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Biden directs states to make all US adults eligible for vaccines by 1 May
President warns Americans ‘this is not the time to let up’ in first prime-time address on pandemic anniversary Joe Biden has directed states to make all American adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines by 1 May and set an audacious goal of 4 July for gatherings to celebrate “independence” from the deadly pandemic. But in his first prime-time address, which marked the anniversary of America’s shu
Joe Biden pledges vaccine eligibility for all US adults by 1 May in nationwide address – video
Joe Biden has pledged all US adults will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines by 1 May as he addressed the nation on the one year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. Biden outlined plans to speed up vaccinations around the country and hoped for a return to normalcy by 4 July. The president condemned the hate crimes against Asian Americans, and repeated his calls for unity, as he urged Americans
New York assembly approves 'impeachment investigation' into Andrew Cuomo
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'He is our quarterback': David Culley says Texans are committed to Watson
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Joe Biden signs landmark $1.9tn Covid relief bill into law – video
Joe Biden has signed into law a $1.9tn coronavirus relief package, cementing the first major legislative victory of his presidency. 'This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,' Biden said about the American Rescue Plan. Touting the bill’s broad public support, he said the plan’s passage by the House of Representatives on Wednesday ensured that 'their voices were h
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Biden signs $1.9tn Covid relief ahead of first primetime address as president
President will mark one year since coronavirus triggered shutdowns across US in televised speech on Thursday night US politics – live updates Joe Biden signed the historic $1.9tn Covid-19 relief package into law on Thursday, hours before he will deliver his first primetime TV address as US president to mark one year since the virus triggered widespread shutdowns across the country. “This historic
Michelle Obama says she’s moving towards retirement to ‘chase summer’
Former first lady, 57, says the pivot will allow more time for her and her husband, Barack, to ‘be with each other’ Michelle Obama, the former first lady, hinted at plans for a graceful step out of the limelight and towards retirement, in a recent interview with People Magazine. She shared that the pivot would allow more time for her and husband, Barack, to “be with each other”. Since leaving the
Chicago suburb to become first city to provide reparations to Black residents for housing
Evanston city council to vote on the issue on 22 March for an initial disbursement of about $400,000 for housing needs A suburb of Chicago is set to become the first place in the US to provide reparations to its Black residents for housing through a tax on marijuana sales, with a plan to distribute $10m over the coming decade. Evanston, which sits on the shores of Lake Michigan north of downtown
Mississippi governor to sign bill banning trans athletes from women’s teams
State will become first to enact such a ban, saying ‘push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong’ Tate Reeves, the Republican governor of Mississippi, is set to sign a bill on Thursday that will ban transgender athletes from competing on girls’ or women’s sports teams. Mississippi will become the first state this year to enact such a ban, after a federal court blocked a similar Idaho law
'It’s every man for himself': the Texans defying end of mask mandate
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Heat's Meyers Leonard fined $50k and suspended one week for antisemitic slur
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Derek Chauvin trial: judge grants request to add third-degree murder charge
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