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Aug 19 2021
New U.S. jobless claims fell to a pandemic low last week as applications for state unemployment benefits dropped for the fourth consecutive week. The Labor Department reported that initial unemployment claims fell 29,000 to 348,000 last week, and that there were 10 million job openings. This trend seems to indicate that the economy is recovering as labor market conditions improve; it alsoNew York Post (News) Bloomberg Reuters
Aug 05 2021
On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he will "stand in the way" of President Joe Biden and any COVID-19 rules that would restrict Floridians' freedoms or hurt local businesses. DeSantis argued that Biden is wrong to require Americans to follow coronavirus restrictions while allowing immigrants who may have COVID-19 to enter the United States.
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Dec 20 2021
Roughly 23% of people in the U.S. ages five and older have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose. How should the the government and the rest of the American public respond to that?
As of Monday, 77% of Americans ages five and up have received at least one dose. Tens of millions of eligible Americans haven't. People perceive the vaccine and its effectiveness differently across theForeign Policy National Review The Conversation
Aug 08 2021
Over the last four weekends, thousands of protesters have rallied in the streets across France to revolt against President Emmanuel Macron's new vaccine passport mandate. The health bill, which goes into effect tomorrow, will require all French citizens to show proof of vaccination before entering cafes, restaurants, public transportation and certain health facilities. The law was already inThe Guardian Daily Mail Newsweek
Jul 23 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics kicked off Friday with opening ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan. The games were delayed by a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus remains a top story around the games; public health concerns threatened to force another delay, and fan presence at the games will be heavily restricted. Roughly 11,000 athletes from nearly 200 countries will participate in the games, whichThe Hill Fox News (Online News) CNN (Online News)
Aug 02 2021
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a report on the COVID-19 pandemic's origins Monday, alleging that China concealed COVID-19's leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2019. McCaul, the House Foreign Affairs Committee's ranking member, says China is guilty of the "greatest coverup of all time". Many health experts and scientists in the U.S. continue to stress that the theoryNew York Post (News) The Hill Fox News (Online News)
Dec 16 2021
The U.S., the U.K. and other countries have seen spikes in COVID-19 cases over the past week.
U.S. states with rising cases included New York and New Jersey, where CDC data said the milder but more vaccine resistant Omicron variant is spreading. While some highly-vaccinated states saw significant outbreaks, a Forbes (Center) report said, they still fared better on hospitalizations andForbes New York Times (News) New York Post (News)
Dec 17 2021
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed a “test to stay” policy allowing close contacts of students with COVID-19 to continue in-person schooling if they test negative.
The CDC released two studies showing the effectiveness of the strategy, which some schools across the country had already implemented. Instead of quarantining unvaccinated students whoNPR (Online News) Washington Post New York Post (News)
Jul 22 2021
Jobless claims rose to 419,000 last week, higher than the 350,000 Dow Jones estimate for initial filings.
The increase in claims comes as some public health restrictions return amid the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Meanwhile, businesses work aggressively to fill positions as enhanced unemployment benefits end in about 24 states.Reuters Breitbart News Bloomberg
Dec 16 2021
Health authorities and drug regulators in the U.S. are conveying more concerns about rare but severe blood clots associated with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.
On Thursday, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel unanimously gave a preferential recommendation to the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines over Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine.CNN (Online News) STAT The Epoch Times