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Analysis – Slowdown in U.S. trucking portends possible economic sluggishness
Craig Fuller monitors millions of transactions between American truckers and their customers as chief executive of transportation data firm FreightWaves – and he doesn’t like what he’s seeing. There has been an unexpected sharp drop in trucking demand for everything from food to furniture since the start of March and rates in the overheated segment that deals with on-demand trucking jobs – known as spot market – slip.
Johnny Depp will face more questions from his ex-wife’s lawyers in defamation case
Hollywood star Johnny Depp returns to the witness box on Monday to answer further questions from lawyers for ex-wife Amber Heard before a jury that will decide the actors’ defamation claims. Depp, 58, issued Heard, 36, for $50 million after accusing him of abuse before and during their roughly two-year marriage. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor maintained that Heard was the one who got violent in the relationship.
Exclusive-Trump assesses how deep to dig into his November election war chest
Former President Donald Trump is weighing how much to spend and how many Republican candidates to fund in this year’s election as he faces pressure to use his war chest to help Republicans take control of Congress , said two sources familiar with the matter. Trump’s Save America leadership political action committee has become a fundraising juggernaut since its inception in November 2020, raising some $112.5 million in cash but spending only about $17 million to fundraise. help pay for rallies and promote Republicans, according to the latest federal documents.
NYC pension plan leaders urge caps on fossil fuel lending, late boost for activists
New York City pension plan leaders said the $262 billion systems will mostly favor calls for tough limits on fossil fuel loans at big banks this week, giving a boost late to activists who got little support from voting advisers. The fate of closely watched shareholder resolutions will show how investors will weigh climate concerns against rising energy prices and Republican criticism of Wall Street’s embrace of environmental concerns.
Biden names Brink US ambassador to Ukraine
President Joe Biden on Monday named Bridget Brink, who currently represents the United States in Slovakia, as the new United States Ambassador to Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
Exclusive local elections chief threatened by Republican leader seeking illegal access to voting materials
A local Republican Party leader in North Carolina has threatened to have a county election officer fired or have her pay cut unless she helps him gain illegal access to voting materials, the board of elections has said. of the state to Reuters. Party official William Keith Senter has sought evidence to back up false conspiracy theories alleging the 2020 election was rigged against former US President Donald Trump. The previously unreported incident is part of a nationwide effort by Trump supporters to audit voting systems to bolster baseless claims of stolen elections.
US Midwest carbon pipeline backers have strong ties to Iowa government
Summit Carbon Solutions, the company behind a massive carbon pipeline project in the U.S. Midwest, has close ties to officials and regulators in Iowa responsible for approving much of its route, according to a Reuters review of public documents and company websites. At least four members of Summit’s management have direct ties to the Iowa Governor’s Office or the Iowa Utility Board (IUB), both of which could influence the future of the roughly 2,000-mile pipeline (3 200 km), depending on the review. One is current Governor Kim Reynolds’ top individual donor. Another is former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who appointed two of IUB’s three commissioners, including its president.
US Senate Set to Confirm Bedoya as FTC Commissioner
Alvaro Bedoya will be confirmed to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday, giving the agency enough leverage to investigate oil companies. Vice President Kamala Harris will be on hand to break an expected 50-50 Senate tie over Bedoya’s nomination, giving Democrats a 3-2 majority among FTC commissioners. Currently, there are two Democrats and two Republicans, resulting in deadlocks.
US Supreme Court to tackle football coach’s on-field prayers
The United States Supreme Court on Monday addresses the religious rights of government employees as it considers an appeal by a former Christian football coach at a Washington state public high school who was suspended from his job for refusing to stop leading prayers with players on the pitch after games. Judges are to hear arguments in the case pitting the religious rights of individual workers against the government’s Constitutional ban on endorsing a particular religion. The court’s 6-to-3 conservative majority took a broad view of religious freedom in many cases.
First fully private astronaut team aboard space station heads for splashdown
The first fully private crew of astronauts to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS) traveled off the coast of Florida on Monday, concluding a two-week mission that NASA has touted as a landmark in commercial spaceflight. A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the four-man team from Houston-based startup Axiom Space Inc began its return flight around 9 p.m. EDT Sunday (0100 Monday GMT) as it undocked from the orbiting space station at about 250 miles (420 km) above Earth.
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