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Blinken names State Department’s chief diversity and inclusion officer

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “It’s perpetuated by policies, practices and people to this day,” Blinken said. Abercrombie-Winstanley was the former ambassador to Malta during President Barack Obama’s second term, served as a senior career diplomat for more than three decades, and was the first......

Republican state lawmakers push new criminal penalties for election activities

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “Some of these people were homebound, and voting was probably the last thing they were thinking about, unless someone encouraged them to vote,” Henry said. In all, he estimates that he helped return about 50 completed absentee ballots to......

Ohio State employs 150 diversity officials, to add more professors focused on social and racial justice

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Ohio State University recently announced it plans to hire 50 faculty members focused on addressing social equity and racial disparities. The news comes as an economics professor and higher education watchdog calculated that the public university currently employs 150......

Nevada Republican Party votes to censure GOP secretary of state

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Choi The Nevada Republican Central Committee voted on Saturday to censure Nevada GOP secretary of State Barbara Cegavske over claims she failed to prevent widespread voter fraud in the state during the 2020 presidential election. The Nevada Independent......

U.S. secretary of state calls for more thorough investigation of Covid origins in China

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Sunday criticized the Chinese government for a lack of transparency during the pandemic, particularly during “the early stages of Covid,” and he called for a more thorough investigation of the origins......

Eddie George, former NFL RB, to be new Tennessee State football coach

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Nashville Tennessean Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George will replace Rod Reed as the football coach at Tennessee State, according to multiple reports. The Tennessean confirmed that Reed informed his team Saturday night that Sunday’s game at Hale Stadium against......

Tennessee lawmakers vote to make Dolly Parton’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ state hymn

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Aris Folley The Tennessee House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass legislation to make Dolly Parton’s version of “Amazing Grace” the state’s official hymn. The bill, which local media reports passed the state chamber in 91-1 vote this past week, would......

State lawmakers seek long-term limit on governors’ emergency power

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here David A. Lieb As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates......

Maryland becomes first state to repeal police Bill of Rights, overriding Hogan veto

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here One of the new laws will also require officers to use force only if it is “necessary and proportional.” The move, a win for police reform advocates, comes amid a national reckoning with policing after the death of George Floyd,......

Plunging Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Supply Dents State Inoculation Efforts

New York Times
“The last thing we wanted to hear about was we’re getting less vaccines,” Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican, told reporters Friday. “We were hoping to ramp up as they’ve been promising.” In a statement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, said, “We will not be......

Michigan Gov. Whitmer urges residents to restrict activity as Covid cases overwhelm state health system

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer signed at least $2.5 billion in COVID-19 relief spending Tuesday, March......

Sanders Still on Pace to Change Culture at Jackson State

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson JACKSON, Miss. — Nearly four weeks ago, the Jackson State football team sat 3–0 for the first time since the 2011 season. In those games—a season-opening win against Edward Waters College, a thrilling victory against Grambling and a......

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......

New York’s wealthiest look for exits as state readies hefty tax increase

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here New York’s top business leaders are gearing up for a potential mass exodus as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers prepare to raise their taxes. With the state budget set to increase the personal income tax on the wealthiest New......

Former Secretary of State Pompeo to join Fox News Media

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FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S., January 12, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join Fox News Media as a contributor, the news network controlled by media baron Rupert Murdoch......

Jamie Dimon slams state and local tax repeal as a benefit to the rich

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Giulia Marchi | Bloomberg | Getty Images Democrats pushing for a repeal of the SALT cap have an unlikely opponent: Jamie Dimon. In his annual shareholder letter, the chairman and......

Travis Rudolph, ex-Florida State and NFL WR, arrested on murder charge

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Palm Beach Post LAKE PARK, Fla. — A former Florida State University football standout and ex-NFL wide receiver was arrested early Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported.  Travis Rudolph, 25, was......

How a Powerful State Law Blocks Ohio Cities From Gun Regulation

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click to enlarge Ohio Capital Journal Armed men identifying themselves with the Boogaloo Movement stand outside the Ohio Capitol Jan. 17. Photo by Jake Zuckerman/OCJ. The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to review an appellate court’s decision, letting stand a ruling that the city of Cincinnati cannot ban “bump stocks”......

Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights

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Jennifer Decker has solid conservative credentials. A first-term Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who used to work for Senator Rand Paul, she represents a county that voted for Donald J. Trump last year by nearly 30 percentage points. Yet at a time when many of her Republican counterparts around the......

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