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Rep. Cheri Bustos Won’t Run For Re-election In 2022

Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat who represents Illinois‘ 17th Congressional District, announced Friday she won’t run for re-election next year. She said she’s retiring from Congress after her current term is up. “As I turn every corner on each decade of life, I take time to reflect and evaluate what …

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U.S. Troops Are Being Withdrawn From Afghanistan

According to the White House and US defense officials, the United States is starting to remove troops, contractors, and US government workers from Afghanistan. “A drawdown is underway,” Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Deputy Press Secretary, said. “While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to …

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TSA Extends Transportation Mask Requirement Until Sept. 13

The Transportation Security Administration is extending the Biden-era transportation mask mandate. Airline officials and politicians joined flight attendants in calling for an extension of the Transportation Security Administration mandate to wear face masks in U.S. airports and on all flights. The mandate was enacted to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The …

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Cruises Could Resume In US By Mid-July With Vaccinations

U.S. cruises could resume as early as mid-July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now telling the cruise industry. Since March 2020, the CDC has blocked cruise ships that carry more than 250 people from sailing in U.S. waters. The CDC clarified its existing return-to-sailing framework on Wednesday, …

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Senate Passes $35 Billion Water Infrastructure Bill

The Senate passed the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021 on Thursday. The bipartisan passed Senate 89-2. The two “no” votes were Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee(R-Utah). “Access to clean water is a human right and every American deserves access to clean water no matter the color …

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The FDA Announces Plan To Ban Menthol Cigarettes

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plan to ban menthol cigarettes in response to a 2013 citizen petition advocating the ban of mint-flavored cigarettes, the Washington Post reports. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 20 million Americans smoke menthols. Phillip Gardiner, the co-chair of the …

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President Biden Nominates Texas Sheriff For ICE Director

President Joe Biden will nominate Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to serve as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If confirmed, Gonzalez will be the first politically appointed director. Gonzalez, who has a decades-long career in law enforcement, was elected as sheriff of Harris County in 2016. He is …

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NYC Mayoral Candidate Accused Of Sexual Assault

A former intern of New York City mayoral candidate, Scott Stringer, is accusing him of groping and soliciting her for sex. Jean Kim, who interned for Stringer’s 2001 campaign, says, “[during] this campaign, I traveled back-and-forth to campaign events with him. Scott Stringer repeatedly groped me, put his hands on …

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