Pessimism Arises Among US Consumers on Jobs, Household Finances: Fed Report

American households grew more pessimistic in July about their future financial situation and job prospects, breaking a two-month trend of rising optimism and reflecting a softening of the labor market recovery. The New York Federal Reserve’s survey of consumer expectations, released Monday, shows that after several months of improvement, household expectations about their year-ahead finances, […]

Virginia State Lawmakers Urge Pompeo to Call on Beijing to End Falun Gong Persecution

49 Virginia state lawmakers recently drafted a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise awareness about the plight of persecuted faith group Falun Gong in China. This July marked 21 years of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s suppression of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice with meditative exercises and moral teachings based […]

Negotiations Remain Stalled After Trump’s Moves on COVID-19 Relief

As talks on a COVID-19 relief deal remain stalled as of Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the White House and top Republicans to come to an agreement. “Democrats remain ready to return to the table,” Schumer said, adding that Democrats in Congress “need Republicans to meet us halfway,” he said on […]

Large Explosion Reported in Baltimore, Say Fire Officials

A large explosion rocked a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday morning, according to officials. The Baltimore Fire Department wrote: “On scene of a major gas explosion at Labyrinth and Reisterstown Rd. involving 3 homes. 2 occupants transported in serious condition, 1 adult woman deceased as BCFD continue to search for more.” Officials told Fox […]

Trump Denies Asking to Get His Face Onto Mount Rushmore

President Donald Trump denied a recent New York Times report claiming he suggested having his face added to Mount Rushmore, although he admitted he felt his governance record would make him worthy of such an honor. Citing an anonymous Republican source, The New York Times reported on Aug. 8 that a White House official inquired […]

Top California Health Official Resigns Following Revelation of Inaccurate COVID-19 Data

California’s health director on Sunday suddenly resigned as state officials struggle to deal with a computer system failure that led to inaccurate COVID-19 case numbers. In a message to colleagues, Dr. Sonia Angell announced her departure. She did not give a reason for her resignation but touched on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Since […]

Trump Calls on Portland Mayor to Use National Guard Amid Unrest

The city of Portland should call in the Oregon National Guard to deal with months of rioting, protests, and general unrest, said President Donald Trump in a statement on Monday. “Portland, which is out of control, should finally, after almost 3 months, bring in the National Guard. The Mayor and Governor are putting people’s lives […]

40 Shot, 4 Dead, in Chicago Over Past Weekend: Police

Four people were killed and at least 36 others were injured in separate shootings across Chicago during the past weekend, officials said on Monday morning. The latest fatal shooting occurred on Monday on the South Side’s Grand Crossing, police told the Chicago Sun-Times. In that incident, a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest at […]

Hundreds Turn Out for ‘Back the Blue’ Rally in Seattle Ahead of Defunding Vote

Hundreds of people attended a “back the blue” rally in Seattle on Sunday, voicing their opposition to efforts to defund the city’s police department. The City Council is scheduled to vote on approving cuts to the police on Monday. The crowd, many of whom wore blue, chanted “SPD” and “back the blue.” The rally was […]

US Customs Seizes Shipments of Nearly 20,000 Fake Driver’s Licenses From China, Other Countries

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago have seized more than 19,000 fake IDs in the first half of this year, with the majority arriving from China and Hong Kong, the federal agency said. The fake driver’s licenses were intercepted at the International Mail Facility (IMF) at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport between Jan. […]