Quick Glance: Republicans initiate Biden impeachment inquiry over son's business dealings
- Republicans hold first hearing on impeachment inquiry, revealing foreign payments to Biden family members but no evidence of personal benefit to the president.
- Hearing reviews Republican evidence of Hunter Biden's foreign business ventures, alleging that Biden's family sold access.
- Biden accused of lying about family's business dealings and failing to separate them from his official duties.
- Republicans claim Biden and his family profited from policies pursued during Obama administration.
Quick Glance: Dianne Feinstein, California Senator and Pioneer of Liberal Priorities, Dies at 90
- California Senator Dianne Feinstein, a moderate Democrat and advocate for liberal causes, has passed away at the age of 90.
- Feinstein was a trailblazer and champion in local and national politics.
- President Joe Biden described her as a pioneering American and a cherished friend.
- Feinstein's bipartisan efforts led to legislative wins throughout her career.
Quick Glance: California increases minimum wage for fast food workers to $20
- Fast food workers in California will receive a minimum wage of at least $20 per hour starting next year.
- California's minimum wage for all other workers, $15.50 per hour, is already one of the highest in the United States.
- Most fast food workers in California are over 18 and the primary providers for their families.
- The minimum wage increase takes effect on April 1 and applies to workers in restaurants with at least 60 nationwide locations.
Quick Glance: California governor raises taxes on guns to fund schools
- California will double taxes on guns and use the money for school security and violence prevention programs.
- The new law, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, adds an additional 11% tax on guns and ammunition.
- California will be the only state with its own tax on guns and ammunition.
- Newsom, known as one of the country's most liberal governors, has often opposed tax increases, even for causes he supports like combating climate change.
Quick Glance: Biden and Trump compete for the favor of workers in Michigan
- President Biden and former President Trump emphasize the importance of the working class in Michigan.
- Trump won the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania in 2016, which Biden reclaimed in 2020.
- Biden won the union vote in Michigan with 62% in 2020.
- In 2012, Obama won nonwhite working-class voters by a large margin.
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Quick Glance: Biden warns: Trump's movement threatens American democracy
- President Joe Biden issues a strong warning about ongoing existential threats to US democracy in a significant address on Thursday.
- Biden sharpens the central argument for a potential rematch with Donald Trump and urges voters to prioritize the health of American institutions.
- Many senior Democrats believe that once voters see the 2024 election as a contest between Biden and Trump, the significance will be clearer and the current president's standing will improve.
- Make no mistake: Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy.
Quick Glance: North Texas federal employees prepare for upcoming government shutdown
- Federal employees in North Texas seeking assistance from local food banks and community centers.
- A shutdown is unnecessary and avoidable, hopefully it doesn't happen.
- Sen. Patty Murray blocked the proposal but argued for continued pay for all federal workers.
- Ted Cruz would pause his paychecks in the event of a shutdown.
Quick Glance: Biden warns: 'MAGA' movement threatens American democracy
- President Biden warns of the threat to American democracy posed by Trump and the 'MAGA' movement.
- Biden highlights the distinction between himself and his likely opponent in the 2024 elections.
- The president emphasizes the importance of the Constitution as the defining feature of democracy.
- Biden acknowledges that the Republican Party is influenced by extreme 'MAGA' Republicans.
Quick Glance: Free COVID Tests by Mail Starting Monday
- California-based iHealth is among 12 US manufacturers receiving government investment to offer free tests by mail before the winter COVID season.
- Starting Monday, September 25, the government will send up to four free COVID-19 rapid tests per household to those who request them.
- Many programs that provided free COVID testing, treatment, and vaccinations to Americans ended when the pandemic emergency designation expired.
- The Department of Health and Human Services is now investing $600 million in COVID test manufacturing through its Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response.
Quick Glance: US General Milley Criticizes Trump Upon Retirement
- US General Mark Milley retires after a four-year tenure.
- Milley emphasizes that US troops take an oath to the Constitution and not to a 'wannabe dictator'.
- Milley made the statement during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Washington.
- Milley handed over command to General Charles Q. Austin.
Quick Glance: Farewell to Megan Rapinoe: Soccer icon departs U.S. national team
- In her final game for the national team, Megan Rapinoe bids farewell as an international soccer player.
- She became both a hero and a villain at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.
- Rapinoe's soccer career is not yet over.
- She will finish the season with her club team, OL Reign.
Quick Glance: US to Provide Long-Range ATACMS Missiles to Kyiv - Media Reports
- According to media reports, Ukraine will receive ATACMS missiles with a range of up to 300 km.
- This would allow Kyiv to target Russian positions deep behind the front line.
- President Biden reportedly informed Ukrainian President Zelensky that Kyiv would receive 'a small number' of ATACMS missiles.
- The US and Ukraine have not officially confirmed the American media reports.
Quick Glance: Biden invests $1.4 billion in rail safety and capacity boost
- Over $1.4 billion invested in projects to improve rail safety and boost capacity.
- Funding comes mainly from the 2021 infrastructure law.
- The projects will enhance the safety, reliability, and resilience of the American rail system.
- The grant enables the restoration of passenger service along the Gulf Coast, benefiting the region's economy.
Quick Glance: Florida Lottery Winner Claims $1.6B Prize, Identity Remains Secret
- The second-largest lottery winner in U.S. history has claimed the $1.6 billion prize.
- However, the person's identity may remain a secret for another 90 days.
- The Mega Millions jackpot was claimed on Monday, seven weeks after the August 8 drawing.
- The winner has the option to receive the full amount over 30 years in installments or a lump sum of $794.2 million in cash.
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Quick Glance: Biden administration grants protection to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans amid border pressure
- The Biden administration is granting temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans already in the country.
- The Homeland Security Department plans to grant Temporary Protected Status to an estimated 472,000 Venezuelans who arrived by July 31, 2023.
- This will make it easier for them to get work authorization to address the increased number of migrants.
- Accelerated work permits do not apply to those who cross the border illegally and seek asylum.
Quick Glance: Biden's dog bites again: Secret Service officer injured
- Biden's dog Commander injures another Secret Service officer.
- The dog has had multiple unpleasant encounters with the individuals who protect the White House.
- The President and First Lady express their gratitude to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for their efforts in safeguarding them, their family, and the nation.
- The White House is developing additional leash protocols and training for Commander.
Quick Glance: Hunter Biden sues Rudy Giuliani for unauthorized access and sharing of personal data
- Hunter Biden files lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani for wrongfully accessing and sharing his personal data.
- The lawsuit is part of Hunter's efforts to push back against Republicans who have spread his private data, including alleged emails and embarrassing images.
- The suit accuses Giuliani and attorney Robert Costello of hacking, manipulating, copying, and disseminating Biden's data, resulting in a complete breach of his digital privacy.
- Biden also calls for an investigation into Giuliani, Costello, and the owner of the Wilmington computer repair shop.
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Quick Glance: US Government Faces Shutdown as Republicans Reject Funding Bill
- Hardline Republicans in the House reject bill to fund government temporarily
- Shutdown expected to begin on Sunday
- Measure to extend funding by 30 days defeated
- 21 hardline House Republicans side with Democrats to defeat the bill
Quick Glance: Fresno in California Bans Caste Discrimination, Second US City to Do So
- Fresno in California becomes the second US city to ban caste discrimination
- Seattle was the first US city to outlaw caste discrimination, followed by Fresno
- Toronto's school board became the first in Canada to recognize caste discrimination in schools
- If signed into law, California would be the first US state to ban caste discrimination
Quick Glance: Trump pretends to support workers amid UAW strike
- The former president is undeniably trying to impress Michigan workers.
- Trump repeatedly boasted about his extensive infrastructure plans, promoting one infrastructure week after another.
- Trump successfully passed a significant legislation: $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and corporations, while providing minimal benefits to workers like the UAW members on strike.
- When it comes to unions, Trump doesn't genuinely support them - what he supports is union members supporting him.
Quick Glance: Harris Leads New Office for Preventing Gun Violence
- Vice President Kamala Harris plays a leading role in gun safety policy.
- President Joe Biden officially announces the new office on Friday during a Rose Garden event with invited advocates and lawmakers.
- Harris guides the office, according to a statement from the White House.
- The new Office of Gun Violence Prevention will have a crucial role in implementing President Biden’s and my efforts to reduce violence within the bounds of the law and also to encourage collaboration among Congressional leaders, state and local leaders, and advocates to build upon the significant progress we have made in saving lives.
Quick Glance: Why CDC recommends updated COVID vaccine for everyone over 6 months
- Around 20% of American adults received the COVID bivalent booster last fall, according to some CDC advisers.
- However, approximately 45% of those over 65 - the most at-risk individuals - got vaccinated.
- An updated vaccine may also provide additional protection against infections.
- One concern with COVID vaccines is the rare potential for myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.
Quick Glance: Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom Set to Face Off in November Debate
- Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom will go head-to-head in November.
- DeSantis is currently polling second in the race for the Republican nomination, trailing frontrunner Donald Trump by over 40 points.
- Both politicians are newcomers on the national political stage, with concerns over the age of President Biden and ex-President Trump.
- The November debate between the two governors is mostly an exercise in positioning for the 2028 presidential election.
Quick Glance: September's Full Moon: Last Supermoon of the Year
- The full moon on September 29, known as the harvest moon, is also the fourth and final supermoon of 2023.
- It is expected to be fully illuminated until Saturday morning, according to NASA.
- A supermoon is a full moon that is closer to Earth than normal, appearing larger and brighter in the night sky.
- September's full moon will be approximately 5% bigger and 13% brighter than an average full moon, as stated by NASA.
Quick Glance: White House prepares for government shutdown as House Republicans lack a viable plan
- Speaker Kevin McCarthy announces that the House will start voting on the latest plan next week.
- The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left without a realistic plan to fund the government and avoid disruptive consequences.
- A federal shutdown after September 30 appears likely unless Speaker Kevin McCarthy can convince his rebellious, right-wing faction to approve a temporary funding measure to prevent closures during ongoing talks.
- The standoff with House Republicans over government funding jeopardizes various activities, including military and law enforcement personnel pay, food safety and aid programs, air travel, and passport processing, potentially causing havoc in the US economy.
Quick Glance: The West's Modi Challenge
- The US and its allies view India as a key economic and diplomatic partner.
- The images of the Indian Prime Minister leading the world's most powerful people at the G20 summit have strengthened Modi's domestic image and highlighted India's global rise as a diplomatic and economic power.
- According to the Financial Times, Biden and other western leaders expressed concerns about Canada's allegations to the Indian leader during the summit.
- These countries have placed their geopolitical bet on India, specifically on Modi.
Quick Glance: Biden recognizes two Pacific nations to counter China
- President Joe Biden officially recognizes the Pacific nations of Cook Islands and Niue to counter China's influence.
- The recognition of the two nations aims to maintain a "free and open Indo-Pacific region".
- The deals to recognize the two nations will also combat illegal fishing, address climate change in a vulnerable region, and boost economic growth.
- The Cook Islands and Niue together form a sprawling economic zone in the South Pacific.
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