House Democrats ask Pentagon for details on plan to reduce civilian casualties

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Tuesday called on the Department of Defense to update Congress on the administration’s progress toward reducing civilian injuries and deaths from U.S. military operations overseas. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, more than 40 House Democrats cited information from the New York Times expressing concern … Read more

A deputy director was fired after reading the children’s book “I need a new ass!” second-grade students

Toby Price, the former vice-principal at Gary Road Elementary School in Byram, told CNN he decided to read the book on March 2 when another principal failed to attend their Zoom read-aloud mass. voice. Price improvised, grabbed the book from his desk, and started reading. The book – written by Dawn McMillan and illustrated by … Read more

In deadlock over new Covid relief aid, neither side is willing to comply

WASHINGTON — Prospects looked bleak Tuesday for Congressional approval of billions of dollars in new emergency aid to fight Covid-19, and White House officials said they had already scaled back plans buying treatments and reimbursing doctors treating uninsured Covid patients because pandemic relief money has run out. The standoff is a major shift in Washington’s … Read more

Russia hits Biden, Blinken and other top US officials with sanctions

Washington— The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that it is imposing sanctions on more than a dozen Americans, including President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, in retaliation for sweeping Biden administration economic sanctions targeting Russian entities for invading Ukraine. The list of people sanctioned by Russia … Read more

Will summer time be permanent in 2023? Senate passes Sunshine Protection Act unanimously

Washington — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that make daylight saving time permanent from November 2023, a significant leap forward in the desire to provide an additional hour of sunshine at the end of the day all year round. The bill, known as the Sunshine Protection Act, got 17 co-sponsors from both … Read more

Vice President’s husband Doug Emhoff tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, according to a statement from the White House. “My symptoms are mild and I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Emhoff said. wrote on Twitterencouraging others to get vaccinated and boosted as well. Mr. Emhoff’s positive … Read more

Pfizer and BioNTech Seek Authorization for Second Booster for Older Americans

WASHINGTON — Pfizer and BioNTech said Tuesday they have requested emergency authorization for a second booster of their coronavirus vaccine for adults 65 and older. The companies’ request to the Food and Drug Administration was largely based on data from Israel, where such injections are permitted for a somewhat broader group. Their decision could further … Read more