Republicans Accidentally Send Letter To Wrong CEO In Attempt To Thwart Jan. 6 Probe

Topline A group of 11 right-wing Republican lawmakers mistakenly sent a letter addressed to the former CEO of Yahoo in an effort to pressure the company not to comply with a records request from the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot. WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: (L-R) Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Marjorie Taylor…

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U.S. Surges Past 40 Million Covid Infections—Daily Case Count Far Higher Than Labor Day Weekend Of 2020

Topline The total number of Covid-19 infections in the United States since the start of the pandemic surpassed 40 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as a fourth wave fueled by the delta variant is pushing the hospital systems in many states to their breaking point. More than 102,000 Americans were…

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Texas Abortion Ban Goes Too Far For Even Some Republicans: ‘A Little Bit Extreme’

Topline Several Republicans including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) criticized Texas’ near-total ban on abortion Sunday because of its provision empowering private citizens to sue those who aid and abet abortions—potentially signaling the legal tactic could face resistance from within the GOP as more states plan to copy Texas’ law. Maryland…

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Democrats Introduce Bill Creating 18-Year Supreme Court Term Limits, Nominations Every Two Years

Topline A handful of House Democrats on Tuesday introduced long-shot legislation to fundamentally reshape the Supreme Court, which comes amid pressure from progressives to take action over a recent Court decision that left in place a controversial Texas abortion law. WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 22: A morning commuter walks passed the U.S. Supreme Court on…

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Gov. DeSantis’ Net Approval Rating Drops 14 Points Amid Covid Spike, Poll Finds

Topline Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas have seen their approval ratings dip amid an alarming rise of Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations in both states over the past two months, with an increasing number of voters, particularly independents, saying they disapprove of DeSantis and Abbott’s performance, according to a Morning…

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Covid Surges Nearly 700% In South Dakota After Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—An Even Higher Rate Than Last Year

Topline South Dakota is experiencing a jump in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations after this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally many times greater than seen at the same point after last year’s superspreader event, an analysis of state data shows.  STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA – AUGUST 08: Motorcycle enthusiasts pose for a group photo during the 81st ……

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McConnell Extinguishes GOP Calls To Oust Biden: ‘There Isn’t Going To Be An Impeachment’

Topline Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday tamped down notions that Biden will be removed from office in the next two years despite calls from some Republicans, including some in his own conference, for Biden to resign or be impeached over the way his administration conducted the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Senate Minority Leader…

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Lawyer Representing 17 Jan. 6 Defendants Has Mysteriously Disappeared And May Be Gravely Ill With Covid, U.S. Attorney Says

Topline An attorney known for his legal representation of controversial right-wing figures, including Kyle Rittenhouse and multiple Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, has mysteriously disappeared amid rumors he may be gravely ill with Covid-19, leaving 17 accused Jan. 6 rioters “effectively without legal counsel,” according to a Monday court filing.  Defense Attorney John…

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US officials say drone strike hits ‘multiple suicide bombers’ targeting Kabul airport as evacuations continue

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. The strike came just two days before the U.S. is set to conclude a massive airlift of tens…

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Hurricane Ida makes landfall on Louisiana coast with winds up to 150 mph, on same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Gulf states

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Ida blasted ashore along the Louisiana coast on Sunday, with the eye of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. arriving near the barrier island of Grand Isle. The powerful Category 4 storm made landfall on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years…

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Delta Air Lines To Charge Unvaccinated Employees $200 Per Month More For Health Insurance, CEO Says

Topline Starting November 1, Delta Air Lines will begin charging employees unvaccinated against coronavirus who are enrolled in the company’s health plan a $200 monthly surcharge to help the company combat costs associated with the spread of Covid-19 among its workforce, CEO Ed Bastian told employees in a Wednesday memo—a pointed move designed to encourage…

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Unvaccinated Covid Patients Cost U.S. Health System Billions — And They’re Not The Ones Paying For It

Topline Unvaccinated adults hospitalized with Covid-19 cost the American health system at least $2.3 billion in June and July this year, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, most of which will be borne by society as a whole and not by  the unvaccinated patients.   A clinician cares for COVID-19 patients in the Intensive…

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