Dems Hit McConnell, Who Says GOP Won’t Back Debt Limit Boost (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
Senate Democrats accused Republicans Wednesday of a “shameless, cynical” ploy that would damage the economy and the government’s credit rating after the chamber’s GOP leader said his party would vote against raising the federal debt limit.
Texas Governor Abbott Signs ‘Trigger’ Bill Outlawing Abortion upon Roe Reversal (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a “trigger law” Tuesday that would make abortion illegal in the state upon the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.
State Department Says It ‘Firmly Rejects’ BDS Movement amid Ben & Jerry’s Israel Withdrawal (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
In a press briefing Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the Biden administration “firmly rejects” the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement amid Ben & Jerry’s corporate decision to discontinue ice-cream sales in ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory,’ by which it meant the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
U.S. Life Expectancy Saw Biggest Decline since World War II during Pandemic (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
U.S. life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020, the largest single-year drop since World War II, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday.
Pelosi Rejects Two GOP Appointments to Capitol Riot Committee; McCarthy Nixes Participation in Response (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) rejected the potential appointments of Representatives Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) and Jim Banks (R., Ind.) to a select committee on the January 6 Capitol riot, in a statement on Wednesday.
FTC tightens merger approval process in blow to Big Tech (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
Democrats at the Federal Trade Commission voted Wednesday to probe certain mergers more closely, which could lead to greater limits and uncertainty in corporate acquisitions of new startups, particularly within the tech industry.
Biden, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to Meet Aug. 30 in Washington (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
President Joe Biden will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Washington next month to discuss energy issues and threats posed by Russia to the eastern European country’s sovereignty, according to the White House.
Big 3 US. Drug Distributors, J&J Reach Landmark $26 Billion Opioid Settlement (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
A group of state attorneys general unveiled on Wednesday a landmark, $26 billion settlement resolving claims that the three largest U.S. drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson helped fuel a deadly nationwide opioid epidemic.
US General: Half of All Afghan District Centers Under Taliban Control (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
Taliban insurgents control about half of Afghanistan’s district centers, the senior U.S. general said on Wednesday, indicating a rapidly deteriorating security situation.
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Trans Youth Treatment Ban (Wednesday 21 July, 2021)
A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of Arkansas’ ban on gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds.