National news roundup in the US: ‘No SALT no deal’: Democrats pledge to block Build Back Better bill without tax relief; 6.2 magnitude quake hits Unalaska, Alaska and more

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‘No SALT no deal’: Democrats pledge to block Build Back Better bill without tax relief

Several U.S. House members from President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party are threatening to block another push for his Build Back Better spending bill if it doesn’t include expanding a federal deduction for taxes paid to states and local entities. The extension of the deduction, known as SALT for state and local taxes, was requested by lawmakers in higher-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York, particularly in the suburbs where Democrats seek to retain control in the Nov. 8 election.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Unalaska, Alaska

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit southern Unalaska in Alaska, a major fishing port with 4,700 full-time residents, on Friday, the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks said. The quake occurred at 8:17 p.m. (0517 GMT Saturday), the center said.

US accuses Texas man of threatening Georgia election officials

The US Department of Justice announced Friday that it has charged a Texas man with uttering violent threats against election and government officials in Georgia. The indictment marked the first case brought by a federal task force formed in response to a wave of intimidation that has engulfed election administrators since the 2020 presidential vote. The case is one of “dozens of these cases under federal investigation, said Kenneth A. Polite Jr., assistant attorney general for the department’s criminal division.

Former partner of Giuliani Fruman sentenced to one year in prison in campaign finance case

Igor Fruman, who helped Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gather damaging information about Joe Biden before he was elected president, was sentenced to a year in prison on Friday for violating the finance law campaigns. In handing down the sentence of 12 months and a day, U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken said Fruman’s solicitation of money from a Russian businessman to donate to U.S. political campaigns was serious because it ” undermines democracy,” but that the Belarusian-born businessman was unlikely. committing a similar offense again.

US begins shipping free COVID tests amid Omicron -White House

The U.S. Postal Service began shipping rapid home COVID-19 tests for free after millions of orders were placed through a new federal website launched this week, the White House said on Friday as the rise in linked cases at Omicron was moving nationwide. The federal government has tens of millions of tests on hand and began sending them on Thursday, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients told reporters during a briefing, adding that the administration would release more data next week.

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Limits of Its Own Oklahoma Tribal Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider limiting the scope of its own 2020 ruling that dramatically expanded Native American tribal authority in Oklahoma in a case involving a man convicted of child neglect. Judges took the state’s appeal in a case involving a man named Victor Castro-Huerta, a non-Native American whose crime was committed against a Native American child on the Cherokee Nation reservation. A state court overturned his conviction, saying the 2020 Supreme Court ruling stripped Oklahoma authorities of jurisdiction in the Castro-Huerta case.

U.S. judge blocks Biden federal employee’s COVID-19 vaccine warrant

A Texas federal judge ruled on Friday that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and blocked the government from sanctioning employees who do not comply. Biden issued an order requiring about 3.5 million workers to be vaccinated by Nov. 22, prohibiting religious or medical accommodation — or else face discipline or firing.

‘Our city against the killers,’ New York mayor says after police officer’s death

A New York City police officer was killed and another was fighting for his life after the couple were shot Friday while responding to a domestic violence call, authorities said. None of the officers have been identified by police. Authorities said the deceased police officer was a 22-year-old rookie officer.

Anti-abortion activists march through Washington, hoping this will be the last time under Roe v. wade

Tens of thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington on Friday for the annual “March for Life,” their mood boosted by the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon overturn the Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion nationwide. Despite freezing temperatures, activists – many of whom attended with their school and church groups from across the country – gathered on the National Mall carrying signs reading “I am the post-Roe generation” and “The future is anti- abortion”.

Biden nominates Democrat Lindenbaum to Federal Election Commission

President Joe Biden intends to appoint election lawyer Dara Lindenbaum to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the regulatory agency charged with enforcing U.S. campaign finance law, the House announced Friday. White. Lindenbaum, a Democrat, is an attorney in Washington, DC, where she has advised clients on compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws and represented them before the FEC.

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