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Monday August 2nd, 2021 day edition

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Gov. Greg Abbott is doubling down on his push to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and mask-wearing remain optional in Texas.

This new order effectively voids all of Abbott’s previous COVID-related executive orders and combines some of them into one.

The main takeaway: The state and local governments can’t require masks or vaccines.

“Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19,” Abbott said in a press release.

“The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates.”.

Governments can’t mandate COVID-related operating limits on businesses — not even when hospitalizations surge — or require face coverings.

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More than 816,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered Saturday in the US as pace of vaccination rises

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 816,203 doses were administered Saturday, the fifth straight day the agency recorded more than 700,000 shots in arms.

That brings the total number of doses administered to 346,456,669, according to CDC numbers released Sunday.

The 7-day average of administered doses is now 662,529 per day, the highest average since July 7. »

Manchin Donated to Defense Fund of Republican Investigated for Insider Trading

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It’s a way to establish themselves as leaders within their caucus and earn party leadership positions and plum committee assignments.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.V.) made a $10,000 donation on March 11 from his leadership PAC, Country Roads PAC, to Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s (N.C.) legal defense fund.

Manchin was the only Democrat to make a donation to Burr’s legal defense, according to Sludge’s review of FEC records. »

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Is Getting Review Bombed

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The first three games in the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster collection launched just a few days ago.

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster is currently getting review bombed on Metacritic, seemingly for its lack of console releases.

Square Enix says that the console version of the pixel remaster Final Fantasy depends on demand. »

Florida Accounts for 1 in 5 New COVID Cases as DeSantis Sells Anti-Fauci Shirts

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According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida has recorded 73,181 new Covid-19 cases over the past week, the most in the country.

“Don’t Fauci My Florida,” declares a shirt selling for $21 on a DeSantis campaign website.

“Florida was all over the news this past weekend with one of the nation’s biggest spikes in Covid cases and hospitalizations,” the editorial reads. »