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The week in 13 headlines
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The week in 13 headlines

This week, Democrats are at an impasse on President Joe Biden’s agenda in Congress. Meanwhile, the House select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection is sending a message to Donald Trump and his associates: Defy subpoenas, and face criminal contempt charges. Monday US Capitol Police whistleblower alleges leadership failures on January 6 Texas governor bans Covid-19…MORE

US financial institutions report major increase in ransomware payments to cybercriminals
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US financial institutions report major increase in ransomware payments to cybercriminals

US financial institutions reported nearly $600 million in suspected ransomware-related payments to cybercriminals in the first six months of 2021 — more than was reported in all of 2020, the Treasury Department said in a report Friday. The data “indicates that ransomware is an increasing threat to the U.S. financial sector, businesses, and the public,”…MORE

Biden delivers sweeping remarks about human rights: ‘To deal with the past you must face the truth’
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Biden delivers sweeping remarks about human rights: ‘To deal with the past you must face the truth’

President Joe Biden delivered sweeping remarks Friday about human rights, zeroing in on ongoing human rights abuses around the world and underscoring the importance of truth in a time of disinformation. Biden spoke at the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, named after Nuremberg prosecutor and former US Sen. Thomas Dodd…MORE

‘There’s no trust’: Pro-immigrant groups blasted Biden officials on a call Friday morning
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‘There’s no trust’: Pro-immigrant groups blasted Biden officials on a call Friday morning

Pro-immigrant groups and service providers blasted Biden administration officials Friday morning on a call on the heels of news that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to revive a Trump-era border policy next month, according to sources familiar with the call. It’s the latest indication of tensions between the administration and its allies boiling…MORE

California oil spill that shut down beaches was about 25,000 gallons, well below earlier estimate
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California oil spill that shut down beaches was about 25,000 gallons, well below earlier estimate

When crude oil leaked into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California earlier this month, the amount spilled was about 25,000 gallons, officials said Friday. “We have a high degree of confidence that the spill amount is approximately 588 barrels of oil,” US Coast Guard spokesperson Amy Stork said. “This is consistent with…MORE

State lotteries did not motivate people to get the Covid-19 vaccine, study finds
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State lotteries did not motivate people to get the Covid-19 vaccine, study finds

Nearly 66 million people in the United States who are eligible still have not gotten vaccinated against Covid-19, no matter how much danger that puts them in and no matter how many incentives or mandates have been thrown at them. States and public health officials have tried all sorts of novel ideas. They’ve offered donuts,…MORE

Biden’s Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappy
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Biden’s Supreme Court commission is leaving everyone unhappy

As the Biden administration’s commission on the Supreme Court continues to meet, roll out pages of draft documents and engage in deep philosophical conversations about the past and future of the court, one thing is clear: No one is satisfied. That’s because conservatives, who currently enjoy a 6-3 majority on the court, think in large…MORE

‘Have you voted yet?’: McAuliffe and Youngkin seek Latino support in Virginia governor race
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‘Have you voted yet?’: McAuliffe and Youngkin seek Latino support in Virginia governor race

Leaning over a glass countertop displaying chorizo and carne salteada, Democrat Terry McAuliffe surveys the number of distinct nationalities he’s encountered touring Todos Supermarket in northern Virginia. “We got Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico,” noted McAuliffe, who first visited the grocery chain in 2013, seeking to court Latino voters during his initial run for governor.…MORE

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