Gun makers sold $1 billion AR15 rifles to civilians

American gun manufacturers collected more than $1 billion in revenue from selling military-style assault weapons to civilians, according to Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Maloney released her findings from the committee’s investigation into five major gun manufacturers’ sales and marketing of AR-15-style assault rifles, the weapons of choiceContinue reading “Gun makers sold $1 billion AR15 rifles to civilians”

Russian rhetoric reveals muddled American messaging on marijuana

U.S. law might not be as severe as the Russian code on which American basketball player Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison, but her case demonstrates both political hypocrisy and a continued need for federal marijuana reform. Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison after she pled guilty to charges filedContinue reading “Russian rhetoric reveals muddled American messaging on marijuana”

Republican conservatives huddle with Trump in New Jersey after FBI raid

The FBI on Monday searched the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Trump, a dramatic step that has increased speculation about the former president being in legal jeopardy. The FBI entered Mar-a-Lago after securing a search warrant from a federal magistrate judge after ​​demonstrating probable cause supporting their suspicion of criminal activity. While Trump did notContinue reading “Republican conservatives huddle with Trump in New Jersey after FBI raid”

EPA warns of increased cancer risk in two N.J. towns from air pollutant

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor Linden is one of two New Jersey communities — along with Franklin in Sussex County — that are among 23 towns nationally that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has identified as having higher cancer risks due to commercial sterilization factories there that spew a toxic gas called ethylene oxide.Continue reading “EPA warns of increased cancer risk in two N.J. towns from air pollutant”

Wray says Chinese espionage is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority

Confronting the counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the authoritarian government of China and the Chinese Communist Party are the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority. “The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. WrayContinue reading “Wray says Chinese espionage is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority”

My parents won’t let me get vaccinated. N.J. should let me do it anyway

by Yanira Pyroll, New Jersey Monitor As a 17 year old resident of New Jersey who is unable to get vaccinated without my parents’ consent, I feel as though I don’t have complete ownership of my body. While we remain in a pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 34,000 New JerseyContinue reading “My parents won’t let me get vaccinated. N.J. should let me do it anyway”

Disclosure statements provide little insight into lawmakers’ finances

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Members of a state trust that received just $720,000 in this year’s budget face more stringent financial scrutiny than the lawmakers who approved the $50.6 billion budget, a disclosure gap that critics say hurts already faltering trust in state government. The stricter financial disclosure rules aren’t unique to theContinue reading “Disclosure statements provide little insight into lawmakers’ finances”

Drowning is a major public health problem that can be prevented

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings each year. Drowning is a major public health issue that can be prevented. It is important to take extra steps at home, around pools and other bodies of water to keep your family safe this summer. Let us begin byContinue reading “Drowning is a major public health problem that can be prevented”

Hopewell Starbucks workers go on strike

Baristas at the Hopewell Starbucks location #7853 sent management notice (by way of this letter) that they would be on strike in response to the company’s illegal Unfair Labor Practices from August 6, 2022 at 4:28am, until 4:30am August 8th, 2022. From 6am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, baristas and community supporters picketed inContinue reading “Hopewell Starbucks workers go on strike”

Another significant Antarctica ice shelf has collapsed, raising sea-level higher

Earlier this year, Antarctica had one of the most significant ice shelf collapses since Larsen B in 2002 when the Conger ice shelf in East Antarctica fell apart abruptly in late March, dropping a slab of ice the size of Hong Kong into the ocean and accelerating the decay of the frozen continent. The collapseContinue reading “Another significant Antarctica ice shelf has collapsed, raising sea-level higher”

Dictator DeSantis punished pro-choice prosecutor for political purposes

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order suspending Andrew Warren, the twice-elected Democratic state attorney for Hillsborough County, for failing to prosecute crimes the Repblican believes he should enforce. guilt “State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce basedContinue reading “Dictator DeSantis punished pro-choice prosecutor for political purposes”

Jersey City double shooting killed one man, critically injured another

One man was killed and another hospitalized in a shooting early Sunday near Monticello Avenue and Astor Place in Jersey City, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. Suarez said the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating the shooting, which happened at about 3 a.m. on Sunday,Continue reading “Jersey City double shooting killed one man, critically injured another”

Democrats reach agreement sending Inflation Reduction Act to Biden

Democrats dropped part of their proposed minimum tax on huge corporations and made other changes in their giant economic bill to appease erratic Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Democrats overcame united GOP opposition to advance the long-stalled health, climate and tax bill, with hopes of approving it as soon as this weekend. Sinema is the targetContinue reading “Democrats reach agreement sending Inflation Reduction Act to Biden”

Republicans block a $35 price cap on insulin under private insurance 

As millions of Americans struggle to afford basic household needs, over 9 million people with diabetes take Insulin, a medication that in recent years has had skyrocketing prices. Republican lawmakers stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the Inflation Reduction Act, an ambitious legislative package Democrats are movingContinue reading “Republicans block a $35 price cap on insulin under private insurance “

Manchin’s political money influenced his oil & gas deal in climate legislation

By Srijita Datta and Jorja Siemons | OpenSecrets Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) campaign is funded by contributions from the PAC and affiliates of an oil and gas company tied to his son-in-law, an OpenSecrets analysis found. The senator, a key Senate swing vote, announced on July 27 that he struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) toContinue reading “Manchin’s political money influenced his oil & gas deal in climate legislation”

China sanctions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her insulting visit to Taiwan

China has imposed sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her family, n retaliation for her visit to Taiwan, which China strongly condemned. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the sanctions on Friday, calling Pelosi’s “visit to China’s Taiwan region” an “egregious provocation” and a “gross interference” into the country’s internal affairs. Wang warnedContinue reading “China sanctions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her insulting visit to Taiwan”

Vice President Dick Cheney says President Donald Trump is a “coward”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney calls former President Donald Trump a “coward” and a “threat to our Republic” in a new ad for his daughter, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who is facing a primary challenger backed by the former president. The ad featuring the former GOP vice president’s lacerating take on Trump was releasedContinue reading “Vice President Dick Cheney says President Donald Trump is a “coward””

New York state detects first polio case in the U.S. since 2013

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State health authorities are coordinating on the investigation into a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated individual in Rockland County, New York. Initial sequencing confirmed by CDC indicates that the case is type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV), a strain related to theContinue reading “New York state detects first polio case in the U.S. since 2013”

Millionaire Phil Murphy gets hate in the Granite State

Less than a year after Garden State residents nearly rejected the Wall Street millionaire who bought his 2017 election, Granite State voters told pollsters that they don’t want him to become president. New Hampshire residents responding to a poll about potential 2024 Democratic presidential candidates say New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is largely unpopular orContinue reading “Millionaire Phil Murphy gets hate in the Granite State”

Trenton police officers almost killed Jajuan Henderson without good reason

An unarmed Black man was shot four times by plain-clothed Trenton police officers while getting a drink of iced tea from a Saturn Ion parked outside of his girlfriend’s home Authorities at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office released the body camera footage of the assault on Jajuan Henderson, who was shot by police officers who surrounded theContinue reading “Trenton police officers almost killed Jajuan Henderson without good reason”