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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Thirteen States Are Rejecting Federal Unemployment Bonuses

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Thirteen states have so far rejected the federal government’s offer for an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits, saying the extra cash is keeping people from going back to work and filling open – and much-needed – jobs.

Georgia is the latest state to join that growing list this week, with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp making the announcement Thursday after claiming the benefits are “hurting our productivity.”

“We’re not going to be participating in the federal subsidy any longer. That’s going to be a date in mid-to-late June. We’re working with the labor commissioner, and we’ll have more information on that soon,” Kemp told Fox News Thursday. “Every small business owner, and the workers that are currently working, they need more people. It’s hurting our productivity.

According to Forbes, the average amount of state-provided unemployment per person amounts to about $387 per week, and lasts about 24 weeks. With the additional $300, that means the average non-working person collecting unemployment is pulling in more than $2,600 per month in benefits. The government-subsidized ability for a person to continue not working even as the economy has largely opened back up for business has faced criticism after the latest April jobs report fell woefully short of the 1 million projected jobs, instead totaling only about 266,000…

(Excerpts from MRCTV)

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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Senate Republicans to Biden: End negotiation with Iran

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

In a letter led by Senator Rubio, the senators wrote: “In light of these recent attacks by Hamas against Israel, the United States should take all steps necessary to hold Tehran accountable.”

WASHINGTON – A group of 43 Republican senators called on President Joe Biden on Wednesday to end negotiations with Iran and deny any sanction relief to the Islamic Republic, citing its ties with Hamas. Senator Marco Rubio led the letter.

“Over the past couple days, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, who are funded by Iran, have launched a series of rocket attacks into Israel,” the letter reads…

(Excerpts from the Jerusalem Post)

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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Pro-Israel Democrats Leap to Jewish State’s Defense as Rep. Rashida Tlaib Repeats ‘Apartheid’ Accusation in US Congressional Debate

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Pro-Israel Democratic Party lawmakers vocally defended the Jewish state in a Congressional debate this week, as Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets intensified and the IDF prepared for a possible ground offensive in Gaza.

Speaking from the floor of the House on Thursday, Rep. Brad Schneider (IL) accused Hamas of “relentlessly attacking Israel, launching more than 1,500 rockets just since Monday targeting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva and every community in between.”

Schneider said that his “heart breaks for all the innocents killed and injured.”

“It’s true more have died in Gaza,” he said. “But Israel goes out of its way to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas, conversely, goes out of its way to target civilians in Israel … while launching its rockets from civilian areas in Gaza.”..

(Excerpts from the Algemeiner)

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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Federal Government Won’t Impose Vaccine Mandate, But Private Companies Can, Psaki Says

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration had no plans to impose a federal vaccination mandate or database, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed at a Friday press briefing.

Vaccine mandates or vaccine passports have become a divisive issue as the pandemic winds down and more and more Americans are receiving doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Democrat-led States like New York have already begun encouraging the practice of requiring proof of vaccination before participating in certain events.

Other states, such as Republican-led Florida and Texas, have gone so far as to ban private companies from requiring proof of vaccinations…

(Excerpts from the Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Harden Critical Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks

District of Columbia | May 14, 2021

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill meant to make America’s critical systems more resilient against cyberattacks, as parts of the country continue to reel from last week’s Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official, announced the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Cyber Exercise Act in a Friday statement, in which she said attacks like the one targeting Colonial Pipeline “have the potential to devastate our economy and our way of life.”

Co-sponsors of the bill include Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee cyber subcommittee, and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee cyber subcommittee.

The bill would require CISA, the agency that spearheads federal cybersecurity efforts, to create new ways for U.S. businesses and governments to test their critical infrastructure against the threat of cyber attacks…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia | May 14, 2021

Running on Fumes: Gas Station Outages Soar as Crisis Spreads

Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia | May 14, 2021

Gas stations across the South Eastern U.S. are have run out of gasoline, according to data from GasBuddy.com.

Sixty-five percent of gas stations in North Carolina are out of gasoline, the data show, making it the hardest-hit state.

Here are the current outages reported by GasBuddy, as of 12:37 Eastern time.

  • Georgia – 42%
  • Alabama – 6%
  • Tennessee – 14%
  • South Carolina – 42%
  • North Carolina – 65%
  • Florida – 10%
  • Virginia – 42%
  • Maryland – 9%
  • Mississippi – 5%
  • West Virginia – 4%
  • Kentucky – 2%
  • Washington, D.C. – 8%

(Excerpts from BreitBart)

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