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June 26, 2022

First Line News Articles for Sunday, June 26 2022

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House committee advances $840B defense bill to boost troop pay, offset inflation

The House Armed Services Committee in the early morning hours of Thursday voted to advance its $840 billion version of the annual defense policy bill, adding in more for extra ships, aircraft, Ukraine aid and to offset inflation.

Fed’s commitment to curbing inflation is ‘unconditional,’ Powell says

The Federal Reserve’s commitment to reining in 40-year-high inflation is “unconditional” but also comes with the risk of higher unemployment, U.S. central bank chief Jerome Powell said on Thursday.

Pro-Abortion Extremists Vandalize Michigan Pregnancy Center

Vandals targeted the Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn, Mich. earlier this week, smashing its outdoor windows and doors and spray-painting threatening messages on the facility’s walls.

EPA used COVID relief to fund environmental justice initiatives

The Environmental Protection Agency has directed millions of its funding under President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan toward environmental justice initiatives, many of which do not directly address the pandemic.

Education Department agrees to cancel $6B in loans, part of settlement agreement

After three years of litigation, the U.S. Education Department agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it regarding billions of dollars in debt forgiveness for hundreds of thousands of borrowers.

Supreme Court Protects Police From ‘Miranda’ Lawsuits

The Supreme Court on Thursday shielded police from the risk of paying money damages for failing to advise criminal suspects of their rights before obtaining statements later used against them in court, siding with a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff.

Miami judge approves $1.02 billion settlement in Surfside condo collapse

Miami Judge Michael Hanzman has approved a $1.02 billion settlement for victims of the Miami Surfside condo collapse last year. Settlement money will go to surviving family members, the injured and the 136 condo owners.

U.S. Supreme Court lets Republicans defend North Carolina voter-ID law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Republican lawmakers in North Carolina can intervene in a lawsuit challenging a voter-ID law that they believed the state’s Democratic attorney general was unlikely to defend strongly enough.

U.S. CDC advisers back Moderna COVID vaccine for teens, older children

Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously voted to recommend use of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents aged 6 to 17.

State Department and USAID accused of withholding info on botched Afghanistan withdrawal

The head of the watchdog agency overseeing America’s mission in Afghanistan has accused the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development of failing to cooperate with its requests for information.

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