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    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 14 petitions you should sign this week, including Urge Large Banks to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies, Demand Congress Protect Abortion Rights, and Call on Congress to Pass the Pets Belong with Families Act. We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Tell...
    Senator Rick Scott is calling on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, according to a Thursday report. 'There is more that the Department of Transportation can and should be doing to help address ongoing supply chain issues related to the pandemic,' Senator Cynthia Lummis told the Washington Examiner. 'We're well over a year into this, and I'm concerned that the Biden administration seems more focused on pushing Congress to massively expand the federal bureaucracy rather than using their existing authorities to help American businesses and consumers get back to normal,'the Senate Transportation Committee member added. Representative Kevin Brady, ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, added that the administration's actions finally addressing these issues is 'months late and more than a dollar short'. He claimed the White House has been in 'denial' related to supply chain problems. 'We've heard a lot of talk and a lot of formation of task forces but nothing concrete to address this,' the Texas Republican said. 'My first advice to...
    New York : After 18 people died within a week after shootings at massage parlors in Atlanta and a supermarket in Boulder, lawmakers are calling for stricter regulation of firearms. which could lead to an increase in sales. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden asked Congress to pass gun control legislation that Democrats introduced earlier this month. “I do not need to wait another minute, much less an hour, to take common sense measures that will save lives in the future,” said the president in addition to calling for the strengthening of the background check system. Why is the demand for weapons increasing? In the United States, the arms market has seen an increase in demand as authorities and legislators discuss the introduction of stricter regulation. Fears of future restrictions have led gun owners to stock up on more guns and ammunition. During January 2013 gun sales soared in the weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 27 people dead, most of them children. At the time, former President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress pushed for...
    On the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass stricter gun laws, including banning assault weapons. In a statement from the White House, Mr. Biden on Sunday asked Congress to pass laws requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers.  "Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence," Mr. Biden said.  The White House didn't provide more details about Mr. Biden's plan.  On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. Since then, many of the students and community members have become passionate crusaders for stricter gun laws. The gunman is still awaiting trial.  Their organization, March for Our Lives, has been pushing Mr. Biden to appoint a gun czar who would serve in a Cabinet-adjacent position. According to a statement sent to CNN in December, the group asked that a National Director of Gun Violence Prevention "reflect the...
    Several members of Congress wrote to House leadership on Thursday, asking for the flexibility and funds to hire armed guards and upgrade security measures in their districts as they are terrified of threats against them. 'Reflecting the tense and troubling times we live in, Members of Congress have reported receiving a significant uptick in threats of violence and even death,' states the letter, a copy of which was obtained by DailyMail.com. The lawmakers ask for greater flexibility to use their taxpayer-funded office expenses for security measures at their homes - which would presumably include items such as bullet proof glass and alarms - in addition for personal guards for the lawmakers when they are in their districts. They also want their addresses kept a secret. The two-page letter argues that the internet makes information about lawmakers' lives much more accessible, including home addresses, photos, personal details about lawmakers' families, and real-time information on lawmaker attendance at events - which puts them at greater risk. It asks for more funding to their Member Representational Allowance - the taxpayer money lawmakers receive to run...
    The House Democratic Whip is charging that sitting lawmakers gave inside help to MAGA mob rioters – as a group of Democratic lawmakers is demanding to know how rioters appeared to gain 'unusually detailed knowledge' of the Capitol they ransacked.     Rep. James C. Clyburn of South Carolina is pointing to rioters who located his own unmarked office, as well as 'tours' that several Democrats say GOP lawmakers provided in advance of the January 6 riot.  'Well, it seems to me that something was going on – some coordination was going on between sitting members of Congress and some of these called visitors to the Capitol,' Clyburn said.  A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), have written Capitol Police demanding the identities of people who toured Capitol facilities the day before the riot – along with any information on the members who brought them there. Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot who ultimately helped rally support for the first Trump impeachment.  The lawmakers are seeking answers to a series of questions about procedures for public admittance...
    The invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters has reignited Democratic impeachment efforts, with the clock ticking on Trump's last two weeks in office.  Two 'squad' members called for Trump's impeachment on Wednesday – and a key Democratic leader didn't rule out the idea. 'When I say all options are on the table, I mean all options should be on the table,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus told ABC News.  'Donald J. Trump should immediately be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate as soon as Congress reconvenes,' tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Minnesota. 'This is dangerous & unacceptable,' she added. 'When I say all options are on the table, I mean all options should be on the table,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY.), chair of the House Democratic Caucus told ABC News Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a 'squad' member and favorite target of Trump's, Tweeted that she was drawing up impeachment articles. She did so as U.S. Capitol Police, awaiting more reinforcement from U.S. National Guard,...
    A $2000 STIMULUS may be coming after the House of Representatives just passed the measure and have sent the bill up to the Republican-led Senate, which has argued against such direct aid to Americans. The vote, which would be an increase from the original $600 offered stimulus check, came barely a day after President Trump signed the original $908 billion stimulus package into law. 4Trump’s decision to sign the combination COVID relief/government spending plan averts a shutdown tomorrow night. It also came a week after Trump called the bill a "disgrace" and threatened to use his veto power until Congress came forward with a suitable stimulus check for the American people. The House passed the direct aid payments in a quick procedure that requires two-thirds majority support. Trump signed the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill after refusing to accept the deal for days, a development which the Democrat House Speaker Pelosi called "welcome news." 4U.S. President Donald Trump plays golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 27, 2020. Credit: Reuters “This relief...
    House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey called President Donald Trump's proposed spending cuts in the red-lined, but signed, coronavirus stimulus bill 'dead on arrival' After Donald Trump finally caved and signed the $900 billion coronavirus relief package Sunday night, the House Appropriations Committee chairwoman called the president's proposed spending cuts dead on arrival. A spokesperson for New York Representative Nita Lowey, whose committee holds the power of the federal purse, said Trump's red-lined version of the sweeping aid and funding legislation is 'DOA.' The president also included a demand that while Congress cuts out what he calls unnecessary spending, they also up direct checks for Americans from the $600 already included in the bill to $2,000. 'As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,' he said in a statement announcing his signage Sunday evening. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a statement lauding the president's signage, did not mention Trump's demand for tripling direct...
    Donald Trump is leaving for Mar-a-Lago Wednesday for his Christmas vacation after threatening Tuesday night, seemingly out of the blue, to veto the coronavirus relief package because he wants larger direct checks for Americans. The president posted a four-minute video to Twitter where, in part, he slammed Congress for only including $600 payments for most Americans. Trump says he wants the amount tripled to $2,000 instead – much larger than any other number floated by Republicans during negotiations. For the duration of the video, which threw avoiding a government shut down into chaos Tuesday night, Trump decried the compromise reached by Republicans and Democrats this week. Lawmakers were hoping to kill two birds with one stone by lumping in the $900 billion COVID-19 aid bill with the annual government funding legislation. Trump has five days to sign the package or else the government will shut down, which is what lawmakers were working so hard to avoid. The $600 check compromise came as some lawmakers pushed for the payments to be as much as the first round in March, which was...
    The slew of economic reports churned out each month by government agencies mostly tell how well the economy has done, not how well it will do. It's akin to looking in the rear-view mirror to fashion a route to the next destination. In other words, it has limited value.[ READ: Congress Passes $900 Billion Stimulus ]Take the report on gross domestic product for the third quarter released Tuesday. It showed an increase of 33.4%, above estimates and a nice bounceback from the cliff dive the economy took in the second quarter as the nation mostly shut down to combat the coronavirus pandemic. But as a bellwether for the future, such an outlier of a number is of little use. The Week in Cartoons: Dec. 21-25View All 7 ImagesStill, along with passage of a $900 billion relief bill by Congress late Monday and the rollout of vaccines, it leaves the economy on a better footing entering 2021. With several recent reports, notably weekly jobless claims and consumer confidence for December, showing a weakening economy as the year ends, the stage could be set...
    HUNDREDS of protesters broke into Guatemala's Congress and set fire to it after MPs and the President slashed spending. Images flames shooting out of windows after the building was stormed by the mob furious at President Alejandro Giammattei. 7 A demonstrator runs after setting fire to an office in the Congress building Credit: AFP or licensors 7Riot police outside the burning building Credit: AP:Associated Press The central American country has been devastated by Covid and back-to-back hurricanes the President with the backing of legislators has cut educational and health spending. Guatemalans were angered because MPs approved $65,000 to pay for meals for themselves, but cut funding for coronavirus patients. They say the budget was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the Central American country was distracted by the fallout and the pandemic. The spending plan was negotiated in secret and approved by the congress before dawn on Wednesday. It also passed while the country was distracted by the fallout of hurricanes Eta and Iota, which brought torrential rains to much of Central America. Discontent had been building over the 2021...
    The most senior Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees have demanded congressional investigations into alleged ‘errors and misconduct’ linked to the 2020 presidential election. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, a Republican from Kentucky, want Congress to hold hearings ‘immediately.’ The demand was first reported by Fox News. Jordan and Comer jointly penned a letter to the chairpersons of their respective committees - Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney - urging them to ‘examine the integrity of the 2020 election’ in light of claims by the Trump campaign of ‘irregularities’ and ‘improprieties.’ House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (left), a Republican from Ohio, and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (right), a Republican from Kentucky, want Congress to hold hearings ‘immediately’ over 'irregularities' and 'improprieties' related to the November 3 election The Trump campaign and the Republican Party have so far failed to present any credible evidence of widespread voter fraud.  President Trump lost the November 3 election to his Democratic...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Demand Nike and Puma Stop Using Kangaroo Skin, Save North Atlantic Right Whales, and Urge the WDFW to Commit to Stop Killing Wolves We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless. 1. Demand Nike and Puma...
    Fifteen Democratic mayors from some of the country’s largest cities demanded the Trump administration to pull out all federal law enforcement from Portland, Oregon, and not send in more police to other cities, as he has threatened to do. “It is concerning that federal law enforcement is being deployed for political purposes,” the coalition of mayors wrote in a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Attorney General William Barr that was posted online late Tuesday. “The president and his administration continually attack local leadership and amplify false and divisive rhetoric purely for campaign fodder," the letter stated. "Their words and actions have created an environment of fear and mistrust.” President Trump has threatened to send federal law enforcement, including elite forces from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other federal agents, to Chicago and other cities with rising crime levels as local police contend with defunding efforts. Federal police have only been sent to Portland thus far on the basis that they are needed to assist DHS’s Federal Protective Service officers who...
    Former top Robert Mueller prosecutor is set to tell Congress of political interference from the 'highest level' of the Justice Department during the prosecution and sentencing of longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone, according to prepared testimony. Aaron Zelinsky, one of the career prosecutors who resigned from the Stone case after main Justice directed in a reversal on sentencing for Stone, plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that he saw 'significant pressure' on prosecutors working the Stone case.  That pressure came despite Stone making false statements to Congress that obscured the picture of his contacts with purported intermediaries to WikiLeaks over hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 elections, Zelinsky will say. Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering.  Roger Stone leaves Federal Court after a sentencing hearing February 20, 2020, in Washington, DC. Aaron Zelinsky is one of four prosecutors who took themselves off the case when top DOJ officials did a 180 on their recommended sentence for the longtime Donald Trump advisor. Zelinsky says there was 'heavy pressure' to go easy on Stone...
    A coalition of more than 100 civil liberties and civil rights groups are calling on members of Congress to cease federal funding for surveillance technology that is being used on protests against racism and police brutality across the country. The groups include a number of prominent organizations including the ACLU, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Color of Change, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MediaJustice, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, RAICES, the Surveillance and Technology Oversight Project, and more. In their letter, the groups specifically call on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to “address the unconstitutional and dangerous use of surveillance by state, local, and federal police officers against demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd and so many others perpetuated by systemic police brutality.” The groups cite instances of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) drones flying over areas where protests were held, and the Department of Justice allowing the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to conduct “covert intelligence.”...
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