Below is a summary of current national newsletters in the United States.
Biden seeks to avoid blocking requests for Trump registrations in Jan.6 inquiry – Maison Blanche
President Joe Biden’s administration will work to avoid blocking former President Donald Trump’s file requests as part of an investigation into the deadly Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol, a the White House announced on Friday. “The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “And so, we will respond to these questions promptly as they arise.”
US House set to debate $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday – Pelosi
House Democratic leaders said on Friday they intended to move forward next week with US President Joe Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion social program as well as a bipartisan bill on infrastructure of $ 1 trillion. But with Democrats continuing to bicker over the details of social spending, it was not clear when the votes would take place.
PG&E charged with manslaughter for starting California wildfire
Northern California prosecutors on Friday charged power utility Pacific Gas & Electric with four counts of manslaughter and other crimes, alleging it failed to cut down a diseased tree that is fell on power lines and started a deadly forest fire. The company denied having committed a crime.
Former Minneapolis officer in George Floyd case appeals murder conviction
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has filed a notice that he will appeal his conviction and sentence for the murder of George Floyd, arguing that the judge in his case abused his discretion and committed multiple errors during the trial.
Chauvin, a white man convicted of killing Floyd by kneeling on the black man’s neck in a 2020 arrest, has no money to hire a lawyer and is representing himself, according to court documents filed Thursday evening.
US funds Florida school district after state cuts mask mandate
The US Department of Education said it gave its first funding to a Florida school district that withheld state funds because it required students to wear masks, going against the governor’s ban on such terms. The department reimbursed the Alachua County School District nearly $ 148,000, the amount withheld by the state government in August, the department and school board said Thursday.
White House says millions of government contractors must be vaccinated by December 8
The White House said on Friday that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts requiring vaccinations. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on September 9 requiring federal contractors to oblige vaccinations, but many US companies with federal contracts have waited for formal guidance from the White House before moving forward.
Proud Boy Known As “Milkshake” Pleads Not Guilty to U.S. Capitol Riot Charges
A self-identified member of the far-right group Proud Boys nicknamed “Milkshake” pleaded not guilty on Friday to assaulting police and other charges stemming from the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol. Daniel Scott, 27, a Florida man who has also lived in the Seattle area, faces a total of 10 criminal charges, including civil unrest and obstructing formal proceedings.
‘Huge defeat for Donald Trump’: Arizona election review reaffirms Biden victory
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden in Arizona’s most populous county, reaffirmed a review of the results of his Republican Party allies, ending a largely back-up effort spurred by false allegations by Trump election fraud. Arizona Senate Speaker Karen Fann, the Republican who paved the way for the so-called “full forensic audit” of Maricopa County ballots, said the overall vote tally for the review matched the original November results.
US House Passes Abortion Right Bill, Senate Prospects Poor
The United States House of Representatives on Friday approved a law to protect abortion services from growing state restrictions backed by Republicans, including a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, but the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate. The Democratic-controlled House voted 218-211 largely along party lines to pass legislation called the Women’s Health Protection Act. Only one Democrat, Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas, voted against the proposal.
US court upholds COVID-19 vaccine rule for hospital workers in test case
A federal judge ruled on Friday that a health care provider in the Cincinnati, Ohio area could require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs, in what appears to be the first decision of its kind for a private employer in the United States. Employees at St. Elizabeth Healthcare have failed to establish that their individual freedoms are being violated by the hospital operator’s vaccine requirement, who has the right to set terms and conditions of employment, said the United States District Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky.
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