Government

Senators Claim Bipartisan Deal On Infrastructure

CBS News reports: A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal Thursday on infrastructure legislation, after President Biden ended negotiations with a team of Republican senators on Tuesday. The group of five Republicans and five Democrats released a joint statement Thursday afternoon saying they had reached an agreement, although they did not offer any details about it. “Our group – …

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NY To Lift Most COVID Rules When 70% Are Vaxxed

Gothamist reports: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the vast majority of New York’s coronavirus restrictions and safety measures will be lifted once 70% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine—which he estimated could happen within the next two weeks. All capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection requirements, health screenings ,and contact tracing would …

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FDA Approves Biogen’s New Alzheimer’s Medication

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Biogen Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab, making it the first drug cleared by U.S. regulators to slow cognitive decline in people living with Alzheimer’s and the first new medicine for the disease in nearly two decades. The FDA’s decision was highly anticipated. The drug, which is marketed under the name Aduhelm, is …

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Feds Can’t Confirm Or Deny UFOs Are Alien Spacecraft

The New York Times reports: American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft, but they still cannot explain the unusual movements that have mystified scientists and the military, according to senior administration officials briefed on the findings of a highly anticipated government report. And while a forthcoming unclassified …

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USPS Raises Mail Rates, Lays Off Hundreds Of Managers

The Washington Post reports:  The U.S. Postal Service is raising rates on letters, magazines and marketing missives as much as 6.9 percent this summer, sending the cost of a first-class stamp from 55 to 58 cents, as the agency leans into an expansive restructuring plan that codifies slower mail delivery and streamlines agency operations. The rate structure announced Friday represents …

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Ohio Teen Wins First Full-Ride Vax Lottery Scholarship

ABC News reports: Joseph Costello, a high school freshman, will have his college education paid for thanks to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Joseph, of Englewood, Ohio, was announced Wednesday as the winner of a full-ride, four-year scholarship – with room, board, tuition and books – in Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery. “It feels very good,” Joseph, 14, said Thursday on “Good Morning …

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TSA Orders Pipeline Operators To Report Cyberattacks

NPR reports: The Transportation Security Administration, in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused widespread gasoline disruptions earlier this month, has announced new reporting requirements for pipeline operators. In a security directive, the TSA, which oversees pipeline cybersecurity, said it will now require that pipeline operators report any cyberattacks on their systems to the federal …

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Bill Would Ban Congress Members From Trading Stocks

The Insider reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to introduce legislation during this congressional session that would bar members of Congress and other top government officials from buying and selling individual stocks, she told Insider. “It is a no-brainer,” said Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. “Every senator, member of Congress, president, Cabinet secretary, federal judge, and other senior officials in charge of …

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Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy To Seek Ninth Term

Politico reports: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who has served since 1975 and is in the line of presidential succession, is asking colleagues to support his potential campaign for a ninth term, according to Democratic senators who have spoken to him. The 81-year-old has also indicated to them that he believes he’s “the only Democrat that can win the seat,” said …

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CDC To Ease Indoor Mask Rules For Fully Vaccinated

The Associated Press reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places, according to a person briefed on the announcement. The new guidance will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and …

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Ohio Launches Lottery For Vaccinated: Five Adults To Win $1 Million, Five Teens To Win College Scholarships

The Columbus Dispatch reports: Ohio will give away $1 million prizes to five adults, plus another five full-ride public college scholarships to teens who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday during a statewide televised address. Calling it “Ohio Vax-a-Million,” DeWine said drawings will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays, starting May 26, to pick the $1 …

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GA Repeals Citizens Arrest Law After Vigilante Killing

Law & Crime reports: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed bipartisan legislation on Monday repealing a Civil War-era citizen’s arrest law used to defend three white men accused of chasing down Ahmaud Arbery and fatally shooting him. The men claimed they suspected Arbery had just committed a crime. Lawmakers in the Georgia House and Senate passed HB 479 and thus overwhelmingly …

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FDA To Authorize Pfizer Vaccine For 12 To 15 Year-Olds

The New York Times reports: The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar with the agency’s plans, opening up the nation’s vaccination campaign to millions more Americans. The news is highly anticipated: Eager parents have been counting …

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Maryland To Pay State Employees $100 To Get Vaccine

Axios reports: Maryland will offer a $100 incentive to any state employee who gets vaccinated for COVID-19, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday. Why it matters: The incentive comes as vaccine demand is hitting a wall well before the U.S. has reached herd immunity. State employees in Maryland who have already been vaccinated will also get a retroactive $100 payment. West …

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Senate Bill Would Allow Remote Voting During Crisis

The Washington Post reports: A bipartisan pair of senators on Friday introduced a resolution that would allow their chamber to do the House has been doing for months now: vote remotely during a national crisis, such as a pandemic. Under the change proposed by Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), remote voting could take …

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Census Data Launches Flood Of Redistricting Lawsuits

Roll Call reports: Within hours after the Census Bureau’s release of census apportionment results, the first wave of redistricting lawsuits hit federal courthouses in what is likely to be a flood of legal battles leading up to the 2022 congressional elections. A national Democratic redistricting group backed three voter lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Louisiana, the “first of many steps” …

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Cuomo May Sue Over NY’s Loss Of US House Seat

Bloomberg News reports: Census Bureau figures released Monday found New York missed a threshold for keeping all its 27 seats in the House of Representatives starting in 2022. In news release, Cuomo said he would ask Attorney General Letitia James to explore avenues of legal relief. At the press briefing, Cuomo shifted blame onto former President Donald Trump’s administration, which …

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CDC Eases Outdoor Masks Guidance For Vaccinated

The Wall Street Journal reports: People who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus don’t need to wear face masks when walking, hiking, biking, running alone or gathering in small groups outside, federal health officials said, taking a major step to ease pandemic restrictions while encouraging more people to get shots. The same applies to dining at a restaurant outside, …

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Erickson Calls For Expanding US House To 1000 Seats

Via email from syndicated columnist Erick Erickson: The census numbers are out. Texas is going to gain two seats. Florida will gain a seat. So too will North Carolina. New York will lose one. California will stay the same. But the overall number in the United States House of Representatives will remain at 435. The House has been fixed at …

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Seven States Lose House Seats Under Census Numbers

Bloomberg News reports: Texas will gain the most new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives under new Census numbers released Monday, while states in the Northeast and Midwest will lose seven seats, shifting some political clout to Republican strongholds before the 2022 midterms. The U.S. Census Bureau released its every 10 year count of state populations Monday, reshuffling the …

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