Newly deemed ‘variant of concern’ delta accounts for 10 percent of U.S. cases, CDC says

The so-called delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for nearly 10 percent of new cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.The agency on Monday declared the variant, which was first detected in India, a “variant of concern,” a designation given when there is increased evidence of factors…

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‘Sigh of relief.’ Biden team embraces new Israeli government after Netanyahu drama

The Biden administration wasted no time in embracing the new government of Israel.The politics of Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, are no more agreeable to President Biden than those of the unseated Benjamin Netanyahu — including the rejection of both a Palestinian state and any agreement with Iran.But style and temperament suddenly make a…

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White House unveils new strategy to counter domestic terrorism ‘laser-focused on violence’

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday rolled out what it said is a new strategy to counter domestic terrorism — a series of changes to elevate the federal government’s response to an urgent problem, with renewed efforts to deter, detect and prosecute those who would use violence in pursuit of political aims.”What we are…

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Omar, Greene face dueling censure resolutions in House for recent remarks

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar will be the target of dueling resolutions expected to be filed this week admonishing them for remarks that critics said were antisemitic or inappropriate.Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., is expected to unveil a resolution Wednesday that would censure Greene, of Georgia, for remarks last…

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No breakthroughs expected from first Biden-Erdogan meeting

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Washington March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoU.S. President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles during face-to-face talks on Monday but there is little hope they will resolve a bitter dispute…

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Netanyahu Ousted After 12 Years As Israel’s Prime Minister

Topline Israel’s Parliament on Sunday narrowly voted in favor of a new coalition government led by right-wing politician Naftali Bennett that brings to an end the 12-year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader. Benjamin Netanyahu was the longest-serving leader in the country’s history. Getty Images Key Facts Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, voted in…

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U.S. apprehensions of migrants crossing the border are 5 times higher than last year

In the predawn hours one rainy day last week, dozens of Mexicans and Central Americans made their way across the Rio Grande and up the riverbanks into Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were changing shifts — prime time for people smugglers attempting to evade authorities.But agents were waiting. Some families and…

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Woman fails to prove the COVID-19 vaccine made her magnetic during Ohio House hearing

A nurse during an Ohio House hearing on Thursday tried to prove a debunked theory that taking the COVID-19 vaccine makes a person “magnetic.”Joanna Overholt tried to place a key and bobby pin against her body in an effort to prove that both would stick to her skin, though the attempt ultimately failed. Overholt was trying to attest to a conspiracy…

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5 states pose a barrier to Biden’s vaccine goals because they’ve so far vaccinated less than half of their population

Five states have not given at least one COVID-19 vaccine to half their population, according to CDC data. This poses a challenge to President Joe Biden, who wants 70% of Americans partially vaccinated by July 4. Currently, more than 64% of Americans have received at least one dose and about 43% are fully vaccinated. See…

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