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    The House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to provide $28million in emergency funding to address the baby formula crisis after parents blasted President Joe Biden for taking too long to invoke the Defense Production Act. Republicans said the legislation was covering up for the administration's 'ineptitude' during the crisis and is only 'throwing money at the FDA' rather than fixing the problem.  The House passed two bills. The first was a measure approved on a 414-9 vote that will allow low-income women to purchase more baby formula through the federal Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program. The second, the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, provides the funding as parents across America struggle to find supplies to feed their children and was passed on a 231-192 vote. Their fates are uncertain in the Senate, but Democratic Majority Leader has said he will try and pass the bills by unanimous consent - even though it could be blocked by one Senator.  Nancy Pelosi celebrated the votes, but Republican House Whip Steve Scalise urged his colleagues to vote no because the...
    Joe Biden gave an impassioned plea Sunday during a memorial for fallen law enforcement by asking Americans to 'address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America' after a racially motivated gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo. 'A lone gunman, armed with weapons of war and a hate-filled soul shot and killed 10 innocent people in cold blood in a grocery store Saturday afternoon,' Biden said during the 41st Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the Capitol on Sunday. The president said that while the Justice Department investigates the crime in Buffalo 'we must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.' The president and first lady Jill Biden attended the event kicking off Police Week Sunday afternoon outside the Capitol honoring the lives of law enforcement who were killed in the line of duty in the last year. 'Being a cop today is a heck of a lot harder than it's ever been,' Biden said during his remarks for the event hosted by the National...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will forcefully urge Congress to pass additional Covid-19 funding during Thursday's virtual Global Covid-19 Summit, according to two senior administration officials. The summit, the officials said, is aimed at "redoubling" efforts to control Covid-19 and preparing the world for future variants of the coronavirus or the next deadly pandemic. Thursday's summit, which is co-hosted by the White House along with Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize, will call for countries to invest in the new Global Pandemic Preparedness and Health Security fund at the World Bank, and the United States will be announcing that its pledge will increase to $450 million, up from the initially promised amount of $250 million. The summit will also highlight an additional $3.1 billion in new funding commitments from countries around the world to combat Covid-19. But as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other Cabinet-level officials take part in Thursday summit, which is aimed at urging other wealthy countries to ramp up their coronavirus relief efforts in support of poorer countries, the Biden administration's efforts to secure further funding from...
    SANTA ROSA (KPIX) — Santa Rosa is getting some help from the federal government to help the city respond to emergencies. The help comes in the form of $1 million for the city to build what it has needed for years. A building in Stony Point Road will be the new home of the Emergency Operations Center for the City of Santa Rosa. It’s hard to believe for years the EOC has been operating in and out of a closet, where many of the supplies are stashed. READ MORE: As March 31 Expiration Of Moratorium Looms Lawmakers Seek Protections For Bay Area Renters“We can no longer operate where we’re literally setting up an EOC out of a box. We need to have a permanent home and this is a step in the right direction,” says Santa Rosa Fire Marshall Paul Lowenthal. Since 2017, Santa Rosa has activated its EOC 13 times and it’s not just in the summers. During devastating fires such as the Tubbs, which killed more than 20 people and burned down roughly 3 thousand homes. To Public...
    The White House on Monday previewed President Joe Biden’s annual 2023 budget, which includes an empty request for federal spending on police departments. Biden’s proposal will ask for more than $32 billion in new spending to fight crime, according to reports, in an effort to signal support for the police during an unprecedented period of rising crime. The budget would double funding for community policing and community violence interventions as well as hire more deputy marshals and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,  Firearms, and Explosives agents, according to reports. In a statement, Biden said budgets were “statements of values,” as he outlined his desire to spend $5.8 trillion for fiscal year 2023. The president’s annual budget document is largely meaningless, as Congress relies on continuing resolutions and stop-gap funding for most of its spending plans. He and his staff have not outlined a separate funding bill for police to push forward for passage in Congress. Biden’s message will likely disappoint Democrats such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,...
    Two-thirds of Asian Americans in Los Angeles County are worried about being a victim of a racial attack, and a strong majority want police funding increased or kept the same, according to a poll released Tuesday. The poll also found high political engagement, with 92% saying they were very or somewhat likely to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Asian Americans make up 11% of registered voters in L.A. County and 9% in the city of Los Angeles. In a busy and competitive election season, “understanding the AAPI community ... is quite important,” Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, which commissioned the survey along with the California Community Foundation, said in an email. The poll of 1,500 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents of L.A. County is among the biggest surveys of the group, often referred to as AAPI, in recent years. It comes three months before a June 7 primary election that will narrow the field for congressional and local contests, including mayor of L.A., eight...
    President BidenJoe BidenRubio skipping SOTU over COVID-19 testing mandate: 'I don't have time' Arizona GOP asks court to strike down vote-by-mail system US sees Putin nuke threat as posturing MORE on Tuesday proposed a "unity agenda" of four items he urged Congress to pass on a bipartisan basis: Addressing the opioid epidemic, providing resources for children's mental health, supporting veterans and ending cancer. "A unity agenda for the nation," Biden said. "We can do this." Each agenda item Biden rattled off received significant applause in the House chamber. The proposals were significant for Biden, who campaigned on a pledge to turn down the temperature in Washington but has run into fierce Republican resistance and at times personal attacks. Biden called for Congress to increase funding for prevention and treatment of those struggling with addiction to opioids. He urged lawmakers to strengthen privacy protections and outlaw targeted advertising to children as part of an effort to improve children's mental health. In a personal appeal, Biden called on Congress to pass a law to ensure care for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals while serving...
    President BidenJoe BidenTrump-nominated FAA administrator to resign at end of March Senate slips within 48 hours of government shutdown deadline Trump issues endorsements in Texas congressional races MORE on Thursday will travel to Ohio to highlight a $1 billion investment in the cleanup of environmentally degraded sites in the Great Lakes through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed and signed late last year. Biden will visit Lorain, Ohio, near the banks of Lake Erie to tout the benefits of the funding for the lake restoration efforts. The infrastructure law includes funding specifically for the Great Lakes, which is a major source of drinking water for communities in the Midwest. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to use most of the $1 billion in funding to address "Areas of Concern" that have been polluted by years of agricultural work or manufacturing in cities along the lakes like Buffalo, Detroit and Cleveland. “The Great Lakes are a vital economic engine and an irreplaceable environmental wonder, supplying drinking water for more than 40 million people, supporting more than 1.3 million jobs, and sustaining life for thousands of species," EPA...
    DETROIT (AP) — The future of dozens of Detroit school buildings will be examined as part of a 20-year improvement and investment plan by the city’s public school district. A proposed Facility Master Plan was announced Tuesday and includes spending $700 million by 2027 on new schools, revamping existing schools to address overcrowding, upgrading older buildings and demolishing those that can’t be saved. READ MORE: MotorCity Casino To Lift Mask Mandate For Vaccinated GuestsThe $700 million would come from $1.3 billion in federal COVID-19 pandemic aid to the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The district says $2 billion is required to upgrade all buildings to a “good” rating. It plans to seek state funding to address long-term facility needs. READ MORE: 'Love Match': Detroit Animal Care Waiving Adoption Fees This WeekRecommendations will be explained during seven public meetings. Feedback from the meetings will help lead to a final recommendation by June to the Detroit Board of Education on spending the $700 million, the district said, adding that the plan is the next phase of rebuilding the district following about seven years of state...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Domestic violence service providers across Illinois say $50 million in additional funding is needed to care for survivors. They also say Gov. JB Pritzker’s proposed 2023 budget falls short – way short. READ MORE: Mother, Model, Advocate For Crime Victims Fantacia Lopez Must Have Mouth Wired Shut After Being Shot In Face HerselfAs CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Friday, the need for these kinds of services have only grown during the COVID-19 pandemic — and survivors said funding could be the difference between spending a night in a shelter or staying with an abuser. “We went through a lot, and we were homeless for a little while,” said domestic violence survivor Sarah McClarey. “At that point, the shelter looked very attractive.” McClarey spent three months in the emergency shelter with her two young boys, escaping an abusive husband. “You could be completely exhausted and trying everything, but just stuck,” McClarey said, “and so I could have been living like that forever.” McClarey credits the WINGS safe housing program with turning her life around. But...
    The massed ‘Freedom Convoy 2022’ of Canadian truckers currently stationed around the capital Ottawa is close to raising $10m to support their cause of defeating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “political overreach,” according to the protest GoFundMe page. The GoFundMe page set up by the organisers clearly shows Tuesday the money pouring in to the cause from across the nation. The Independent reports this amount is higher than the money raised by major federal political players of Canada during the closing months of 2021, public records with Elections Canada showed. According to the record, Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada raised $3.7m during the last quarter of 2021, with the opposition Conservative Party of Canada ranking a close second with over $3m during the same period. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have reportedly fled their home in Ottawa for “a secret location,” as thousands of truckers traveling in a “freedom convoy” to protest vaccine mandates made their way to its capital city. https://t.co/ZMKF6EEw8z — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 30, 2022 The New Democratic Party raised $1.8m, which was followed by the Green Party of Canada which raised...
                 To commemorate National School Choice week in Tennessee, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) released a statement calling for government funding to follow and benefit students. “School choice is an issue that I hear about every single week from Tennesseans, and this is National School Choice Week. It has become even more important – as people have lived through the pandemic, as they are looking at how Critical Race Theory has been slipped into their children’s curriculum,” Senator Blackburn said in a statement. “And today, more than ever, we are hearing from parents in every county, every community across this great state that they want the opportunity to work with their children’s teachers, to make certain that they know how those children are being instructed in the classroom. I wish everyone well with National School Choice Week.” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee also issued a proclamation recognizing January 23-29, 2022 as Tennessee School Choice Week. In a social media video, Governor Lee said, “We’ve fought hard to keep Tennessee parents in the driver’s seat of their kids’ education. School choice gives...
    Getty/NBCUMV Randall Emmett, Ariana Madix, and Katie Maloney It’s not about the pasta, it’s about the sandwiches. During the season 9 finale of “Vanderpump Rules,” stars Katie Maloney and Ariana Madix revealed that Randall Emmett and his business partners were going to invest $150,000 into their new sandwich shop concept. However, now that Lala Kent and Emmett have broken up, is that still happening? Well, according to Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval, the deal is off. The two spoke about it during a January 19 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live.” “I don’t think so,” Sandoval said to a fan from the virtual audience after she asked if Emmett would still be an investor. “I don’t think so, I think they dissolved that, and they’re seeking other investors now.” Schwartz also chimed in. ICYMI: @TomSandoval1 thinks Randall Emmett may want to “cut ties” with the #PumpRules cast after his split from Lala Kent. #WWHL pic.twitter.com/i1B2t9mOMx — WWHL (@BravoWWHL) January 19, 2022 During this season of “Vanderpump Rules,” Maloney and Madix shared their new eatery idea with viewers, explaining...
    Over $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan is being used to address staffing and other health care needs in Howard County, Maryland, as it deals with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. County Executive Calvin Ball committed $2.4 million total to support the effort, sending $2 million to Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) and $400,000 to the Howard County Health Department. “This latest COVID-19 surge caused by variants is overwhelming, and our healthcare workers, those on the frontlines, our EMS and paramedics are exhausted,” Ball said in a statement. “It is paramount that we invest in our healthcare workers, and our public health system, to retain our frontline employees and support them through this crisis.” Early challenges with the Omicron variant lead officials to believe hospitalizations at Howard County General Hospital will reach concerning levels, the statement said. Howard County General Hospital saw a 411% increase in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 from mid-December to early January. Sixty-three of those hospitalized with the virus are in Acute Care and the ICU. County residents also have a current positivity rate...
    Steve Huffman CEO, Reddit, delivers remarks on 'Redesigning Reddit' during the third day of Web Summit in Altice Arena on November 08, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.Horacio Villalobos | Corbis | Getty Images Reddit on Wednesday announced that it has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public. The social media company did not make the filing publicly available. The company also did not say how many shares would be offered nor the price range for the proposed offering. Although Reddit was created in 2005, it has taken a unique road toward going public. Conde Nast Publications acquired Reddit in 2006. The social media services remained a part of the publication company until it was made an independent subsidiary in 2011. Since then, it raised a series of funding rounds from venture capital firms. Most recently, the company announced that it had raised a $700 million round in August 2021 at a valuation of more than $10 billion. At the time of that funding round, the company said that it had reached $100 million...
    “That project involved the entire town and it was a big awakening for me," he admitted. "I got to know people and organizations within my hometown that I didn’t know existed. Little groups who were trying to help young careers, who had just enough funding to make a tiny difference to a kid’s life by putting on one night a week where they could get out and go bowling or watch a film and just be a kid.” He said that after the production ended, he carried on with his way of life, but several months later he had a brutal wake-up call when he visited his hometown to find that the funding for the social programs had all but dried up. “That stuff doesn’t make the news, but it makes a massive difference to kids’ lives," Sheen explained. "I realized the difference between that child’s life being a little bit better or not was ultimately a small amount of funding. And I wanted to help those people. I didn’t just want to be a patron or a supportive...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday she’s working to reverse plans to divert funding from the police department to social services and hire more officers to stem a recent increase in street violence. The mayor’s announcement came after a weekend in which three people died, including a retired police officer acting as a security guard for a television news crew, bringing the number of homicides to 127 so far this year. READ MORE: Santa Clara Shoe Store Ransacked in Late Night Smash-and-Grab RobberyTo address the violence, Schaaf said she’ll ask the city council to reverse $18 million in funding cuts scheduled to take effect next year, though she still supports diversion efforts. “When those messages and services are not effective … the consequences must be swift and certain,” Schaaf told reporters Monday on a Zoom call. “There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence.” Amid a nationwide movement to shift funding away from police budgets after the killing of George Floyd, the progressive Oakland City Council voted in June to cut $18 million from...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden took his sales pitch for the newly passed bipartisan infrastructure deal on the road Wednesday, highlighting the effect of the bill on supply chains and acknowledging Americans' concerns about rising prices -- hours after new inflation statistics revealed that US consumer prices are surging more than they have in 30 years. While the Biden White House has long sought to assuage national worries about inflation amid America's economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the President on Wednesday acknowledged that rising consumer prices are "one of the most pressing economic concerns of the American people -- and it's real." The President said the administration is prioritizing "getting prices down," "making sure our stores are fully stocked" and getting a lot of people back to work while tackling these two above challenges I mentioned." Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday indicated that US consumer price inflation surged higher again in October. Over the past 12 months, prices climbed 6.2% -- the biggest increase since November 1990.After stripping out food and energy prices, which tend to...
    Administrators, scientists and politicians praised U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on Tuesday for years of securing medical research funding while dedicating the NextGen Precision Health facility in his name on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. “This is going to be a place where discoveries happen,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. “This is going to be a place that focuses on health, but also on hope – hope you’re going to give to people who don't even know we're having this ceremony and may in a year or two, or a decade from now, have their lives saved by the work that goes on in this building.” The $221 million facility has 265,000 square feet for collaboration among researchers, clinicians and industry representatives with the latest scientific resources. Its location on the University Hospital campus provides a bench-to-bedside approach where researchers and medical doctors can quickly and easily work together to better diagnose and treat illness. “Things will happen here that will impact people all over the world because of what the university committed itself to,”...
    NORTH Korea has slammed the US and UK as “stranglers of human rights” in a shamelessly hypocritical attack.    The regime’s foreign ministry claimed the two nations, as well as Australia, were “chief criminals” following their exit from Afghanistan last month. 5Jim-Jong-Uns foreign ministry have criticised western forces over AfghanistanCredit: AP 5US and UK soldiers left the war-torn country last monthCredit: AFP The trio ended their occupation of the war-torn country after more than 20 years of conflict. It included one of the biggest evacuation missions in history, that saw thousands of under threat civilians flown to locations across the world. But this week, the isolated country launched a scathingly attack, citing the three nations actions as crimes against  “crimes against humanity” after leaving the Taliban controlled territory.   They also claimed that other countries including China, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela – that feature on the UN’s list of the world’s 10 worst human rights abusers - were similarly outraged. Most read in NewsGET LUCKY Jackpot reaches $368m for next Mega Millions drawingLARRY LANDS Hurricane Larry path tracker - 80mph...