Politics Biden confronts problem of COVID-19 'straight talk' falling on deaf ears: The Note
Byron York's Daily Memo: At six-months, Biden’s COVID presidency
Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.AT SIX-MONTHS, BIDEN'S COVID PRESIDENCY. President Joe Biden took the oath of office six months ago today. Those six months may end up being the high-water mark of his presidency.
The TAKE with
President Joe Biden has issued yeton the , but for those who stand in from health experts, does this latest lecture even matter?
In the latest, 3 in 10 adults said they have not gotten a vaccine and definitely or probably will not get one. In this group, 73% said U.S. officials are exaggerating the risk of the delta variant -- and 79% think they have little or no risk of getting sick from the coronavirus.
It's a dynamic that has fueled the surge that the president and members of his administration have dubbed the "."
3 takeaways from President Joe Biden's CNN town hall
President Joe Biden arrived in Ohio on Wednesday mindful the days for actual bipartisan governing in Washington are quickly waning. © Maddie McGarvey for CNN President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall on Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his CNN town hall, he voiced again and again his conviction that Republicans will come along, even though some are poisoned by conspiracies and others, he said, are "lying" on his record. He was confronted with open skepticism by some of his questioners, particularly on the matter of voting rights.
"It's about life and death. That's what it's about," Biden said "I know people talk about freedom. But I learned, growing up at school and from my parents, with freedom comes responsibility. Your decision to be unvaccinated impacts someone else. Unvaccinated people spread the virus. They get sick and fill up our hospitals."
Now, Biden hasto compel the workers, at least under his purview, to get the shots with an announcement of a vaccine requirement for federal workers and contractors. Those who fail to do so an indefinite commitment to consistent testing, masking and social distancing.
Joe Biden Outlines Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccinations in Children
President Biden told a town hall in Ohio when he thought children under the age of 12 would be able to get their shots—subject to scientific data.Speaking at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday, President Biden said the decision would be led by scientific data, but added that he expected the rollout to begin between the end of August and October.
Biden told reporters he'd like, and schools of vaccine mandates.
"I had asked the Justice Department to determine whether that is -- they're able to do that legally, and they can," said Biden. "Local communities can do that. Local businesses can do that. It's still a question whether the federal government can mandate the whole country, I don't know that yet."
It remains to be seen ifcan have the impact needed to stem the spread of COVID-19 variants that will only as the unvaccinated are infected in large numbers.
The RUNDOWN with
The latest of the long-lasting economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced on Thursday despite being on the horizon.
In a statement, the Biden administration called on Congress toon evictions that is set to expire on Saturday. The White House said they are unable to act on their end after a June Supreme Court ruling said that Congress would be the body that needed to pass legislation to further extend the policy beyond July 31.
Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency
Six months into his first term, President Biden is finding himself faced with two major domestic challenges: getting both parts of his infrastructure plan passed and handling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. © The Hill Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency Whether or not the president can succeed in handling each of these crises individually and collectively will determine whether Democrats can maintain control of their unified government in the 2022 midterms. InfrastructureSince Wednesday, bipartisan infrastructure talks have been trapped in limbo.
"Given the recent spread of the delta variant, including among those Americans both most likely to face evictions and lacking vaccinations, President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
As thatfaces Americans, ABC News' Trish Turner and Mariam Khan reported that Democrats on Capitol Hill are to extend the eviction moratorium until the end of this calendar year. As of Thursday, House Democratic leadership was working on gathering support to vote on an extension as soon as Friday. Still, that goal faces a given that the House recesses Friday for six weeks.
Biden Defends New Vaccine Requirement for Federal Workers
Before President Joe Biden took office, he said he didn’t think vaccines should be mandatory. And he said in May that he didn’t think masks should be required for vaccinated people either. But with the delta variant of coronavirus continuing to spread, and more than 40 percent of Republicans refusing to get vaccinated, Biden is now preaching a different message. On Thursday, Biden announced that vaccines would be mandatory for nearly all federal employees, and he said the Justice Department was looking into whether the government could mandate vaccines for the whole country.
Amid a packed legislative schedule, the expedited process is likely to face pushback from across the aisle, with some Republicans noting that theirstretches back to its installment under .
A spokesperson for Sen. Pat Toomey said the Pennsylvania senator is in that camp, and"unintended consequences" of extending the moratorium like "higher rents and fewer low to moderate income housing options overall."
The TIP with
The Democratic primary in Ohio's 11th Congressional Districtas Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., travels to the Buckeye State to get out the vote for his former presidential campaign surrogate Nina Turner and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., and other Congressional Black Caucus members are there to stump for Shontel Brown.
The influx of national figures in an off-year onlyof the race which has been dubbed a proxy war between the Democratic establishment and progressive wing of the party. It will play out next Tuesday.
Turner previously served as a state senator and as co-chair of Sanders' presidential campaign. She's gained support from most of the House Progressive Caucus and has the potential to be a strong progressive voice in the House. Brown serves as the chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and has been endorsed by prominent figures across the more moderate Democratic establishment.
Biden’s fight to de-Trumpify the courts, explained
Biden is the president liberal court watchers have been waiting for, but he may be five years too late.A longtime member and former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden oversaw hundreds of judicial confirmations. He chaired the 1987 hearing that successfully convinced the Senate to reject Judge Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court; then presided over a far less successful hearing that preceded Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation in 1991.
Ohio's 11th is considered a safe Democratic district and the winner of this Democratic primary will likely secure the House seat in November, replacing Marcia Fudge,as housing and urban affairs secretary. While the election has attracted national attention, former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft described it to ABC News as "more of a local race with very strong national consequences."
In the House, where margins for the Democratic majority are incredibly slim, progressives are hoping for one more to join their number.
ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Friday morning's episode features one of the millions of renters who could face eviction if the federal moratorium ends this weekend. Then, ABC News' Conor Finnegan checks in on the status of Afghan translators trying to find a safe haven as US troop withdrawal continues. And, ABC News Senior Investigative Reporter Aaron Katersky breaks down the case against Nikola founder Trevor Milton.
FiveThirtyEight's Politics Podcast. The number of COVID cases in the U.S. is surging, largely due to the delta variant. Earlier this summer there were 10-15,000 reported cases per day, but that number is now up to 60,000 and rising. The federal government and some states have started taking measures to try to increase vaccination rates, particularly among public employees and health care workers. A recent Hill-Harris poll showed that a majority of voters would support the reinstatement of mask mandates if there were a local spike in cases, but overall Americans are split on what to do about the rise in COVID cases. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew talks about where Americans stand on mitigation efforts, how politicians are responding, and what public health experts are saying about the current state of the pandemic.
The Sweet Story of How Marlee Matlin Lived with Henry Winkler After Getting Sober
The Oscar winner, who stars in the new movie CODA, on how a chance meeting with Henry Winkler and his wife Stacey helped Marlee Matlin find and keep her footing in Hollywood Since then the actress has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, The West Wing and Dancing with the Stars to name a few, and has been a part of groundbreaking work for the deaf community. Her latest film CODA (the acronym stands for Child of Deaf Adults) follows a teenage girl who is the only hearing member of her family. The film (available to stream on AppleTV+ Aug.
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Opinion | The One Place Where Republicans Think Covid Is Real .
It’s not among unvaccinated conservative voters. It’s the border.The pivot occurred quickly. This week, one Republican leader after another rushed to blame the spread of the virus, not on the unvaccinated but on immigrants.