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U.S. Adds 850,000 Jobs In June, Showing Effect Of Biden Stimulus Law

The United States added 850,000 new jobs in June, according to new data released by the Labor Department. The number is even bigger than Wall Street's expectations of 700,000 jobs. Two frustrating months in April and May of low employment growth led the Biden administration to be hammered by Republicans over its policies and the stimulus law enacted in March, the American Rescue Plan. “Things are picking up. All that employer demand is turning into jobs and higher wages for many workers," said Nick Bunker, economic research director from Indeed. “This pace of progress is solid, and it look...

Justice Thomas Says Federal Laws Against Marijuana No Longer Needed

Clarence Thomas, one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative judges, said the contradicting policies on marijuana in the United States make it difficult to understand federal laws against the cultivation and use of the drug. The judge believes the federal laws regarding the possession of marijuana, following the precedent of the 2005 Supreme Court’s ruling, are outdated with how the legal system approaches the drug today. Thomas wrote, “A prohibition on interstate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government’s piecemeal approach.” Thom...

Sen. Rand Paul Says He Won’t Get Vaccinated Despite CDC Recommendation

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday that he will not be getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Paul claimed that since he already had COVID-19, he believes he has immunity. Speaking with WABC radio in New York, Paul said he would not change his mind about not getting vaccinated unless he sees evidence proving that the vaccine is more effective than surviving from the actual virus. “Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I'm not getting vaccinated be...

Trump Organization Accused Of Abusing U.K.’s COVID-19 Furlough Program

The Trump Organization has received up to £575,000 -- about $811,000 -- through the U.K. job retention program, with at least £110,000 claimed while the former president was still in office. Critics see this as an abuse of the U.K.'s coronavirus furlough program. Union officials are calling for an investigation of the scandal by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and have lodged complaints about Trump Turnberry's “all-out assault on jobs and conditions." The former director of the Office of Government Ethics under the Obama and Trump administrations called the Trump Organization “disgraceful" for making U.K...

Video Of Joe Biden Picking Flower For Wife Jill Biden Goes Viral

A viral video of President Joe Biden picking a dandelion for wife and First Lady Jill Biden has been viewed over one million times. On Thursday, the president and first lady were walking to board the Marine One chopper when Biden stopped to pick a flower for his wife. The couple were on their way to Georgia to celebrate Biden's first hundred days in office and to visit former President Jimmy Carter. The 28-second clip was posted to Twitter by CBS White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang on Thursday afternoon, and has since garnered over 1.4 million views. Many viewers gushed over the video, with one...

Capitol Police Officer Told Units To Only Monitor ‘Anti-Trump Agitators’ During Insurrection

A new internal investigation of the Capitol Police’s response to the January 6 Capitol insurrection found that an on-duty officer instructed units by radio to only monitor anti-Trump agitators “who want to start a fight” and not “pro-Trump in the crowd.” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) described the radio broadcast during a House Administration Committee. Lofgren said that the broadcast was first discovered by the Department Office of Professional Responsibility while reviewing Capitol Police officer misconduct allegations. A Capitol Police spokesperson later specified that the radio broadcast...

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of Second And Third Degree Murder By Minneapolis Jury

Just ten hours after the defense team representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rested their case, the jury reached a speedy verdict of guilty of second and third degree murder. The jury also found Chauvin guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury's decision hinged on one interpretation: whether or not Chauvin causes Floyd's death and if his actions were reasonable. Chauvin's defense sought a mistrial verdict from Judge Peter Cahill due to the case's pu...

Amazon Claims Right-Wing Social Platform Parler Is Concealing Owners In Legal Dispute

Amazon has accused Parler, the right-wing social media platform formerly hosted on Amazon’s servers, of attempting to conceal the company’s ownership amid continued legal battles between the two companies. “This is a ginned-up effort to try to throw mud at Parler, when Parler has been completely clear about its ownership,” said Angleo Calfo, an attorney representing the platform. Parler asked a Seattle judge to force Amazon to reinstate the website in February, but the judge denied Parler’s request. Parler then issued a new complaint in King County Superior Court, which Amazon then asked to be...

Top Republican Says Giuliani Instigated Georgia Voting Restrictions

Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) said in an interview this week that personal lawyer to Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, created a significant amount of the momentum behind the new restrictive voting laws being passed in majority-Republican state legislatures. "This is really the fallout from the ten weeks of misinformation that flew in from former President Donald Trump," Duncan said. "I went back over the weekend to really look at where this really started to gain momentum in the legislature, and it was when Rudy Giuliani showed up in a couple of committee rooms and spent hours spreading misinfo...

Texas Attorney General Paxton Won't Release Texts He Sent During Capitol Riot

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is refusing to release text messages that he either sent or received while attending the pro-Donald Trump rally that devolved into the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6, which resulted in five casualties. Several news outlets are attempting to obtain copies of the attorney general’s work-related email and text communications, despite Paxton’s office being uncooperative. The Texas Public Information Act ensures the public’s right to public officials’ government records. Lauren Downey, the public information coordinator at the Office of the Attorney General, said, “The...

New Poll: Biden Approval Rating High With Split By Gender, Race And Education

Through several Gallup polls in the early months of President Joe Biden's administration, approval of the president appears to be split along gender, race and educational lines. While Biden enjoys near unanimous support from Democrats, 96 percent according to Gallup's most recent data, 62 percent of women and 49 percent of men approve of Biden. Also, 64 percent of college graduates approve of Biden while only 51 percent of non-college grads approve. While 89 percent of black Americans and 73 percent of Hispanic Americans approve of Biden, only 45 percent of white Americans do. Gallup also found that Biden's support is centralized in urban areas wi...

Sen. Whitehouse Says FBI Background Check On Brett Kavanaugh Was ‘Fake’

The FBI is facing allegations that the background check on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 was “politically-constrained and perhaps fake.” The 2018 background check was conducted after a woman accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, outlined his concerns on Monday in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. He argued that there’s reason to believe the FBI did not properly manage its investigation and overlooked several potential witnesses. “If standard procedures were violated, and...