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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Kremlin announces vote, paves way to annex part of Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin paved the way Tuesday to annex more of Ukraine and escalate the war by claiming that residents of a large swath overwhelmingly supported joining with Russia in stage-managed referendums the U.S. and its Western allies have dismissed as illegitimate.









































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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Monday, September 26, 2022

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Putin’s call-up fuels Russians’ anger, protests and violence

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Long lines of cars on roads snaking to Russia’s border crossings with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and similar queues at airports. Angry demonstrations — not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg — but in the remote far north province of Yakutia and in the southern region of Dagestan, with women chasing a police officer and shouting, “No to war!”




































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These are the best cities in America for people with disabilities

  • News source: Adam Barnes
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  • Personal finance website WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 34 key indicators of disability friendliness to determine the best cities in the U.S. for people with disabilities.

  • Minneapolis secured the top position partly due to its number one ranking in Wallet Hub’s healthcare category.

  • Pittsburgh came in second on the list.


Minneapolis is the best city in the U.S. for people with disabilities, according to a report released less than a week before National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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House GOP calls for 'no' vote on CR

  • News source: Mychael Schnell
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House Republican leadership is urging its members to oppose a stopgap funding bill to avoid a shutdown in Washington.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) sent a memo to House GOP offices Tuesday night recommending that members vote against the continuing resolution (CR), which would keep the government funded at last year’s fiscal levels until Dec. 16.

The measure also includes roughly $12.3 billion to aid Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia.

In its memo, GOP leadership encouraged members of the conference to vote “no” on the CR as a rebuke for Democrats allegedly not negotiating with Republicans on key issues, including inflation, the border and the opioid crisis.

They also took issue with the length of the CR — the Dec. 16 expiration date gives the Democratic House majority an opportunity to craft a funding plan during the lame-duck session after Election Day.

“The Majority has refused to negotiate with Ranking Member Granger or any other House Republican leader on pressing issues relating to our government funding priorities, including runaway inflation, the supply chain crisis, the border crisis, or the opioid deaths associated with drugs like fentanyl coming across our open southern border, and have instead decided to kick the can to December, setting up another government funding showdown during the unaccountable lame duck period,” the memo reads.

The Senate is currently considering the stopgap, which is expected to pass the upper chamber and head to the House on Thursday ahead of a Friday deadline. The measure cleared its first procedural vote on Tuesday night after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to
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The DOJ has no clue who lives or dies in government custody

  • News source: Lars Trautman, opinion contributor
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Never underestimate the ability of the government to muck something up.

That’s the subtext of a
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CDC: early figures show unvaccinated at much higher risk for monkeypox

  • News source: Nathaniel Weixel
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People who were eligible for a monkeypox vaccine but did not receive one were about 14 times more likely to become infected than those who were vaccinated, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While extremely limited, the figures offer an initial look at the effectiveness of the Jynneos vaccine in the real world.

"These new data provide us with a level of cautious optimism that the vaccine is working as intended," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters.

But the numbers are based on data collected from just 32 states, and there's no way to distinguish how much of a reduction in cases is due to the vaccine alone, and how much is due to behavioral changes among the most at-risk populations.

The data is also based on people who received just a single dose of the vaccine. According to the CDC, relatively few individuals in the current outbreak have completed the recommended two-dose series.

Infections continue to decline week over week, but there are currently more than 25,000 cases of monkeypox identified across all 50 states.

Health officials have seen protection from monkeypox for those vaccinated with Jynneos as early as two weeks after the first dose, Walensky said. Still she said laboratory studies show that immune protection is highest two weeks after the second dose of vaccine, so they are continuing to strongly recommend people get two doses of Jynneos spaced out 28 days apart.

"What we have right now is data on how well our vaccine is working after a single dose. What we don't yet have is what happens after a second dose and how durable that protection is," Walensky said.

In addition to initial numbers, health officials on Wednesday said they are expanding eligibility for the Jynneos vaccine by moving to a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) strategy.

The new strategy "encourages vaccine providers to minimize the risk assessments of people seeking the vaccine. Fear of disclosing sexuality and gender identity must not be a barrier to vaccination," said White House monkeypox advisor Demetre Daskalakis.

Daskalakis said people who might be at present or future risk are now eligible, including: gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; transgender or gender diverse people who have had more than one sex partner in the last six months; had sex in a place associated with higher monkeypox risk, or have had a sexually transmitted infection diagnosed in the past six months.

PrEP also extends vaccines to sexual partners of people at risk and commercial sex workers, Daskalakis said.
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Majority of Democrats in key midterm state oppose banning noncitizens from voting in local elections: new poll

  • News source: Brandon Gillespie
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A new poll released Wednesday showed a majority of Democrats in Ohio overwhelmingly oppose banning individuals who aren't U.S. citizens from voting in local elections, just weeks before voters will decide whether to approve a ballot initiative seeking such a ban.

According to the Spectrum News/Siena College poll, 54% of Democrats say they would oppose "a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit local governments from allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections," while just 43% said they would support it.

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Exclusive: Congress probes Oberlin College prof. with links to Iranian regime

  • News source: Benjamin Weinthal
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Two Republican lawmakers from the Committee of Education and Labor called for an inquiry Wednesday into Oberlin College’s religion studies professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati due to his reported ties with the world’s worst state-sponsor of terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran and his alleged role in the cover-up of a massacre of up to 5,000 Iranian political prisoners, Fox News Digital can exclusively report.

"Mr. Mahallati’s current association with and his open loyalty to the Iranian regime causes serious national security concerns. It also...
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Rapping Utah grandma state Senate candidate: 'There's going to be haters'

  • News source: Aubrie Spady
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GOP Utah state Senate candidate Linda Paulson, known for her viral campaign ad where she raps her midterm message, wants to drown out the "haters," and says she believes all America needs is "God, family and the Constitution."

"May is my birthday and our daughter Brenda made this rap up, and she performed it in front of our whole family. We loved it. And so I said, ‘Can you do that for my campaign?’" Paulson said about what initially sparked the idea to rap her ad, in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital.

The unique advertisement was...
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John Fetterman wipes Black Lives Matter section from campaign site amid attacks over crime

  • News source: Thomas Catenacci
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Senate candidate John Fetterman, D-Pa., has removed mentions of Black Lives Matter from his campaign website in the last month, a review of archived webpages showed.

The "issues" page on Fetterman's website currently includes sections on inflation ,criminal justice reform, legalizing cannabis, renewable energy, immigration and several other topics, but doesn't include any section devoted to Black Lives Matter. Archived copies of the page, though, show that as recently as Aug. 22, the same page highlighted Fetterman's commitment to Black Lives...
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Pro-military group aims to bring stability to Congress by working to elect GOP veterans

  • News source: Kyle Morris
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The number of veterans serving in Congress is at its lowest level since WWII, but a pro-military political action committee with a mission to help elect Republicans with military experience to Congress is looking to change that.

Frontline Patriots PAC is seeking "to promote and elect principled, conservative veteran leadership to congress" who have "a deep understanding of courage, conviction, and love of country that only true service can bring," according to the PAC's website.

To date, Frontline Patriots has raised a total of $133,000 and has...
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Dr. Oz's crime 'diagnosis' places blame on 'radical' John Fetterman: 'We have got to take our cities back'

  • News source: Brandon Gillespie, Andrew Murray
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Republican Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz says his "diagnosis" to the rising crime plaguing his state places blame squarely on his "radical" Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, for creating the conditions for criminal activity to prosper.

In an interview this week with Fox News Digital, Oz asserted that instances of violent crime, as well as events like the ransacking of a Wawa gas station by a mob of people over the weekend, were now "normalized," and described such occurrences as a "cancer" to society.

"We've normalized...
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EU official says Nord Stream pipeline damage was likely "a deliberate act"

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European companies are ramping up security around pipelines and energy prices are climbing again as the suspected sabotage of two pipelines that deliver natural gas from Russia underscored the vulnerability of Europe's energy infrastructure and prompted the EU to warn of possible retaliation.

Some European officials and energy experts have said Russia is likely to blame for any sabotage — it directly benefits from higher energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe — although others cautioned against pointing fingers until investigators are able...
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Kelly leads Masters by 10 points in Arizona reelection bid: survey

  • News source: Brad Dress
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Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) is leading Republican challenger Blake Masters by 10 points in his bid for reelection, according to the latest
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Virgin Atlantic announces gender-inclusive uniform, ticketing policy

  • News source: Brooke Migdon
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  • Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday announced updates to its uniform policy and ticketing system in a company-wide effort to be more inclusive of all gender identities.

  • Under the new uniform policy, airline staff may select the uniform that “best represents them” and may choose to wear a badge displaying their preferred pronouns.

  • Virgin Atlantic passengers are also able to select a gender-neutral gender code while booking with their airline.


Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday announced updates to its uniform policy and ticketing system, removing a requirement that staff wear gendered uniforms and allowing nonbinary and gender nonconforming passengers to select a gender code and title consistent with their identities.

The British airline’s policy changes, which are effective immediately, allow flight and ground crew members to select whichever uniform best represents them, regardless of their gender, gender identity or expression, the company said Wednesday in a
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Trump Jr. to campaign with Vance in Ohio

  • News source: Julia Manchester
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Donald Trump Jr. will hit the campaign trail with Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance in Ohio next week, according to details first shared with The Hill on Wednesday.

The eldest son of former President Trump will make three campaign stops with Vance next Wednesday, in Perrysburg, East Caledonia and Columbus.

The campaign stops will mark the first time Trump Jr. has campaigned with Vance in the general election but the two appeared together in West Chester, Ohio, before the state's primary.

Trump Jr. said in a statement to The Hill that he was “excited” to campaign with Vance next week, and called Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) a “lying leftist.”

“I’ve gotten to know JD really well over the past two years and strongly believe he’s the type of political outsider we desperately need in the U.S. Senate,” Trump Jr. said.

“Tim Ryan likes to fraudulently claim that he stood with my father on issues like trade, but my father and I both know that’s a lie and remember how he repeatedly attacked the tariffs my father instituted to protect American manufacturing jobs,” he continued.

Polls show a tight race between Vance and Ryan. A Spectrum News-Siena College poll released on Wednesday
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More Democrats than Republicans think Ukraine is winning Russia war: poll

  • News source: Olafimihan Oshin
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More Democrats than Republicans believe that Ukraine is currently winning its war against Russia, according to a new The Economist/You Gov survey.

The
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