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Dr. Fauci warned that "things will get worse" as cases of the Delta variant continues to spike. "We're looking not towards lockdown, but we're looking towards some pain and suffering in the future," Fauci told ABC. Fauci reiterated the efficacy of vaccines and said "the solution to this is to get vaccinated." Less than 0.8% of fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to estimates, with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stating that 97% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated. The Delta surge is hitting communities with the lowest vaccination rates the hardest, spurring new, urgent efforts to get reluctant Americans vaccinated.
Persons: Fauci, Anthony Fauci, ABC's Jon Karl, Jon, Rochelle Walensky Organizations: ABC, Service, COVID, Nationwide, New York Times, for Disease Control, District of Columbia, The Times Locations: Louisiana, Florida , Arkansas , Mississippi, Alabama
Judge gives Trump time to challenge tax return disclosure to Congress
  + stars: | 2021-07-31 | by ( Amanda Macias | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON – A federal judge is giving former President Donald Trump time to challenge a Department of Justice order that said the IRS must surrender his income tax returns to Congress. U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Trevor McFadden said that Trump and his lawyers have until Wednesday to issue a response. On Friday, the Department of Justice said that the former president's tax returns must be released by the IRS to Congress, a reversal from its position held during the Trump administration. Trump's lawyers did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Trump, who broke decades of precedent set by candidates and former presidents by refusing to release his income tax returns, repeatedly said that his filings were under audit by the IRS.
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WASHINGTON — At least 125,000 fully vaccinated Americans have tested positive for Covid and 1,400 of those have died, according to data collected by NBC News. Even among those very rare breakthrough cases, we have seen very few illnesses serious enough to require hospitalization." In Utah on June 2, 2021, just 27 or 8 percent of the 312 new cases in the state were breakthrough cases. In Virginia, total breakthrough cases resulting in death from Covid-19 went from 17 in mid-July to 42 on Friday. The CDC is now changing tactics amid new information showing that fully vaccinated people who get Covid can transmit the virus to others.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Gabe Gutierrez, Lester Holt, Erin McHenry, Johnson, Jasmine Reed, Marcus Plescia, Abigail Barker, Robert Long, Scott Gottlieb, Gottlieb Organizations: NBC News, NBC, Health, Minnesota Department of Health, Moderna, District of Columbia, Centers for Disease, CDC, Research, Association of State, Territorial Health, New York State Department of Health, Maine Department of Health, Human Services, CNBC Locations: Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, Covid, Louisiana, Washington, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois, Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida , New York
Justice Department Recasts Its Stance on Guantanamo Bay Detainees
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( Jess Bravin | Aruna Viswanatha | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is recalibrating the U.S. government’s legal approach to the Guantanamo Bay prison, according to a redacted legal brief filed Friday, saying current detentions remain lawful but opening the door to possible future challenges from detainees at the nearly 20-year-old facility. In the brief, filed in litigation before the federal appeals court in Washington dealing with the detention of Yemeni citizen Abdulsalam al-Hela, the Justice Department told the panel it wasn’t renewing a Trump administration argument that constitutional due-process rights don’t apply to Guantanamo detainees. “This court can and should hold that al-Hela is not entitled to relief on his specific claims, without deciding the broader questions of whether and how the Due Process Clause applies,” the brief says. The Constitution bars the government from depriving “any person...of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Both the Biden administration and the previous Trump argument asserted it was unnecessary to decide whether the due-process clause applies to the detainees. Circuit agreed in April to review that decision, which was written by Judge Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee and one of the court’s most conservative members.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Abdulsalam, Trump, weren’t, Judge Neomi Rao Organizations: Justice Department, Guantanamo, U.S ., Appeals, District of Columbia, Army, Trump Locations: Guantanamo, Washington, U.S, Germany
The number of first vaccine doses has climbed more sharply than the overall rate in recent days, representing new people getting their very first shots,. "Y'all, we're going to have a rough few weeks," Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs told reporters last week. Some 93% of the state's Covid cases and 89% of the deaths in the past month are among unvaccinated individuals, he said. Many of the states seeing a dramatic rise in vaccine rates have high levels of community infection and low levels of vaccinations. State health officials attribute the rising rates to a combination of factors including fears of the more contagious delta variant.
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From CDC cards to digital vaccine passports, see how you can prove you are vaccinated. Your physical CDC vaccine card is the most fool-proof method of showing you are vaccinated. What if I lost or forgot my CDC vaccine card? The federal government suggests taking a photo of your vaccine card in case it gets lost, Insider's Allana Akhtar reported. Can I show a picture of my CDC vaccine card?
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While Burse is seeking assistance locally, Mississippi's separate federally funded $186 million statewide program has faced its own trials. Only a fraction of the country's funds are expected to be distributed before the eviction moratorium expires at the end of July. NBC News contacted all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their emergency rental assistance programs. By mid-July, the state's emergency rental assistance program had processed 226 applications. In Mississippi, Burse has tried to balance the uncertainty of the coming weeks with small moments of joy.
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New York, other states to fight dismissal of antitrust lawsuit against Facebook
  + stars: | 2021-07-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - New York and other U.S. states filed a notice on Wednesday saying they will fight the dismissal of their antitrust lawsuit against social media giant Facebook Inc (FB.O) in an appeals court, according to a court filing. In June, a U.S. judge dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against Facebook that had sought to force the social media company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the states' lawsuit but said the Federal Trade Commission could refile its complaint. read more"We believe the District Court's decision dismissing the states' complaint is correct and look forward to defending the District Court's decision before the Court of Appeals, a Facebook spokesman said. Reporting by Diane Bartz, Editing by Timothy HeritageOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Judge James Boasberg, Diane Bartz, Timothy Organizations: Facebook Inc, Facebook, U.S, District of Columbia, Federal Trade Commission, District, Appeals, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S
States say they will appeal the dismissal of their Facebook antitrust suit.
  + stars: | 2021-07-28 | by ( Cecilia Kang | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
More than 40 state attorneys general on Wednesday said they planned to appeal the dismissal of their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, setting up a protracted legal fight to rein in the power of the Silicon Valley giant. The states would be pushing back on a decision made last month by a federal judge who eviscerated their arguments that Facebook had obtained a monopoly through its acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 and had harmed competition. The judge said that the regulators’ attempts to break up the social media company came too many years after the mergers were approved. “The court is aware of no case, and plaintiffs provide none, where such a long delay in seeking such a consequential remedy has been countenanced in a case brought by a plaintiff other than the federal government,” the judge, James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said. The state attorneys general have 90 days from the date of the notice to file their appeal, including their arguments.
Persons: James E Organizations: Facebook, U.S, District of Columbia Locations: Instagram, WhatsApp
S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Google mandates vaccines for employees and delays its return to the office to October. The company is also mandating vaccines for all employees coming into the office. lifted its masking guidance in May, many companies issued new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated employees and customers to return without masks. President Biden is weighing a vaccine mandate for all two million federal employees, and is expected to deliver a speech on Thursday about it. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyU.S. airlines are worried about jet fuel shortages at airports in the West.
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S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %live Watch as Jerome Powell takes questions after the Fed leaves rates unchanged. Credit Credit... “We recognize that many Googlers are seeing spikes in their communities caused by the Delta variant and are concerned about returning to the office,” Mr. Pichai wrote. Some Google employees have been returning to work in the office on a voluntary basis. President Biden is expected to announce a vaccine mandate for all two million civilian federal employees on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four police officers who worked to defend the U.S. Capitol from a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters are due to testify on Tuesday at the first hearing before a congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File PhotoThe House of Representatives Committee was formed after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the attack. Two police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives. Pelosi has called the attack “an attempt to overthrow the government.”Most House Republicans have fiercely opposed the creation of the committee, saying it is politically motivated by Democrats. More than 535 people face charges arising from the riot including four charged in the attack on Fanone.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Stephanie Keith, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Dunn, Aquilino Gonell, Michael Fanone, Daniel Hodges, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Mike Pence, Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, McCarthy, Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Cheney, Adam Schiff, Fanone, rioter, , , David Laufman, Dunn, Gonell Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Republicans, Democrat, U.S . Capitol police, District of Columbia, Police, Republican, Democrats, Intelligence, United States Capitol Locations: Washington , U.S
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack by a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters trying to overturn his election loss featured harrowing violence resembling a medieval battlefield, a police officer hurt in the melee told a congressional panel on Tuesday. A Capitol police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the following day. The riot followed Trump’s speech to supporters in which the Republican repeated his false claims about voting fraud. ‘THE REALITY’In his opening remarks, Thompson took aim at Republicans and Trump allies who have sought to minimize the riot. More than 535 people face criminal charges arising from the riot including four charged in the attack on Fanone.
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“The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating.”Gonell fought back tears as he recalled his family watching the violence unfold on television and wondering if he was alive. The nine-member panel was formed after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the attack. He also showed video of the violence, calling it “chilling.”Most House Republicans opposed the creation of the committee, calling it politically motivated. Four people died on the day of the violence, including one rioter fatally shot by police and three others who died of natural causes. Two police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives.
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The nine-member panel was formed after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the attack. Fanone railed against people, including some Republican lawmakers, who have downplayed the violence or blamed left-wing groups instead of Trump’s supporters. Slideshow ( 5 images )Fanone appeared on Tuesday alongside his Washington police colleague Daniel Hodges and Capitol police officers Aquilino Gonell and Harry Dunn. Dunn, who is Black, said rioters repeatedly called him a racial slur while he was trying to defend the Capitol. Police were overwhelmed when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, smashing windows, fighting with officers and sending lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence scrambling for safety.
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Marjorie Taylor Greene, Other GOP Lawmakers Sue Pelosi Over Mask Penalties
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Siobhan Hughes | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The lawmakers filed the lawsuit as Covid-19 is resurgent nationwide, and as health officials are considering reinstating some mask rules and pressing Americans to get vaccinated. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, and Ralph Norman of South Carolina. The House voted to impose fines for noncompliance with mask rules in a party-line vote in early January. Mrs. Pelosi had said earlier this year that masks would continue to be required for members and staff until everyone was vaccinated. “She said everybody has to wear a mask until everybody gets vaccinated,” Mr. Massie said.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Thomas Massie of, Ralph Norman of, didn’t, Pelosi, Mr, Massie, , ” Mr, Organizations: Republican, Disease Control, District of Columbia, U.S, Supreme Locations: WASHINGTON, Calif, U.S, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Ralph Norman of South Carolina
REUTERS/Andrew KellyWASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - Nearly 140 Democratic U.S lawmakers on Tuesday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly reinstate California’s right to set regulations for vehicle emissions, which was taken away by the Trump administration. In April, the EPA said it was moving to give back legal authority to California to set tough vehicle emission rules and zero-emission vehicle mandates. In 2013, the EPA granted California a waiver to set vehicle rules. Until November, GM backed the Trump administration's effort to block California from setting tougher emissions standards than the federal government. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia, which comprise 36% of the auto market, have adopted California’s zero emission vehicle standards.
Persons: Andrew Kelly WASHINGTON, Trump, Tom Carper, Frank Pallone, Steny Hoyer, Dianne Feinstein, Alex Padilla Richard Durbin, Ron Wyden, Michael Regan, Biden, David Shepardson, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Democratic, U.S . Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Trump Administration, and Public Workers Committee, Energy, Commerce, Republican, EPA, Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors, Ford Motor, Volkswagen, Honda, GM, District of Columbia, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, California, Ohio
“I actually encountered two police officers that day,” said Officer Harry Dunn with the Capitol Police in an interview last week. Interviews with Mr. Webster’s former fellow officers from his 20 years in the department paint a far different picture than the images and profane videos of #EyeGouger. Evidence in the case and Mr. Webster’s own version of events suggest he had been swept up in weeks of online claims that the election was stolen, his angered state further inflamed by the crowds that day. “In Tommy Webster’s case, we were very surprised.”Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Mr. Webster ditched college — “wasn’t for me,” he told the F.B.I. He worked odd jobs for a year or so before joining the Police Department in 1991.
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Biden nominates 8 top federal prosecutors
  + stars: | 2021-07-26 | by ( Sarah N. Lynch | ) www.reuters.com + 0.90   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Monday nominated a slate of eight people to serve as U.S. Attorneys, including the top federal prosecutor who will oversee the Jan. 6 Capitol riots cases if he is confirmed, and a progressive prosecutor in Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors have arrested more than 535 people on charges of taking part in the violence, in which rioters battled police, smashed windows and sent members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence running for safety. Biden also nominated Rachael Rollins here, a local prosecutor in Boston who is part of a growing national movement of “progressive prosecutors” who support efforts to eliminate racial disparities by rejecting the traditional “tough on crime” culture that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of Black men. Other U.S. Attorney nominees include Erek Barron for the District of Maryland, Nicholas Brown for the Western District of Washington, Clifford Johnson for the Northern District of Indiana, Zachary Myers for the Southern District of Indiana, Trini Ross for the Western District of New York and Vanessa Waldref for the Eastern District of Washington.
Persons: Shannon Stapleton, Joe Biden, Matthew Graves, DLA Piper, Mike Pence, Biden, Rachael Rollins, , Erek Barron, Nicholas Brown, Clifford Johnson, Zachary Myers, Trini Ross, Vanessa Waldref Organizations: Trump, U.S . Congress, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Attorneys, Attorney, District of Columbia, District of, Western, of Washington, Northern, Northern District of, Southern, Southern District of, of, Eastern Locations: Washington , U.S, Massachusetts, Boston, District of Maryland, Northern District, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District, Southern District of Indiana, of New York, of Washington
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday nominated a slate of eight people to serve as U.S. attorneys, including the top federal prosecutor who will oversee the Jan. 6 Capitol riots cases if he is confirmed, and a progressive prosecutor in Massachusetts. Slideshow ( 2 images )Matthew Graves, a former federal prosecutor now with the corporate law firm DLA Piper, is Biden’s choice to run the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which has been overwhelmed with a flood of cases stemming from the riots. Rollins, who earlier in her career worked as a federal prosecutor, was elected in 2018 as the first Black woman to serve as the district attorney in Suffolk County, which covers Boston. She would be the first Black woman to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts. Some other progressive district attorneys have also been under consideration to serve as U.S. attorneys.
Persons: Joe Biden, Matthew Graves, DLA Piper, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Graves, Jesse Jackson Jr, Biden, Rachael Rollins, Rollins, George Floyd, Erek Barron, Nicholas Brown, Clifford Johnson, Zachary Myers, Trini Ross, Vanessa Waldref Organizations: WASHINGTON, Attorney’s, District of Columbia, U.S, U.S . Senate, District of, Western, of Washington, Northern, Northern District of, Southern, Southern District of, of, Eastern Locations: Massachusetts, Boston, Suffolk County, Minneapolis, District of Maryland, Northern District, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District, Southern District of Indiana, of New York, of Washington
Biden Administration Names Its First U.S. Attorneys
  + stars: | 2021-07-26 | by ( Sadie Gurman | Aruna Viswanatha | ) www.wsj.com + 0.94   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—President Biden put forward his first set of nominees to lead U.S. attorneys’ offices across the country, a group that includes a former fraud and public-corruption prosecutor who would oversee hundreds of criminal cases stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The chamber’s slim Democratic majority would suffice to confirm the nominees if the party doesn’t lose a single vote. The nominations come as the Biden administration pursues a Justice Department agenda emphasizing enforcement of civil-rights and voting-rights laws, fighting domestic terrorism and combating rising gun violence, among other priorities. The department’s 93 U.S. attorneys will be crucial to carrying out that agenda in the field as they oversee prosecutions in their districts. Mr. Biden’s prosecutor picks, six of whom are Black and three of whom are women, comprise a mix of law-enforcement officials with experience ranging from national security and cybercrime to civil rights and corruption.
Persons: Biden, Matthew Graves, Trump, Graves Organizations: WASHINGTON, Black, Republicans, Department, District of Columbia Locations: Maryland, Washington state , Indiana , Massachusetts, New York, U.S
Judge Extends Deadline for FTC to Refile Facebook Antitrust Suit
  + stars: | 2021-07-26 | by ( Ryan Tracy | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission has until Aug. 19 to file an amended version of its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc. after a judge granted the agency an extension. Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia had previously set a July 29 deadline after saying the agency hadn’t supported its claims that Facebook has monopoly power in personal social-networking services. His dismissal of the suit cited in part how the FTC calculated the company’s market share. The FTC asked for the filing extension Friday, saying Facebook didn’t oppose it; and Judge Boasberg approved the request. After the agency files an amended suit, Facebook would have until Oct. 4 to respond.
Persons: WASHINGTON, James E, hadn’t, Boasberg, Lina Khan Organizations: Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Inc, U.S, District of Columbia, Facebook, FTC
Matt Graves, a former top prosecutor in Washington, was nominated to be US attorney in the nation's capital. If confirmed, he'd lead the largest federal prosecutor's office in the country as it handles hundreds of Capitol riot cases. A graduate of Yale Law School, Graves joined the prosecutor's office in 2007 from the law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr. In an interview, Norton said she was drawn to Graves' "long experience" in the US attorney's office in Washington. The US attorney's office for the District of Columbia has an unusual jurisdiction.
Persons: Matt Graves, he'd, Graves, DLA Piper, Joe Biden, Wilmer, Dorr, Jesse Jackson Jr, Del, Eleanor Holmes Norton's, Norton, Channing Phillips, Phillips, Donald Trump's, William Barr, Barr, Trump, Roger Stone, Jonathan Kravis, Michael Flynn, Richard Roberts, Roberts, Garfield M, Taylor, Leonard Silva Organizations: Capitol, GE, US, District of Columbia, Yale Law School, Illinois Democrat, General Electric, White House, Democrat, Biden White House, DC, Court, Justice Department, Kravis, Trump, FBI, Drug Locations: Washington, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, Illinois, Jazeera, DC, Columbia's, Russian, United States, Maryland, Monterrey, Mexico
Biden says U.S. will end its combat mission in Iraq as its prime minister visits the White House. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq met with President Biden in the Oval Office on Monday. “We’re not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat zone,” Mr. Biden said as he met with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of Iraq at the White House Monday. 2 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, received his first vaccine dose two Sundays ago — a remarkably late date, given that vaccines have been widely available on Capitol Hill for months and that one House Republican and one House Republican-elect have died of Covid-19. Mr. Barrack served as a key fund-raiser to Mr. Trump throughout his time in office, including a stint as chairman of Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee.
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Texas Provides a Model for Conservative Healthcare Reform
  + stars: | 2021-07-23 | by ( ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
In the last Covid relief bill, Democrats tried to give states more temporary money to expand Medicaid. Now they are considering legislation to allow Democratic cities in Republican states to expand Medicaid on their own. As a candidate, Joe Biden proposed creating a government-run plan for low-income people in states that don’t expand Medicaid. Conservative Texans who oppose Medicaid expansion point to the explosion in spending in states that have expanded their programs. Oregon expanded Medicaid in 2008 using a lottery system, allowing for randomized selection, and a Harvard T.H.
Persons: Joe Biden Organizations: Affordable, Democratic, Texas Republicans, Lone Star State, District of Columbia, Conservative Texans, Harvard, of Public Locations: Texas, Oregon, Chan
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