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How Much Pandemic Aid Was Lost to Fraud? Answer Still ‘Impossible to Estimate’

By Brett Rowland (The Center Square) A U.S. House committee hearing made clear the total cost of fraud and waste in taxpayer-funded pandemic relief programs remains unknown. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability argued about who was to blame for widespread fraud in a range of federal pandemic relief programs, but they […]

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Republicans Move to Ban Chinese Interests from American Farmland

By Timothy Schumann (The Center Square) Two members of Congress representing almost the entirety of Washington east of the Cascades in Congress want to stop a particular group of foreign nationals from owning, controlling, or profiting from American agricultural land. U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, have introduced the “Prohibition of […]

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Father of Teen Killed by Fentanyl Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee on Border Crisis

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) Hays County, Texas, resident Brandon Dunn lost his son to illicit fentanyl poisoning last year. His son and two other teenage boys from the same rural county died of fentanyl overdoses less than 60 days apart. Dunn testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which held its first […]

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Democrat El Paso Judge Testifies ‘There is No Open Border in El Paso’

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) Democratic El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego testified before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the southern border with Mexico is closed in El Paso and those who support border security measures are racist. Before he gave his opening remarks, Samaniego said, “I must disabuse you of information, which I […]

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Grand Forks Halts Project After Air Force Deems Chinese Company’s Land Purchase ‘a Threat’

By Kim Jarrett (The Center Square) Grand Forks, North Dakota, will deny building permits to a Chinese-based food manufacturer that purchased land near an Air Force base, the mayor said Tuesday. Chinese food manufacturer Fufeng Group announced the purchase of 370 acres of land for a wet corn milling plant in 2021. The site is […]

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Blue Cities, States Using ‘State of Emergency’ to Attack Second Amendment

By Tom Gantert (The Center Square) Government officials across the country are looking at gun violence state of emergencies as a way to address crime within their cities. In Philadelphia, candidates for mayor held a debate Jan. 19 focused solely on gun violence. “On my very first day, I am enacting a state of emergency […]

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Gas Prices Rise for 5th Straight Week With No End in Sight

By Tom Gantert (The Center Square) Gas prices at the pump rose for the fifth consecutive week and there isn’t much hope of prices going down in the near future, according to a industry analysis. GasBuddy said that the national average of $3.49 per gallon reported Sunday is up 33.3 cents from a month ago […]

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Wyoming Bill Would Allocate Resources To Fund Border Wall

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) Republican lawmakers in Wyoming are advancing legislation that would appropriate more than $5 million toward border security efforts in Texas, Arizona and Florida. SF0166, “Border wall and sanctuary city transport,” was filed by Republican state Sen. Larry Hicks, with Sens. Dave Kinskey, John Kolb and Cheri Steinmetz cosponsoring. Republican […]

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Feds To Spend $25M To Entice Food Stamp Recipients To Eat More Fruits, Vegetables

By Tom Gantert (The Center Square) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service will invest $25 million into three states to encourage people on food assistance to buy more fruits and vegetables. The incentive pilot program would encourage people receiving what used to be called food stamps the ability to buy “healthy foods […]

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Abbott Names New Border Czar, Gives Update On Wall Construction In South Texas

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) A new “border czar” has been named to oversee border security in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday, a newly retired U.S. Border Patrol agent supervisor, Mike Banks. President Joe Biden designated Vice President Kamala Harris as the “border czar” in 2021, claiming she’d be involved with border […]

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