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US News | The Epoch Times Fri, 27 Jan 2023 22:04:15 +0000
  • Trump Responds to Ronna McDaniel’s RNC Chair Reelection Former President Trump congratulated Ronna McDaniel for winning another term as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday. Trump has not publicly endorsed any candidate ahead of the vote, as some Republicans have said that McDaniel should be ousted following a poorer-than-anticipated midterm election for the GOP. “Congratulations to Ronna McDaniel on her big […]
  • Biden Announces 20-Year Ban on Mining in Minnesota, Undermining Nation’s Mineral Security The Biden administration has announced that it will impose a 20-year mining moratorium on thousands of acres of land in Minnesota by citing the need to protect the natural environment, potentially dealing a blow to Twin Metals, a major mining firm with interests in the region. The move has attracted criticism from mining associations and […]
  • House Roundtable Hears Testimony About Role of Social Media in Selling Deadly Drugs Social media, Snapchat in particular, may be making it easier for young people to purchase lethal pills, a congressional roundtable was told on Jan. 25. Snapchat is known for an app that automatically deletes messages after the receiver reads them, making it possible for drug dealers to take advantage of that feature, witnesses said during […]
  • LIVE January 28, 3:45 PM ET: First Trump 2024 Campaign Rally in South Carolina Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds the first event of his 2024 presidential campaign in a red state: South Carolina, at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Republican Governor of South Carolina Henry McMaster will join Trump on Saturday afternoon. Graham and McMaster will attend the event at Columbia’s state […]
  • $31 Million Winning Mega Millions Jackpot Ticket Sold at Massachusetts Grocery Store A winning $31 million Mega Millions jackpot ticket for Tuesday night’s drawing was sold at a grocery store in Belchertown, Massachusetts. The cash option on the prize is $16.3 million if the winner wants to take the money in a lump sum. According to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, the multi-million dollar jackpot winner came […]
  • Governor Wins Lawsuit Against Protest Encampment Outside Idaho Capitol Idaho Gov. Brad Little recently announced that the state has won a lawsuit from a group of protestors who set up camp near the Idaho State Capitol, from January to March 2022. In a public statement, Little said that “Idaho is not Portland, L.A., San Francisco, or Seattle where public officials have engaged in failed […]
  • Gun Rights in the Crosshairs as Gov. Whitmer Pushes Red Flag Laws in Michigan Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined her three-pronged approach to gun reform in what was her fifth State of the State address on Wednesday, saying “The time for only thoughts and prayers are over.” Addressing the full Legislature in the House chamber, Whitmer called for enacting universal background checks, safe gun storage laws, and extreme […]
  • Murders in America up 34 Percent From Pre-Pandemic Levels, North Carolina City Tops Chart Murders across the United States have surged since 2019, while robberies and motor vehicle thefts soared last year, a new study of crime trends published on Jan. 26 by the Council on Criminal Justice shows. The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), a nonpartisan organization, examined monthly crime rates for ten violent, property, and drug offenses in 35 U.S. cities in 2022. It […]
  • Judge Blocks Sale of Trigger Kits The Justice Department Argues Are Machine Gun Parts On Thursday, a federal judge issued a restraining order, preventing two firearms parts companies from selling trigger kits that the U.S. Department of Justice claims turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automatic-firing machine guns. Judge Nina Morrison, of New York’s federal Eastern District Court, granted a temporary restraining order preventing Rare Breed Triggers, LLC and Rare […]
  • Here’s What to Know About Getting a US Passport in 2023 State Department officials have confirmed that the agency is attempting to speed up its passport renewal services for Americans following pandemic-related slowdowns. While some destinations don’t require American travelers to have a passport, most countries require them. Officials say that wait times are down from the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic amid staffing shortages. […]
  • What Does President Biden’s New Student Loan Repayment Plan Involve? College graduates hope that a new student loan repayment plan recently proposed by President Joe Biden will be passed. The plan, proposed on Jan. 10, 2023, will bring considerable relief for many graduates by reducing their payments and possibly offering some form of debt forgiveness after so many years of payments. The new proposal was […]
  • Jay Leno Breaks Multiple Bones in Accident Months After Recovering From Burn Injuries Comedian Jay Leno revealed in an interview on Thursday that he sustained multiple broken bones in a motorcycle accident that happened earlier this month. The 72-year-old former host of “The Tonight Show” told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he “got knocked off [his] motorcycle” on Jan. 17 and suffered a broken collarbone, two broken ribs, and […]
  • Ronna McDaniel Wins Reelection as RNC Chair After Contentious Race Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will retain her position for a fourth term after defeating her two challengers in the party’s Jan. 27 election. Of the RNC’s 168 voting members, McDaniel garnered the support of 111, beating out California attorney Harmeet Dhillon and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who received 51 votes and four […]
  • Federal Appeal Filed in Case of Health Care Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate The State of Maine is accused of “having its cake and eating it too” in a federal appeal filed in Boston this week that could have national implications for health care workers fired after being denied religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The appeal, filed on Jan. 24, sits with the First Circuit of Appeals. […]
  • US Consumer Sentiment Improves in January, but Two-Thirds Think the Economy Will Get Much Worse by 2024 American consumer sentiment improved this month, but two-thirds believe that the economy will get much worse by next year due to signs of a pending recession, according to a recent study. The University of Michigan’s closely watched Consumer Sentiment Index measured 64.9 for this month, up from the preliminary 64.6 reading, according to data released […]
  • United States’ Reliance on China for 90 Percent of its Medicine Could Prove Disastrous: Sebastian Gorka The United States has not managed its military resources well, said Sebastian Gorka in an interview, which aired on Newsmakers by NTD and The Epoch Times on Jan. 25. But a more significant concern is the United States’ reliance on China for 90 percent of its medicine. “There are far broader issues than how many bullets and bombs […]
  • EXCLUSIVE: US Sen. Ron Johnson Tells FAA: Answer Questions About Pilots’ Health, Possible Effects of COVID-19 Shots U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is pressing a federal agency to answer questions about pilots’ health following COVID-19 vaccinations. In a Jan. 27 letter shared exclusively with The Epoch Times, Johnson revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told him that a controversial change in a heart-test standard had “nothing to do with COVID vaccinations.” The […]
  • Explosion at USC Science Building Prompts Evacuation LOS ANGELES—An explosion of unknown size and origin occurred Jan. 26 in a three-story science building on the USC campus, and one person was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries. The blast was reported at about 4 p.m. in the Neely Petroleum Building at 923 Bloom Walk, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department […]
  • These States Are Still Sending Out Payments in 2023 While there are likely no federal stimulus checks being handed out in the near future, some states are still issuing payments or rebates in 2023. Colorado Colorado residents who obtained an extension and filed their taxes by the Oct. 17, 2022, deadline will receive a $750 rebate, or $1,500 for joint filers, by Jan. 31. People who […]
  • Pilots Need More Cardiac Tests, Aviation Advocates Say, Citing Concerns Over COVID-19 Shots Pilot safety and risk-management are always top-of-mind for Meredith Holladay, the owner of a small flight school. But the possible side effects of the COVID-19 shots present a new, difficult-to-gauge risk for people in aviation, she said. “It’s been a known issue,” Holladay told The Epoch Times. “But what do you do about it?” Holladay […]
  • Virginia AG Says Former Parole Board Chair Violated Law in Release of Violent Offenders According to Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, the former chair of the Virginia Parole Board, Adrianne Bennett, broke numerous laws and policies when she released over 100 violent criminals in 2020 and is only avoiding criminal charges herself because the one-year statute of limitations has expired. “If there were no statute of limitations, Chair Bennett […]
  • Many People with Long COVID Experienced Mild Infection: Study A global analysis found that around 90 percent of long-COVID cases occur in individuals who were not hospitalized for COVID-19. In a commentary published in January 2023, the authors of the study concluded that this would suggest that most people with long COVID experienced a mild infection. The data come from a global study that analyzed […]
  • Disneyland Kicks Off Disney’s Centennial Celebration With New Ride ANAHEIM, Calif.—The celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort begins Jan. 27 with the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and the debut of “World of Color—ONE.” Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway marks the first time Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have starred in a ride-through attraction […]
  • Against Biden Admin Wishes, House Votes to Limit Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release After a lengthy debate over numerous amendments, and despite the Biden administration’s promise of a veto, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill on Jan. 27 limiting the Biden administration’s ability to draw from the nation’s oil stockpile. First introduced on Jan. 26, the Strategic Production Response Act passed 221–201. The measure is unlikely to clear […]
  • Republicans Introduce Bill to Strip China of Permanent Trade Status A group of Republican lawmakers is introducing legislation that would strip communist China of its special permanent trade status with the United States. The “China Trade Relations Act” was introduced on Jan. 27 by GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Ted Budd (N.C.), and J.D. Vance (Ohio). The legislation would end China’s permanent […]
  • Politicalizing Intel Is Destroying US Politics and Helping Chinese and Russian Agendas: Ex-House Intelligence Committee Chairman The American intelligence community is getting increasingly politicalized and this is destroying the nation while helping the anti-American agendas of Russia and communist China, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and former ambassador to the Netherlands, Amb. Pete Hoekstra said in an interview on Jan. 23 on China in Focus, a show on NTD TV, Epoch Times’ […]
  • PREMIERING 8PM ET: Kash Patel: Suspicious Hunter Biden Laptop Docs Reveal True Origins of Biden Classified Docs Investigation “The information—and the bulleted information specifically in that email—is information, in my opinion, that could only have come from a classified source and a classified document …Where did this email come from? Hunter Biden’s laptop. This document has been known to the FBI for years,” said Kash Patel. Was there classified information on Hunter Biden’s […]
  • Homeless Fixes Not Working in California Commentary Some things new laws just can’t fix. You first must change the old laws. That’s turning out to be the case with the drive to build new housing to deal with homelessness in California. Senate Bill 9 was passed in 2021 and is called the Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency Act, or HOME Act. […]
  • White House Hosts Daily Briefing (Jan. 27) White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a daily briefing at 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 27. The Epoch Times will livestream the event.
  • Biden Chief of Staff Steps Down, COVID Response Leader to Take Over Role White House chief of staff Ron Klain will step down from his role next week and be replaced by Jeff Zients, a former Obama administration official who spearheaded Biden’s coronavirus response team. Klain announced the decision in a letter of resignation on Jan. 27. President Joe Biden confirmed the news in a statement. Klain told […]
  • ‘Emotive Misinformation’: Conservationists, Industry Warn Oregon Lawmakers Against Kangaroo Product Ban A proposed ban on kangaroo-based products by Oregon lawmakers would only result in more suffering and unregulated killing of the native Australian marsupial, according to conservationists and wildlife experts. Senate Bill 764, introduced by Sen. Floyd Prozanska (D-Eugene), would ban the sale of kangaroo parts and products in Oregon with the threat of fines or a […]
  • Paul Pelosi Bodycam Video Shows Moment Suspect David DePape Hit Him Authorities on Friday released police body camera footage showing Paul Pelosi being attacked in his home last October. The clip shows Pelosi and alleged assailant David DePape holding onto a hammer. “Everything’s good,” DePape is heard telling the officers as both men appear to have possession of the hammer. A police officer then tells DePape […]
  • Boeing Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud Charge After 2 Deadly 737 MAX Crashes U.S.-based aircraft maker Boeing pleaded not guilty in court on Jan. 26 to a fraud conspiracy felony charge after it was accused of deceiving regulators about flight control systems on its 737 MAX aircraft, which was involved in two crashes. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor took the plea from Boeing, which was represented by its chief safety officer […]
  • ‘Terminator’ Movie Tech: Phase-Shifting Robot Can Switch Between Liquid and Solid States Scientists have created a robot capable of turning into liquid and reforming back into its original shape, a development that can herald new applications in healthcare and other fields; but it has also triggered comparisons with the antagonist from the Terminator movies as the substance can be made in a humanoid shape. The innovation, detailed […]
  • FDA Pulls Authorization for Evusheld, Says It’s Ineffective Against New COVID Mutations Evusheld has become the latest COVID-19 antibody drug to lose federal authorization after it was deemed ineffective against the dominant versions of the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday withdrew its emergency use authorization for Evusheld, a two-dose cocktail of monoclonal antibodies meant to provide protection to those who have a […]
  • Elon Musk Makes Huge Tesla Profit Over Past Week Telsa and Twitter owner Elon Musk added about $21 billion to his profits over the seven days since last week, according to a Bloomberg-monitored index. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk’s fortune increased by $21 billion between Jan. 19 and 26. It now stands at around $156 billion. Recent filings show Musk holds about 423,622,000 shares in […]
  • Rise in Young Children Poisoned by Cannabis Is ‘Troubling’: Virginia Poison Center Chief Virginia has seen a significant rise in unintentional THC poisoning of young children, which is congruent with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent national findings. The Virginia Poison Center at Virginia Commonwealth University reported that the number of children poisoned by foods containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), known as “edibles,” went from three calls in 2018 to 88 […]
  • South Dakota State Senator Suspended by Legislature Claims She Was Punished For Her Vaccine Views In a rare move, the South Dakota Senate suspended a conservative GOP state senator on Jan. 26 while not revealing the allegations against her. Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller alleged that she’s been punished after speaking to a legislative research staffer earlier this week about her views on vaccinations. “It has come to my attention that the issue may […]
  • DeSantis Seeking Tougher Penalties for Making Fentanyl and Sex Crimes Against Children Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced proposed legislation on Jan. 26 for a battery of law-and-order initiatives. Speaking at a press conference in Miami, the Republican governor told reporters he seeks crackdowns on fentanyl manufacturing and sex offenses against children. He also hopes to make it easier to get a death sentence in a capital case […]
  • Senior Pfizer Employee Says Company Exploring Mutating COVID-19 to ‘Preemptively Develop New Vaccines’ A senior employee at Pfizer said in a conversation captured by the nonprofit journalism group Project Veritas that the pharmaceutical company is looking into mutating COVID-19 in order to facilitate the development of new vaccines. “One of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it ourselves so we could create—preemptively develop […]
  • Fed’s Preferred Inflation Gauge Shows Underlying Price Pressures Rising A key inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve showed that underlying price pressures increased in December while consumer spending declined, suggesting that inflationary pressures could take longer to dissipate and that the economy faces headwinds as shoppers retrench. Government data released on Jan. 27 by the Department of Commerce showed that the so-called core Personal […]
  • Officials: Deadly Chicago High-Rise Fire Was Accidental CHICAGO—Chicago authorities said Thursday that a deadly fire in a high-rise apartment building was caused by someone smoking in a bedroom. In a brief statement, the Chicago Fire Department called the fire accidental and said investigators traced the cause to “careless use of smoking materials.” Investigators also found that a smoke detector in the unit […]
  • The China-Russia Strategic Partnership in a Time of Turmoil—a Webinar by Jamestown Foundation Beijing has developed a close strategic alignment with Moscow in the past few decades, the strengthening ties driven by a shared antipathy to the United States and its allies, who see this as a multifaceted threat with military, economic, technological, and ideological dimensions. The Jamestown Foundation hosts a webinar at 11:00 a.m. ET on Jan. […]
  • Democrats Ask Trade Commission to Investigate Manufacturer of Youth-Sized Rifle Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate an Illinois-based gun manufacturer for marketing firearms to children. Industry representatives and gun rights activists say it is just one more assault on a Constitutional right Democrats don’t like. “Today we are asking the FTC to investigate the company […]
  • DeSantis Faces Heated Backlash Over Rejection of AP African American Studies In the aftermath of rejecting a proposed pilot program of African American Studies, Florida’s governor and Department of Education are facing heated backlash from members of the black community. On Jan. 25, advocates of the proposed “Advanced Placement Program®” (AP) African American Studies—rejected by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) because it violates Florida laws—gathered […]
  • Arizona Supreme Court Responds to Kari Lake’s Second Election Petition The Arizona Supreme Court struck down gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s second request to take up her election appeal that is currently being heard by a state Appeals Court as Lake said Wednesday that she believes her case will be eventually heard by the Supreme Court. In an order issued on Wednesday (pdf), the state’s high […]
  • Garland Announces International Ransomware Enforcement U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland leads a news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET on Jan. 27 to announce an international ransomware enforcement action. The Epoch Times will livestream the event.
  • Chicago Crime Rises 61 Percent in 2023, Violent Offenses Spike While Governor Insists Crime ‘Coming Down’ The crime rate in Chicago has spiked by 61 percent in the first three weeks of 2023, with almost all crime segments registering an increase, with data coming at a time when the state’s governor insists that crime in the city is decreasing. In the first 22 days of this year, the Chicago Police Department […]
  • Walmart’s Sam’s Club Opening Dozens of New Locations Amid ‘Remarkable’ Sales Growth Sam’s Club will be opening 30 new new locations amid strong sales growth over the next few years. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and the parent company of Sam’s Club, announced the move on Jan. 26, in its subsidiary’s first expansion since 2017, when it opened a location in Hanover, Pennsylvania. In 2018, the club […]
  • ACLU Backs Trump’s Reinstatement on Facebook: ‘This Is the Right Call’ The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defended Meta’s decision to allow former President Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, saying that it is appropriate for the public to have wider access to messaging from one of the most popular political candidates in the country. “This is the right call. Like it or not, President […]
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