47 defendants charged in a $250 million child nutrition fraud scheme

Largest COVID-19 Fraud Scheme in the Nation Federal prosecutors arrested and charged Aimee Bock, 41, executive director of the now-defunct nonprofit Feeding Our Future, for allegedly defrauding the federal government in a wide-ranging scheme to steal money from child nutrition programs. The charges against her include wire fraud and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.Continue reading “47 defendants charged in a $250 million child nutrition fraud scheme”

Journalists demand public information as military court prosecutes sailor

Despite a 2016 law requiring more transparency of court-martials, the U.S. Navy is refusing to release nearly all court documents in a high-profile case in which a sailor accused of setting the 2020 fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard, faces life in prison. ProPublica, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 38 otherContinue reading “Journalists demand public information as military court prosecutes sailor”

Lawmakers aim to ban stock trading to raise the standard of public service

Congressmen Jared Golden and Michael Cloud introduced legislation that would prohibit the president, vice president, and other senior executive branch officials, their spouses, and dependent children from owning or trading stocks while the official is in office, except through a qualified blind trust. The proposed legislation—the Dismantling Investments in Violation of Ethical Standards through TrustsContinue reading “Lawmakers aim to ban stock trading to raise the standard of public service”

F-35 fighter jets contain a component made with illegal Chinese alloy

Every one of the more than 825 F-35 fighter jets delivered so far contain a component made with a Chinese alloy that’s prohibited by both US law and Pentagon regulations, according to the program office that oversees the aircraft. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multipurpose American combat aircraftContinue reading “F-35 fighter jets contain a component made with illegal Chinese alloy”

COVID-19 vaccine may become as frequent as the annual flu shot

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday.  “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shotContinue reading “COVID-19 vaccine may become as frequent as the annual flu shot”

Justice Department files appeal over Mar-a-Lago raid special master ruling

The Justice Department asked an appeals court to overturn a Trump-appointed judge’s order requiring a third-party review of classified documents seized at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. In its request with the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department said the lower court’s move to block criminal investigations from reviewing the seizedContinue reading “Justice Department files appeal over Mar-a-Lago raid special master ruling”

Biden averts a nationwide strike that could have been a political train wreck

President Joe Biden announced a deal that will avert a nationwide strike that could have shut down America’s freight trains and devastated the economy less than two months before the midterm elections. The agreement included 12 rail unions and all of the major U.S. railroads, including BNSF, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Kansas City SouthernContinue reading “Biden averts a nationwide strike that could have been a political train wreck”

Prosecutors, grand juries investigating former President Donald Trump crimes

The general public might not know a lot about grand juries, but the closed-door panels figure prominently in the legal aftermath of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. A grand jury subpoenaed the National Archives for all materials the agency gave to the House Select CommitteeContinue reading “Prosecutors, grand juries investigating former President Donald Trump crimes”

A NASA spacecraft from Earth has “touched” the Sun for the first time

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe reached the sun’s extended solar atmosphere, known as the corona, and spent five hours there. The spacecraft is the first to enter the outer boundaries of our sun. The results, published in Physical Review Letters, were announced in a press conference at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2021 on December 14. TheContinue reading “A NASA spacecraft from Earth has “touched” the Sun for the first time”

U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote until after midterm elections

by Jennifer Shutt, New Jersey Monitor The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections, according to bipartisan negotiators.  The move follows weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions among five U.S. senators from both political parties who have been drafting an amendment to the House-passed legislationContinue reading “U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote until after midterm elections”

This land is your land, and voting is the way to clean up the mess we’ve made

The November election is a less than two months away so it is a good time to consider your options for casting a ballot and taking time to consider the importance of choice you should make as a citizen. Voters around the nation will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, to cast their ballotsContinue reading “This land is your land, and voting is the way to clean up the mess we’ve made”

FBI says it is working to protect people

While the agency has come under partisan criticism for probing foreign interference in US election, investigating possible crimes committed by former President Donald Trump and his associate, or slow-going on prosecutions related to the attempted coup d’etat on Ja nuary 6, 2021, the FBI says it is working to ensure people can live free fromContinue reading “FBI says it is working to protect people”

One of five eligible miss out on the country’s biggest antipoverty program

For financially-strapped families, refundable tax credits can make the difference between covering rising rent and food prices or falling short. But not everyone who is eligible gets them.   According to 2018 Internal Revenue Service data, the most recent year for state participation rates, 22% of taxpayers eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn’t claimContinue reading “One of five eligible miss out on the country’s biggest antipoverty program”

Survey finds broad public support for police reforms, gun violence prevention

A national public opinion study led by researchers at the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds broad public support for policing reforms and investments in gun violence prevention. According to the survey, more than three out of four of U.S. adults (76 percent) support strategies whereContinue reading “Survey finds broad public support for police reforms, gun violence prevention”

FBI recovered 300+ secret documents after Trump pleads ‘the 5th’ 400+ times

The FBI has recovered more than 300 classified documents from Mar-a-Lago this year, according to government court filings, after months of negotiations with advisers to former president Donald Trump, a subpoena and a court-approved search. Trump’s attorney Ron Fischetti said the former president invoked his Fifth Amendment right more than 440 times during his depositionContinue reading “FBI recovered 300+ secret documents after Trump pleads ‘the 5th’ 400+ times”

New Yorkers plead guilty to attempting to support ISIS terrorist organization

Today in the Southern District of New York, Arwa Muthana, 30, of Hoover Alabama, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, aka ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization. On Friday, her husband, James Bradley, aka Abdullah, 21, of the Bronx, entered a guilty plea to theContinue reading “New Yorkers plead guilty to attempting to support ISIS terrorist organization”

Putin presidency in peril: Russian disaster is Ukrainian counter-offensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine appears to be an unprecedented disaster after his army suffered an astonishing collapse, with defenders reclaiming some 2500 square miles of territory that had been occupied since March. The most recent failures have prompted a disorderly retreat to the east, which has made the goal of taking allContinue reading “Putin presidency in peril: Russian disaster is Ukrainian counter-offensive”

$200 billion missile defense system won’t protect US from nuclear attack

With fears running high about a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union in 1983, President Ronald Reagan pitched an idea that seemed to come straight from his years as a Hollywood actor. “What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant US retaliationContinue reading “$200 billion missile defense system won’t protect US from nuclear attack”

Texas and New Jersey have different ideas about ‘packing’ back to school

While Linden Mayor Derek Armstead was sharing backpacks with children in his New Jersey community to help prepare them for the new academic year, a 4-year-old who was packing a loaded handgun took the deadly firearm to his Texas elementary school. These events indicate a strong difference in opinions among the residents of the twoContinue reading “Texas and New Jersey have different ideas about ‘packing’ back to school”

Nebraska teen’s abortion prosecution highlights forced birth & privacy issues

A northeast Nebraska teenager suspected of acquiring abortion pills and terminating a pregnancy after a state deadline is due back in court on September 26 in a case in which police used private Facebook messages as evidence. Celeste Burgess, 18, is accused of taking pills to abort her 29-week-old fetus, setting the corpse on fire,Continue reading “Nebraska teen’s abortion prosecution highlights forced birth & privacy issues”