After the very somber day we had as a nation yesterday, let’s look at some of the good news I’ve found in these past couple of weeks!
President Joe Biden gave a speech for the ages on the anniversary of January 6th. Watch the full speech HERE
The FDA approved booster shots for kids ages 12 to 15
The December jobs report comes in at double expectations. Economists had predicted 400,000 private sector jobs for the month, but the report by ADP registered 807,000 new jobs
A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll shows Democrats narrowly leading Republicans on the generic ballot, 39% to 37%, marking a major shift from the GOP’s previous 8-point lead in a November
The U.S. Mint unveiled the designs for 5 quarters to feature incredible women in our history. The first coins, which will be released in 2022, feature Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong
Trump cancelled the speech/rally he’d planned for January 6th
Marjorie Taylor Greene was permanently banned from Twitter for repeatedly sharing COVID misinformation, violating their rules
A Louisiana judge resigned weeks after a video from her home showed her repeatedly using the N-word.
The Marine Corps has kicked out more troops for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine. The total number of discharges has risen to 206, up from 169 last week
GDP growth during Donald Trump’s final year in office: -3.5%. GDP growth during Joe Biden’s first year in office: +5.5%
Gov. Jared Polis reduces sentence for I-70 truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos from 110 years to 10 years. New parole eligibility date is Dec. 30, 2026. Polis called the sentence “highly atypical and unjust sentence” in his commutation letter
A year ago this week, almost 800,000 Americans filed for unemployment. Today, that number is below 200,000, a level not reached since 1969
Biden committed $137 million to expanding the production of COVID-19 at-home tests using our military authority in order to meet demand
Michigan’s “independent commission approved maps late Tuesday that create districts so competitive that Democrats have a fighting chance of recapturing the State Senate for the first time since 1984”
A federal judge has denied a request from Oklahoma’s Republican governor to halt the military’s vaccine mandate
Federal courts forced Texas to set up online voter registration in the fall of 2020. 1.5 million people have been registered through the new system since
And finally, in good news for Oregonians, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff was found to be ineligible to run for governor.
If I missed a good news story, I encourage you to tell us about it in a comment — that way we can all celebrate!
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