Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Get the Point of the Debt Limit

Sometime next month, the United States will run up against its statutory debt limit. Unless Congress raises the ceiling, the federal government will either default on the national debt or be compelled to freeze critical domestic and defense initiatives — or possibly, even both. The Biden administration has asked Congress to raise the debt limit,…

KY lands its largest economic development project: 5,000 jobs and $5.8B investment

Kentucky has landed the single largest economic development project in its history, a $5.8 billion investment by Ford Motor Corp. and South Korea-based SK Innovation to build two battery manufacturing plants in Glendale in Hardin County that are expected to employ 5,000 people. The announcement Monday puts Kentucky at the forefront of the automotive industry’s…

John Hinckley, Who Shot Reagan, to Be Freed From Oversight

A federal judge said Monday that John Hinckley Jr., who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan four decades ago, can be freed from all his remaining restrictions next year if he continues to follow those rules and remains mentally stable. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington said during a 90-minute court hearing…

COVID-19 vaccines offer benefits even to those previously infected

CLAIM: Those who have had COVID-19 have natural immunity against the disease and do not need a vaccine. No one should be vaccinated without first testing for COVID-19 antibodies. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Studies have shown that infection from COVID-19 provides short-term immunity, but that protection fades over time. In addition, natural immunity differs from person to…

Feds indict two Afghan refugees on child sex, spousal assault charges

A federal grand jury in Wisconsin indicted two Afghan refugees Wednesday, accusing them of committing crimes while they were staying at a local Army base after being taken out of Afghanistan. Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with one count of attempting to engage in a sex act with a minor by force and three counts of engaging…

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year

Moderna Inc Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year as increased vaccine production ensures global supplies, he told the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung. “If you look at the industry-wide expansion of production capacities over the past six months, enough doses should be available by the middle of…

Pension-surplus funds not meant to be spent on higher benefits

Sometimes “no” isn’t just the right answer; it’s the only realistic one. Kentucky Government Retirees President Jim Carroll told the Public Pension Oversight Board (PPOB) he thinks giving state pensioners a 1.5% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the next five years is the right thing to do considering last year’s record investment returns. Both history and…

Drive-by shooting at Louisville bus stop leaves JCPS student dead, 2 others injured

A 16-year-old Eastern High School student is dead, two other teens are injured and a community is reeling after a drive-by shooting at a school bus stop in Louisville early Wednesday morning. As night approached, community members were expected to gather near the site of the shooting, which was reported about 6:30 a.m. at Dr.…

MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as ‘missing White woman syndrome’

MSNBC host Joy Reid turned to race Monday while discussing the media’s coverage of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, dismissing the focus on the case as “missing White woman syndrome.”  “It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said.…

Just 56% of Americans can name all three branches of government — a 15-year high!

American politics may be in a disheveled state right now, but it’s apparently making more people aware of their rights as citizens, a new survey reveals. Researchers from the University of the Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center say knowledge about civics has actually increased over the last year — reaching its highest levels since 2006.…

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