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US Government Approaches Possible Shutdown

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US Government Approaches Possible Shutdown

US Government Approaches Possible Shutdown

US Government , Approaches Possible Shutdown.

'The Washington Post' reports the United States government is headed for a potential shutdown.

As a crucial fiscal government deadline draws near, Republican officials seized an opportunity to voice their opposition to Biden's proposed vaccine mandates.

Congressional in-fighting threatens to put a wrench in bipartisan cooperation.

According to ABC News, the current agreement on federal spending will expire on December 3 at midnight.

According to ABC News, the current agreement on federal spending will expire on December 3 at midnight.

President Biden's proposed vaccine mandate is intended to hold larger private businesses accountable by requiring vaccination and implementing more precise testing.

President Biden's proposed vaccine mandate is intended to hold larger private businesses accountable by requiring vaccination and implementing more precise testing.

'The Washington Post' reports that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has ended the lives of over 780,000 Americans.

'The Washington Post' reports that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has ended the lives of over 780,000 Americans.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has ended the lives of over 780,000 Americans.

With news of the first known case of the omicron strain in the United States, Republicans continue to rail against public health measures that intend to curb the spread of COVID-19.

With news of the first known case of the omicron strain in the United States, Republicans continue to rail against public health measures that intend to curb the spread of COVID-19.

I hope they see the light quickly and not cause a needless Republican government shutdown.

, Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, via The Washington Post.

I hope they see the light quickly and not cause a needless Republican government shutdown.

, Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, via The Washington Post.

Many Republicans seem unwilling to negotiate.

Democrats say such obstructions are "totally irresponsible." .

Many Republicans seem unwilling to negotiate.

Democrats say such obstructions are "totally irresponsible." .

It’s just amazing to me.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died... , Debbie Stabenow, Senator Michigan, via The Washington Post.

It’s just amazing to me.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died... , Debbie Stabenow, Senator Michigan, via The Washington Post


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'Indira Gandhi took 32 bullets for India, no mention in Vijay Diwas?' | Oneindia News [Video]

'Indira Gandhi took 32 bullets for India, no mention in Vijay Diwas?' | Oneindia News

Tearing into the BJP for what it called its misogynistic celebration of the Bangladesh Vijay Diwas, Congress leaders and Gandhi family members Rahul and Priyanka said that the BJP forgot to mention the then PM Indira Gandhi under whose administration the war was fought. #IndiraGandhi #VijayDiwas #IndoPakWar

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New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats [Video]

New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats

New Poll Suggests , Difficult Road Ahead, for Biden and Democrats. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. Though some Democrats have lauded Biden's agenda as "transformative," many Americans don't see it that way. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. Many Americans don't give Biden credit for the stimulus payment at all. Only 17% of those surveyed believed the president was mostly responsible for the direct payments. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

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Canada Officially Bans LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy [Video]

Canada Officially Bans LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy

Canada Officially Bans, LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy. Legislation outlawing such therapies was approved in both the Canadian House of Commons... . ... and the Senate on Dec. 9. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the "Royal Assent" of the legislation via Twitter. It’s official: Our government’s legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent - , Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via Twitter. Meaning it is now law. , Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via Twitter. LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights, Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via statement. LGBTQ activists in Canada also released statements in support of the legislation. The unanimous support it received from every official in Parliament sends a clear message to LGBTQ2 Canadians: you are valid and deserving of a life free from harm, Nicholas Schiavo, No Conversion Canada, via 'The Hill'. Today, as we celebrate this historic moment, we must thank survivors and their tireless advocacy to reach this moment where conversion ‘therapy’ is finally outlawed in our country, Nicholas Schiavo, No Conversion Canada, via 'The Hill'. Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to "convert" the sexual or gender identities of LGBTQ+ individuals. The practice is legal in the United States, though some states do have bans in place to protect LGBTQ+ minors. . Three states — Alabama, Florida and Georgia — have an injunction that outlaws enforcement of conversion therapy bans. Brazil, Ecuador and Germany also have nationwide conversion therapy bans in place. The current government in the U.K. has pledged to ban the practice, but has yet to do so

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