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U.S. Congressman Barry Loudermilk
  Press Release: Three-Digit Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
  Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the activation of the new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number: 988.

“Individuals suffering from mental health issues need a number to call in order to get the help they desperately need immediately, which is exactly why the 988 number was established after Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in 2020, during President Trump’s administration. This new number, officially activated last month, will allow those suffering from mental health issues to get help from trained mental health professionals instead of relying only on law enforcement. If you are struggling from a mental health issue, please text or call 988.”  

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In the News: U.S. adds 528,000 jobs in July and unemployment falls to pre-pandemic levels

  Market Watch:

The numbers The U.S. added a sizzling 528,000 new jobs in July and the unemployment rate fell to pre-pandemic levels in a muscle-flexing display for the economy. Yet the robust report could add to inflation worries and push interest rates even higher.

The increase in hiring blew past Wall Street estimates. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast 258,000 new jobs.

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In the News: China sends warships and jets close to Taiwan and sparks alert in Japan as tensions rise

China pressed ahead with military drills near Taiwan and flew drones close to Japan on Friday, escalating tensions in the strait that have threatened to boil over since Taipei welcomed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a historic visit.

Taiwan's defense ministry said Chinese warships and aircraft continued drills in waters around the island, adding that Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) forces crossed the median line -- the halfway point between the island and mainland China -- in a move it called a "highly provocative act." 

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In the News: Democrats, Sinema reach deal on Inflation Reduction Act, after key changes to tax policies

  Washington Post:

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would soon be ready to “move forward” on a revised version of Senate Democrats’ health-care, climate and deficit-reduction package, opening the door for party lawmakers to adopt the long-stalled bill as soon as this weekend.

Sinema offered her must-have support after Democratic leaders agreed to scale back some of their original tax proposals, capping days of speculation about her public silence and moving her party one step closer to fulfilling a central element of President Biden’s economic agenda. 

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In the News: US takes out al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in 'successful' Afghanistan counterterrorism operation
  Fox News:

President Biden announced Monday that the U.S. government killed the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, in a "successful" counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan that removes the terrorist from the battlefield "once and for all," and degrades the terror network's ability to operate.

The U.S. government, on July 30 at 9:48 p.m. ET, and 6:18 a.m. Kabul time, undertook a "precision counterterrorism operation," killing Zawahri, who served as Usama bin Laden’s deputy during the 9/11 attacks, and as his successor in 2011, following bin Laden’s death. 

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