Morning Headlines - Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

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Morning Headlines - Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

U.S. and World Headlines

McCarthy Heads To Grueling Speaker Vote With Fate In Limbo

As Kevin McCarthy begins the final descent of his turbulent bid for the speaker’s gavel, Republicans are bracing to see whether he lands the plane or crashes and burns.

After weeks of intense, down-to-the-wire negotiations, the California Republican is about out of time to lock down the needed 218 votes. With his yearslong effort to claim the speakership trapped in limbo, he’ll first meet with his party’s conference Tuesday morning behind closed doors, likely making his final case before members head to the House floor to vote.

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DEA Warns That ADHD Over Prescription Could Be As Bad As Opioid Crisis

  • DEA has expressed concerns to ADHD medication manufacturers that 'aggressive marketing practices' may be contributing to excessive prescriptions
  • Adderall prescriptions rose more than 10% in 2021 and through October 2022, after a roughly 5% annual increase in the previous three years
  • DEA did not name specific companies, but its concerns are believed to relate to the prescribing practices of Cerebral and Done Global
  • In December, the DEA announced that it would not allow an increase in the production of pharmaceutical ingredients for ADHD drugs like Adderall in 2023
  • It followed a rise in prescriptions for Adderall since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which FDA said in October had led to a shortage of the drug
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Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin In 'Critical Condition' After Collapsing On Field

Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin had his heartbeat restored on the field after suffering cardiac arrest during the team's game Monday night against the Bengals, and he is currently in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital, the Bills said in a statement early Tuesday morning.

The chilling scene midway through the opening quarter of the Monday night showdown between the two NFL powers led the league to postpone the game about 90 minutes after kickoff.

CPR was administered to Hamlin, 24, on the field for multiple minutes after he collapsed following his tackle of Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.

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How Biden Could Appoint More Judges Than Trump

Democrats now have a slightly bigger Senate majority but not much to do with it. And so, it’s time for more judges.

Retaining the Senate means that President Biden and Senate Democrats will be able to continue nominating and confirming federal judges, and, if they play their cards right over the next two years, Democrats may get as many judges on the federal bench as Republicans did during former President Donald Trump’s term. If they get lucky, they could end up with even more.

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Trump Tax Returns Raise Alarms About Fairness Of US Tax Code

A preliminary review of the thousands of pages of Donald Trump’s tax returns released by a key congressional committee on Friday confirms that the former president was using business losses in the tens of millions of dollars to reduce his annual tax liability, in some cases all the way down to zero.

While one of Trump’s main businesses was found guilty of criminal tax fraud earlier this month, Trump himself has so far not been accused of doing anything illegal with his taxes and personal accounting.

But that’s raising more urgent questions about the fairness of the U.S. tax code and tax regulations, which number in the millions of words and in the case of Trump proved effectively unenforceable.

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Wisconsin Headlines

Gov. Tony Evers Is Starting His Second Term, But Nearly 180 Of His Appointees Remain Unconfirmed

Gov. Tony Evers starts his second term on Jan. 3, but scores of holdovers from the Democratic governor's first term are stuck in a kind of legislative limbo.

Nearly 180 people appointed by Evers to lead state agencies, boards and commissions had yet to be confirmed by the state Senate, according to lists provided in mid-December by the governor's office and the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

That includes five Cabinet members who continue to lead state agencies despite having never been confirmed by the Senate. While they have all the duties of other cabinet secretaries, they're technically secretary-designees, which means they can be fired by the Senate.

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Evers Seeks 'Significant Increase' For UW System In Wisconsin's Next State Budget

For most Wisconsinites, ringing in the new year meant making resolutions and enjoying a break from school or work. But for Gov. Tony Evers, 2023 ushered in Wisconsin’s hectic biennial state budget process.

The state budget cycle resets every two years, beginning in an even year and ending in an odd year. The governor’s office will present an executive draft budget in February based on funding requests from state agencies submitted last fall.

Evers recently shared some of his plans for the upcoming budget with The Daily Cardinal. His primary spending goals included renovating college campuses, offering more adequate mental health care, lowering tuition costs and attempting to close the K-12 achievement gap. 

Wisconsin ranked 41st in the nation for total revenues going to higher education — the lowest ranking of any Midwestern state.

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Wisconsin's $6.6B Budget Surplus: How Will Your Tax Dollars Be Spent?

A new year brings fresh political fights. After a bitter election year in 2022, the people you elected start at the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Ahead of Inauguration Day 2023, FOX6 News asked the state's top leaders what they’re planning for the state and how they'll spend your tax money.

"It takes two to tango, so all I’m saying to the governor is, we’re hoping to find some common ground," said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. 

Before Christmas, the Republican speaker met with the Democratic governor. It was the first time in two years that the two met in person.

"I think we’re going to try to reach common ground when we can," said Governor Tony Evers.

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Northwoods Marching Band First From Northern Wis. To Perform At Rose Parade

The Wisconsin Northwoods Marching Band made history as the first band from northern Wisconsin to ever perform in the Rose Bowl Parade.

The group, consisting of nearly 400 members, showcased their Wisconsin pride by playing their piece, ‘Beautiful Wisconsin.’ The marching band was #22 in the parade.

The Tournament of Roses Association President and Chairman of the Board Amy Wainscott is a native of Eagle River.

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Packers-Lions Game Moved To Sunday Night

With the final playoff spot in the NFC on the line, the NFL has announced the Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 18.

Kickoff from Lambeau Field is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 7:20 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on NBC.

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Last Update: Jan 03, 2023 5:54 am CST

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