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Pentagon Set To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For 1.3 Million Active-Duty Troops: Reports
President Joe Biden said last week that all federal employees and contractors must be vaccinated or face weekly testing.
USA TODAY
Florida Gov. DeSantis says he will 'stand in the way' of President Biden on COVID-19 restrictions
The friction between Biden and DeSantis comes as the country confronts a fourth wave of the virus, one that has hit especially hard in Florida.
Reuters
Exclusive-U.S. developing plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated -official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration is developing a plan to require nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of eventually lifting travel restrictions that bar much of the world from entering the United States, a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday. The White House wants to re-open travel, which would boost business for the airlines and tourism industry, but is not ready to immediately lift restrictions because of the rising COVID-19 case load and highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, the official said. The Biden administration has interagency working groups working "to have a new system ready for when we can reopen travel," the official said, adding it includes "a phased approach that over time will mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated."
USA TODAY
20 House lawmakers ask for COVID-19 vaccine requirement on Capitol Hill
A group of 20 House lawmakers sent a letter to Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, asking him to make COVID vaccines mandatory.
Reuters
U.S. infrastructure bill could be nearing final vote, key senators say
The U.S. Senate could vote in the next few days on the $1 trillion infrastructure package that is one of President Joe Biden's top domestic priorities, said members of the bipartisan group of senators who negotiated the sweeping bill. Since unveiling its text late Sunday, the Senate has been voting on a series of amendments to it, so far agreeing to five on topics including health care for Native Americans and highway costs. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, whose party holds a razor-thin majority, has threatened to keep senators in Washington past the start of their scheduled five-week recess, until the package is passed.
Business Insider
60% of Americans think it would be bad for the country if Trump ran for president again in 2024: poll
The Quinnipiac University poll also found that most Americans -- and a plurality of Democrats -- don't think Biden will run for re-election in 2024.
Business Insider
A civil war within the Democratic Party over canceling student debt is hurting millions of borrowers
Who has the authority to cancel student debt? Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi say it's Congress. Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer say it's the president.
Politico
House GOP's new midterm headache: Candidates tied to the Capitol riot
Several Republican candidates were in the vicinity of the Jan. 6 attack, raising uncomfortable questions for the party's House campaign arm.
Associated Press
State lawmaker accused of kicking boy: Stress caused 'mania'
Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel disclosed in a Facebook post that he has seen mental health professionals over the past three months. One student told a sheriff's deputy that Samsel had manhandled him and kicked him, according to an affidavit from the deputy. Samsel, a 36-year-old attorney who has served in the House since 2019, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, each of which is punishable by up to six months in jail.
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Arkansas Governor Regrets Signing Ban On Mask Mandates As COVID Spike Continues
Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, is now trying to get the state legislature to overturn a law banning mask mandates in schools.