Biden will NOT mandate COVID-19 vaccines, White House confirms  


The Biden administration is not planning on imposing a vaccine mandate and will not track who has or hasn’t had the shots, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a Friday briefing.  However businesses and institutions like colleges and universities can, Psaki added.  ‘Private sector companies may decide that they want to have requirements. […]

CDC set to say vaccinated people can take off masks inside


BREAKING NEWS: CDC expected to say fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks INDOORS – except in crowded places like buses and planes   CDC is expected to update its guidance on mask-wearing on Thursday  The new guidance is expected to allow fully vaccinated people to go maskless indoors in almost all settings  Crowded settings like […]

White House adviser says any American undecided about getting vaccinated should ‘look at India’ 


Any American who is undecided about receiving the coronavirus vaccine should ‘look at India,’ a Biden administration official said on Wednesday. Andy Slavitt, the White House senior advisor for COVID-19 response, said the general public should compare the downward trends in the U.S. to the spikes seen in the Asian country. While India recorded its highest […]

Daily US Covid deaths fall to a nine-month low of 666 as cases decline 15%


The U.S. is ‘turning the corner’ in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients told CNN on Sunday.   Nationwide Covid metrics are hitting lows not see for the better part of a year, as the vaccination rate approaches a crucial tipping point of having half of adults vaccinated against COVID-19.  […]

Will US reach herd immunity soon? Some experts say it’s unlikely


Despite the Biden administration’s celebration of 100 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. may never reach the ultimate goal of herd immunity because 20 percent of Americans don’t want the shots and variants have pushed the immunity threshold above 70 percent of the population.  As of Monday, 31.6 percent of Americans are inoculated […]

Biden administration will send Covid vaccines directly to doctors in rural areas to boost shot rates


President Joe Biden is planning to announce Tuesday that coronavirus vaccines will be sent directly to rural areas in the hopes of getting more hospital employees and residents immunized. According to NPR, the Biden administration has created a hand-picked list of physicians enrolled in state vaccine systems who are based in ‘socially vulnerable’ communities. These […]

100 MILLION Americans are fully vaccinated


At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing fight to end the pandemic, White House officials announced Friday.  Daily average COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to a low of 628 for this year on Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside – except in crowds


Fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. ‘If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you,’ said CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky during a Tuesday White House press briefing.  ‘There are many situations in which Americans do not need […]

Doctors call on the US to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines to crisis-hit India NOW


Global health experts are calling on the U.S. government to send its stockpile of AstraZeneca-University of Oxford coronavirus vaccines to India immediately as health officials say they don’t anticipate using any of the doses. During a news briefing on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, the White House senior COVID-19 advisor, addressed a report stating that the country […]

Covid US: Biden keeps mask ON despite CDC saying fully-vaccinated can go MASKLESS outside


President Joe Biden kept his face mask on Tuesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated Americans can now safely go without masks outside, saying he was doing so to make a point. Biden wore his face mask as he came out onto the North Lawn of the White House […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

US states will get 30 MILLION doses of Covid vaccines next week despite falling demand


The White House has said that states will be receiving nearly 30 million coronavirus vaccine doses this week. This is a seven percent increase from the approximately 28 million doses allocated over the previous two weeks and a 248 percent rise from the 8.6 million doses being sent weekly when President Joe Biden took office. […]

Covid variants are blamed for spike in cases in some states while infections decline in Texas


More than half of American adults have now had at least their first dose of coronavirus vaccine, and there are promising signs the shots are working: Plummeting average daily death numbers over the past week.  The seven-day rolling average of fatalities has fallen by a quarter to 737 compared to seven days ago when 987 […]

Less than 0.01% of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have gone on to contract the disease


A small number of Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These-so-called ‘breakthrough cases’ occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their final dose of the vaccine, and which officials say is not […]

Shipments of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines will increase by 7% next week after J&J shot paused


The U.S. government is increasing its allocations of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccine after federal agencies recommended a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Across the country next week, there will be a seven percent increase in the number of doses shipped, according to new data published on Tuesday. During the week of […]

New Hampshire and Oklahoma open up coronavirus vaccines to out-of-state residents


New Hampshire and Oklahoma have become the latest U.S. states to open up coronavirus vaccines to all Americans regardless of residency. On Thursday, Oklahoma expanded eligibility to all residents while New Hampshire officials announced on the same say that the requirement would be lifted on April 19. ‘Whether you live in Boston, Maine, Vermont, New […]

CDC director says Michigan needs to shut down AGAIN amid rising coronavirus cases


The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Michigan needs to ‘close things down’ in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In the last month, new infections have exploded from an average of about 2,000 per day to more than 6,000 per day, an xx percent increase. During a […]

Regeneron to ask FDA to use its COVID-19 antibody drug as a preventative treatment


Regeneron Pharmaceuticals plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow its COVID-19 monoclonal antibody cocktail to be used as a preventative treatment.  It comes after data from a Phase III clinical trial, run together with the National Institutes of Health, found the drug reduced the risk of asymptomatic coronavirus  patients developing symptoms […]

US has risen to 7th in world for vaccinating its population – but still lags behind UK’s rollout


A vaccination drive that has begun to pick up speed is propelling the United States ahead in the race to immunize its population against COVID-19. Currently, the U.S. ranks seventh in the world, with 25.7 percent of Americans having received at least one dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Covid US: At least three fully-vaccinated Hawaiians caught infection


At least three Hawaii residents have been infected with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.  Vaccine trials showed that the three vaccines approved in the US prevent between 66 and 95 percent of symptomatic infections, but we still do not know how well the vaccines prevent people from catching or spreading coronavirus.  So it’s little […]

UK’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’, Professor Chris Whitty says


Britain’s ‘wall of vaccination’ against Covid is ‘leaky’ because jabs aren’t 100 per cent effective and millions have still yet to be fully inoculated, Professor Chris Whitty warned tonight. England’s chief medical officer acknowledged the wall — designed to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed and thousands from dying in the event of a third […]

Health workers 90% less likely to catch coronavirus after they are fully vaccinated, CDC data show 


Two doses of either Moderna‘s or Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine are highly effective at preventing infection, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) real-world study published on Monday finds. Researchers looked at vaccination rates among nearly 4,000 healthcare employees, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers from mid-December 2020 to mid-March 2021. Results […]

Arkansas lifts mask mandate and makes everyone 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccination TODAY


Arkansas has lifted its mask mandate and made everyone aged 16 and older eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday. Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Tuesday that businesses, such as restaurants and stores, will have the option to require masks on their premises  and implored residents to respect those decisions.  ‘Please be respectful and mindful […]

More than 100 MILLION Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine


The U.S. has now vaccinated more than 100 million people with at least one dose of COVID-19 shots, a historic milestone in effort to end the pandemic.  Almost a third of American adults now have or will soon have some degree of protection against COVID-19.  About 17.5 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated against […]

US is seeing 4% more Covid cases a day compared to last week


After weeks of encouraging declines, coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the rise again, with the average number of daily infections rising to nearly 57,000 on Wednesday – four percent higher than they were a week earlier, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

Fauci says the US government will not require Americans to use ‘vaccine passports’


Dr Anthony Fauci has said the U.S. government will not require Americans who are immunized against COVID-19 to use so-called ‘vaccine passports.’ The idea behind these passports is that they would offer proof of vaccination so that people could perform daily tasks such as eat in restaurants, travel, shop and so on. But they have […]

More than 40% of US adults have had at least one dose of Covid vaccine 


More than 40 percent of American adults have now had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the White House Covid response team announced on Monday.  Nearly one in four adults are now fully vaccinated, as are 55 percent of seniors in the U.S., revealed response team member Andy Slavitt during a press briefing.  […]

Fauci: One-dose vaccination could be ‘tenuous’ protection against variants


Dr Fauci warns that delaying second doses of Covid vaccines would give only ‘tenuous’ protection against variants that may weaken the shots UK health officials allow second doses to be delayed up to 12 weeks Dr Fauci has stood against this strategy in the U.S., buy Monday said there is not a ‘right or wrong’ […]

Walgreens under fire for giving second Pfizer Covid shot doses late


Walgreens gave hundreds of thousands of Americans their second doses of Pfizer‘s Covid vaccine a week late, flouting U.S. guidelines and confusing customers, the New York Times has revealed.   Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be given in two doses, spread three weeks apart, while Moderna‘s is given four […]

CDC tells businesses to ‘end the hygiene theater’


It’s time to stop obsessively Clorox-ing every surface and object, U.S. health officials announced Monday.   An army of sanitizing robots, round-the-clock cleaning staffs and UV lamp-wielding workers is being called off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has deemed the risk of contracting COVID-19 by touching surfaces ‘low.’  Schools, businesses, and […]

Covid US: 50% adults will be vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine by weekend


Half of all U.S. adults will receive at least one coronavirus vaccine dose by the end of the weekend. Currently, 41.7 percent of Americans aged 18 or older have gotten at least an initial shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But on CNN‘s Cuomo Prime Time on Tuesday, Andy Slavitt, […]

Doubling Michigan’s vaccine supply could prevent 1,200 deaths, model suggests


Biden administration officials are refusing to boost the vaccine supply sent to Michigan, which is now in a vicious fourth wave of coronavirus infections and deaths.  Doubling the number of doses sent to the Great Lakes state weekly could prevent up to 1,200 COVID-19 deaths, one University of California, Berkeley model suggests. But when asked […]

Bill Cassidy on GOP: ‘If we idolize one person, we will lose’


“If we idolize one person, we will lose,” Cassidy told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “And that’s kind of clear from the last election.” Cassidy, a moderate, was one of seven GOP senators who joined all Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the 57 guilty […]

Andrew Cuomo: New York governor faces new allegations that threaten his political future


The new sexual harassment allegation emerged Saturday evening in an article in the New York Times. Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old former executive assistant and health policy adviser to Cuomo, told the newspaper that during one of several uncomfortable encounters, Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life during a conversation in his State Capitol office […]

School reopening: Here’s why it’s so hard


Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction are not the same everywhere, making it nearly impossible to create effective federal and even state-level guidance as the pandemic wears on. Some buildings don’t have enough space to spread students out, while others don’t have […]

Psaki: ‘More effective ways’ to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi’s murder than sanctioning crown prince


“We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement — where there is national interests for the United States. That is what diplomacy looks like,” Psaki told CNN’s Dana Bash […]

US Coronavirus: Experts say the green light for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine helps bring US a step closer to normalcy


“This is really great news,” Dr. Esther Choo, a professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, told CNN Saturday. “Johnson & Johnson vaccine… performs very well, still has an outstanding safety profile and then has the added benefit of tremendous convenience.” “It’s been such a challenge to get even a single dose […]

New York Times: Second former aide accuses Cuomo of sexual harassment


The former aide, Charlotte Bennett, alleges that Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she had monogamous relationships and if she ever had sex with older men, according to the Times. Bennett told the newspaper that the alleged incidents happened late last spring, during the height of the state’s fight against the coronavirus. […]

Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine gets emergency use authorization from FDA


With more than 28.5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and over 511,000 reported deaths in the US since the start of the pandemic, and while the demand for vaccine still far exceeds supply, these vaccines can’t come soon enough. “A third safe and effective vaccine is very welcome news,” Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior for […]

Coronavirus vaccines: How J&J’s is different from the others


Two vaccines are already being distributed in the US — one made by Moderna and another made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The new vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine division, is a little different. Here’s how. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is designed to be given as a single dose. That […]

Trump makes fundraising moves ahead of CPAC speech


Trump spokesman Jason Miller confirmed Saturday that the former President is considering forming a super PAC, which can raise unlimited amounts of money from virtually any source and faces no limits on spending. The committee “could be a brand new entity” or a repurposed version of “America First,” an existing super PAC launched while Trump […]

Manufacturing CEO: Before Biden, it felt like we were fighting the pandemic alone


“It is fantastic to have a partner in the White House,” Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told CNN Business. “We felt like we were fighting this fight, frankly, all alone for the last year.” NAM, which represents more than 130,000 manufacturers, announced Friday it is planning to partner with […]

Ron Klain emerges as a force behind the scenes — and on Twitter


A month into the job, he is facing the most significant blowback of his tenure after pushing for a controversial friend to lead Biden’s budget office without consulting first with key senators, leading to questions about overconfidence in dealing with an evenly divided Senate. Central figure Since the moment Klain was selected to serve as […]

The tough message Biden just sent Iran (Opinion)


Pentagon officials said two F15s dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (precision weapons with GPS navigation capabilities) on buildings at an unofficial border crossing believed to be used by militias to transfer munitions into Syria from Iraq. The strike sought to cripple the ability of these groups, particularly Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, to […]

US coronavirus: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a valuable weapon and its roll out will be quick, officials say


That amount could increase Covid-19 vaccination for states by 25% and would be delivered in as quickly as one or two days in the first week, the chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officials Lori Tremmel Freeman said. Vaccine administration has already been increasing, with 2.2 million more vaccinations […]

Stimulus package update: House passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package


The final vote tally was 219-212. Two Democrats broke ranks and voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine. The bill did not pass with bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it. Now that the bill has passed the House it will next go to the Senate. Making the […]

Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: ‘We’re in it for the long haul’


In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, joined […]

FDA vaccine advisers recommend authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine


The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted unanimously to recommend EUA of the vaccine in people 18 and older. If the FDA acts on the recommendation — and it’s expected to do so quickly — the vaccine will become the third authorized for use in the United States. It will be […]

Senate Democrats look for alternative ways to boost minimum wage after suffering setback


As an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is now eying imposing penalties for corporations offering less than a $15 minimum wage as part of the relief package, which stands as the new administration’s first big legislative priority and the first chance Democrats have to show they can deliver on their promises now that they […]

House vote key first step for Democrats’ stimulus plans


This package, the culmination of weeks of behind-the-scenes work by a dozen committees, a strategic and aggressive lobbying campaign targeted both inside and outside the beltway, and the “iron fist” of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi keeping her troops in line, is major. If it felt smooth, uneventful or quiet, it’s because you are dealing with […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy


Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to […]

Johnson & Johnson: FDA advisers to consider third Covid-19 vaccine Friday


It’s the next step in a process that could end with the new vaccine’s rollout early next week. As with the two currently authorized vaccines, advisers and federal agencies are meeting over a weekend to try to get the vaccines to the US public as soon as possible. The FDA has already considered the advanced, […]

Why hasn’t Biden given up on Neera Tanden yet?


West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D) announcement last Saturday that he would not support Tanden for the role set off a series of announcements — mostly from Republicans thought to be on the fence — that they would oppose her nomination as well. And the two Senate committees — led by Democrats — with oversight […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Mexico border: Increasing number of unaccompanied children arriving at southern border setting off alarm bells for feds


On Thursday, a senior Health and Human Services Department official briefed Capitol Hill staff about the capacity challenges facing the department, which is charged with the care of migrant children, according to a congressional aide. Jallyn Sualog, acting director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, shared concern over the uptick in children and limited space, […]

Syria air strikes: US carries out strikes in targeting Iranian backed militia structures


The strikes mark the military’s first known action under President Joe Biden. The site was not specifically tied to the rocket attacks, but were believed to be used by Iranian-backed Shia militias operating in the region. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the strikes took place “at President Biden’s direction” and were authorized not just […]

Analysis: Saudi Arabia is experiencing the downside of betting on the Trump family


“The President’s intention — as is the intention of this government — is to recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia and have counterparts communicate with counterparts,” Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Wednesday before today’s call between her boss and MBS’s father, King Salman. It doesn’t get much blunter than that. The fact that […]

Khashoggi report: Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of intelligence report


The congressionally mandated release of the report, which is expected to further implicate Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post columnist’s death, is expected to take place imminently now that Biden and the King have spoken. The call “went well,” according to a source close to the Saudi government. White […]

Andrew Cuomo denies former aide’s sexual harassment allegations


Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018, the Democratic governor kissed her on the lips following a one-on-one briefing in his New York City office. “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Boylan wrote, describing the encounter. “I was […]

Stimulus bill: When will Congress pass Covid relief?


What’s riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden even before he took office, as well as that extra federal unemployment money. Democrats have said they will get a bill signed by mid-March. But getting the proposal — proposals, really, since there will be different versions between the House, Senate and […]

Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly (Opinion)


It was bound to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it took this long: the first Very Online woman is facing US Senate confirmation. And she may not make it through. The woman is Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, and Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and […]

White House lifts Trump order that temporarily banned certain immigrant visas during pandemic


The move opens up legal avenues to migrate to the US that former President Donald Trump had closed off, arguing at the time that it was in the best interest of the economy in the early months of the pandemic. Biden charged in a proclamation Wednesday that Trump’s order “does not advance the interests of […]

Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links


He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course, making and taking calls from a golf cart that doubles as his mobile, and self-driven, office. The multiple trips to the links in the last few weeks have served to accomplish a long-promised goal, says someone who spent time with him recently: Donald Trump claims he […]

Congressional Republicans risk backlash as they unite against Biden’s Covid relief plan


After losing control of the White House and the US Senate in November, and still relegated to the minority in the US House, Republican leaders hope to win back suburban voters in 2022, in part by earning their trust that they would do a better job than Democrats easing the transition back to normal life […]

Miscalculating Sinema and Manchin could end up costing Biden


“DANGEROUS CREATURE,” the Arizona Democrat’s sweater blared in all-capital letters. Tanden’s nomination was already on life support after Manchin said he would not support her, citing old tweets she wrote that disparaged members of both parties. And like Sinema, the West Virginia Democrat also says he opposes the increase in the minimum wage. The outsized […]

‘Top Secret’ Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince


The documents, filed as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier this year, are labeled “Top Secret” and signed by a Saudi minister who relayed the orders of the crown prince, the young de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. “According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince,” the minister wrote according to a […]

Democrats’ struggles to stay united on Covid relief package are just beginning


In a normal Senate where there were a few votes to spare, one member wouldn’t have so much power. But, if you have watched closely, you’ve seen the wave that a single senator’s comments can bring when they talk about what they can support in a bill or in a nominee. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

Democrats now at odds over whether to immediately seek postmaster general’s ouster


Changes made to the Postal Service under DeJoy, the US postmaster general and major donor to former President Donald Trump, sparked outrage last year when critics blamed him for the slowdown of mail delivery ahead of the critical November election. Democrats linked DeJoy to Trump’s anti-mail-in voting rhetoric and accused him of attempting to sabotage […]

White House to distribute 25+ million free masks across the country


This file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, on December 2, 2020. Johnson & Johnson via AP Johnson & Johnson says that it has four million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine ready to ship “immediately” once it receives emergency use authorization, which could happen […]

Neera Tanden: Key committee votes postponed in troubling sign for Tanden nomination


Senators want more time to consider the nomination, an official on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who is familiar with the matter tells CNN. A senior aide on the other panel, the Senate Budget Committee, told CNN its hearing also was postponed and that Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses […]

Questions remain on J&J Covid-19 vaccine rollout as authorization decision approaches


On Monday, the White House did not disclose its plans for the J&J vaccine, although an administration official said they have worked closely with the company to formulate a distribution outline in recent weeks. Federal officials have expressed disappointment that fewer doses than initially expected will be ready if the vaccine is authorized soon. While […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

First on CNN: Biden’s Covid plan gets backing from more than 150 top business leaders


The group of executives includes the top executives representing some of the powerful business interests in the US, ranging from bank and investment firms like Goldman Sachs and Blackstone, to technology companies like Google, Intel and IBM, to hospitality companies like Loews Hotels & Co. and airlines including American and United Airlines. Top executives from […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)


This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term genocide […]

Fracking and Deb Haaland: How to view the Senate debate


The difficulty faced by Haaland is particularly interesting since it’s not just political — opposition or support for a fossil fuel economy — but also scientific. One party wants to actively address climate change and the other does not. What Matters went to CNN’s Drew Kann, who covers climate change for the network, to find […]

Pence speaks highly of Trump in meeting and plans to launch a political group


Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee, told CNN that a group of members met at Pence’s transition office in the Washington area on Tuesday afternoon, talking about the way forward for their party while also touting the accomplishments of the past. Pence harbored no ill will towards Trump […]

Republicans begin new push against Biden’s Covid-19 relief plan 


Sen. John Thune speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Biden a bipartisan victory and one […]

Biden administration prepares to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning and SolarWinds hack


Discussions about the response to the devastating security breach of at least nine federal agencies and dozens of private businesses are still ongoing but could come within a matter of weeks, the US official said, noting that the package will likely include sanctions and a cyber component, as well as other options that make clear […]

Texas storm recovery: Some Texans still don’t have water while others must change electric providers while others


At least 29 Texans were killed during the storm. That’s more than half of the 56 weather-related deaths nationally. While most Texas now have power, some of their electric providers will no longer be available. And more than 7 million people have water disruptions, including warnings to boil water before using it or having no […]

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine: FDA committee to consider authorization for single-dose shot this week


The vaccine is the third under consideration for the US market, and would be the first single-dose Covid-19 shot available here. Like the earlier Covid-19 vaccines, it was developed and tested at a remarkable pace, condensing into months what might have taken years before the pandemic. But there are few answers on what will happen […]

Haaland expected to face contentious confirmation hearing over Interior nomination


The Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico is a historic pick and would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary if confirmed by the Senate. But Democrats and White House officials told CNN that they anticipate the hearing could get tense, and some Republicans have already spoken out against what they call her “extreme” and “radical” […]

White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau


In-person visits from foreign leaders are still off-limits as the novel coronavirus continues to rage. So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White House […]

Shalanda Young emerging as a top contender to lead OMB with Neera Tanden’s nomination on the rocks


Young, who was the first Black woman to serve as the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, has strong relationships on Capitol Hill — “with Republicans and Democrats alike,” the official said. She played a key role in recent budget negotiations, working with GOP Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama and other Republicans. Young also […]

The immigration debate has a blind spot


“Without immigration it becomes increasingly impossible to sustain entitlements, much less a functioning health care system, or a local tax base in rural and suburban cities and communities across the country,” says Ali Noorani, president of the National Immigration Forum, a centrist immigration advocacy group. After Trump sought to slash legal immigration through legislative and […]

Mounting confirmation battle sends warning sign to Biden


Growing intrigue over a trio of controversial presidential picks is also underscoring the power of individual senators such as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, when the partisan balance is so evenly divided. While Biden has seen blue-chip national security selections such as Antony Blinken as secretary of state […]

‘Try to honor the loss:’ Why CNN aired a national memorial service for 500,000 lives lost from Covid-19


More than 500,000 Americans dead from Covid. More than 500,000 lives cut short by a pandemic the rest of us will never forget. Journalists are stretching for words and illustrations and imagery to meet the magnitude of the moment. As NPR’s Pien Huang wrote Monday, “Losing half a million lives to this disease was unimaginable […]

What Matters: What America’s next pandemic year will look like


As we enter our second year with Covid, it’s becoming more and more clear that it will take more time to get back to how life looked in February of 2020. There will be permanent changes to the way we interact, work, travel, eat and learn. When you find yourself wondering, as I often do, […]

Joe Biden honors the half million US lives lost to coronavirus


“The people we lost were extraordinary. They spanned generations,” he said. “Just like that, they took their final breath alone, in America.” Biden spoke from experience when it came to describing the grief of losing a loved one. “For the loved ones left behind: I know all too well. I know what it’s like to […]

6 takeaways from Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing


The chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit pledged to “fend off any effort by anyone” to politicize the investigations of the department. “I am not the President’s lawyer,” said Garland. “I am the United States’ lawyer.” Here are six takeaways from Garland’s nomination hearing. Senate Republicans pressed Garland on […]

Family of Americans held hostage in Iran urge Biden admin to make release key part of Iran policy


Babak Namazi, the son of Baquer and brother of Siamak Namazi, told reporters Monday that it “pains (him) greatly that we are now in into a third administration, with both (his) brother and father still being held captive.” “As the Biden administration develops its new Iran policy, my family expects that President Biden and his […]

GOP irked after last-ditch attempt fails to deter Biden push for quick passage of Covid relief plan


The Maine Republican had tried to make an urgent plea to the new president: Abandon the idea of going it alone with just Democrats on the $1.9 trillion relief bill and instead continue working on a bipartisan deal. Biden, two sources familiar with the call said, was sounding out Collins, speaking freely to her and […]

Merrick Garland’s 2-day confirmation hearing to be Biden’s attorney general starts Monday morning


Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he’s appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny […]

Opinion: CPAC’s dangerous embrace of Trump


To be clear, I’m not urging CPAC to cancel Trump’s speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies about […]

Biden to mark upcoming 500,000 Covid deaths with candle lighting ceremony


With the United States approaching half a million Covid-19 deaths, plans are underway for President Joe Biden to mark the moment this week. The President is planning to deliver remarks and hold a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House around sundown as soon as Monday if the threshold is crossed, a White House official said. First […]

As 500,000 Covid death looms, US reaches pivotal moment


A warning from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Sunday that Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 came as leading medical associations pleaded for extended vigilance from people exhausted by months of self-isolating and the punishing economic impact of the worst public health calamity in 100 years. But the national dichotomy between fear and hope […]

Iran hostages: White House has started to communicate with Iran over American hostages


“We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage — the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan told CBS News. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we […]

Lara Trump signals Donald Trump may return to the political arena


Former President Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, marking his first public appearance since leaving the White House. Trump’s former senior adviser Lara Trump told Fox News that he may be interested in running for office again in 2024. Source link

Texas congressman says emergency aid will help Texans pay high energy bills charged after deep freeze


“Yes, that’s the current plan with the federal assistance — be able to help the homeowners both repair, because we have a lot of water leaks, a lot of water damage, pipes bursting, but also their electricity bills as well,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked […]

White House says stock-trading tax is worth studying after GameStop frenzy


The GameStop situation highlights the serious issues of investor protection and market integrity, a White House spokesperson told CNN Business on Sunday. The potential impact of a financial transaction tax on GameStop-like trading deserves additional study and can be part of a greater evaluation of such a tax for revenue and market stability, the spokesperson […]

Neera Tanden: Schumer says he is working with Biden ‘to find the extra votes’ to confirm OMB pick


“I am working with President Biden to find the extra votes so she can be passed,” he told reporters during a news conference in New York, mentioning Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who said last week he would not vote for Tanden. “I think she would be a very good OMB leader,” Schumer added. Tanden’s confirmation […]

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