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    Tokyo (Reuters)Japan plans to add $6.75 billion to its already record annual military spending in a rush to bolster air and maritime defenses as it becomes more concerned about threats posed by China and North Korea.Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government on Friday approved the outlay as part of a supplementary budget. While such additions to defense spending are common, the...
    Shoppers with bags from various stores stand next to each other as Black Friday sales begin at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, November 26, 2021.Jon Cherry | Reuters Traffic at retail stores on Black Friday dropped 28.3% compared with 2019 levels, as Americans shifted more of their spending online and kicked off their shopping earlier in...
    The White House received backlash for shelling out $139,000 for this year's Christmas tree lighting ceremony, topped with an additional $171,000 for the event, all while the US gripes with growing inflation costs.  The federal government appeared to be pulling out all the stops for the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities, which will include a live audience, TMZ reported. ...
    (CBS4) — This year, according to the National Retail Federation, retailers are making a big comeback — and setting records — thanks to consumer spending habits. And it may come as a shock, but experts say e-commerce is only a small part of it. (credit: CBS) “We love stores, and the thing is as soon as the stores opened back...
    Black Friday has brought mixed results for retailers and shopping centers at first glance, as some locales appear to have less foot traffic than Black Fridays of the past. CBS 46  journalist Rebekka Schramm was outside of a Best Buy in Buckhead, Georgia, early Friday morning. “Not much of a line outside the Best Buy in Buckhead before it opened...
    Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) warned of the “massive” government created by President Joe Biden’s so-called Build Back Better agenda. Tenney described the social spending package as “literally the biggest welfare system” and said it would be “a huge problem going forward.” “This bill is literally the biggest, you know, welfare system that...
    A woman was left practically in tears after she spent weeks planning a massive 'Friendsgiving' dinner for a bunch of her pals - and not one of them showed up. Christian Zamora, who goes by the username @Kidalloy on TikTok, explained in a now-viral video that his girlfriend, Maryann, spent hours preparing for the feast.She planned the event two weeks in advanced,...
    Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted a spending bill pushed by congressional Democrats and touted by President Joe Biden would not receive any votes from Republicans. He warned the bill would make matters worse and predicted it would exacerbate the inflation problem. “I don’t think they’ll be any Republican in the Senate or the House that will vote for this crazy piece...
    People ride on the elevator as shoppers show up early for the Black Friday sales at the King of Prussia shopping mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, November 26, 2021.Rachel Wisniewski | Reuters Online spending during the holiday season is on track to top $200 billion for the first time, but Thanksgiving day sales were on the low end of...
    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, harshly criticized President Biden's nearly $2-trillion spending bill, which Democrats want to pass before Christmas. On "Fox & Friends," Jordan warned that the Build Back Better plan will only exacerbate the ongoing inflation crisis and called on moderate Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., and Joe Manchin, W. Va., to "hold firm" to block the bill from...
    It could be a lean holiday season for some retailers, as New Yorkers are planning to shop and spend less this year, according to a newly released Siena College poll. Pollsters found that approximately 43 percent of New Yorkers plan to spend similarly as last year, while 37 percent said they will spend less, and only 17 percent are planning...
    ARSENAL technical director Edu has recalled the time he was sent to jail after arriving into England with a fake Portuguese passport. The 43-year-old had agreed a deal to join the Gunners from Corinthians in the summer of 2000, but was made to wait until the following New Year before linking up. 3Edu signed for Arsenal from Corinthians in January...
    SHE previously earned the title of ‘Britain’s most hated woman’, but Carla Bellucci seems determined to re-crowned Britain’s best mum this Christmas. Model and influencer Carla Bellucci, 40, from Hitchin, Herts., says she plans to spend no less than £15,000 on her children this December. 4Carla Bellucci is planning to spend no less than £15,000 on her kids this DecemberCredit:...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- In San Rafael, volunteers lined up in their cars Thursday morning to pick-up warm, Thanksgiving meals to deliver to people in need throughout Marin County.The nonprofit Vivalon, in partnership with Meals on Wheels, calls this "Operation Thanksgiving." They made sure anyone alone and in need of a meal on Thursday could get one."The people who...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are trying to identify three people who allegedly stole a wallet and used the credit cards to go on a $10,000 spending spree. READ MORE: Light Of Life Rescue Mission Giving Out 1,000 Free Thanksgiving Meals To Those In NeedThe trio took a wallet out of a car parked at...
    Members of the German Bundeswehr prepare a Patriot missile launching system during a press day presentation at the Luftwaffe Warbelow training center on December 18, 2012 in Warbelow, Germany.Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty Images Germany's new coalition government is yet to fully take power, but experts have been poring over its new pledges to see what they...
    CHESTER COUNTY, Pa.  (CBS) — Home for the holidays has special meaning for a Chester County family that has been hard hit by COVID-19. A young mom who was hospitalized for months with serious complications from the coronavirus is home just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. The journey home starts with leaving the wheelchair behind as Marissa...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Attention all drivers: get ready to slow down! Baltimore City is adding two new Speed cameras along the Jones Falls Expressway starting at the county-city line. “Excessive speed was the number one contributing factor for the high injury and severe crashes,” said Adrea Turner. READ MORE: Baltimore County Searching For Missing 17-Year-Old GirlBaltimore’s spending board approved the...
    After a long hiatus, Donald Trump is once again contributing cash to Republicans not named Donald Trump. The Republican National Committee filed a financial report last weekend revealing a $1 million October contribution from Trump Make America Great Again, the joint fundraising juggernaut split between the RNC and two PACs belonging to the former president. It was TMAGA’s first significant...
    Hosts of "The Five" criticized Biden Wednesday for embarking on a lavish Thanksgiving vacation on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket with a billionaire former adviser to President Carter. Biden arrived Wednesday on the island to visit former Carter domestic policy adviser David Rubenstein, a Baltimore native who founded the equity firm The Carlyle Group and is a former chairman of...
    Intense debate over the Build Back Better (BBB) legislation has triggered stern lectures by fiscal conservatives about government spending. The legislation, which hangs in the political balance between progressive lawmakers and conservative Democrats like Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, costs $1.75 trillion over 10 years in its present form, which is equivalent to $175 billion per year. Compare this...
    Being the less well-regarded son of Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy has to be tough. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but in Peter’s case the testicles don’t descend far from the abdomen. Or at all, for that matter. Because the next adult question Doocy Jr. asks White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will be the first....
    As people prepare for the start of the holiday season, a poll released the day before Thanksgiving found that majorities of voters blame President Joe Biden and Congress for supply chain issues. A Wednesday poll by Morning Consult and Politico found that 62% blame Biden for the supply chain problem, and almost as many, 61%, blame Congress. NRSC...
    The Biden administration’s failure to tackle high and rising inflation pushed consumer sentiment this month to its lowest level in a decade. The University of Michigan’s final sentiment index fell to 67.4 during the month from 71.7 in October, according to data released Wednesday. That was a slight improvement from the mid-month reading and above the consensus forecast. “Consumers expressed...
    A digital upgrade to the country's 911 system was slashed from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better reconciliation bill.  Axios reported Wednesday that a proposed $10 billion upgrade to the country's 6,000 call centers was stripped from the bill in order to bring the pricetag from the original $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion - a move meant to appease moderate...
    (CNN)The first thing Kevin Strickland did after being exonerated for a triple murder he didn't commit was visit his mother's grave."To know my mother was underneath that dirt and I hadn't gotten a chance to visit with her in the last years ... I revisited those tears that I did when they told me I was guilty of a crime...
    U.S. consumer spending grew in October as consumers prepared for holiday shopping with inflated prices and continuing supply chain issues. Household spending increased 1.3% in October compared to the previous month, while personal income grew 0.5%, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. “The combo of reduced virus concerns and warm weather, easing auto supply chain constraints and an early start to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Board of Estimates approved placing two speed cameras on the Jones Falls Expressway, months after a trial run with one camera found nearly 42% of drivers on the highway go 12 mph or more over the post speed limit. By a vote of 4-1, the city’s spending board approved amending the contract with American Traffic Solutions,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in October, rising by a a solid 1.3%, and so was inflation, rising over the past year at the fastest pace in more than three decades. The jump in consumer spending last month was double the 0.6% gain in September, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. At the same time, consumer prices rose 5%...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending rebounds a solid 1.3% in October but inflation remained high. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed to a modest annual rate of 2.1% in the October-December quarter, slightly better than first reported. But economists are predicting a solid rebound in the current quarter as long as rising inflation and a recent uptick in COVID cases do not derail activity. The increase in the gross domestic product, the economy’s total...
    A majority of Americans say inflated grocery and gas prices have forced them to change their Thanksgiving and other holiday plans, according to a Tuesday poll from the Trafalgar Group and Convention of States. A total of 52% of those polled stated that inflated prices have forced them to change plans, with 31.3% saying they have been “significantly” impacted and 20.7% saying...
    PORTSMOUTH – City Manager Sam Sutherland has formally asked the council to approve legislation for the placement of a proposed levy in the City of Portsmouth for paving. The levy will be in the amount of one and a half mills to be used for additional street resurfacing and would be included on the May, 3rd 2022 primary ballot. The...
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones went on a rant Tuesday in response to the January 6 select committee subpoenaing him. On Monday more subpoenas were issued related to the “Stop the Steal” protests and the rally the morning of January 6, sent to Jones, Roger Stone, Jennifer Lawrence (no, not the one you’re thinking of), and others. He theatrically declared Tuesday...
    SMOKERS across the US will NOT be hit with soaring cigarette prices under a revised $1.75trillion spending bill. The proposals to hike federal tax on tobacco products have been removed in the latest reconciliation bill for now. 1Smoking Americans could be hit with soaring cigarette prices under tobacco tax proposals.Credit: Alamy The Tax Foundation had estimated the tax hike could...
    (CNN)After spending 43 years behind bars for a crime he said he didn't commit, a Missouri man's conviction has been set aside, according to a news release from Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Senior Judge James Welsh filed his ruling on Tuesday morning to set aside the conviction of 62-year-old Kevin Strickland, who served 43 years at Western Missouri...
    The Seattle City Council approved a budget for 2022 that will reduce funding allocated to the police department but will not cut the department's functionality.  The council approved a $355.5 million budget on Monday in an 8 to 1 vote, according to The Associated Press.  The plan is notably smaller than the 2020 budget of $401.8 million and continues to drop since the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several police communication dispatchers and a clerk that work for the Philadelphia Police Department were indicted for allegedly spending pandemic unemployment assistance money they weren’t eligible to receive. The employees were charged with theft of government funds, wire fraud, and mail fraud, according to a release. Below, are the eight employees who were charged: 25-year-old Shannon...
    Washington state ranks 42nd in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness, according to a new report from the Reason Foundation. The yearly report measures highway performance based on 13 different categories, including urban and rural pavement condition, deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, spending per mile, and administrative costs per mile of highway. “All 13 categories are considered together, weighted equally...
    MORE than a quarter of Brits have all their Christmas shopping done by the start of December - but more a third admit they leave it to the last minute. A study of 2,000 adults found a sixth of the 'super organised' start early because they 'just can't wait' to begin their festive purchasing. 2The average Brit is expected to...
    Right-wing Democrats who have spent the past several months griping about the cost of the Build Back Better Act—and lopping roughly $2 trillion off the bill's top line—are facing growing pushback from progressive lawmakers and analysts as Congress gets ready to approve a military budget that's far more expensive on an annual basis. Stephen Semler, co-founder of...
    Inflation concerns continue to hamper President Joe Biden and his economic agenda, even as the White House is coming off one of its most successful weeks of his first year in office. The consumer price index for October clocked in at 6.2%, four-tenths of a point above expectations and the highest rate the country has seen in three decades...
    Kevin O'Leary, chairman of O'Shares Exchange Traded Funds, listens during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.Kyle Grillot | Bloomberg | Getty Images Voters in the U.S. are "pissed" about inflation and the Democrats are going to have a difficult time at next year's midterm elections, celebrity investor Kevin O'Leary told CNBC on Tuesday....
    Nearly half of all House Democrats on Monday called on their Senate colleagues to augment the immigration protections in the House-passed Build Back Better (BBB) Act before the upper chamber votes on it. In a letter led by Democratic Reps. Jesús García (Ill.), Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaHistoric immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill Immigrant advocates release 'Pathway to...
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to Senate for Biden spending plan Christie: Trump needs to stop talking about 'stolen' election, focus on future Sunday shows preview: Boosters open to all US adults; House Dems pass spending plan on to Senate MORE (R) brushed off speculation that former President TrumpDonald TrumpTwo Fox News contributors quit...
    Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence to headline fundraiser in New Hampshire: report Biden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy GOP leader's marathon speech forces House Democrats to push vote MORE will headline a conservative group's event in New Hampshire next month focused on the Biden administration's economic agenda, the latest appearance from Pence in...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) described the filibuster as an 'instrument of racism' in an interview broadcast on Sunday, as she warned that 'corporate' Democrats could kill off President Biden's $1.75 trillion spending bill.  She said the filibuster had repeatedly been used to stand in the way of progress for Black Americans. And she said that 'corporate' Democrats, not just Sens....
    Audiologist examining a patient's ear.Westend61 | Westend61 | Getty Images Some significant changes to Medicare could be on their way. With the House passage of the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act on Friday, provisions that would improve Medicare have moved a step closer to becoming law. The Senate must still pass its version and the possibility exists that any...
                                          Presented by ExxonMobil     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators....