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California Becomes First State To Borrow Federal Funds For Unemployment

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California has now become the first state in the country to borrow funds from the federal government in order to help cover the staggering number of unemployment claims that have surfaced due to shutdown efforts in the state to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has borrowed a loan of $348 million from the federal government Monday and has received approval to borrow up to $10 billion — yes, that’s “billion” with a “b” — to help payout unemployment through the month of July.

Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:

Loans to replenish unemployment insurance funds were also approved for Illinois and Connecticut, with Illinois approved for $12.6 billion and Connecticut for $1.1 billion. California, however, is the only state to have used the program thus far.

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California’s unemployment trust fund has been depleted quickly amid the COVID-19 crisis. The fund stood at $3.1 billion at the end of February but fell to $1.9 billion in mid-April. The program allows money borrowed by states to pay regular unemployment benefits. An additional $600 per week in additional unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act for workers is funded separately.

Newsom said his state would start to loosen up on the stay-at-home order, allowing retail stores to start opening back up on Friday for pick-up services. As of now, more than 4 million California residents have been forced to file for unemployment due to the economic downturn caused by the lockdown.

This is a very scary time for our country. The coronavirus pandemic has caused much of the economy to stop producing. When we stop producing, the creation of profit, surplus capital, and the acquisition of tools needed to increase production — and thus items become more expensive — comes to a halt, which then prevents economic prosperity.

We’re watching this happen right before our very eyes.

Here’s to hoping we get some good news about this virus soon and can start reopening our nation quickly and safely.

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In-N-Out Burger Tells San Fran They Won’t Enforce Vax Proof Mandates

The government’s expectation that fast food workers should enforce a mandate they didn’t ask for is ludicrous on its face.

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For many Americans, there is a very unnerving feeling when it comes to the idea of having to prove your vaccination status in order to participate in the everyday machinations of society.  It feels icky, as though our ideas of freedom and equality are somehow variable and malleable.

Sure, you have the freedom to refuse a vaccine, but that choice is going to make you a second-class citizen in a great many ways, ranging from potentially losing your job as a police officer, to being unable to eat inside at your favorite fast food joint.

It’s that latter issue that has the higher-ups at In-N-Out Burger growing irate.

The city of San Francisco temporarily closed an In-N-Out fast-food restaurant over the company’s refusal to force customers to prove they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location on Oct. 14 after the popular burger joint did not check the vaccination status of customers, which violates an August mandate from the city requiring indoor diners to show proof of vaccination.

The restaurant’s corporate team was irate over the entire debacle.

“Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” In-N-Out Burger’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger said in a statement to Fox News. “After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.”

“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Wensinger declared, slamming the San Francisco Department of Health’s requirements as “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe” and accusing the city of asking restaurants to “segregate Customers” based on vaccine documentation.

Given the violence and vitriol that we’ve seen in some instances of attempted vaccine-proof enforcement, there are likely very few entry-level fast food workers who are qualified to handle such situations, which could open these corporations up to serious legal liabilities.

 

For many Americans, there is a very unnerving feeling when it comes to the idea of having to prove your vaccination status in order to participate in the everyday machinations of society.  It feels icky, as though our ideas of freedom and equality are somehow variable and malleable. Sure, you have the freedom to refuse a vaccine, but that choice is going to make you a second-class citizen in a great many ways, ranging from potentially losing your job as a police officer, to being unable to eat inside at your favorite fast food joint. It’s that latter issue that has the higher-ups at In-N-Out Burger growing irate. The city of San Francisco temporarily closed an In-N-Out fast-food restaurant over the company’s refusal to force customers to prove they are vaccinated against the coronavirus. The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location on Oct. 14 after the popular burger joint did not check the vaccination status of customers, which violates an August mandate from the city requiring indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. The restaurant’s corporate team was irate over the entire debacle. “Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” In-N-Out Burger’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger said in a statement to Fox News. “After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.” “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Wensinger declared, slamming the San Francisco Department of Health’s requirements as “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe” and accusing the city of asking restaurants to “segregate Customers” based on vaccine documentation. Given the violence and…

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Items Belonging to Brian Laundrie Discovered as Medical Examiner Arrives on Scene

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After several long and tedious weeks of searching, there may finally be a break in the case of Brian Laundrie, a fugitive who is the single person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito.

Laundrie disappeared shortly before Petito’s body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near a campsite that the two visited during a cross country road trip before Brian returned home alone and refused to cooperate with authorities.

Then, much to the dismay of investigators, Brian went hiking in the Carlton Reserve near his Florida home and never returned.

Now, investigators at a different section of the wildlife area have discovered items believed to belong to Brian, calling in his family – and a medical examiner – to the scene.

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Chris and Roberta Laundrie, the parents of fugitive Brian Laundrie, ventured into Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park early Wednesday morning, where Fox News Digital saw an officer apparently tell parents that law enforcement “might have found something.”

Steven Bertolino, who represents the Laundrie family, confirmed to Fox News Digital that the Laundries informed law enforcement last night of their intentions to search the park and met officers there. Bertolino confirmed that while searching areas that Brian frequented, “some articles belonging to Brian were found.”

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Officers are now conducting a more thorough search of the area, Bertolino said. A spokesperson for the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the office was called to the Myakkahatchee on Wednesday, but would not say anything more.

The search for Brian Laundrie has drawn national attention in recent weeks, as Americans continue to clamor for justice for Gabby Petito.

After several long and tedious weeks of searching, there may finally be a break in the case of Brian Laundrie, a fugitive who is the single person of interest in the death of Gabby Petito. Laundrie disappeared shortly before Petito’s body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near a campsite that the two visited during a cross country road trip before Brian returned home alone and refused to cooperate with authorities. Then, much to the dismay of investigators, Brian went hiking in the Carlton Reserve near his Florida home and never returned. Now, investigators at a different section of the wildlife area have discovered items believed to belong to Brian, calling in his family – and a medical examiner – to the scene. Chris and Roberta Laundrie, the parents of fugitive Brian Laundrie, ventured into Florida’s Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park early Wednesday morning, where Fox News Digital saw an officer apparently tell parents that law enforcement “might have found something.” Steven Bertolino, who represents the Laundrie family, confirmed to Fox News Digital that the Laundries informed law enforcement last night of their intentions to search the park and met officers there. Bertolino confirmed that while searching areas that Brian frequented, “some articles belonging to Brian were found.” And also: Officers are now conducting a more thorough search of the area, Bertolino said. A spokesperson for the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the office was called to the Myakkahatchee on Wednesday, but would not say anything more. The search for Brian Laundrie has drawn national attention in recent weeks, as Americans continue to clamor for justice for Gabby Petito.

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