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Biden’s executive orders target climate change: ‘We can’t wait any longer’

By Matthew Daly and Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press WASHINGTON — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, President Joe Biden issued executive orders Wednesday to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines. The orders target federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. They also aim to conserve 30 percent of the country’s lands and ocean wa...
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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement

By Aram Roston | Reuters WASHINGTON – Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters. In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he ...
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Biden’s action to address racial equity welcomed by Southern California groups

A quartet of executive orders signed by President Joe Biden to promote racial equity in the U.S. were welcomed Tuesday, Jan. 26, by Southern California activists, academics and community leaders who see the orders as first steps toward Biden keeping a promise he made at the height of last summer’s protests over racial justice. The new orders, signed on the seventh day of Biden’s presidency, direct the Department of Housing and Urban development to fight housing discrimination; denounce xenophobi...
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Biden orders Justice Department to end use of private prisons

By Aamer Madhani | Associated Press President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity. He added that the nation is less prosperous and secure because of the scourge of systemic racism. “We must change now,”...
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EDD audit: Agency unprepared for years, claims backlog likely to persist

California’s labor agency was woefully unprepared for the recession-linked spike in jobless claims last year and may continue to face a stubbornly high backlog of unpaid unemployment claims, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor. The state auditor listed an array of failures and mishaps at the Employment Development Department, which has consistently faltered in its efforts to pay benefits to workers who lost their jobs in record numbers amid coronavirus-linked business shu...
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Federal judge blocks Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban

By Nomaan Merchant | Associated Press HOUSTON — A federal judge on Tuesday barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a temporary restraining order sought by Texas, which sued on Friday against a Department of Homeland Security memo that instructed immigration agencies to pause most deportations. Tipton said the Biden administration had failed “to provide any concrete...
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Senate approves longtime Biden aide as secretary of state

By Jennifer Hansler | CNN The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Antony Blinken as the new secretary of state. With Blinken’s confirmation, President Joe Biden now has a number of key members of his national security team in place. His Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines was confirmed on Inauguration Day, and his Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was confirmed Friday. The new top US diplomat, a longtime aide to Biden, faces the challenges of restoring America’s standing in the world and rei...
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President Biden to pause oil, gas drilling on public lands, AP sources say

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change. Two people with knowledge of Biden’s plans outlined the proposed moratorium, which will be announced Wednesday. They asked not to be identified because the plan has not been made been public; some details remain in flux. The move follows a 60-da...
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MyPillow’s Mike Lindell permanently banned from Twitter

(CNN) — Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, has been banned from Twitter, according to a Twitter spokesperson. Twitter made its decision Monday night based on a policy it enacted after the Capitol insurrection whereby people who repeatedly share election misinformation can be permanently banned. “The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” the spokesperson told CNN. It is not immediately clear which tweets lead to Lindell’s ...
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Senate confirms Janet Yellen to be Treasury secretary

By Anneken Tappe and Matt Egan | CNN Lawmakers confirmed Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary on Monday, making her the first woman in American history to hold the position. As head of the Treasury, she’ll be tasked with shepherding President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through Congress and overseeing its execution. The plan includes $1,400 stimulus checks, expanded unemployment benefits, and increased funding for Covid-19 vaccinations and testing. During her confirmation hearin...
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White House recommits to putting Tubman on $20 bill

By Donald Judd | CNN The Biden administration says it is “exploring ways to speed up” release of $20 bills featuring Harriet Tubman after the Trump administration delayed the move first initiated by President Barack Obama. “It’s important that our notes, our money — if people don’t know what a note is — reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday. P...
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Midwest storm expected to bring more than a foot of snow

By Josh Funk | Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — A major winter storm is expected to blanket a large swath of the middle of the country with snow Monday and disrupt travel as more than a foot of snow falls in some areas.The Midwest snowfall was forecast to stretch from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan throughout the day, with some of the heaviest snow expected in southeast Nebraska and western Iowa. Much of the rest of the area will receive at least 4 inches of snow. Nation...
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Dominion sues Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion over ‘Big Lie’ about election fraud

By Katelyn Polantz | CNN Dominion Voting Systems has sued former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for defamation after he pushed the “Big Lie” about election fraud on his podcast and TV appearances. Dominion is seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages. The lawsuit notes that while Giuliani spread falsehoods about Dominion being owned by Venezuelan communists and corrupting the election, he did not make those claims in lawsuits he pushed on behalf of Trump. This is the sec...
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'You shouldn't be calling yourself a Ranger': Tom Cotton's military service is under scrutiny from a fellow Army veteran in Congress

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's past characterization of his military service is drawing scrutiny from critics. A recent Salon report resurfaced a longtime debate over military titles. Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a US Army veteran, took note of the debate said that the "truth matters." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's characterization of his military serv...
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Bill adds ‘humans’ to legal definition of taxable bicycle in Oregon

Screen grab of LC 2448. Words in bold are additions to existing law. Here’s something light to end the week… We’ve been scouring the Oregon Legislative Information System lately to find all the bills worth tracking for transportation advocates this session. One thing we’ve come across is (LC 2448 at the moment) that has some interesting nuggets. I’ll share more about it as the session unfolds. For now I want to share Section 34 of the bill. It caught my eye because it pertains to one of th...
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Astronauts prepare for two upcoming spacewalks

By Ashley Strickland | CNN Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. are preparing for two upcoming spacewalks that will help to upgrade and maintain the International Space Station. The NASA astronauts will conduct spacewalks on Wednesday, January 27, and Monday, February 1. It will be the first spacewalk experience for Glover, who is a few months into his first spaceflight on the station. This will be the third spacewalk for Hopkins, who previously completed two spacewalks during his first...
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Outcry follows photos of Guard sleeping in garages in DC

[vemba-video id=”tv/2021/01/22/the-lead-pete-muntean-2.cnn”] By Nomaan Merchant, Lolita Baldor and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Images of National Guard soldiers camped in a cold parking garage after being sent to protect Washington sparked new calls Friday for investigations of the U.S. Capitol Police, now facing allegations that the agency evicted troops sent to help after its failure to stop rioting mobs two weeks ago. President Joe Biden expressed his “dismay” Friday morning...
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Biden orders review of domestic violence threat

By Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The disclosure Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki is a stark acknowledgment of the national security threat that officials see as posed by American extremists m...
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Carfree streets, EVs for all, smarter funding: Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty shares her ‘smart transit’ vision

Hardesty envisions more scenes like this downtown, where people have more space on the streets. “I believe life will be radically different post-Covid and our planning should reflect our new reality.” — Jo Ann Hardesty, city commissioner At a city council work session Thursday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and the four other commissioners had an informal and wide-ranging discussion about how to respond to the multiple crises facing our city. During the meeting, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty de...
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Lloyd Austin confirmed as 1st Black secretary of defense

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for other...
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Dr Anthony Fauci says lack of candor from Trump administration ‘very likely’ cost lives

By Veronica Stracqualursi | CNN Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the lack of truthfulness from the Trump administration regarding the Covid-19 pandemic “very likely” cost American lives. “Particularly when you’re in the situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have — when you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful,” Fauci, the chief medical adviser to Preside...
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Trump impeachment charge will be delivered on Monday, Schumer says

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request for a delay. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who displaced McConnell as the chamber’s leader after Democrats won two Georgia runoff elections this month, announced the move on the Senate floor but did not say when Trump’s second impeachment tri...
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California sees suspicious surge in coronavirus unemployment claims for gig workers

By ADAM BEAM | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed — the category of benefits blamed for much of the state’s fraudulent payments. The state last week received more than 110,800 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims, an increase of more than 77,00 from the week before. It was so large it accounted for more than a quarter of all such claims nationally, accord...
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Two former PBOT staffers take jobs with Biden Administration

Left: Maurice Henderson in 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Right: Irene Marion in 2019 (Photo by Oregon Walks) Two former Portland Bureau of Transportation employees have been sworn in by U.S. President Joe Biden for positions within his administration. Former PBOT Equity and Inclusion Manager Irene Marion will be Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Maurice Henderson, a former assistant director at PBOT, will be Senior Advisor to DOT ...
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Twin bombings strike busy market in Baghdad

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press BAGHDAD — Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said in what was the first massive bombing in years, harkening back to darker days of rampant militant attacks. The rare suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis. ...
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Biden revokes Trump’s ‘patriotic education’ report that downplays America’s role in slavery

By COLLIN BINKLEY | AP Education Writer President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s presidential 1776 Commission and withdrew a report it released Monday. Trump established the group in September to rally support from white voters and as a response to The Ne...
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Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita selected as state Senate Republican leader

Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, has been unanimously selected as Senate Republican Leader after the caucus ousted Sen. Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, who had held the post for two years. The leadership change will take effect in a few weeks. Grove, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, lost support within her party after posting dubious claims about the results of the Nov. 3 election and the Jan. 6 takeover of the U.S. Capitol. The state Senate was the body in California to have...
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Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop is freed from jail

By MARK SCOLFORO | Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman facing charges that she helped steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail, a federal judge decided Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson released Riley June Williams into the custody of her mother, with travel restrictions, and instructed her to appear Monday in federal court in Washington to continue her case. Williams, 22, of Har...
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ACLU accuses Whittier Council of violating law with comment limits

At last week’s Whittier City Council meeting, nearly 400 emailed letters were received commenting about censuring Councilwoman Jesssica Martinez for her attendance at the “stop the steal” rally  in Washington, D.C., that eventually led to an invasion of the US Capitol. However, none were allowed to speak by phone, Zoom or some other way, just as in other meetings since March of 2020 as the result of pandemic restrictions. But the American Civil Liberties Union in a Jan. 11 letter accused the cou...
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Read the full text of Joe Biden’s inaugural address

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people — the will of the people — has been...
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