The single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine began shipping on Monday.
A strip club has sued the city of Baltimore for closing down “indoor recreation establishments” during the pandemic. They claim that the ban infringes on their right to free speech.
Canada is advising against using the AstraZeneca vaccine for patients 65 and older.
Global Covid infections are up for the first time in seven weeks, according to the World Health Organization.
A school in Arkansas went back to in-person learning only to have a school shooting on the first day back. A student was wounded but not killed thankfully.
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Democrats ditched their minimum wage hike efforts in order to advance the Covid-relief package. President Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill included a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour but Republicans stood firmly against it so this piece has been removed and the bill advanced towards a vote in the Senate.
That’s not to say that Republicans are now on board with the bill. They aren’t. Democrats are still planning to use a reconciliation process to pass the bill.
Progressive Democrats like Bernie Sanders have not given up on a wage hike but their support in the party for alternative means is waning. The President is not an ally for these efforts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she is willing to bring up a stand-alone bill for a minimum wage hike after the Covid package passes but that would need 60 Republican votes to pass the Senate and that seems very unlikely indeed.
Shhhh, Don’t Tell The My Pillow Guy
The New York Times is reporting that former President Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump received the Covid vaccine while they were still in office back in January but told no one.
Why??? Most public figures are making a huge deal about getting the vaccine. Even the Queen shared her vaccine experience telling people that it doesn’t hurt. Why would a sitting President, whose health is a matter of national security, keep this on the down-low?
The former President took credit for the vaccine during his speech this weekend at CPAC so he obviously is proud of it. Why wouldn’t he tell us all about partaking?
A recent poll finds that white Republicans are the group least likely to take the vaccine. Perhaps the former President did not want to upset this base by leading the way.
The ‘My Pillow’ CEO Mike Lindell had his microphone cut during CPAC coverage when he started an anti-vaccine rant.
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When combined with recycled plastic, the coffee husks create a durable, cheap, and eco-friendly building material. The husks are otherwise not used and typically end up in landfills.
The company that makes them, Woodpecker, sells them for as little as $4,500 each and has already sold 2,600. The Colombian government has asked the company to help rebuild communities harmed by Hurricane Iota last year.
“Unions lift up workers… and especially black and brown workers,” the President said in a 2-minute video.
Workers unions are unpopular in the Republican South and Amazon representatives have said that most workers at the Alabama plant do not support this union drive. A vote by the 5,800 employees at the plant this month will show if that is true or not.
Progressives applaud the President’s endorsement. Bernie Sanders says that an Amazon union in Alabama would be “a shot heard around the world. If they can negotiate higher wages & better working conditions in the South, it’ll benefit every worker in America.”
Can you sentence a former President for a crime? You can if you’re France. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison for corruption on Monday.
Sarkozy was tried for trying to obtain information about an investigation into his campaign finances between the years of 2007 and 2012 using wiretaps while he was President. This all but dashes his hopes of running again in 2022.
The former President will not have to serve his prison sentence in a facility but will instead wear an electronic bracelet in his home.
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