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Biden is set to officially recognize the Armenian genocide, despite warnings from Turkey it could 'worsen ties' even more

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then-Vice President Joe Biden attend a press conference after a meeting at the Beylerbeyi Palace on November 22, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Kayhan Ozer/Getty Images Biden is set to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide on Saturday, the NYT reported. No US president has officially recognized the killing of 1.5 million Armenians during WWI as genocide. Turkey has warned that such a move would harm relations at a time when they're already stra...
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House votes 350-71 passing legislation limiting arms sales to Saudi Arabia, in response to 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi

People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. Yasin Akgul/Getty Images The US House of representatives voted 350-71 to pass a measure that would restrict US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This bill is in part in response to the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US House of representatives voted 350-7...
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Psaki pressed on whether Biden 'acknowledges his own role in systemic racism' in America

White House press secretary Jen Psaki had an uncomfortable exchange with a reporter Wednesday after he asked whether President Biden...
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COVID Confessional—On Maintaining Just the Right Amount of Skepticism

Among the many challenges of the past thirteen months has been the everyday-epistemological challenge of staying grounded and vigilant in an environment of ever-polarizing opinion. Recent conversations with two valued friends reveal the danger of the post-COVID world bifurcating absolutely into sheep and denialists. I hasten to insist that these are not the only two options.I am someone who will not even take a pain killer except in the most extreme of circumstances. I am willing to accept scie...
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White House Moves to Assist Western U.S. Communities Hit by Drought

(Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday announced an effort to provide immediate support to farmers, tribes and communities suffering from...
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LA County now about halfway to herd immunity, officials declare

With more than 4 million Los Angeles County residents with at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, public health officials estimate they are about halfway to achieving herd immunity. What exactly constitutes herd immunity is somewhat unknown depending on how infectious certain variants might be, though most experts put the goal at around 80% of those eligible who need to be vaccinated, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. In L.A. County, 80% of those 16 and over adds up to abo...
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WH: Biden Promised George Floyd’s Family He’d ‘Use Power Of Presidency’ To Pass Act

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday said that President Biden vowed to George Floyd's family that he will use "the power of his presidency" to push for the policing reform bill named in honor of him. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
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WH Expects CDC Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Will ‘Absolutely Loosen’ In Coming Weeks

Andy Slavitt, White House senior adviser on COVID-19 response, on Wednesday said that he expects that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated will "absolutely loosen" in the coming weeks. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
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The Postal Service is reportedly monitoring Americans' social media for 'inflammatory' content, per report

The Colorado Secretary of State on Friday said the postal service is confusing voters by mailing out a nationwide postcard encouraging Americans to plan ahead. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images The law-enforcement arm of the USPS is running a "covert" program, according to Yahoo News. The surveillance effort, known as iCop, monitors Americans' social media for "inflammatory" posts. A memo obtained by Yahoo includes identifying details and screenshots of users' Parler accounts. Se...
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Thousands protest in Russia in support of jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny, who is on hunger strike and in poor health

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term, in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2021 Maxim Shemetov/Reuters Thousands of Russians are protesting in support of Alexei Navalny's release from prison. According to Sky News, hundreds of protesters have been detained. Navalny has said his health is deteriorating in prison and he looks like a 'skeleton.' See more s...
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17 state treasurers are calling for Congress to pass paid family and medical leave

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer Seventeen state treasurers are calling for the passage of paid family and medical leave in the American Families Plan. That's the second part of President Biden's infrastructure package, focusing on care infrastructure. According to the Washington Post, it allocates $225 billion towards paid family and medical leave See more stories on Insider's business page. The next part of the White House's infrastructure package will focus on American families, wi...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Declares Drought Emergency In 2 Counties

MENDOCINO COUNTY (AP/CBS13) — Summer hasn’t even begun and two counties are already seeing perilously dry conditions. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared an emergency executive order in two Northern California counties in response to drought conditions affecting much of the state. Wednesday’s announcement affects Mendocino and Sonoma counties, where Newsom says drought conditions are especially bad. It comes as California is expected to face another devastating wildfire season after a winter with lit...
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A Capitol Police officer reported hearing a radio dispatch to look only for 'anti-Trump' protesters on January 6, congresswoman says

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces at the US Capitol on January 6. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images A Capitol Police officer reported hearing a message to look only for anti-Trump protesters on January 6. Rep. Zoe Lofgren said in a hearing that the officer made the claim as part of an internal review. The force's inspector general, Michael Bolton, said he had no knowledge of the report yet. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Democratic congressw...
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A Capitol Police officer reported hearing a radio dispatch to only look for 'anti-Trump' protesters on January 6, congresswoman says

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images The Capitol Police officer reported hearing a radio message to only look for anti-Trump protesters on January 6. Rep. Zoe Lofgren said in a hearing that the officer made the claim as part of an internal review. The force's inspector general, Michael Bolton, said he had no knowledge of the report yet. See more ...
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Republicans and Democrats are teaming up to take a 'huge step' in the US's battle against China

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Top Democrats are partnering with Republicans on a bill to counter China's economic influence. Co-sponsor Rep. Ro Khanna said in an interview lawmakers "hit the sweet spot" with the plan. The legislation will be a test of whether Democrats and the GOP can still work together in Congress. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of Republicans and Democrats are putting forward a new plan aimed at bolstering the nation's economic competitive...
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"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was in the Oval Office, pleading with President Biden... to end Trump-era restrictions on immigration..."

"... and to allow tens of thousands of desperate refugees fleeing war, poverty and natural disasters into the United States... The attitude of the president during the meeting, according to one person to whom the conversation was later described, was, essentially: Why are you bothering me with this? What had been an easy promise on the campaign trail — to reverse what Democrats called President Donald J. Trump’s “racist” limits on accepting refugees — has become a test of what is truly important...
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'Hell no don't raise them!': Manchin dismisses GOP-favored gas taxes and user fees to pay for infrastructure

Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP, File Sen. Joe Manchin is opposed to increasing the gas tax or levying new charges on people to pay for infrastructure. "Hell no don't raise them!" he told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Gas taxes and new user fees are measures Republicans floated in recent days to cover infrastructure. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is staunchly opposed to lifting the gas tax and implementing user fees, the GOP's pr...
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Nearly half of Democrats say they would be comfortable returning to their old routines, a new poll shows

Vlad Lapich, with tech startup company Fast, works on his computer on the first day back in the office on March 24, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Americans are increasingly feeling comfortable about returning to their pre-COVID routines. A Morning Consult poll said 46% of Democrats feel comfortable, a record high. Republicans consistently reported higher comfort levels than Democrats in Morning Consult's polling. See more stories on Insider's busin...
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FDA found problems at the US factory making J&J vaccine

By Linda A. Thompson | Associated Press The Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in the shots, U.S. regulators said Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration released a statement and a 13-page report detailing findings from its recent inspection of the now-idle Emergent BioSciences factory. Agency inspector...
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Ex-minister Johnny Mercer says ‘almost nobody’ tells truth in Johnson’s government

Former veterans’ minister says it was ‘most distrustful, awful environment I’ve ever worked in, in government’Former veterans’ minister Johnny Mercer has launched an extraordinary attack on Boris Johnson’s government, describing it as a “cesspit” and “the most distrustful, awful environment I’ve ever worked in”. A day after his resignation, the MP also accused ministers of being “cowards” for not implementing a controversial pledge to end “vexatious historical investigations” of veterans who ser...
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LA council votes to make plastic utensils only available upon request

LOS ANGELES — In an effort to alleviate some financial burdens on Los Angeles restaurants and reduce plastic waste, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an ordinance to make disposable foodware, including utensils and napkins, only available at restaurants when requested by customers. The ordinance, which was requested in a motion already passed unanimously by City Council, is subject to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s approval and would go into effect for food and beverage facil...
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White House offers a new tax credit in latest plan to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated

The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated.
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Biden holding out for bipartisan support for immigration measures, White House says

White House suggests Joe Biden isn't yet ready to use budget reconciliation to pass immigration measures without Republican support.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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South Korea's president said Trump 'beat around the bush' on North Korea's nukes and his efforts 'failed'

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet at the Korean Demilitarized Zone Reuters South Korea's president said Trump "failed" when it comes to North Korea and its nukes. "He beat around the bush and failed to pull it through," Moon said of Trump. Trump met with Kim Jong Un on denuclearization several times, but North Korea retains its arsenal. See more stories on Insider's business page. South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a new interview wit...
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Photos of the weirdest and most unique McDonald's restaurants in the world

This McDonald's restaurant in Taupo, New Zealand, is located inside a decommissioned plane. EQRoy/Shutterstock Some McDonald's restaurants are found in downright strange locations. One McDonald's restaurant in Taupo, New Zealand, is located inside a decommissioned plane. A glass-walled McDonald's restaurant has received an award for its impressive architecture. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The McDonald's location in Downey, California, is the ...
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New York legislators approved a bill that would immediately restore voting rights to prisoners once they are released

Table top voting booths are stored at the Allegheny County Election Division warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar New York legislators passed a bill restoring voting rights to New Yorkers convicted of felonies. The bill lets such New Yorkers register to vote after being released from prison. The bill is now headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk for approval. See more stories on Insider's business page. The New York State Assembly p...
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Biden calls on all US employers to pay full-time workers for time missed due to vaccines

President Joe Biden. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Joe Biden on Wednesday called on all US employers to give their workers paid time off to get vaccinated. The president also reaffirmed his commitment to a paid-leave tax credit to help small businesses offset the cost of the time off. This comes ahead of Biden's upcoming announcement that the US met his goal of 200 million shots in 100 days. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday that the U...
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After Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict, here's why it's still so rare for a police officer to be tried and convicted of murder

People celebrate Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20, 2021. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images Derek Chauvin's conviction for murdering George Floyd was a rare case of accountability for a police killing. Police kill around 1,000 people every year, but most cases do not result in criminal charges. Experts say that lasting change in police accountability is unlikely to come from the courtroom. See more stories on Insider's bu...
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White House offers new tax credit to spur vaccinations

By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by offering businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid leave to get vaccinated. The move comes as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated and roughly 28 million vaccine doses being delivered each week, demand ha...
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White House Backs Tech Bill Boosting U.S. Supply Chains - Spokeswoman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a legislative effort to address Chinese competition, saying U.S....
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