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Ashish Jha Named New White House COVID-19 Coordinator

Ashish Jha

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he had named Ashish Jha, M.D., the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, to replace Jeff Zients as the country’s COVID-19 coordinator when Zients leaves his post next month. In a statement about Jha’s appointment, Biden highlighted his communication skills …

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Fed Raises Interest Rates for First Time Since 2018

Jerome Powell

The Federal Reserve announced that it is raising interest rates for the first time in three years to help bring the skyrocketing inflation under control. “With appropriate firming in the stance of monetary policy, the Committee expects inflation to return to its 2 percent objective and the labor market to remain …

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White House Raises Alarm On COVID Funding Shortfall

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by Jennifer Shutt, Missouri Independent March 15, 2022 WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is warning that the United States would not be prepared for another COVID-19 variant or surge in cases if Congress doesn’t approve billions in stalled emergency funding. Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday that without the $22.5 billion the …

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Senate Votes To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent beginning in November 2023. The bill, known as the Sunshine Protection Act, earned 17 cosponsors from both parties in the upper chamber and was passed by unanimous consent. Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has long been a …

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Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Tests Positive For COVID

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Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the vice president’s office. “Earlier today, the Second Gentleman tested positive for COVID-19,” Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary for the vice president, said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, …

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Lyft, Uber To Add Fuel Surcharge As Gas Prices Surge

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Ridesharing companies Lyft and Uber are adding a temporary fuel surcharge to help drivers deal with rising gas prices, the companies have both confirmed. Lyft hasn’t said how much more riders will pay per trip or when the surcharge will begin, but Uber’s surcharge is set to go into effect on …

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