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Officials in talks with CDC about updating masking guidance – follow all the latest newsOfficials in talks with CDC about updating masking guidance – follow all the latest news
The House of Representatives just passed legislation increasing the number of Afghan interpreters who have helped U.S. troops to immigrate to the United States.
It’s a move the Biden administration has acted on in increasing urgency.
Here’s more from The New York Times’ Luke Broadwater:
Last night Joe Biden quashed any question that he’s moving on abolishing the filibuster. Speaking at a CNN townhall in Cincinnati the president warned that “there’s no reason to protect it other than you’re going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done. Nothing at all will get done. And there’s a lot at stake. The most important one is the right to vote.”
He continued “Wouldn’t my friends on the other side love to have a debate about the filibuster instead of passing the recovery act?”
Biden’s comments come amidst increasing pressure from progressives to gut the filibuster. But the president is not alone in being a holdout. Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, two of the most moderate Democrats in Congress, have been outspoken holdouts as well.
That’s despite arguments from other influential Democrats to at least allow a workaround for voting rights legislation.
Speaking of the committee investigating 6 January, the chairman of the committee, Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said it’s possible that Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois could join the panel.Speaking of the committee investigating 6 January, the chairman of the committee, Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said it’s possible that Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois could join the panel.
Kinzinger is one of the most outspoken opponents of Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. He’s also a staunch ally of Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the target of much of Donald Trump’s fury these days.Kinzinger is one of the most outspoken opponents of Donald Trump in the House of Representatives. He’s also a staunch ally of Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the target of much of Donald Trump’s fury these days.
Pelosi has also floated bringing on former Congressman Denver Riggleman of Virginia as an adviser.Pelosi has also floated bringing on former Congressman Denver Riggleman of Virginia as an adviser.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gotten push back in some quarters for blocking two Republicans from joining the select committee charged with investigating the 6 January mob attack on the Capitol.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gotten push back in some quarters for blocking two Republicans from joining the select committee charged with investigating the 6 January mob attack on the Capitol.
Pelosi, speaking at a press conference today, pushed back on that criticism. She said itt would be “ridiculous” to include them on the commitee.Pelosi, speaking at a press conference today, pushed back on that criticism. She said itt would be “ridiculous” to include them on the commitee.
More background here.More background here.
The Wall Street Journal got its hands on a memo from attorney general Merrick Garland reinforcing guidelines for the department of justice’s investigations, a move that is clearly in contrast to how critics saw the work of the department under the last administration. Here’s the Journal’s report:The Wall Street Journal got its hands on a memo from attorney general Merrick Garland reinforcing guidelines for the department of justice’s investigations, a move that is clearly in contrast to how critics saw the work of the department under the last administration. Here’s the Journal’s report:
There’s no uniform consensus among Republican governors (who control the majority of governor’s mansions) over what to do about the coronavirus pandemic. In Missouri for instance, Governor Mike Parsons unveiled a new set of incentives for people to get vaccinated, following the example of other Republican governors like West Virginia’s Jim Justice or Ohio’s Mike DeWine.There’s no uniform consensus among Republican governors (who control the majority of governor’s mansions) over what to do about the coronavirus pandemic. In Missouri for instance, Governor Mike Parsons unveiled a new set of incentives for people to get vaccinated, following the example of other Republican governors like West Virginia’s Jim Justice or Ohio’s Mike DeWine.
But in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, who is up for reelection, is refusing to impose a statewide mask mandate even though cases are on the rise. Via the Texas Tribune:But in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, who is up for reelection, is refusing to impose a statewide mask mandate even though cases are on the rise. Via the Texas Tribune:
But the Tribune also notes that as of Sunday, just 43 percent of Texans were vaccinated. That’s well behind other states in the region and across the country.But the Tribune also notes that as of Sunday, just 43 percent of Texans were vaccinated. That’s well behind other states in the region and across the country.
It’s a rare sign of the times and specific moment for Trump supporters: former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, the former Republican presidential nominee, who endorsed Donald Trump now says the 45th president lost fair and square to Joe Biden. Here’s the key line from the USA Today report:It’s a rare sign of the times and specific moment for Trump supporters: former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, the former Republican presidential nominee, who endorsed Donald Trump now says the 45th president lost fair and square to Joe Biden. Here’s the key line from the USA Today report:
Goodmorning, Daniel Strauss here. Let’s get started.Goodmorning, Daniel Strauss here. Let’s get started.
At the White House, officials are debating whether to urge Americans to wear masks more often to curb the spread of coronavirus. That’s according to a new report in The Washington Post detailing the still preliminary deliberations:At the White House, officials are debating whether to urge Americans to wear masks more often to curb the spread of coronavirus. That’s according to a new report in The Washington Post detailing the still preliminary deliberations:
Those discussions come as governors across the country offer increasingly creative means to incentivizing people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.Those discussions come as governors across the country offer increasingly creative means to incentivizing people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Some of the most high profile -and at times bombastic- Republican figures in recent days have begun urging Americans to get vaccinated as well, amidst the ongoing spread of deadlier coronavirus variants. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida made one such plea earlier this week.Some of the most high profile -and at times bombastic- Republican figures in recent days have begun urging Americans to get vaccinated as well, amidst the ongoing spread of deadlier coronavirus variants. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida made one such plea earlier this week.