The Daily Populous

Friday March 5th, 2021 morning edition

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The White House has scoffed at the idea Donald Trump deserves any vaccine praise, saying that 500,000 people died on his watch.

Press secretary Jen Psaki refused to give the ex-president any credit when questioned about it during her daily briefing.

Ms Psaki was asked about recent comments from Admiral Brett Giroir, the former assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, who has said that the Trump administration deserves more credit for planning the distribution of the vaccine.

“I don’t think anyone deserves credit when half a million people in the country have died of this pandemic,” replied Ms Psaki.

The Biden White House was critical of the Trump administration’s rollout plans when it took office with the goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days.

Bloomberg statistics show that on 20 January when Mr Biden was inaugurated, the US was administering an average of 900,000 vaccinations a day.

That number has jumped to 2 million doses a day as of 4 March. »

Kamala Harris breaks 50-50 tie to begin Senate debate on $1.9T stimulus

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday broke a 50-50 Senate tie to begin debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the motion to proceed is agreed to,” Harris said.

She previously broke a tie last month when the Senate approved preliminary guidance to committees drafting the bill. »

Only Republican to vote for police reform bill 'accidentally pressed the wrong ... button'

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“I accidentally pressed the wrong voting button and realized it too late,” Gooden wrote in the tweet, according to The Washington Post.

The measure would outlaw chokeholds, seek to end religious and racial profiling and bar certain no-knock warrants among other police policy changes.

Because changing her vote would change the outcome, Carney was not permitted to reverse her vote under the chamber's rules, it added. »

Alabama’s Republican governor extends face mask mandate

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gives a COVID-19 update during a news conference at the Alabama Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday March 4, 2021.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state’s mask order for another month Thursday but said the requirement will end for good in April.

And the Alabama Senate approved a resolution Wednesday evening urging Ivey to end the mask mandate. »

Judge refuses to name fame-craving ‘incel’ killer as she convicts him of 10 murders

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“The accused committed a horrific crime, one of the most devastating tragedies this city has ever endured, for the purpose of achieving fame,” Judge Molloy wrote in the ruling.

The 28-year-old man, whose real name is Alek Minassian, admitted to deliberately driving a rented cargo van into the Toronto crowd in April 2018.

“Instead of naming the perpetrator of these crimes,” Molloy said, “I will name the people he killed and injured.”. »