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    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland lawmakers finalized the state’s next set of delegate and senatorial districts Thursday, although the new map is certain to face legal challenges in the coming weeks. The House of Delegates voted 95-42 Thursday afternoon to finalize new district contours drawn by the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, a panel convened by Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County). Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) isn’t allowed to veto the General Assembly’s legislative redistricting proposal under Maryland law, meaning the districts are immediately enacted. Republicans have attempted to replace maps proposed by the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission with those put forward by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission — a panel convened by Hogan — throughout both the state and congressional redistricting processes in Maryland. On Thursday, Republicans in the House of Delegates made a final attempt to swap the two maps via an amendment introduced by Del. Susan W. Krebs (R-Carroll County). House Minority...
    Top Democratic officials in Pennsylvania will be keeping their distance when President Joe Biden visits the state Friday. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a likely contender in the gubernatorial election, will skip Biden's event in Pittsburgh touting his administration's accomplishments, according to the Associated Press. The campaigns for both Democrats cited scheduling conflicts. "Josh Shapiro is running to be the governor of Pennsylvania, and he's focused on the issues that matter to Pennsylvania families," said Will Simons, a spokesman for the attorney general. PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRAT FIGHT IS BATTLE IN LEFT-VERSUS-CENTRIST WAR "Like every American should, Josh wants our president to be successful, and we'll continue welcoming President Biden to his home state of Pennsylvania," Simons added. Neither Fetterman nor Shapiro gave any indication that political reasons factored into the decision not to attend, but the snubs come at a time when Biden's approval ratings have tanked, and many Democrats are fearful he may drag them down. A poll released Jan. 25 from the...
    President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE’s approval rating in Georgia is sliding into dangerous territory, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, a troubling development for Democrats as they look to pick up the governor’s mansion this year and hold onto their recent electoral gains. The poll shows that roughly one-third of Georgia voters – about 34 percent – approve of Biden’s job performance, a significant decline from last May when his approval rating in the Peach State sat at 51 percent. It’s also notably lower than his national average, which currently sits at just under 42 percent, according to the data website FiveThirtyEight. The AJC poll is particularly bad news for Democrats in Georgia, a former Republican stronghold that has emerged as a key battleground state in recent years. Democrats are hoping to protect the seat of Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWarnock outraises Walker in Georgia Senate race Herschel...
    Rockville, Maryland-based Maxim Biomedical has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its at-home COVID-19 antigen test called ClearDetect. Unlike existing at-home COVID tests, it does not require an external reader or dropper bottles. It has three components: a swab; a test strip; and a test tube pre-filled with sample buffer. More Business News A self-collected nasal swab is mixed with the sample buffer in the tube along with the test strip. It returns visual results as positive or negative within 15 minutes. In a study with the National Institutes of Health using specimens positive for the omicron variant, it detected 100% of live virus, MaximBio said. When compared to an FDA-approved PCR method, the test achieved 86.9% positive accuracy, and 98.9% negative accuracy, it said. MaximBio expects to begin production in late-February or early-March and will make the kits available packaged with either two tests in a box for at-home use, or bulk packs with 25 tests for healthcare, school and workplace settings. It did not say what the tests will cost, other...
                 Lawmakers in the Wisconsin State Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that would alter the state’s constitution to award the legislature more power when distributing federal funds awarded to the state. Under current provisions, the governor of the state has the authority to disperse the funds without legislative approval. However, if fully approved, Senate Joint Resolution 84 would give the appropriating authority to a joint committee of the Legislature to give its approval first. According to Senator Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), who introduced the potential constitutional amendment, the move is centered around leveling the balance of the branches of government. “Long ago, the legislature abandoned its responsibility to help decide where federal funding is spent. It’s time to restore the accountability that the legislative process brings. Neither of these proposals is about who is currently the governor, they’re about ensuring Wisconsin thrives long into the future by locking in fiscal responsibility and accountability today,” said Sen. Kooyenga. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Tony Evers used the current system to direct billions of federal coronavirus relief funds to different areas—some...
    President Joe Biden’s approval index now surpasses former President Donald Trump’s worst recorded rating, Rasmussen Reports reported on Wednesday. Biden’s approval index, which reflects those who strongly approve minus those who strongly disapprove, is now -33. For months, his approval index has been worsening. Two days after he took office, January 22, 2021, his approval index stood at -2, as 38 strongly disapproved and 36 percent strongly approved. Over the summer, however, the gap became larger, with his approval index falling from -7 on July 20 to -29 on October 20. Notably, this is far beyond Trump’s worse approval index, -26, according to Rasmussen Reports: Biden approval index (strongly approve minus strongly disapprove) is now -33. Trumps worst was -26.https://t.co/wwvzTAjRmP@POTUS Sponsored by @MattPalumbo12and "The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros"https://t.co/ne40TaF1W1 pic.twitter.com/lZv8Nl9xOo — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) January 26, 2022 According to the most recent January 26, 2022, data, 39 percent of likely voters approve of Biden’s job performance compared to 60 percent who disapprove. Of those, 17 percent “strongly” approve and 50 percent “strongly” disapprove, resulting in Biden’s -33 approval index, which...
    Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaGallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration The Armageddon elections to come MORE (D) is seen more favorably by Republicans in her home state than by members of her own party as she emerges as a crucial obstacle to Senate Democrats’ push to overhaul voting rights by eliminating the filibuster. New polling from OH Predictive Insights, a Phoenix-based nonpartisan pollster, finds 44 percent of Arizona Republican voters say they see Sinema favorably, compared with just 42 percent of Arizona’s Democratic voters. By contrast, nearly three in four Democrats — 74 percent — say they view Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden's public moment of frustration Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Democrats torn over pushing stolen-election narrative MORE (D) favorably, the poll found. At the same time, only 21 percent of Republican voters view Kelly, who is up for re-election later this year, in...
    The superintendent of a Denver-area school district said the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to students at a local high school without parental permission shown in viral videos was not sanctioned by the district or the high school. Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert said the blame for the protocols at an after-school vaccination clinic at Heritage High School lay with the Tri-County Health Department and that the district would no longer hold such clinics. “We incorrectly assumed that all vaccination clinics in Colorado followed the same vaccination protocol as Children’s Hospital, requiring a parent to be present during a vaccination,” Ewert wrote in a letter to parents. “We were informed this morning by Tri-County Health that the State of Colorado does not require minors to be accompanied by a parent or guardian as long as parental consent is collected and shared prior to the appointment through the vaccine provider’s online scheduling system,” he continued. PROPOSED SOUTH CAROLINA LAW WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO REQUEST A PERSON’S VACCINE STATUS The clinic, while hosted by the Tri-County...
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the United States’ unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in December 2021. Ordinarily, low unemployment figures result in high approval ratings for presidents, but President Joe Biden continues to suffer from weak approval ratings — including 33% approval in a Quinnipiac poll released during the first half of January and 43% approval in an Associated Press poll released later in the month. Liberal economist Paul Krugman explains this contradiction in his January 25 column for the New York Times. In 2022, Krugman writes, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy, from “stellar job growth” to low unemployment. But the perception among many Americans, according to Krugman, is that the economy is doing badly. “Real wages rose last year,” Krugman explains. “On a two-year basis, they’re probably down, but not by a lot. At the same time, we’ve had stellar job growth — and as I said, the combination of modestly declining real wages with a strong job market has actually been a winner for past presidents. This time,...
    The whole point of last Wednesday’s press conference was to reset His Fraudulency Joe Biden’s failed presidency. At the very least, the White House had hoped the presser would stop his polling slide and change the conversation. Instead, six days later, polling shows Biden only made things worse. On the day of the presser — Wednesday, January 19 — the RealClearPolitics poll of polls showed Biden’s average job approval rating at 40.9 percent. His average disapproval rating was 53.3 percent. That put him underwater by 12.4 points. Today — Tuesday, January 25 — the RealClearPolitics poll of polls shows Biden’s average job approval rating at 40.8 percent. His average disapproval rating is 55.2 percent. That puts him underwater by 14.4 points. In other words, Slow Joe’s approval rating has gone two full points in the wrong direction since that disastrous press conference. Usually, two points would not be that big of a deal. But that press conference was supposed to be a Big Deal, a game-changer, a reset, a do-over, an opportunity for Biden to show the public he is...
    President BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE's approval rating dropped to 41 percent in the latest Pew Research Center survey as the president hemorrhages support with key voting groups. The Pew survey, published Tuesday, found Biden's approval rating was down from 44 percent in September and significantly lower than the 59 percent approval rating he had in April. "Biden’s job approval numbers have declined across most demographic groups since September," the survey found. The Pew survey found Biden's approval had dropped by 7 percentage points among Democrats and Democratic leaners since September. Among Black adults, a key demographic that helped propel Biden to the Democratic presidential nomination and the White House, 60 percent approve of Biden's job performance, down from 67 percent in September, the poll found. Biden's approval among Hispanic and Asian adults remained largely unchanged from the September Pew survey. The poll also showed tough...
    President Joe Biden saw his approval rating plummet to the lowest number recorded by Harvard CAPS/Harris since it began tracking the number in March 2021 President Joe Biden's approval rating hit another grim record on Tuesday with a new poll placing him with just 39 percent of voters' support. Meanwhile a separate survey suggests the president has lost the faith of Americans who largely think he does not care about them and is a weak leader, both dire outcomes just a year after he took office.   Biden's job approval plummeted six points from November, according to a January Harvard CAPS/Harris survey obtained by The Hill. The 39 percentage points are the lowest he's scored in Harvard's poll since it first began collecting the data in March. His disapproval rating has climbed to 53 percent, up two points from the previous poll.  Of those who approve of Biden's job in office, less than half say they 'strongly' support the president while most only 'somewhat' back him. 'This is a new low for President Biden as he struggles to solve a myriad...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has approved its first company to take bets on competitive video games, a fast-growing activity known as esports that is popular with young people around the world, officials said Monday. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement granted approval to Esports Entertainment Group to accept bets on esports games. It will be affiliated with Bally’s Atlantic City’s casino license but will only take bets on esports. READ MORE: Hyram Hill, Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting In North Philly, Sources SayThe company will launch its VIE.gg betting platform following a five-day “soft play” period which will begin Tuesday afternoon. It is based in London and has offices in Hoboken, New Jersey, and in Malta. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be the first esports-dedicated operator to be granted the right to commence business in New Jersey,” said Grant Johnson, the company’s CEO. “We are thrilled to be playing such an important role in this fast-growing market with the launch of our first esports wagering offering in the United States.” READ...
    (CNN)For a brief moment in early 2021, not everyone hated Congress, with more than 1 in 3 Americans in Gallup polling saying they actually approved of the job the House and Senate were doing. It was the briefest of honeymoons, however. Less than a year later, new Gallup numbers show that just 18% of people approve of the job Congress is doing, the lowest that number has been since Joe Biden became President. Here's why that's worrisome for Democrats: Read More 1) Everyone knows -- or will know by Election Day 2022 -- that Democrats are in control of the House and Senate (not to mention the White House). 2) Democrats have gone from thrilled at how Congress was doing (61% approval in January 2021) to decidedly "meh" (26% approval) in the space of the last year. Wrote Gallup's Megan Brenan:"Democrats' approval of Congress fell as infighting among Democratic legislators held up passage of Biden's climate change and social spending bill. With Biden's legislative agenda still stalled, Democrats' latest 26% approval of the legislative branch is the lowest it has...
    President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE’s approval rating hit a new low in the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll as the White House faces crises on multiple fronts. Biden’s approval rating fell to 39 percent in the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, which was released exclusively to The Hill. Of that, 18 percent of registered voters said they strongly approve of the job he’s doing, while 21 percent say they somewhat approve. Meanwhile, 53 percent said they somewhat or strongly disapprove of his job performance.  That number is six points down from his approval rating in November when he was at 45 percent, while his disapproval rating ticked up from 51 percent two months ago. His 39 percent approval rating is the lowest since the poll first started gauging it in March. The polling comes as the White House struggles on several domestic and foreign issues. Inflation is causing economic concern nationwide, reaching the highest level in decades, in part fueled by...
    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis received court approval Monday for a special purpose grand jury to assist in a case involving former President Donald Trump. A group of judges on Fulton County's Superior Court approved her request and will authorize a special grand jury starting in May for her investigation into whether Trump or his allies broke state laws in the aftermath of the 2020 election. FULTON COUNTY DA REQUEST SPECIAL GRAND JURY IN TRUMP CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION "The special purpose grand jury shall be authorized to investigate any and all facts and circumstances relating directly or indirectly to alleged violations of the laws of the State of Georgia as set forth in the request of the District Attorney," Chief Judge Christopher Brasher said in a letter obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Willis wrote a letter to the court last Thursday requesting a special grand jury be impaneled to compel witness testimony because key witnesses refused to cooperate with her investigation. She cited Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as an example of a witness who...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) thinks he has done 'a really good job.' Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) insisted Sunday that his low approval ratings are not at all his fault and that he is "not a polarizing figure." Johnson made the comments during an interview with journalist Adrienne Pedersen on Milwaukee television station WISN, just two weeks after announcing he would break his promise to limit himself to two terms and seek reelection in November. Asked how "someone who's become a very polarizing figure in politics" with a 35% approval rating will win over enough moderate voters to prevail in a general election, Johnson answered, "First of all, I'm not a polarizing figure. It's just that people in the legacy media call me one and all of a sudden, you become one. I'm not a polarizing figure at all. I'm just trying to convey the truth. I've done a really good job as Wisconsin's United States senator." Johnson then blamed the media for his unpopularity. "It's not surprising that, having withstood a...
    President Joe Biden has a net approval rating in the negatives one year into his presidency, an RMG Research/Scott Rasmussen survey released Monday found.  The latest results show 52 percent disapproving of Biden’s job performance compared to 42 percent who approve, resulting in a net negative of -10 percent. That is worse than the results seen January 13-15, where 50 percent approved and 44 percent approved, resulting in a net negative of -6 percent.  Of the 52 percent disapproving of Biden’s job performance, 38 percent do so “strongly.” The survey, taken January 18-19, 2022, among 1,200 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.  The survey comes as Biden continues to struggle on a range of promises one year into his presidency. Perhaps most significantly, Biden has failed to crush the Chinese coronavirus, despite making promises to do so. While he also said he would not impose vaccine mandates, he attempted to force them on millions of American workers. However, the Supreme Court this month struck down his attempt through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That...
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    With President Joe Biden’s first year behind him and the approaching midterm elections coming into clearer focus, an NBC News poll offered a dismal outlook for Democrats while suggesting Biden’s lost political identity paves the way for a shellacking in November. NBC’s Chuck Todd discussed the most recent poll numbers on Meet the Press on Sunday, saying that just 5% feel Biden has done better than expected, with 36% believing his tenure in office has gone worse than expected. “[Biden] is no longer seen as competent and effective,” Todd said. “[He is] no longer seen as a good commander in chief, or perhaps most damaging, as easy-going and likable.” Poll numbers also indicated 71% believe the country is on the wrong track, while giving Biden a 43% job approval rating. Todd added that approval of Congress is split between Republicans and Democrats but that, at this point, a four or five-point advantage is likely needed for Democrats to maintain control in Congress. “This is only the third time in our poll’s history, over...
    MSNBC’s Chuck Todd painted a dismal picture of President Joe Biden‘s favorability and Democrats’ odds heading into the midterm elections, based on a recent NBC News poll. The poll found Biden’s overall approval rating sat at 43% — similar to what the same poll found in October. However, the January poll showed that Biden’s “standing among key parts of the Democratic base has eroded.” Todd highlighted the results of the poll, noting that Biden’s marathon news conference “was designed to kick off a second year reset of his presidency [and] recapture his political identity, if you will.” “Our new NBC News poll suggests Mr. Biden does need a reset, because he’s lost his identity a bit,” Todd continued. “He’s no longer seen as competent and effective, no longer seen as a good commander-in-chief, or — perhaps most damaging — as easy-going and likable.” Todd displayed some of the more damning figures from the poll, including that only 5% of those surveyed said Biden was doing a better job than expected, while 36% said he was doing worse than expected. He then talked...
    In this article JBSS-BR BYND VIDEO2:0102:01Lab-grown meats could be coming to a grocer near youThe News with Shepard SmithJosh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of cultivated meat start-up Eat Just, has a vision: He imagines a day when meat grown in a lab is available everywhere from Michelin-star restaurants to street vendors and fast food chains. But more investment — and regulatory approvals — will be needed to get there. Cultivated or cultured meats are real animal products made in labs and commercial production facilities. Right now, the process is costly, but researchers and entrepreneurs say over time manufacturing will become more efficient and less expensive. If consumers switch to cultivated meat, it could help reduce greenhouse gases from agriculture and ease climate change. "This isn't inevitable," Tetrick said in an interview. "This could take 300 years or it could take 30 years. It's up to companies like ours to do the real work of building the engineering capabilities ... and communicate directly with consumers about what it is and isn't, and how it can benefit their lives." Investors have...
    President Joe Biden praised his 'partner' Vice President Kamala Harris for 'aways having my back' during a Democratic National Committee grassroots event Friday, telling her 'I love you' as critics continue to slam their first year in office. 'Hi, Kamala. I love you,' Biden said during his opening remarks. 'You always have my back. You're really amazing. You're the best partner I could imagine.'  Smiling, Harris replied: 'I do.' The president's applause for Harris comes after he told reporters Wednesday he thought she 'was doing a good job' and would certainly be his running mate in 2024. Despite Biden's confidence, the pair ended their first year in office with historically low approval in three separate polls tracking this job ratings released on the one-year anniversary of inauguration.  President Joe Biden (right) praised his 'partner' Vice President Kamala Harris (left) for 'aways having my back' during a Democratic National Committee grassroots event Friday. He told Harris: 'I love you. You're really amazing. You're the best partner I could imagine' Biden, during Friday's speech, thanked his party for their support alleging it contributed to...
    The congressional approval sinks to 18 percent as Democrats in the House and Senate are fighting to keep their slim majority during the midterms, which are less than a year away, according to a Gallup poll. The 18 percent approval comes about one year after the poll gave the Democrat-controlled chambers the highest approval in 12 years, peaking at 36 percent in March 2021. However, the latest five-point decline from the congressional approval could primarily be attributed to the sizeable ten-point decline from the Democrat respondents, who are now at 26 percent. In comparison, independent respondents also showed a sharp five-point decrease and are now at 17 percent. The Republican respondents have shown constant disapproval with the Democrat-controlled chambers and are at a nine percent approval, slightly up from the seven percent they were previously at. Gallup noted that when there is typically one-party control, the approval of Congress is usually higher, which was the case last year. Approval remained high after the American Rescue Plan coronavirus relief bill was passed and signed into law. Since then, the Democrat-controlled Congress failed to get President...
    The majority of respondents disapprove of how President Joe Biden has handled his job as president and his handling of the coronavirus and the economy after being in office for one year, according to a poll. The NBC poll found that after one year of being in office, only 43 percent approve of Biden’s job performance as president, while a majority (54 percent) disapprove, and only three percent said they were unsure. Biden’s job approval numbers are barely better than the NBC poll taken last October, which showed Biden with a 42 percent job approval and a majority (54 percent) disapproval. The poll also saw four percent say they were unsure. The poll found that Biden hit his lowest approval so far on the way he has handed the coronavirus and the ravaged economy after being in office for one year. Only 44 percent of respondents said they approve of how Biden has handled the coronavirus pandemic, while a majority (53 percent) said they disapproved. Only three percent said they had no opinion or were not sure. U.S. President Joe Biden removes...
    A bill was introduced Thursday to the California Senate that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated for diseases like COVID-19 without a parent’s approval. SB 866, introduced by State Senators Scott Wiener and Richard Pan, stipulates certain criteria for the vaccines that minors would be able to receive without parental consent. An eligible vaccine must be “approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration” and meet “the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACIP).” The vaccines could only lawfully be distributed by authorized vaccine providers holding state licenses. “This is about empowering teenagers to make decisions on their own health and their own safety,” said Wiener of the bill, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Almost a million California teenagers are unvaccinated, and for a lot of those teens it’s because their parents either refuse to get them vaccinated or they have not yet gotten around to it.” The introduction to the bill justifies a lack of parental involvement by naming other circumstances in...
    The early polling after His Fraudulency Joe Biden’s disastrous press conference sees the enfeebled president hitting two record lows in the RealClearPolitics poll of polls. For the first time in his failed presidency, Biden’s average approval rating has sunk to a dismal 40.5 percent. Additionally, for the first time in his failed presidency, Biden’s average disapproval rating has hit an all-time high of 55.3 percent. His Fraudulency is now upside-down by a whopping 14.8 points. While we will know more about the post-press conference polling after the weekend, it is no surprise to see the numbers headed in this direction directly after that shambolic Wednesday afternoon White House press conference. The bizarre and terrifying sight of watching the President of the United States essentially give Russia the green light to invade Ukraine was just beyond the beyond. Never in the history of our country has something like that happened. Yes, the White House tried to clean the mess up the following day, but the damage was done, and Vladimir Putin must be thrilled. What’s more, you had the White House...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — As Joseph Sanchez watched his 15-months-old son go down a slide at a Willow Glenn neighborhood playground, he tries not to think of the constant danger the youngster faces from the coronavirus. Children under the age of 5-years-old make up about 6% of the population in the United States, about 20 million people, and are the last group not eligible for a COVID vaccination. READ MORE: Vigil Set for Saturday in Santa Rosa to Bring Attention to Search for Missing Mom Now, top health experts say approval for vaccines for kids age 6 months to 4 years could be coming as soon as next month. “It’s been kind of a juggle but we’ve been able to manage,” said Sanchez of keeping his son safe. Pfizer is currently compiling data in their vaccine trials for children under the age of 5 and could ask the FDA for approval at the end of next month. Dr. Anthony Fauci made the announcement during an interview Wednesday. READ MORE: Warriors, Chase Center to Require Fans Show Proof...
    SANTA CRUZ – Pathogenomix, a Santa Cruz-based infection diagnostic and sequencing company, received a Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its most recent pathogen sequencing procedure. Nearly 3,000 devices receive approval from the FDA each year, according to Pathogenomix Chairman Chris Risley, but only 75 receive a Breakthrough Device Designation. Patho-Seq, short for pathogen sequence, is Pathogenomix’s new development to identify infections in hospitalized patients more effectively. The recent designation by the FDA gets it on the fast track to full approval, a process which normally takes years, but is now set back by the effects of COVID outbreaks, according to Risley. “Right now, the FDA is so overwhelmed with COVID tests and everything to do with COVID, they are very slow in processing any other kinds of applications. I think we can all sympathize with that,” he said. “A Breakthrough Device Designation says you’ve got a shortcut, but tis still a very slow path right now. This puts us on an accelerated pathway to the FDA.” Risley likened the Breakthrough Device Designation to a...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's administration turned 1 year old on Thursday. He entered the White House by beating a historically unpopular president in Donald Trump. And while Biden started with a lot of promise in public polling data, the results now are anything but good. The President finds himself in a popularity hole as he begins year two of his presidency, and his party is likely to suffer in the midterm elections if things do not turn around. Start out by just looking at his overall job approval ratings. Biden has an approval rating of only about 41% and a disapproval rating of 54% in an average of polls. This makes for a net approval rating of -13 points. Biden's poor ratings are quite a turnaround from where he was earlier. In the middle of September, his net approval rating was -3 points. Biden stood at +11 points in the middle of May. His first net approval rating of his presidency was +19 points. No elected president in the polling era besides Trump has ever had a negative net approval at...
    (CNN)Here's an apparently unpopular opinion: Joe Biden is not failing or flailing. His presidency is not in peril. It's hard to see this through the blizzard of over-the-top headlines such as, "Biden Can Still Rescue His Presidency," "How the Biden Administration Lost Its Way" and "Biden's Epic Failures." Kirsten Powers Everyone needs to take a breath: It's been one year. These headlines could just as easily read, "Joe Biden Fails to Fix Every Problem in the World in 365 days."Read More What drives much of the "presidency in peril" coverage is Biden's approval ratings. CNN's poll of polls, released Thursday, found that 41% of Americans approve of the way Joe Biden is handling his job while 54% disapprove. Low approval ratings are used as a proxy by various political and ideological factions to argue that the president needs to do more of what they want and if he doesn't, he won't get reelected. (Spoiler alert: nobody will cast their vote in three years based on how they feel today about Biden). Progressives argue ratings are low because Biden is...
    A recent poll from the Trafalgar Group showed low job approval numbers for President Joe Biden as he approached the one-year mark of being in office. The Trafalgar Group poll showed that only 38.7 percent approve of Biden’s handling of his job as president, while a majority (59.2 percent) disapprove of his job as president. The poll showed that 2.1 percent of the respondents had no opinion. Broken down into subcategories, about half of the total respondents (49.9 percent) said they “strongly disapprove” of Biden’s job as president, while 9.3 percent said they just disapprove. By party, the poll found that only 10.1 percent of Republicans approve and 88.3 percent disapprove, while 71.7 percent of Democrats approve and 25.6 percent disapprove. Biden only garnered 30.8 approval with unaffiliated voters, while a majority (67.7 percent) disapproved. The poll was conducted between January 12 and 15. The survey questions were asked to 1,083 likely general election voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percent. The poll also showed a confidence rate of 95 percent. #BidenApproval @trafalgar_group #Poll (Conducted 1/12-15) shows more downward movement: 38.7% Approve59.2% Disapprove...
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany didn't pull any punches when describing President Joe Biden's Wednesday press conference. McEnany joined co-hosts on Fox News's Outnumbered on Thursday to discuss the press conference, which reflected on Biden's accomplishments during his first year in office. “I thought that was the most delusional press conference I have ever seen,” McEnany said. “He said he overperformed and that the American people give him a 33% approval rating in Quinnipiac.” TWITTER ERUPTS OVER PICTURE OF FAUCI'S HOME COVERED IN FAUCI PARAPHERNALIA McEnany proceeded to challenge Biden in several areas where he claimed success, including the economy and Afghanistan. “He begins by touting the economy, where the American people give them an approval rating of anywhere between 36% and 40%. He said he did not make a mistake in Afghanistan, but the American people say, 'Nope, 31% approval, President Biden,'" McEnany continued. The former press secretary went on to say that by the end of the press conference, she was "genuinely scared for the future of our...
    The New York Times suggests President Biden should take a note out of his predecessor’s playbook and loosen up on coronavirus restrictions to appeal to voters, based on a new focus group. The study made up of 14 independent voters revealed that most participants don’t obsess over COVID-19 and back the president eradicating some mandates. Opinion editor Patrick Healy summarized that emulating former President Trump’s approach to the pandemic could do Biden’s polling some good. "How do independent voters feel about President Biden and America after his first year in office?" he asked. "Let’s put it this way: His weak approval ratings might go up if he pulled a Trump and just declared that America was moving on from the pandemic and he was going all in against inflation and high gas prices. Never mind about voting rights or avoiding another Jan. 6. It’s the economy, Joe." NY TIMES COLUMNIST PITCHES REVISIONS TO ‘RESCUE’ BIDEN ADMINISTRATION: ‘AMERICAN NEEDS, NOT LIBERAL WISHES’ Even though all 14 independents hold various political perspectives – four said they’d vote for Biden in 2024, four...
    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are ending their first year in office with historically low approval in three separate polls tracking this job ratings released on the one-year anniversary of inauguration. Harris brushed off their 44 per cent approval and 56 per cent disapproval in a CBS News poll released Thursday as just a cyclical process that will continue to wax and wane. An NBC News poll also released Thursday shows Biden overall approval rating among adults at 43 per cent and disapproval at 54 per cent. A third poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows the president at 56 per cent disapproval and to 43 per cent approval. It also reveals that only 28 per cent of Amerians – and 48 per cent of Democrat respondents – want Biden to run for reelection in 2024 The latter two polls only include the president's approval and not the vice president. The CBS survey, however, indicates that people tend to approve or disapprove of Harris and Biden in tandem. President Joe Biden and Vice...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli officials are denying parts of a report that says they used NSO hacking software Pegasus to spy on civilians -- including leaders of protest movements -- without the required legal permissions.In an article published on Tuesday, business website Calcalist alleged that the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware was used by Israeli police to spy on civilians -- including politicians and leaders of protest movements -- without the required legal permissions.The website did not cite any sources or documents, though the report elicited wide reaction from the government and lawmakers. Israel's Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev denied that surveillance was done without permission on Tuesday, writing in a tweet, "Once investigated, there is no practice of wiretapping, or intrusion into devices, by the Israel Police without the approval of a judge." Bar-Lev added that he will further investigate and make sure no one is "cutting corners" with regard to the use of NSO Group's software.Read MoreCalcalist, which is part of the same media organization as Israel's leading Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, reported on Tuesday Israeli police have used the Pegasus...
    A one year anniversary in a new job is usually a cause for celebration. Not for President Joe Biden. He ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans underwhelmed by his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic, roaring inflation, a stalled legislative agenda, and supply chain bottlenecks. Poll results released Thursday from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research held the grim news of a collapse in public confidence for Biden and his team. More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, 56 percent to 43 percent, the results show. As of now, just 28 percent of Americans say they want Biden to run for re-election in 2024, including only 48 percent of Democrats. Asked on Wednesday at a rare news conference about his flagging popularity, Biden responded, “I don’t believe the polls,” which on the evidence is probably reassuring for his own ego but is unlikely to ease fears within his administration he is on the right track. U.S. President Joe...
    A grand prize of $5,000 is on the line this weekend in the FOX Bet Super 6 "Quiz Show," a weekly contest that features six multiple-choice questions. All contestants have to do each week is try to correctly answer six multiple-choice questions on topics ranging from sports, weather, entertainment, and politics for a shot at the grand prize. The FOX Bet Super 6 app is free to download and the contests are free to enter. PLAY THE FOX BET SUPER 6 QUIZ SHOW This week's "Quiz Show" will put fans of the pigskin to the test. With the NFL playoffs underway and only eight remaining teams with skin in the game left, players can expect questions about this week's Divisional Round matchups including Cincinnati vs. Tennessee, San Francisco vs. Green Bay, Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay, and Buffalo vs. Kansas City. So if you think you won't fumble the answer, play the FOX Bet Super 6 Quiz Show! If you fear you might not score, don't fret: other questions involving fast-food chain stocks, music, and even President Biden's approval rating might be more your game —...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE’s approval rating has hit a new low in the latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, a sign that most Americans disapprove of the way Biden is handling his job as president one year into his term. Forty-three percent of respondents said they somewhat or strongly approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, compared to 56 percent who said they somewhat or strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance. The poll, conducted between Jan. 13 and Jan. 18, reflects the president’s lowest approval rating since he entered office as recorded by the AP and NORC. Biden entered office with a 61 percent approval rating last January, which fell to 48 percent by October and December. Now, that number is slipping even further. The new numbers come after a difficult few months for Biden, who faced a host of difficulties in the second half of his first term: a surge...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE's job approval rating sits at 43 percent according to an NBC News poll released on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, with his handling of various issues receiving lower ratings. This approval rating for January is roughly the same rating he received when NBC conducted the poll in October, with the disapproval rating remaining the same as well. When it comes to Biden's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, 44 percent of U.S. adults said they approved of Biden while 53 percent disapproved. Biden's worst rating was on the economy, with 60 percent saying they disapproved of his job in this area and 38 percent saying they approved. Over the course of the past year, Biden has effectively seen his approval rating drop by 10 percent in the NBC News poll. "This poll would have to be described as bleak, discouraging and truly terrible," Bill McInturff, Republican polling partner at Public Opinion Strategies, said. "A year into his presidency, Joe Biden's...
    Laura Ingraham blasted the incompetence and stupidity she believed was exhibited by the Biden administration after the president's extended press conference Wednesday.  "When we heard that Biden was actually going to conduct a press conference today, well we expected some level of maybe a little bit of introspection and awareness, but instead we got this," she said on "Ingraham Angle." President Biden answers questions during a news conference on Jan. 19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) During the presser, Biden appeared to take a combative tone with reporters as he struggled to defend the administration's woes, including the dwindling approval numbers.  "New polling today shows just how far in one year … Biden's presidency has sunk in the eyes of the public," Ingraham said.  "A survey conducted by the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion has Biden at an abysmal 36% approval rating in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. And things are just as dismal in the new Gallup numbers, too. Biden's at his lowest point of his presidency with Gallup, only 40% approve, 56% disapprove," Ingraham said.  BIDEN REVEALED...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans for the first time disapproving of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and roaring inflation, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, 56% to 43%. As of now, just 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for re-election in 2024, including only 48% of Democrats. Asked on Wednesday at a wide-ranging news conference about his flagging popularity, Biden responded, “I don’t believe the polls.” It’s a stark reversal from early in Biden’s presidency. In July, 59% of Americans said they approved of Biden’s job performance in an AP-NORC poll. His approval rating dipped to 50% by late September in the aftermath of the chaotic and bloody U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid surging coronavirus infections and the administration’s fitful efforts to push economic, infrastructure and tax policies through...
    (CNN)If you were expecting President Joe Biden to announce a major relaunch of his presidency during the press conference Wednesday marking his first year in office, you heard something quite different. His approval ratings have fallen, but Biden is not acting like a president who thinks he got very much wrong. Instead, he acknowledged the country faces difficulties, but vigorously defended how he handled them. Frida Ghitis"It's been a year of challenges," he declared at the outset, "but also been a year of enormous progress."Biden took questions for well over an hour in what was essentially two separate press conferences. The audience for the first was the American public. The second one was directed at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who undoubtedly paid close attention to everything America's commander-in-chief -- the unofficial head of NATO -- had to say about the growing tensions with the Kremlin over what Washington says is an impending Russian assault on its neighbor Ukraine. More on that in a moment.On the domestic side, Biden acknowledged all is not well. "I know there's a lot of frustration...
    President Joe Biden shrugged off polls showing voters believed he was not mentally fit, during a press conference at the White House on Wednesday. One reporter asked Biden why only 40 percent of voters in a new Morning Consult survey believe Biden is mentally fit, 37 percent say he is in good health, and 43 percent believe he is stable. “I have no idea,” Biden replied. The president appeared aware of recent polling showing his approval ratings at record lows but expressed disbelief that his approval was low even among independents. “I don’t believe the polls,” he said shortly. Biden appeared to relish the length of his 112-minute press conference, telling reporters he was considering staying for as long as three hours. “I can still stand. It’s amazing,” he said wryly when reporters thanked him for taking their questions. “I can do pushups.” But his answers to questions from reporters grew longer and more meandering as the press conference continued. Biden indicated he would shift his communications strategy in the coming months, and get out of the White House to...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn't believe the public opinion polls indicating his waning approval rating among moderates and Independents. Asked by McClatchy White House correspondent Francesca Chambers how he plans to win back moderates and independents who voted for him in 2020 but, according to polls, are now unhappy with his job performance, Biden responded “I don’t believe the polls." Biden’s approval rating among Independents has decreased since he took office in January 2021, falling from 61 percent when he entered office to 33 percent earlier this month, according to Gallup. The drop may be due to the host of difficulties Biden has faced during his first year in office, including rising COVID-19 cases, elevated inflation and the military's messy withdrawal from Afghanistan this summer. He ended his first year with an average approval rating of 48.9 percent, according to Gallup, which was less than many other presidents but higher than his immediate...
    Only 34 percent of respondents approved of President Joe Biden’s job performance, hitting a new low after roughly one year of being in office, according to the CIVIQS rolling job approval average. Biden also received a high (56 percent) disapproval from the poll, with ten percent of the respondents saying they have no opinion. The poll also showed Biden with a record-low net approval of negative 22. This comes after the president has been in office for nearly a year and has dealt with consequences from poor decision-making during his presidency, such as a supply chain crisis, record-high inflation, and the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. Biden had the lowest job approval among the 18- to 34-year-old age group, as 26 percent approcve and 58 percent disapprove, while 16 percent said they have no opinion. The 65-plus-year-olds gave Biden the highest approval at 41 and 54 percent disapproval, and five percent said they have no opinion. The president was underwater with women and men as well. Men only showed 30 percent approval with 63 percent disapproving and seven percent having no opinion, while women only showed 38 percent...
    WASHINGTON (CNN)As the first year of Joe Biden's presidency comes to a close, 41% of Americans approve of the way he's handling his job while 54% disapprove, according to the latest CNN Poll of Polls. Biden's approval ratings in year one declined precipitously over the summer, and held roughly steady in the mid- to low-40s through much of the fall. Some recent polling suggests they may be on the decline again, but there have been relatively few polls since the turn of the new year, making it difficult to determine the trend with any certainty. His current average approval rating is one point below his prior worst reading. These numbers at the one-year mark of his presidency mean views of Biden are some of the worst for a newly elected president since pollsters began tracking approval ratings. Compared to previous presidents included in CNN or Gallup polling, Biden ranks next to last, with only his immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, ranking lower (40% approved of him in a CNN poll in January 2018). Still, the two other presidents whose end-of-first-year ratings...
    President Joe Biden continues suffering record-low approval ratings as he marks one year as president. Only 40 percent of voters approve of Biden’s job performance, according to the most recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, a record low for the survey. Fifty-six percent disapprove of his job performance. Biden faces a 59 percent disapproval among Independents, who were essential in tipping the 2020 presidential election in his favor. The poll was conducted Jan. 15-16, 2022, among a representative sample of 2,005 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points. Only 40 percent of voters in the survey believe Biden is mentally fit, 37 percent say he is in good health, and 43 percent say he is stable. Biden took office with a 59 percent approval rating in January 2021 and briefly crested with a 62 percent approval rating in March before slowly declining. Many Democrats are concerned Biden’s sinking polling numbers “will lead to a thrashing at the ballot box.” https://t.co/SMjvRHtDOg — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 6, 2021 The president’s approval ratings sank below 50...
    His Frauduelency Joe Biden’s job approval rating crashed to a record low Wednesday in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) poll of polls. For the first time, and on the one-year anniversary of his failed presidency, Biden’s average approval rating dipped below 41 percent. He now sits at just 40.9 percent. Biden’s average disapproval rating is now well over 50 percent, at 53.3 percent, which means he is 12.4 points underwater. Both Gallup and the far-left Politico released polls today that put Biden’s approval and 40 percent and his disapproval at 56 percent. Civiqs polling has him at just 34 percent. In the Gallup poll, going all the way back to John F. Kennedy 60 years ago, Biden has the lowest year-end approval rating of any president except for former President Trump. The thing you have to remember about Trump, though, is that his low approval rating was based on two things that have nothing to do with the state of the country: his abrasive style and the corporate media and FBI teaming up to frame him as a Russian spy. U.S. President Joe...