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U.S. Labor Department Strengthens Penalties for Employers Who Steal Tips From Their Staff

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Unsplash / Sam Dan Truong Under the new rules, employers will face civil penalties of $1,100 when they keep employees’ tips. Business owners face stiffer monetary penalties for tip theft under new rules published Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, Nation’s Restaurant News reports. The new rules restore the......

Justice Department appoints David Neal as director of the nation’s immigration courts

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The decision of an immigration judge on a case determines whether an individual can remain in the United States or will be deported. For example, migrants who claim asylum will ultimately have that claim approved or denied by a......

Treasury Department sanctions 8 members of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, which was once run by ‘El Chapo’

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards Sinaloa Cartel U.S. Department of the Treasury WASHINGTON — The Biden administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on eight members of the notorious Mexican Sinaloa cartel, largely recognized as the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the......

Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “To strengthen American foreign policy and diplomacy, we must ensure our best and brightest individuals are able to serve,” said Rep. Ted Lieu of California, who introduced the bill with Reps. Joaquin Castro of Texas, Andy Kim of New......

America’s ‘unworkable’ child care system is failing families, Treasury Department says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen answers questions during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to examine the FY22 budget request for the Treasury Department on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2021. Greg Nash | Pool | Reuters The Treasury......

Justice Department files emergency order to block Texas abortion law

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The Department of Justice filed an emergency order late Tuesday, asking for a temporary halt to the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks. The department said in its filing that the new law, also known as......

Justice Department restricts use of chokeholds, no-knock entries by federal law enforcement

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Washington — The Justice Department said Tuesday it would be imposing strict limitations on when federal law enforcement officers can use chokeholds and “no-knock” entries, the latest in a series of steps undertaken by the Biden administration to bolster......

From 4% to 45%: Energy Department Lays Out Ambitious Blueprint for Solar Power

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Building and installing enough solar panels to generate up to 45 percent of the country’s power needs will strain manufacturers and the energy industry, increasing demand for materials like aluminum, silicon, steel and glass. The industry will also need to find and train tens of thousands of workers and quickly.......

State Department facilitates the safe departure of four Americans stranded by Taliban in Afghanistan

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here State Department facilitates the safe departure of four Americans stranded by Taliban in Afghanistan – CBS News Watch CBSN Live The State Department Monday confirmed it had facilitated the safe departure of four Americans via an overland route out......

State Department says it has no ‘reliable means’ to confirm if Taliban preventing Americans from leaving Afghanistan

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Mychael Schnell The State Department said on Sunday it does not have the “reliable means” to confirm a claim made earlier by a Republican lawmaker that flights out of Afghanistan carrying some U.S. citizens were being prevented from taking......

January 6 select committee refutes claim by McCarthy that the Justice Department cleared Trump of any role in insurrection

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “(McCarthy) has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th,” the statement read. “When this anonymous report was first published,......

23,876 ‘at risk’ Afghans have already arrived in the United States, State Department says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, August 31, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters WASHINGTON — More than 23,000 Afghan refugees deemed to be “at risk” have arrived in the United States, State Department spokesman Ned Price......

‘Majority’ of Afghans who worked for the US and applied for visas were likely left behind, State Department official says

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The official said they did not have a specific count of the Afghan Special Immigrant (SIV) applicants and family members who did not make it onto evacuation flights, “but I would say it’s the majority of them, just based......

The U.S. education department is investigating five states over their mask mandate bans.

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The Education Department has launched investigations into five states whose prohibitions on universal mask mandates in schools may run afoul of civil rights laws protecting students with disabilities, federal officials announced Monday. The department’s civil rights head wrote to state education leaders in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah,,......

Taliban and Haqqani Network have close relationship despite State Department claiming otherwise

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jerry Dunleavy The Taliban and the Haqqani Network are “separate entities,” the State Department insisted on Friday, arguing the United States providing information with the former did not mean it was doing the same with the latter. Despite State’s......

Justice Department to close New York City jail that housed Jeffrey Epstein

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The New York City jail where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was held before his death is closing, the Department of Justice confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. The jail has faced scrutiny since Epstein died by suicide there in August......

State Department says it has contacted the last Americans left in Afghanistan

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a media briefing on Afghanistan, at the State Department, in Washington, D.C., August 25, 2021. Alex Brandon | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON — The State Department said Thursday it is in contact with......

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