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October 15, 2021

US sees its biggest revenue spike in 44 years

Analysts say that despite a pandemic and a recession, revenues jumped 18 percent during the fiscal year that just closed — the biggest one-year jump since 1977.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that government revenues topped $4 trillion for the first time.

“They are just booming,” said Mark Booth, a former top revenue forecaster at the CBO. “It is very unusual.”

The CBO says corporate tax receipts drove the increase, which jumped by 75 percent.

“Usually revenues get hit hard in the year after a recession,” Booth said. “This time it is the opposite.”


US sees biggest revenue surge in 44 years despite pandemic

October 15, 2021

New Yorkers consider leaving as vaccine mandates take effect

Thousands of unvaccinated New Yorkers are considering leaving the city in light of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate.

“I feel like my dream is being shattered by the government,” said Deysia Padilla, a resident of the Bronx. “I’m being taken out of my home.”

Padilla is thinking of joining the 33,500 New Yorkers who’ve permanently relocated to Florida since the start of the pandemic. The population shift inspired a new nickname for Florida — NYC’s sixth borough.

Experts say Bronx residents were hit especially hard by the pandemic, with the highest hospitalization, death, and unemployment rates in New York City. There are also economic impacts, as the median income per capita in the borough in 2019 was $21,778.

“We can’t expect that medical systems who have earned the mistrust of many marginalized groups will now be trusted because of Covid,” said Tiffany Green, a population health scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It doesn’t work that way.”


Vaccine hesitant New Yorkers consider leaving the city as mandates take effect

October 15, 2021

White House says Walmart, FedEx, UPS to work 24/7 amid supply chain woes

The White House announced a move to combat global supply chain issues: major carriers like Walmart, FedEx, and UPS will start 24 hours a day, seven days a week operations.

“The supply chain is essentially in the hands of the private sector, so we need the private sector to step up to help solve these problems. Three of the largest goods carriers in the country, Walmart, FedEx, and UPS, will make commitments towards moving to 24/7, working during off-peak hours,” a senior official said.

The Biden administration said that UPS and FedEx combined shipped 40 percent of American packages in 2020.

“By taking these steps, they’re saying to the rest of the supply chain, you need to move too, let’s step it up,” the administration official said. Target, Samsung, and Home Depot are also moving to a 24/7 schedule.

Administration officials recently cautioned that global supply bottlenecks could cause Americans to see higher prices and empty shelves this holiday season.


White House: Walmart, FedEx, UPS to go 24/7 to address supply bottlenecks

October 15, 2021

Miami police chief fired after six months

In Florida, officials decided to fire Miami City Police Chief Art Acevedo after just six months on the job due to his tumultuous relationship with the organization.

“The relationship between the Chief and the organization has become untenable and needed to be resolved promptly,” said Art Noriega, Miami city manager. “Chief Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.”

Acevedo started stepping on toes immediately after his swearing-in in April. He took over internal affairs and made significant staff changes. He demoted four majors and fired two a married couple of high-level officials because they lied about a crash involving a city-issued vehicle.

This past month, the organization had a couple of unruly meetings, where commissioners butted heads with Acevedo over his leadership. In a sort of mutiny, commissioners appointed themselves to an investigative committee with subpoena authority to examine his appointment.

At one of these meetings, they played videos of Acevedo impersonating Elvis Presley, wearing the famous white jumpsuit, and entering a fundraiser’s dance floor, slapping a woman’s posterior with a piece of paper.

At another meeting, city commissioner Joe Carollo asked Avecedo to arrest him if he had any proof that he was interfering with internal affairs investigations.

The city is searching for a replacement, and Assistant Police Chief Manny Morales will take over as interim chief in the meantime.


Miami police chief being fired after 6 months on the job

October 14, 2021

House passes bill to raise debt ceiling through early December

The House of Representatives passed the bill to temporarily raise the debt ceiling to $28.9 trillion through early December, staving off financial disaster for another few months.

The measure passed in the Democrat-led House, with every Democratic member voting yes and every Republican voting no.

President Joe Biden will likely sign the bill into law this week, before the Oct. 18 deadline.

The move buys legislators roughly seven weeks to pass spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated to President Joe Biden that he would not assist Democrats with another debt limit increase.


House passes bill to raise US debt ceiling through early December

October 14, 2021

Katie Couric admits to editing Ginsburg interview to ‘protect’ her from criticism

Famed journalist Katie Couric’s new book reveals that she edited portions of a quote from the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to “protect” her from criticism over controversial comments.

In her new book, “Going There,” Couric claims that she was “conflicted” after a 2016 interview with Ginsburg in which she criticized Colin Kaepernick and other athletes for kneeling during the national anthem. Couric’s reasoning, she claims, is because she’s a “big RBG fan.”

In the published version of the interview, Ginsburg called the protests “dumb and disrespectful.”

According to Couric’s book, Ginsburg also said the protests demonstrated “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”

“Which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from … as they became older they realize that this was youthful folly,” Ginsburg allegedly said. “And that’s why education is important.”

Couric claims she “lost a lot of sleep” over the decision to omit significant portions of Ginsburg’s remarks but felt obligated to “protect” the liberal icon.


Couric says she edited Ginsburg interview to ‘protect’ justice from criticism

October 14, 2021

Bodies of 5 Navy sailors found off San Diego coast

The Navy recovered the remains of five service members in the wreckage of a Seahawk helicopter that crashed off the San Diego coast in August.

Officials put out a statement Tuesday, saying they retrieved the bodies and helicopter debris about 60 miles off the coast, from a depth of roughly 5,300 feet.

The aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 31.

The five crew members killed include Bradley A. Foster, 29; Paul R. Fridley, 28; James P. Buriak, 31; Sarah F. Burns, 31; Bailey J. Tucker, 21.

The Navy is still investigating the incident.


The Navy recovers the remains of 5 sailors off the coast of San Diego

October 14, 2021

Gabby Petito strangled weeks before her body was found, coroner says

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Gabby Petito’s cause of death at a news conference this week. Petito, 22, died of strangulation three to four weeks before her body was found on Sept. 19.

The coroner previously classified Petito’s death as a homicide but did not disclose the cause pending further results.

Blue didn’t elaborate much more on Petito’s physical condition, including indications of the method of strangulation — but he did note that she wasn’t pregnant.

Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is a person of interest in this case, and he remains at large.


Coroner: Gabby Petito strangled 3-4 weeks before body found

October 13, 2021

Ivanka Trump was almost the leader of the World Bank, until Mnuchin stepped in

A new report shows that Donald Trump’s former Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, was the sole reason Ivanka Trump didn’t receive a nomination from her father to lead the World Bank.

The Intercept cited two anonymous sources who confirmed that the appointment “came incredibly close to happening” in Jan. 2019, when Jim Yong Kim resigned.

In April 2019, Trump told The Atlantic: “I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … she would’ve been great at that because she’s very good with numbers.”

According to Scott Morris, director of the US development policy program at the Center for Global Development, “a growing number of countries” are displeased that the US always picks the leader of the World Bank.

“For them to hear how close it was to being the US president’s daughter probably adds fuel to the fire that the Americans are so cavalier about this,” Morris said.



October 13, 2021

Michigan tells city to stop using tap water amid years-long lead contamination

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services urged Benton Harbor residents not to use tap water due to lead contamination.

The advisory comes after pressure from advocates who filed an emergency petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a federal response to the water issue.

According to the petition, for the past three years, Benton Harbor residents have been “subjected to levels of lead contamination from their public water system that presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to their health.”

A total of 51 percent of the city’s service lines “are known to contain lead, are known to be galvanized lines previously connected to lead, or are of unknown material but likely to contain lead.”

The state provided over 23,000 cases of bottled water to residents as of Monday and is offering other resources such as blood testing and services to find and remove hazards from residents’ homes.


Michigan tells majority-Black city not to drink tap water amid lead crisis

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