Over 2.2 million checks mailed under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced this week that they have disbursed more than 2.2 million additional Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan. The IRS says it has now delivered more than $400 billion in American Rescue Plan coronavirus stimulus checks. TheContinue reading “Over 2.2 million checks mailed under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan”

EPA seeks voluntary exemption surrenders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a stewardship program to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are toxic chemicals known that have been in the news for the last several years due to their harmful health impacts and widespread contamination ofContinue reading “EPA seeks voluntary exemption surrenders”

Biden team untangling Trump econo-mess

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced last week that it will propose rescinding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule issued by the Trump administration in May 2020, reversing changes that were widely criticized by investors, financial institutions and community advocates. The OCC said it is committed to working with the FederalContinue reading “Biden team untangling Trump econo-mess”

Pascrell calls on USPS board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today reacted harshly to a scathing report issued by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) finding that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ten-year plan to rebuild the United States Post Office (USPS) is plan is built on unreliable data, based on unproven assumptions, and won’t provide the cost savings assumed by USPS.Continue reading “Pascrell calls on USPS board to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy”

Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight

by Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg ProPublica On the hunt again, the cop from Wuhan rolled into New Jersey on a secret reconnaissance mission. Hu Ji watched the suburban landscape glide past the highway. He was in his early 40s, about 6-foot-1, smooth and confident-looking. His cases had led from Fiji to France to Mexico,Continue reading “Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight”

Treasury Secretary warns of debt limit

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will begin taking emergency measures to prevent an unprecedented default on the national debt, warning that it would cause “irreparable harm to the U.S. economy and the livelihoods of all Americans.” In a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Yellen said that Oct.Continue reading “Treasury Secretary warns of debt limit”

Monopolies endanger food supply, ecosystem

A comprehensive report released by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch outlines the crisis state of the country’s food system, including detailed analysis on the severe damage levied on society by unchecked corporate monopolies dominating the system.  The report, “Well-Fed: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Food System that Works For All,” offers aContinue reading “Monopolies endanger food supply, ecosystem”

4 Essex County Jail guards indicted for beating prisoner

One Essex County correctional officer, two sergeants, and one lieutenant were indicted for civil rights violations in connection with the assault of a federal pretrial detainee. Officer Damion James, 41, was charged with assaulting the pretrial detainee in violation of his civil rights. Sgt. Herman Pride, 51, Sgt. Jennifer Whitley, 38, and Lt. Nicholas Palma,Continue reading “4 Essex County Jail guards indicted for beating prisoner”

Vaccine unfairness undermining global economic recovery

According to new data released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Oxford, the worldwide vaccine gap between the rich and poor will have a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries unless richer nations take urgent action to boostContinue reading “Vaccine unfairness undermining global economic recovery”

Gunfire erupts after feds announce firearms trafficking “strike forces”

On the same day the US Justice Department announced it was launching firearms trafficking “strike forces” to five cities and regions, gunfire erupted at around 8:20 p.m. at an area known for its restaurants in Washington, D.C. , in one of 127 gun violence incidents in which 42 people lost their lives and 110 wereContinue reading “Gunfire erupts after feds announce firearms trafficking “strike forces””

US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned is “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana. Biden said the actions are being taken to hold the Cuban government “accountable for their actions,” warning of further sanctions on “individualsContinue reading “US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown”

Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970

“With three billion birds lost in North America since 1970, we are in a bird emergency – and we know that if they are in trouble, so are we,” said Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president for conservation policy, National Audubon Society. “The priority species identified by the Fish and Wildlife Service provide a common playbook for federal,Continue reading “Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970”

Trump foreign business dealings attract scrutiny as New York probe heats up

As the New York attorney general’s criminal investigation into the Trump Organization heats up, former President Donald Trump’s business empire is facing further scrutiny in Scotland while scrubbing longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg’s name from corporate filings across the globe. The former president promised a firewall between his business and his publicContinue reading “Trump foreign business dealings attract scrutiny as New York probe heats up”

New Jersey sending 24 Olympic athletes

An estimated 11,360 athletes will take part in the Tokyo Olympic summer games — postponed last year in the throes of the global pandemic — which will officially open today, July 23, with the Opening Ceremonies and end Aug. 8 with the Closing Ceremonies. Some events, such as softball and the men’s and women’s soccerContinue reading “New Jersey sending 24 Olympic athletes”

Bloods Gang members charged in Newark

Two Newark men made their initial appearances on gang-related narcotics distribution and firearms charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen and they were detained. U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced. Ronnie Holley, 32, and Shadee Holley, 31, both of Newark, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and cocaineContinue reading “Bloods Gang members charged in Newark”

Morey’s Piers’ SpringShot rider gets birdfaced

Anything can happen at the Jersey Shore… https://youtu.be/SJlbFykmSyA Just ask Georgia Reed, 14, and Kiley Holman, 13, a couple of Pennsylvania teenagers who a close encounter with a seagull while on a ride at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, the premier outdoor sporting venue in South Jersey, hasContinue reading “Morey’s Piers’ SpringShot rider gets birdfaced”

NJ experiencing Covid-19 surge

Although vaccines are proving more than 99.99% effective against hospitalization for Covid-19 and related diseases, many people refuse to get vaccinated and New Jersey reported 369 daily coronavirus hospitalizations on Wednesday, with 26 of those patients on ventilators. New daily diagnoses of COVID-19 have topped those recorded last year on several days over the pastContinue reading “NJ experiencing Covid-19 surge”

Reader opinion: Get the big money out of our elections

By James Cimino To those who oppose campaign finance reform, let’s say that a small group of wealthy, Wiccan, socialist abortion providers move to town. They buy more and more of the local property and become major investors in local businesses. It gets to the point that one is unable to purchase any goods orContinue reading “Reader opinion: Get the big money out of our elections”