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Boston Mayor compared vaccine policy to slavery-era freedom papers and birtherism

Boston Mayor compared vaccine policy to slavery-era freedom papers and birtherism

After New York City announced people will need proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter some indoor facilities, acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey likened the rule to the slavery-era freedom papers. “There’s a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers,” Janey told CNN affiliate WCVB on Tuesday when asked by reporters…MORE

Simone Biles thanks Japanese gym where she secretly trained to regain her Olympic form

Simone Biles thanks Japanese gym where she secretly trained to regain her Olympic form

Simone Biles has tweeted thanks to a Japanese gym for allowing her to privately train while she attempted to regain her gold medal form after withdrawing during the women’s artistic gymnastics team final at the Summer Olympics. While thanking those at the Juntendo University in a Wednesday tweet, Biles retweeted a story first published in…MORE

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush in national spotlight for her activism to fight eviction
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Freshman Rep. Cori Bush in national spotlight for her activism to fight eviction

Freshman Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has captured national attention for her high-profile activism after she slept on the steps of the US Capitol for several days to protest a lapse in the federal eviction moratorium amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Missouri lawmaker’s actions culminated in a major victory for progressives on Tuesday when the Biden…MORE

US intervenes to protect state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince’s vendetta against former spy
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US intervenes to protect state secrets in Saudi Crown Prince’s vendetta against former spy

The Justice Department has made the extremely rare move of intervening in a court case against a former top Saudi intelligence official who has been targeted by Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince, in order to protect classified intelligence secrets. If the court case is allowed to proceed, the Justice Department said in a motion filed…MORE

Biden administration proposes $750 million arms sale to Taiwan in a move likely to anger Beijing
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Biden administration proposes $750 million arms sale to Taiwan in a move likely to anger Beijing

The Biden administration has informed Congress of a proposed $750 million weapons sale to Taiwan in a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. The administration gave notice about the intended sale on Wednesday, according to a State Department spokesperson, two congressional sources, and a notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The deal…MORE

US planning to expand coronavirus testing, Fauci says
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US planning to expand coronavirus testing, Fauci says

Coronavirus testing in the United States is down from where is has been at previous points in the pandemic. However, health officials are working to get those numbers up again. In a discussion on Tuesday hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci…MORE

White House cyber official says ‘commitment’ by ransomware gang suggests Biden’s warnings are being heard
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White House cyber official says ‘commitment’ by ransomware gang suggests Biden’s warnings are being heard

White House deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger said Wednesday that the Biden administration thinks recent comments by a representative of a ransomware gang linked to the May attack on the Colonial Pipeline could amount to a “commitment” the group would not target critical infrastructure or other sensitive industries. Neuberger suggested the pledge by ransomware…MORE

What the Supreme Court and lower courts have (and have not) said about the eviction moratorium
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What the Supreme Court and lower courts have (and have not) said about the eviction moratorium

In an unusual press conference Tuesday, President Joe Biden suggested that he was playing out the judicial clock by issuing a new, more tailored eviction moratorium, which he believes may ultimately fail in the courts. Already, lawsuits challenging the new eviction moratorium from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected, with eyes turning…MORE

Renters are rejoicing now that eviction ban has been extended. What you need to know
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Renters are rejoicing now that eviction ban has been extended. What you need to know

This weekend, after the almost year-long ban on evictions expired, Ronald Leonard was terrified of being thrown out of his Daytona Beach, Florida, rental home. But then, on Tuesday evening, he heard the eviction moratorium had been extended again. “I’m the happiest guy in the world,” said Leonard. Like millions of other renters at risk…MORE

Students and parents welcome school — with or without masks — in Georgia
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Students and parents welcome school — with or without masks — in Georgia

Schools are back in Barrow County, Georgia, with bulging bookbags, new shoes — and masks optional. In a rain-spattered car pool lane, both parents and students seemed more excited and anxious about the usual first day things — different teachers, new kids and curricula — than about the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m not too nervous about…MORE