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Pelosi faces backlash after thanking George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’

Pelosi faces backlash after thanking George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’

In comments made after Tuesday’s murder conviction of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked for “sacrificing your life for justice.”“For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that — call out for your mom, ‘I can’t breathe,’ ” she continued in her remarks, which came during an event with the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill. “But because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”The congresswoman’s suggestion that...

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Brittany Shammas
Apr 21
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Ex-officer who police say killed 3 in Austin has been arrested after 20-hour manhunt

Ex-officer who police say killed 3 in Austin has been arrested after 20-hour manhunt

This story is developing and it will be updated.The former law enforcement officer suspected of gunning down three people Sunday in Austin has been captured after a 20-hour manhunt, .Authorities tracked down Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, an ex-detective at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, early Monday after getting two 911 calls about a man walking along a road in the Austin suburb of Manor. He had a pistol in his waistband but was taken into custody without any further violence, the AP reported.Broderick is accused of killing three people at an apartment complex in what authorities...

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Brittany Shammas
Apr 19
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Covid-19 live updates: China’s lack of transparency made pandemic worse, says top U.S. diplomat

Covid-19 live updates: China’s lack of transparency made pandemic worse, says top U.S. diplomat

Please NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. China’s refusal to cooperate with international experts at the start of the pandemic helped worsen the global spread of the virus, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken .In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Blinken renewed U.S. calls for greater transparency from China over the origins of covid-19, saying Beijing’s early handling of the coronavirus meant it “got out of hand faster and with, I think, much more egregious results than it might otherwise.”“I think China knows that in...

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State of emergency in Miami Beach extended to April 11 as spring breakers overwhelm the city

State of emergency in Miami Beach extended to April 11 as spring breakers overwhelm the city

ADAs curfew struck and police moved to clear Miami Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive on Saturday, throngs of revelers stood shoulder to shoulder, packing the street. In footage captured by local media, people danced on top of cars, some clutching liquor bottles. One man threw out fistfuls of cash.Then, with sirens blaring and the sound of pepper balls being fired, those in the crowd began to run, briefly causing a stampede.The chaotic scene played out the first night police enforced a curfew in response to an . City officials had declared a state of emergency earlier that day, pointing to several...

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Mar 21
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‘Masks required’ signs are coming down after Texas, Mississippi lift coronavirus restrictions

‘Masks required’ signs are coming down after Texas, Mississippi lift coronavirus restrictions

ADFLOWOOD, Miss. — Carrie Kizek and her mother, Sandra Breland, decided to skip masks while headed out to lunch Wednesday — the day after Mississippi’s governor said residents were no longer required to wear them.“If he says we don’t have to, then I’m not,” Kizek said of Gov. Tate Reeves (R).Reeves and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Tuesday, doing away with mask mandates and allowing businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity. The impact was immediate in both states and beyond, with “masks required” signs coming down, businesses trying to navigate the lack of restrictions, local officials...

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Biden promises enough coronavirus vaccine for ‘every adult in America’ by the end of May

Biden promises enough coronavirus vaccine for ‘every adult in America’ by the end of May

ADPresident Biden, facing mounting pressure on various fronts to gain control of the coronavirus pandemic, placed even more of his administration’s hopes in a “stepped-up” vaccine process, promising Tuesday that there will be enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every adult in America” by the end of May — a two-month acceleration of his previous projection of July.Biden said pharmaceutical giant Merck will help make vaccine, adding that at the administration’s urging, Johnson & Johnson’s manufacturing facilities will now “operate 24/7.” In the same remarks, the president also said he would...

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Ashley Parker
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Mar 3
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A Trader Joe’s employee called for stronger coronavirus measures. The company fired him.

A Trader Joe’s employee called for stronger coronavirus measures. The company fired him.

ADThe Trader Joe’s employee appealed directly to the CEO.In a letter citing a medical journal and experts who study respiratory transmission of the , Ben Bonnema called on the grocery chain’s head, Dan Bane, to adopt more stringent safety protocols. Among his requests: improving filtration, requiring masks without exception and adopting a “three-strikes” policy for removing uncooperative customers from stores.“We put our lives on the line everyday by showing up to work,” wrote Bonnema, who was a crew member at a New York location. “Please, show up for us by adopting these policies.”The...

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Hannah Knowles
Feb 28
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Becerra commits to private-sector Medicare but indicates it is too generous

Becerra commits to private-sector Medicare but indicates it is too generous

ADXavier Becerra, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, pledged Wednesday to support Medicare Advantage, the increasingly popular private form of the federal insurance system for older Americans — but indicated he had qualms about more generous benefits it offers.Testifying at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Becerra said he “will make sure that there is a level playing field” between traditional Medicare and the private-sector version.He told senators that it is especially important to avoid overpaying private health plans...

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Amy Goldstein
Feb 25
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A mass-casualty event every day

A mass-casualty event every day

It’s the first day back at work for Scott E. Lynn, the Montour County coroner. He’s been sick with covid-19. He was out for a month and lost 25 pounds. As he arrives at his office in a remote corner of Geisinger Medical Center, he still feels weak. Lynn doesn’t know how he contracted covid. Deceased people do not spread the virus under normal circumstances. And Lynn mostly handles corpses enclosed in two layers of body bags.“I can only assume it was somewhere in the process of my death investigations,” he says. He wears a mask at work, but he still has to go into homes, motel rooms,...

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Joel Achenbach
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Feb 18
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Winter coronavirus wave ebbs and deaths drop, but experts fear a spring surge

Winter coronavirus wave ebbs and deaths drop, but experts fear a spring surge

ADThe catastrophic winter wave of the pandemic that was killing more than 20,000 people a week in the United States has subsided dramatically, giving a reprieve to stressed hospitals and in recent days driving new infection numbers below 100,000 for the first time since early November.Still, infectious-disease experts caution that the virus remains a threat, with the pathogen circulating at high rates and killing more than 2,000 people a day. The fading dark days of this pandemic winter could yield to another wave of infections propelled by of the virus that have taken root, with 997...

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Joel Achenbach
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Feb 12
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