Donald Trump’s business was fined $1.6 million on Friday for a plan in which the former president’s senior employees avoided paying personal income taxes while receiving opulent benefits. This is a symbolic, very little setback for a corporation with billions of dollars in assets. After the Trump Organization was found guilty of 17 tax offenses, including conspiracy and fabricating company records, last month, the judge could only impose a punishment on it.
The amount ordered by Judge Juan Manuel Merchan was double the taxes that a select group of executives were able to dodge on advantages like rent-free residences in Trump buildings, high-end vehicles, and private school tuition. It was the maximum amount permitted by law.
Parents looking for cold, flu, and fever medications for their kids are finding increasingly emptier shelves. With pediatric experts stating that this holiday season the demand for children’s respiratory treatments increased by over 65% that of last December, some drugstore chains are limiting purchases of products to alleviate RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 symptoms.
On Oct. 5, OPEC+, an international group comprising the world’s biggest oil producers, agreed to a significant cut in oil production in order to raise prices. Though the Biden administration launched an aggressive last-ditch campaign in order to dissuade the mostly Middle Eastern giants from carrying out that decision, those efforts ultimately failed. Now, according to Bloomberg, the White House is planning to announce additional sales of oil reserves in order to counter impending market pressure.
President Joe Biden introduced a plan to end hunger in the United States and promote healthy eating and physical activity by 2030. The new plan called the National Strategy On Hunger, Nutrition, And Health will focus on five pillars: improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, empowering all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices, supporting physical activity for everyone, and enhancing nutrition and food security research.
The White House has just announced a plan in anticipation of the conference on hunger, nutrition, and health to be held in Washington on Wednesday. The Biden administration is proposing that nutrition labels—with simplified information—go on the front of food packages as part of a strategy to end diet-related diseases and hunger in America.
Early Thursday morning, the White House announced an agreement between union leaders and rail carriers that would possibly avert a national rail strike. This strike threatened to halt major parts of the U.S. economy, making it a very serious issue.
This morning, President Joe Biden has announced that he tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, experiencing mild symptoms and quarantining currently in the White House. While Biden is 79 years old, putting him at an increased risk for more extreme side effects, he has stated that he is quadruple vaxxed, receiving both doses of the vaccine as well as two booster shots. Luckily, President Biden does not seem to be too affected by his positive diagnosis, sharing that he will remain isolated until next Tuesday and will use this time to “get a lot of work done,” considering he had to cancel a scheduled trip to Pennsylvania this week. Currently, President Biden has no fever, and it has been shared by the President’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, that he has a runny nose, fatigue, and an occasional dry cough.
After the horrific mass shooting which left seven dead and more than dozens injured, the community of Highland Park has been left in deep sorrow and grief. Members of the community are not only in shock, but many are also demanding change in order to prevent more mass shootings from happening in the country. The mayor of Highland Park has spoken to President Joe Biden about pursuing a national ban on assault weapons.
On Thursday President Joe Biden awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 individuals, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and Khizer Khan, the father of a fallen Muslim Army captain. To start off the event, Biden gave a small speech about the award, calling the recipients an “extraordinary, extraordinary group of Americans.”
Brittney Griner sent a handwritten letter to President Joe Biden asking for his help while she is detained in Russia. According to the White House, the WNBA star told the president that she fears she will be detained in Russia indefinitely, and pleaded with the President to not forget about her and the other American prisoners detained in Russia.
Communications director of the Biden Administration, Kate Bedingfield, is leaving the White House, which marks another departure of a high-ranking communications official just before the midterm election.
Beginning in the fall, the White house plans to life a long-standing barrier for many young Americans hoping to work in the government. President Biden and Vice President Harris announced they will be starting the White House Internship Program, which will pay interns a weekly stipend.