The federal aid package provided $350 billion to states, counties, towns and tribes. It was billed as money for fighting the coronavirus, and the effects of the pandemic. But the money came with more flexibility than most federal funding and a longer deadline for spending it.
AP – A survey of Americans on President Joe Biden's plan to require most workers to get either vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 finds a deep and familiar divide: Democrats are overwhelmingly for it, while most Republicans are against it.
With the highly contagious delta variant driving deaths up to around 2,000 per day, the poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that overall, 51% say they approve...
NY POST – Former President Donald Trump on Monday seized on the Homeland Security secretary’s admission that more than 12,000 Haitian migrants had been released into the US and the Biden administration’s bungled military withdrawal from Afghanistan to say “we are a Nation humiliated like never before.”
Trump said in an email:
”All 17,000 illegal immigrants who entered our Country from Haiti and other places unknown have now been released into our Country with no...
Dozens of Massachusetts state troopers have submitted their resignations ahead of a deadline to comply with the state’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
State Police Association of Massachusetts President Michael Cherven said in a statement:
“Many of these troopers are going to be returning to their previous municipal police departments within the state that allow for regular testing and masks,”
“To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork.
“Throughout COVID, we have been on...
ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says she is prepared to call in medically trained National Guard members and retirees to address potential staffing shortages caused by an approaching vaccine mandate for health care workers.
Hochul, a Democrat, released a plan Saturday to address what she called preventable staffing shortages in hospitals and other health care facilities once the mandate takes effect Monday.
Many health care workers have still not yet received...
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said on Thursday that it was reimbursing a Florida school district that lost state money for imposing a mask mandate, in opposition to a ban on such orders from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the pro-Trump Republican.
The award to Alachua County Public Schools of $147,719 is the first in the nation.
It effectively compensates for the money lost in early September. Broward County, in South Florida, also saw state funds taken...
AP – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday.
The advisers said boosters should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have...
FOX NEWS – The union that represents about 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers went before a judge Wednesday asking for a delay in the implementation of Gov. Charlie Baker's state employee coronavirus vaccine mandate.
The union's lawsuit filed last week asks for the delay so the union can "negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment."
An attorney for the State Police Association of Massachusetts told the judge that Baker's Oct. 17 deadline is arbitrary and...
KAISER HEALTH NEWS – President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis.
The pandemic has taxed the FDA, an 18,000-person agency whose chiefs have traditionally received bipartisan backing during the Senate confirmation process.
Many leaders in public health, industry and...
NEWSWEEK – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said that monoclonal antibody treatment is having a significant effect on COVID cases in his state, as he continues to lock horns with the Biden administration over the distribution of the therapy.
Along with other GOP governors, DeSantis has championed the treatment that lessens the severity of COVID symptoms, which he sees as a key pandemic-fighting policy, along with promoting vaccines.
However, DeSantis faces criticism for his opposition to...
AP – A federal appeals court on Tuesday will consider whether Missouri can implement a sweeping law aimed at limiting abortions.
The law adopted in 2019 would ban abortions at or around the eighth week of pregnancy. It also would prohibit abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis isn't expected to rule for several weeks. In June, a three-judge 8th Circuit panel upheld an injunction from...
THE HILL – New mandates could force millions of Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine.
But exemptions may be available for those who have a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from getting vaccinated.
In our world of bureaucrats gone wild, what counts as a “sincerely held religious belief” is anything but simple.
A recent case, unrelated to the pandemic, illustrates the point. When an Amish community in Minnesota sought...
"By the end of March, the scientists at [the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] were experimenting with monkeys and reviewing early data from humans showing that booster shots provided a rapid increase in protective antibodies — even against dangerous variants."
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