Republicans try to censor big business, LOL

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announces the withdrawal of his nominees to serve on the special committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 21, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Republicans will cut your taxes and keep them low. But there’s a price: You have to side with the Party of Trump in political battles, even if it might mean breaking the law.

This latest twist in the GOP’s self-preservation strategy is a threat by the top House Republican, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to retaliate against any business that complies with requests from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. “If these companies comply with the Democrat [sic] order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy

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TCU 45, Duquesne 3: Taking Care of Business

TCU opened their 2021 campaign with a solid drubbing of a vastly inferior opponent. There have been seasons where the FCS or low D1 opponent TCU pays to come in have given the Frogs some trouble, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday night.

TCU leveled Duquesne 45-3. Max Duggan and the rest of the starters played only the first half, showcasing a reinvented offense under new/old offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. The offense was varied, with plenty of motion, a seemingly full route tree, and a lot (early on) of passes from Duggan.

In one half of play, Max finished with 14 completions on 19 attempts, for 207 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also added a rushing touchdown to his ledger, opening the scoring for the Frogs with an 8-yard designed keeper up the middle.

On that same drive, Duggan also eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for

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FDA, CDC Heads Push Back on Biden’s COVID-19 Booster-Shot Plan

  • The heads of the FDA and CDC are pushing back on the White House’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots.
  • The officials say they need more time to review data on extra doses, The New York Times said Friday.
  • It’s another setback to the Biden administration’s plan, which reportedly prompted FDA resignations.

The Biden administration’s booster-shot plan is facing another setback.

Top health officials have told the White House they need more time and data before authorizing extra doses, The New York Times reported Friday.

The heads of the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the White House they may be able to recommend boosters for only some recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the next few weeks, according to the report.

On August 18, top US health officials — including the FDA and CDC heads — issued

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The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books

Steve Potash, the bearded and bespectacled president and C.E.O. of OverDrive, spent the second week of March, 2020, on a business trip to New York City. OverDrive distributes e-books and audiobooks—i.e., “digital content.” In New York, Potash met with two clients: the New York Public Library and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. By then, Potash had already heard what he described to me recently as “heart-wrenching stories” from colleagues in China, about neighborhoods that were shut down owing to the coronavirus. He had an inkling that his business might be in for big changes when, toward the end of the week, on March 13th, the N.Y.P.L. closed down and issued a statement: “The responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—is to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.” The library added, “We will continue to offer access to e-books.”

The sudden shift to e-books had enormous

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Anti-Mask Dad Who Ambushed Principal With Zip-Tie Handcuffs Arrested

  • An Arizona father and his two friends ambushed an elementary school principal on Thursday. 
  • They were angry that the principal had asked children who were exposed to COVID-19 to wear a mask and isolate.
  • One of the men, Rishi Rambaran, who brought zip-tie handcuffs to the scene, has been arrested. 

An angry Arizona father who barged into his elementary school kid’s principal’s office to protest a mask requirement has been arrested.

Rishi Rambaran, 40, stormed into Principal Diane Vargo’s office on Thursday with zip-tie handcuffs, according to a since-removed Instagram video. He and two friends accompanying him claimed the school broke the law when administrative officials told his kid to wear a mask and quarantine after potential exposure to COVID-19. 

Rambaran has since been arrested, Vargo told Insider in a statement.

“I can tell you the end result of that incident was we did make

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From retirement to redemption: Former Auburn police start business | Lifestyles

Three retired Auburn police officers have gone from batons and cuffs to bottles and cans.

Chris Major, John Breeze and Brian Blanchfield, along with partners Rob

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The Week in Business: New Orleans Goes Dark

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, leaving more than a million residential and commercial customers in Louisiana without power. And the outages raise questions about how well energy companies have prepared for extreme weather, which scientists believe is becoming more common because of climate change. Some energy experts said that Entergy, the state’s largest utility company, could have done more to protect its equipment. Last year, the company began operating a natural gas plant that was meant to provide electricity to New Orleans during times of high demand or in emergencies. But it could not move the energy to customers because of damage to its network of towers, poles and wires. It has asked state regulators to raise customers’ rates to cover repair costs for Ida, three hurricanes in 2020 and a winter storm this year.

General Motors

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How Amazon Web Services makes money: Estimated margins by service

Adam Selipsky, CEO, Tableau Software

Scott Mlyn | CNBC

Every year since at least 2014, more than half of Amazon’s operating profit has come from the online retailer’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services, which provides online services and tools that software developers can stitch together to run websites and applications.

It’s an impressive business in absolute dollar terms, not just percentages: AWS ended 2020 with $13 billion in operating income, which helped Amazon report total net income of $21 billion for the year. No wonder Amazon chose the head of AWS for 15 years, Andy Jassy, as its CEO when Jeff Bezos stepped down earler this year.

Alibaba, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle are all looking to challenge AWS. And unlike the Alibaba and Google clouds, AWS is profitable.

In the second quarter, Jassy’s final quarter as cloud chief, AWS had $4 billion in operating income, up about 25% year

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Texas Businesses Take the Fight Over Voting Rights to Washington

The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature this week passed a major bill overhauling election laws in the state, the latest of many to tighten voting rules this year. In Texas, as elsewhere, many businesses and industry groups have spoken out against the move, arguing that it is bad for the economy.

Texas has persuaded many companies to relocate or expand operations there with its business-friendly policies. But in taking a stand on voting rights, some companies have invited scrutiny of their words and actions, especially with political donations. Balancing this against the tightening of some of the country’s strictest voting rules will test companies’ social pledges with financial imperatives.

There is also the risk of political blowback for speaking out in a state with a Republican governor and a Republican senator embracing restrictive voting rules as a platform for potential presidential runs in 2024.

“It is about ensuring that all Texans trust

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Local business owners applaud vaccine mandates major employers are enforcing ::

— Major employers like Disney and CVS have recently mandated their workers get vaccinated against coronavirus, while Delta Airlines said it will start charging unvaccinated employees an extra $200 a month for health insurance.

While some major Triangle-area employers have remained silent on the idea of a vaccine mandate for staff, smaller businesses are applauding the move.

“I don’t want people here who haven’t been vaccinated,” said Gus Gusler, the owner of Raleigh restaurant Players’ Retreat. “You can’t work here if you haven’t been vaccinated.”

Players’ Retreat reopened two months ago with the restriction that only vaccinated customers and workers would be allowed inside.

Gusler praised Delta for its decision to charge higher insurance premiums to workers who aren’t vaccinated.

“There was a point where, if you were a smoker, they would raise your insurance rates,” he said. “At this point, I don’t

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