Biden faces vaccine mandate pushback from own party


Two Democratic senators have resisted Joe Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses despite having the support of scientists and public health experts.

The US Senate on Wednesday evening voted to overturn the mandate as new cases and hospitalizations continue rising in the country.

The West Virginia senator Joe Manchin, who co-sponsored the bill, and Montana’s Senator Jon Tester crossed Democratic party lines to vote yes and join 50 Republicans in their political opposition to the public health policy, illustrating problems the US president faces even within a faction of his own party,

The bill is seen as a largely symbolic gesture, since it would also need to pass the Democratic-led House and would probably be vetoed by Biden.

Donald Trump, the former US president, suffered a major defeat on Thursday when a federal appeals court ruled against his effort to block the release of documents related to the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

Trump is expected to appeal to the supreme court.

A select committee in the House of Representatives is investigating the events on and surrounding 6 gennaio, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. Amid scenes of violence that shocked the US and the world, five people eventually died and scores were injured.

Trump and a clique of his close advisers have repeatedly engaged in legal action over the committee’s investigations, including refusing to cooperate with it.

A jury has found the Empire actor Jussie Smollett guilty of faking a hate crime against himself to raise his celebrity profile.

The Chicago jury, which deliberated for more than nine hours, found Smollett guilty of five charges of disorderly conduct. He was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.

The charges against Smollett, who is Black and gay, had become a touchstone in the US’s culture wars at the intersection of culture, racism, politics and celebrity. Many fellow stars initially rushed to support Smollett when he first made the accusations in January 2019.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in 52 anni, more evidence that the US job market is recovering from last year’s coronavirus recession. Unemployment claims dropped by 43,000 per 184,000 la settimana scorsa, the lowest since September 1969, the labor department said Thursday. The four-week moving average fell below 219,000, the lowest since the pandemic hit the United States hard in March 2020.

L'anno scorso, with little warning, a new Amazon delivery station brought the rumble of semi-trailer trucks and delivery vans to Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood. The warehouse, located in a residential area within 1,500 feet of five schools. The neighborhood is one of hundreds across the US where Amazon’s dramatic expansion has set in motion huge commercial operations. A joint investigation with Consumer Reports has found people of color and low-income residents are disproportionately affected.

Introduced in 2020, “Untact” is a South Korean government policy that aims to spur economic growth by removing layers of human interaction from society. It gathered pace during the pandemic and is expanding rapidly across sectors from healthcare, to business and entertainment. The push to create contactless services is designed increase productivity and cut bureaucracy but has also fuelled concerns over the potential social consequences.

Grapes are among the most sensitive crops to climate changes. For some producers, warming temperatures have been advantageous, at least in the short term. Changing rain patterns, earlier springs and droughts are starting to push wine production towards the poles. tuttavia, for many wine growers the climate crisis is making life much harder. As the crisis intensifies, growers around the world are scrambling to find solutions.

A man attacked by a pack of otters in a Singapore park has said that he thought he was going to die during the ordeal. Graham George Spencer, a British citizen living in Singapore, said he had been chased, pinned down and bitten “26 times in 10 seconds” by a family of otters while out for an early morning walk in the botanic gardens. He said they had lunged at him, biting his ankles, legs and buttocks and causing him to fall over. “I actually thought I was going to die – they were going to kill me," Egli ha detto.

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