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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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This Day in History:, Slavery Is Abolished in America. December 18, 1865. The 13th Amendment was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution. It ensures that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude … shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”. It had been approved in the Republican-led Senate in April of 1864. But the amendment had been bogged down in the Democratic-led House of Representatives for almost a year. On December 2, 1865, Alabama became the 27th state to ratify the 13th Amendment. The vote provided the requisite three-fourths majority of states’ approval needed to ratify the 13th amendment

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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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New Study Suggests , Citizens of Counties Who Voted for Trump, Have Higher Chances of Dying From COVID-19. The Guardian reports those residing in counties won by Donald Trump in the 2020 election are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19. A study conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) analyzed data from deaths that occured in over 3,000 counties in the US since May 2021. Experts say these deaths are directly correlated with the low vaccination rates of Trump-led counties. White Republicans appear to be most hesitant to receive a coronavirus vaccine. Data from the Kaiser Family Fund shows 59% of Republicans have been vaccinated compared to 91% of Democrats. Republicans have also been found more susceptible to COVID-19 misinformation. According to the Kaiser Family Fund, 94% of Republicans believe one or more false statements about coronavirus and the vaccines. We’ve seen lower levels of personal worry among Republicans who remain unvaccinated. , Liz Hamel, VP public opinion and survey research Kaiser Family Fund, via NPR. That’s a real contrast with what we saw in communities of color, where there was a high level of worry about getting sick. , Liz Hamel, VP public opinion and survey research Kaiser Family Fund, via NPR. As the pandemic presses onward, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 788,000 Americans

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is quitting Congress to run ex-President Donald Trump’s tech startup.

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Extinction Rebellion protests Argentina's fast fashion [Video]

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Extinction Rebellion Argentina stages a demonstration against the fast fashion industry on the Florida pedestrian street in Buenos Aires

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Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Disintegrate Within 10 Years, Scientists Warn [Video]

Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Disintegrate Within 10 Years, Scientists Warn

Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Disintegrate Within 10 Years, Scientists Warn. The warning was issued during a conference of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans. According to an analysis of the Antarctic ice shelf. a portion the size of Florida may break off in the surrounding ocean, leading to a significant rise in sea level. According to the research, which is being reviewed for publication, . the Thwaites Glacier could be destroyed in as few as five years. If Thwaites were to collapse, it would drag most of west Antarctica’s ice with it, Ted Scambos, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, via NBC News. So it's critical to get a clearer picture of how the glacier will behave over the next 100 years, Ted Scambos, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, via NBC News. According to scientists, Thwaites is the "widest glacier in the world.”. Researchers say that it has “doubled its outflow speed within the last 30 years.”. The remaining portion of the glacier is currently locked from the sea by a tenuous eastern ice shelf. The water contained in the Thwaites Glacier alone could result in a rise of sea levels by two feet. However, if its disintegration set off a chain reaction of the surrounding glaciers, . scientists estimate that sea levels could rise by up to ten feet. As of two years ago, Thwaites has already lost more than 14 billion tons of its ice

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Canada Officially Bans LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy

Canada Officially Bans, LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy. Legislation outlawing such therapies was approved in both the Canadian House of Commons... . ... and the Senate on Dec. 9. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the "Royal Assent" of the legislation via Twitter. It’s official: Our government’s legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent - , Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via Twitter. Meaning it is now law. , Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via Twitter. LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights, Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, via statement. LGBTQ activists in Canada also released statements in support of the legislation. The unanimous support it received from every official in Parliament sends a clear message to LGBTQ2 Canadians: you are valid and deserving of a life free from harm, Nicholas Schiavo, No Conversion Canada, via 'The Hill'. Today, as we celebrate this historic moment, we must thank survivors and their tireless advocacy to reach this moment where conversion ‘therapy’ is finally outlawed in our country, Nicholas Schiavo, No Conversion Canada, via 'The Hill'. Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to "convert" the sexual or gender identities of LGBTQ+ individuals. The practice is legal in the United States, though some states do have bans in place to protect LGBTQ+ minors. . Three states — Alabama, Florida and Georgia — have an injunction that outlaws enforcement of conversion therapy bans. Brazil, Ecuador and Germany also have nationwide conversion therapy bans in place. The current government in the U.K. has pledged to ban the practice, but has yet to do so

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DeSantis Seeks Florida Paramilitary Force Outside Federal Control

DeSantis Seeks, Florida Paramilitary Force, Outside Federal Control. DeSantis Seeks, Florida Paramilitary Force, Outside Federal Control. 'The Guardian' reports Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made calls for the state to create its own paramilitary force outside of federal control. A far-right Republican, DeSantis asked for funding of a new Florida state guard to handle "state-specific emergencies.". A far-right Republican, DeSantis asked for funding of a new Florida state guard to handle "state-specific emergencies.". The governor's plan would create a force of 200 selected volunteers. It's estimated that it would cost the state around $3.5 million. The governor's plan would create a force of 200 selected volunteers. It's estimated that it would cost the state around $3.5 million. DeSantis said the force would be deployed namely in response to the many natural disasters that occur in the state each year. DeSantis said the force would be deployed namely in response to the many natural disasters that occur in the state each year. Re-establishing the Florida state guard will allow civilians from all over the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and have the ability to mobilize very, very quickly. , Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, via 'The Guardian'. Re-establishing the Florida state guard will allow civilians from all over the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and have the ability to mobilize very, very quickly. , Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, via 'The Guardian'. Democrats accuse the ardent Trump supporter of authoritarian motives. Democrats accuse the ardent Trump supporter of authoritarian motives. No governor should have his own handpicked secret police. , Charlie Crist, former Governor of Florida, via Twitter. No governor should have his own handpicked secret police. , Charlie Crist, former Governor of Florida, via Twitter. DeSantis contends the state guard would “not be encumbered by the federal government.”. DeSantis contends the state guard would “not be encumbered by the federal government.”. Often aligned with more right-wing and populist political ideals, the governor's star has been rising in the Republican party. Often aligned with more right-wing and populist political ideals, the governor's star has been rising in the Republican party. If Donald Trump should decline the Republican nomination for president in 2024, DeSantis is largely considered the party's next choice. If Donald Trump should decline the Republican nomination for president in 2024, DeSantis is largely considered the party's next choice

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Biden Administration Announces Plan to Fight Omicron Variant [Video]

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Biden Administration Announces , Plan to Fight Omicron Variant. Biden Administration Announces , Plan to Fight Omicron Variant. 'The Washington Post' reports President Joe Biden announced his administration's plans to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Dec. 21. . 'The Washington Post' reports President Joe Biden announced his administration's plans to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Dec. 21. . The Biden administration plans to make 500 million rapid at-home tests freely available and send federal resources to aid strained health systems. The Biden administration plans to make 500 million rapid at-home tests freely available and send federal resources to aid strained health systems. According to 'The Washington Post,' the administration will deploy 1,000 members of the military to aid medical facilities. . According to 'The Washington Post,' the administration will deploy 1,000 members of the military to aid medical facilities. . ... we should all be concerned about Omicron, but not panicked .., President Biden, via 'The New York Times' . This is not March of 2020 ... Two hundred million people are vaccinated. We’re prepared; we know more, President Biden, via 'The New York Times' . The Omicron variant is spreading at an alarming rate. As of Dec. 18, of all new cases, 73% are due to Omicron infections. White House officials plead with Americans - The vaccines are our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. White House officials plead with Americans - The vaccines are our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know how to protect people from severe illness. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'. We know how to protect people from severe illness. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'. We have the tools needed to do it. , Statement from the White House, via 'The Washington Post'

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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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President Biden's Virtual 'Summit for Democracy' Begins at White House [Video]

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President Biden's Virtual, "Summit for Democracy", Begins at White House. President Biden's Virtual, "Summit for Democracy", Begins at White House. CNN reports President Joe Biden's virtual "Summit for Democracy" convened on December 9. The summit will host over 100 participants representing world governments and private-sector leaders. Officials say the summit intends to promote democracy against the rising tide of the world's authoritarian regimes. In the face of sustained and alarming challenges to democracy, universal human rights, and all around the world, democracy needs champions. , President Joe Biden, via CNN. Though he described democracy as "inherently resilient," Biden says advocates must now more than ever "stand up for the values that unite us.". The president also announced his Initiative for Democratic Renewal at the summit. The initiative hopes to build on the United States' efforts to bolster democracy around the world. White House officials say the initiative will receive funding of up to $424.4 million. Biden began the summit with a tribute to the late civil rights icon, John Lewis. With his final words, as he was dying, ...he reminded our country: 'Democracy is not a state, it's an act.' , President Joe Biden, via CNN . Biden says his administration is ready to fight for the future of democracy. He called it "the challenge of our time.". As the world deals with the fallout of a global recession in democracy, the president says the time to act is now. As the world deals with the fallout of a global recession in democracy, the president says the time to act is now

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Fauci Says Early Reports On Omicron Variant Are 'Encouraging' [Video]

Fauci Says Early Reports On Omicron Variant Are 'Encouraging'

Fauci Says Early Reports On Omicron Variant, Are 'Encouraging'. Dr. Anthony Fauci is reportedly optimistic about the lack of severity found in cases of the Omicron variant thus far. Fauci says more time and data are needed, though preliminary research has been optimistic. Thus far, it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . Thus far, it does not look like there's a great degree of severity to it. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . Though optimistic, Fauci remains cautious. We have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or it really doesn't cause any severe illness, comparable to Delta. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . We have really got to be careful before we make any determinations that it is less severe or it really doesn't cause any severe illness, comparable to Delta. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . The doctor says the Biden administration has discussed the potential to lift the recently instated travel bans on multiple nations in Africa. The doctor says the Biden administration has discussed the potential to lift the recently instated travel bans on multiple nations in Africa. Hopefully we'll be able to lift that ban in a quite reasonable period of time, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . Hopefully we'll be able to lift that ban in a quite reasonable period of time, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . We all feel very badly about the hardship that has been put on not only on South Africa but the other African countries. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . We all feel very badly about the hardship that has been put on not only on South Africa but the other African countries. , Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to White House, via 'Newsweek' . Initially detected in the United States on December 1, the Omicron variant has spread quickly. Initially detected in the United States on December 1, the Omicron variant has spread quickly. The heavily mutated strain of the coronavirus has been detected in over a dozen states in America. The heavily mutated strain of the coronavirus has been detected in over a dozen states in America

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Young Americans, Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Young Americans, Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Young Americans , Are Losing Faith in Democracy. NPR News reports many young citizens of the United States are concerned about the future of the country's democracy. NPR News reports many young citizens of the United States are concerned about the future of the country's democracy. A poll conducted by the Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics shows 52% of young Americans believe US democracy is "in trouble.". A poll conducted by the Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics shows 52% of young Americans believe US democracy is "in trouble.". Merely 7% of those who participated in the study believes the democratic process in the United States is "healthy.". Merely 7% of those who participated in the study believes the democratic process in the United States is "healthy.". Nearly half of all young Republicans believe the country will experience civil war during their lifetime. Nearly half of all young Republicans believe the country will experience civil war during their lifetime. Young voters showed out in the 2020 election, propelling Joe Biden into the White House. Young voters showed out in the 2020 election, propelling Joe Biden into the White House. Nearly a year into the 79-year-old president's first term, his approval rating among young people is 46%. Nearly a year into the 79-year-old president's first term, his approval rating among young people is 46%. Last March showed a much more favorable outlook for Biden among younger citizens. 59% of them approved of his performance. The study indicates cause for concern for the mental health of the young adults of the United States. . As the COVID-19 pandemic continues onward with no end in sight, 51% of young Americans said they felt "depressed, or hopeless.". there are millions of millions of millions ...who are struggling with this on a regular basis. , Della Volpe, former advisor Biden campaign, via NPR News. there are millions of millions of millions ...who are struggling with this on a regular basis. , Della Volpe, former advisor Biden campaign, via NPR News

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