blocks U.S. rule on COVID-19 vaccine for health workers in 10 states

by on November 29, 2021 0
Nov. 29 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday blocked a vaccine requirement from the Biden administration in 10 states, saying the agency that issued the rule requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus likely has exceeded his authority. U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp’s St. Louis ruling prevents U.S. Centers for Medicare... Read More

Arkansas panel delays vote on agency vaccine requirements

by on November 19, 2021 0
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers delayed a vote on whether to allow state-run healthcare facilities to require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, a decision officials say needed to protect millions of dollars in federal funding. Arkansas Legislative Council voted to delay consideration of requests from the University of Arkansas... Read More

Xi warns of return of Cold War tensions at APEC meeting

by on November 11, 2021 0
Xi says attempts to draw ideological lines will fail Xi calls on Asia-Pacific to close the immunization gap APEC leaders call for rejecting protectionism APEC Tackles Trade Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccines WELLINGTON, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – The Asia-Pacific region must not revert to the tensions of the Cold War era, Chinese President Xi Jinping... Read More

Florida businesses, cities, schools risk heavy fines defying DeSantis over pandemic mandates

by on November 4, 2021 0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Ashley Hanna had no intention of challenging Governor Ron DeSantis when she offered vaccination classes only in her yoga studio. But to accommodate clients who worried about the coronavirus as the delta variant burned down in Florida, she expanded her weekly schedule to include two sessions reserved for people vaccinated against... Read More

Microsoft Warns Hackers Behind SolarWinds Attack Target Cloud Services

by on October 25, 2021 0
RICHMOND, Virginia – Microsoft said on Monday that the same Russian-backed hackers responsible for the SolarWinds 2020 breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and have relentlessly targeted cloud service companies and others since ‘summer. The group, including Microsoft MSFT, -0.33% calls Nobelium, used a new strategy to graft onto the direct... Read More

Towards responsible competition with China

by on October 8, 2021 0
The announcement that Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will meet at a virtual summit before the end of the year has raised the possibility that Washington and Beijing may begin to put in “safeguards” to prevent the US-Chinese competition to tip into outright conflict. Despite Biden’s emphasis in his address to the United... Read More

How El Salvador is testing Bitcoin’s promise of financial freedom

by on October 7, 2021 0
SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador – Bitcoin supporters dream of a financial system largely free from government interference. But the first time cryptocurrency became a national currency, it was forced on a reluctant population by an increasingly authoritarian ruler using a secret state-run system. The startling announcement last month that El Salvador had adopted bitcoin,... Read More

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

by on October 3, 2021 0
WASHINGTON – The huge economic policy package Democrats are trying to push through Congress could open the door to a free community college for undocumented immigrants. But this lifeline for many now deprived of access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants... Read More

Bishops warn against funding abortion in reconciliation bill | Catholic National Register

by on September 17, 2021 0
Pro-life leaders have warned that healthcare spending in the bill could fund abortions, unless specific pro-life language is added to legislation to block such funding. WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned against funding abortion in a massive spending bill under consideration by Congress. “Congress can and must waive including taxpayer funding... Read More

The US dollar index struggles to move around 92.80

by on September 17, 2021 0
DXY is losing ground near the 93.00 mark. US 10-year bond yields are consolidating around 1.33%. The preliminary gauge of consumer sentiment is then included in the file. The US Dollar Index (DXY), which measured the greenback against a basket of its main rivals, alternated gains and losses in the area near the 93.00... Read More

States with school mask mandate bans unlikely to lose federal funding, education secretary suggests, but face inquiries

by on August 22, 2021 0
Top line The Biden administration is expected to crack down on states that ban school districts from imposing mask warrants, but Education Secretary Miguel Cardona suggested on Sunday that revoking their federal funding would be counterproductive, as the federal government escalates its battle against school mask warrant bans after Florida punished two neighborhoods that... Read More

Senate Republicans block Democrats’ voting rights bill from progressing

by on June 22, 2021 0
Washington – Republicans on Tuesday blocked a procedural vote to advance a Senate voting reform bill, frustrating Democrats’ attempt to start debate on their landmark legislation revising the country’s electoral laws. With a 50-50 vote, the effort, which garnered last-minute support from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, is well below the 60... Read More

A positive step in the right direction

by on June 10, 2021 0
The US ban on Chinese apps followed after India banned TikTok along with 267 other apps. Beijing: A relieved China on Thursday hailed the United States’ decision to drop Trump-era executive orders banning its popular TikTok and WeChat apps, saying it was a “positive step in the right direction.” The United States should treat... Read More

China-CEEC cooperation is advancing in noise

by on June 8, 2021 0
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua spoke at the opening ceremony of the Second China-CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) Second Exhibition and the International Consumer Goods Fair in Ningbo, China on Tuesday. Zhejiang province (eastern China). Photo: Courtesy of Ningbo City Government China on Tuesday kicked off a major trade exhibition aimed at boosting... Read More

Biden Quickly Limits Entry to Paycheck Safety Program Loans to Attain Small and Minority Companies | Murtha Cullina

by on March 9, 2021 0
On Monday, February 22, President Biden introduced short-term eligibility restrictions underneath the Paycheck Safety Program (“PPP”) in an effort to offer higher entry to loans to small companies and minority companies. Particularly, throughout an unique 14-day window beginning Wednesday, February 24, solely companies with fewer than 20 staff can be allowed to use for... Read More