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Losing your job because of vaccine mandates? You can collect unemployment benefits in these states.

Losing your job because of vaccine mandates? You can collect unemployment benefits in these states.

Only a few months after terminating federal pandemic unemployment benefits early, several GOP-led states are now expanding jobless payments to a different group of people affected by Covid-19: unvaccinated residents who are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. At least three red states — Iowa, Tennessee and Florida — have recently passed laws extending…MORE

Manchin tells senators he’s skeptical Build Back Better can pass this year, as doubts grow it will get done by Christmas

Manchin tells senators he’s skeptical Build Back Better can pass this year, as doubts grow it will get done by Christmas

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is casting skepticism in conversations with senators that the Build Back Better bill can pass the Senate this year, potentially delivering a blow to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s push to get the bill approved by Christmas, according to two sources familiar with the West Virginia senator’s remarks. Manchin still has…MORE

Contract reveals federal investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment allegations
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Contract reveals federal investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment allegations

A contract for outside legal help for New York State’s Executive Chamber shows the existence of a federal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The contract lists various investigations that the New York State Executive Chamber, which encompasses the governor’s office, is currently facing, including a federal investigation into…MORE

Judge expresses skepticism of 3 House Republicans’ challenge of mask fines

Judge expresses skepticism of 3 House Republicans’ challenge of mask fines

A federal judge expressed skepticism Thursday about a lawsuit brought by a few far-right members of the House challenging the fines they face for not wearing masks on the House floor. “If members of the House and staff and law enforcement officials are susceptible to contracting the virus — either because of age or because…MORE

Harris and Buttigieg put on a united front amid rivalry reports
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Harris and Buttigieg put on a united front amid rivalry reports

“It’s 2021.” That was the official line from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday as he tried to downplay chatter about his political future, which has become increasingly intertwined with Vice President Kamala Harris, his traveling companion on an infrastructure-themed trip Thursday. The trip came as Washington chatter has heated up over the possibility that…MORE

DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control
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DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control. DeSantis pitched the idea Thursday as a way to further support the Florida National Guard during emergencies, like hurricanes. The Florida National Guard has also played a vital role during the pandemic in administering…MORE

TSA will force train and plane operators to tell the feds when they’ve been hacked
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TSA will force train and plane operators to tell the feds when they’ve been hacked

US airlines and railroads will have to report cyber breaches to the federal government, the Biden administration said Thursday, as officials warn of increasing danger from attempted hacks. There have been several reported cyber attacks on the rail sector over the past year, such a breach of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s computer systems, a…MORE

Stricter testing requirements for travelers coming to the US will take effect Monday
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Stricter testing requirements for travelers coming to the US will take effect Monday

The Biden administration’s new, stricter Covid-19 testing requirements for all travelers coming to the United States will take effect on Monday, an administration official told CNN. The new rules will require each traveler flying into the US from another country to test negative one day before their departure. The new rule from the US Centers…MORE

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard to switch races and run for governor
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Alabama GOP Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard to switch races and run for governor

Republican Lynda Blanchard plans to end her Alabama US Senate bid and instead run for governor, according to three people familiar with the matter. She is expected to announce her campaign against GOP Gov. Kay Ivey next week. Blanchard served as then-President Donald Trump’s US ambassador to Slovenia, former first lady Melania Trump’s native country.…MORE

Trump-aligned lawyers ordered to pay $175,000 in sanctions fees for bogus election fraud lawsuit
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Trump-aligned lawyers ordered to pay $175,000 in sanctions fees for bogus election fraud lawsuit

A group of lawyers aligned with former President Donald Trump — including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood — were ordered Thursday by a federal judge to collectively pay more than $175,000 in sanctions-related fees stemming from a bogus election fraud lawsuit they filed last year. US District Judge Linda Parker ordered that the lawyers pay…MORE

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