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    WASHINGTON -- For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard - one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 - the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they had just lost.Then Pollock knew her tribute, however heartfelt, would never begin to convey the grief of a pandemic that has now claimed nearly 500,000 lives in the U.S. and counting."I just wanted to hug them," she said. "Because that was all I could do."After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic was poised to surpass a milestone that once seemed unimaginable, a reminder of the virus's reach into all corners of the country and communities of every size and makeup.EMBED More News Videos The Biden administration is working to...
    Life could return to "normal" this spring and summer as COVID-19 starts to make its transition to being more of a wintertime illness, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Monday, while disagreeing with Dr. Anthony Faucis estimation that Americans could need to be wearing masks into 2022.  "I think that there might be circumstances where some of us will want to wear masks but I dont think this is going to be linear," Gottlieb said on CNBCs "Squawk Box." "Dr. Fauci also said that he thinks things will be normal by December. I think things will be normal in the spring and the summer of this year." But by fall, Gottlieb, now a medical contributor for CNBC, said the nation will still have to "take certain precautions, but were going to be back doing stuff." Then, as winter comes and COVID starts to circulate again, "we...
    Meghan McCain lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci during Monday’s broadcast of “The View,” questioning comments he made over the weekend. McCain shared a clip of Fauci telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that despite the vaccine, people should hold off on getting together with family and that Americans could still be wearing masks in 2022. WATCH: “So I was very frustrated when I saw this clip,” McCain began, pausing to acknowledge the massive loss felt by hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost family members and friends to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s horrific and very sad, and the grief that our country is going through should not be downplayed.” McCain then pivoted back to Fauci, saying that his messaging didn’t appear to match up with what was happening in other countries where the vaccine was also rolling out. (RELATED: ‘It’s Possible’: Fauci Says Masks...
    By ADAM GELLER, Associated Press For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they had just lost. Then Pollock knew her tribute, however heartfelt, would never begin to convey the grief of a pandemic that has now claimed nearly 500,000 lives in the U.S. and counting. “I just wanted to hug them,” she said. “Because that was all I could do.” After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic was poised to surpass a milestone that once seemed unimaginable, a reminder of the virus's reach into all corners of the country and communities of every size and makeup. “It’s very hard...
    For weeks after Cindy Pollock began planting tiny flags across her yard — one for each of the more than 1,800 Idahoans killed by COVID-19 — the toll was mostly a number. Until two women she had never met rang her doorbell in tears, seeking a place to mourn the husband and father they had just lost. Then Pollock knew her tribute, however heartfelt, would never begin to convey the grief of a pandemic that has now claimed nearly 500,000 lives in the U.S. and counting. “I just wanted to hug them,” she said. “Because that was all I could do.” After a year that has darkened doorways across the U.S., the pandemic was poised to surpass a milestone that once seemed unimaginable, a reminder of the virus’s reach into all corners of the country and communities of every size and makeup. “It’s very hard for me to imagine an...
    Rush Limbaugh gave voice to the ideals and values that made this country great; he inspired a generation of American conservatives; he reached men and women, young and old from every walk of life with his wit and wisdom, and he will be deeply missed.  So many tributes have been spoken and written about Rush since his death and all of them are true, and then some. Rush was more than just a towering figure in American radio; he saved it. He was more than an extraordinarily talented performer and entertainer; he was America’s political conscience.   In the years following the Reagan administration, for more than 30 years, no one did more to educate, inform, inspire and just plain entertain Americans about the issues of the day than Rush Limbaugh.   NEWT GINGRICH: RUSH LIMBAUGH WAS ONE OF THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT'S GREAT HEROIC FIGURES AND A GOOD FRIEND He didn’t simply comment...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of an Iranian-American father and son on Monday called on the Biden administration to make their releases a precondition of any deals it makes with Iran. The father, 84-year-old Baquer Namazi, has been banned from leaving Iran even though he was freed from prison on medical furlough in 2018 and his sentence was commuted in 2020 to time served, his son, Babak Namazi told an online news conference. Baquer Namazi is ailing and should be allowed to leave Iran for urgent medical treatment, Babak Namazi said, adding that his brother, Simak, remains jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, International Atomic Energy Agency, United States, Middle East, international trade
    More On: Coronavirus GOP will reportedly target ‘liberal goodies’ in COVID relief package Sanofi, GSK start new COVID-19 vaccine study after failed trial Biden will honor 500K US COVID-19 deaths with candle lighting ceremony South African COVID-19 variant found on Long Island The former head of the Food and Drug Administration has projected that plummeting COVID-19 rates are “likely to continue” since a growing number of people have some form of protection against the virus. Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the virus has fewer Americans to infect due to more vaccines being administered and people who have already been sick. “I think we’re going to continue to see infection rates decline into the spring and the summer,” Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Right now, they’re falling quite dramatically. I think these trends are likely to continue.” Gottlieb said that new more-contagious variants that emerged in the United Kingdom, South...
    By JOCELYN GECKER | The Associated Press Just one year ago, America had no idea. Life in February 2020 still felt normal. Concern was building about a mystery respiratory illness that had just been named COVID-19. There was panic buying, and a sense of trepidation. Yet it was tempered by a large dose of American optimism. The coronavirus still felt like a foreign problem, even as U.S. authorities recorded the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America is hurtling toward a horrifying milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A relentless march of death and tragedy has warped time and memory. It became easy to forget the shocking images, so many day after day, of scenes once unthinkable in a country of such wealth and power. As the year unfolded, Associated Press photographers formed a pictorial record of suffering, emotion and resilience. It shows the year...
    (CNN)Here's a look at some recent cases of foreign governments detaining US citizens. For information about missing Americans, see Robert Levinson Fast Facts or POW/MIA in Iraq and Afghanistan Fast Facts. Currently Detained AmericansChina Kai Li September 2016 - Kai Li, a naturalised US citizen born in China, is detained while visiting relatives in Shanghai.July 2018 - He is sentenced to ten years in prison for espionage following a secret trial held in August 2017.Read MoreIranBaquer and Siamak NamaziOctober 2015 - Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based businessman with dual US and Iranian citizenship, is detained while visiting relatives in Tehran.February 2016 - Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF official and father of Siamak Namazi, is also detained, his wife Effie Namazi says on Facebook. He is an Iranian-American.October 2016 - The men are sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $4.8 million, according to Iran's official news channel IRINN. Iran officials...
    New York (CNN Business)Nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many Americans remain stuck trying to work, attend school and socialize from home. For tens of millions of them, this is made more difficult because they lack access to fast, reliable internet at home. That means millions of American kids are unable to do at-home schoolwork. Millions of Americans — in the midst of a recession — can't apply for jobs at home. Millions of Americans will struggle to access online portals for Covid-19 vaccine sign-ups. This "digital divide" is nothing new, but the pandemic's spotlight on the issue has galvanized lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to fix it. And many experts say economic recovery will depend on it."The reality is that we are not going to be able to turbocharge the economy the way we need to, we're not going to be able to include everybody in...
    By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Just one year ago, America had no idea. Life in February 2020 still felt normal. Concern was building about a mystery respiratory illness that had just been named COVID-19. There was panic buying, and a sense of trepidation. Yet it was tempered by a large dose of American optimism. The coronavirus still felt like a foreign problem, even as U.S. authorities recorded the country’s first known death from the virus. Precisely a year later, America is hurtling toward a horrifying milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. A relentless march of death and tragedy has warped time and memory. It became easy to forget the shocking images, so many day after day, of scenes once unthinkable in a country of such wealth and power. As the year unfolded, Associated Press photographers formed a pictorial record of suffering, emotion and resilience. It shows the year that changed...
    As winners never fail to remind losers, elections have consequences. But rarely is there a  single day where consequences pack as much wallop as Friday, where the irrationality of Joe Biden’s policies came into full view. From the border with Mexico, where the new administration started opening the doors to at least 25,000 migrants seeking asylum, to the Mideast tinderbox, where it moved to rejoin the misbegotten Iran nuke deal, the new president appears fixated by the desire to turn back the clock to 2016. It’s as if Biden has been seized by a sentimental longing to try to make the world like it was when the Obama-Biden administration left office. Unfortunately, "The Way We Were" is a nice song but not much of a guide to the future. FRED FLEITZ: IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL – BIDEN RUSHING AHEAD FOR THESE 3 TROUBLING REASONS Still, trying to recapture the past would be reasonable if those years...
    While Big Tech works to suppress principled pro-life criticism, the Biden-Harris administration is working to expand abortion on demand, paid for by U.S. taxpayers.  Key to implementing and enforcing this radical agenda are Cabinet nominees like Xavier Becerra, a pro-abortion activist in line to head the influential Department of Health and Human Services. Without intervention from policymakers, Becerra seems headed toward a quick confirmation – and will be left holding the reins of one of the nation’s most influential agencies.  Becerra’s extreme record goes back three decades, when as a freshman congressman he voted against banning grisly partial-birth abortions and in favor of forced taxpayer funding of abortion – an extreme position even among his Democratic colleagues at the time. More recently, he voted against ensuring medical care for babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt.  NEWT GINGRICH: 'WOKE' AMERICAN MILITARY PUTS US IN DANGER. HERE'S HOW As attorney general of California, he’s proven to be aggressively hostile to unborn children...
    Joe Biden is conning the American people. He is lying about COVID and he is lying about the economy. We are not in the midst of a dark long winter. We are on the cusp of a bounteous blooming spring.  President Biden doesn’t want you to know the good news. Why? Because then you will refuse to write him and his Democrat colleagues a bit fat $1.9 trillion blank check.   And, because if the virus disappears in the next few months, even the most gullible CNN-watching Biden groupie will know that Donald J. Trump conquered COVID, not Joe Biden.   JUSTIN HASKINIS: TEXAS ENERGY CRISIS – AOC, GREEN NEW DEAL TO THE RESCUE? HERE'S THE TRUTH Some radicals might even conclude that President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed has delivered a miracle.  Consider the facts. COVID cases have dropped by more than 70% in recent weeks, more than the "experts" predicted. Fatalities, which lag cases, are...
    (CNN)As the US prepares to hit a devastating new milestone -- half a million Covid-19 deaths -- officials say the country is also edging closer to the end of its brutal battle against the virus. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sunday Covid-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since November 16 and are now down by more than half from their January peak. "With each day we are moving one step closer to eliminating and eradicating this pandemic," Hogan said in a statement. "But we need to remain vigilant, and keep doing the things that keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe." The US is about to top 500,000 Covid-19 deaths. Thats why its critical to keep up safety measures, Fauci saysKentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday the state saw its sixth straight week of declining Covid-19 cases, saying in a Twitter video message there is a...
    The main epidemiologist in the United States, Anthony Fauci, considered it “possible” that Americans should wear face masks in 2022, although he estimated that there may be “a degree of normality” by the end of this year. “As we move into the fall and winter, by the end of the year, I fully agree with the (American, Joe Biden) president that we will approach a degree of normalcy,” said the epidemiologist, who predicted that for Next July, the United States will have enough vaccines to “vaccinate practically everyone.” Biden, who took office on January 20, has predicted that in February there will be more than half a million deaths and that in total more than 600,000 people will die. Fauci called it “terrible” and “really horrible” that the country is approaching 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, which has been contracted by more than 28 million Americans. “If you look...
    A coalition of business groups led by the United States Chamber of Commerce are lobbying President Joe Biden’s administration to allow them to import foreign workers even as more than 17 million Americans remain jobless. Last year, in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the admission of H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 foreign visa workers to protect the U.S. labor market. The order sought to free up at least 600,000 jobs for millions of Americans facing joblessness and underemployment. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups — who admittedly rely on cheaper foreign workers to boost their profit margins — lobby Biden administration officials to end the order so they can import workers more easily. “We urge you to work with President [Joe] Biden to ensure that [the executive order]...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were calls for action and unity Sunday in the wake of attacks on Asian-Americans in the city. Local leaders held a virtual town hall to address the alarming rise in violence. RELATED: NYC Leaders, Activists Rally Against Violent Racist Attacks On Asians The NYPD is investigating four attacks on Asian-Americans this past week, including a possible hate crime. In that incident, a 27-year-old was attacked and robbed in Harlem this past Monday and told to, “go back to China.” “We have to invest in community. We have to invest in re-doing many things over the past four years, because people I think have to better understand the culture, better understand all New Yorkers,” Public Advocate Jumaane Williams said. RELATED: Federal Officials Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Violence And earlier Sunday afternoon in Queens, advocates held a separate news conference, saying elected officials need to step up and make...
    EX-NFL player Herschel Walker believes Black Americans should not receive reparations for slavery  The sporting hero was expressing his opinion during a congressional hearing being held for House Resolution 40, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, which would create a commission to study compensating descendants. 3Ex-NFL player Herschel Walker thinks 'reparations teach separation... slavery ended over 130 years ago' Texas Rep Sheila Jackson Lee reintroduced the HR-40 bill 3Joe Biden supports the study of reparations, his press secretary saidCredit: AFP or licensors The White House announced on Wednesday Biden supports studying whether paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved people is an appropriate remedy to fight racism in modern-day America.  But Walker fears reparations could force Black Americans to use genetics companies to determine payouts based on their ancestry. The standout athlete at the University of Georgia, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 before launching a...
    Reuters February 21, 2021 0 Comments White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States had begun to communicate with Iran over the country’s detention of American citizens, calling the matter a “complete and utter outrage”. Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the country of trying to use the detentions to win concessions from other countries, though Tehran dismisses the charge. Sullivan told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that it was a “significant priority” of President Joe Biden’s administration to get those Americans “safely back home.” “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” Sullivan said when asked if the administration had started hostage negotiations with Iran. “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” he said,...
    By Erin El Issa | NerdWallet After a year of financial precariousness for so many, those who have the means may be setting 2021 money resolutions to get back on track. According to a new survey commissioned by NerdWallet and Marcus by Goldman Sachs and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 3,000 U.S. adults, close to 4 in 5 Americans (78%) report that the pandemic spurred them to take financial action. Here’s how you can use these money moves to jump-start your 2021 goals. 1. Pay closer attention to finances Two in 5 Americans (40%) say they’ve paid closer attention to their finances due to the pandemic — a good habit for everyone to get into, regardless of income. An eye-opening way to get started is to track every dollar you spend for one to three months. Once you’ve got a number, you can determine if that’s...
    WASHINGTON - White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday that the United States has started talks with Iran over the return of at least five American hostages whom Tehran is holding. In an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation" show, Sullivan said that it was a "significant priority" of President Joe Biden's administration to get the Americans "safely back home" and that it was a “complete and utter outrage” that they were being held. "We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue," Sullivan said. "We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner," he said, calling it a "humanitarian catastrophe." Iran is holding dozens of dual nationals, including the five Americans, mostly on espionage charges. Even with the hostage discussions, Sullivan said no talks have begun with Tehran about the U.S. rejoining the...
    (CNN)What happens when you incite an insurrection to prevent the congressional certification of the 2020 election results? Turns out you get invited to speak at a high-profile gathering of GOP elected officials and conservative activists. As outrageous as that appears, this is exactly what we're seeing with the American Conservative Union's invitation to Donald Trump to speak at this week's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. Dean ObeidallahTo 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 the 2020 election and his incitement of the January 6 attack -- as we saw with only 17 of the 261 Republicans in the Senate...
    NFL legend Herschel Walker argued against reparations for black Americans at a congressional hearing, saying: 'Slavery ended over 130 years ago.' Walker made his case to members of the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties who met via Zoom on Wednesday to discuss House Resolution 40, which aims to 'establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery'.   The athlete, who played for the University of Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 before going pro, asserted that compensating black Americans for the lasting impacts of slavery would cause more harm than good.  'We use black power to create white guilt,' Walker, a longtime friend of former president Donald Trump, told the subcommittee. 'My approach is biblical...how can I ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me if I can't forgive my brother?  'America is the...
    Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that it is "possible" Americans may still need to wear face masks in 2022, even as the country could approach a certain "degree of normality."  FAUCI DOWNPLAYS CONCERNS OVER COVID-19 VARIANTS, BUT CLAIMS VARIANT VACCINES IN DEVELOPMENT While Fauci noted he can't predict when the U.S. could return to the way it operated during pre-pandemic life, he believes that, by the end of the year, the United States could have "a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year."  "As we get into the fall and the winter, by the end of the year, I agree with [President Biden] completely, that we will be approaching a degree of normality," Fauci said. "It may or may not be precisely the way...
    The White House has begun to communicate with Iran about its detention of US citizens, an official said Sunday. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” He called the country’s imprisonment of dozens of dual nationals in recent years, including several Americans, a “complete and utter outrage” and said it was a “significant priority” of the Biden administration to get them “safely back home.” “We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner,” Sullivan said, calling it a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Sullivan added that President Biden was determined to use diplomacy to prevent the authoritarian government from acquiring nuclear weapons. United Nations watchdogs found uranium particles at two Iranian sites it inspected last week, which could endanger efforts by President Biden to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear...
    In speaking to State of the Union host Dana Bash, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed schools reopening, the historic, horrifying milestone of the number of American lives lost to COVID-19, the importance of getting more people vaccinated, and the big question as of late: When can we finally stop wearing masks? Given that some people still refuse to wear masks at all, it’s no surprise that Fauci is not terribly eager to give a declarative timeline on when we can safely return to normal. After all, projections are one thing, and, as we’ve seen when restaurants refused to close and people meltdown over being asked to wear face masks indoors, what people actually do to help stop the spread is another. Bash asked Fauci if he thinks people in the U.S. will still be wearing masks in 2022, as well as when we’ll finally return to some degree of normality. "You know,...
    THE United States has today reached the grim milestone of 500,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. It comes as the nation's top virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci warned a semblance of normalcy may not return until the end of the year. 1Bodies are moved to a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn in New YorkCredit: AFP or licensors Signs of hope were emerging in the rollout of vaccines and the dropping off of a massive winter spike in infections, but the heavy toll continues to mount in a nation that has reported the most fatalities and cases in the world. Dr Fauci told NBC's "Meet The Press: "It's terrible. It is historic. We haven't seen anything even close to this for well over a hundred years, since the 1918 pandemic of influenza. "It's something that is stunning when...
    US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing on February 4, 2021, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday that the United States has started speaking with Iran over detained Americans. "We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes. And we will continue to do so as we go forward," Sullivan said of the five known American hostages. "Our strong message to the Iranians will be that we will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold Americans in an unjust and unlawful manner," he told CBS on its "Face the Nation" program, adding "It will be a significant priority of this administration to get those Americans safely back home." When asked for an update on the nuclear talks...
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger says health experts made a “big mistake” in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by not encouraging Americans to wear face coverings and claiming they were not effective. In an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan that aired on Sunday, Pottinger said officials “misjudged the nature” of the coronavirus “to think that it was like flu.” “One of the mistakes that followed on from that was the misjudgment by public health officials in this country to not advocate for the widespread generalized use of face coverings,” Pottinger said. He explained that health experts were “rightly” concerned that there would be shortages of face coverings because the bulk of the mask-making supply chains were in China. He claimed that Chinese officials were “not making it easy for us to get access to additional supplies.”...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institutes of Health on February 11, 2021.Oliver Contreras/CNP via ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.America has been battling the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year, and as of Sunday, nearly half a million Americans have died from COVID-19. But there is good news as well: Vaccines are showing promise in slowing the spread of the virus. One major challenge facing President Joe Biden’s administration now is the equitable distribution of vaccines—not only in America, but around the world. The official death count stood at 497,000 on Sunday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though officials estimate the actual count is likely higher. The toll is staggering: More Americans have died from COVID-19 than the number of American deaths in any...
    More On: Anthony Fauci People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Fauci says COVID-19 vaccines to be back on track mid-week after Texas storm, Fauci says Psaki defends Harris ‘starting from scratch’ COVID vaccine remarks Here’s when Biden says COVID vaccine will be ‘available’ to every American Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he won’t rule out Americans still needing to wear masks in 2022 — even as the country returns to a certain degree of “normality.” When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether masks will be necessary next year, Fauci replied, “I think it is possible that that’s the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.” The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he doesn’t know when the country will return to pre-pandemic life, but that he believes by the end of...
    GOP House budget leader Jason Smith has slammed the House Democrats’ gargantuan $1.9trillion Covid relief bill has been slammed as a “job killer” Rep. Smith, R-Mo., said the colossal spending spree was the “wrong plane” which will end up increasing working families’ cost of living. 2GOP House budget leader Jason Smith said the Covid relief bill would destroy jobs rather than save them because taxpayers would have to pick up the tabCredit: Getty 2The spending spree is part of President Joe Biden's priority Covid recovery planCredit: Getty Images - Getty House Democrats took another step on Friday in their bid to force through the stimulus bill by releasing details of the relief bill, which is President Joe Biden’s top priority, as it starts moving through a Congress his party narrowly controls. The spending package includes an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, $1,400 direct checks for...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Lunar New Year is celebrated by millions around the world.With the pandemic, those festivities have been scaled down this year.But there is a public celebration taking place today in Chicago's Chinatown.It will take on a special significance as it aims to boost neighborhood businesses devastated by the pandemic.At the same time, there's been a rise in crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders during the pandemic.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1EMBED More News Videos Our Chicago: Lunar New Year celebrations aim to boost Chinatown Here to talk about all of this are Gene Lee, with Chicago Chinatown Special Events, Patrick McShane, President of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Paul Luu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chinese American Service League, and Eric Kwok, he's CEO of Best Food Services and a member of CASL's Board of Directors.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 2EMBED More News VideosLunar New Year will...
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Americans may still need to wear masks in 2022 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anchor Dana Bash said, “You and the president have suggested that we’ll approach normality towards the end of the year. What does normal mean? Do you think Americans will still be wearing masks, for example, in 2022?” Fauci said, “You know, I think that’s possible that’s the case. It depends on what you mean by normality. Bash said, “Right. That’s why I want you to define it.” Fauci said, “It’s important because if normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can’t predict. I mean, obviously, I think we’ll have a significant degree of normality beyond what the terrible burden that all of us have been through over...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned Americans could be wearing masks into 2022 as he said the harsh winter storms experienced across the country this week delayed the distribution of six million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The White House chief medical adviser told NBC Sunday: 'The number was 6 million doses got delayed.' But the nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday it was only a 'temporary setback', adding: 'We can play pretty good catch-up. We've gotten two million out, and we project that by the middle of the week, we will have caught up.'  Bad weather in the south and north east earlier this week snarled vaccine deliveries and forced the cancellation of countless shots around the country. The CDC admitted 'widespread delays in Covid-19 vaccine shipments and deliveries'.  Across a large swath of the nation, including Texas, Georgia and Alabama, the snowy, slippery weather either led to the closing of...
    After spending months campaigning vigorously for Joe Biden, Hollywood star Barbra Streisand still appears to be in cheerleading mode, touting the president’s first month in office as a restoration of “political sanity in our country.” Streisand praised President Biden on social media Friday, declaring that the new administration will tackle climate change and oversee coronavirus vaccinations. “President Biden has restored some political sanity in our country,” Streisand wrote. “The United States will once again become one of the leaders of the free world. We will address climate change now evident in these extreme weather conditions.” She added: “Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s [sic] arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning.” Biden’s competent team is making sure Americans will be protected by getting more vaccinations in American‘s arms after Trump had downplayed the pandemic from its beginning....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – From the start of the pandemic, there were predictions of a baby boom, with many couples stuck at home and little else to do. But as it turns out, in some cases the pandemic and economic struggles have led some Americans to hold off on family planning. When the pandemic hit, Jen Surma and her husband thought about waiting to expand their family. READ MORE: 3 Floridians Arrested In Connection With Attack On Capitol Building “I think it was really just the unknowns of COVID at the time that had us kind of take a pause and think about if this was the right thing to do,” Surma said. But wanting their children to be close in age, they decided to try and got pregnant with baby number two. “It’s been good,” Surma, “has slowed life down and made it a little bit more comfortable.” Surma is...
    WASHINGTON -- Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it's "possible" Americans will still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect against the coronavirus, even as the US may reach "a significant degree of normality" by the end of this year.Asked by CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" whether he thinks Americans will still need to wear masks next year, Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, replied: "You know, I think it is possible that that's the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.""If normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can't predict that. I mean, obviously, I think we're going to have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year," he added."As we get into the fall and the...
    (CNN) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it’s “possible” Americans will still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect against the coronavirus, even as the U.S. may reach “a significant degree of normality” by the end of this year. Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” whether he thinks Americans will still need to wear masks next year, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, replied: “You know, I think it is possible that that’s the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality.” “If normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can’t predict that. I mean, obviously I think we’re going to have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year,” he added. “As we get into the...
    Washington (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that it's "possible" Americans will still need to wear masks in 2022 to protect against the coronavirus, even as the US may reach "a significant degree of normality" by the end of this year.Asked by CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" whether he thinks Americans will still need to wear masks next year, Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, replied: "You know, I think it is possible that that's the case and, again, it really depends on what you mean by normality." "If normality means exactly the way things were before we had this happen to us, I mean, I can't predict that. I mean, obviously I think we're going to have a significant degree of normality beyond the terrible burden that all of us have been through over the last year," he added. "As we get into the fall and...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he could see face masks being a part of culture going into 2022. Fauci joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the state of the coronavirus pandemic and what he believes will be the next steps and the timeline going forward. (RELATED: Fauci Says Masks Can Come Off When Virus ‘Is Not A Threat At All’) WATCH: Bash began the interview by asking Fauci what he thought about family gatherings now that people were beginning to get the vaccine, and he said that he personally was not ready for large family gatherings until more of his family members were vaccinated. “Obviously, I’m with my wife every day. She’s gotten her first dose and will soon get the second. My children, when they get vaccinated, I look forward to seeing them and I’m sure by that time recommendations...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. infectious diseases official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that it is possible Americans will still be wearing masks in 2022, but that measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 would be increasingly relaxed as more vaccines are administered. Fauci made the comment during an interview on CNN. (Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    More teachers are asked to instruct kids at school and at home simultaneously A ripple effect of loss: U.S. Covid deaths approach 500,000 Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/13 SLIDES © shapecharge/istockphoto Retirement Reconsidered Roughly 1 in 2 Americans retire between the ages of 61 and 65, and nearly 1 in 5 retire before that, and this past year, many workers have chosen to retire early because of the pandemic. Most Americans also now take Social Security before their full retirement age, which varies by year of birth. Not only are people retiring earlier, but they're also living longer — much longer —...
    An activist wears a "Fight For $15" T-shirt at a news conference prior to a vote on the Raise the Wage Act, July 18, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol.Alex Wong | Getty Images A $15 minimum wage could become a reality in the U.S. While millions would get a pay boost from a higher national wage floor, it would still fall short of paying many workers a "living wage" — the salary a person or family needs to cover their basic expenses. That's especially true for families, largely due to higher living costs like childcare, relative to single adults. Even with a raise to $15 per hour, a typical family of four couldn't afford the basics in any U.S. state, according to a CNBC analysis of cost-of-living data assembled by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (This example assumes two kids and two adults working full-time for minimum pay.)...
    Getty The relief bill, proposed last month, allocates $1,400 direct checks to eligible individuals and expands the the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package could boost the incomes of the country’s poorest Americans by almost $3,600, according to a recent report. The relief bill, proposed last month, allocates $1,400 direct checks to eligible individuals and expands the the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), CBS News reported. With those three measures, the poorest 20% of Americans could see a 33% boost in their pre-tax incomes, CBS said, citing the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. In other words, the financial breakdown could be estimated as a $3,590 hike per family, the outlet continued. According to CBS: The three programs — a third round of stimulus checks, plus the two expanded tax credits...
    Over the past several weeks, the Biden administration has laid out the first pieces of its new agenda for the American people, including the promise of a $15 federal minimum wage. This is one of many proposals taken from the "California model," and it has noble intentions – to address income inequality and make sure that no American working 40 hours a week lives below the poverty line.  Unfortunately, by increasing the federal minimum wage, President Biden is attempting to address the symptom of income inequality rather than the cause, which would ultimately ensure that many Americans in low-income jobs are no longer able to work at all. NEWT GINGRICH: JOE BIDEN IS TRUMPISM'S BEST ASSET -- WHY DO WASHINGTON ELITES FIND THIS SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND? Economists are clear that income inequality is the result of a multitude of factors: globalization, technological advancement, the efficient employment of capital, and changing institutions,...
    President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to...
    New York : Lyft will offer free or reduced-price rides to take people to CVS vaccination appointments in vulnerable communities. Photo: ISSAM AHMED / . / . This Thursday CVS Health announced an initiative to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in Latino communities and African American due to the racial disparities that have been recorded during the deployment of the vaccine. The pharmacy chain will also work to promote vaccine education in underserved communities to combat coronavirus. “We are committed to reaching out to African Americans and underserved communities to ensure health equity as we work to vaccinate all Americans,” said Karen S. Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health, in a statement. “Our presence in communities across the country uniquely positions CVS Health to educate vulnerable populations and connect them with vaccine management services. “ Almost half of the 10,000 or so establishments CVS...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the rights of all Americans are protected, while reaffirming an adherence to policies to protect the department’s political independence. Judge Merrick Garland, who is set to appear Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to tell senators that the attorney general must act as a lawyer for the people of the United States, not for the president. The Justice Department released a copy of Garland’s opening statement late Saturday. If confirmed, Garland would inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous time under President Donald Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of the nation’s top law enforcement agencies. “It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney...
    More On: florida Alleged Capitol rioter busted after whiskey-fueled anti-FBI TikTok rant Florida gov orders flags to half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh Former Yankee blew over three times the legal limit in Florida DUI arrest Florida Walmart wanker tells cops he was ‘lonely’ Don’t change FloridaFlorida’s beautiful weather, no state income tax and all-around wonderful quality of life brings many people from across the country to relocate here (“NYC is back, baby . . . in Fla.,” Feb. 14).I have noticed an alarming trend among those who move from New York and other states where there are sky-high housing costs, even higher taxes and crime and traffic are facts of life.They come down and continue the same voting patterns that they left. Like a plague spreading a disease, they start bringing these idiotic, big-government ideas into this state and begin destroying communities with new tax-and-burn policies and regulations.Soon enough, the...
    Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) told Breitbart News Saturday that Americans should tell “liberal elites” such as Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates to keep their hands off of America’s beef. Hinson spoke to Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle as Gates has advocated for rich countries such as the United States and western Europe to eat 100 percent synthetic beef. In response to Gates’ mission to have industrialized nations eat entirely synthetic beef, Hinson, a freshman congressman, started a petition to fight back against the big tech billionaire. Hinson said on Breibtart News Saturday, “It comes down to the fact that they’re out of touch, right? Radical left elitists like Bill Gates calling for our country to move to 100 percent synthetic beef just shows that they clearly don’t relate to everyday Americans. In Iowa, we eat real beef. Americans across the country enjoy Iowa beef, I just visited an Iowa processing plant this week...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — This team that USA Basketball assembled for its final two FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games knew it would be together for only about a week. The players made the most of that time. Ra’Shad James scored 21 points and the U.S. finished AmeriCup qualifying with a 6-0 record, beating Mexico 96-75 on Saturday. Brandon Bass scored 12 points for the Americans, who outscored the Mexicans 33-12 from 3-point range. “Any player would want to be a part of a situation like this,” James said. “You had guys that bought into the system very quickly … a selfless bunch of guys.” Joe Johnson finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the U.S., William Davis added 10 points and Isaiah Thomas — looking for an NBA comeback — had nine points in 20 minutes. AmeriCup is the championship for the nations in the FIBA...
    Texas inmates face frigid temperatures during weather crisis Cuomo lashes out at critics as outcry over nursing homes grows © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo The interview with Oprah Winfrey will 'make or break' the fortunes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the US, experts predict. The 90-minute programme, which will air immediately after CBS's flagship 60 Minutes show on March 7, is the couple's chance 'to woo and win over Americans'.  A producer who has worked with Ms Winfrey in the past said: 'This is make or break for them. 'People in Britain assume they are famous here but the reality is they are not A-list stars in the same way Beyonce or even the Kardashians are. Full screen 1/3 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail The interview with Oprah Winfrey will 'make or break' the fortunes of...
    The interview with Oprah Winfrey will 'make or break' the fortunes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the US, experts predict. The 90-minute programme, which will air immediately after CBS's flagship 60 Minutes show on March 7, is the couple's chance 'to woo and win over Americans'.  A producer who has worked with Ms Winfrey in the past said: 'This is make or break for them. 'People in Britain assume they are famous here but the reality is they are not A-list stars in the same way Beyonce or even the Kardashians are. The interview with Oprah Winfrey will 'make or break' the fortunes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the US, experts predict The 90-minute programme, which will air immediately after CBS's flagship 60 Minutes show on March 7, is the couple's chance 'to woo and win over Americans'. Pictured: Oprah Winfrey...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Community members gathered Saturday to call for an end to violence against Asian Americans in New York. Inside Washington Square Park, the voices of protesters from various communities and backgrounds could be heard, all of them speaking out against violent racist attacks on Asians. READ MORE: Federal Officials Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Violence As CBS2’s Cory James reports, the demonstration happened days after an Asian woman was shoved to the ground in Flushing, Queens, by a man. While the suspect has not been charged with a hate crime, House Democrats say targeted attacks on Asian Americans have risen to 3,000 nationwide in the last year. New York City officials say back in 2019, there were only three anti-Asian hate crimes. Last year, however, they say there were 29 incidents, 24 of those believed to be motivated by COVID-19. Meanwhile, local leaders and activists are joining forces,...
    (CNN)When Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis ran for President against George H. W. Bush in 1988, he made competence one of his major campaign themes. Instead of claiming to be a visionary politician or a champion of liberalism, Dukakis highlighted his technocratic managerial expertise. "This election isn't about ideology," Dukakis argued, "It's about competence. It's not about meaningless labels; it's about American values -- old-fashioned values like accountability and responsibility and respect for the truth." Julian ZelizerThe appeal didn't work. More voters were drawn to Vice President Bush, whose campaign manager Lee Atwater, along with consultant Roger Ailes, put together a blistering strategy that smeared Dukakis and rallied Americans around an unabashed patriotism. While Dukakis promised competence, Bush painted him as a radical "card-carrying member of the ACLU" who would allow Americans to burn flags and let dangerous criminals out of prison. After Donald Trump's chaotic presidency and the emergence...
    A September memorial for COVID-19 victims The COVID-19 pandemic has now been going on, for nearly a year. Within days, the United States’ death toll will reach half a million, in a nation with a population of roughly 330 million, and COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in this country. An unknown number of Americans have survived COVID-19 infection but will now face long-term health problems due to damaged lungs and other organs. Other Americans died or will face long-term problems after being unable to obtain needed healthcare due to the pressure placed by the uncontrolled pandemic on hospital beds and staff. The combined effects are becoming apparent. The life expectancy of Americans fell by one full year in the first half of last year. That's an estimate of how long, on average, an American born in 2020 can expect to live, and it's the biggest year-to-year decrease since World War II....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Hundreds from across New York City and the Tri-State showed up in Washington Square Park on Saturday to denounce recent crimes against Asians in New York City and show support for the Asian community.The NYPD has been slow to classify the attacks as hate crimes."Asian Americans - we work hard and were raised to work hard. This attack is being done by a very small bad actor," said rallygoer Van Le.Four Asians were attacked in the last week, including a 71-year-old woman who was punched in the face on a subway platform in Midtown, and a 52-year-old woman attacked outside a bakery in Flushing, suffering a gash to her head, requiring ten stitches.RELATED: Asian seniors assaulted in unprovoked subway attacksEMBED More News Videos In an exclusive interview, CeFaan Kim talks to a woman who believes she was the victim of a violent hate crime after...
    US President Joe Biden has approved a statement recognizing a major disaster in Texas, the White House said. This declaration paves the way for additional aid from the American federal state in favor of the southern state of the country, faced with an exceptional cold wave. Texas has faced several snowstorms since February 11 and freezing temperatures unusual for the state. Thanks to the recognition of a major disaster, victims of bad weather will be able to benefit from rehousing solutions, advantageous loans or repairs to damage to homes. >> Austin, New York, Houston … Ten images of the cold wave hitting the United States with full force Winter conditions in the “Lone Star State” have also caused power cuts – up to four million people have been deprived of it – and disrupted access to running water, pipes having been cut by frost . The cold snap killed...
    Loading the player... California Rep. Maxine Waters issued a public statement condemning the reported rise of COVID-related hate crimes towards Asian Americans. “I join with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and my colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to condemn the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and violence over the past year,” Waters said in a statement on Friday.   “As a member of CAPAC and a representative of a diverse congressional district with a large number of Asian Americans, I am deeply disturbed by these horrible crimes.” PELOSI & ASIAN CAUCUS SPEAK: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins Reps. Judy Chu, Grace Meng, and Mark Takano, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss hate crimes against Asian Americans https://t.co/yIMObL27Rz— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 19, 2021 Waters cited the more than 3,000 reported anti-Asian hate crimes across the...
    New York Deaths Dip; EU to Approve J&J Vaccine: Virus Update Why Mom of Texas Boy, 11, Who Died of Suspected Hypothermia Says She Cant Return to Home Where He Died The United States Women's National Team faced a tough opener, and things won't get any easier when it faces Brazil in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, Fla. The USWNT came away with a 1-0 victory after a typically hard-fought match against Canada on Thursday night, while the Brazilians drubbed Argentina 4-1. The Americans are the defending champions and have won the event three times in five years, but this will be a critical match with goal differential being the tiebreaker if the teams end up tied in points.  © Provided by CBS Sports MONACO - NOVEMBER 21: Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between...
    Loading the player... Former NFL player Herschel Walker said in a Congressional hearing that Black Americans should not receive slavery reparations. On Wednesday, Walker joined conservative commentator Larry Elder to speak about his opposition to the HR40 bill, introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) in 2019. Blame Rep. Mike Johnson for Larry Elder & Herschel Walker for being part of todays list of "witnesses".#FixHR40 #ReparationsNow — Marshall Parson???????? (@DCDigga) February 17, 2021 “This bill establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. The commission shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies,” according to Congress. Walker, who was an NFL running back for 14 years, said the country uses “Black power to create white guilt.” Read More: Emmy-winning composer Matthew Head scores new PBS documentary, ‘The Black Church’ “My...
    Rush Limbaughs longtime call screener, engineer, and friend James Golden, best known to listeners as Bo Snerdley, is remembering the late conservative star as a "radio phenomenon unlike anyone else" who should be remembered as a "second-generation founding father." "I wasnt Rushs producer; Rush produced himself," Golden said on Fox News "Fox and Friends Saturday." "I produced the show when Rush wasnt there. Rush produced himself; he researched for himself. Rush worked harder than any man Ive ever seen in this industry, and I was in the industry, believe it or not, almost 20 years before I met Rush." Limbaugh, he added, "deserved every single success" that he earned, but even beyond that, "he was one of the most generous, decent human beings on Earth." Golden recalled several examples of the philanthropy Limbaugh and his wife, Kathryn, performed, for charities, disasters, and more.  "Diseases like leukemia dont discriminate," he said....
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland stood with fellow tribal members protesting an oil pipeline outside a reservation in North Dakota, advocated for protecting cultural landmarks in her home state of New Mexico and pointedly told government witnesses in a hearing about blasting sacred Native American sites near the U.S.-Mexico border: “I don't know how you can sleep at night.” Native Americans have reason to believe the two-term U.S. congresswoman will push forward on long-simmering issues in Indian Country if she's confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department, which has broad oversight of tribal affairs and energy development. Unlike most people who have held the job, she won't need to be schooled on the history of Native Americans or tribal sovereignty. She already knows. The Laguna Pueblo woman often draws on her own experience as a single mother and the teachings of her ancestors as...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has made Americans more cautious about taking financial risks, according to a new survey.  The website FinanceBuzz surveyed 1,000 adults, including half of whom had either tested positive for the virus or had a family member who tested positive, to determine how financial behaviors were affected. According to the survey: 48% of respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic has made them less likely to take financial risks. 1 in 5 said they are more likely to take financial risks. 48% said visiting a grocery store without wearing a mask is "extremely risky," but 24% saw investing in Bitcoin as being risky.  60% said its "extremely risky" to drive without car insurance; 48% said the same of not having health insurance, and 34% considered flying during the pandemic to be extremely risky.  Just 1 in 5 said they increased their life insurance coverage, but with people testing positive...
    More On: Coronavirus This bad work-from-home habit can cause serious damage, experts warn Government memo crushes Cuomo’s defense in nursing home cover-up Knicks feel they have ‘been lucky’ to avoid COVID-19 Judge rules DOE must provide charter schools with COVID-19 tests A Johns Hopkins professor and surgeon says that the coronavirus could be “mostly gone” by April. Marty Makary, who teaches at the university’s School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, said in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday that daily infections have declined by 77 percent since January. “There is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection,” Makary wrote. “As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected. At the current trajectory, I expect COVID will be mostly gone by April,...
    On Friday February 19, US President Joe Biden was visiting a Pfizer factory that manufactures a vaccine against Covid-19. “Please…” During his visit, the democratic president asserted, in comments relayed by the French media as Le Figaro: “The vaccines are safe. Please, for you, your family, your community, this country, take the vaccine when it is your turn and it is available”. According to him, this is how the Americans will beat the pandemic. Joe biden insisting: “If there is one message to send to everyone in this country, it is this: vaccines are safe”. The President Then explains that the goal of administering one million injections daily, to reach 100 million during the first 100 days of his mandate, is about to be exceeded. Notably, with an average of 1.7 million vaccination per day. > To read also: Donald Trump acquitted: “Democracy is fragile”, says Joe Biden 600 million...
    President Joe Biden told Americans they should keep wearing a mask, even after they get vaccinated for the coronavirus. “Before you get the shot, and after, if you get the shots, and after, social distancing saves lives, wearing masks saves lives,” he said. “Making sure that you wash your hands with hot water, saves lives.” Biden commented on the vaccine during a visit to a Pfizer manufacturing plant in Michigan with Gov. Gretchen Whitmore (D). “This is not hyperbole, this is not a political statement, this is a reality, the science has demonstrated that,” he said. Wearing a double mask as he toured the Pfizer plant, the president reassured Americans that the vaccines were safe. “The vaccines are safe,” he said. “Please, for yourself, your family, your community, this country, take the vaccine when it’s your turn and available.” Biden reminded Americans that he got both shots of the Pfizer...
    F. Peter Brown, The Western Journal February 20, 2021 0 Comments Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently criticized President Joe Biden’s policy on illegal immigration, saying, “You can’t square wanting open borders for illegal aliens but then also restricting U.S. citizens from basically traveling around the country as they see fit, and I think the American people see the hypocrisy in that.” On Jan. 20, Biden proposed a new immigration plan. This plan would offer a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 10 to 12 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow in law and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, said: “A further economic downturn could imperil the prospects for the bill. The unemployment rate in Dec. 2020 was 6.7 percent, and more than 56 million working-age Americans were not in the labor force. Tens of thousands of businesses have closed permanently...
    The Democrat, who has made the fight against Covid-19 his main priority since taking office on January 20, addressed those of his compatriots saying they were skeptical about the vaccines, which have been produced at record speed in the face of the global health crisis. “The vaccines are safe. Please, for you, your family, your community, this country, take the vaccine when it is your turn and it is available. This is how we will beat this pandemic.” , said the president, assuring that the companies manufacturing the vaccines were “meticulous”. “If there is one message to send to everyone in this country, it is this: vaccines are safe,” he insisted. “There has never, never, never been a logistical challenge greater than what we are trying to do, but we are getting there,” he said of the distribution of the precious vials and injections. According to the president, the...
              Residents of Minneapolis received a small reprieve from stringent COVID-19 restrictions Friday, but plenty of rules still remain in place. “The city of Minneapolis has lifted its ban on bar counter seating just in time for the weekend,” Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR) reported. “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the decision was based on public health data, showing a decrease in COVID-19 cases in the city.” But Frey, a Democrat perhaps best known for his lackluster leadership during the riots over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, is still requiring bars to in the city to abide by some rather far-out rules. In order to enter a restaurant in Minneapolis, the customer will still be required to make a reservation. Further, no more than two people can sit next to each other at a bar, and between pairs there must be adequate distance. “Establishments...
    President Biden has said he hopes Americans can 'return to normalcy' by the end of this year. Biden's wish was aired during a visit to a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing facility in Michigan on Friday, as the number of people in hospital with the coronavirus dipped below 60,000 for the first time since November, with 2,477 daily deaths having been recorded. The levels are now similar to earlier peak levels of hospitalizations that were seen before the surges of last spring and summer.  'I believe we'll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year and this Christmas will be different than last but I can't make that commitment to you. There are other strains of the virus,' Biden said.  President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the vaccine roll-out. He toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant on Friday and said he hoped for 'normalcy' by Christmas here are currently...
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) seemingly dismissed concerns over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout in the Empire State following reports that his administration covered up coronavirus fatality data in nursing homes out of fears of a federal investigation. Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, Gillibrand made it clear she was aware of the ongoing federal investigation into the Cuomo administration’s actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic and insisted she would monitor the situation, but said she is focused on her job in the United States Senate. Gillibrand said: I sit on the aging committee in the Senate and one of the things I hope we can do is actually have a thorough review. Older Americans in nursing homes all across the country suffer disproportionally because when COVID got into these nursing homes/assisted living facilities, it spread like wildfire. A lot of our older Americans...
    President Biden and his administration seem intent on keeping Americans "under their thumbs for as long as possible," Laura Ingraham warned Friday.  "A year ago, we had a booming economy. We had strong borders and a whole host of rights and privileges that we took for granted, like the right to travel without being surveilled and questioned, the right to worship without restrictions, the right to have your kids attend school, the right to speak freely on most social media platforms, the right to walk in the park or anywhere without a mask or two or three on your face," began "The Ingraham Angle" host.  "But the arrival of the Chinese virus followed by the idiotic lockdown policies of blue state governors and then, of course, defeat of Donald Trump led to a less free, less prosperous, less optimistic America." Earlier Friday, in remarks at a Pfizer plant in Michigan, Biden admitted to Americans that he "can't give you a date of when this crisis will end." Video"I believe...
    Local news shines as Texas went dark Republicans struggle to derail increasingly popular stimulus package President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan would provide a third round of federal stimulus checks to millions of Americans. Yet while lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the proposal, there is less agreement on who should be eligible for the $1,400 direct payments. © Getty Images/iStockphoto Stimulus Check Congressional Democrats are moving forward with Mr. Biden's relief plan through a process called budget reconciliation, which would allow the Senate to approve the effort without any Republican support. As the process moves forward, House and Senate committees will discuss spending priorities before drafting and voting on legislation.  On February 4, the Senate approved a bipartisan plan introduced by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator Susan Collins to block "upper income citizens" from the next round of stimulus checks. Notably,...
    Local news shines as Texas went dark Republicans struggle to derail increasingly popular stimulus package Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft The Best Flashlight We've Ever Tested Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/25 SLIDES © jetcityimage / iStock Editorial via Getty Images The U.S. auto industry, battered early last year by the COVID-19 pandemic, generally recovered sales by the end of the year. 2021 should be even better. Not only have car companies launched new models–they...
    President Joe Biden released a statement Friday urging Congress to “swiftly pass” the Equality Act, a bill that would eliminate the legal recognition of male and female sex, cater to gender ideology, and designate protection for the unborn as “pregnancy” discrimination. Biden said: I applaud Congressman David Cicilline [D-RI] and the entire Congressional Equality Caucus for introducing the Equality Act in the House of Representatives yesterday, and I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all. Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long. Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society. The Equality...
    Local news shines as Texas went dark Senior White House Covid-19 adviser on vaccine distribution: Saturday, were going to be shipping more doses than states have ever received before Pedro Montenegro was puzzled by the car insurance quote he received when he moved to Washington, D.C., from California. Drivers get rate hikes for not-at-fault crashes USA TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Click to expand Replay Video The only ticket he ever got was for a broken taillight that he later fixed. But despite a near spotless driving record, Montenegro was facing a $300 monthly premium, much more than some of his friends who he believed drove more recklessly. He eventually realized the high quote was likely due to his low credit score.   Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. “It’s both silly and...
    AMERICANS who have not yet received their first two stimulus checks can get their missing relief payments as a credit on their 2020 taxes. As Congress works to pass a $1.9trillion Covid stimulus package - which would give taxpayers a third $1,400 check - many people are still waiting on their first two payments. 4Many people are still waiting on their first two stimulus checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The first two Covid relief payments - worth $1,200 and $600 - can still be obtained in the form of a tax rebateCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4In the 1040 or 1040-SR form, line 30 allows taxpayers to write the payment amount they are owedCredit: WCNC // Bill McGinty Taxpayers who wish to obtain their missing relief money can do so by claiming their stimulus check [or checks] as a tax credit. The first two Covid relief payments - worth $1,200...
    (CNN)An elementary school teacher's aide was waiting for a bus in Rosemead, California, when he was brutally attacked on Sunday, suffering a severed finger, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.A man on a bicycle approached Matthew Leung, who is Asian-American, at a bus stop in Rosemead, a suburb of Los Angeles, just after 1 p.m. They exchanged hellos, but about 10 minutes later, the man, unprovoked, attacked Leung, said May Cun, Leung's colleague at Gates Street Elementary School. Leung shielded his face with his hands during the attack and then he blacked out, Cun told CNN. A passerby found Leung bleeding on the ground and called for help. Leung, 51, was taken to the hospital. He told CNN affiliate KABC that he saw his finger injured while on the ambulance."So when I go to the hospital the doctors see it and say oh no...so they cut it off,"...
    MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said Friday on “Deadline” that one in ten Americans, policemen, military members believe it is “acceptable” to have the “white supremacists or neo-Nazi values” of many of the militia groups that took part in the storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “You know, Donny, I share what I think is a universal assessment of most viewers of this network that it is time to move on from the other guy. But I think that if we ignore who and how and why what happened on January 6 happened, it would be like ignore 9/11.” She continued, “The charges and the charging documents are really all that we know. But they are charging militia groups, member after member, and what they’re saying is ‘I came because Donald Trump told me to come.’ You add that with the news of 36 members of the Capitol...
    Americans really want to get back to traveling.  In fact, a recent survey by hotel search platform Trivago found that 81% of Americans said that not being able to travel has been one of the worst parts of the coronavirus pandemic.  The survey, which Trivago released earlier this week, polled more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. and U.K. According to Insider, 1,011 of those surveyed were Americans. In a release, the company said it created the survey to "see how consumers are planning, dreaming and considering travel in 2021." SOUTH KOREA’S BANWOL ISLAND DRAWS MORE TOURISTS AFTER GOING PURPLE The survey found that Americans are so desperate for travel that they’d be willing to give things up to take a trip immediately. Of those polled, 25% of American respondents said they would give up all their savings to travel now and another 48% would give up their jobs. DISNEY...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points in his first competitive game in more than a year, helping the U.S. to a 93-77 victory over the Bahamas on Friday in a FIBA AmeriCup qualifying game. The 32-year-old Thomas is a two-time NBA All-Star who scored 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season. But he suffered a hip injury late in that season and has never regained that form in limited opportunities. He decided to play for the Americans partly as a showcase in hopes of earning his way back into the NBA, where he most recently played for Washington last February. The 5-foot-9 guard showed his shot is still there, making three straight 3-pointers early on to send the Americans out to an 11-2 lead. But he also committed six turnovers that helped keep the Bahamas in the game far longer...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points in his first competitive game in more than a year, helping the U.S. to a 93-77 victory over the Bahamas on Friday in a FIBA AmeriCup qualifying game. The 32-year-old Thomas is a two-time NBA All-Star who scored 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season. But he suffered a hip injury late in that season and has never regained that form in limited opportunities. He decided to play for the Americans partly as a showcase in hopes of earning his way back into the NBA, where he most recently played for Washington last February. The 5-foot-9 guard showed his shot is still there, making three straight 3-pointers early on to send the Americans out to an 11-2 lead. But he also committed six turnovers that helped keep the Bahamas in the game far...
    President Joe Biden said Friday that the American economy won’t recover “until we beat this virus.” “I got a letter from more than 400 mayors from big cities and small towns. They understand we’re not gonna get our economy back in shape and the millions of people back to work until we beat this virus,” Biden said during a visit to a Pfizer facility in Michigan that manufactures coronavirus vaccines. (RELATED: White House Announces Largest Increase In Weekly Vaccine Distribution Since Biden Took Office) WATCH: Biden has urged Congress to approve his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan as soon as possible. The plan would give direct stimulus payments towards certain Americans and includes additional economic aid. The plan also includes $160 billion for COVID-19 testing and tracing, vaccine manufacturing and distribution — “everything that is needed to get vaccines into people’s arms, which is the most difficult logistical effort...
    The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is branching out to welcome House Republicans into a new bipartisan group, a shakeup that reflects the historic diversity of the newly elected GOP class.  Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chairs the group of Asian-American House members, which is currently made up exclusively of Democrats. But the election in November of California Republicans Michelle Steel and Young Kim prompted Chu to find a new way to work across the aisle. "We are going to be starting a bipartisan API (Asian Pacific Islander) caucus," Chu said Friday. FILE: Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At a House Armed Services hearing on military suicides Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, Chu testified, and in a dramatic moment described the death of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, 21, who put a gun to his head and killed himself while...
    Johns Hopkins professor Dr Marty Makary has made a bold claim: 'We'll have herd immunity by April,' he wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial.   Dr Makary estimates that the U.S. will have herd immunity by then, driven by the high, but underestimated, number of people who have been infected already and vaccination.  'Some medical experts privately agreed with my prediction that there may be very little Covid-19 by April but suggested that I not to talk publicly about herd immunity because people might become complacent and fail to take precautions or might decline the vaccine,' said Dr Makary in his editorial, published Friday.  Johns Hopkins professor Dr Marty Makary predicted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the US will reach herd immunity by April  'But scientists shouldn’t try to manipulate the public by hiding the truth.'   Dr Makary noted that new daily infections have declined 77 percent...
    Animal cruelty cases are rising during Texas winter storm ‘He Wants Us to MAKE It Wild’: Indictment of Nine Oath Keepers Ties Together Alleged Pro-Trump Conspiracy One of the biggest questions facing Americans today is when they can expect to get vaccinated. The answer is hard to pin down as numerous hurdles remain, including access to vaccine sites and availability of appointments. Load Error Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School professor, said the current priority groups, which include people 65 and older and adults 18 and with underlying health conditions are still in need of attention — so it will still take some time. It will take "at least 6-8 weeks" to get through those groups before a larger swath of the American population can get access to vaccines," the former Haven CEO told Yahoo Finance in a recent interview....
    The Covid-19 infection rate has dropped dramatically in the US over the past week and one expert has now predicted the pandemic could be largely behind us by April. According to Dr Marty Makary, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, "there is reason to think the country is racing toward an extremely low level of infection". 6Coronavirus cases are dropping, according to Makary.Credit: EPA 6The vaccines are being rolled out across the US.Credit: Alamy Live News 6Health workers were some of the first people to be offered the jab.Credit: AFP or licensors 6Makary said there are "fewer Americans left to be infected".Credit: AFP or licensors "As more people have been infected, most of whom have mild or no symptoms, there are fewer Americans left to be infected," he wrote in an article for the Wall Street Journal. "At the current trajectory,...
    A Republican senator, Mitt Romney, joined Democrats this month in supporting an idea: a monthly child allowance for parents. One reason, he said, was to increase the number of births. Family policies have lots of goals, including decreasing child poverty, helping parents manage work and family, and improving children’s health and education. But would a child allowance increase fertility? Research from around the world suggests that, like other fertility policies, payments to parents do slightly increase the number of babies people have in the near term. But no move has made a major long-term difference, and payments are not as effective as other policies, particularly subsidized child care. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times The proposed payments also raise another question: whether encouraging people to have more children should be a policy goal in the first place. “Much better, more effective and better for human...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. There is some not great news on the COVID-19 relief front going all the way back to the CARES Act, that first major coronavirus relief bill passed on March 27, 2020. That bill included the first round of survival checks, one-time payments for everyone of up to $1,200—$2,400 for couples and $500 for dependent children younger than 17. With the next COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan, on tap for next week in the House, lawmakers need to make sure that the next round of assistance gets to everyone who needs it. The problem is that around 9 million Americans still hadn't received that check by the end of September, according to a Brookings Institution report. The missing and delayed payments "exacerbated their anxiety during an already anxiety-filled crisis," the report said. That's about 1 in 20 eligible people who didn't receive checks....
    President Joe Biden spoke at the Pfizer facility in Michigan Friday and implored Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine as soon as they can. The president assured in his address that the vaccines are being rigorously inspected to make sure they’re safe, and noted how both he and Vice President Kamala Harris got their vaccines publicly. He addressed hesitancy in the U.S. about taking the vaccine and goes, “We all know the history in this country of having subjected certain communities to terrible medical abuses in the past.” “But if there’s one message to cut through to everyone in this country it’s this: the vaccines are safe. Please, for yourself, your family, your community, this country, take the vaccine when it’s your turn and available. That’s how to beat this pandemic.” Biden talked up the recent efforts to ramp up vaccine distribution and said at one point, “We’re now on...
    GOP chair claims party 'has always been the home to Black Americans'