Senate rejects Biden vaccine mandate for business, with 2 Democrats joining Republicans


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Senate votes to repeal federal Biden vaccine mandate for business
The Senate voted on Wednesday to repeal a President Biden-supported the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies.

The final vote was 52-48. Moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana joined Republicans in voting for the repeal.

Republicans have repealed the Senate under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to review presidential orders. Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., Who sponsored the resolution, said the mandate was an example of “the government’s heavy hand” hurting businesses.

The Biden administration’s mandate requires private companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing. Companies that do not comply face heavy fines.

The mandate sparked immediate legal challenges from several states as well as business and religious groups. Last month, a federal appeals court ordered a temporary stay in the execution of the warrant pending the outcome of the litigation.

Even with Senate approval, the GOP-backed resolution is unlikely to overturn the mandate. The Democratic-controlled House should not take the action and President Biden would likely veto the bill if he approved Congress. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOP STORY.

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Los Angeles County DA slammed at “dumb” crime press conference: “An embarrassment”
Los Angeles County District Attorney Georges gascon was surrounded by several colleagues from other states on Wednesday as he defended his policies in the middle of a second callback attempt to oust him and a criminality wave of shootings and brazen burglaries.

Gascon, a former San Francisco police chief, has grown in heat since taking office last year because of his overturning harsh crime measures such as the death penalty, charging of suspected minors to adulthood and leveling penal improvements, which can significantly increase prison sentences. .

“We have blazed a trail and transformed the country’s criminal justice system in a way that will be more humane, fairer and, most importantly, create a safer environment for all of us,” he said on the occasion. a press conference. conference.

“Before I took office, the legal system here offered victims a solution after someone had caused harm: a long sentence,” Gascon continued. “We operated on the victims like a factory making gadgets.”

Gascon’s most ardent critics include Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, some of his own prosecutors, and victims of crime who accuse him of having abandoned his responsibility to prosecute criminals.

“This press conference was embarrassing. George Gascon is completely deaf to the impact of his policies on victims and public safety,” said Desiree Andrade, co-chair of the Recall DA George Gascon campaign. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

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Jussie Smollett’s fate lies with jury as trial draws to a close
the jury at Jussie smollettthe trial of allegations that he staged an elaborate hate crime against himself heard oral arguments from the actor’s defense team and prosecutors on Wednesday before beginning their deliberations.

Neither side has refrained from pointing out Smollett’s alleged involvement in what prosecutors now see as a hate crime hoax orchestrated by the former “Empire” actor – and performed by their star witnesses, the brothers Abimbola and Olabingo Osundairo, who testified that Smollett paid their $ 3,500 to participate in the alleged scheme in January 2019.

the advocates’ pleadings capped just over a week of testimony in the case. The jury deliberated for about two hours on Wednesday without reaching a verdict. They were due to resume their deliberations Thursday as long as all 12 jurors arrive in court by 10:15 a.m. ET.

On Wednesday, jurors asked the court, “Can we have a copy of the calendar of events? There had been a display on a screen showing the month of January 2019 with specific dates marked by prosecutors listing what had happened on those days.

In her conclusion, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb said Smollett pushed the Chicago police to spend enormous resources investigating an alleged crime they now believed to be a fake. Smollett, who is black and gay, told police someone put a noose around his neck and shouted racist and homophobic slurs during the alleged attack near his downtown Chicago home. .

Defense lawyer Nenye Uche called the Osundairo brothers “sophisticated liars” who were looking for money. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

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US senator Marco rubio, R-Fla., Sounded the alarm bells Wednesday night on what he claimed to be the growing “control” China no more american companies.

“There’s some evidence here that’s pretty clear, it’s how dependent our economy has become on China,†Rubio explained on “Special report. “” When I say ‘our economy’ it’s the things we buy in stores, but it’s also our businesses. I mean, we have big, very influential and powerful organizations in our country and business sector that depend on Chinese market access and production in China for their results. … It is too precious for them now to be compromised. “

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