Author: Dan Firnbach

Another 900,000 Americans File for Unemployment Benefits

The job crisis soared last week as 900,000 Americans field for unemployment benefits for the first time. The number is down slightly from the prior week when claims rose to 926,000, but there hasn’t been any real improvement for months. Millions of Americans still need government assistance to make ends meet. The Department of Labor says nearly 424,000 Americans applied…

Governor Whitmer to Attend Biden-Harris Inauguration

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will attend Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Governor Whitmer was recently appointed co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee and was nominated to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. “The country is ready for a leader who listens to medical experts to lead our country’s COVID-19 response and works…

Senate Begins Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

The first set of confirmation hearings for President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet are taking place Tuesday. Several Senate committees are holding meetings for confirmation considerations, including Janet Yellen for Treasury Secretary. During her hearing, Yellen is expected to urge lawmakers to act on COVID-19 relief spending. There is also a scheduled confirmation hearing for the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director…

Russia Detains Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny for 30 Days

The Russian opposition leader who blames the Kremlin for almost killing him will stay in custody. Alexei Navalny has been ordered to stay in custody for 30 days. Navalny was arrested Sunday when he returned to Russia after spending five months in Germany recovering after being poisoned. He says the government tried to kill him poisoning him with a nerve…

Facebook Taking Precautions Ahead of Presidential Inauguration

Facebook is taking precautions ahead of the presidential inauguration. The social media site says it’s monitoring for signs of violence and enforcing new policies. Now through Wednesday, repeat offenders won’t be able to stream live videos or create groups, events and pages. Last week, Facebook also said it’s banning new events tied to the U.S. or state capitols and reviewing…

Michigan State Police Prepare for Capitol Protestors Ahead of Presidential Inauguration

On the heels of last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol, federal investigators are looking into online chats that show tension ahead of the inauguration is building. They are monitoring conversations with unspecific treats at state capitols. Right now, the Homeland Security Department has not raised the security level in the country. The Michigan National Guard says their response will…

Manistee County Native Nominated to Lead FEMA

A Manistee County native has been nominated to part of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. Deanne Criswell currently serves as the commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department. If approved, the northern Michigan native will lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Criswell previously worked at FEMA from 2011-2017. She was previously a member of the Colorado Air National…