President Joe Biden focused his wide-ranging joint session address Wednesday night on expanding jobs and opportunities for American families. The annual message featured several differences from past years due to the coronavirus pandemic, with just 200 members of Congress attending, no designated survivor named, and took place 99 days after Biden’s inauguration. It was also the first time two females sat behind the president. Biden addressed this during his opening statements, pointing out that “no president has ever said those words” upon introducing Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Biden opened Wednesday’s speech by bringing Americans back to Inauguration Day. He described inheriting “a nation in crisis,” citing the pandemic, an economic crisis and an “attack on our democracy” before continuing on to highlight his plans for the future and what he’s accomplished thus far. “America is on the move again,” Biden declared. “Turning peril … [Read more...] about ‘On The Move Again’ — Biden Focuses Joint Session Address On Jobs And Families
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Travellers reporting a failure to receive expensive COVID testing kits or results from private providers has raised fears that the UK's current system for managing airport arrivals is not fit for purpose. People arriving in the UK, from countries that are not on the "red list", currently have to quarantine for 10 days and pay for PCR COVID tests to be taken on day two and day eight to be allowed to leave self-isolation. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world What will travel to a 'green list' country look like? This is how the new traffic light system will The government has a list of providers travellers can purchase the tests from, with companies providing a reference number to be able to board the flight and then sending them the tests at home, with results being emailed. The providers self-declare they meet the standards, and there are also a limited number of laboratories that can process the tests, which are also testing for … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Private firms accused of ‘monetising coronavirus’ as foreign travel arrivals report testing woes
“I think it’s time to return gradually to the usual patterns of life - there’s no need to be terrified.” This sentence is from a column published on 11 February 2020 in NoCut News, a daily newspaper run by South Korea's Christian Broadcasting Service (CBS). Even though the sentiment is prefaced with the caveat “although we should take serious preventive actions”, it implies a return to the comfortable normality of "pre-COVID-19" from the unsettling "now". And it is a wish with which many will agree. But according to a recent column by Haim Israel, managing-director of research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, "the coronavirus is not just a temporary crisis; it’s a permanent disruptor . It’s one of those rare events in history that will completely reshape geopolitics, societies and markets .” © AP Photo / Tony Avelar COVID-19: Facebook Unveils $100m for New Journalism Project There have been lots of conspiracy theories around COVID-19, but none of … [Read more...] about Post-COVID: Will Journalists Be Just As Carried Away By Geopolitics And Techno-Nationalism?
The State Department on Sunday denied reports of a prisoner swap deal between the United States and Iran. "Reports that a prisoner swap deal has been reached are not true," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. "As we have said, we always raise the cases of Americans detained or missing in Iran. We will not stop until we are able to reunite them with their families." Iran state television reported Sunday that Iran had agreed to free four American prisoners in exchange for four Iranians being held in the U.S. and the release of billions in frozen Iranian dollars, according to The Associated Press and Reuters . ADVERTISEMENT White House chief of staff Ron Klain Ron Klain Sunday shows preview: Biden hits the road to promote infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Partisan divides widen in Biden's first 100 days The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week MORE also denied … [Read more...] about State Department denies reports of prisoner swap with Iran
You know President Trump Donald Trump How the United States can pass Civics 101 Elon Musk asks Twitter for skit ideas ahead of 'Saturday Night Live' appearance States now flush with cash after depths of pandemic MORE ’s “Big Lie.” Now the right-wing echo chamber is exploding with little lies. First, conservative papers and social media erupted with bogus reports that President Biden Joe Biden Fires, smoke, floods, droughts, storms, heat: America needs a climate resilience strategy Sen. Susan Collins pushes back 28 percent corporate tax rate, saying jobs would be lost Biden economic adviser frames infrastructure plan as necessary investment MORE planned to ban Americans from eating hamburgers. Second, came the lie that a picture book authored by Vice President Harris was being handed to immigrant children at the border. ADVERTISEMENT And then Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed outrage about a highly dubious claim that John … [Read more...] about Juan Williams: GOP turns lies into laws