Overview of domestic news from the United States: Bannon, the former adviser to Trump, found guilty of contempt of the United States Congress; US launches illegal dumping investigation from Houston for alleged discrimination and more
Below is a summary of briefs from US domestic news.
Vigorous but coughing, COVID-positive Biden appears virtually at White House meeting
On Friday, US President Joe Biden appeared virtually during a meeting of economic advisers at the White House to highlight his good health a day after testing positive for COVID-19. Speaking from a distance during the meeting to discuss White House efforts to lower gas prices, Biden appeared vigorous and in high spirits but with a noticeably deeper voice, hours after his doctor released a statement that his symptoms had improved.
Former Trump adviser Bannon found guilty of contempt of Congress
Steve Bannon, a key associate of former President Donald Trump and an influential figure on the American right, was found in contempt of Congress on Friday for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the attack of the year. against the U.S. Capitol, a verdict the panel called a “rule of law victory.” A jury found Bannon, 68, guilty of two counts of refusing to provide testimony or documents to the House of Representatives select committee as it scrutinized the Jan. 6, 2021, rampage by Trump supporters who attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts settle trademark dispute over co-ed scouting
The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts have settled their dispute over Boy Scouts’ right to use the word “Scouting” to advertise co-ed programs, according to a filing Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court. The settlement ends a Girl Scout lawsuit that the Boy Scouts had called a “land war” to oppose her entry into Girl Scouting. The Boy Scouts organization prevailed in the trademark dispute in April, when a federal court in New York ruled that the Boy Scouts’ use of the word Scouting did not violate the Girl Scouts’ trademarks.
US launches illegal dumping investigation from Houston for alleged discrimination
The Justice Department on Friday opened an investigation into whether the city of Houston’s response to the illegal dumping discriminated against black and Latino communities, citing environmental and health risks. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will lead the environmental justice investigation with support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. It will examine whether Houston’s environmental law enforcement and solid waste management operations, policies and practices have resulted in discriminatory dumping in Black and Latino communities.
Explainer – What charges could Trump face for trying to cancel the 2020 election?
A US congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol has sought to establish a record that then-President Donald Trump behaved unlawfully when he tried to overturn his 2020 election defeat, but what charges could prosecutors bring against Trump and how could he defend himself?
Here are a few ideas tossed about:
‘Baked Alaska’ pleads guilty to misdemeanor for role in US Capitol riot
The far-right media personality known as ‘Baked Alaska’ pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a single misdemeanor charge stemming from his role in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Anthime “Tim” Gionet, 34, also admitted in a “statement of offense” filed with his guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to be part of the mob that entered the Capitol without permission and occupied the building for hours.
Uvalde Schools Police Chief’s Termination Vote Overturned
The Uvalde, Texas school board said Friday it had postponed a vote on whether to fire the school district’s police chief criticized for his handling of the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers, but the leader was suspended from duty during this time. The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider the professional fate of Pete Arredondo at a special meeting on Saturday, according to a public agenda for the meeting released earlier in the week.
California Takes on Texas Abortion Law by Allowing Private Prosecutions in Gun Cases
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed legislation that would allow private citizens to sue people who sell, manufacture or distribute assault weapons and home-made firearms to avoid tracing. The law is a blow to a Texas law that allows individuals to sue anyone who helps a woman obtain an illegal abortion in the state.
US identifies first cases of monkeypox in children
Cases of the viral monkeypox illness in the United States have been identified for the first time in children – a toddler in California and an infant who does not reside in the United States, health authorities said Friday. The two cases are unrelated and likely the result of family transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The agency said the children are in good health and are being treated.
Truck blockade of major California port extends into day three
Independent truckers protesting California’s new “gig worker” law blocked California’s No. 3 seaport for the third day in a row on Friday, blocking cargo at the state’s main agricultural trade center and adding to the headaches of the American supply chain. Truck gates at all four marine terminals at the Port of Oakland remain closed to truck traffic on Friday. Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT), which handles about 70% of port cargo, has restarted some work on ships, a port spokesperson said.
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