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GOP candidate from New Jersey accused of pandering after he transforms into cowboy for Texas run

GOP candidate from New Jersey accused of pandering after he transforms into cowboy for Texas run

ADNew Jersey boy. Pro wrestler. Failed Republican candidate in Nevada. Dan Rodimer has led many lives, but his latest — a cowboy hat-wearing, Southern-drawling bull rider — might be the most extreme transformation to date.In his first ad as a candidate for Texas’s 6th Congressional District, “Big Dan” Rodimer speaks in a gravelly, indistinct Southern accent, throws jabs at Democratic policies and compares House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to a bull. The bull he’s supposedly riding in the ad.But the New Jersey native didn’t have the twang last year when he ran for Congress in Nevada. In...

March 28, 2021
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Sheriff who flew Trump flag on patrol boat violated ban on partisan political activity, officials say

Sheriff who flew Trump flag on patrol boat violated ban on partisan political activity, officials say

ADA sheriff in Upstate New York violated a federal law barring civil servants from partisan political activity by flying a “Making America Great Again” flag from an on-duty patrol boat during a pro-Trump flotilla last summer, investigators said.At a campaign boat rally on Oneida Lake in August, Oswego County Sheriff Donald Hilton was photographed by aboard a sheriff’s office boat providing security, with the banner depicting President Donald Trump’s face superimposed over an American flag. Hilton, a Republican, acknowledged that an attendee gave deputies the flag and he approved its...

March 15, 2021
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New York state Senate majority leader says Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘must resign’

New York state Senate majority leader says Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘must resign’

ADTwo Democratic leaders of New York’s statehouse called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) to consider resigning Sunday following allegations from former staff members of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment.State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and House Speaker Carl E. Heastie said scandals swirling around one of the country’s top Democratic officials are disruptive, as questions have also emerged about how Cuomo’s administration handled the linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Five women, four of whom worked for Cuomo, have publicly alleged inappropriate conduct by the...

March 7, 2021
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A city gave people $500 a month, no strings attached, to fight poverty. It paid off, study says.

A city gave people $500 a month, no strings attached, to fight poverty. It paid off, study says.

Residents of Stockton, Calif., who received $500 a month from a first-of-its-kind guaranteed-income program were more likely to find full-time jobs, be happy and stay healthy, according to a year-long study published Wednesday.Supporters of universal income programs - which provide regular, unconditional payments from the government to people - say the findings should dispel common criticisms of the idea, such as that money with no strings attached disincentivizes people to work or encourages them to spend it on drugs and alcohol.Recipients of the monthly payments were twice as likely to...

March 4, 2021
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A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.

A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.

ADWhen the coronavirus pandemic hit and restaurant owners faced difficult decisions, the Richards family that owns Picos, a Mexican restaurant in Houston, quickly adapted to continue sharing their Latin cuisine — from selling to-go margarita kits to stationing a mariachi band at the curbside pickup.This week, after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Tuesday that he would rescind the statewide mask mandate while the vast majority of residents remain unvaccinated, the tough choice to enforce public health guidance fell to business owners, and Picos announced it would continue requiring masks....

March 7, 2021
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Capitol riot suspect pictured at Pelosi’s desk screams ‘It’s not fair’ in courtroom tantrum

Capitol riot suspect pictured at Pelosi’s desk screams ‘It’s not fair’ in courtroom tantrum

ADRichard Barnett, infamously photographed during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot with his feet propped on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office, shouted that it was “not fair” that he remained in jail, in an outburst before a federal judge on Thursday.In a virtual hearing, Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Ark., complained of his pretrial detention after U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper set the next court date for May.“The government keeps dragging this out and letting everybody else out,” Barnett argued before the judge abruptly called for a recess for Barnett to speak with his...

March 5, 2021
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As delays hamper some second coronavirus vaccine doses, a debate rages: Prioritize one shot or two?

As delays hamper some second coronavirus vaccine doses, a debate rages: Prioritize one shot or two?

ADLike other Americans who have received a vaccination, 76-year-old Elizabeth Larson of Arizona struggled to book her first dose.When it came time to schedule her booster shot, Larson recounted initially facing technical glitches that prevented her from selecting an appointment. She felt hopeless.“I’ve been so frustrated,” Larson said. “It’s almost literally like tearing my hair out.”The vast majority of recipients of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are able to get their second shot within the recommended period, according to vaccine data reviewed by The Washington Post. Yet some...

February 25, 2021
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Coronavirus vaccine shipments face ‘widespread delays’ because of winter storm

Coronavirus vaccine shipments face ‘widespread delays’ because of winter storm

ADThe winter storm battering Texas and much of the U.S. has also dealt a blow to the vaccination drive, delaying shipments because of poor road conditions and forcing the closure of hundreds of vaccination sites nationwide.Hazardous weather is slowing deliveries out of a FedEx facility in Memphis and a UPS facility in Louisville that serve as distribution hubs for the Southeast.“Due to the severe winter weather currently impacting a large swath of the country, the U.S. government is projecting widespread delays in COVID-19 vaccine shipments and deliveries over the next few days,” Kristen...

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February 16, 2021
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Coronavirus updates: Maryland becomes second state to report case of coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa

Coronavirus updates: Maryland becomes second state to report case of coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa

ADPlease NoteThe Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. The new, highly transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa has emerged in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Saturday, marking the second state to report a confirmed case of the mutated virus.The Republican governor said a Maryland resident had been infected with the variant, known as known as B. 1351, the presence of which was confirmed by Maryland health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“State health officials are closely...

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January 30, 2021
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Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting

Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting

ADFacing criticism from the administration she worked for and some in the scientific community, Deborah Birx, coordinator of the Trump White House’s response, “always” considered quitting her job, she said in an interview set to air Sunday.“I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?” Birx said in a of her conversation with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”Birx, at one point called “pathetic” by former president Donald Trump on Twitter, told Brennan that her job and the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 412,000 people in the United States...

January 23, 2021
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