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On Monday, the hypercontagious Delta variant finally did what Joe Biden couldn't: convinced 70 percent of U.S. adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden originally aimed to administer at least one vaccine dose to 70 percent of Americans 18 and older by July 4. But widespread vaccine hesitancy — particularly in conservative parts of the country — prevented the U.S. from meeting his deadline.
The Afghan president on Monday blamed the American troops' speedy pullout for the worsening violence in his country and said that his administration would now focus on protecting provincial capitals and major urban areas in the face of the rapidly advancing Taliban. Ashraf Ghani also urged lawmakers to back a national mobilization drive against the Taliban amid an intensifying war between the Taliban and Afghan government forces over the past few months as U.S. and NATO troops complete their pullout from the war-torn country. “An imported, hasty” peace process — a reference to Washington's push for negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban — “not only failed to bring peace but created doubt and ambiguity" among Afghans, Ghani said in his address to Parliament.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing several calls by Democrats to resign after reports surfaced that he joked about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel. On Saturday night, McCarthy was reportedly gifted a large gavel by members of Tennessee's Republican congressional delegation during a dinner event. The gavel had the words "Fire Pelosi" inscribed on it, referencing the minority leader's repeated optimistic stance that the GOP will retake the House following the 2022 midterm elections.
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Among people infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, fully vaccinated people with "breakthrough" infections may be just as likely as unvaccinated people to spread the virus to others, new research suggests. In one Wisconsin county, after Delta became predominant, researchers analyzed viral loads on nose-and-throat swab samples obtained when patients were first diagnosed.
With the California gubernatorial recall 43 days away and with ballots about to be mailed to voters later this month, there are three numbers you need to know to understand this race. 36 percent: That's the percentage of registered voters in California who said they'd vote to support the recall of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, per last week's LA Times/Berkeley IGS poll. If that 36 percent looks familiar, well, it's the exact same percentage of registered voters who backed the recall in April and January, per the same poll, suggesting a limited ceiling of recall supporters in the state.
Employed Americans said they are most likely to quit a job immediately if faced with COVID-19 vaccination and/or mask mandates, a new Morning Consult poll reveals. When asked to describe something their employer could do to make them submit their resignation on the spot, 18 percent of respondents mentioned "vaccine, mask, or testing requirements," even without Morning Consult having mentioned COVID-19 in the prompt. Notably, the 18 percent opposed to vaccination and mask mandates "skews heavily Republican compared with the poll's broader sample of working Americans, and is also less likely to have graduated from college."
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Photos of a maskless Muriel Bowser, her office said, were taken “during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking.” Muriel Bowser, the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., is pushing back against conservative media slamming her for going maskless at a wedding this weekend after her office reinstated an indoor mask mandate in the wake of rising coronavirus cases due to the delta variant. “If Mayor Bowser was photographed indoors without a mask, it was during the indoor dinner, when she was eating or drinking,” the mayor's office told WTOP in a statement.
The Republican lawmaker said he's experiencing mild symptoms akin to a "sinus infection," as he indicated that he will quarantine for the next 10 days. “I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated," Graham, 66, said in a statement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted infections among fully vaccinated people, called breakthrough cases, are to be expected.
Karen Fann, the Arizona state Senate president and a Republican, has supported the state legislature's "forensic audit" of the 2020 presidential vote in Maricopa County, which was won by President Biden. Fann said earlier this month that the audit is "not about" former President Donald Trump, who continues to baselessly claim that widespread voter fraud — especially in states like Arizona and Georgia — cost him the election. Mayer writes that Fann then ultimately "buckled under the political pressure and authorized a subpoena of the county's ballots."
Another police officer who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan 6. Officer Gunther Hashida, an 18-year veteran of the force in Washington, D.C., was found dead in his residence on Thursday. The cause of death was suicide, police told the Washington Examiner.
He's been trying to help numerous clients wade through the sometimes byzantine application process required by the federal government, which gave Lexington $29 million to make sure COVID didn't dramatically increase Lexington's homeless population. It's good they're helping,” he said of the fund, but “it's been a pain in the ass. Monday was the first day of eviction court since the CDC's eviction on moratoriums expired Saturday.
Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama announced plans for a lavish birthday party at his Martha's Vineyard estate. The bash will attract around 500 guests, to be entertained by the rock band Pearl Jam, and served by a staff of 200. Obama is just the most recent president who adopted a plutocratic lifestyle after leaving office, partly at public expense.
COVID-19 cases are rising sharply in the U.S., thanks to the more easily transmissible Delta variant, but while many Americans may have to mask up again, "I don't think we're going to see lockdowns," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top federal infectious disease expert, said on Sunday's ABC This Week. "We're looking, not, I believe, to lockdown, but we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening." Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Biden, said "we are seeing an outbreak of the unvaccinated" now, adding that "from the standpoint of illness, hospitalization, suffering, and death, the unvaccinated are much more vulnerable."
As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president's allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.
A third officer who protected the U.S. Capitol against a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6 has died by suicide, police confirmed Monday afternoon. D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Gunther Hashida was discovered dead at his home on Thursday after taking his own life, the department said. “We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida's family and friends,” MPD spokesperson Brianna Burch told The Daily Beast in an email.
The House select committee on the 6 January insurrection at the Capitol, according to chairman Bennie Thompson, should “not be reluctant” to include on its witness list Republicans including the minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and others who have knowledge of or may have been implicated in the attack.
The Biden administration doubled down and said it can't renew the eviction ban without Congress. Biden and Democrats in Congress have tried trading responsibility over who should renew it. The White House on Monday emphasized it can't renew a now-lapsed eviction ban without Congress, urging state and local governments to prevent evictions on their own.
His lawyer, Detroit-based criminal defense attorney Ellen Michaels, investigated the case and says marijuana dealers hacked into a trucking company's computers, created a fake order for coil springs, and then filled the truck with marijuana instead. "I had not done anything wrong," Tasbir Singh, 32, told the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network. "They did not believe me when I told them that I am innocent."
Christine Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, was arrested on a charge of incest. Christian Weston Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, has been arrested and charged with incest after a leaked phone conversation spread online. Chandler, 39, is currently being held in the Henrico County Jail after being brought in by police on Sunday afternoon.
A Belarusian sprinter brought under the protection of Japanese authorities on Monday after making a dash for freedom at a Tokyo-area airport is reportedly heading to Poland. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who said her team was forcing her to return home after she publicly criticized her coaches at the Olympics, plans to seek asylum in Poland, an activist group supporting the athlete told The Associated Press. Tsimanouskaya had sought the protection of Japanese police at Haneda Airport on Sunday after she refused to board a flight to Minsk, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese authorities confirmed.
A Texas state representative is asking campaign donors to help pay his legislative staffers. Gov. Greg Abbott defunded the legislature after Democrats fled the state to prevent restrictive voting laws from passing. Unlike staffers' salaries, state legislator pay is enshrined in the constitution.
A Florida woman is calling on people to get the vaccine after losing family members to COVID-19, CNN reported. Payten McCall told the outlet her father and brother died from the virus just days apart last week. Unvaccinated people comprise an overwhelming number of hospitalizations amid the Delta variant's spread.
The Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago will probably cause a surge in Covid-19 infections, said public health experts, after tens of thousands of people gathered there this past weekend. The four-day festival welcomed about 100,000 guests a day to hear headliners including Megan Thee Stallion, Foo Fighters and Tyler the Creator. To attend, people had to either provide a Covid-19 vaccine card or proof of a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 72 hours, but doctors said more restrictions should have been in place as the US tries to limit the spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
In 1950, the US Army and US Marine Corps started a joint project to build a light anti-tank vehicle. It produced the M50 Ontos, a small tracked vehicle with light armor and six recoilless rifles. The Army rejected the M50, but the Marines embraced it, putting it on the frontlines in Vietnam.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."