Firefighters are getting the upper hand on the blaze, which sparked up late Thursday morning.
- Miami Herald
Cuba won’t say it, but deadly oil-tank inferno ‘probably sabotage,’ ex-Miami-Dade fire chief says | Opinion
No one in a position to know seems to be questioning, at least in public, the Cuban government’s version of what caused the deadly inferno at Cuba’s main oil storage terminal in Matanzas: a lightning strike.
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Iowa farmer: Let’s hope the looming food shortage crisis that Biden says will “be real” doesn’t turn out to be the Biden Baby Formula Shortage 2.0.
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Federal sources tell Newsweek what happened at Mar-a-Lago: The FBI truly thought this wasn't going to be a big deal. Whoops.
Gunfire has long echoed in New York's Adirondack Mountains. So June's landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court establishing a constitutional right to carry weapons in public seemed like a vindication of an upstate, gun-centric way of life. The ruling by the court's conservative majority appalled Democratic leaders across the country who said it would lead to more gun violence.
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Another Caribbean country is considering removing Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.
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Rashida Tlaib pocketed up to $100,000 in rental income during the pandemic despite pushing to cancel rent
Rep. Rashida Tlaib collected between $30,000 and $100,000 from rental income during the pandemic while pushing a bill alongside other 'Squad' members to cancel rent.
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Republicans are coming under fire for their rhetoric over $80 billion in funding for the IRS included a massive climate, tax and health care bill that Democrats in Congress are sending to the White House. The funding, over 10 years, is intended to help the IRS enforce various provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, which…
Also, what about Hillary's emails? Or ... aliens?
Once a Democratic presidential hopeful, the former Hawaii representative is now filling the shoes of the right-wing pundit.
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Minnesota Republican Brad Finstad was sworn in Friday as the newest member of the U.S. House, giving the GOP one more seat, which means Democrats can't afford to lose more than four votes on close issues like their flagship climate change and health care bill. Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a ceremonial photo op afterward with a smiling Finstad, who was surrounded by members of his large family, including his wife, Jackie, and their seven children. “It's a special day for us to welcome a new member of Congress, Mr. Finstad, and his beautiful family,” Pelosi said.
Biden has not been to his favorite South Carolina destination since taking office in January 2021
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Democrat calls for stand-alone vote on permitting deal, saying he doesn’t feel ‘obligation’ to vote for it
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told The Hill on Friday that he will push for the permitting deal between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Democratic leadership to be a standalone vote — rather than attached to another vehicle that may incentivize more of his colleagues to vote for it. Grijalva said that he and a handful…
The proposal, which would have to be introduced as a bill in the state legislature, is the latest in a series of steps California has made this year to reconsider its 2016 decision to retire the Diablo Canyon power plant by 2025. California wants to produce all of its electricity from clean sources by 2045, but has faced challenges with that transition, such as rolling blackouts during a heatwave in 2020. "This includes considering a limited term extension of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP), which continues to be an important resource as we transition away from fossil fuel generation to greater amounts of clean energy."
Yes, the IRS is hiring criminal investigators empowered to use deadly force — but here’s some important context
The Internal Revenue Service’s operations are catching heat as it looks increasingly likely the tax agency is bound for an $80 billion budget boost under the Democrats’ proposed spending plan — and now there’s intense attention being focused on IRS workers who actually pack heat. It started as criticism from Republican leaders that the tax-collecting agency would bring on 87,000 new employees to “target regular, everyday Americans” with the $80 billion earmarked for the IRS in the Inflation Reduction Act reconciliation bill, which looks poised to become law. Now there’s an online stir over job postings for IRS special agents who carry guns as part of their work with the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division.
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A sheriff’s deputy was killed after stopping along a dark stretch of road in North Carolina, prompting authorities to launch a manhunt for whoever fired the shots late Thursday night. The sheriff’s office identified the slain deputy as Deputy Ned Byrd, 48, a K-9 officer who had been with the office for 13 years. Byrd was fatally shot in the line of duty after 11 p.m. Thursday on a dark section of Battle Bridge Road adjacent to open land about a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) from a gas station, sheriff’s office spokesperson Eric Curry said by telephone.
- The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Republicans struggled to come together on how to respond to the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago as it emerged Friday that federal law enforcement officers had recovered top secret files from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home. They were divided over whether to attack the nation’s top law enforcement agencies and how aggressive to be in those attacks. Publicly, Trump’s allies continued an aggressive push to portray the former president as a political target while sending urgent-
- Miami Herald
When President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act in a few days, it will cap a historically successful legislative run for a president. Biden’s presidency opened to seemingly insurmountable obstacles — a pandemic infecting 185,000 and killing 3,300 Americans each day (only 5% of Americans had been vaccinated), almost 10 million jobs lost in 2020, and an unemployment rate at 6.3%. He inherited razor-thin margins in the House of Representatives, an evenly divided Senate and a Republican oppos
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Rapides law-enforcement agencies have issued statements after people began reporting videos posted to social media that show alleged animal cruelty.