US Domestic News Roundup: Confederate Symbols Fall Faster As US Wakes Up From Past Wrongs – Report; Biden revives ‘Cancer Moonshot’ plan in bid to lower death rate and more

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Confederate symbols fall faster as US wakes up from past wrongs – report

A year after the killing of George Floyd sparked the toppling of Confederate statues, the United States continues to remove segregationist symbols at an unprecedented rate, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center released Tuesday. But the removal of 73 statues, signs and school names in 2021 goes beyond math, said Lecia Brooks, the center’s chief of staff.

Biden relaunches ‘Cancer Moonshot’ plan in bid to lower death rate

President Joe Biden will announce on Wednesday his intention to reduce the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years, as part of an effort to revive the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to accelerate research and make more treatments available. The program, an Obama administration initiative led by Biden when he was vice president, also aims to improve cancer detection and prevention. Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46, which the president said helps inform his and first lady Jill Biden’s passion for the project.

U.S. Republican lawmakers funnel cash to colleagues who crossed paths with Trump

U.S. Republican lawmakers donated more than $380,000 last year to the campaigns of eight colleagues whom Donald Trump is trying to oust from power, prioritizing the goal of regaining control of Congress over the desire for revenge. the former president. At least 71 Republican members of the House of Representatives and Senate have transferred money to the campaigns of seven House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on an incitement charge stemming from the Capitol riot of last year and Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict him.

Storm packing thick ice, snow batters across much of the United States

A major winter storm is expected to hit much of the central United States and spread into parts of the northeast this week, bringing heavy snow, freezing rain and ice, the National Weather Service said. (NWS). The system, which is expected to start Tuesday evening and last through Thursday, could dump 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow on parts of the southern Rockies and the Central Plains, with record snowfall possible in the Midwest as well.

Exclusive-US SEC suspended internal watchdog for 7 days after finding misconduct

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended its Inspector General Carl Hoecker for seven days without pay in 2020, despite an independent government panel recommending the agency consider firing him for “gross misconduct “, according to government records obtained by Reuters. The SEC filings provide new details on how the agency responded after a government investigation, first reported by Reuters in December, found that Hoecker abused his authority by conducting an internal investigation.” remarkably biased and erroneous” on allegations against two of its employees. Reuters obtained the documents from the SEC through a public records request.

Former instructor accused of posting online threats against UCLA arrested in Colorado

A former University of California, Los Angeles instructor accused of posting online threats of violence against the campus, disrupting a day of classes, was arrested in Colorado on Tuesday after a confrontation with police, officials said. responsible. Matthew Christopher Harris, 31, came to the attention of authorities on Monday night after an 800-page manifesto referencing shootings and bombings was allegedly emailed by Harris to students and faculty in the department in philosophy from UCLA where he once taught, police said.

Factbox-U.S. redistricting legal battles that could affect Congressional scrutiny

North Carolina’s highest court will hear arguments on Wednesday over whether the state’s new congressional map illegally favors Republicans. The case is among dozens of lawsuits filed in states across the country challenging congressional lines drawn in a 10-year cycle. How the dispute is resolved could have a significant impact on the battle for control of Congress in November’s midterm elections.

Explanation – What is Congress doing to strengthen US election laws?

Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate hope to prevent a repeat of the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill by reforming a 135-year-old election law defining the roles Congress and the vice president play in certifying election results. presidential. Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Dick Durbin and independent Angus King, who caucus with Democrats, released a proposal on Tuesday.

Repeated bomb threats rock black American colleges and universities

At least a dozen historically black colleges and universities across the United States received bomb threats and put their campuses under lockdown on Tuesday, a day after a series of similar threats forced several of them to cancel classes. The threats in cities from Baltimore to New Orleans coincided with the first day of Black History Month in the United States.

School shooting in Minnesota kills one student, injures another

Two suspects were arrested Tuesday after a shooting in which a student was killed and one seriously injured outside a school for special needs youth in suburban Minneapolis, police said. A handgun was also recovered. Authorities provided little information about the circumstances surrounding the bloodshed and did not answer any questions from reporters at a press conference after the shooting.

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James V. Hayes