News from Around the Web for June 13, 2024

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News From Around the Web

#10 House Votes to Hold Garland in Contempt, Refer Him for Criminal Charges at Own DOJ - Elizabeth Elkind for Fox News, and Speaker Johnson and Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene on X

The House voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, referring the top Department of Justice (DOJ) official for criminal charges. The measure passed nearly along party lines in a 216 to 207 vote, with just one Republican, Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, voting against it. Joyce said in a statement after the vote, "As a former prosecutor, I cannot in good conscience support a resolution that would further politicize our judicial system to score political points. The American people expect Congress to work for them, solve policy problems, and prioritize good governance. Enough is enough."


#9 Arkansas Governor Calls for Special Session on Tax Cuts and Funds for Hunting and Fishing Agency - AP News, and Simon Ateba on X

“Democrats in DC are failing, but we are blazing a path to greater prosperity for our people,” Sanders wrote. Sanders proposed cutting the state’s top income tax rate from 4.4% to 3.9% and the top corporate rate from 4.8% to 4.3%, effective January 1. The Republican governor also called for increasing the homestead tax credit from $425 to $500. The announcement comes about a month after lawmakers adjourned this year’s session without approving a budget for the state Game and Fish Commission. The move puts the state’s hunting and fishing programs in limbo unless lawmakers approve a budget before the fiscal year begins July 1...


#8 You Can No Longer See Users’ ‘Likes’ on X - Chantelle Lee for Time, and Fifi on X

“Likes” on the social media platform X are private for all users as of Wednesday. X’s engineering team announced the decision Tuesday, saying that the move was meant “to better protect” users’ privacy. While users can see the posts they have liked, others will not, the team said. Like count and other metrics for users’ own posts on X, which was previously known as Twitter, will still show up under notifications, and a post’s author can see who liked the post. But users will no longer be able to see the users who liked someone else’s post...


#7 Florida’s Desantis Cuts $1B to Bring State Budget to $116.5b, Slightly Less Than the Current Plan - Brendan Farrington for The Hill, and Florida's Voice and Ron Desantis on X

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent more than an hour talking about what is in the $116.5 billion budget he signed Wednesday, but he left out the most important part of the announcement: What was in the nearly $1 billion he vetoed. Overall, the state spending plan is slightly lower than the current budget and provides 3% raises for state employees and sets aside $1.5 billion that has to be used for teacher raises. “All in all, I think that this is a budget that shows it can be done,” DeSantis said, saying that the state will fund major programs, provide tax relief, boost emergency savings, and still have a lower budget...


#6 Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Loses Legal Challenge in CAS Ruling - Tom Schad and Christine Brennan for USA Today, and Tara Bull and Riley Gaines on X

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed a challenge from transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who had asked the Swiss-based court to reject a policy that would prevent her from competing in women's races at elite competitions. In its ruling, which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday, the panel of arbitrators determined that Thomas did not have standing to challenge the policy created by swimming's international federation, World Aquatics. The CAS panel found that "for the time being" she is not eligible to compete in elite competitions through World Aquatics or USA Swimming, so the policy does not apply to her...


#5 Lawsuit Filed Challenging Arkansas School Voucher Program Created by 2023 Law - Andrew Demillo for AP News, and Gene Bryant for X

Four Arkansas residents have filed a lawsuit challenging a school voucher program created by an education overhaul signed by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders last year, saying it violates the state constitution’s protections for educational funding. The suit filed in state court late Friday seeks to halt the Arkansas Children’s Freedom Account Program, which was created under the new law known as the LEARNS Act. The voucher program, which is being phased in, pays for private- and home-schooling costs equal to 90% of the state’s per-student funding for public schools...


#4 Andrew Cuomo Faces Hearing for Killing Thousands of Nursing Home Residents - Joshua Mercer  for Life News, and Gary Greenberg on X

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, on Tuesday faced a closed-door hearing before the House select subcommittee assigned to investigate government actions taken in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.In March 2020, Cuomo issued an executive order requiring nursing homes in the Empire State to admit COVID-19 patients – despite the compromised health of residents. In a development widely attributed to the governor’s order, nursing homes immediately saw a wave of COVID-19 deaths among the elderly and infirm. A February 2021 report by the Empire Center noted that nursing home COVID-19 deaths in New York then stood at over 13,000. The “admission of coronavirus-positive patients into New York nursing homes under March 25 guidance from the New York State Department of Health was associated with a statistically significant increase in resident deaths,” the report found...


#3 Reds Fan Tased and Arrested After Running Onto Field and Doing Backflip in Front of Officer - Ryan Gaydos for Fox Sport,s and WLWT News on X

A Cincinnati Reds fan invaded the Great American Ballpark field on Tuesday night, performed a backflip in front of a police officer, and was promptly shocked with a Taser and arrested. William Hendon, 19, was booked into the Hamilton County Jail in Ohio on a felony criminal trespass charge and a misdemeanor obstructing official business charge, according to jail records. The incident was caught on video and shared on social media...


#2 Roche Alleges Counterfeit Diabetes Medical Devices Were Sold on Amazon - Scott Zamost for CNBC, and Retail Briefs on X

One of the world’s largest biotech companies said “dangerous counterfeits” of its diabetes medical devices ended up for sale on Amazon and could be bought by patients throughout the United States. Roche accused manufacturers and sellers based in India of selling counterfeit versions of its Accu-Chek devices, which are used to test blood glucose levels. The company made the claim in a federal lawsuit unsealed late Friday. “Patients know that Roche’s Accu-Chek medical devices are safe, sterile and accurate,” the complaint said. Roche said the counterfeit test strips are expired or nearly expired products that are repackaged with counterfeit labels bearing Roche’s registered U.S. trademarks and fake expiration dates. It warned that the counterfeit devices are “likely to give false or inaccurate measurements of blood glucose levels, putting patients at risk of severe and life-threatening complications, such as hyperglycemia and over- or under-dosages of insulin.”


#1 In-N-Out Burger Customers Experience 'Sticker Shock' After California's Minimum Wage Increase - Warner Todd Huston for The Western Journal, Voltrons World

Not that more proof was needed, but fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger has become the latest example of how meddling Democrats tend to drive up prices for everyone. In this case, In-N-Out Burger fans are the latest victims of California’s destructive new minimum wage law, as the burger chain has been forced to raise prices thanks to the government policy. One of the West Coast’s favorite fast-food chains is raising prices in California on items including their Double-Double and Animal-Style fries, according to KTVU-TV...


And Now for Something Special smiley

As Conservative Media Pushes Raw Milk, Louisiana Set to Legalize its SaleChelsea Brasted for Axios and Raw Egg Nationalist and Jamie Marie Pope on X

Louisiana lawmakers approved a bill to remove the state's total ban on raw milk sales, joining the majority of the country where the product is already available, if and when Gov. Jeff Landry signs the legislation. Why it matters: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that consuming raw milk comes with big health risks, and that concern is growing as avian flu infects America's dairy cows. The big picture: Commentators for conservative media like The Blaze, QAnon, Infowars, and Gab have been sharing what they describe as the benefits of raw milk, according to an analysis from left-leaning Media Matters...

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