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    At least one in five Americans have now been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, but the number is likely higher, including secondary to unreported asymptomatic cases, according to The Hill. The United States had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 reported 731 days ago on Jan. 21, 2020, but now has had over 70 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 866,000 deaths as of this Friday, according to The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data. The center reported approximately 210 million Americans are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, which is 64% of the United States population, but the percentage varies significantly depending on locality, from as low as 49 % in both Alabama and Wyoming to 87% in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON DC 'DEFEAT THE MANDATES' MARCH CALLS TO END FOR COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENTS: 'DRACONIAN LAWS' The country reported 286,034 new confirmed cases and 813 deaths yesterday. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy delivers remarks during a news conference with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the White House in Washington July 15,...
    TWO million Americans could get a cash boost with automatic checks worth $970 under a new proposal. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is looking to use $2.2billion to provide property tax rebate checks to homeowners in the state. 1New York homeowners could be receiving new property tax credit checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty Mrs Hochul revealed her plans during her budget proposal on January 18, her first since taking office in 2021. She is calling for a $216.3billion budget in New York, which would be a 3.1% spending increase, boosting funding for property-tax relief and schools among other industries. The property tax relief would be known as the Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit and would be provided to low- and middle-income families. Seniors would also be eligible, as would New York City homeowners. Mrs Hochul is calling for this one-year program as an extension to the existing Property Tax Relief Credit Program, which expired after 2019. The benefit would be a percentage of the homeowners' existing STAR benefit, according to the proposal. Most read in MoneyCASH SECURED Automatic new $821...
    TWO million Americans could get automatic checks worth $970 under a new proposal in New York. Governor Kathy Hochul is looking to use $2.2billion to provide property tax rebate checks to homeowners in the state. 1New York homeowners could be receiving new property tax credit checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty Mrs Hochul revealed her plans during her budget proposal on January 18, her first since taking office in 2021. She is calling for a $216.3billion budget in New York, which would be a 3.1% spending increase, boosting funding for property-tax relief and schools among other industries. The property tax relief would be known as the Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit and would be provided to low- and middle-income families. Seniors would also be eligible, as would New York City homeowners. Mrs Hochul is calling for this one-year program as an extension to the existing Property Tax Relief Credit Program, which expired after 2019. The benefit would be a percentage of the homeowners' existing STAR benefit, according to the proposal. Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND Number to apply for extra EBT...
                
    The Biden administration plans to make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans for free, a White House official told CNN. The masks will come from the Strategic National Stockpile, and they expect the program to be  “fully up and running by early February.” According to the report, the masks will be available at pharmacies and health centers. “This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history,” the official told CNN. The moms comes nearly two years after public health officials began advising the use of masks, despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s initial dismissal. “The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material,” he wrote in a February 2020 email to former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "The mask doesn’t have to be [an N95]. As long as you comply with something cloth-ish across your face, we’re all good… So why not just shake a stick at it? Why not have everyone in Los Angeles paint a voodoo symbol on...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images President Joe Biden’s administration has announced that nearly half a billion N95 masks will be given away to all Americans who want them, beginning next week. The president announced a plan to give Americans “free high-quality masks” during a speech last week, and on Wednesday morning, he made good on that pledge.mIn a statement sent to Mediaite, a White House official said that 400 million N95 masks will be shipped out beginning later this week: [T]oday, the Administration is announcing that it is making available 400 million non-surgical N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile for free at tens of thousands of convenient locations nationwide. This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history. To ensure accessing these masks is easy and convenient, the Administration is leveraging the federal retail pharmacy program and the federal community health center program, so that free masks are available at many of the same convenient and trusted locations Americans go to get vaccinated and boosted. N95 masks will be available for the public to pick up at tens...
    Workers produce N95 respirators at Protective Health Gear (PHG) in Paterson, New Jersey, U.S., January 14, 2022.Brendan McDermid | Reuters President Joe Biden will make 400 million highly protective N95 masks available to Americans for free at pharmacies and community health centers around the U.S., a White House official said. The masks will start to become available late next week, and the program will be fully up and running by early February, according to the official. The White House said the free masks are the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in updated guidance published last week, said N95 respirators are more effective at prevention transmission of the virus than cloth and surgical masks. However, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has said wearing any mask is better than no mask.CNBC Health & Science Read CNBC's latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic: New York Covid numbers are finally trending down, Gov. Hochul says GE suspends Covid vaccine and testing rules after Supreme Court blocks Biden mandate Biden deploys military medical...
    SENIORS should be aware of the different types of social security benefits that they could be eligible for. It comes as millions of retirees are set to pocket checks today worth around $1,657 on average. 1Seniors should be aware of the different types of social security benefits that they could be eligible forCredit: Getty There are several different types of social security benefits that Americans could get. Retirement benefits are intended for Americans that are at least 62 and have worked and paid into the system for at least 10 years, GoBankingRate reveals. Benefits are based on workers' contributions and their pre-retirement salary. But, retirement income isn’t supposed to be the main source of income for seniors. Americans may be eligible for more retirement benefits when they turn 65 or 67. Retirees are encouraged to use the Social Security Administration’s calculator to check the amount they are likely to receive. Most read in MoneyMEAL DEAL Apply for automatic benefits of $95 as bonus pandemic EBT cards of $1,504 arriveCASHING IN SSI boost of $821 to be sent after new ‘$1,657...
    WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Biden administration will make 400 million non-surgical N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile available to Americans for free, a White House official said Tuesday."N95 masks will be available for the public to pick up at tens of thousands of local pharmacies, as well as at thousands of community health centers across the country," said the official. "The Administration is starting to ship masks at the end of this week, and masks will start to be available at pharmacies and community health centers late next week. The program will be fully up and running by early February."The deployment of protective masks by the Biden administration follows the CDC's most recent mask update.A White House official released the following statement:Experts agree that masking is an important tool to control the spread of COVID-19. That's why the President has consistently called on Americans to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. And, since taking office, the Biden administration has taken significant action, including using the Defense Production Act, to ensure the U.S. has enough masks so that frontline...
    President Joe Biden plans to distribute 400 million N95 face masks to pharmacies and community sites across the nation. The masks will be sourced from the government's Strategic National Stockpile and distributed for free, insiders familiar with the plan told Politico.  The initiative is part of Biden's effort to ensure the Americans have access to 'more-protective' masks as some states are experiencing a surge in COVID cases. It comes after public health experts and former Biden transition advisers in recent weeks have pushed the White House to take action as people struggle to find affordable and genuine N95s. Biden is expected to formally announce the plan on Wednesday, as well as discuss the administration's efforts to slow the surge and increase COVID testing. President Joe Biden (pictured last Thursday) plans to distribute millions of N95 face masks to pharmacies and community sites across the nation as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge The masks will be sourced from the 737 million N95 masks in the government's Strategic National Stockpile and distributed for free Last week, Biden signaled that he would soon...
    The average American hopes to retire by age 62. Yet when it comes to planning for retirement, picking a specific age means you are focusing on the wrong number, according to financial expert and radio show host Chris Hogan.  "Retirement is not an age," Hogan said. "It is a financial number." Americans think they need $1.9 million to retire, according to a 2021 nationwide study by Charles Schwab.  More from Invest in You:Author says this is what investors should be doing during the pandemicMillennial uses $40,000 salary to pay off $102,000 in student loans in 6 yearsHow to get your employer to help pay off your student loans Retirement planning, however, is not one-size-fits-all. Hogan recommends that you start by determining exactly how much money you need per year to fund your dream retirement. Once you have that yearly total, work your way backward to figure out what size nest egg you need.  Check out this video to see case studies of how much money you should save and learn Hogan's process for setting realistic goals in retirement.  SIGN UP: Money...
    Democratic Senators Joe Machin and Krysten Sinema, who blocked Joe Biden's filibuster reform earlier this week, have now joined other Democrats in demanding to know why the president did not roll out nationwide distribution of at-home COVID tests earlier in the pandemic.  In a letter sent to the nation's COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffery Zients, Democratic Senators Machin, Sinema, Jacky Rosen, Mark Kelly and Jon Ossoff asked 'why the Administration failed to take more significant steps earlier to increase access to at-home tests.'  'Across America, there are lines for city blocks long to get COVID testing, signs in pharmacies saying they are out of rapid tests, hospitals operating under crisis standards of care, health care staff and first responders falling ill, and millions of people who are exhausted from the toll this pandemic has had,' the senators wrote.  'While we fully recognize the productive steps this Administration has taken to encourage vaccination, ensure ready access to vaccines, and increase options to treat the virus, far too many measures – such as increasing access to home-based testing – have been reactive, rather...
    With the Omicron COVID-19 variant raging, Americans will soon have access to free at-home test kits that will be made available through a federal website. Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 19, the White House announced that it will be distributing one billion tests that it plans to buy this year that will be provided to Americans in need for free. According to the White House, tests will take approximately seven to 12 days to ship, and can be requested at COVIDTests.gov beginning on Jan. 19. Officials said that "tens of millions” of tests are already on hand, and a half billion will be available initially when the website goes live. Americans will have the option of ordering up to four free tests per residential address at the beginning of the program, which is expected to expand as hundreds of millions of new tests are secured by the federal government. The US has gone from having approximately 24 million at-home rapid tests in August 2021 to more than 375 million as of January 2022, the White House said. The free...
    The World Economic Forum sees a new risk to global stability — the likelihood that ordinary Americans and Europeans will block the organized transfer of 200 million “climate refugees” into their jobs, homes, and communities. “More frequent and extreme weather events — including fires, floods, and droughts—could displace more than 200 million people by 2050 … [but] National-level barriers to the movement of people are increasing,” complains the World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report 2022.” The report admits the public opposition: Disillusionment with globalization has fuelled nativist discourses and national interest policies in many destination countries in recent years, … Many governments, reflecting popular attitudes, have expressed concern about pressures on education and healthcare services, housing capacity and local employment; for others, integration concerns have been a priority. […] For example, Chile and Peru have reframed their migration governance mechanisms, which complicates access for migrant and refugee populations [mostly from Haiti] to essential financial and healthcare services. Meanwhile, restrictive policies originally grounded in public health concerns have not been rolled back, as indicated by sustained declines in issued visas for the United Kingdom and the perpetuation of Title 42 expulsions...
    President Joe Biden announced on Thursday the federal government would be doubling the amount of at-home COVID-19 test kits sent to American homes to a total number of one billion. He also revealed the White House is unveiling a plan next week to get free and low-cost masks to people as the highly transmissible but less severe Omicron variant rips through the country.  After a somewhat meandering 10-minute speech updating the nation on the pandemic, Biden ignored reporters' shouted questions with a smirk on his face while waiting to begin his COVID-19 health briefing. 'Folks, we'll talk about that later, come on,' the president said after one member of the news media tried to ask why vaccinated Americans must continue 'to restrict their activities.' A few seconds later, an exasperated journalist can be heard asking Biden: 'Maybe a press conference soon, Mr. President? We’d look forward to that.' 'Me too,' Biden quipped with a toothy grin. At one point during his White House address Biden bungled the name of his new COVID testing czar, former director of Johns Hopkins Center for...
    Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday the administration would start sending out the first of 500 million home coronavirus test kits 'soon' – but offered no specifics as the administration tries to gets the program going.  'Shortly - they're going to go out shortly,' Harris said when asked on NBC's 'Today' show when the tests would finally start getting shipped to Americans.  'They've been ordered. They've been ordered,' she said. Interviewer Craig Melvin pushed her for more information. 'I have to look at the current information. I think it's going to be by next week. But soon. Absolutely soon. And it is a matter of urgency for us,' she said.  'Should we have done that sooner?' Melvin asked her.  'We are doing it,' was Harris' response.  'They're going to go out shortly,' said Vice President Kamala Harris when asked when the first of 500 million home covid tests would start getting shipped 'But should we have done it sooner,' he pressed again. 'We are doing it,' Harris responded.  A White House official said Thursday that President Biden would announce at...
    MORE than a million Americans in Michigan who receive food assistance benefits will see a surprise boost of at least $95 this month. Around 700,000 households are expected to benefit from the measure, which was announced by the state's Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. 1Around 1.2million people in Michigan are set to benefit from a $95 food stamp boostCredit: Getty Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged to continue delivering support for residents as the state continues to grapple with the Covid pandemic and the Omicron variant, the Detroit Free Press reports. She said: “My administration will keep working with our federal partners to do whatever we can to make sure Michigan families can put food on the table.” Food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be added to Bridge Cards between January 15 and 24 and will show up separately on accounts. Michiganders do not need to reapply for the benefits. Recipients in the state can check their balance at Michigan.gov/MIBridges or call 888-674-8914. Most read in MoneyHOPE ON THE HORIZON Double ‘$3,600 stimulus’ payments may...
    Some people just never learn. Delusional MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has made headlines again, this time for arguing that "300 million" Americans belong in jail for election fraud. Of course his comment is outrageous, but what’s even funnier is clearly Lindell failed basic mathematics. As of Jan. 11, the U.S. census reported the U.S. population as 332,425,423. Meaning that according to Lindell’s calculations, almost all of the country belongs in jail. So … in theory, is the rest of the population going to monitor those in jail? First reported by Right Wing Watch, Lindell's remarks were made on Real America's Voice. xMike Lindell has never been more confident about his plan to overturn the 2020 election: "We have enough evidence to put everyone in prison for life, 300 and some million people." Is he planning to imprison basically the entire US population? pic.twitter.com/UYfC1dR7V0— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 12, 2022 "Everything you're gonna see over these next seven months, to get rid of the machines, you're gonna see a Supreme Court case coming out, all these great things, everybody,” Lindell said....
    My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed during an appearance on Real America's Voice that he had enough voter fraud evidence to put nearly the entire population of the U.S. in prison.  'We already have all the pieces of the puzzle. When you talk about evidence, we have enough evidence to put everybody in prison for life, 300-some million people,' the top ally of former President Donald Trump said. 'We had that all the way back in November-December, but what we have are these other things that had to happen,, which is evil revealing itself.'  After Trump lost the 2020 election, Lindell became one of the most prominent faces of the so-called 'big lie,' that the ex-president was robbed a second term due to widespread voter fraud.  My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed during an appearance on Real America's Voice that he had enough voter fraud evidence to put nearly the entire population of the U.S. in prison
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell argued this week that "300 million" Americans belong in jail for election fraud. Lindell's remarks on Real America's Voice were first reported by Right Wing Watch. "Everything you're going to see over these next seven months to get rid of the [voting] machines," he said. "You're going to see the Supreme Court case coming out. All these great things, everybody." Lindell insisted that he has the "pieces of the puzzle" to prove the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump. "And you talk about evidence," Lindell added. "We have enough evidence to put everybody in prison for life, 300 and some million people. We have that all the way back to November and December." Despite his claim, Lindell did not reveal evidence that could put all Americans in jail. Watch the video below. Mike Lindell has never been more confident about his plan to overturn the 2020 election: "We have enough evidence to put everyone in prison for life, 300 and some million people." Is he planning to imprison basically the entire US population?pic.twitter.com/UYfC1dR7V0 —...
    Thirty-three of the 50 Democrat Senators have asked President Joe Biden’s border chief to grant work permits and a quasi-amnesty to perhaps four million economic migrants from Central America. The Senators asked Alejandro Mayorkas on January 10 to grant “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS)  — complete with work permits and access to drivers’ licenses. But the TPS amnesty would be illegal because the troubled economics in Central America do not “come anywhere close to meeting the [legal] standard,” said Rob Law, the director of regulatory affairs for the Center for Immigration Studies. If the resident migrants get TPS, he said: Democrats will turn around and say, “This is not fair! How can they not have a path to citizenship when we’ve given them work permits and told them it’s okay to be here?”… There’s nothing sympathetic or humanitarian about what the Democrats are doing. This is a political ploy. By trying to ratchet [migration] up in increments, they’re trying to hide from the American people that the overall objective is just straight-up maximum amnesty and citizenship for this population. The proposal is...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed a 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for the shortage of COVID tests available as the administration announced on Monday that health insurers will be required to pay for at-home kits starting January 15. The administration is rushing to meet its promise to make 500 million at-home testing kits available for free for Americans. Psaki, at her press briefing, expressed confidence they would meet that goal and the U.S. Postal Service would be able to make the deliveries.  'We expect to have all contracts awarded over the next two weeks, and then Americans will begin being able to order these tests online later this month,' she said.  She pushed back against criticism of the long testing lines that popped up around the country as Americans sought to get tested around the holiday season.  'There has been a massive surge in cases as you know,' Psaki said. 'There's been an unprecedented demand for tests.' White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed 'massive surge' in Omicron cases for shortage of COVID tests People wait in line...
    A worker installs U.S. flags as part of a Covid-19 memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Jan.18, 2021.Carlos Barria | Reuters When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020, Stephanie Bonin and her husband, Keith Arnold, co-owners of a Denver restaurant, worried they would face financial disaster. The pandemic prompted them to close Duo Restaurant, which serves farm-to-table contemporary American cuisine. There was no playbook as to what would happen next, as federal and state aid addressing the crisis had not yet been implemented. They temporarily laid off all but three of their 15 employees. At the time, Bonin knew she and her husband would not get unemployment insurance. While their staff would receive benefits, it would not match their weekly pay checks and tips. More from Personal Finance:How government may get more aid to Americans amid omicron surgeHave Covid? You can't get unemployment benefitsFamilies who got the child tax credit should watch for this IRS letter "Their livelihood was on our shoulders," Bonin said. "That was what was keeping us up at night. "How are...
              by Joel Williams   At the start of 2022, 36.5% (120 million) of Americans lived in a state with a Democratic trifecta, while 41.8% (137 million) lived in a state with a Republican trifecta. The other 71 million Americans lived in a state with a divided government. A state government trifecta is a term to describe single-party government, when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. At the start of 2022, there were 38 trifectas—15 Democratic and 23 Republican. Virginia’s will change from a Democratic trifecta to a state with divided government when legislators and Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) are sworn into office on Jan. 12. In the 2021 elections, Republicans won control of the Virginia House of Delegates and the governor’s office, currently held by Democrat Ralph Northam. Democrats still control the Virginia State Senate. When this happens, 33.9 percent of Americans (112 million) will live in a state with a Democratic trifecta, 41.8 percent (137 million) will live in a state with a Republican trifecta, and 24.3 percent (78 million)...
    The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing the details of its plan with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million at-home Covid tests for free to Americans who request them.   The administration is launching a website where Americans can request the rapid tests, though it's not clear when it will be online. Officials aim to begin sending out the test kits by mid-January.  A number of test manufacturers and distributors have submitted proposals to the government, and on Thursday night the Biden administration awarded its first contract for the tests.  Meanwhile, the Postal Service is reportedly negotiating with its four labor unions to extend their additional seasonal workforce, comprising roughly 40,000 workers who are brought in to help the agency manage the influx of holiday packages, according to the Washington Post.  The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing the details of its plan with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million at-home Covid tests for free to Americans who request them New Yorkers stand in line to take a Covid-19 test in Times Square on Jan. 3  Boynton Beach residents...
    The Covid pandemic caused a surge in housing costs and a rise in unemployment, leaving nearly 600,000 Americans unhoused in 2020. "What people don't typically realize when they walk past a person who's homeless is that this person is costing taxpayers a lot of money," said Sam Tsemberis, chief executive officer at Pathways Housing First Institute. In 2019, New York City spent a record-breaking $3 billion to support its homeless population. California is also expected to break its record, allocating $4.8 billion to the same issue over the next two years. Despite the rising budget, overall homelessness in the U.S. has improved by only 10% compared with 2007. It's even worse for certain subgroups, such as individual homelessness, which dropped by only 1% in the same period. "Right now, we are trending in the wrong direction," said Anthony Love, interim executive director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. "The state of homelessness is pretty tenuous, and there are some small increases that are taking place across the board." For decades, the U.S. has relied on a "housing first"...
    A 'bomb cyclone' is set to cause further chaos in New York City today dumping up to six inches of snow in a quick-moving storm hitting the north-east. Up to 100 million Americans across the country have been placed under weather alerts in the extreme conditions. New York's tri-state area will be hit with up to two inches of snow per hour, with AccuWeather chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter warning of a 'nightmare' commute. A 'bomb cyclone' is set to cause further chaos in New York City today dumping up to six inches of snow in a quick-moving storm hitting the north-east. Pictured: the path of the snowstorm New York's tri-state area will be hit with up to two inches of snow per hour this morning with warnings of a 'nightmare' commute Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency with snowfall expected to increase as the storm moves through.  As it strengthens near the coast of New England, it could evolve into a 'bomb cyclone', when a quick drop in pressure brings huge downpours and strong winds. ...
    Dramatic video captured cars and semi-trucks strewn across a highway in eastern Kentucky after a heavy snowstorm led to a 75-car pile-up on the icy and slick road. Images shared on Twitter showed cars T-boned and partially buried in the snow along Interstate 64 between Winchester and Mount Sterling.  The multi-vehicle chaos comes as the National Weather Service placed 100 million Americans under weather alerts from winter storm systems moving across the country in the following days. Thursday's storm blanketed parts of the South with quick-falling snow, freezing rain and sleet as the system tracked a path through Appalachia toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Another snow system is expected to move from the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies through Friday, while icy conditions will move from the Mid-South into the Northeast.  In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is preparing to face his first snowstorm in office,  after the NWS said a snow system would bring between three to six inches of snow to the Big Apple on Friday.  Authorities in Kentucky responded to a 50-car pile-up caused by icy and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remained at historically low levels, suggesting that the job market remains strong. U.S. jobless claims rose by 7,000 last week to 207,000. The four-week average of claims, which smooths out week-to-week gyrations, rose by nearly 4,800 to just below 205,000. Despite the increases, the numbers show that weekly claims are below the 220,000 typical before the pandemic struck the U.S. economy in March 2020. The highly transmissable omicron variant so far does not appear to have triggered significant layoffs. Altogether, nearly 1.8 million Americans were collecting traditional unemployment aid the week that ended Dec. 25. Employers are reluctant to let workers go at a time when it’s so tough to find replacements. The United States posted 10.6 million job openings in November, the fifth highest monthly total in records going back to 2000. A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November — a sign that they are confident enough in their prospects to seek something better. The job market has bounced back from...
    An old tweet from White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain criticizing the shortage of coronavirus tests in June of 2020 is coming back to haunt him as the Biden administration struggles amid a testing shortage. “Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. We are the richest country on Earth, and we don’t have enough SWABS. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed,” Klain tweeted June 26, 2020. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. We are the richest country on Earth, and we don’t have enough SWABS. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. pic.twitter.com/aa3oxDASl1 — Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) June 26, 2020 President Joe Biden recently admitted that while his administration has made efforts to make testing more available, it’s “clearly not enough.” “We went from no over-the-counter tests in January to 36 million in October, 100 million in November and almost 200 million in December,” Biden said. “But it’s not enough. It’s clearly not enough.” (RELATED: As Americans Spend Hours In Line For COVID Tests...
    LOS ANGELES -- A record 4.5 million American workers quit their jobs in November, a sign of confidence and more evidence that the U.S. job market is bouncing back strongly from last year's coronavirus recession.The Labor Department also reported Tuesday that employers posted 10.6 million job openings in November, down from 11.1 million in October but still high by historical standards.Employers hired 6.7 million people in November, up from 6.5 million in October, the Labor Department reported Tuesday in its monthly Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey."A lot of people are calling it the great resignation. I would push back a little bit because what we have also seen for the month of November and today's Bureau of Labor statistics numbers is 6.7 Million hires. I would call this the great reshuffling. People seem to be leaving their existing jobs and a lot of them are leaving for better jobs," said Emily Nix, a labor economist and professor and USC Marshal School of Business.According to an Nix, the spike in job posting since the pandemic started is good leverage for...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Great Resignation continues. The Labor Department says 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November, a new record. Many of those resignations are coming in the restaurant industry, trucking, and healthcare. “People don’t want to always settle for the same thing that they might have settled for in employment in the past. Now we know that many jobs can be done remotely. Now we know that there can be a higher degree of flexibility,” says Bankrate Economist Mark Hamrick. READ MORE: Florida AG Ashley Moody Announces Legislative Efforts To Tackle Organized Retail TheftHe says people are quitting in the middle of a worker shortage. There are 10.6 million job openings in the U.S., according to the Labor Department. “The challenge for 2022 is going to be matching the supply and demand for workers,” Hamrick says. Last year, Gabby Ianniello decided a corporate job in real estate wasn’t for her, and she wanted to try something new. READ MORE: Shorty's BBQ Staple Location Sells Land For Millions“You know, with the world changing, it put a lot of...
    President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the administration is doubling its order for Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill. The administration previously put in an order for 10 million treatment courses in 2021, and Biden’s latest announcement means the U.S. government will have ordered 20 million pills in total. The Pfizer pill, Paxlovid, won’t be available immediately, with just 35,000 additional courses due to be delivered this month, The New York Times reported. “The United States has more pills than any other country in the world and our supply is going to ramp up over the coming months, as more of these pills are manufactured,” Biden said Tuesday at the start of a meeting with his COVID-19 team. “Today I’m directing my team to work with Pfizer to double our order from 10 million to 20 million treatment courses to be delivered in the months ahead.” Biden noted that the first batch of the antiviral pill was shipped out on Christmas Eve and promised more “this week,” though ramping up production will likely still take months. Before the president’s comments, Pfizer CEO...
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned of 'challenging' weeks ahead as he urged unvaccinated Americans to seek out shots as the best way to protect themselves from the surging Omicron variant of COVID-19. A day earlier, the country set a new record with almost a million new cases of COVID, many of them in vaccinated and boosted people, amid a surge in hospitalizations. 'There's no excuse, there's no excuse for anyone being unvaccinated,' he said before receiving an update from his COVID-19 team.  'This continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated.'   Biden delivered his remarks - his first on COVID-19 since Dec. 28 - as the omicron variant gripped the nation, forcing businesses and schools to close, and airlines to cancel hundreds of flights.  He tried to balance a sense of urgency in persuading 35 million unvaccinated Americans to take action, with a message that the latest wave bears little resemblance to the early months of the pandemic.   President Joe Biden urged 35 million unvaccinated Americans to get their shots as the best way to protect themselves from the...
    President Joe Biden will direct officials to double the  government's purchase of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pill from 10 million to 20 million in his remarks on Tuesday. The president will push an accelerated of those treatments, Fox News reported, as the Omicron wave continues to make its way across the nation. The Food and Drug Administration granted Pfizer emergency authorization for its Paxlovid-nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets last month. The pill is the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 and is said to be effective against the Omicron variant. The announcement will come as the United States recorded a million cases of COVID on Monday.  That morning, the US reported 55,114,057 confirmed cases. By midnight, the tally had risen to 56,190,946 - an increase of well over a million in under 24 hours.  But hospitalization rates and the death rate remains low compared to past waves. President Joe Biden will address the Omicron crisis on Tuesday and will direct officials to double the government's puchase of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pill from 10 million to 20 million in his remarks Pfizer said that its Covid pill, called...
    MSNBC political analyst Mehdi Hasan claimed Thursday on “All In” that 21 million Americans were open to using “force to restore the presidency to Donald Trump.” Hasan said, “When we talk about culture, we’re talking about race…’Wait a minute. We’re losing our country to black and brown hordes!’ Marjorie Taylor Greene comes from a state that tried a divorce in the 1861 because Georgia wanted to keep the institution of slavery. Let’s be clear about why the Republican Party wants to hold power and who it wants to hold power on behalf of. Marjorie Taylor Greene, as you pointed out, is a troll. But it’s not either-or, she can be a troll, and she can be a threat to democracy.” He continued, “She’s in very much more in touch with the Republican base, more than most of her quote, unquote mainstream Republican colleagues in the House. She is a dangerous figure. You pointed out tweets about national divorce.” Hasan added, “There’s a tweet I urge everyone to look at. It’s horrifying. She refers to Democrats as freedom-killing termites, the phrase she...
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell below 200,000, more evidence that the job market remains strong in the aftermath of last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 8,000 to 198,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, fell to just above 199,000, lowest level since October 1969. The numbers suggest that the fast-spreading omicron variant has yet to trigger a wave of layoffs. Altogether, 1.7 million Americans were collecting traditional unemployment aid the week that ended Dec. 18, lowest since March 2020 and down by 140,000 from the week before. The weekly claims numbers, a proxy for layoffs, have fallen steadily most of the year. Employers are reluctant to let workers go at a time when it’s so tough to find replacements. The United States had a near-record 11 million job openings in October, and 4.2 million Americans quit their jobs — just off September’s record 4.4 million — because there are so many opportunities. The job market has bounced back from last year’s brief but intense coronavirus recession. When...
    Diabetes is a chronic health condition that impacts how the body turns sugar into energy. People with diabetes have difficulty making, or using, a hormone called insulin.  Insulin is integral to controlling the amount of sugar in the bloodstream; storing glucose in the liver, fat, and muscles; and regulating carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.  Without insulin, excess glucose in the bloodstream can cause  heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease, and other serious healthcare issues. There are three types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational.  Type 1 diabetes, which affects 5–10% of the population with this disease, is currently unpreventable and likely tied to immune defects.  To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily.  Type 2 diabetes, thankfully, can be prevented or at least delayed with healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise, diet, and weight loss.  Gestational diabetes develops specifically in pregnant women.  While it typically subsides after childbirth, it can increase the likelihood that the mother, and the baby, will develop type 2 diabetes later in life. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA),...
    My wife and I recently watched on Netflix the brilliant Don’t Look Up! starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, written and produced by Adam McKay and David Sirota. It’s being lauded as a metaphor for how we’re dealing with climate change in the face of petrobillionaire- and corporate-funded disinformation campaigns, but it’s so much more than that: “Conservatives” on the Supreme Court don’t want Americans to look up at how they legalized political bribery with their 1970s Buckley and Bellotti and 2010 Citizens United decisions that have turned politicians into shills for the same billionaires and giant industries that spent millions putting them on the Court. “Small government” freaks don’t want you to look up at how trust in our government has fallen from over 80% in the 1960s to fewer than 30% today, or how that’s the direct result of Reagan’s “government is not the solution to your problems, it is the problem” hustle that led to Trumpism and is today tearing America apart. Republican governors don’t want their citizens to look up at how they continue to...