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    A group of Department of Justice employees is asking the Biden administration to follow the lead of other large employers in granting administrative leave to Justice employees who may now have to travel long distances for abortion care, but this sentence in The New York Times' writeup of the request really sticks out: "The request puts the administration in a potentially tricky position: either denying a benefit even as several large companies have made accommodations in the area, or granting one that pits it against state governments that restrict access to the procedure." Uh ... yeah? And so what? We've got several states currently run by a seditionist party that's spent the last half-century trying to roll back civil rights because they believe there is only one true American religion—the one that they personally believe in—and everyone else needs to follow those religious rules or go to jail. Whether or not state governments get upset by the move is irrelevant. Washington state Sen. Emily Randall and RuralOrganizing.org's Matt Hildreth talk about what they're seeing and hearing while knocking on doors this...
    A FRIEND was sitting in my car a few days ago, sweating and taking shallow breaths. She had run out of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) the week before and was struggling to replace it. Meanwhile, her symptoms were back. 4Lisa Snowdon said she was forced to give her friend some HRT amid crippling shortagesCredit: Rex I had just picked up my prescription so I gave her a bottle of mine (we use the same type) to tide her over. I know we’re not supposed to share, but I couldn’t bear to see her in such a state. What’s happening to this country that women are being left to flounder with symptoms that can ruin our lives? I’m shocked that there is a national shortage in HRT (in particular Oestrogel) and I’m calling for it to be ended as quickly as possible.HRT is not a lifestyle drug, it is a human right. READ MORE ON HRT CRISISHRT BOOST HRT supplier ramps up production to ease UK shortagesHRT SURGE Doctors bracing for surge in demand for HRT because of 'Davina McCall...
    Greece’s Defence Minister has announced that the country, often menaced by Turkey, will no longer be shipping weapons to Ukraine, as it requires arms for its own defence needs. Greece’s Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos stated this week that Greece has no further plans to send military equipment to Ukraine and argued that further shipments could weaken Greece’s ability to defend its own interests, particularly regarding islands in the Aegean Sea. “The defence equipment we sent to Ukraine came from our stocks. There is no issue of sending more,” Panagiotopoulos told members of the Greek parliament, the news website Euractiv reports. The ongoing tensions between Greece and Turkey remains a major issue, and frequent violations of Greek airspace by Turkish warplanes have continued through the Ukraine conflict. Tukey has even accused Greece of wanting to use the Ukraine conflict to attack Turkey itself — despite the European country having a population many times smaller than that of its Muslim-majority neighbour. “Certain [Greek] politicians continue their anti-Turkish rhetoric, distorting in a deliberate and aggressive manner incidents and events … escalating tensions,” Turkey’s Defence Minister...
    Biden administration officials are warning they will soon have to cancel shipments of Covid booster shots, treatments and testing if Congress does not approve the additional $22.5 billion in funding they've requested.  The federal government will run out of monoclonal antibody treatments as soon as late May and would not be able to offer a fourth booster and variant-specific vaccines to all Americans unless Congress provides more funding, the White House said.  There is currently only enough funding to offer a fourth booster to immunocompromised Americans.  The White House told governors Tuesday morning it would cut the number of monoclonal antibody treatments being sent to states by 30 percent starting next week, an official said.  'We'll likely run out of these treatments for our most vulnerable ... Americans by the end of the year if not sooner,' the official said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also warned Tuesday that consequences would be 'dire' if the funding did not come through.  'With cases rising abroad, scientific and medical experts have been clear that in the next couple of months there...
    Two years ago, the memehongkong YouTube channel posted a video in Chinese explaining how Biden rigged the 2020 presidential election. The video on supposed rigged voting machines in Michigan has 320,000 views and zero misinformation disclaimers on YouTube. Yet the problem of misinformation affects more than the Chinese community. Misinformation disproportionately affects Asian, African, and Latin American diaspora communities in the United States. False information on the 2020 election and COVID-19 targets susceptible immigrant communities. It endangers both democracy and public health. The United States must pursue a federal program that helps diaspora community leaders and organizations teach members about misinformation. Current policy efforts focus on English language misinformation on major social media platforms. They are important, but insufficient. Social media platforms currently lack the ability to flag misinformation in other languages. Diaspora communities also use different communication apps based outside of the United States to chat with loved ones abroad. These communication apps do not face the same policy attention on misinformation that Facebook and Instagram do. Holes in current policy allow for foreign interference. Misinformation campaigns from abroad...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Wednesday, the federal government officially launched the website, covidtests.gov, allowing you to order four free rapid at-home tests. Nicholas Umana joined much of South Florida Wednesday, signing up for the free tests. “It’s very intuitive. Three steps. Easier than Amazon,” he said. READ MORE: Demand For Nurses Grows In South FloridaUmana is an aviation student and says he recently waited five hours for a COVID test at Tropical Park, so ordering the free tests was a no-brainer. “It’s going to foster a lot safer environment for everyone,” he explained. Though he lives in an apartment building, there weren’t any ordering issues. During a federal test run Tuesday, orders made by different people living in the same apartment building were rejected. Megan Brown ordered her four free tests during the test run Tuesday. READ MORE: Police Investigate Deadly Shooting At Hollywood BusinessShe also ran into a long line when she and her husband had to go to a testing site last month. While some argue the allotment should be larger, she’s OK with...
    BERLIN (AP) – The Austrian government on Sunday presented revised plans for its proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which it said will now apply to all residents age 18 and over, rather than 14 as originally intended. Officials said that a phased introduction will give people plenty of opportunity to comply. The government announced nearly two months ago that it would implement a general vaccine mandate early this year, becoming the first European country to do so. In early December, it produced a first draft, calling for the measure to be introduced in February and foreseeing fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,100) for people who flout it. Key aspects of the plan remain in the final version, which the government aims to have parliament approve on Thursday, but officials said consultations with two opposition parties and others showed the need for significant changes to details. Chancellor Karl Nehammer said there had been concern about teenagers being punished, hence the change in the lower age limit. The bill “is conceived in such a way that it responds to the flexibility of...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday tried to calm Israelis anxious about the rapid spread of the omicron variant, insisting the government is managing the crisis better than most and ruling out a national shutdown. Bennett said during an evening press conference that Israel was weathering an “unstoppable storm” of infection by protecting the most vulnerable people and keeping the economy open. He also called on people to take personal responsibility for protecting themselves, their children and older relatives. More than 400,000 vulnerable Israelis — mostly people over 60 — have gotten a fourth coronavirus vaccination and hospitals are prepared for an influx of severe illness. Bennett argued that these steps are evidence the situation is under control. “There’s no place for panic. There’s no place for hysteria. We will get through this together,” Bennett said, adding that the government is handling a once-in-a-lifetime crisis “in the right and responsible way.” He spoke after a poll for Israel’s Channel 12 showed nearly two-thirds of Israelis viewed the government’s handling of the crisis poorly....
    LONDON (AP) – UK government advisers have recommended against giving a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and people over 80 because data shows that a third shot offers lasting protection against admission to the hospital. For people over 65, protection against hospitalization remains at about 90 per cent three months after the third dose, according to data compiled by the UK Health Security Agency. As a result, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) on Friday advised the government that there was no need to offer a fourth dose, or second booster, to vulnerable people at this time. Instead, the government should focus on giving a third dose to as many people as possible to boost protection against the highly transmissible omicron variant. “The current data show the booster dose is continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups,” said Prof. Wei Shen Lim, the committee´s chair. “For this reason, the committee has concluded there is no immediate need to introduce a second booster dose,...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he hoped to "ride out" the pandemic without further restrictions, even as he warned that the country faces difficult days ahead as the highly transmissible omicron variant drives COVID-19 infections to record levels. With omicron causing fewer serious illnesses than earlier variants and the success of a nationwide vaccine booster program, the government believes existing controls are enough to protect the National Health Service without harming lives and livelihoods, Johnson told reporters in London. The government continues to monitor the data and is prepared to respond if the situation changes, he said. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a vaccination hub at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, England, Monday Jan. 3, 2022, as the booster vaccination program continues. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP, File) "We have a chance to ride out this Omicron wave without shutting down our country once again,'' Johnson said, pledging to try to keep schools and businesses open. "If we all play our part in containing the spread of this virus, the disruptions we face can be far...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Associations representing restaurants and catering businesses in Greece are holding strikes and work stoppages across the country Tuesday, seeking renewed financial relief from the government due to the effects of the pandemic. Normally busy restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and traditional tavernas in Athens were shuttered with chairs flipped onto outdoor tables ahead of a planned protest in the capital. Greece is currently reporting its highest daily number of confirmed COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic and the highest rate of death in six months, prompting the government to re-impose some restrictions that target roughly a third of the country’s population that remains unvaccinated. Public health advisors to the government are backing tougher capacity restrictions for businesses, and officials are due to decide on whether to implement the proposals later this week. Giorgos Kavathas, leader of Greece’s largest small business association, said demands from the government included tax breaks and rent subsidies. “We support the public health measures but we also need assistance,” he told state run television. “Let’s not...
    VIDEO16:1216:12The Sharpe Angle: FINRA'S Eileen Murray explains why she thinks criticism of government ESG regulation 'is B.S.'Delivering Alpha 2021 (Click here to subscribe to the Delivering Alpha newsletter.) While much of the world has been focused on environmental, social, and governance issues over the past few years, more recently, cracks are starting to show in the way companies are working to solve ESG challenges.  Eileen Murray is the chairperson at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the former co-CEO of the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. She sat down with us to talk about how to increase accountability in ESG reporting and the need for government regulation in the space.  (The content below has been edited for length & clarity.) Leslie Picker: You have been more of a skeptic on what's going on with the whole ESG [Environmental, Social and Governance] trend and really a frenzy over the past few years. What do you think are some of the key issues here?  Eileen Murray: My skepticism is not about tackling ESG. I think we absolutely have to do that. I think...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the official guest and host of The Tennessee Star Report, Grant Henry, for another addition of Grant’s Rants calling for the balanced union of both church and state. Grant Henry:  Hey, It’s time for Grant’s Rant here.  I’m going to get some response from Andy here in just a second. But yesterday we all saw that Governor Lee came out and signed a proclamation for the day of prayer, humility, and fasting, saying, I’ve signed a proclamation to dedicate tomorrow, that was yesterday October 11 as a voluntary day of prayer and fasting and humility. This order in particular said we recognize God’s sovereignty and the need for God’s Grace over our state and nation. We seek forgiveness for our many transgressions so that our hearts and minds may be renewed. Scripture tells us that the...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Monday nominated centrist party leader Dacian Ciolos to be prime minister after a protracted political crisis culminated last week in the Liberal-led coalition government being ousted in a no-confidence vote. After a day of deliberations Monday with Romania’s political parties, President Klaus Iohannis nominated USR leader Ciolos to try to form a government. Ciolos previously served as prime minister between 2015 and 2017 in a caretaker cabinet. “We are ready to take responsibility for the government and start negotiations with the other parties,” Ciolos said in a statement after his nomination. “Our objective is to get Romania out of the crisis and for that, it takes a lot of responsibility from all political forces.” The president’s nomination will need to be approved by lawmakers. Romania’s political crisis started in early September when outgoing Prime Minister Florin City sacked the USR-Plus justice minister for not signing off on a 10 billion euro ($11.5 billion) regional infrastructure development program. USR reacted by resigning all six of its ministers. Last week’s no-confidence vote — which...
    Tucker Carlson has slammed Mark Milley as 'treasonous' after a new book claimed the Joints Chief of Staff told officials that Trump was a 'serious threat to national security' and 'may need to be handled with physical force'.  According to the book, Peril, Milley told officials at the National Military Command Center that they 'reported to him, not the elected president of the United States,' and that they were to 'follow no order without consulting him first.'  He also made secret calls with China behind Trump's back, in an attempt to prevent a war breaking out, and attempted to limit Trump's ability to launch nukes, the book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claims. 'How do you describe this? "Deep state" isn’t strong enough,' Carlson said on his show on Tuesday.  'It’s treason. It’s a crime.'  On September 14, the Tucker Carlson Tonight host detailed meetings in which Milley allegedly told senior military officials that Trump was a 'serious threat to national security,' and may need to be handled with 'physical force' In a later January meeting, Carlson claimed, Joints...
    FORMER Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson once said that “to govern is to choose”. One of any government’s jobs is to make those tough choices. 2The introduction of the 1.25 per cent levy begins at the start of the next financial year on April 6, 2022 Two massive decisions were made this week: Raising taxes to fund health and social care; and suspending the triple lock on pensions for a year. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has done a good job of explaining the thinking behind the one-year adjustment to the pensions triple lock. It ensures that pensions still rise — but not by a figure approaching ten per cent, as many working people face a squeeze. On the horizon are a Budget and a three-year spending review at the end of October to decide how much we will be taxed and what we spend on public services. But the 363 Conservative MPs who sit in the Commons are fully aware they are breaking two manifesto commitments. These decisions are not taken lightly by anyone. Concerns remain over the big decision on health...
    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was criticized for capitulating under pressure during a Friday meeting with President Joe Biden on Iran. Opposition representative Tzachi Hanegbi condemned Bennett’s discussion with Biden, as Bennett vowed not to openly oppose Iran’s return to the nuclear deal, the Times Of Israel reported. “Bennett collapsed when he should have said ‘Mr President, I respect your view that the Iran deal should be resumed, but we will not be obligated by the agreement and we will not let Iran gain the power to wipe us off the map. We don’t need permission to defend ourselves.’ That is what was not said in the White House, and because it was not said, we have no confidence in this government,” said Hanegbi, according to the Jerusalem Post. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met yesterday at the White House, with US President Joe Biden. PM Bennett: “On behalf of the Israeli people, I want to extend our condolences and deep sadness for the loss of American lives in Kabul. ” Full Remarks >>https://t.co/Y7opsqfmrU pic.twitter.com/GBRXkntXie — PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 28,...
    Advocates for a higher minimum wage in Nebraska want the question to go before voters in 2022, but the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is among the opponents of the proposal. Supporters of the initiative, including some state senators, want an increase in the minimum wage from the current $9 an hour to $15 an hour. In 2014, Nebraska voters approved an initiative raising the minimum wage to $9 from $7.25 an hour. The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is opposed to a state-by-state minimum wage, its president Bryan Slone told The Center Square. “The NE Chamber has opposed creating a patchwork quilt of state minimum wage rules in the 50 states, and supports a uniform federal standard,” he said. The shortage of workers following the COVID-19 pandemic has already increased wages, Slone said. “It is not clear whether this effort would have much of a practical impact,” Slone added. Slone said the more important challenge is making sure Nebraska has an adequate workforce to meet the demand for jobs: “Right now, we all need to be focused on connecting people to...
                        Stephen K. Bannon called on former President Donald Trump to begin putting together “a more formal body… what the British call a ‘shadow government’,” … to counter “this illegitimate regime from destroying the country as the spin out of control,” on Saturday’s edition of War Room. Here is a transcript of his comments: Stephen K. Bannon: I’m a big supporter of the [former] president coming in and being the Speaker of the House for at least 100 days after we have the sweeping victory in 2022 to start a formal impeachment process on Biden with real facts and real receipts, because it’s not going to start until that time. But I think something more importantly, as importantly, has to be done right now. You’ve heard about these meetings President Trump’s had with some of those former cabinet members up in Bedminster. But you’ve got Peter Navarro around; you got Steve Cortes around. You have other people. I think right now President Trump’s got to be putting together...