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White House Denies Attempts ‘to Kneecap’ GOP Gov. DeSantis

With New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo having gone from self-proclaimed COVID-19 hero to having to resign from office, the White House was asked whether its back-and-forth with Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is an effort to “kneecap him.”

“Our war is not on DeSantis; it’s on the virus, which we are trying to kneecap,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at Wednesday’s White House briefing. “He does not seem to want to participate in that effort to . . .

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Biden Trolls DeSantis as Their COVID Feud Escalates: ‘Governor Who?’

President Joe Biden trolled Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday over the governor’s vow to stand in the way of federal COVID-19 lockdowns and mandates imposed on Floridians.

When asked at a press conference outside the White House: “DeSantis, who was using your words about ‘don’t be in the way,’ he’s saying, ‘I am in the way to block too much interference from the federal government.’ Your response, Mr. President?”

Biden shot back with a seemingly tongue-in-cheek statement to . . .

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Biden lands win, but virus surge threatens to derail agenda

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden wagered his campaign and now his presidency on the premise that government itself could still work, even at a time of fractious political division.

When the Senate voted this week, with bipartisan support, to begin work on an infrastructure bill that Biden supported, he seemed to have proof of the concept.

But the triumph was overshadowed by the surging delta variant of the coronavirus that has forced the restoration of mask guidelines, imperiled the . . .

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Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated.

Federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else comply with new rules on mandatory masking, weekly testing, distancing and more. The strict new guidelines are aimed at increasing sluggish vaccination rates among the huge number of . . .

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Biden to launch vaccine push for millions of federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to set a model for employers nationwide, President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that millions of federal workers must show proof they’ve received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking and travel restrictions.

An individual familiar with the president’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity to confirm details that had yet to be announced publicly, emphasized that the new guidance is not a vaccine mandate for federal employees and that those who decide not to get vaccinated aren’t at risk of being fired.

The new policy amounts to a recognition by the Biden administration that the government — the nation’s biggest employer — must do . . .

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Biden Admin Cancels 2 Border Wall Contracts in South Texas

The Biden administration has canceled two border wall contracts along 31 miles of the Rio Grande in the Laredo sector of south Texas — continuing the process it began in the spring of dismantling one of the Trump administration’s signature initiatives.

The two contracts had previously been funded in 2020,but the Department of Homeland Security said they’re “not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements,” a news release stated Friday. 

The Trump administration had planned to spend about $15 billion to build a wall along the . . .

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