Who Are the Unvaccinated in America? There’s No One Answer. – The New York Times

As coronavirus cases rise across the United States, the fight against the pandemic is focused on an estimated 93 million people who are eligible for shots but have chosen not to get them. These are the Americans who are most vulnerable to serious illness from the highly contagious Delta variant and most likely to carry the virus, spreading it further. It turns out, though, that this is not a single set of Americans, but in many ways two. In one group are those who say they are adamant in their…

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‘Vote them out’: Willie Nelson headlines Texas protest rally – Yahoo News

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting,…

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Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases – Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to…

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Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results revealed in latest DOJ release – Vox.com

Former President Trump’s efforts to overturn election results late last year by pressuring Justice Department officials may be worse than initially thought according to newly available documents and a report from the New York Times. In a phone conversation with then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard P. Donoghue and former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Trump suggested that the election should be declared corrupt despite there being no proof of rampant fraud. This new information was made public on Friday when the Committee on Oversight and Reform released Deputy Attorney General…

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Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal | TheHill – The Hill

The Senate is holding an infrequent Saturday session as bipartisan negotiators work to finalize their $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  The by-and-large sleepy session comes as the Senate’s bipartisan gang is hoping to finish and formally unveil the text of its agreement sometime Saturday, after initially predicting it could be ready to go by early afternoon. However, negotiations could slip into Sunday.   ADVERTISEMENT But by midafternoon on Saturday, the Senate group was still working to finalize its agreement, leaving the chamber in limbo. In a potential sign that the text was still hours…

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Gov. Kemp faults Biden for Georgia’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate – Business Insider

Gov. Brian Kemp called out Biden for not working harder to push the FDA to fully approve COVID-19 vaccines. The governor pointed to the vaccine emergency authorization to explain some of the hesitation. Kemp was also critical of the CDC’s new guidance on mask-wearing among vaccinated people. Loading Something is loading. GOP Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia on Thursday attempted to shift blame to President Joe Biden for the state’s low COVID-19 vaccination rate as the highly-infectious Delta variant continues to spread, according to The Associated Press.  While speaking to…

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Both B1G Michigan schools mandating vaccinations – Fox News

University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced on Friday that both schools will require confirmed vaccination status ahead of their Fall academic season. University staff and students present for in-person instruction must provide proof of vaccination. Masks will also be mandated to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel sent the mass memo to anticipated students and personnel on Friday, cautioning that returning Wolverines must either: a.) Submit proof of vaccination (one or two doses) no later than Aug. 30., or b.) Apply…

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Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative – The New York Times

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” [cheering] They came from all 50 states out of some sense of patriotic duty … “It’s so much more than just rallying for President Trump. It’s really rallying for our way of life. The American dream, against fake news.” … to protest an election they believed had been stolen. “Stop the steal! Stop the steal!” “We’re here, patriots. We’re…

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TikTok star Anthony Barajas dies days after movie theater shooting – NBC News

A popular TikTok star died from his injuries days after a man opened fire inside a Southern California movie theater during a screening of “The Forever Purge,” police said Saturday. Anthony Barajas, 19, was the second victim killed in Monday’s shooting. Corona police previously identified the first victim as Rylee Goodrich, 18. Anthony Barajas.Courtesy Jae Martin Authorities said Barajas and Goodrich were at the Regal Edwards Theatre in Corona, about 50 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, for a 9:35 p.m. showing of the action-horror film. Workers cleaning up the…

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