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The week in 12 headlines

This week, Senate Republicans blocked a key vote to start debate on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill long sought by President Joe Biden, leaving his political agenda potentially on the brink. Meanwhile, the White House toughened its tone regarding Covid-19 as the Delta variant continued to spread and some cities reassessed their relaxed mask mandates.…MORE

National Guard unit starts to make cuts after Congress fails to pay for Capitol security mission
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National Guard unit starts to make cuts after Congress fails to pay for Capitol security mission

The Nebraska National Guard has begun canceling training events as other Guard units across the country prepare to take even more drastic measures if Congress doesn’t reimburse the National Guard Bureau for the more than half a billion dollars spent securing the Capitol in the months following the January 6th riot. The annual weapons qualification…MORE

US women’s national soccer team players appeal equal pay lawsuit decision
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US women’s national soccer team players appeal equal pay lawsuit decision

Players from the United States women’s national soccer team filed an appeal Friday to overturn a 2020 decision against their equal pay lawsuit, saying last year’s decision “defies reality.” In May 2020, Judge Gary Klausner ruled there was no basis to prove the players’ claims that the US Soccer Federation (USSF) financially discriminated against the…MORE

Florida heads to Supreme Court on Covid-19 regulations for cruise ships
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Florida heads to Supreme Court on Covid-19 regulations for cruise ships

Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court on Friday to step in on an emergency basis to block Covid-19 protocols put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requiring the cruise lines to meet certain conditions before they can sail again. The dispute comes as the industry is attempting to ramp up…MORE

George Floyd statue in Brooklyn to move to Manhattan after refurbishment
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George Floyd statue in Brooklyn to move to Manhattan after refurbishment

A statue of George Floyd that has been in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood since Juneteenth will be moved on Monday — first back to the studio for refurbishment and then to Manhattan’s Union Square Park in September as planned, according to Confront Art, the group that produced the statue. The 6-foot statue was unveiled this summer…MORE

Family says conservative radio host has changed his tune on vaccines after he was hospitalized with Covid-19
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Family says conservative radio host has changed his tune on vaccines after he was hospitalized with Covid-19

For months, conservative Nashville, Tennessee-based radio host Phil Valentine has repeatedly made posts on multiple social media platforms telling his fans that if they weren’t at risk for Covid-19, they shouldn’t get the vaccine. That message changed on July 23, when the Valentine family made a public statement on the Facebook page of his talk…MORE

Delta is dangerous and spreading — but vaccination can stop it
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Delta is dangerous and spreading — but vaccination can stop it

I’m hearing from vaccinated people who are frightened about breakthrough cases, the Delta variant and new waves of Covid. But people who are fully vaccinated are not the ones who should be most concerned. As new cases continue to climb almost everywhere, here’s what I expect to happen over the coming weeks. Globally, we’re far…MORE

Man arrested after taking Houston ambulance at gunpoint with paramedic and patient inside, police say
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Man arrested after taking Houston ambulance at gunpoint with paramedic and patient inside, police say

A man has been arrested after using a car to block an ambulance, ordering the driver out at gunpoint and driving the ambulance away with a 16-year-old hit-and-run victim and a paramedic inside, Houston police say. The teenaged girl had been struck by a vehicle at 2:30 a.m. and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Houston Police Public…MORE

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