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  • Vaccinated People May Spread Virus, Though Rarely July 30, 2021
    “A sobering scientific analysis published Friday of an explosive Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak fueled by the delta variant found that three-quarters of the people who became infected were fully vaccinated,” the […]
  • Cassidy Calls Out GOP Senators on Infrastructure July 30, 2021
    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) criticized the “inconsistency” of Republicans who were all-in for President Donald Trump’s infrastructure ideas but aren’t supporting the $550 billion bipartisan deal reached this week, Bloomberg […]
  • The Midterms Are Really All About Biden’s Approval July 30, 2021
    Charlie Cook: “Democratic hopes of retaining their slim majorities in Congress are almost entirely dependent upon President Biden not sinking them.”
  • Nearly Half of Republicans Don’t Trust Elections July 30, 2021
    A new GW Politics poll finds that 47% of Republican voters believe that a time will come when “patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands.” Just […]
  • Trump Would Have Made a Great House Republican July 30, 2021
    Susan Glasser: “Still, it has long struck me that the Trump Presidency was very much a House-style Presidency, just as Biden’s politics have undoubtedly been shaped by his thirty-six years […]
  • Evictions Restart as Billions In Aid Remain Unspent July 30, 2021
    : “As a federal ban on evictions expires Saturday, a $46.5 billion emergency fund aimed at getting rent to tenants at risk of eviction remains largely unspent.” “Only nine […]
  • Republicans Accuse Schumer of Swapping Text of Bill July 30, 2021
    Republicans are accusing Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of trying to substitute his own version of the bipartisan infrastructure agreement as the base text of the bill that differs from […]
  • Notes Show Trump Pressured Justice Department July 30, 2021
    The House Oversight Committee released handwritten notes by former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue of a call with former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Donald Trump on Dec. 27, 2020 […]
  • Did Trump Follow His Pledge to Donate His Salary? July 30, 2021
    “Donald Trump promised to give away his $400,000 presidential salary. And he kept that promise, publicly announcing each gift — at least, for his first three and a half years […]
  • Quote of the Day July 30, 2021
    “Today’s Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid reminds us to reflect on the critical role these programs have played to protect the healthcare of millions of families. To safeguard our future, […]

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  • Friday, July 30, 2021 July 30, 2021
    Internal documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and could spread as easily as chickenpox. Also, defrocked Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was criminally charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1974. And, about 200 […]
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 July 29, 2021
    Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to advance a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the country's aging infrastructure, a deal months in the making. Also, President Biden is set to announce that all civilian federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to regular testing and other restrictions. And, a look at […]
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 July 28, 2021
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance on wearing masks and is now recommending that some fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they live in areas with significant or high coronavirus spread. Also, four police officers testified about the physical and verbal assaults they faced responding to the Jan. 6 riot […]
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 July 27, 2021
    Four police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6 will be the first to testify today when a House select committee opens its investigation. Also, in New York City, all city workers are being told they have to be vaccinated by mid-September. This is one of several vaccine mandates popping up around the […]
  • Monday, July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
    A surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S. fueled by the delta variant is prompting a growing number of public health experts to call for everyone to mask back up, especially indoors. Also, Iraq's prime minister is in Washington to meet with President Biden, and on the table is how long to keep U.S. troops […]
  • BONUS: The Indicator: Inflation Or Shrinkflation? July 25, 2021
    This week's bonus episode of Up First comes from NPR's daily business podcast The Indicator from Planet Money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics updates the Consumer Price Index each month. The latest number shows a 5.4% increase over the last twelve months. That has some inflation watchers worried. So how do we measure inflation? And […]

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  • Will Riddler Nation Win Gold In Archery? July 30, 2021
    Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. Two puzzles are presented each week: the Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-size and the Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct […]
  • How To Watch Olympic Sport Climbing July 30, 2021
    Sport climbing is making its debut at the Olympic Games this year. To win a medal, 20 men and 20 women will each compete in three separate events: lead, speed and boulder. To explain what differentiates the three events, what all the climbing lingo means and what it will take to win gold, Tokyo Olympics […]
  • Partisanship Isn’t The Only Reason Why So Many Americans Remain Unvaccinated July 30, 2021
    Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. It’s easy to blame partisanship for everything these days. Including the speed with which COVID-19 is raging through the U.S., causing cases to spike and CDC guidance to shift.  The delta variant is spreading rapidly in part because around 30 percent of Americans remain entirely unvaccinated. About 60 […]
  • Politics Podcast: What Americans Think About Vaccines, Mask Mandates And Shutdowns As COVID-19 Cases Spike July 29, 2021
    Cases of COVID-19 are surging in the U.S., largely due to the spread of the delta variant. Earlier this summer, an average of 11,000-15,000 cases per day were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that average is now surpassing 60,000 per day. The federal government and some states have started taking […]
  • How An Olympic Climber Uses Color Breathing To Get In The Zone July 29, 2021
    Sport climbers have a lot to worry about during competition: the difficulty of the climb, the risk of falling, the distractions from spectators and the speed of their opponent. But Olympic climber Alannah Yip has found a way to work through her anxiety using a mindfulness technique called “color breathing.” This practice helps her get […]
  • Gavin Newsom Has Reason To Worry July 29, 2021
    It’s official: For only the fourth time in U.S. history, a state will hold an election on whether to recall its governor midterm. The long-expected gubernatorial recall election in California is set for Sept. 14, and 46 candidates (not including the governor himself, Democrat Gavin Newsom) have officially qualified to run. But perhaps the most […]
  • No One Can Catch Katie Ledecky In The Mile July 29, 2021
    The women’s 1,500-meter swim made its Olympic debut Wednesday in Tokyo, which meant NBC’s camera operators experienced a struggle previously known to only a few others: They had to film gold medalist Katie Ledecky’s race and make it look close. “She’s got a trail group of three swimmers below her,” announcer Dan Hicks said about […]
  • NBA Teams Love Young Lottery Picks. These 3 ‘Old’ Players Might Change Their Minds. July 28, 2021
    A typical NBA draft prospect’s scouting report is likely to include a few common attributes listed as strengths: “athletic,” “long wingspan,” “playmaker.” One characteristic that rarely appears as a strength? “Old.”  It’s no secret that over the years, NBA teams have selected fewer and fewer players who spent four years at a U.S. college, prioritizing […]
  • Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From July 28, 2021
    This is the latest edition of our column that excavates the origins of public figures’ factually dubious comments. We explain what their claims are referring to, the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them and where they sprang from in the first place. Who said what … On July 19, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of […]
  • The Mysterious Case Of 2020’s Polling Error July 28, 2021
    In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew looks back at the record number of Democrats who ran for president in 2020 and assesses where they are now. They also review a new report from the American Association for Public Opinion Research on why election polls were historically off in 2020.

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