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Feds conduct South Florida raids amid probe of Haitian president’s assassination
Federal agents have reportedly raided several locations in South Florida as part of a sweeping investigation into the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
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Masked gunman sprays Brooklyn street, striking man as woman pushing stroller flees
A 53-year-old man was hit in the right foot and was taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition, the NYPD said.
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House physician reinstates mask mandate amid Delta variant spread in the US
The US House is reinstating its mask mandate as the Delta variant emerges as the dominant strain of Covid across the country and in light of the new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, the House attending physician announced Tuesday.
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QAnon Las Vegas Event Adds Two Republican Lawmakers As 'Special Guests'
The QAnon event has drawn several Republican figures who are set to attend, alongside supporters of the still popular conspiracy theory.
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GOP Rep. Clyde stands by comparison of Jan. 6 mob to ‘tourists’ when pressed by Democratic Rep. Raskin
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) pressed his Republican colleague from Georgia on comments made in May. The spirited exchange comes after police officers testified about the violent attack by a mob of Trump supporters.
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Rick Aiello of 'Do the Right Thing', Danny Aiello's son dead at 63
Actor Danny Aiello’s son Rick has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 63.
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‘Summer House’ stars Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula re-launch popular cocktail
The couple is relaunching their espresso martini this week.
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Daniil Medvedev warns ‘I can die’ during scary extreme heat moment at 2021 Olympics
Daniil Medvedev was struggling so much with the suffocating heat and humidity that the chair umpire asked him if he could continue playing.
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Don Lemon blasts man who harassed Tucker Carlson in viral video
CNN anchor Don Lemon ripped the man who accosted Tucker Carlson in a Montana fly fishing shop, saying he had no right to invade the Fox News host's "personal space."
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Mandate the vaccine, not masks
A pharmacy advertises the Covid-19 vaccine in Brooklyn, New York. Mayor de Blasio will require all city workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly for Covid-19. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them. All of a sudden, it looks like masks may have to be put back on. With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates. A year ago, requiring masks as cases spiked would have been an obviously smart decision. Mask mandates work, and for most of 2020, they were among the best methods we had to stop the spread of Covid-19. But masks were never meant to be the long-term solution; they were a stopgap until the US and the rest of the world could stamp out epidemics through vaccination. Now those vaccines are here. And the changed circumstances of summer 2021 call for new approaches. Any entity thinking about a mask requirement — from private businesses to local, state, and federal governments — should consider mandating something else first: vaccination. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Demonstrators opposed to the Covid-19 vaccination and to mandates by governments hold a “freedom” rally in New York City on July 24. Unvaccinated people, whether they’re apathetic or resistant, are the reason the coronavirus remains a threat in the US. The country and everyone concerned about the rising case rate should do everything in their power to push these people to get a shot. The federal government could require vaccination for its own employees, as President Joe Biden is reportedly considering, and offer incentives, financial or otherwise, for others to do the same. Local and state governments could require vaccines for their employees, health care workers, schools, and public spaces, from restaurants to museums. Even without any government support, private organizations could act alone, requiring vaccinations for their employees and, ultimately, proof of vaccination for anyone on their premises. The US Department of Justice seemed to clear the way recently for vaccine mandates, declaring in a recent memo that “entities” can impose vaccine requirements for shots authorized under emergency use without full federal approval. And some government agencies, including New York City, California, and the US Department of Veteran Affairs, are now requiring public employees or health care workers to get vaccinated. I’ve been talking to experts about mandating vaccines for months. Earlier this year, when I wrote about vaccine passports, many argued that mandates should only be tried as a last resort — we should try improving access and offering incentives first. Only if those options failed should we rely on the more drastic steps. Well, we’re here. America has made the vaccines much more available to just about everyone who’s eligible. The nation has tried rewards, ranging from free beer to gift cards to a cash lottery, to nudge people to get a shot. Yet we’re stuck. The majority of Americans still aren’t fully vaccinated. It’s time to try that last resort. Vaccine mandates work France has historically been one of the more vaccine-skeptical countries in the West, and it’s struggled more than some of its peers to get people vaccinated. Two weeks ago, the country announced that it would require proof of vaccination for everyday activities, like restaurants and shopping centers. The news of the requirement led to a record rush for vaccine appointments, with 1.3 million people signing up in less than one day. (It also led to some protests.) Israel has used “green passes,” proof of vaccination that’s required for everyday activities like restaurants and movie theaters, for as long as it’s been administering the vaccines. That requirement is cited as a key reason Israel has led much of the world in vaccination: More than two-thirds of its population has received at least one shot; more than 60 percent are fully vaccinated. (The US, by comparison, is less than 57 percent with at least one dose and below 50 percent fully vaccinated.) Israel recently reimposed some masking rules, but only after going hard on vaccination first. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Attendees show off their “green passes” or proof of vaccination as they arrive at a stadium in Tel Aviv. In the US, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s surveys have consistently found for months that about 20 percent of Americans are resistant to getting the vaccines. But even among these resisters, about 30 to 35 percent say they would get the shot if it was required. If a mandate would move even some of the most hardcore skeptics, then it would almost certainly boost vaccination rates across the country, also pushing the other 13 percent of the country who are still in “wait and see” or “as soon as possible” mode to get going. In a follow-up interview, a 51-year-old man who said he would only get the vaccine if it was required told Kaiser he ultimately got it, and did so because he felt he had “limited options without it.” In New York, where he lives, the government has kept some restrictions for the unvaccinated, and employers have required the shot in some places as well. None of this should be surprising. Vaccine mandates have been a part of American public health policy for decades, especially for health care workers and anyone attending school. A 2019 review of the evidence on school mandates found that the requirements “appear largely associated with increased vaccination coverage” (while calling for better studies). And a 2015 review of the evidence on mandates in health care settings found they’re the most effective out of several options to encourage vaccination. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate among American 2-year-olds for diseases like polio and measles — shots required for decades for public school attendance — surpasses 80 or even 90 percent. Schools don’t require students to go through elaborate restrictions or rituals for these other diseases. They just require the vaccine. We can and should learn from that. Universal vaccination would protect all of us There’s also the less empirical case for requiring vaccination: It’s simply the right thing to do. Based on all the evidence, the vaccines really work, including against the variants. The vaccinated may still get infected by the coronavirus, leading to flu-like symptoms. But the vaccines nearly eliminate the risk of hospitalization and death — the real threat of Covid-19 — even with the variants. The reason, then, that mask mandates are now coming into consideration is largely to protect the unvaccinated, who are truly at risk from the virus. As White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci declared in June, the Covid-19 epidemic in the US is really becoming the tale of “two Americas” — the vaccinated and not. A New York Times analysis in June found that places with more than 60 percent of their population vaccinated report about one-third of the cases as those with a lower vaccination rate of 0 to 30 percent. And other data suggests that the current rise in coronavirus cases is almost entirely among the people who haven’t gotten vaccinated, with the new outbreaks hitting the low-vaccination states harder. This presents a conundrum: Places that reinstate mask mandates are effectively asking the vaccinated to care more about unvaccinated people’s risk of Covid-19 than most of these unvaccinated people do (or else they’d get the vaccine). There are important exceptions. Children under 12 are still unable to get the shot (and that will likely force mask mandates in K-6 schools this fall). The immunocompromised may not always get full protection from the vaccines. Yet the best evidence we have indicates these people would also be most protected if everyone who can get vaccinated did so, because it would reduce the spread of the virus. The biggest hurdle to that kind of universal vaccination is no longer access. Vaccines are everywhere: I can, as I write this in Cincinnati, find appointments at multiple grocery stores and pharmacies in the next hour, including in some of the poorest neighborhoods, and appointments aren’t even needed in many of these places. The share of Americans who want to get vaccinated “as soon as possible” but have not is tiny: about 3 percent in June, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s surveys. Unvaccinated people, whether they’re apathetic or resistant, are the reason the coronavirus remains a threat in the US There’s more work to be done to make sure people have all of the information they need to get vaccinated and to actually access the shots. But the problem is no longer that people desperately want the vaccine and can’t get it; it’s that people need to be swayed to want it at all. A mask mandate could even work against the vaccine campaign. Some research has found that people can be motivated to get vaccines with the promise that they’ll be able to stop masking up. As one vaccinated 52-year-old told the New York Times, “I just honestly got sick of wearing the mask. We had an event yesterday, and I had to wear it for five hours because I was around a lot of people. And I was sick of it.” Requiring vaccinated people to keep masks removes an incentive for the shot. And it doesn’t address the core problem: People who are eligible for the vaccine are still unvaccinated. That’s what needs to be fixed. If nothing else, all tools — up to and including mandates — should be used to move the unvaccinated before the vaccinated are asked to make more sacrifices. A mandate could be a last resort — but it needs to be an option For some of the population, a vaccine mandate would almost certainly produce a backlash. It could lead some of the resisters to harden in their refusal to get a vaccine, or polarize the US even further. This is what some experts worry about. Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, has told me, “You take someone who is generally uncomfortable but willing to have a conversation, and you make it about them and an infringement on their liberties, and then they wind up getting more hardline on their views about the vaccines than they otherwise would have been.” It’s a genuine public health conundrum. A mandate needs to lead to more people getting the shot than otherwise would, not fewer. And while the Kaiser Family Foundation surveys suggest that mandates would lead to more people, on net, getting the shot across the country, that may not be true in every town, city, county, or state. Policymakers can address this by moving slowly, at first requiring public employees, health care workers, and schools to get the vaccine before phasing in mandates to the rest of the population. It may help these will likely be local and state decisions, given that the Biden administration has repeatedly resisted setting up a green pass–like system in the US. Different local and state governments may make different decisions about which settings require vaccination. And mandates should be treated as a last resort: The cities and states that, for example, haven’t tried cash incentives for vaccination could try that first. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks to reporters on the correlation between deaths and unvaccinated people from the briefing room on July 27. Even with all that, there may still be a backlash. Yet the mask mandates being discussed right now risk a backlash, too, in exchange for a much less permanent solution; many of the same people who refuse to get vaccinated are the same as those who most vehemently refuse to mask up. Ultimately, for cultural or political reasons, some places might not be able to impose a mandate of any kind. But far more could than have tried so far, and far more should try. Even a patchwork system in which you need a vaccine to do some things in some places, but not everywhere to do everything, will push more people to get the shot than today’s reality, where you most likely don’t need a vaccine to do anything at all. Yes, a vaccine mandate, like a mask mandate, infringes on a person’s ability to make their own personal health decisions. But as Brown University School of Public Health dean Ashish Jha previously told me, “Freedom cuts in both directions.” If people’s resistance to getting vaccinated leads to more Covid-19 outbreaks and, worse, the rise of a variant that can overcome existing vaccines, the ensuing caution and restrictions would hinder people’s freedoms far more. That’s what we’re seeing right now as places consider adopting mask mandates again due to outbreaks caused by the unvaccinated. To put the threat of Covid-19 behind us, people need to get vaccinated. As a country, the US has tried just about everything else in the toolbox. Before we go back to 2020’s policy ideas, we should make full use of the best tool we have in 2021.
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Tony Khan on CM Punk rumors and writing an ‘important chapter’ for AEW
All Elite Wrestling president Tony Khan took time for some Q&A with The Post to talk about Wednesday's "Fight for the Fallen" event on TNT and all things AEW.
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The latest on the rise of Covid-19 in US
Covid-19 cases are rising and the CDC has updated its guidance for wearing masks indoors as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads in the US. Follow here for the latest news updates.
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US lawmakers turn up heat on American sponsors over Beijing Olympics
US lawmakers are piling pressure on major American corporate sponsors of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as tensions between the United States and China over human rights and other issues remain high.
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Swimmer beats COVID twice to win gold at Tokyo Olympics
"I contracted COVID twice in the last 12 months," Brit Tom Dean said. "Sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold was a million miles away."
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DaBaby apologizes for homophobic comments at Rolling Loud festival
DaBaby told the LGBTQIA+ community, "I ain’t trippin on y’all, do you. y’all business is y’all business."
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McCormick recalls seasonings for possible salmonella at major chain stores
Frank’s RedHot is among the items affected by the widespread contamination. The products were shipped to 32 US states, Bermuda and Canada between June 20 and July 21.
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Cop facing felony charges after video of violent arrest released
Officer John Haubert is seen in the video hitting Kyle Vinson with his gun at least seven times. Aurora's chief of police called the arrest, "a despicable act."
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Nevada will require masks in Las Vegas, much of state following new CDC mask guidelines
Starting Friday, face masks will be required for everyone in public indoor spaces across much of the Nevada, including Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe.      
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TikTok star wounded, friend shot dead inside movie theater
Rylee Goodrich was dead, and Anthony Barajas was on life support, police said.
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California residents urged to conserve energy as heat, fire conditions worsen; governors to tour border with Nevada
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will tour the states' border Wednesday to assess damage from the Tamarack Fire.       
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To vaccinate or not? For U.S. Olympic athletes, the debate creates division
The Olympics is supposed to be an event that brings people together, but controversy over vaccination is in full force in Tokyo for U.S. athletes.
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Lee Zeldin: Gov. Cuomo 'absolutely' not out of woods on nursing home deaths
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “absolutely not out of the woods on nursing home deaths” and other mounting scandals.
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Girlfriend Reviews on 'The Last of Us 2' Reddit Controversy: "At the End of the Day It's Just a Game"
We spoke to popular YouTubers Girlfriend Reviews about their recent "Last of Us 2" controversy, after a Reddit user accused the channel's fans of sending death threats.
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Covid relief programs are starting to expire for millions of Americans
Sixteen months after the coronavirus pandemic upended the economy and left millions of Americans out of work, the historic relief programs Congress put in place are set to start expiring.
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Republicans' Jan. 6 counterprogramming filled with falsehoods
On the day a House select committee held its first public hearing to glean facts about the January 6 attack at the US Capitol, some Republican lawmakers continued to deceive the public about both the attack and its aftermath.
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Restaurants pull seafood from menus, hike prices amid inflation
Eateries across the country have reportedly either yanked increasingly pricey items off their menus or passed those costs on to customers to deal with the surging inflation.
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Extreme weather is upending lives in the West. 'You walk around with this vague sense of terror.'
Most of all, people fear how much worse things could get.
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'Gutfeld!' on masks, Chicago's mayor
Guest: David Angelo
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Woman unaware she had $39M lottery ticket in purse for weeks
Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million)
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Summer Tutoring Is Not the Solution to a Lost Year of Schooling. It Might Hurt Kids More Than It Helps Them
Summer tutoring has become the rallying cry by politicians and pundits as a way to address the learning loss from months of remote and hybrid learning. A frightening number of students did not show up to class last school year, including up to 15% of kindergarteners in some school districts. But tutoring is the not…
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Milwaukee man who killed 5 family members gets 205 years
A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 205 years in prison for fatally shooting five members of his family
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Amazon is everywhere. Here's how the US could break it up
On any given day, you might receive a package you ordered from Amazon, log onto a website hosted by Amazon, ask an Amazon device about the weather and grab groceries at a Whole Foods owned by Amazon. Amazon is more than just the "everything store." It's become something of an "everything company" that touches nearly every corner of our lives and the economy.
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LA County COVID-19 hospitalizations nearly double in 2 weeks
Los Angeles County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19-related hospitalizations, with the number of patients nearly doubling over the last two weeks, health officials said.
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Former Olympic runner Emily Infeld’s Tokyo dreams reportedly derailed by stalker
A distance runner from Oregon who took part in the 2016 Rio Olympics had her dreams of competing at the Tokyo Games dashed after being threatened by a stalker who pursued her for three years.
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'A particularly challenging time:' President of World Athletics Seb Coe on mental health at Tokyo 2020
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Chicken sandwich and BTS meal helped boost McDonald's sales
McDonald's celebrity meal strategy and revamped chicken sandwich lineup is working.
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's Bizarre Bathing Admission Prompts Tidal Wave of Memes
The Hollywood couple made a surprising revelation during an appearance on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast.
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'Ingraham Angle' on Jan. 6 riot hearing, CDC's updated mask guidance
Guests: Martin Kulldorff, Sharon McKeeman, Jim Banks, Philip Klein, Josh Hawley, Josiah Lippincott
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Simone Biles gave hints of struggles well before Tokyo Olympics withdrawals
Simone Biles may seem indestructible, but the gymnast great has talked about her mental health struggles for years, including as recently as Tuesday.      
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Masks are back, as Delta variant forces dramatic reversal in US
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Keilar rolls the tape on Biles' critics: Mental health is real
CNN's Brianna Keilar responds to critics of Simone Biles after the Olympic gymnast withdrew from the individual all-round competition at the Tokyo 2020 games to focus on her mental health.
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'Hannity' on updated mask guidance, immigration
Guests: Jim Jordan, Elise Stefanik, Larry Elder
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Walmart will cover college tuition for its workers
Walmart is expanding its academic program to pay the full college tuition and book costs for its US workers at 10 partner schools.
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DOJ: Rep. Mo Brooks should not be dismissed from Capitol riot lawsuit; actions not 'within scope' of duties
The Justice filing found Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks failed to establish he was acting "within the scope of his office" when he spoke at Jan. 6 rally.      
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The Health 202: Trump's never-implemented ban on drug rebates is now cash for Congress
Don't try this budgetary tactic at home.
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U.S. Officer Invited on Taiwan Military TV Show in 40-year First: Report
The U.S. Army officer stationed at the de facto embassy in Taipei will reportedly appear on a Taiwan Defense Ministry educational program.
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Olympic BMX rider Niek Kimmann crashes into clueless official during training
This is one injury that was certainly avoidable.
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Climate Scientist Warns ‘Next 20-30 Years Will Be Cold’
Climate scientist Dr. Willie Soon has urged his fellow academics to pay closer attention to the sun’s activity, which suggests several decades of global cooling rather than warming.
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