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(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has chosen David Kessler, the ex-head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help lead the COVID-19 vaccine push, his transition team said on Friday. That expanded role will include replacing Moncef Slaoui as the chief adviser for the vaccine distribution effort the Trump administration called Operation Warp Speed. As head of the FDA, Kessler cut the time needed to approve drugs to treat AIDS and moved to try to regulate the tobacco industry. Biden has vowed to get 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses injected into Americans in his first 100 days in office. In a bid to expand vaccination efforts, the Trump administration said Tuesday it was releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it had been holding back for second shots.
Persons: Joe Biden, David Kessler, Biden, Trump, ” Kessler, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Moncef Slaoui, Kessler, Gustave Perna, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Speed, U.S . Army, U.S, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Pfizer, Moderna Locations: WILMINGTON, Del
Biden chooses ex FDA chief Kessler to help lead U.S. vaccine drive - NYT
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has chosen David Kessler, the ex-head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help lead the COVID-19 vaccine push Operation Warp Speed, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing transition officials. As head of the FDA, Kessler cut the time needed to approve drugs to treat AIDS and moved to try to regulate the tobacco industry. The move comes at a critical point for Operation Warp Speed which is meant to speed up the development and distribution of shots and treatments for the coronavirus. In a bid to expand vaccination efforts, the Trump administration said Tuesday it was releasing millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses it had been holding back for second shots. Kessler will share responsibilities for the initiative with General Gustave Perna, who will continue as chief operating officer, the New York Times reported.
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Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts
  + stars: | 2021-01-15 | by ( Sheila Kaplan | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.84   time to read: +1 min
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Dr. David Kessler to help lead Operation Warp Speed, the program to accelerate development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, according to transition officials. He will replace Dr. Moncef Slaoui, a researcher and former drug company executive, who will become a consultant to Operation Warp Speed. Dr. Kessler will share top responsibilities for the initiative with Gen. Gustave F. Perna, who will continue as chief operating officer, according to a Biden transition spokesman. Kessler became a trusted adviser to the Biden campaign and to President-elect Biden at the beginning of the pandemic, and has probably briefed Biden 50 or 60 times since March,” said Anita Dunn, co-chair of the transition team. “When staff gets asked, ‘What do the doctors say?,’ we know that David Kessler is one of the doctors that President-elect Biden expects us to have consulted.”
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Kessler, who will lead Operation Warp Speed, has advised Biden's transition team on COVID-19. Dr. David Kessler, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, will lead the White House's COVID-19 vaccination drive under President-elect Joe Biden, a Biden transition spokesperson told The New York Times Friday. Biden chose Kessler to replace Dr. Moncef Slaoui as head of Operation Warp Speed, the spokesperson said. Kessler has advised Biden on COVID-19 policy, including co-chairing the Biden transition team's COVID-19 taskforce. Gen. Gustave Perna will remain as chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the spokesperson told the publication.
Persons: David Kessler, Joe Biden, Kessler, Biden, Moncef Slaoui, Slaoui, Anita Dunn, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Gustave Perna, Read Organizations: New York Times, Food and Drug Administration, Biden, Times, CNBC Locations: COVID
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: As Vaccine Eligibility Expands in U.S., So Does Confusion Amid a shifting rollout, at least 28 states have begun vaccinating older people, prompting questions about which groups get priority. Dr. David Kessler headed the Food and Drug Administration during the presidencies of George Bush and Bill Clinton. Dr. Kessler is close to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, who became the leading governmental voice on the pandemic. “The very health of our nation is at stake,” Mr. Biden said. A $20 billion “national vaccine program” he announced envisions community vaccination centers around the country.
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The January 6 insurrection on the Capitol had some familiar echoes of the November 2000 uprising on Miami-Dade County's presidential recount, an incident that came to be known as the Brooks Brothers riot. The Capitol insurrection was both far more far more violent and had more serious physical consequences for the place where the attack occurred, although unlike the Brooks Brothers rioters, this group failed to stop the counting of votes. The Brooks Brothers riot revived a new blueprint for electoral disputes, one that openly deployed violence and intimidation to frighten officials into discarding legitimate votes. Like the Brooks Brothers riot, it took place on a Wednesday. Unlike the Brooks Brothers riot, the pro-Trump insurrectionists, despite their efforts, did not succeed in suspending the counting of votes and, in fact, hardened the resolve of lawmakers to finish the count in defiance of mob violence.
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ET Covid-19 Live Updates: 2 Million Dead Around World From Virus Amid a shifting rollout, at least 28 states have begun vaccinating older people, prompting questions about which groups get priority. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe C.D.C warns that the new virus variant could fuel huge spikes in coronavirus cases. A plant in Marburg that BioNTech purchased last year is expected to start producing vaccine doses soon. A healthcare worker receives a Covid-19 vaccine at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan last month. Mr. Biden has promised 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots will be administered during his first 100 days in office.
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“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.” “These facts require immediate actions by President Trump,” he continued. A few Republicans defended him, but most others simply argued that a rush to impeach Mr. Trump without a hearing or an investigation raised constitutional questions. With Democrats controlling the House, Mr. Trump is expected to become the first American president to be impeached twice. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington sent a letter to Mr. Trump on Sunday asking for an emergency declaration to obtain additional funding for inauguration security. On Tuesday, a federal inspector general questioned an order to deliver the estimates before Mr. Trump leaves office, after whistle-blowers warned that the rush would imperil their accuracy.
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ET Live Updates: Georgia Official Blasts Trump for Repeating Falsehoods on Eve of Two Critical Senate Runoffs It was like “Groundhog Day,” a top election official said of once again having to debunk President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Gabriel Sterling, a top election official in Georgia, delivered a scathing refutation on Monday of President Trump’s false claims of voter fraud. “I wanted to scream,” he said of his reaction to the call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Raffensperger. There are also concerns about the potential for Mr. Trump to use Monday’s appearance to mostly talk about himself, particularly after the release of a recording of a call between Mr. Trump and the state’s top elections official. Mr. Nunes received the honor in a ceremony on Monday, and Mr. Trump is likely to bestow it upon Mr. Jordan next week.
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For a Defeated President, Pardons as an Expression of Grievance
  + stars: | 2020-12-24 | by ( Peter Baker | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
As power inexorably slips from his grasp, the defeated president finds his pardon authority to be the one weapon he can deploy without any checks. But few if any have used their pardon power to attack the system in quite the way Mr. Trump has. In addition to Mr. Stone and Mr. Manafort, the president this week pardoned three other figures convicted of lying in the Russia investigation led by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Critics accused Mr. Trump of using his power to obstruct justice by rewarding allies who impeded the investigation against him. “The pardons from this President are what you would expect to get if you gave the pardon power to a mob boss,” Andrew Weissmann, a top lieutenant to Mr. Mueller, wrote on Twitter.
Persons: George Bush, Bill Clinton, Trump, Stone, Manafort, Robert S, Mueller III, Michael T, Flynn, Mr, , ” Andrew Weissmann, Mueller Organizations: Department, Justice Department, Twitter Locations: Iran, Russia
U.S. FAA approves use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by pilots
  + stars: | 2020-12-19 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A pilot walks past a closed restaurant at IAH George Bush Intercontinental Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Houston, Texas, U.S., July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees LatifWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Saturday it had approved the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by pilots and air traffic controllers. The announcement follows the FAA’s Dec. 12 approval for pilots and controllers to use the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTechThe U.S. aviation regulator said pilots and controllers must not fly or conduct safety-related duties for 48 hours after receiving doses. The FAA said it “will monitor the patient response to each vaccine dose and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety.”On Thursday, groups representing aviation unions and American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other airlines, wrote all U.S. governors asking them to “prioritize aviation frontline workers for allocation of the vaccine in your upcoming implementation plan.”The groups noted that “aviation workers are frontline workers who either encounter the traveling public frequently or are required to perform our work in close proximity to our colleagues and perform our jobs onsite.”Earlier this month, the FAA sent guidance to airports to prepare for vaccine distribution, including other facilities that may serve as alternate or diversion airports. The FAA said that some aircraft used for vaccine shipments may be larger than the aircraft used for passenger-carrying flights that typically serve that airport and operators may opt to have extra aircraft rescue and firefighting services.
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U.S. airlines closing in on new government assistance package
  + stars: | 2020-12-17 | by ( David Shepardson | Tracy Rucinski | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. airlines are on the brink of receiving a four-month extension of a government assistance program that is expected to provide another $17 billion to fund payroll costs, congressional aides told Reuters. A final deal on the $900 billion relief package could be reached as early as Thursday morning in the United States. In October, American Airlines furloughed 19,000 employees while United Airlines furloughed more than 13,000 employees. The new assistance program is expected to mirror the earlier $25 billion program approved by Congress in March, which required larger airlines to repay 30% of the payroll grants over time and offer the government warrants. Congress previously set aside another $25 billion for airlines for low-interest loans.
Persons: George, Adrees Latif Organizations: George Bush, REUTERS, Airline, Reuters, Amtrak, American Airlines, United Airlines, Congress, Airlines Locations: WASHINGTON, CHICAGO, Houston , Texas, U.S, United States, America
William Barr Is Out as Attorney General
  + stars: | 2020-12-14 | by ( Katie Benner | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Mr. Barr brought the Justice Department closer to the White House than any attorney general in a half-century. Defying the distance that federal law enforcement officials have typically maintained from campaign politics, Mr. Barr spent the months leading up to the election echoing Mr. Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Mr. Barr told The Associated Press. It was not clear whether Mr. Barr was willing to do so, and a Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The recent string of departures from the president’s views were rare for Mr. Barr, who had worked from the start to advance Mr. Trump’s political agenda by undermining the most significant conclusions of the Russia investigation.
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Southwest Airlines is launching 19 more new domestic and international routes in 2021 from cities across the US. Read more: Leaked announcement: Southwest plans to furlough workers for the first time in its 53-year historyHere's where Southwest Airlines is expanding in 2021. A morning flight and an afternoon flight will be offered in each direction. A morning, afternoon, and late afternoon flight will be offered in the eastbound direction while a morning, afternoon, and evening flight will be offered westbound. A morning flight will be offered from Pittsburgh while an afternoon flight will be offered from Sarasota.
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This graph shows coronavirus cases in the United States versus the European Union. The coronavirus hadn’t even been detected in the United States yet. At one level, the way we fumbled the development of testing in the United States was a result of bureaucratic infighting. I’ve heard a lot of good stories.” Sierra Leone in West Africa had an effective test before the United States did. Meanwhile, over here in the United States, we’re at about 39 percent on this same day in late April.
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Investigation of His Son Is Likely to Hang Over Biden as He Takes Office
  + stars: | 2020-12-10 | by ( Peter Baker | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
“We’ll keep digging.”But it is not clear whether the newly disclosed federal investigation has substantiated the Republican claims. The federal government and the city of Washington, D.C., issued liens against Hunter Biden for unpaid taxes but have since released them. Either way, the matter now appears likely to hang over Mr. Biden even as he takes office. If he refuses to appoint a special counsel and his Justice Department opts not to prosecute his son, many will invariably suspect favoritism. If it does prosecute, then the president will face the prospect of seeing his own son threatened with criminal prosecution.
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U.S. airline passenger traffic down 62% in October -DOT
  + stars: | 2020-12-08 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The 62% decline from October 2019 was the smallest year-to-year decrease since March when the coronavirus pandemic slashed U.S. travel demand. The largest airlines carried 29.9 million passengers in October, down from 78.3 million passengers in October 2019. Airlines for America, an industry group, said this week it estimates that through late November passenger demand remains down 62%. A spike in COVID-19 cases and guidance from U.S. health agencies urging Americans to avoid holiday travel has led to a recent softening in travel demand. The Transportation Department said Monday that U.S. passenger airlines reported third-quarter after-tax net losses of $11.8 billion and a pre-tax operating loss of $15.9 billion.
Persons: George, Adrees Latif Organizations: George Bush, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S . Transportation Department, Airlines for America, European Union, United States . American Airlines, ” Delta Air Lines, Transportation Department Locations: Houston , Texas, U.S, United Kingdom, China, Brazil, United States, Airlines
Here's where the Boeing 737 Max will be flying in the US as it returns to the skies. American currently operates 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, according to Cirium data, with another 76 on order with Boeing. Alaska AirlinesBoeing 737 Max aircraft of Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Gol Linhas Aéreas. The new lease leaves Alaska with 45 Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft currently on order, complementing its predominantly Boeing 737 Next Generation fleet. Southwest AirlinesA Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8.
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Even so, 39% of respondents said they would not get a coronavirus vaccine, and willingness to get a vaccine varies widely among different racial and ethnic groups. At the same time, public confidence in the vaccine has appeared to have grown as well, according to data from Pew. Even so, 39% of respondents said they would definitely or probably not get a coronavirus vaccine, according to Pew. Experts warned that persistent hesitations about a coronavirus vaccine could prolong the fight against disease spread, Business Insider's Kelly McLaughlin and Yelena Dzhanova previously reported. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former President Barack Obama, former President George Bush, and former President Bill Clinton have all volunteered to get their coronavirus vaccine in public, to encourage public confidence in the vaccine.
Persons: Insider's Kelly McLaughlin, Yelena Dzhanova, Pew, Insider's Taylor Ardrey, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton Organizations: Pew Research Center, Pew, Experts, Moderna, Pfizer, Food and Drug Administration, Health Organization Locations: American
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization, said he's open to receiving a COVID-19 vaccinated on camera to build public trust. The WHO director said former US Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama offering to get vaccinated publicly is "a good idea." Global survey data indicates people are skeptic of COVID-19 vaccines, which are crucial to stopping the disease's transmission. "It's a good idea, and I support their offer," Tedros said when asked about former US Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama committing to getting vaccinated publicly. The UK became the first country to allow citizens to take the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
Persons: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Anthony Fauci, Tedros Adhanom, Tedros, Joe Biden, Read, Fauci, Moderna's, Obama, he'll, SiriusXM, Joe Madison Organizations: World Health Organization, WHO, Red, AstraZeneca, Oxford, Pfizer, US Food and Drug Administration, Moderna, COVID
Southwest Airlines just sent 6,828 workers WARN notices after it couldn't come to an agreement with employees to take a pay cut to avoid furloughs. Ramp workers and flight attendants are among the most impacted workgroup with over 4,000 WARN notices issued between them. Workgroups that accept Southwest's proposed temporary pay cuts will be exempt from any furlough. Nearly 7,000 Southwest Airlines employees are facing furlough in the new year after negotiations to temporarily implement pay cuts broke down. Workers in Southwest's dispatch and meteorology departments accepted the reductions in pay and were granted immunity from furlough, Southwest also confirmed.
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May a president pardon his relatives and close allies? Notably, Ford’s “full, free and absolute pardon” of Nixon was extraordinarily broad. But because prosecutors did not try to charge Nixon, the validity of this rare, open-ended clemency was untested. Still, he also acknowledged that “the existence of a specificity requirement has never been acknowledged by the Supreme Court.”May a president pardon himself? There is no definitive answer because no president has ever tried to pardon himself and then faced prosecution anyway.
Persons: George Bush, Reagan, Caspar W, Weinberger, Lawrence E, Walsh, Bush, Bill Clinton, Roger Clinton, Susan H, McDougal, Clinton, Ford’s, , Nixon, Nixon “, Aaron Rappaport Organizations: , University of California, Founders, Supreme Locations: Iran, Hastings
BUSHThe photograph of President Bush appears on the U.S. Department of Defense website here . The photograph was not taken on Thanksgiving eve, but Obama did call troops to thank them for their service and served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and veterans on Thanksgiving 2015, according to CNN here and here . In 2019, he made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving eve to visit troops ( here and here ). None of the photographs shown were taken on Thanksgiving eve. While President Trump did play golf on Thanksgiving Day in 2020, he also spoke to members of the military and thanked them for their service.
Persons: Bill Clinton, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, , George Bush, Donald J, CLINTON, Clinton, William Jefferson Clinton, BUSH, Camp, David, OBAMA, Obama, TRUMP, “ Donald Trump, Read Organizations: United, Trump, Joint Endeavor, , NATO, Force, U.S . Department of Defense, Task Force, U.S . News, Bagram, CNN, T, Congressional Country Club, Reuters, Trump National Golf Club, White House Locations: Tuzla AB, Bosnia, Herzegovina, “ Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Bondsteel, Kosovo, Camp Bondsteel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bethesda , Maryland, Bethesda, Md, Washington, Virginia
Southwest Airlines is expanding with 12 new leisure routes across the United States and Mexico. Southwest Airlines is continuing a nationwide expansion with the addition of 12 new routes that were announced Thursday. The twice-daily service will see a morning and afternoon flight from Chicago and two afternoon return flights from Sarasota. The once-daily service will see a morning departure from Long Beach and an afternoon return flight from Los Cabos. The once-daily service will see a morning departure from Long Beach and a late afternoon return flight from Puerto Vallarta.
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Former President Barack Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday that it has been troubling to watch Republicans defend President Donald Trump's baseless voter fraud claims. Obama sat down to discuss his recently released 768-page best-selling memoir “A Promised Land," which covers his first term in office. In past years, Obama had been reluctant to openly criticize Trump and other Republicans. Kamala Harris is going to be the next vice president," Obama said. Obama said in the MSNBC interview that "at the end of the day, I don't think any of this will be successful."
Persons: Barack Obama, Donald Trump's, I’m, Donald Trump, Obama, Jonathan Capehart, Trump, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, you’re, you’ve, Biden, George W, Bush, George Bush, ” Obama Organizations: MSNBC, Republican, GOP, Republicans, Trump Locations: United States, Georgia
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