Search for solutions drives race to save Utah salt flats
In the Utah desert, a treeless expanse of pristine white salt crystals has long lured daredevil speed racers, filmmakers and social media-obsessed tourists. The glistening white terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats, a remnant of a prehistoric lakebed that is one of the American West’s many other-worldly landscapes, serves as a racetrack for land speed world records and backdrop for movies like “Independence Day” and “The World’s Fastest Indian.” Research has time and again shown that the briny water in the aquifer below the flats is depleting faster than nature can replenish it.news.yahoo.com
Biden signs bill to honor WWII Ghost Army soldiers
Members of two top-secret World War II military units referred to as the “Ghost Army” will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal more than 75 years after their service, under legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden. The Ghost Army refers to two units that used inflatable equipment, sound effects, radio trickery, and other deceptions in Europe to draw enemy forces away from American units, saving an estimated 30,000 lives. “Through their courageous, creative, and innovative tactics, the top-secret Ghost Army outmaneuvered and deceived the Nazis, saving thousands of Allied lives during World War II,” said U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire, a Democrat who sponsored the bill in the House.news.yahoo.com
Biden vaccine mandates face first test with federal workers
About 4 million federal workers, from FBI agents to Bureau of Prisons guards to U.S. Food and Drug Administration workers, are to be vaccinated by Nov. 22 under the president’s executive order aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
Vaccine refusals in intelligence agencies raise GOP concerns
Thousands of intelligence officers could soon face dismissal for failing to comply with the U.S. government’s vaccine mandate, leading to concerns from Republican lawmakers about potentially hurting agencies considered critical to national security.
GOP split over Trump, election runs across deep-red Wyoming
– A deepening divide among Republicans over President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the election runs prominently through Wyoming, the state that delivered Trump's widest prevailing margin by far. The Wyoming Republican Party has made party fealty a core issue and punished state party officials seen as disloyal. I just don't think that's going to play out in Wyoming," University of Wyoming political science professor Jim King said. Though Wyoming voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2020 and 2016, the state embraced Trump reluctantly. In 2016, Republicans in Wyoming initially backed Cruz over Trump almost unanimously for the GOP presidential nomination.
Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights
As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Biden says he wants the act to become law within 100 days of taking office, but its future remains uncertain. — Ensure that LGBTQ rights are a priority for U.S. foreign policy and be prepared to use pressure tactics, including sanctions, against foreign governments violating those rights.
Utah police frustrated with anti-law enforcement sentiment
Law enforcement supporters protest during a Back the Blue rally Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. Several police groups, including the state's Department of Public Safety, have condemned the use of KKK imagery to portray law enforcement officials. He said there are areas in which local police departments can improve, but he is confident that in Utah policing as a whole is good." White supremacists have made it a point to infiltrate law enforcement. The broad stroke used to widely disparage the law enforcement profession is disheartening, irresponsible, and does nothing to bring us together for the common good, the letter said.
Current, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity Alliance
Seven current or former black NHL players formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance on Monday, creating another avenue to fight racism and intolerance in the sport. Our mission is to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey, the group said in a letter. The Hockey Diversity Alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion. He called on white athletes in hockey and others sports to also speak out, and more than 100 NHL players have posted on social media about the subject. In creating our alliance, we are confident we can inspire a new generation of hockey players and fans, the group said.
GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions
Stewart's bill counts support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it has yet to win a backer among House Democrats who unanimously supported a more expansive LGBTQ rights measure in May. That prospect has informed Stewart and outside groups' work on a proposal to enshrine rights for the LGBTQ community while also preserving the right for religious groups to act in accordance with their faiths. The bill also would prohibit religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage from having their tax-exempt status revoked. Deaton added that some religious conservative groups who were consulted on the bill ultimately chose not to endorse it. Despite that resistance from some on the right, Stewart's bill sparked sharp criticism from progressives who decry its exemptions as large enough to enable ongoing mistreatment of LGBTQ individuals.chicagotribune.com
Here's what we know so far about the Trump whistleblower complaint
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The whistleblower complaint filed to the intelligence community inspector general containing allegations about President Donald Trump's conduct is still a mostly unknown document, after it was sent to Congress on Wednesday afternoon. Members have not been told the identity of the whistleblower or where the complainant works in the government. A lawmaker who has seen the complaint told CNN's Jim Acosta " there are more dimensions " to the complaint than first reported. Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican from Utah, said he has " no concerns " about what he read in the complaint. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the complaint also dealt in part with how White House officials handled internal records describing the call.