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Two years after Floyd’s murder, Biden signs executive order on police reform

President Biden signed an executive order coinciding with the second anniversary of fatal arrest of George Floyd that institutes new use-of-force rules for federal law enforcement officers, though the rule changes do not apply to local law enforcement agencies.... Read more»0

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Hate crime initiatives launched in U.S. after back-to-back racist shootings

The Justice Department unveiled a plan Friday to combat hate crimes including new guidelines for law enforcement officials and local leaders in conjunction with a slew of state grants focused on hate crime prevention programs and data gathering.... Read more»0

More shots, more funding: Biden back to basics as COVID-19 cases rise

The White House held its first COVID-19 task force briefing in six weeks on Wednesday, as the country grapples with the possibility that surging case counts and hospitalizations across the country will flow through the summer. ... Read more»0

Fund the police: Biden wants stimulus dollars spent on crime prevention

Gun violence has soared across the United States during the pandemic, and President Joe Biden urged local leaders Friday to help police quell the bloodletting with money they got through his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. ... Read more»0

Biden inks deal to supply low-income homes with free internet

The White House announced a partnership Monday with 20 internet providers to bring high-speed plans to low-income customers who qualify for federal assistance, a population numbering in the tens of millions. ... Read more»0

FDA moves to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a move the agency says will reduce disease and deaths by taking products that have long-targeted young people and people of color off the market. ... Read more»0

Biden amps aid, unveils new immigration policy for Ukrainians as war shifts to the Donbas

President Joe Biden announced a new round of military aid to Ukraine Thursday as Russian forces set their sights on Ukraine’s Donbas region, and unveiled a new program that will lay the foundation for Ukrainian citizens to flee to the United States.... Read more»0

New reforms estimated to erase student debt for 40,000

The Department of Education announced changes to federal student loan programs, revisions that it says will cancel the debt of 40,000 borrowers and help another 3.6 million get closer to the payment finish line. ... Read more»0

Stall of Covid-19 aid in Congress stokes fears on pandemic preparedness

After Congress failed to pass more pandemic program funding, several lawmakers spent the start of Easter recess in quarantine amid a rise of COVID-19 cases as public health experts say partisan politicking is endangering the fight against the virus. ... Read more»0

U.S. to soften stance on high-ethanol gas, usually banned in summer months

President Joe Biden flew to Iowa on Tuesday to announce a new economic gambit in the face of 40-year inflation highs, saying the government will lift restrictions on a biofuel that will be cheaper than gasoline for Americans to buy at the fuel pump. ... Read more»0

Biden urges Congress to pass COVID funding as money for federal programs runs dry

President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to allocate funding for the fight against COVID-19, warning that a failure to do so would put the country’s pandemic progress on the line as the federal dollars that provide treatments, PPE, free vaccines and tests are running out.... Read more»0

Biden to release 180 million oil barrels to lower gas prices

President Joe Biden announced the largest-ever release of oil from the nation’s strategic reserves Thursday as part of the administration’s strategy to lower gas prices, which have faced escalatory pressure since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month. ... Read more»0

Biden signs bill codifying lynching as a federal crime

Named for Emmitt Till, the 14-year-old Black boy whose brutal murder by a group of white men in 1955 catalyzed support for the civil rights movement, the Emmitt Till Antilynching Act was signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden, making lynching a federal hate crime. ... Read more»0

U.S. to ban imports of Russian oil as war in Ukraine rages

President Joe Biden announced a U.S. ban Tuesday on the import of Russian oil and natural gas, acceding to pressure by Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers on the Hill. ... Read more»0

Dearth of competition has taken toll on worker wages

Undercutting the pandemic-era belief that staff shortages from the Great Resignation have put employers over a barrel, data instead paints a shadow of wage depression says workers have lost an average of 15% to 25% of the wages they would make in a competitive-rich market.... Read more»0

‘Made in America’ boast will get a bit more challenging to make

President Joe Biden unveiled new rules Friday that will more closely scrutinize where the creation of components in a product labeled "Made in America" occurred, a move the White House says will bolster domestic manufacturing as more companies announce plans for U.S. factory jobs. ... Read more»0

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