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    (CNN)Health care workers vividly remember the anxiety surrounding mask access in the early days of the pandemic. The shortages of personal protective equipment in hospitals were so severe that it was an all-too-common occurrence to walk into work, only to find that there were no available N95 respirators in your size. Hospitals did their best to come up with solutions to circumvent this shortage -- including recommending repetitive use, performing ultraviolet light cleanings of used masks and simply rationing -- but we still remember the stress of feeling physically under-protected. Thankfully, as we enter year three of the pandemic, access to masks in the health care setting has improved. However, the Omicron variant has led to some of the highest daily case counts since the start of the pandemic and many states are utilizing greater than 70% of their inpatient and intensive care unit beds. The rapidly infectious nature of Omicron has made many public health leaders reconsider the approach to masking for the general public.Read More On Friday, the CDC updated its mask guidance for preventing the spread...
    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...
    Radio personality Howard Stern said Wednesday on his Sirius XM show “The Howard Stern Show” that the unvaccinated who get infected with COVID-19 would be refused service from hospitals. Stern said, “If it was up to me, anyone unvaccinated would not be admitted to a hospital. At this point, they have been given plenty of opportunity to get the vaccine.” A caller said, “Send them home with a bottle of Robitussin.” Stern said, “Right. They have been told you will die if you get the vaccine. Some of you will live, but most of you will die. They don’t trust our government. They think that there’s some conspiracy to turn them into a magnet or something like this. They think they are going to become magnetized if they take the vaccine.” He continued, “I’ve taken this vaccine three times, and the worst side effect is for a day, I had a little bit of a headache.” Stern added, “No one’s sitting there conspiring against you. Americans don’t want to create a vaccine that’s going to turn you into a robot or...
    (CNN)Americans can now sign up to get free home Covid-19 tests from the federal government. Though the website formally debuted on Wednesday, the Biden administration quietly launched it the day before. Orders began pouring in immediately.The program is part of the administration's effort to increase testing amid the nationwide surge of the Omicron variant. The White House is ordering 1 billion tests for distribution.Have you tried to get a free home test from the federal site? Did it work smoothly or was there an issue? Tell us about it here.Here's what you need to know about getting free home tests from the federal government:Read MoreHow do I order the tests?Go to covidtests.gov and sign up. You'll need to enter your name, email and residential address. Orders will not be shipped to businesses.You should receive an email confirming your order and providing tracking information. Thousands of readers have told CNN that the process was easy and swift, taking only a few minutes. However, some have reported that they received a message that tests were already ordered for their address. How many...
    JGI/Jamie Grill | Tetra images | Getty Images Most Americans are still struggling to build solid savings accounts nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic. Some 56% of Americans are unable to cover an unexpected $1,000 bill with savings, according to a telephone survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted in early January by Bankrate. "Emergency savings and the $1,000 threshold are really an indication of how much people are struggling, that they are that close to the edge financially," said Greg McBride, senior vice president and chief financial analyst at Bankrate. Instead of drawing on their emergency savings funds, many Americans would have to go into debt to foot an unexpected $1,000 bill, either by asking family and friends for a loan, taking a personal loan from a bank or charging a credit card.Barriers to savingTo be sure, the 44% of Americans who could cover a $1,000 emergency expense from their savings is the highest percentage in eight years, according to Bankrate. In addition, some adults fare better than others in building and keeping solid emergency savings. Nearly 60%...
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recent setbacks to his lofty agenda.In advance of the session, set for 4 p.m. EST on his 365th day in office, Biden gave no indication that he felt a reset was in order. But his appearance was playing out on the same day that prolonged Democratic efforts to overhaul the nation's voter laws appeared set to go down in flames on Capitol Hill and as Biden's massive social spending package remains stalled.The East Room event will offer Biden an opportunity to spotlight his accomplishments before a national audience, and he was sure to highlight the bipartisan infrastructure law enacted on his watch, a roaring economy and the country's progress against COVID-19.Still, it is a perilous time for Biden: The nation is gripped by another disruptive surge of virus cases and inflation is at a level not seen in...
    Biden's first year report card is strikingly similar to Trumps, who earned a failing grade from 35% of voters after his first year in office If failing grades are a sign of ill-preparedness, President Joe Biden needs to hit the books as a devastating new poll showed more than a third of American voters grade his first year at the White House with an 'F.' The survey was conducted by Politico and Morning Consult and released on Wednesday, one day before the first anniversary of Biden's inauguration.  Asked to give the president a report card for his first year running the country, the largest share of respondents -- 37 percent -- flunked him. Twenty percent gave Biden a 'B' and 18 percent graded him a 'C.' The smallest share of people surveyed, 11 percent, gave him top marks. In another blow, 52 percent of American surveyed say they view Biden as a 'weak leader.'  A year full of crises -- including a record number of migrants straining local infrastructure at the southern border, an increasingly aggressive Russia and out-of-control inflation...
    Legendary shock-jock Howard Stern told listeners that if he were in charge, hospitals would refuse to treat unvaccinated patients for Covid-related illnesses. On Wednesday’s edition of Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show, a caller named Aaron expressed frustration with the resources being expended on unvaccinated people who fall ill with Covid. “What would you think about just letting the pandemic run wild and move through the unvaccinated?” he asked Stern. “If it was up to me, anyone unvaccinated would not be admitted to a hospital,” Stern said, as the caller joked “Send them home with a bottle of Robitussin.” He went on to mock the beliefs of unvaccinated people who “don’t trust our government. They think that there’s some conspiracy to turn them into a magnet or something like this. They think they are going to become magnetized if they take the vaccine.” Stern said, of his own experience being vaccinated and boosted, that “I’ve taken this vaccine three times and the worst side effect is for a day, I had a little bit of a headache” He agreed with the caller...
    WASHINGTON -- Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden's administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits officially launches Wednesday - but was available to use Tuesday - with the first shipments going out to U.S. households by the end of the month. In addition, most Americans are now able to get reimbursed for tests that they purchase.Key details about the new programs:How can I request a free test?Free tests can be ordered at covidtests.gov or at usps.com/covidtest. The first tests will ship by the end of January. The White House says "tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering" through the U.S. Postal Service. USPS reports shipping times of 1-3 days for its first-class package service in the continental United States. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) addresses will be sent through Priority Mail.Importantly, given the shipping and process times, Americans will need...
    Many migrants are being killed or brutalized on the global smuggling route created by President Joe Biden and border chief Alejandro Mayorkas, says Todd Bensman, a former intelligence official who now works with the Center for Immigration Studies. “A lot of people are dying,” Bensman told Breitbart News from the town of Tapachula in southern Mexico: I’ve been hanging out with Africans for the last two days — Senegalese, Ghanaians, Nigerians — and all had to come through the Darien Gap [the jungle between South American and Central America where] they saw body after body rotting on the side of the trail. “There are corpses rotting everywhere” – I’ve heard stories like that for two years straight from the Darien Gap. One group of Africans said their friend was shot in the chest by bandits on the trail because he could not offer them any cash, said Bensman, who tweeted a video of the conversation: This US-bound Senegalese migrant Who is among at least 100 in Tapachula, Mexico right now told me they all decided to journey when Biden entered...
    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...
    President Biden was blasted on Twitter Tuesday after using the phrase "Jim Crow 2.0" in a tweet pushing his agenda on voting reform.  Biden said, "Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion. It’s about making it harder to vote, who gets to count the vote, and whether your vote counts at all." "We have to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act," he continued, referring to legislation that is likely to be locked in a political stalemate in the Senate.  (Jack Delano/PhotoQuest/Getty Images | Tom Brenner/Getty Images) The tweet came after a recent Atlanta speech in which Biden said those who disagree with him on the legislation are comparable to reviled segregationists.  STACEY ABRAMS CAMPAIGN BLASTS 'MANUFACTURED NARRATIVES' OVER BIDEN SPEECH ABSENCE Biden had said, "Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or...
    MILLIONS of Americans will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on average today. Those who were born between the 11 and 20th will be sent their check as part of the second round of payments to be deposited. 1Millions of seniors will receive boosted social security payments worth $1,657 on averageCredit: Getty Seniors will see a boost of $92 on average as checks are raised to $1,657 from $1,565. Social security payments will be sent on January 26 to eligible Americans born from the 20th onward. The next checks for retirees born between the first and 10th of the month will be sent on Wednesday, February 9. The maximum social security benefit this year is $4,194. Payments have been boosted because of the 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase which came into force on January 1. To get the amount, you need to earn six-figure sums throughout your career, work at least 35 years, and delay your claim. Most read in MoneyCASHING IN Calls for monthly child tax credit extension as ‘$3.6K boost’ may be sent outBIG BUCKS Deadline for...
    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...
    Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., was a guest on "The Ingraham Angle" on Tuesday night and spoke about President Biden’s poll numbers and the number of Democrats deciding not to seek reelection.  EVEN BIDEN CHEERLEADER JENNIFER RUBIN SAYS THE PRESIDENT ‘NEEDS A RESET’ REP. JIM BANKS: "It doesn’t get any better from here, Laura. I think it continues to get worse as this president, Joe Biden, and the Democrat Party refuse to acknowledge the pain the American people are going through—completely ignoring inflation, completely ignoring all of the other issues that are affecting American families and working Americans. I imagine these poll numbers will continue to get worse, as you said…two more Democrats announced today that they are not going to run for reelection because they can no longer defend the president or their own party. There’s 28 total. They see the writing on the wall. They know Republicans are going to win back the majority and they can’t defend it any longer." WATCH FULL VIDEO BELOW Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    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 (AP) — One year into a presidency defined by lofty ambitions and at-times frustrating shortfalls, President Joe Biden will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference and asks for patience with the pace of progress. In advance of the session, set for 4 p.m. EST Wednesday, his 365th day in office, Biden gave no indication that he felt a reset was in order. But his appearance was playing out on the same day that prolonged Democratic efforts to overhaul the nation’s voter laws appeared set to go down in flames on Capitol Hill and as Biden’s massive social spending package remains stalled. The East Room event will offer Biden an opportunity to spotlight his accomplishments before a national audience, and he was sure to highlight the bipartisan infrastructure law enacted on his watch, a roaring economy and the country’s progress against COVID-19. Still, it is a perilous time for Biden: The nation is gripped by another disruptive surge of virus cases and...
    (CNN)If President Joe Biden's only task in his solo press conference on Wednesday was restoring his battered political standing, it would be daunting enough. But the President will arrive in the East Room at a moment of national exhaustion and drained morale as the coronavirus pandemic heads into a third year, amid a sense that events at home and abroad are cascading out of control and that vicious ideological divides could tear America apart. The country has not been as ideologically estranged for generations. Two big blocks of Americans believe everything that they think their nation stands for could be ripped away. Biden was elected to slake the poison, bridge divides and solve problems. But in his first year in office, political bitterness has deepened, partly because of ex-President Donald Trump's corrosive and dangerous campaign to destroy American democracy. And Biden's interpretation of tiny Democratic mandates in Congress might have delighted liberals but it has prompted some who saw him as a moderate to wonder whether they misjudged him.In such an atmosphere, the President is under pressure to do more...
    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...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh City Council member whose district borders Wilkinsburg says he’s not in favor of a “shotgun wedding.” “I will no longer stay quiet and watch that process occur,” said Reverend Ricky Burgess, who represents Pittsburgh’s East End, at Tuesday’s council meeting. READ MORE: Pittsburgh City Council Hears Public Input About Proposed Annexation Of WilkinsburgHe called the city’s potential annexation of Wilkinsburg a marriage but he disagrees with the current wedding plans for a borough that is majority Black. “It does interest me to notice, as always in Pittsburgh, affairs that affect disproportionately African Americans are not led by African Americans. We have outside people telling both the groom and bride what’s best for them. This would have been a shotgun wedding, right? They got the shotgun, those outsiders got the shotgun and decided what’s gonna happen.” MORE NEWS: Plan To Add Wilkinsburg To Pittsburgh Heads To City Council For ConsiderationA judge is requiring City Council to vote on adding Wilkinsburg to the city by April 5. Wilkinsburg residents would then vote...
    (CNN)A US Senate candidate in Louisiana released a campaign ad Tuesday in which he smokes marijuana in an attempt to spark what he calls "a new conversation" around the drug.Gary Chambers Jr., a Democrat and social justice activist, is shown in the ad sitting in a chair and taking puffs from a rolled marijuana blunt. While smoking, he cites arrest statistics for Black Americans related to marijuana possession. "I hope this ad works to not only destigmatize the use of marijuana, but also forces a new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology," he wrote in a tweet, sharing the ad. Chambers is looking to unseat Republican Sen. John Kennedy in November's all-party primary. If no candidate gets a majority of the vote, there will be a December runoff for the seat. In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Chambers said it is "long past due that politicians stop pretending to be better or different than the people they represent," adding that it's time to overhaul the...
    MSNBC's Chuck Todd said Tuesday that based on past metrics of job approval and the American people's impression of the country's direction, President Biden and Democrats could be heading into the midterm in "shellacking territory," such as what was seen during the 2010 midterms during former President Obama's first term in the White House.  "Basically, there are three poll numbers you can follow nationally that will tell you the likely shape of these midterm elections, its 1) direction of the country, right track [or] wrong track, the 2) presidential job rating and the 3) generic ballot," Todd said. (MSNBC/Screenshot) "And right now, two of the three that we track are sitting there in shellacking territory, so it'll be a lot of fun as we track throughout the year." Todd cited an NBC poll from October 2021 that showed 71% of respondents didn't approve of the country's direction. "That's in big-time shellacking territory," he said.  KAYLEIGH MCENANY ON BIDEN'S STUNNING POLL NUMBERS: 'THIS IS A FIVE-ALARM FIRE' The other metric, Biden's job approval – which sat at 42% – also...
    While it is starting to appear that the Omicron COVID-19 wave could be nearing its end, one model projects a grim future ahead for the United States, modeling that 58,000 to 305,000 more Americans will succumb to the virus over the next two months. Projections shared during a White House briefing Tuesday estimate that between up to 305,000 Americans could die from Covid between now and when the wave is expected to subside by mid-March. This likely would bring America's overall Covid death total - sitting at over 853,000 as of Tuesday afternoon - over one million, a mark no other country in the world has reached. The projection comes despite the growing data that the Omicron variant is less severe than its predecessors. Data revealed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week showed that a person infected with Omicron is 91 percent less likely to die than a person who contracted Delta. Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said last week that the Delta variant was even still responsible for the recent uptick in deaths...
    A Colorado state legislator tired of losing packages to so-called porch pirates has proposed a measure that would give residents a tax break if they install anti-theft devices at their homes. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Alex Valdez (D), would give residents who have had packages stolen from their homes or businesses a $75 tax credit if they install a lock box or some other device meant to deter theft. Package delivery companies would also qualify for a tax break if they donate anti-theft devices to residents. Those seeking the tax credit will have to show proof that they filed a report of the theft with local law enforcement.  “What we want to do is deploy the solution where it’s needed. If you live in a remote part of the state, your likelihood of porch piracy is probably a lot lower. What we want to do is target this incentive towards areas that have seen the most incidents of porch piracy,” Valdez told The Hill. “People see that we need to do better at prevention.”  Valdez’s bill appears to...
    MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance and former Trump administration official Ric Grenell feuded on Twitter on Tuesday over the former’s new book. Nance is scheduled to release his 10th book, They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency, on July 12. “WARNING: 62 days before 1/6 I warned on [Real Time with Bill Maher] that Trump would start a political/paramilitary insurgency to seize American democracy. It has begun. I detail the Trump Insurgency in my coming book,” tweeted Nance on Jan. 3 with a picture of the cover of the upcoming book. WARNING: 62 days before 1/6 I warned on @RealTimers that Trump would start a political/paramilitary insurgency to seize American democracy. It has begun. I detail the Trump Insurgency in my coming book: pic.twitter.com/XHF2wvAJFU — Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) January 3, 2022 On Monday, Grenell tweeted, “paramilitary insurgency? You clearly will say anything to sell a book. Your radicalism should be widely dismissed.” paramilitary insurgency? You clearly will say anything to sell a book. Your radicalism should be widely dismissed. https://t.co/NWbxfKmQKg —...
    Take home COVID-19 self testing kits provided by the District of Columbia government, which provides city residents four free take home tests per day, are seen in this illustration taken January 11, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Americans on Tuesday started placing orders for free Covid tests promised by the Biden administration after the federal government rolled out the website a day earlier than expected — with some complaining on social media that they were blocked from ordering their own supplies. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the website, covidtests.gov, is in its testing phase and will officially launch Wednesday morning. Orders placed during the website's testing phase Tuesday are valid and will be shipped, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz told CNBC. Every household is limited to four tests based on residential address. The White House said last week it capped the number of tests people can order to ensure broad access to the program. Tests can be ordered here: https://www.covidtests.gov/ After clicking on "order free at-home tests," the website redirects customers to a Postal Service order form, where you...
    This is a rush transcript from "Tucker Carlson Tonight," January 14, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CONTRIBUTOR: To catch my podcast with my husband, Sean, "From the Kitchen Table," we had a fascinating conversation with Josh Slocum. Have a great weekend. Tucker Carlson is up next.TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. Happy Friday.The California Gold Rush is long over and yet, they are still robbing trains in the state, lots of trains and they're doing it on video. We'll show it to you in just a minute.But first, last time we interviewed one of the people the Biden administration charged yesterday with sedition. The man's name is Thomas Caldwell.The Justice Department claims that Caldwell was inside the Capitol Building on January 6th. Caldwell insists emphatically that he was not. At some point, a jury will decide who is lying about that. For now, the rest of us though are free to ponder a bigger question, is Thomas Caldwell,...
    Some Americans were granted access to free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests through the federal government a day earlier than initially planned as the website went live before expected. The White House announced last week that beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 19, it will begin distributing up to one billion free testing kits, however, some reported that they were able to place their orders on Tuesday, Jan. 18, a day early as the website had a "soft" launch. Original story - COVID-19: Here's When Americans Can Order Free At-Home Tests On Tuesday afternoon, the White House confirmed that the website had been launched in its “beta phase,” and was “operating at limited capacity ahead of its official launch,” which will then open up more widely to Americans on Wednesday. “This is standard practice to address the troubleshooting and ensure as smooth of an official launch tomorrow as possible," a White House spokesperson said in a statement. "We expect the website to officially launch mid-morning tomorrow.” Once ordered, the tests will take approximately seven to 12 days to ship, and can be requested...
    Sixty-seven percent of Americans are in support of banning lawmakers from trading stocks, according to a new poll from progressive firm Data for Progress.  The poll, released on Tuesday, said that figure increased to 74 percent when respondents were given arguments in favor of and against a ban.  After the arguments, 19 percent of those surveyed said they would oppose a proposed ban, according to the poll.  Forty-three percent of respondents are in favor of a proposed bill that would ban lawmakers and their congressional staff members from buying and selling individual stocks, and 24 percent said they somewhat agree with the idea.  Seventy-five percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said they strongly or somewhat support a ban on lawmaker stock trading, while 76 percent of independent/third party survey takers and 70 percent of Republican respondents agreed.  The new poll comes after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat GOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech MORE (D-Calif.) last week asked the House Administration Committee to consider harsher...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under criticism after weeks of shortages, President Joe Biden’s administration is working to make COVID-19 rapid test kits more available and accessible to Americans by boosting supply and lowering costs. A new federal website to request free test kits officially launches Wednesday — but was available to use Tuesday — with the first shipments going out to Americans by the end of the month. In addition, most Americans are now able to get reimbursed for tests that they purchase. Key details about the new programs: HOW CAN I REQUEST A FREE TEST? Free tests can be ordered at covidtests.gov or at usps.com/covidtest. The first tests will ship by the end of January. The White House says “tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering” through the U.S. Postal Service. USPS reports shipping times of 1-3 days for its first-class package service in the continental United States. Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) addresses will be sent through Priority Mail. Importantly, given the shipping and...
    U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) went on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast this week and accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of being part of a “Deep State” conspiracy, which he suggests is behind the Covid-19 pandemic. “What is your endgame?” Bannon asked Marshall in regard to his investigations into Fauci – who was recently caught on a hot mic during a hearing calling the senator a “moron” after an exchange about whether or not Fauci’s financial disclosures are public record. “Steve, I think we’re over the target,” Marshall began. “And he is part of this Deep State that is actually lying or certainly misleading the public. So he lied to Congress and the American people at least three times during that last hearing and we proved him wrong.” Marshall claimed that he proved Fauci wrong on his financials, saying that “he made over $2 million in 2020 while the economy was locked down.” The Kansas senator continued: On the gain of function issue here and what we’re talking about in that tape is you talk about the Deep State, I’m...
    In this article AAPLApple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook listens as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a meeting with members of his national security team and private sector leaders to discuss how to "improve the nation's cybersecurity," in the East Room at the White House in Washington, August 25, 2021.Leah Millis | ReutersApple warned in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday that antitrust bills being considered in the Senate would increase the risk of security breaches to iPhone users, in part because they could force it to allow sideloading, where apps are downloaded outside the App Store. Apple's pushback reflects growing concern from the iPhone maker about the American Innovation and Choice Online Act and the Open App Markets Act, both of which are scheduled to be considered this week. "The bills put consumers in harm's way because of the real risk of privacy and security breaches," Apple's senior director of government affairs, Timothy Powderly, wrote in a letter to the Senate Justice Committee viewed by CNBC. Apple has drawn consistent scrutiny from regulators in the past...
    A website to order free at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 went live on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, as the White House seeks to mail half a billion tests directly to Americans. Bay Area residents who have been scrambling for weeks to find an at-home test can now head to https://www.covidtests.gov/ or directly to the U.S. Postal Service at https://special.usps.com/testkits to order a package of four tests per residential address. According to order confirmation emails sent from USPS, tests are expected to be shipped in late January. A statement from the White House last week said the tests will usually ship within seven to 12 days of ordering. The initiative is part of the Biden administration’s attempt to increase at-home rapid testing as Americans across the country hunt for more COVID-19 tests amid a surge in new infections due to the omicron variant. The online platform was originally planned to be operational on Thursday, according to a White House statement last week, but on Wednesday morning social media exploded with users reporting that they had successfully ordered at-home tests....
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online.The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to order four at-home tests per residential address, to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. It marks the latest step by President Joe Biden to address criticism of low inventory and long lines for testing during a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant.Editor's note: The video above is from a Jan. 14, 2022, report on obtaining at-home tests through insurance and the government.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the website was in "beta testing" and operating at a "limited capacity" ahead of its official launch. The website will officially launch mid-morning Wednesday, Psaki said.Biden announced last month that the U.S. would purchase 500 million at-home tests to launch the program and on Thursday the president announced that he was doubling the order to 1 billion tests.But Americans shouldn't expect a rapid turnaround on the orders and...
    'Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America' was published by St Martin's Press on Monday A new book suggests Generation Z, which has just begun reaching voting age, overwhelmingly backs Democrats, offering President Biden and his party encouragement even as they face difficult midterm elections. The latest polling puts Biden's approval rating at less than 40 percent and Gallup last year charted a major swing from Republican to Democrat across the nation. But John Della Volpe, polling director at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, and CEO of SocialSphere, says the latest generation of voters - shaped by the Great Recession, Greta Thunberg, race protests and the rise of Donald Trump - suggests a brighter future. 'Generational replacement will not be kind to Trump’s Republican Party,' he told Axios.  His book, 'Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America' was published on Monday, setting out the mindset of some 70 million Americans born from the mid-1990s onwards.  He listed the events and the themes that shaped them through their...
    But what is happening under Biden? Inflation has been surging under Biden and reached a whopping 7% in December, the highest rate in 40 years. Experts blame, at least partially, the American Rescue Plan for rising inflation. Unfortunately, experts also say inflation hardest hits those Americans Yellen claimed receive an unfair shake in the U.S. economy. Business Insider reported in November:Inflation has hurt lower-income families, families of color, and rural households more than other demographics, a Bank of America research report found last week. Breaking down demographics by race, geography, and income, the bank found that the "inflation shock" of 2021 has disproportionately affected the marginalized: Households without college graduates, African American, Hispanic and Latino communities, and those not living in cities have been spending more of their post-tax income on goods and services. Inflation hits Americans lower on the socio-economic ladder because they possess less wealth. Those who have less wealth and tighter budgets immediately feel the impacts of inflation, which decreases the purchasing power of every dollar. Wealthier Americans, however, are generally less impacted by inflation because they...