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10 things you need to know today

1. Biden calls for offering incentives to get people vaccinated

President Biden on Thursday unveiled his plans to get more Americans vaccinated to counter a surge of coronavirus infections driven by the virulent Delta variant. Biden encouraged local governments to pay people to get inoculated against COVID-19. He also unveiled a requirement for federal workers to show they've been vaccinated, or face regular testing, mask mandates, and travel restrictions. "With freedom comes responsibility. So please exercise responsible judgment. Get vaccinated for yourself, the people you love, for your country," Biden said. The mandates will affect millions of federal employees and contractors. The vast majority of new coronavirus cases are hitting unvaccinated people. About 164 million of the U.S. population of 330 million are fully vaccinated. [Reuters]

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2. House passes $2 billion Capitol security bill

The House on Thursday passed a $2 billion Capitol Hill security spending bill in response to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The 416-to-11 vote sent the legislation to President Biden for his signature. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of the extra funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard, and other law enforcement agencies to pay for their expenses during the insurrection. It also will pay for Capitol security upgrades, and costs linked to coronavirus response. "The last six months have pushed those who protect the U.S. Capitol to the limits. In the face of unprecedented adversity, they responded heroically," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). "We must support them now, as they so courageously supported us." [CNN, NPR]

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3. Biden urges Congress to extend eviction moratorium

President Biden on Thursday called on Congress to extend a nationwide moratorium on evictions that is set to expire Saturday. Biden extended the moratorium through July and supported keeping it going longer, but said a Supreme Court ruling prevented him from acting alone. The freeze was initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep Americans who fell behind on rent due to the coronavirus pandemic from losing their homes. Housing advocates warned that ending the nationwide ban would threaten millions of people with eviction and cause increased homelessness. "These rollbacks of lifesaving protections are premature and will lead to the worst eviction crisis in U.S. history," said Jaboa Lake, senior policy analyst with the left-leaning Center for American Progress. [USA Today]

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4. Ex-cardinal McCarrick charged with sex abuse

Former Catholic cardinal Theodore McCarrick has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official to be criminally charged for alleged sex abuse, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing court documents. McCarrick, 91, was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy during a wedding reception at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1974. McCarrick was among the most influential Catholic leaders in the country before the abuse allegations became public in 2018. The Vatican found McCarrick guilty of sex abuse in 2019 and expelled McCarrick from the priesthood, but many long assumed he would not be criminally charged. "This is extraordinary," said Marci Hamilton, an attorney with Child USA and a University of Pennsylvania professor. McCarrick's attorney said the defense looks forward to "addressing this issue in the courtroom." [The Washington Post]

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5. GDP rises above pre-pandemic levels but falls short of expectations

U.S. gross domestic product grew by 1.6 percent in the second quarter of 2021, a 6.5 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday. The growth marked a slight improvement over the 1.5 percent figure for the first quarter, and put the economy above pre-coronavirus-pandemic levels, demonstrating the positive impact of vaccinations and federal aid intended to boost the recovery. Despite the improvement, the second quarter fell well short of economists' expectations, partly due to supply-chain disruptions. The data raised concerns that the recovery could be disrupted by surging coronavirus cases driven by the virulent Delta variant, as well as the renewal of mask mandates and the end of federal pandemic aid programs. [The New York Times, Business Insider]

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6. Garland calls Texas immigration order 'dangerous and unlawful'

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday called for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to reverse the executive order he issued Wednesday seeking to restrict "ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities." Garland called the order "dangerous and unlawful" in a letter to Abbott. "The Order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the Executive Order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States," Garland wrote. Garland said Abbott, a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate who has clashed with Washington in the past over immigration policy, lacks the authority to challenge the federal government's "undoubted power over the subject of immigration." [Politico]

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7. Freedom Caucus urges booting Cheney, Kinzinger from GOP caucus

The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Thursday called for kicking Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) out of the Republican caucus as punishment for joining the select committee investigating the deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. Both were appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to ensure the panel would be bipartisan. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulled all five of his nominees after Pelosi rejected two of them over their past comments on Jan. 6 and the committee. "It was antithetical to have sitting in your conference, individuals who have professed they want to take out the minority leader," House Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said in a Thursday news conference. [NBC News]

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8. Japan extends state of emergency as coronavirus cases hit record

Japan on Friday extended a state of emergency beyond Tokyo and Okinawa in response to the country's record number of new coronavirus cases. The country's new daily coronavirus cases rose above 10,000 for the first time. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, near Tokyo, and in the western city of Osaka, from Monday until Aug. 31. The move was expected to make it harder for authorities to soothe public fears that the outbreak will pose problems for the Tokyo Olympics. Spectators have been banned from the Games, and athletes are being required to respect strict protocols to reduce the risk of infection. Twenty-four new infections related to the Olympics were confirmed Thursday, bringing the total to 193 since July 1. [The Associated Press, The Washington Post]

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9. Hong Kong protester sentenced to 9 years in first case under security law

A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced protester Tong Ying-kit to nine years in prison in the first case under the security law imposed on the former British colony by China's central government last year. Tong had faced up to life in prison after being convicted earlier this week of terrorism and inciting secession. Tong was arrested for crashing a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a protest flag. The case and others being pursued under the security law have fueled fears that China is reducing Hong Kong's autonomy and political rights in response to widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019, and increasing Beijing's control over the financial hub's judicial system, which is separate from mainland China's. [The New York Times]

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10. Sunisa Lee wins gold after Simone Biles withdraws

American gymnast Sunisa Lee won the women's gymnastics all-around gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, stepping into the spotlight after teammate and defending Olympic champion Simone Biles withdrew. Lee, 18, overcame injuries last year to become a rising star on Team USA. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil had a chance to overtake Lee on the final rotation, the floor exercise, but she stepped out of bounds twice and wound up with the silver medal. The Russian Olympic Committee's Angelina Melnikova won the bronze medal. "The past two years have been absolutely crazy with COVID and my family and everything else," Lee said. "This medal definitely means a lot to me because there was a point in time when I wanted to quit and I just didn't think I would ever be here, including injuries and stuff." [CNN]

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EXCLUSIVE: In Trump’s mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren’t the real heroes, calling them liberal “****” who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly pro-Trump law enforcement community.
 
In private discussions this summer, Trump has told some people close to him that several of these officers strike him as weak and as “****,” according to two sources familiar with the comments and who described them independently
 
According to these two people, and another source with knowledge of the matter, Trump also alleged that these particular police officers are letting themselves be used as pawns by anti-Trump Democrats or simply despise Trump and are Democrats themselves
 
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First they told us don’t wear a mask.
 
Then they told us wear a mask.
 
Then wear two masks.
 
Then get the vaccine and you don’t have to wear a mask.
 
Now they tell us never mind, wear a mask.
 
This isn't about science—it's about government control.
 
 
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The tragic irony is that changing guidance on masks is ALL ABOUT the SCIENCE. Facts change. First they told us to wear winter coats and then six months later they told us to wear shorts.
 
 
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'We're not crying wolf here': CDC claims data on Indian 'Delta' variant that led to mask U-turn will be released TODAY: Separate document warns strain is easily spread by vaccinated and a Cape Cod outbreak event 'stunned' them 

CDC will release data on Indian 'Delta' variant that led to mask U-turn TODAY amid fury at

Dr Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director (top right), said that the data behind Tuesday's decision to recommend once again the wearing of masks indoors will be published on Friday. The data is expected to show that the Delta variant is highly transmissible, even among fully-vaccinated people. Joe Biden has been criticized by Republicans for celebrating the May 13 decision to rescind recommendations on masks indoors, only to preside over the reintroduction of mask guidance. Much of the focus has been on Provincetown, in Cape Cod, where almost 900 people have now contracted COVID-19 following a large July 4 celebration. Among those living in Massachusetts, 74 per cent of them were fully immunized, ABC News reported, and seven hospitalized

 

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15 hours ago, jakeem said:

 

I don't suppose that there will be a retraction or apology from Little Marco

 

Face of the American military: Lloyd Austin takes no chances as he is forced to wear a VISOR in the Philippines

Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin was seen walking along the front row of a Philippines military guard of honor on Friday wearing the PPE as a battle rages at home over updated CDC guidance. US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) mocked Austin for his PPE, calling a video of the retired four-star general's Thursday arrival in the country 'embarrassing COVID theatre.' 'Our [Secretary of Defense] is vaccinated,' Mr Rubio wrote on Twitter . 'But he arrives in the Philippines wearing a mask AND a face shield.' Rubio's comments came despite the fact that the Philippines in December made it a legal requirement to wear both a face shield as well as a face mask in public with police ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest anyone not wearing the proper protection. Meanwhile in the United States, the CDC has faced a backlash from GOP leaders after it stepped up mask and vaccination recommendations this week amid the worrying surge of the Delta variant - which some doctors have called the 'pandemic of the unvaccinated.'

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18 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

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This woman has more power and wields it more effectively, and for the greater good, than your  mancrush self-centered effing moron, Donald Trump, ever did.  

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'Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me': What Donald Trump said to the DOJ in December in bid to overturn Biden's win when top officials insisted there was no evidence of voter fraud 

'Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me': What Donald Trump told DOJ

Former President Donald Trump told two top Justice Department officials to 'just say the election is corrupt,' according notes of their Dec. 27th phone conversation. Then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue took notes on the phone call, which also included Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen. The officials also memorialized their own efforts to pushback at Trump, at a time of chaotic maneuverings inside the agency. 'Told him flat out that much of the info he is getting is false, +/or just not supported by the evidence - we look at allegations but they do not pan out,' the notes said.

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'Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me': What Donald Trump said to the DOJ in December in bid to overturn Biden's win when top officials insisted there was no evidence of voter fraud 

'Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me': What Donald Trump told DOJ

Former President Donald Trump told two top Justice Department officials to 'just say the election is corrupt,' according notes of their Dec. 27th phone conversation. Then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue took notes on the phone call, which also included Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen. The officials also memorialized their own efforts to pushback at Trump, at a time of chaotic maneuverings inside the agency. 'Told him flat out that much of the info he is getting is false, +/or just not supported by the evidence - we look at allegations but they do not pan out,' the notes said.

There's a last  bit of that note not captured here.  ".. + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen"

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NEW: Biden will announce sanctions on Cuba today as protests rage on the island and as the administration gets backlash from Congress and political pressure from the South Florida Cuban community.

Biden will also discuss:

• Efforts to improve internet connectivity in Cuba
• Remittances
• Plans for U.S. embassy augmentation

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Three members of the U.S. men's fencing team wore pink masks in their matchup against Japan in support of sexual assault victims after one of their teammates was accused of sexual misconduct.
 
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Bob Odenkirk took to Twitter Friday to let fans know he’s going to be OK after a “small heart attack": "For the outpouring of love from everyone who expressed concern and care for me. It’s overwhelming. But I feel the love and it means so much."
 
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