CDC says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can shed masks in most indoor settings
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can forgo their masks and social distancing in many indoor situations.
"Today, CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday at a White House COVID-19 briefing. "Anyone who is fully vaccinated, can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."
Anyone who is vaccinated but develops symptoms should mask up and get tested, she warned. Walensky also warned that there's always a chance the pandemic situation could worsen, and the nation may need to return to pieces of the earlier guidance.
Trump Touts His Vaccines, Biden 'Zero to Do With It'
Former President Donald Trump slammed the Biden administration on Friday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's announcement concerning mask-wearing, complaining that his own administration's names are "not even mentioned" in connection with the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
"Isn’t it incredible that because of the vaccines, which I and my Administration came up with years ahead of schedule (despite the fact that everybody, including [Anthony] Fauci, said would never happen), that we no longer need masks," Trump said in a statement. "Yet our names are not even mentioned in what everybody is calling the modern day miracle of the vaccines?"
Under the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, $10 billion of the CARES Act, the first round of COVID-19 stimulus/relief package, provided support to pharmaceutical firms for research, development, and accelerated production of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID. Because of the push, the vaccine development time was reduced to less than one year, down from the usual 10-15 years normally needed to develop a vaccine.
House GOP elects Trump defender Elise Stefanik to No. 3 post
House Republicans on Friday picked Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the third most powerful Republican in the House.
Ms. Cheney was ousted as House GOP conference chair after she refused to back off her criticism of former President Donald Trump and his stolen election claims.
Ms. Stefanik won on a 134-46 vote, overcoming a last-minute challenge from Rep. Chip Roy of Texas who argued the 36-year-old New York Republican was not conservative enough.
DarkSide seeks Robin Hood-like image with ransomware attacks
Emsisoft estimates cyberattacks cost between $5 billion and $20 billion
The first time many Americans heard of DarkSide — a media-savvy outfit of cyber villains who are attempting to cultivate a Robin Hood-like heroic outlaw image — was when it hacked Colonial Pipeline, which led to the disrupted gasoline supply on the East Coast.
It is unlikely to be Americans’ last encounter with this gang that President Biden said is based in Russia but is not doing dirty work for the Kremlin.
DarkSide is among scores of cybercriminal organizations that span the globe and have goofy names that belie their nefarious and dangerous trade. These denizens of the dark web include state-backed threats such as Cozy Bear in Russia and Hafnium in China, as well as others like Babuk that allegedly hit the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Maricopa blasts Arizona Senate's 'lies and half-truths' about 2020 election audit
Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers says his board is tired of the “lies and half-truths” about the 2020 election audit after the Arizona Senate president’s letter complaining about “serious issues” with the ballot review.
“After reviewing the letter with County election and IT experts, I can say the allegations are false and ill-informed,” Mr. Sellers said late Thursday.
“At the same time, the Senate’s audit Twitter account accused County election officials of deleting files from a server before it was delivered. That would be a crime — and is not true,” he said. “I demand an immediate retraction of any public statements made to the news media and spread via Twitter.”
Sen. Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president, wrote the four-page letter to Mr. Sellers on Wednesday, saying the county won’t hand over internet routers for inspection during the Senate’s audit, which were used during the general election.
Biden, GOP Senators Plan More Infrastructure Talks
After meeting at the White House, President Joe Biden and a group of Republican senators agreed to talk again early next week as negotiations intensified over a potentially bipartisan infrastructure package that could become one piece of the administration’s ambitious $4 trillion public investment plan.
The GOP senators exited the more than 90-minute meeting Thursday “encouraged” about their discussions with the president and prepared to build on the $568 billion proposal they had put forward last month as an alternative to his sweeping American jobs and families plans.
“The president asked us to come back and rework an offer so that he could then react to that,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who is leading the group.
Israel Strikes Gaza Tunnels, Palestinian Rocket Attacks Persist
Israel fired artillery and mounted extensive air strikes on Friday against a network of Palestinian militant tunnels under Gaza, amid persistent rocket attacks on Israeli towns.
The largest Israeli operation against a specific target since the conflict began included 160 aircraft as well as tanks and artillery firing from outside the Gaza Strip, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.
Rocket barrages against southern Israel swiftly followed the 40-minute pre-dawn offensive on the fifth day of the most serious fighting between Israel and Gaza militants since 2014.
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Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals
A letter obtained by Motherboard discusses internet browsing, location, and other forms of data.
The Pentagon is carrying out warrantless surveillance of Americans, according to a new letter written by Senator Ron Wyden and obtained by Motherboard.
Senator Wyden's office asked the Department of Defense (DoD), which includes various military and intelligence agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), for detailed information about its data purchasing practices after Motherboard revealed special forces were buying location data. The responses also touched on military or intelligence use of internet browsing and other types of data, and prompted Wyden to demand more answers specifically about warrantless spying on American citizens.
Some of the answers the DoD provided were given in a form that means Wyden's office cannot legally publish specifics on the surveillance; one answer in particular was classified. In the letter Wyden is pushing the DoD to release the information to the public. A Wyden aide told Motherboard that the Senator is unable to make the information public at this time, but believes it would meaningfully inform the debate around how the DoD is interpreting the law and its purchases of data.
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Americans are ready for unity, we're just waiting on Democrats
Rhetoric in America has reached a boiling point, leaving Americans tired. We’re tired of politicians and media elites trying to divide us. We’re tired of the constant lectures about how we are racist. We’re tired of think pieces informing us about what terrible human beings we are.
From last week’s National Day of Prayer proclamation to his joint address to Congress, President Biden occasionally takes up an encouraging tone with calls for unity while delivering scripted remarks. Even if such a request is never a difficult one for a president to make, it’s always a welcome reprieve from the partisan politics that typically dominate the day.
Mr. Biden’s recent calls for unity echo the tone of the Oscars speech delivered by Tyler Perry. In his speech, he stated: “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or White or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we would refuse hate.”
Biden paves path to Trump's second term
Biden administration's disregard for moral hazard is everywhere
Welcome to the moral hazard presidency.
It really is amazing that the party of ambulance-chasing trial lawyers could be so oblivious to the crises, catastrophes and personal injuries they create with their own disastrous policies.
Mercenary terrorists operating from the safe haven of a foreign enemy attack America’s domestic fuel supply, and the Biden administration shrugs it off like some kind of private matter.