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Tamir Rice Family to Protest Downtown Friday, Demand Accountability in Dropped Federal Investigation

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click to enlarge The family of Tamir Rice, their legal team, and their community of supporters will rally for justice Friday afternoon in downtown Cleveland. After the Department of Justice announced in December that it was officially closing its five-year inquiry into the tragic case without pursuing charges against Cleveland......

Federal watchdogs open a far-reaching investigation into failures in the lead-up to the Capitol riot.

New York Times
Inspectors general from a range of federal agencies are launching a coordinated investigation into the catastrophic failures that led to the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, amid reports that officials ignored, downplayed and responded sluggishly to a deadly assault on the nation’s core democratic institutions. Government watchdogs, who......

Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts

New York Times
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Dr. David Kessler to help lead Operation Warp Speed, the program to accelerate development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, according to transition officials. Dr. Kessler, a pediatrician and lawyer who headed the Food and Drug Administration during the presidencies of George Bush and......

Federal government executes Corey Johnson following prolonged legal fight

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Johnson was sentenced to die after he was convicted of killing seven people in 1992 as a part of the drug trade in Virginia. The weeks preceding his execution were defined by a tense legal battle after he contracted......

2 Virginia police officers face federal charges in Capitol riots

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Two police officers in Rocky Mount, Virginia are facing federal charges in the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. Sergeant Thomas Robertson and Officer Jacob Fracker have been charged with unlawful entry into a restricted area and violent......

Federal, state leaders take action to speed up COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here With 40 states still in the first phase of their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, officials are taking steps to speed up delivery. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans with the details. Source link To Return to the Main Aggregate News Page......

First federal execution of female inmate in nearly 70 years awaits court decisions

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Warning: This story contains descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night helped clear the path for the execution of Lisa Montgomery, who could become the first woman to be executed......

Federal prosecutors investigate possible seditious conspiracy charges in Capitol assault

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here A Washington, D.C. federal prosecutor says his office is looking into possible seditious conspiracy charges as a part of a massive, “unprecedented” federal investigation into the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Acting U.S. Attorney for the District......

First federal execution of female inmate in almost 70 years put on hold

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Mission, Kansas — A judge has granted a stay of execution to Lisa Montgomery, who was set to be the first female inmate executed by the US federal government in nearly 70 years on Tuesday. Montgomery, 52, has been......

First Woman to Face Federal Execution Since 1953 Seeks Reprieve

New York Times
WASHINGTON — In December 2004, Lisa M. Montgomery murdered a pregnant woman in Skidmore, Mo., and abducted the unborn child to claim as her own. The only woman on federal death row, she is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, and her defense team does not contest her guilt. But her high-profile......

Federal court system’s sealed records likely breached by SolarWinds hack

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The online filing system used by the federal court system was likely breached in the SolarWinds hack, suspected to be orchestrated by Russia, potentially compromising highly sensitive sealed documents that contain nonpublic details about ongoing investigations. The Administrative Office......

Hospital group presses Trump administration for ongoing federal help with vaccine distribution

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Seniors, who are 65 and over, wait in line at the Department of Health Sarasota COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. January 4, 2021. Octavio Jones | Reuters The American Hospital Association pressed Health Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday......

Federal prosecutor doesn’t rule out charging Trump for inciting Capitol riot

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President Donald Trump Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The top federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday pointedly did not rule out charging President Donald Trump in connection with inciting a riot where his supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol complex a......

Scott demands federal probe of Florida’s vaccine distribution

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “This is something we’re already investigating,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Vero Beach. “The nursing home and long-term care program is for residents and staff of long-term care facilities. That’s who it’s for.” No one with MorseLife was......

Detroit asks federal judge to disbar ‘Kraken’ team that fought in court to overturn election results

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sarah Polus The city of Detroit is calling for attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and their colleagues to be disbarred over their attempts to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, according to reports from The New York Times and......

Unemployed in Louisiana to begin receiving $300 weekly federal benefit boost

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Unemployed Louisiana residents have begun receiving an additional $300 in weekly benefits provided by the federal government, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) said Monday. The LWC has distributed about $7 billion to nearly 700,000 Louisianans since the COVID-19 pandemic......

Federal judge throws out Gohmert lawsuit asking Pence to interfere in Electoral College count

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Judge Jeremy Kernodle of the Eastern District of Texas said on Friday that Gohmert and the others lacked standing to sue. In a filing late Friday, Gohmert and other plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal to the Fifth Circuit......

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