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NSA moves forward with installing Michael Ellis as its top lawyer despite Democratic opposition

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The National Security Agency is “moving forward” with the installation of Michael Ellis as general counsel despite opposition from Democrats and reported pushback from the NSA director, Gen. Paul Nakasone, following the Trump administration attorney’s selection for the national......

With 350,000 doses idling, Missouri extends vaccine to 65-and-over

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Thursday announced the state will move into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 it vaccine distribution plan on Monday, extending inoculations to first-responders, high-risk residents and general public aged 65 and older. The broadening eligibility comes......

Grants for Pennsylvania small businesses ensnared in political gridlock

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Three weeks ago, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he had freed up $145 million in state funds for small business grants – the Legislature just needed to appropriate it. As of Thursday, the money – originally from the Insurance......

Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine offerings as Florida ramps-up inoculations for seniors

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Pharmacies in 105 Publix grocery stores across Florida each will offer between 100 and 125 COVID-19 vaccine inoculations a day as part of the state’s ramped up vaccine distribution plan. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during news conferences this week......

Restaurants demand to reopen statewide as some Illinois regions may see relaxed COVID restrictions

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here COVID-19 restrictions in regions of Illinois that meet certain metrics the Pritzker administration laid out may be able to relax mitigations. A restaurant association wants things opened statewide. Earlier this week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said if a region of......

Lindsey Graham releases 11 Senate Judiciary witness transcripts from Trump-Russia investigation

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released nearly a dozen transcripts of closed-door interviews conducted last year with key figures in the Trump-Russia inquiry, blasting FBI leadership under fired Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The South......

Washington state speeding up vaccine rollout for state’s seniors in ‘coming days’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A new range of Washington seniors will be eligible for priority COVID-19 vaccinations as new cases continue to climb, the state health officials announced on Wednesday. Washington is currently in the middle of Tier A1 and A2 of its......

Tennessee Senate approves TennCare block grant authorization

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A TennCare block grant authorization passed the state Senate on Thursday afternoon, putting Tennessee a step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to receive federal Medicaid funding in a lump sum. Authorization would offer state officials......

Wilmington officials continue enforcing short-term rental policy deemed illegal by North Carolina court

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Wilmington city officials have kept a short-term rental ordinance intact despite it being ruled illegal by a North Carolina superior court judge. The city’s zoning ordinance places a 2% cap on how many properties can operate as rental homes......

Heartbeat abortion bill clears first hurdle in South Carolina Legislature

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A bill that would criminalize most abortions in South Carolina passed the first hurdle of legislative approval Thursday. Senate Bill 1 would make it a felony to perform an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, except in......

Louisiana task force approves law enforcement tactic recommendations

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A task force the Louisiana Legislature created to develop recommendations that would lead to better policing finished its work Thursday, agreeing to proposed changes related to choke holds, no-knock warrants, body cameras and other issues. The longest debate focused......

States beef up security at capitol complexes ahead of Biden inauguration

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here States across the country are taking steps to tighten security at their capitol buildings following a warning by the FBI this week about potential armed protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Wednesday inauguration. Several states such as Georgia, Michigan,......

Justice Department charges 14 leaders of MS-13 gang with terrorism

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Justice Department indicted 14 of the top global leaders of the transnational MS-13 criminal gang with terrorism charges and is seeking the extradition of 11 of the gang members already arrested in El Salvador while warning that three......

Lisa Murkowski: House was right to impeach Trump for ‘unlawful actions’

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the second House impeachment of President Trump was an appropriate course of action. The Alaska Republican, known for her centrism and willingness to break from her party, released a statement on Thursday afternoon assuring her......

MIT professor accused of hiding Chinese government contracts while receiving millions in US grants

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was arrested on Thursday and is accused of concealing millions of dollars in contracts with the Chinese government while receiving millions of dollars in federal grants to conduct advanced energy research for......

Colorado General Assembly convenes for quick three-day session before adjournment

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Colorado General Assembly began the 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, swearing in new members, taking care of administrative duties, and approving temporary rules. The legislature will meet through Friday then adjourn until mid-February, citing safety concerns about the......

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