COVID-19

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

BY: and - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House announced Thursday morning. Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses, according to the statement. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral prescription medication that is meant to reduce the severity of […]

Dem Gov. Pritzker: FL’s DeSantis is Trump in a mask and GOP likes white extremism

BY: - July 17, 2022

Illinois’ Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered a blistering speech in Tampa Saturday equating Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with former president Donald Trump and condemning him for doing more to “protect” Floridians from LGBTQ children and immigrants than from white nationalism and gun violence. As keynote speaker at the Florida Democratic Party’s annual leadership conference, […]

New FL survey: Inflation, economy, jobs, gun violence and crime on voters’ minds in November

BY: - July 12, 2022

In a broad look at what Floridians may be thinking when they go to the polls in November, a new statewide public opinion survey shows inflation is the top issue, followed by economy and jobs and gun violence and crime. Abortion ranked 4th among 12 specific policy issues listed in a poll posted Tuesday by […]

DeSantis returns fire at California governor in campaign ad debate over ‘freedom’

BY: - July 8, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed back at California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday over a campaign ad attacking Florida legislation targeting abortion rights, limiting mention of LGBTQ-related materials in schools, and restricting access to voting. “Freedom is under attack in your state,” Newsom says in the ad, which appeared over the Fourth of July weekend. “I […]

DeSantis offers insight into how he approaches politics in Boys State speech

BY: - June 21, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis let delegates to Florida’s Boys State convention in on what he sees as the secret of his success in office: He determined from the first to fully understand the extent and limits of his powers to enact his agenda, he said, and to take no notice of public opinion polls. During an […]

White House says Gov. DeSantis has reversed course, now ordering COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: , and - June 17, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday was still refusing to order COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, for the country’s youngest children. But by Friday, the governor had “reversed course and is now ordering vaccines,” according to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Governor DeSantis to order COVID-19 […]

Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

BY: - June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month. The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers. White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

A more-transmissible BA.2.12.1 omicron variant of COVID soon to be dominant strain in U.S.

BY: - May 18, 2022

A more catchable version of the omicron variant of COVID-19, called BA.2.12.1, is on its way to becoming the new dominant strain of the pandemic, surpassing the current dominant strain called BA.2, according to projections based on samples by federal health officials. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BA.2.12.1 may […]

COMMENTARY

Conservatives needn’t panic about the end of Title 42

BY: - May 14, 2022

Trump’s former immigration adviser is having a premonition of doom. Stephen Miller has the dubious distinction of authoring ex-President Trump’s (anti-)immigration policies.  He retweeted news of a Centers for Disease Control announcement last month, saying: “This will mean Armageddon on the border. This is how nations end.” So what on Earth could a public health […]

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

Biden backs moving quickly on Ukraine relief without including U.S. COVID aid

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signaled Monday he can accept Congress postponing action on billions in COVID-19 funding his administration says is desperately needed in the interests of swiftly moving ahead on a multibillion-dollar Ukraine aid package backed by both parties. “Previously, I had recommended that Congress take overdue action on much needed funding for […]