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Scammers targeting people seeking federal funeral assistance, FEMA warns

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Even before a U.S. government program offering financial help to bury people who died of COVID-19, scam artists were on the prowl, offering would-be applicants help in registering for up to $9,000 from Uncle Sam.  Fraudsters looking to steal personal......

Opponents of Myanmar coup form unity government, aim for ‘federal democracy’

Reuters
Women carry pots with flowers as they take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer Opponents of Myanmar’s junta announced a National Unity Government on Friday including ousted members of parliament and leaders of anti-coup protests and ethnic minorities, saying their aim......

States Struggle With Vaccine Pause as Federal Officials Reassure Public

New York Times
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said on Thursday that he hoped the nation would soon be able to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as a “pause” that now looks indefinite threatened to upend vaccination efforts overseas and in some of the most marginalized communities in the United States.......

A Year Into Pandemic, Federal Officials Design New Mask Guidelines to Better Protect More Workers

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Christina Jewett Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.......

Michigan halts Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following federal guidance

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan following an abrupt recommendation by the federal government after reports of rare blood clotting cases. The news sent Michigan public health officials......

New Jersey lawmakers call on Murphy to use federal dollars to pay down debt

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Some lawmakers want Gov. Phil Murphy to use incoming federal dollars to reduce the state’s debt. “New Jersey will soon be swimming in cash from the federal government and I want to make sure those funds are dedicated to......

Minnesota Republicans to pitch plan to spend federal stimulus money on hard-hit industries, unemployment fund, and infrastructure

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, and Sen. Zach Duckworth, R-Lakeville, on Friday announced a package aiming to spend billions of federal dollars on hard-hit industries, filling the unemployment fund, and infrastructure plans. “These one-time funds provide......

Federal prosecutors get the green light to start offering plea deals to Capitol riot defendants, attorneys say

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Defense lawyers involved have long recognized that much of the evidence in the Capitol riot cases isn’t disputable enough to take to trial — especially because so much is on video — and that many of the more than......

Federal watchdog investigating State Department cybersecurity practices

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The Government Accountability Office “does have an ongoing audit of the State Department’s cybersecurity practices,” director for Information Technology and Cybersecurity Vijay A. D’Souza said, adding that he has been in contact with the department and is “optimistic” the......

Cuomo says changes in federal tax law will offset New York’s hikes on wealthiest residents

WashingtonExaminer
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the tax increases implemented on its high-end earners through the budget will be offset – and then some – when Congress restores the state-and-local tax deductions on federal taxes. Those deductions,......

Calls Mount for Biden to Track US Health Care Worker Deaths from Covid

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Ed Pilkington, The Guardian This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. Calls are mounting for the Biden administration to set up a national tracking system of covid-19 deaths among front-line health care workers to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and support staffers who......

Business community weighs in on ways New Jersey should use billions in federal dollars

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here New Jersey needs “a coordinated and collaborative approach” to make sure it prudently uses the billions in federal dollars it is poised to receive, the head of a business association said on Monday. “As a state we must get......

Federal corruption prosecutors charge West Bloomfield schools official

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Detroit — Federal corruption prosecutors Wednesday charged the assistant superintendent of West Bloomfield schools with obstructing a grand jury investigation by lying to investigators and deleting emails. The case against Deanna Barash, 46, is the latest public corruption scandal involving a......

Lawmakers, whistleblower advocates push Biden to fill federal employment board

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Rebecca Beitsch Lawmakers are urging President BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden’s surprising presidency The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell agree on vaccines, clash over infrastructure Republican battle with MLB intensifies MORE to fill an obscure employment board responsible for determining......

Despite Covid, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year With Federal Bailout

KHN
Last May, Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital system in Texas, laid off 1,200 employees and furloughed others as it braced for the then-novel coronavirus to spread. The cancellation of lucrative elective procedures as the hospital pivoted to treat a new and less profitable infectious disease presaged......

Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts to Combat Domestic Extremism

New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat domestic extremism, increasing funding to prevent attacks, weighing strategies historically used against foreign terrorist groups and more openly warning the public about the threat. The attempts to more assertively grapple with the potential for violence from white supremacists and......

New federal rules could improve health care price transparency

USA Today
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Nashville Tennessean Michael S. O’Neil Michael S. O’Neil is senior vice president, strategy & development, for Healthcare Bluebook “Would you like Wednesday or Friday?” the medical scheduler asked. That simple question catches many people flat-footed. It’s easy to take......

DOJ investigation into Matt Gaetz grows as feds eye possible cash payments to women

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here DOJ investigation into Matt Gaetz grows as feds eye possible cash payments to women – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Florida Republican Matt Gaetz is at the center of an investigation into whether he violated federal sex-trafficking laws, and......

Gaetz bragged about ‘access’ to women through Florida tax collector charged in federal case: report

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Tal Axelrod Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden may find zero GOP support for jobs plan DOJ probe into Gaetz involves cash payments to women: report Gaetz showed lawmakers nude photos of women he claimed......

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