New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin arrested in federal campaign donation scheme

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. Attorney’s office said Benjamin was arrested on charges of bribery, honest services wire fraud and falsification of records.     

Georgia Gov. Kemp to sign bill allowing concealed carry of handguns without a license

This post was originally published on this site ATLANTA — As of Tuesday, most Georgians will be allowed to carry concealed handguns without first getting a license from the state. Making good on a 2018 campaign promise, Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign Senate Bill 319, sometimes referred to as “constitutional carry.” SB 319 […]

Philly Brings Back Masks as Most Americans Say COVID Crisis Has Passed

This post was originally published on this site Philadelphia became the first major city in the country to reinstate its indoor mask mandate even as fewer than 1 in 10 Americans describe COVID-19 as “a serious crisis.” Philadelphia health commissioner Cheryl Bettigole announced Monday that, as of April 18, anyone who enters a building must […]

Prices climbed 8.5% in March, compared to last year, amid growing fears of economic slowdown

This post was originally published on this siteInflation has proven to be one of the most blistering features of the covid economy, testing the White House and Federal Reserve

Mexican truckers block key U.S. border crossings in protest of Texas governor’s inspection mandate

After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered state troopers last week to begin inspecting commercial trucks bringing produce and other goods into the state from Mexico, a job already performed by federal Customs and Border Enforcement agents, truck traffic backed up for miles as the wait to cross the border jumped significantly, The Texas Tribune reported Monday. 
At times, the Tribune reports, “troopers appear to be checking every commercial vehicle that crosses select international bridges, with each inspection taking between 45 minutes and an hour.” Mexican truckers have blocked traffic at key border crossings in protest, making the wait time even longer.
“The bridge connecting Pharr and Reynosa is the busiest trade crossing in the Rio Grande Valley and handles the majority of the produce that crosses into the U.S. from Mexico, including avocados, broccoli, peppers, strawberries, and tomatoes,” the Tribune reports. “International bridges elsewhere in the Valley, as well as in Eagle Pass, El Paso, and Laredo, have also seen delays, with many commercial products produced in Mexico — like electronics, vehicle parts, and medical instruments — also held up.”
Abbott said he was ordering the Department of Public Safety to inspect trucks in response to the Biden administration’s phase-out of using Title 42, a temporary public health measure, to immediately deport Central American migrants to Mexico. Drug cartels use commercial trucks to smuggle people and drugs in the U.S., Abbott said.
Truckers told Reynosa’s El Mañana newspaper they had waited there or four days at the border bridge and were running out of fuel. “We are losing just as much as them,” one trucker said. “When they start needing more produce, the prices are going to go up.”
Lawmakers and officials along the border said Abbott’s order was hiring business. “There are security issues, but that’s why our federal partners are there,” Teclo Garcia, economic development director for Laredo, told the Tribune. “Of course, this is going to affect Laredo, El Paso, and Brownsville, but the real impact is going to be in the supply chain, which is already strained, and the consumer.”
“Many of my constituents are asking ‘Why are we being punished?’ The Valley supports border security, but this doesn’t seem to have much or anything to do with border security,” state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D) said Monday. “This is hurting people in their pocketbook.” Abbott’s office didn’t respond to the Tribune’s request for comment.

Nokia pulling out of Russian market

This post was originally published on this siteTelecommunication company Nokia announced Tuesday that it will pull out of the Russian market, noting that its “priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of our employees.” “It has been clear for Nokia since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine that continuing our presence in […]

Zelensky: Ukraine takes threat of possible Russian chemical weapon use ‘very seriously’

This post was originally published on this siteUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address Monday night that officials in his nation are closely watching the potential threat of chemical weapons use by Russia. “One of the Russian occupiers’ speakers said that they might use chemical weapons against our defenders in Mariupol,” Zelensky said. “We […]

The Fed Should Be Ready to Backstop the Commodities Market

This post was originally published on this siteA market breakdown could have far-reaching economic consequences. The central bank must be prepared to lend emergency support.

Man, woman or… X: US rolls out gender-neutral passports

This post was originally published on this site It’s just a small box to tick on an application form, but a huge breakthrough for D. Ojeda, a non-binary person who on Monday became one of the first Americans to apply for a gender-neutral passport. “Even with my family, they still don’t get it,” said Ojeda, […]

‘Rough and tumble politics’: Senate primary in Ohio shows shifting tone among GOP candidates

This post was originally published on this siteOhio’s U.S. Senate candidates have had to be separated on debate stages and pitched inflammatory political ads. Experts say they represent GOP shift.