ND 04.03.2023: The US news on President Biden & other stories – The Bias

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President Joe Biden has indicated that he will not veto a GOP-backed proposal to repeal changes to the D.C. criminal code, which would roll back the new D.C. law, even though it has the support of at least one Senate Democrat. Biden’s plans not to veto leave Republicans on track to repeal the D.C. law, and this move might open the floodgates on the D.C. crime vote, as several Democrats predict an overwhelming margin of support to roll back some of D.C.’s recent progressive crime measures. The Senate will take up the House-passed measure as soon as next week – Biden won’t veto GOP effort to repeal D.C. crime law (Politico ~ Congress)

Space Symposium – Admin Bridenstine on Space Law (NHQ201904080016) by NASA HQ PHOTO is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

President Biden announced his intention to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines “come hell or high water” at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference. This announcement comes after a shooting at Michigan State University and the administration’s announcement of $231 million in funding for crisis intervention programs and efforts to prevent gun violence, including strengthening red flag laws. The funding can also be used to educate the public about extreme risk protection orders – Biden vows to ban assault weapons ‘come hell or high water’ (FOX News ~ JOE BIDEN)

During a Senate oversight hearing on Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the US Attorney leading the criminal investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has complete authority to pursue appropriate charges, including outside his home state of Delaware. The investigation is reportedly focused on Hunter Biden’s failure to pay federal income tax and a false statement regarding his drug use when purchasing a gun. Garland did not provide any substantive updates on the investigation but reaffirmed that there are no limits to the prosecutor’s work. Senators also questioned Garland about federal law enforcement’s handling of protests at the homes of some Supreme Court justices, and several raised concerns ranging from violent crime to drugs to guns to the impact of social media platforms on American society – Garland promises free rein for prosecutors probing Hunter Biden (Politico ~ LEGAL)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will restrict imports of xylazine, an animal sedative that has been found in at least 36 US states and Washington, DC, and is making the effects of fentanyl even deadlier. The sedative, also known as “tranq” or “zombie drug,” can cause blackouts, dangerously low blood pressure levels and heart rates, and severe skin-rotting wounds that can lead to amputation if untreated. The FDA will halt and review any xylazine shipments to ensure they’re headed toward state-licensed pharmacies, agency-approved manufacturing facilities, or veterinarians who legally use the drug to sedate large animals like horses and deer – FDA to control import of “zombie drug” xylazine (Axios ~ Health)

The US Department of Homeland Security is working with the Justice Department to investigate whether a human smuggling scheme brought migrant children to work in multiple slaughterhouses across several US states. The investigation is focused on smugglers who may have provided the children with false identities and led them to dangerous jobs; the companies themselves are not targets of the investigation. Last month, the Labor Department found that Packers Sanitation Services employed 102 children at 13 slaughterhouses across eight states. The children were cleaning blood and animal parts off the floor of meatpacking plants by night and going to school by day, according to the Labor Department – Feds expand probe into migrant child labor in slaughterhouses (NBC News ~ NEWS)


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