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White House: Virus surge is ‘challenging’ but an uptick in Paxlovid use is stalling disease

The White House COVID-19 coordinator said fast-moving variants pose a “huge challenge” as infections spike but he is confident the combination of immunity and widespread use of an antiviral pill is keeping many people out of the hospital. → Read More

Buffalo shooting sparks debate, finger-pointing over ‘great replacement’ theory

The White House said Monday the racially motivated mass shooting in upstate New York is “another vivid reminder” of the need to prevent hate-driven terrorism, as President Biden prepares to visit Buffalo in the wake of a tragedy that symbolizes his oft-repeated reason for seeking the White House in 2020. → Read More

McConnell: Impact of Supreme Court’s anticipated abortion ruling will be a ‘wash’ in midterms

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he thinks the political impact of the revived abortion debate will be “a wash” in the midterm elections and defended Supreme Court rulings that go against the majority view in America. → Read More

Rep. Henry Cuellar sounds alarm over Biden’s decision to lift Title 42

Rep. Henry Cuellar said the Biden administration is listening to immigration advocates but not its own agents as it lifts rules that allowed the U.S. to turn away illegal immigrants. → Read More

New WH coordinator not worried about BA.2 surge, says hospitalizations remain low

White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha said Sunday the U.S. can weather a surge in coronavirus infections fueled by the BA.2 variant. → Read More

Putin orders blockade of Mariupol steel plant instead of invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his troops Thursday not to storm a steel plant in Mariupol where Ukrainian fighters are holding out against the invaders. → Read More

White House calls on Congress to pass COVID-19 deal immediately

The White House said Tuesday it wants Congress to pass a $10 billion deal for domestic COVID-19 needs “immediately” and warned lawmakers not to tie the funding bill to the administration’s decision to lift a pandemic-era rule that blocked many illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. → Read More

Rep. Madison Cawthorn causes GOP stir with orgy, cocaine comments

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans to speak with Rep. Madison Cawthorn after the North Carolinian angered his GOP colleagues with claims that Capitol Hill is a decadent environment that includes invitations for orgies and cocaine use. → Read More

Share of Americans citing inflation as biggest concern is surging: Gallup

Roughly 1 in 5 Americans point to inflation or rising gas prices as the most important problem facing the country, the Gallup polling company said Tuesday, underscoring the challenge for President Biden as he tries to sustain the pandemic recovery and punish petroleum-rich Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. → Read More

Biden proposes nearly $82B to prepare for future pandemics

President Biden released Monday a budget that includes nearly $82 billion over five years to maintain preparations for future pandemics through better data collection and equal access to vaccines. → Read More

Flight attendants sue over mask mandate on airplanes, transportation

Nine flight attendants from six states said Monday they are suing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the federal mask mandate on public transportation, arguing the COVID-19 rule obstructs their normal breathing over many hours and threatens aviation security because passengers refuse to comply. → Read More

Sarah Palin hints at a comeback as Alaska works to fill House seat

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday suggested a possible run for the House seat vacated by longtime Rep. Don Young, who died Friday at age 88. → Read More

Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the world has to get through to Vladimir Putin to stop the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday said his countrymen are not afraid of anything, but he wants peace, and he appealed to the world to get tough on Moscow before more civilians are massacred. → Read More

Teens seek out COVID-19 shots amid rifts with parents

The COVID-19 vaccines have been more than politically divisive: Sometimes a single household is split, prompting kids to tap state and local laws that allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent. → Read More

Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky tests positive for virus

Rep. Thomas Massie, who is not vaccinated for COVID-19, said Thursday he has tested positive for the coronavirus and thinks his symptoms are manageable because of a prior infection at the start of the pandemic. → Read More

N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul solidifies front-runner status as top primary challengers drop out

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is running the Empire State because scandals sank former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but she’s on pace to win a full term on her own merits with record fundraising, high approval ratings and sizable polling leads scaring off big-name challengers. → Read More

Only 35% vaccinated Americans have sought boosters, despite Biden’s omicron warnings

Nearly two in three vaccinated Americans haven't received a COVID-19 booster despite President Biden's repeated push to shore up waning protection and fend off the omicron variant that's blanketed the country, raising questions about public enthusiasm for more shots. → Read More

Joe Biden to sign order to make government services more customer friendly

President Biden on Monday will sign an executive order that directs federal agencies to fulfill a seemingly simple yet elusive task: making the government friendly and responsive. → Read More

Coronavirus troubles, inflation weigh down Biden approval numbers, poll finds

President Biden’s ratings on COVID-19 and the economy are sinking and his overall approval has stabilized at a low level of 41%, according to the CNBC All-America Economic survey released Friday. → Read More

New York Mayor de Blasio’s vaccine mandate called a big middle finger to successor Eric Adams

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to mandate vaccines for all private workers in the final days of his administration is a big “eff you” to fellow Democrat Eric Adams, according to surrogates of the mayor-elect, who now must decide whether to scrap the mandate or keep it and possibly defend it in court. → Read More