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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.











































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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Saturday, July 31, 2021

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People from a coalition of housing justice groups hold signs protesting evictions during a news conference outside the Statehouse, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


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Evictions loom after Biden, Congress fail to extend ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday night after President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress worked furiously but ultimately failed to align on a long-shot strategy to prevent millions of Americans from being forced from their homes during a COVID-19 surge.







































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US vaccinations tick up as delta variant spreads

  • News source: Jordan Williams
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The pace of vaccinations in the United States has picked up over the past week as the delta variant continues to spread and federal health officials warn of its impact, even among vaccinated individuals.

The U.S. administered more than 700,000 shots for four days in a row this week, White House chief of staff Ron Klein said on Twitter. About 3 million people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine over the past seven days.

Klain said more adults are getting their first vaccine dose than at “any time in the past 8-10 weeks” and that rise...
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Out-And-Proud Raven 'Hulk' Saunders Takes Silver In Women's Shot Put

  • News source: Leila Fadel
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When U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders is competing, she calls herself the "Hulk." It's the alter ego that bursts onto the field to fight for championships.

Saunders — with the help of her "Hulk" persona — took silver in the women's shot put final at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. She hurled the heavy ball 19.79 meters, or nearly 65 feet. It's the third medal ever for the U.S. in the women's event and it's Saunders' first.

"I remember my first Olympics, being able to watch Michelle Carter come out here and, you know, get it done," she said, referring to...
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Turkey: Foreign tourists evacuated as wildfires threaten resorts

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Coastguard vessels and private boats have brought holidaymakers to safety, as the death toll rises.
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Tokyo Olympics: Armand Duplantis glad to have avoided coffee with Sam Kendricks

  • News source: BBC News - World
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Armand Duplantis is glad that a phone call from his girlfriend meant he missed a coffee with Sam Kendricks before the American's positive Covid test.
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Ilhan Omar backs 'guaranteed income,' pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

  • News source: Brie Stimson
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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced two guaranteed income bills on Friday, aimed at sending $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans before the end of the decade, according to reports.

The SUPPORT Act would fund current local guaranteed income pilot programs around the country through a $2.5 billion grant program and findings for the national program would be taken between 2023 and 2027, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis reported.

Starting in 2028, the national program would send $1,200 per month for people making less than $75,000 a year or heads of household...
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Senate ends Saturday session -- with infrastructure bill still in limbo

  • News source: FOX News
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WASHINGTON — Unable to produce the final text of a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the Senate wrapped up a rare Saturday session making little visible progress on the legislative package, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed the work would get done.

The Senate planned to reconvene Sunday. Senators and staff have been laboring behind the scenes for days to write what is certain to be a massive piece of legislation. An early draft swelled beyond 2,500 pages. To prod the work along, Schumer kept senators in a weekend session...
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Western Wildfires May Take Weeks To Months To Contain

  • News source: Dustin Jones
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Pockets of the American West continued to burn over the weekend, as another nine large fires were reported on Saturday in California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The 87 fires still active in 13 states have consumed more than 1.7 million acres. Just shy of 3 million acres have been scorched since the start of 2021, with months left in what experts predict will be a devastating fire season.

In southern Oregon, the Bootleg Fire has become the largest active blaze in the country. The 413,000-acre inferno was contained at 56%, as of Saturday night. A...
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Simone Biles withdraws from floor final at Tokyo Olympics

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American Simone Biles withdraws from the floor final but is yet to make a decision on whether to compete on beam.
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Tokyo Olympics: Charlotte Worthington wins BMX freestyle gold for Great Britain

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Great Britain's Charlotte Worthington wins a thrilling gold in the women's BMX park freestyle Olympic final.
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Simone Biles criticism baffles Callum Skinner: Mental health 'not death of sport'

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Criticism of Simone Biles for withdrawing from some events at Tokyo 2020 is "baffling", says Olympic gold medallist Callum Skinner.
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Senate ends Saturday session -- with infrastructure bill still in limbo

  • News source: FOX News
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WASHINGTON — Unable to produce the final text of a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the Senate wrapped up a rare Saturday session making little visible progress on the legislative package, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed the work would get done.

The Senate planned to reconvene Sunday. Senators and staff have been laboring behind the scenes for days to write what is certain to be a massive piece of legislation. An early draft swelled beyond 2,500 pages. To prod the work along, Schumer kept senators in a weekend session...
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Simone Biles Withdraws From Floor, Still Might Compete In Balance Beam

  • News source: Merrit Kennedy
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U.S. superstar gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the individual final in the floor exercise, leaving one event in which she might still compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

"Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week," USA Gymnastics said. "Either way, we're all behind you, Simone."

Biles suddenly pulled out of the team final earlier this week after a difficult first vault, and later said that she didn't feel that she was there mentally and was dealing with a phenomenon called the twisties...
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Caeleb Dressel Is Leaving Tokyo With Five Olympic Gold Medals

  • News source: Merrit Kennedy
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TOKYO — U.S. star sprinter Caeleb Dressel is on a hot streak. He added two gold medals to his haul from the Tokyo Olympics, departing the Games with five golds.

Dressel and his teammates Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew and Zach Apple set a world record in the 4x100 meter medley relay.

Earlier today, Dressel touched the wall first in the 50 meter freestyle, setting an Olympic record in the shortest and fastest swimming distance with a time of 21.07.

The 50 meter free is a mad sprint — just one length of the pool. Swimmers don't even take a breath the...
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Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session

  • News source: Jordain Carney
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The Senate is poised to hold a rare Sunday session as a bipartisan group of lawmakers try to finish up the text of their infrastructure bill.

The bipartisan group had hoped to unveil legislation on Saturday, and the Senate convened at 11 a.m. and sat on standby for more than 10 hours as behind-the-scenes negotiations continued.

Instead, Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit...
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‘Vote Them Out': Willie Nelson Headlines Texas Protest Rally

  • News source: Acacia Coronado
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Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing "vote them out" Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions.

Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and...
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