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4:05 PM 2/27/2021 – News Review: NY expands eligibility at mass vaccination sites in Brooklyn, Queens as hospitalizations continue …

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations dropped to their lowest level since Dec. 12 as the state expanded …

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Russian opposition marks anniversary of Kremlin critic Nemtsov’s murder  Reuters

COVID-19: Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine performs well against variants, trials show  Sky News

U.S. ‘Very Concerned’ Putin Will Provoke Foreign Crisis to Quell Pro-Navalny Unrest  U.S. News & World Report

Use of Sarin in Syria ‘Awakened the World to a Grave Threat,’ Says Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Joby Warrick  Newsweek


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“Sunbathe,” the latest offering from Puerto Rican producer Tainy and singer Miguel, has the musical impact of a SAD lamp: an instant serotonin boost.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene smirks next to her transphobic sign.ScreenshotCongressional Republicans engaged in the kind of open and vicious bigotry that hasn’t been seen since the dark days of Jesse Helms and William Dannemeyer.

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6, the same day that a violent mob stormed the Capitol based on false … 6 and that “she and her family were in no way involved in the violent attacks.

We just haven’t started shooting at each other yet.'” Gosar did not respond to the Times’ request for comment. During the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, …

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has condemned the rioters who besieged the US Capitol, but will not “cry” about lawmakers who came under attack …


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Watch live: Top U.S. Capitol security officials testify at House hearing on January 6 attack

Watch live on February 25 at 10 a.m. ET: Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett and acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman are testifying at a House subcommittee hearing on security failures during the January 6 siege.

Capitol security officials have blamed federal agencies for poor communication in the days leading up to the riot. Five people died and more than 140 law enforcement officers were hurt in the attack. 

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A report of a newly detected variant of the coronavirus is raising concerns. The mutation is believed to spread faster and possibly weaken the effectiveness of the current vaccines, according to a New York Times report. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi spoke to PIX11 about the new variant, vaccine distribution in the city and efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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8:59 AM 2/25/2021 – FBI = KGB!!! Investigate The Investigators!!! Save the US!!!

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Soon they will change their shingle too. Wake up, America! Investigate the investigators! Reform and/or replace the stupid, inept, and incompetent FBI! Put the FBI criminals and their Very Special Agent Trump in prison!

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It’s one of the most basic questions of the U.S. Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters’ plan? What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the …

I was assaulted by a Proud Boys supporter in a foreshadowing of the hate to come. I saw that same look on the faces of those who ravaged the Capitol …

Johnson faces criticism after Capitol riot, security comments … that the Capitol attack was not planned by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. … The Washington Post reported on an FBI memo alleged there was chatter of “go …

6 before the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol. … planned release of investigation and personnel information in response to four public-records … Kelly Sheridan, said none of the officers participated in the riot at the Capitol afterward, …

Oath Keeper Suspects Charged With Conspiracy  The New York Times

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6 riots at the U.S. Capitol as reason to increase judicial security, adding to an existing effort to boost protections for federal judges and other court staff.

… further involved” in the Capitol riot. Defense lawyers for rioters facing charges have already begun framing the unrest as the result of Trump’s violent …

For the rioters who are alleged to have committed serious criminal acts, more information is coming out in court papers filed in the Justice Department cases against them.

siege, said the claims that he didn’t issue a verbal warning before discharging his firearm are “a false narrative.” 35-year-old Babbitt, who served in the …

Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton refutes statements given by Acting Capitol … committees have said they will look at different aspects of the siege.

February 24, 2021, 11:00 PM PST. 6:53 … 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the legal threats to former President Donald Trump may be only just beginning. … refused to rule out an investigation into Trump or the other officials who spoke at the Jan6 rally. … She declined to comment further on the investigation.

US Capitol Police were aware of the possibility of violence from armed … the Capitol was attacked by supporters of former President Donald Trump, …

riots at the U.S. Capitol as reason to increase judicial security, adding to an existing effort to boost protections for federal judges and other court staff.

An FBI warning that a protest by Trump supporters could turn violent reached the U.S. Capitol Police the day before the assault, but top officials in …

Errors in applications submitted during the Russia investigation of Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign, as well as in a larger sample of …

Democratic’s lawsuit accuses Trump of inciting deadly Capitol riot  National Herald

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… a Democratic witness before the House Judiciary Committee, said the attack by pro-Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol last month was in a certain …

Frank Figliuzzi: Senate asked all the wrong questions about the pro-Trump attack on the Capitol. 03:15. Rep. Raul Ruiz on challenges vaccinating …

The Capitol attack delayed the certification of Biden’s win by several hours, as lawmakers were forced to flee to seek safety from the angry mob that …

A comprehensive response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could take months, if not years, to materialize after thorough investigations, but …

The people charged in the attack so far also did not come exclusively from Republican states or conservative enclaves. In fact, a majority lived in …

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Why are coronavirus cases dropping in the U.S.? Experts point to four reasons.

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Some point to the quickening pace of coronavirus vaccine administration, some say it’s because of the natural seasonal ebb of respiratory viruses and others chalk it up to social distancing measures.

And every explanation is appended with two significant caveats: The country is still in a bad place, continuing to notch more than 90,000 new cases every day, and recent progress could still be imperiled, either by new fast-spreading virus variants or by relaxed social distancing measures.

The rolling daily average of new infections in the United States hit its all-time high of 248,200 on Jan. 12, according to data gathered and analyzed by The Washington Post. Since then, the number has dropped every day, hitting 91,000 on Sunday, its lowest level since November.

A former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the idea that Americans are now seeing the effect of their good behavior — not of increased vaccinations.

“I don’t think the vaccine is having much of an impact at all on case rates,” Tom Frieden said in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” “It’s what we’re doing right: staying apart, wearing masks, not traveling, not mixing with others indoors.”

However, Frieden noted, the country’s numbers are still higher than they were during the spring and summer virus waves and “we’re nowhere near out of the woods.”

“We’ve had three surges,” Frieden said. “Whether or not we have a fourth surge is up to us, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

The current CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, said in a round of TV interviews Sunday morning that behavior will be crucial to averting yet another spike in infections and that it is far too soon for states to be rescinding mask mandates. Walensky also noted the declining numbers but said cases are still “more than two-and-a-half-fold times what we saw over the summer.”

“It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down, but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, publisher of a popular coronavirus model, are among those who attribute declining cases to vaccines and the virus’s seasonality, which scientists have said may allow it to spread faster in colder weather.

In the IHME’s most recent briefing, published Friday, the authors write that cases have “declined sharply,” dropping nearly 50 percent since early January.

“Two [factors] are driving down transmission,” the briefing says. “1) the continued scale-up of vaccination helped by the fraction of adults willing to accept the vaccine reaching 71 percent, and 2) declining seasonality, which will contribute to declining transmission potential from now until August.”

The model predicts 152,000 more covid-19 deaths by June 1, but projects that the vaccine rollout will save 114,000 lives.

Nearly 40 million people have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, about 12 percent of the U.S. population. Experts have said that 70 percent to 90 percent of people need to have immunity, either through vaccination or prior infection, to quash the pandemic. And some leading epidemiologists have agreed with Frieden, saying that not enough people are vaccinated to make such a sizable dent in the case rates.

A fourth, less optimistic explanation has also emerged: More new cases are simply going undetected. On Twitter, Eleanor Murray, a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said an increased focus on vaccine distribution and administration could be making it harder to get tested.

“I worry that it’s at least partly an artifact of resources being moved from testing to vaccination,” Murray said of the declines.

The Covid Tracking Project, which compiles and publishes data on coronavirus testing, has indeed observed a steady recent decrease in tests, from more than 2 million per day in mid-January to about 1.6 million a month later. The project’s latest update blames this dip on “a combination of reduced demand as well as reduced availability or accessibility of testing.”

“Demand for testing may have dropped because fewer people are sick or have been exposed to infected individuals, but also perhaps because testing isn’t being promoted as heavily,” the authors write.

They note that a backlog of tests over the holidays probably produced an artificial spike of reported tests in early January, but that even when adjusted, it’s still “unequivocally the wrong direction for a country that needs to understand the movements of the virus during a slow vaccine rollout and the spread of multiple new variants.”

Where most experts agree: The mutated variants of the virus pose perhaps the biggest threat to the country’s recovery. One is spreading rapidly and another, known as B.1.351, contains a mutation that may help the virus partly evade natural and vaccine-induced antibodies.

Fewer than 20 cases have been reported in the United States, but a critically ill man in France underscores the variant’s potentially dangerous consequences. The 58-year-old had a mild coronavirus infection in September and the B.1.351 strain reinfected him four months later.

No matter what’s causing the current downturn in new infections, experts have urged Americans to avoid complacency.

“Masks, distancing, ventilation, avoiding gatherings, getting vaccinated when eligible. These are the tools we have to continue the long trip down the tall mountain,” Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, said on Twitter. “The variants may throw us a curve ball, but if we keep driving down transmission we can get to a better place.”

Jacqueline Dupree contributed to this report.

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