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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot, now known as ‘Comirnaty’

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The United States has its first fully approved vaccine against COVID-19, with federal health officials announcing Monday the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine. The green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move Pfizer’s vaccine from emergency use to full approval is a milestone in the national pandemic response, and one […]

DeSantis warns Biden’s vaccine push for nursing home staff could disrupt industry

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for nursing home staff could drive workers out of the field and worsen the existing staffing shortage at these facilities, Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Thursday. “That is a major hammer to bring down and has not been legislated by Congress — I mean, that’s a pure use of executive power […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the Obama […]

Hillsborough and Dade join rebellion, defying DeSantis’ masks-in-school order

BY: and - August 18, 2021

Amid skyrocketing Delta-driven COVID-19 infections, two of Florida’s largest school districts on Wednesday joined with two other districts in defying a state executive order and imposing mask mandates in public schools without a parental opt-out. The Miami-Dade school board voted, 7-1, for a temporary mask mandate for students, faculty and all visitors, allowing students to […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, citing Medicare/Medicaid authority

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President Joe Biden at a press conference also criticized Republican governors who have prohibited […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases; activists want more

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

Gov. DeSantis seeks Biden’s aid to cope with Tropical Storm Fred

BY: - August 16, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal state of emergency in 23 North Florida counties as Tropical Storm Fred brought heavy rains, storm surge, and high winds to the area. The move would entitle the state to federal assistance. The emergency would cover Bay, Calhoun, Citrus, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, […]

Biden administration pressures Florida Gov. DeSantis over school mask policies

BY: - August 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has written Gov. Ron DeSantis saying that if his administration withholds state funding from school districts that enact mask mandates, those schools can use federal coronavirus relief dollars to make up for the penalties. In a letter to DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona […]

White House may aid local school officials whose pay gets docked over mask policies

BY: - August 10, 2021

As the DeSantis administration threatens to strip salaries of local school officials who buck the governor’s masking policy for children, the Biden administration indicated it might step in to restore those paychecks with federal money. Meanwhile, critics of Gov. Ron DeSantis suggest that if anyone deserves to have his pay docked, it is the governor. […]

Bipartisan senators and Biden agree on $550B in infrastructure spending

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, paving the way for a vote to begin debate as soon as Wednesday evening. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators opposed to beginning […]

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

BY: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked, 10-10, along party lines, Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

State Democrats relate their experiences on the front lines of the voting-rights struggle

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — State Democratic legislators on Tuesday outlined their efforts to not only protect voting rights, but also expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures. During a panel discussion, state lawmakers from Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida discussed how they’ve fought against restrictive elections measures introduced and passed in their legislatures. This year alone, […]