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Bipartisan infrastructure talks sputtering along with little time left
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Bipartisan infrastructure talks sputtering along with little time left

After spending the weekend negotiating, lawmakers have yet to clinch a bipartisan infrastructure deal, a precarious sign for senators who have months trying to cement a massive, bipartisan win for President Joe Biden. The talks are “inching along” and they aren’t going any faster than that, one source familiar told CNN over the weekend. After…MORE

US to keep existing Covid-related travel restrictions
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US to keep existing Covid-related travel restrictions

The White House has decided to maintain existing coronavirus travel restrictions amid surging cases triggered by the Delta variant, a White House official told CNN Monday. “Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” the White House official said. The Biden administration has…MORE

Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers
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Major medical groups call for employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health care workers

As the number of Covid-19 cases surges in the United States, more than 50 health care groups — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association — issued a joint statement calling for all health care and long-term care employers to mandate…MORE

In the Atlanta area, some school districts will require masks. The state’s biggest district is taking a different approach
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In the Atlanta area, some school districts will require masks. The state’s biggest district is taking a different approach

Six-year-old Audrey Gard will head to first grade next week wearing a mask. It’s a precaution her mom believes will help to minimize the chances of her getting coronavirus. But the Gwinnett County School District, north of Atlanta, is making masks optional for now, and Sara Holton Gard fears that could leave her family caught…MORE

Pink is offering to pay the Norwegian women’s beach handball team’s fine for wearing shorts
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Pink is offering to pay the Norwegian women’s beach handball team’s fine for wearing shorts

Singer-songwriter Pink has offered to pay fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms while competing. Last week, the European Handball Federation (EHF) fined the team a total of €1,500 (around $1,765), asserting that the women competed in “improper clothing” by wearing shorts like their male…MORE

Debate emerges around Covid-19 testing strategies in schools as districts plan to reopen
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Debate emerges around Covid-19 testing strategies in schools as districts plan to reopen

As communities across the country prepare for a return to school, many are still deciding how much time and how many resources to devote to routine Covid-19 testing of students and staff — and what that might look like. “Lots of places have operationalized screening testing differently,” Dr. Westyn Branch-Elliman, an infectious diseases specialist and…MORE

‘What you’re doing is unprecedented’: McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over
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‘What you’re doing is unprecedented’: McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over

The relationship between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was never very warm. Now it’s in the down-right gutter. After a whiplash week of power plays between the two party leaders over the January 6 select committee, tensions are at an all-time high between the California lawmakers, and there are zero signs…MORE

China’s private education firms are the latest targets of Beijing’s crackdown
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China’s private education firms are the latest targets of Beijing’s crackdown

Chinese officials are turning their crackdown on private business to yet another industry: education. A slew of big Chinese education and private tutoring companies are reeling from new rules barring them from turning a profit or raising funding on stock markets, with some warning that the regulations will hurt their business. The new rules, published…MORE

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Driver’s Den

Miranda Lambert fans in Atlanta got more than they bargained for at her concert on Saturday night (Jan. 20), when the singer and her band burst into a high-energy cover of the Joe Walsh classic “Rocky Mountain Way.” Lambert struts the stage and does the heavy song justice with a high-octane vocal performance, but the…