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Delta variant is so transmissible ‘the war has changed,’ U.S. CDC warns

Jul 30 2021 — The Delta coronavirus variant surging across the United States appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal document from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The document — a slide presentation — outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant […]

Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’

Jul 30 2021 — — President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec. 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump went to try […]

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as virus cases hit record highs

Jul 29 2021 — Mari Yamaguchi — TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third-straight day with the Olympics well underway. Tokyo reported 3,865 new cases Thursday, up from 3,177 on Wednesday and double the numbers a week ago. “We have never experienced the expansion of the infections of this magnitude,” Chief […]

Spain to extend COVID-19 aid to most vulnerable until Oct 31

Jul 29 2021 — AP — MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Thursday announced that existing measures to protect the most vulnerable from the pandemic’s economic fallout will be prolonged until the end of October. Spain, one of the country’s that was hardest hit at the beginning of the health emergency, has extended subsidies for the unemployed and furloughs for […]

Pfizer claims 3rd dose ‘strongly’ boosts protection against Delta variant

Jul 28 2021 — A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can “strongly” boost protection against the Delta variant — beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday. The data posted online, which are expected to be discussed in a company earnings call on Wednesday morning, suggest that antibody […]

White House considering vaccine mandate for federal workers

Jul 27 2021 — Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is strongly considering requiring federal employees to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or otherwise submit to regular testing and wear a mask — a potentially major shift in policy that reflects growing concerns about the spread of the more infectious delta variant. The possible vaccine mandate […]

Capitol police testimony blunts GOP’s law-and-order message

Jul 27 2021 — — The Republican Party’s self-portrayal as champions of law and order collided with searing testimony Tuesday from police officers themselves. Officers described in vivid, personal terms the terror of defending the U.S. Capitol from violent Trump-inspired insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Will it matter in next year’s elections? Heading into the 2022 midterms, the GOP is seeking […]

Racism of rioters takes center stage in Jan. 6 hearing

Jul 27 2021 — — It had only been hinted at in previous public examinations of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection: Scores of rioters attacked police officers not just with makeshift weapons, stun guns and fists, but with racist slurs and accusations of treason. Four officers, two from the U.S. Capitol Police and two from the D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, […]

First person tried under Hong Kong security law found guilty

Jul 27 2021 — — The first person to be tried under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law was found guilty of secessionism and terrorism on Tuesday in a ruling closely watched for indications of how the law will be applied as China tightens its grip on the city long known for its freedoms. Tong Ying-kit was charged with inciting […]

At first Jan. 6 hearing, police to detail violence, injuries

Jul 27 2021 — — Democrats are launching their investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection Tuesday with a focus on the law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as the rioters broke into the building — an effort to put a human face on the violence of the day. The police officers who are scheduled to testify endured […]

Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin

Jul 27 2021 — — Japan’s capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there was no need to consider a suspension of the Games. Tokyo reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding its earlier record of 2,520 daily cases […]

Wisconsin Republican promises forensic election audit

Jul 26 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican head of the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee said Monday she will ensure there is a “comprehensive, forensic examination” of ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election at the same time the state's nonpartisan audit bureau conducts a review. The broadened investigation comes amid pressure from former President Donald Trump […]