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Biden: Emergence Of The Omicron Variant Underscores Urgency Of Waiving Global Patents On COVID Vaccines

Via press release from the White House: This morning I was briefed by my chief medical advisor, Dr. Tony Fauci, and the members of our COVID response team, about the Omicron variant, which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other …

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US Bans Travel From Eight Nations Over New Variant

The Associated Press reports: The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown. In response, the United States joined the European Union and several other countries in instituting travel …

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WHO Expresses Concern About New “Omicron” Variant

The Washington Post reports: A new, possibly more infectious coronavirus variant, with an unusual number of mutations, had scientists sounding the alarm, countries moving to impose travel bans and financial markets tumbling on Friday, as the world feared another setback on the long road out of the pandemic. The World Health Organization declared the new strain a “variant of concern” …

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Dozens Watched Lindell’s “Patriot Thanks-A-Thon”

The Independent reports: Pro-Trump pillow magnate Mike Lindell has claimed millions were tuning in to his “Great Patriot Thanks-A-Thon” streaming special, but the metrics suggest otherwise. Mr Lindell, a conspiracy theorist, began hosting a 96-hour live stream at 1am EST on Thanksgiving Day, where he promised to discuss his Supreme Court complaint seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 …

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DeSantis To Spend $500M To Battle Rising Sea Levels

Politico reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants half a billion dollars to protect his state from the ravages of “extreme weather events.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott devoted $1.6 billion toward preparing communities for increasingly devastating hurricanes. But they still won’t say if they believe in climate change. Even if conservative politicians can’t stomach the words, they’re spending money to combat …

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Stock Market Plummets On New COVID Variant Fears

CNBC reports: U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Friday as a new Covid variant found in South Africa triggered a global shift away from risk assets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1000 points, or 2.8%, for its worst day of the year, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite slid 2.3% and 2.2%, respectively. Friday is a shortened trading day …

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Fauci: US Rushing To Learn About South Africa Variant

Axios reports: U.S. public health officials were set to speak Friday with their South Africa counterparts as they sought scientific details about a new COVID-19 variant already prompting European and Asian countries to enact new travel restrictions. Driving the news: Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN Friday “we’re rushing now to get that scientific data to try …

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FL Bill Would Protect Doctors Who Lie About COVID

Florida Politics reports: In a nod to the ongoing tug-of-war over the COVID-19 pandemic, a Republican lawmaker wants to bar state regulators from going after doctors even if they tout medically questionable treatments or cures. Republican Rep. Brad Drake [photo] has filed so-called “free speech” legislation that would require the state or its licensing boards to prove by clear and …

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RNC Sends Scam “Payment Incomplete” Money Begs

The New York Times reports: A new favorite tactic of the Republican National Committee has been making it appear as if supporters have urgent and overdue bills. “WARNING: Payment Incomplete” has been the sender line of more than 15 party emails since August, including one just before Thanksgiving. (A warning this week was about membership status as “Trump Social Media …

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QAnon Rioter Convicted Of Assaulting Cop Files Appeal

Law & Crime reports: The first Capitol siege defendant to plead guilty to assaulting a police officer on Jan. 6 is appealing his case. Scott Fairlamb, the New Jersey gym owner and ex-MMA fighter who pleaded guilty in August, filed the appeal documents in federal court on Wednesday. Fairlamb, a supporter of Donald Trump and brother of a Secret Service …

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