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Department of Veterans Affairs 'moving ahead' to provide gender-affirming surgery to transgender veterans: report

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough speaks during a press briefing at the White House, March 4, 2021. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to pay for gender-affirming surgery as part of veterans' healthcare, CNN reported. VA health insurance currently pays for hormone therapy and mental health services, but not surgery. There are about 134,000 transgender veterans, according to an estimate from the National Center for Transgender Equality. See more sto...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, Transgender, US military, Veterans Affairs, Va, Biden, Trump, Denis McDonough, McDonough, Department of Veterans Affairs


The Latest: Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll tops 500,000

By The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil said Saturday that more than 500,000 people in the country are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 2,000 daily deaths in recent days. Brazil’s reported death toll is second only to that of the U.S., where the number of lives lost has topped 600,000. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga confirmed that the official death toll had passed 500,000. ...
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Biden threatened with communion ban over position on abortion

US bishops vote to stop pro-choice Catholics receiving eucharistRoman Catholic bishops in the US have voted to press ahead with moves that could result in Joe Biden being banned from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion, and that risks increasing tensions in a divided church.After three days of online debate, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted by three to one to draft new guidance on the eucharist. The unexpected strength of support for the move among the bishop...
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US celebrates Juneteenth as federal holiday – video

Days after Juneteenth was made a national holiday, communities across the US are coming together to celebrate 19 June 1865, the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, freeing slaves in the final Confederate state that had not abolished slavery.Prior to Biden signing this legislation, Junteenth was recognised in 48 states and Washington DC either as a ceremonial or state holiday, said USA Today. And, although the history of Texas’s emancipation is the most well k...
Tags: Texas, Race, US, US news, Washington Dc, Biden, Usa Today, Galveston Texas, Juneteenth, Junteenth


People across New York celebrate Juneteenth as federal holiday – video

Days after Juneteenth was made a national holiday, communities across New York came together to celebrate 19 June 1865, the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, freeing slaves in the final Confederate state to abolish slavery.Prior to Biden signing this legislation, Juneteenth was recognised in 48 states and Washington DC either as a ceremonial or state holiday, said USA Today. And, although the history of Texas’s emancipation is the most well known, other wat...
Tags: New York, Texas, Race, US, US news, Washington Dc, Biden, Usa Today, Galveston Texas, Juneteenth


Champ, Presidential Pet German Shepherd, Dies at 13

Champ, who was the family’s cherished companion, “died peacefully at home,” President Biden and the first lady said.
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Over 50 House Republicans call on Biden to replace Harris in leading immigration efforts at US-Mexico border

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at the White House on May 17, 2021. AP Photo/Evan Vucci Over 50 Republicans have called on Biden to replace Vice President Harris in immigration efforts at the border. "Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand," the group said. The administration has emphasized that Harris is not a "czar" in charge of managing the border. Sign up for the 10 Things...
Tags: Politics, News, Nbc, Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Immigration, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Ice, Wisconsin, Migrants


'Our sweet, good boy': First pooch Champ Biden dies, age 13, after months in White House

All good dogs go to heaven, and Champ Biden, who died Saturday at age 13, was a good dog.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Biden Announces Death Of Family’s Dog Champ: ‘I Will Miss Him’

Joe Biden and his family are mourning the loss of their senior German shepherd.
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8 GOP reps who voted against making Juneteenth a national holiday appeared to close their offices anyway: report

Al Drago/Getty Images GOP lawmakers who opposed the creation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth closed their offices Friday anyway, BuzzFeed News reported. In total, 14 members of Congress opposed the new holiday, and eight of them appeared to close their office. The bill unanimously passed the Senate and was signed by President Biden on Thursday. See more stories on Insider's business page. Eight GOP members of Congress who voted against the bill that established Juneteenth as a fed...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Biden, Capitol, BuzzFeed News, Ronny Jackson, Juneteenth, Chip Roy, Galveston Bay Texas


Biden's dog Champ has died, White House says

The White House announced the death of Champ, the Biden family's "constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years."
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Opinion: A priest's big question for Catholic bishops isn't really about Biden and Communion

Every time I place Communion in someone's hand or tongue, it is an act of faith -- on my part and on that of the communicant. I say the words, "the body of Christ," to which the response is "Amen," meaning "it is true" or "let it be so" -- not always said with certainty but, often, with hope.
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Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans

The Biden administration is struggling to articulate how it will keep Afghanistan from falling to the Taliban after American forces...
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First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is moving to make gender confirmation surgery available to transgender veterans through Veterans Affairs health care coverage, according to a VA department spokesperson.
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Biden admin moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is moving to make gender confirmation surgery available to transgender veterans through Veterans Affairs health care coverage, according to a VA department spokesperson.
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Pence privately said he was 'proud' of economic advisor Gary Cohn for blasting Trump over response to Charlottesville rally, book says

Vice President Mike Pence and National Economic Council director Gary Cohn at the White House in 2017. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Gary Cohn was "alarmed" by Trump's response to the Charlottesville rally, according to a new book. Mike Pence reportedly praised Cohn after the economic advisor "unloaded" on Trump over the rally. WSJ reporter Michael C. Bender chronicled Trump's first term and what led to his 2020 loss. Sign up for the 10 Things in Politics daily newsletter. As the d...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, Biden, Race Relations, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Trump, Mike Pence, Oval Office, Pence, Cohn, Charlottesville Virginia, Politico Magazine


Keep private money out of election administration

State lawmakers may not be experts on everything, but there’s one subject on which their expertise is beyond question. State elected officials know a lot about state elections. They also know a lot about fundraising, and how much it costs to run an effective get-out-the-vote effort. They know about campaign finance laws, and contribution limits, and how hard it is to raise money. They know where their voters live, and where the other team’s voters live. So it’s interesting that a number of state...
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GOP congressman lashes out at Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday: 'Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians?'

Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Rep. Ralph Norman criticized the creation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth. "How many holidays do we want?" he asked. "Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians?" Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers delivered news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. See more stories on Insider's business page. On Wednesday, the House voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the...
Tags: Politics, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Slavery, Republican Party, Biden, South Carolina, Amtrak, Kamala Harris, Abraham Lincoln, Jacquelyn Martin


Biden family announces the death of beloved German Shepherd, Champ

President Joe Biden pets the Biden family dog Champ in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, prior to a bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members to discuss supply chains. Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz Champ, President Joe Biden's 13-year-old German Shepherd, has died. "He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family," the Bidens said on Twitter. The Bidens also have a 3-year-old resc...
Tags: Politics, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Biden, Delaware, Joe, Obamas, Oval Office, Jill, Bo, Bidens, National Republican Congressional Committee, Naval Observatory


Trump administration lawyers connected to his most controversial policies are struggling to find new jobs, report says

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, bottom left in a red tie, and Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow listen as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in February 2020. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Some of the Trump administration's top lawyers are struggling to find jobs, Bloomberg reported. More than 80% of the lawyers got some kind of work in recent months, even if it's just part-time. However, some of the top lawyers are finding that the process of landing a jo...
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The US job market is about to turn into a giant science experiment - with millions of Americans as guinea pigs

Carlos Ponce joins a protest in in Miami Springs, Florida, asking senators to continue unemployment benefits past July 31, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Half of US states are cutting off enhanced unemployment benefits over the next few weeks. This is going to throw millions of Americans into a real-world economic experiment that could hurt many people. Biden and the federal government could step in, but America's misguided tradition of a hands of federal government is stopping them. T...
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Meet 2 Americans who just lost unemployment benefits as thousands of workers are cut off from $300 per week

Carlos Ponce joins a protest in in Miami Springs, Florida, asking senators to continue unemployment benefits past July 31, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images As of June 19th, a dozen states have prematurely ended their federal unemployment benefits. Those $300 weekly benefits weren't set to expire until September, but 25 GOP-led states have opted out. Workers in Missouri and Alabama, two states where benefits ended, tell Insider they need assistance. See more stories on Insider's busin...
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AP FACT CHECK: Putin's Twisted Tale on Rival; Biden GOP Jab

President Joe Biden is back in the domestic fray after a week of diplomacy in Europe, capped by his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Ethics experts are concerned that the children of top Biden aides are getting jobs in the White House, report says

The White House insists that President Joe Biden has the "highest ethical standards of anyone to ever hold this office." Getty Images Several children and relatives of President Joe Biden's top aides have secured jobs in the administration. At least five children of Biden senior staffers work in the White House, The Washington Post reported. Senior counsel Steve Ricchetti has three children working for Biden, the paper said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several chil...
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Kids of top Biden aides are getting jobs in the White House: Report

At least five children of Biden's senior staff are now working in the administration, The Washington Post reported.
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Elected leaders need to do more than just “recognize” Juneteenth. Tell them to act on these 5 issues.

Today marks the very first Juneteenth since the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution to make Juneteenth a national holiday this week and it was quickly signed into law by President Biden on Thursday. It’s amazing! So many of us grew up never having heard of Juneteenth — let alone knowing the story of enslaved people who remained […]
Tags: Holidays, Shopping, History, US Senate, Biden, Columns, Black History, Juneteenth, Thinking : Parent, Charity + Causes, Politics + Activism


DevSecOps: An open source story

Recent supply chain breaches, plus President Biden's new Cybersecurity executive order, are bringing renewed attention to DevSecOps' value for the enterprise. DevSecOps brings culture changes, frameworks, and tools into open source software (OSS). To understand DevSecOps, you must understand its relationship with OSS.read more
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Biden to revive presidential portrait tradition Trump skipped

The president plans to host a White House ceremony later this year for the unveiling of former President Barack Obama’s official...
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Trump changed the date of his Juneteenth Tulsa rally after a Black Secret Service agent told him it was 'very offensive,' book says

Former President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File A Black Secret Service member told Trump it was "offensive" to hold a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth. In his book, reporter Michael Bender provides more detail about the exchange that led Trump to change the rally date. Trump's team - including former campaign manager Brad Parscale - was unaware of the date's significance in US history. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Trump campaign team changed the dat...
Tags: Politics, Congress, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Secret Service, Red Cross, Biden, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa, Bender, Galveston Texas


Sacramento Mayor Joins Group Pushing For Reparations For Black Communities As Country Celebrates Juneteenth As Federal Holiday

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