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Arizona Confirms Biden's Victory

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Arizona Confirms Biden's Victory

Arizona Confirms Biden's Victory

(CNN) Arizona certified its election results on Monday, awarding the state's 11 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden and clearing the way for Senator-elect Mark Kelly, a Democrat, to be sworn in this week.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, certified the election results Monday morning, saying the elections process was the most secure in recent history, "despite unfounded claims to the contrary.


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US Home Prices Surged , More Than 18 Percent in October. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index was released on Dec. 28. It revealed an average increase of 18.4 percent in home prices for October this year. Phoenix, AZ, had the steepest increase in home prices, with an uptick of 32.3 percent. Tampa and Miami followed Phoenix with 28.1 and 25.7 percent increases, respectively. . Minneapolis and Chicago experienced the smallest increase with an uptick of 11.5 percent for each city. Economists had been expecting an increase in line with what the S&P data revealed. While analysts believe the increase likely is reflective of hopes for a receding COVID-19 pandemic. they also stated that the reasons behind the significant increase are complex. We have previously suggested that the strength in the U.S. housing market is being driven in part by a change in locational preferences as households react to the COVID pandemic. , Craig Lazzara, S&P Dow Jones Indices, via CNBC. It is also unclear if these increases are long-term or reflective of a boom in the housing market. More data will be required to understand whether this demand surge represents an acceleration of purchases that would have occurred over the next several years.., Craig Lazzara, S&P Dow Jones Indices, via CNBC. ... or reflects a more permanent secular change, Craig Lazzara, S&P Dow Jones Indices, via CNBC. Mortgage rates continue to slide downward, . perhaps as a reflection of increased uncertainty over Omicron and other COVID-19 variants

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US Schools Increase Security, After Anonymous Threats , Go Viral on TikTok. On December 17, school districts across the United States took action in response to vague, anonymous shooting and bomb threats made on TikTok. . On December 17, school districts across the United States took action in response to vague, anonymous shooting and bomb threats made on TikTok. . 'USA Today' reports that officials say the threats are not considered credible. . Schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York and Pennsylvania have reportedly increased security and their police presence. . Schools in California, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas have closed for the day. . In a message to parents, school administrators in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, said, , “We are writing to inform you and not alarm you.". We have been made aware of a nationwide viral TikTok trend about ‘school shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary’ on Friday, December 17, Oak Part and River Forest school administrators, via 'USA Today'. In a statement on Twitter, TikTok said that it had found no evidence of the threats on the platform. . We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok, TikTok statement, via 'USA Today'. We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok, TikTok statement, via 'USA Today'. The anonymous threats come shortly after a deadly school shooting in Michigan, as well as various copycat threats. . 'USA Today' reports that platforms like TikTok are usually exempt from liability for the material users post on their networks.

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As Pandemic Continues, Americans , Recieve Less Federal Aid. The world has almost entered its third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. CNN reports citizens of the United States shouldn't expect any more help from the federal government in 2022. CNN reports citizens of the United States shouldn't expect any more help from the federal government in 2022. Congress authorized relief packages totaling $5.7 trillion in 2020 and 2021. . Economists say much of Congress' relief packages have now been spent. Now, amid the onset of the highly-contagious Omicron variant, experts say less help is on the way than ever before. In the United States, stimulus checks are a thing of the past. Helpful programs like enhanced unemployment insurance and paid sick leave programs have expired. Expanded child tax credits were paid out for the last time in December. After public outcry, President Biden announced that student loan repayments would be paused until May. And still, there is much uncertainty as we turn toward 2022

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Health Experts Worry Biden's Plan, To Distribute 500 Million, COVID-19 Tests Isn't Enough. Health Experts Worry Biden's Plan, To Distribute 500 Million, COVID-19 Tests Isn't Enough. As the Omicron variant began its swift spread across the nation, the Biden administration announced plans to distribute 500 million at-home COVID-19 tests starting next month. As the Omicron variant began its swift spread across the nation, the Biden administration announced plans to distribute 500 million at-home COVID-19 tests starting next month. Experts are concerned 500 million tests aren't enough to address the surge of Omicron. Some say the administration should have been distributing tests weeks ago. Health officials say the administration's incompetence in rolling out test kits before the holidays was an "opportunity lost.". The quality of life for people over Christmas was probably diminished if they couldn't get a test. , Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, via Fox News. Compounding issues further, a nationwide shortage of COVID-19 tests has left many Americans in the dark. Compounding issues further, a nationwide shortage of COVID-19 tests has left many Americans in the dark. Experts say 500 million tests aren't enough even if limited only to the nation's labor force. I can imagine each 200 million needing at least one test a week. , Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University, via Fox News. I can imagine each 200 million needing at least one test a week. , Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University, via Fox News. Thus far, the Biden administration's response to the Omicron variant has been underwhelming, to say the least. Thus far, the Biden administration's response to the Omicron variant has been underwhelming, to say the least. The reality is that we’re probably not going to have [tests] in time to mitigate the current surge and at least that. , Neil Jay Sehgal, assistant professor of health policy at University of Maryland School of Public Health, via Fox News. The reality is that we’re probably not going to have [tests] in time to mitigate the current surge and at least that. , Neil Jay Sehgal, assistant professor of health policy at University of Maryland School of Public Health, via Fox News

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2nd At-Home Rapid COVID Test , Is Authorized by the FDA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its authorization on Dec. 28. The test was designed by Siemens Healthineers and can now be used in addition to the Roche test the FDA also recently approved. The authorization comes as test shortages have wracked the nation amid record-breaking numbers of infections. Officials with the Biden administration praised the FDA's move as in keeping with its COVID priorities. Increasing Americans' access to easy-to-use, reliable COVID tests is a top priority for the Biden Administration, , Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services Secretary, via 'The Hill'. ... and we are using all resources at our disposal to make more tests available and ramp up supply, Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services Secretary, via 'The Hill'. With daily infections topping 300,000 in the U.S., at-home testing has become a signature administration strategy. Adding two new authorized tests will give Americans more options for testing at home, , Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services Secretary, via 'The Hill'. ... which helps keep people safe and provides peace of mind, Xavier Becerra, Health and Human Services Secretary, via 'The Hill'. FDA officials cautioned that the at-home test is not 100 percent accurate. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions. , Jacqueline A. O’Shaughnessy, FDA Scientist, via 'The Hill'. Despite this, the tests offer reliable guidance in the context of a person's potential exposure to COVID-19. Negative results should be considered in the context of an individual’s recent exposures, history and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Jacqueline A. O’Shaughnessy, FDA Scientist, via 'The Hill'. The Biden administration is expected to begin distribution of 500 million at-home tests sometime in January

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Biden, Obama and Others Pay Respects, to Late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The death of the former Democratic senator from Nevada was announced late on the night of Dec. 29. . He was 82 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for years. President Joe Biden referred to Reid as one of the all-time great U.S. senators. If Harry said he would do something, he did it. If he gave you his word, you could bank on it. That's how he got things done for the good of the country for decades, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. A boxer, he never gave up a fight—whether in politics or even against cancer, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Harry looked at the challenges of the world and believed it was within our capacity to do good, to do right, and to do our part of perfecting the Union we all love, President Joe Biden, Statement, via Fox News. Former President Obama released a letter he had written to Reid when his health took a turn. You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. I wouldn’t have been president had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination, Former President Barack Obama, Released Letter, via Fox News. Former President Bill Clinton described Reid as "one of the most effective Senate leaders our country has ever known.". He was a canny and tough negotiator who was never afraid to make an unpopular decision if it meant getting something done that was right for the country, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. [I] will always be grateful for the opportunities I had to work with him as president, Former President Bill Clinton, Statement, via Fox News. Current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that Reid was "one of the most amazing individuals I've ever met.". [Reid] came from humble origins, but he never forgot where he came from and used those boxing instincts to fearlessly fight those who were hurting the poor and the middle class, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, Statement, via Fox News

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Donald Trump Says He Received , a COVID-19 Booster Shot. The former president shared his vaccination status while speaking with Bill O'Reilly during a "History Tour" event. 'The New York Times' reports that only about 60% of Republicans are vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to about 90% of Democrats. Many in the crowd booed upon hearing that Trump had received a booster, . but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. but he discouraged the critics while praising his administration's role in getting the vaccines to the public. I think this would have been the Spanish Flu of 1917 ... This was going to ravage the country, far beyond what it is right now. Take credit for it, Donald Trump, via Politico. While still in opposition to vaccine mandates, Trump advised the crowd against "playing right into their hands" by doubting vaccine efficacy and safety. . What we've done is historic. Don't let them take it away, Donald Trump, via Politico. Currently, all adults age 18 and older are encouraged by the CDC to receive a booster shot

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White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. White House Officials Criticize , Manchin for Withdrawing Support, for Build Back Better Plan. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. CBS News reports officials at the White House are displeased with the recent actions of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Manchin, a Democrat, withdrew his support for the Biden Administration's Build Back Better Act. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. , Joe Manchin, Senator West Virginia, via CBS News. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Manchin's comments contradict what he had said to President Biden in recent discussions. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. Senator Manchin's comments... are at odds with his discussions this week with the President.., Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". According to Psaki, Manchin proposed an outline of a plan on December 14th, which "was the same size and scope as the President's framework, and covered many of the same priorities.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Officials reportedly "believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". Before disavowing his support, Psaki says Manchin had "promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground.". However grim the outlook, Psaki says Democrats must continue to support the Biden agenda. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News. The fight for Build Back Better is too important to give up. , Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, via CBS News

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New Poll Suggests Difficult Road Ahead for Biden and Democrats [Video]

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New Poll Suggests , Difficult Road Ahead, for Biden and Democrats. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. NPR News reports a recent poll suggests Americans are beginning to lose faith in President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. According to the latest NPR/Marist poll, Americans are unpleased with the Biden administration's work thus far. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. By and large, citizens of the United States aren't optimistic about the country's future. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. Currently the majority in the House and Senate, Democrats face tough odds in retaining seats in the 2022 midterm elections. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. They [Democrats] don't have a unified message for what they're doing, and that does not bode well for the party. , Barbara Carvahlo, director of Marist Poll, via NPR News. Though some Democrats have lauded Biden's agenda as "transformative," many Americans don't see it that way. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. 4 out of 5 surveyed in the poll who had received the administration's one-time stimulus payment of $1,400 said it helped only a little. Many Americans don't give Biden credit for the stimulus payment at all. Only 17% of those surveyed believed the president was mostly responsible for the direct payments. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It's an issue of the messaging out of the White House. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. It doesn't look like he's leading the charge even though it's his bill. , Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

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US Senate Votes To Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate [Video]

US Senate Votes To Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

US Senate Votes To , Block Biden’s Vaccine Mandate. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. The Biden administration's proposed mandate seeks to make certain private employers require their workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subjected to regular testing. Those who don't comply risk losing their jobs. On Dec. 8, the Senate voted 52-48 to overturn that mandate. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. All of the Senate Republicans were in favor, joined by two Democrats, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester. Getting vaccinated should be a decision between an individual and his or her doctor. It shouldn't be up to any politician, especially in a mandate coming down from that highest authority, the president, Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., via statement. Still, it is unlikely that the House would get on board with such a measure, . and the Biden administration has said that the president would veto the bill if it made its way to him. Several lawsuits have already been filed regarding the mandate. Last month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the mandate raises "serious constitutional concerns" and ordered the Biden administration to stop its implementation. On Dec. 7, a Georgia district court judge halted the requirement that federal contractors must be inoculated by Jan. 4. Last month, a federal judge blocked the mandate for health care workers in 10 states. NPR reports that White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the mandate will be "vigorously defend[ed]" against legal challenges.

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