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Jul 08 2020
Japan’s theme parks banned screaming when they reopened after the coronavirus pandemic.
A recent video showed Fuji-Q Highland amusement park CEO Daisuke Iwata and his boss, chief executive Koichiro Horiuchi, riding the popular Fujiyama roller coaster in silence while wearing masks, the Wall Street Journal reported. A message was displayed at the end that read, “please scream inside yourThe Daily Caller
Jul 10 2020
The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
The church’s haul may have reached -- or even exceeded -- $3.5 billion, making aAssociated Press
Dec 07 2020
Congress aims to extend government funding for an additional week while lawmakers try to scrape together spending and coronavirus relief packages, a senior Democratic aide said Monday.
The House plans to vote Wednesday on the short-term measure to keep the government running through Dec. 18. Funding will lapse on Saturday if Congress cannot approve a spending bill. Politico firstCNBC
Jul 12 2020
As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher.
They’re urging a more cautious approach, which many local governments and school districts are already pursuing.
There are too many uncertainties and variables, they sayAssociated Press
Dec 09 2020
Before COVID-19, the U.S. debt burden was large and on an unsustainable path under reasonable assumptions about economic fundamentals. Standard policy responses, such as higher taxes or lower discretionary spending, could not substantially slow the growth of the U.S. debt burden; only reduced growth in entitlement spending, especially on Medicare, had the potential to avoid eventual fiscalCato Institute
Jul 07 2020
The Wuhan coronavirus has forced secondary and post-secondary schools, colleges and universities to rethink how they teach America's youth. Earlier this spring, educators were forced to adapt and teach their lessons online. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on and schools look to the fall, many are preparing to continue with remote learning. The use of online classes has the federal governmentTownhall
Jul 11 2020
FDA expands list of hand sanitizers to avoid due to methanol risk with more being recommended for recall
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the number of hand sanitizers to avoid because they may contain methanol, a toxic substance when absorbed through skin or ingested.
The FDA now lists on a chart 59 varieties of hand sanitizer that should be avoided, some which have already been recalled, and other products being recommended for recalls as they may contain the potentiallyUSA TODAY
Jul 11 2020
BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration’s decision to make international students leave the U.S. if they intend to take classes entirely online starting this fall.
The Baltimore private institution filed the lawsuit Friday against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in federal court in the District of Columbia, theAssociated Press
Dec 06 2020
States are increasingly bypassing the federal government and imposing their own rules to protect workers from the coronavirus, creating a patchwork of regulations that could serve as a blueprint for new national standards promised by President-elect Joe Biden.
Oregon last month began requiring employers to supply masks, develop infection control plans and notify staff of ill coworkers.Politico
Jul 07 2020
WASHINGTON—Congress designed the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses weather fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but the program’s $521 billion in loans also went to well-heeled and politically connected firms across the economy, including law offices, charities, restaurant chains and wealth managers.
The Trump administration released the names of borrowers for theWall Street Journal (News)