COVID-19 could end up taking down two presidents—the one who was grossly incompetent , and the one who expected to ride a vaccine to victory over the coronavirus. In other words, Donald Trump might very well have been re-elected if he had handled COVID responsibly. And while Joe Biden’s been an improvement, the perception of his management of the pandemic isn’t great, and that could be his undoing. A New York Times analysis of Biden’s decline in the polls from the mid-50s to his current 42 percent reveals that the downward pressure started well before the messy August 2021 exit from Afghanistan took its toll . The slippage in Biden’s numbers, in fact, coincided with the rise of the more transmissible Delta variant and with it, a growing awareness among the public that the administration’s cheery declaration of a post-vaccine “summer of freedom” had turned into something quite different. Biden’s Independence Day celebration was “the domestic equivalent of Mission … [Read more...] about Biden Needs to Fix His COVID Screwups if He Wants to Win Re-Election in 2024
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White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Americans should be wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces to combat the current coronavirus surge. Anchor Martha Raddatz said, “We have the daily case number more than 100,000, I know you think the number is actually higher because of home testing, so what is your advice in these high transmission areas?” Jha said, “First and foremost, my advice is, if you have not gotten vaccinated in the last five months, if you have not gotten boosted, now is a good time to do it. What we know is vaccines continue to provide a high level of protection against people getting seriously ill. That’s advice number one. Advice number two, I agree with Mayor Adams that when you’re in an indoor space, you should be wearing a mask. Crowded indoor places, high transmissions, people should be doing that. People have access to masks, vaccines, and therapeutics and testing.” He added, “We have a lot of … [Read more...] about Biden COVID Advisor Jha: ‘When You’re in an Indoor Space, You Should Be Wearing a Mask’
While the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia 's war in Ukraine will be focuses of the World Economic Forum’s gathering of business and government leaders, so too will climate change. It's captured the world’s attention in unignorable and devastating ways. The acceleration of rising temperatures, the ferocity and costliness of major weather events, and the impact, particularly on people in developing countries, have pushed the issue from one of science to something that touches every aspect of life, including (or, perhaps especially) business and economics. Of the roughly 270 panels Monday through Thursday, one-third are about climate change or its direct effects. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and Alok Sharma , president of last year's international climate conference COP26, are among the climate leaders expected in the Swiss resort town of Davos . At the forum’s first in-person gathering in two years, the climate panels are as … [Read more...] about EXPLAINER: What are the key climate themes at Davos?
Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the range during a practice round prior to the start of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. [AFP/YONHAP] Yang Yong-eun chips to the green on the third hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. [AP/YONHAP] Korea's Yang Yong-eun, Lee Kyoung-hoon, Kim Si-woo, Kim Bio and Kim Joo-hyung join golf legend Tiger Woods at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this week for the 104th PGA Championship. Im Sung-jae will sit out the PGA major after testing positive for Covid-19 last week. KPGA golfer Kim Bio earned his place after winning the 41st GS Caltex Maekyung Open, and world No. 72 Kim Joo-hyung earned his seat as one of the world's top 100 golfers. Yang, who competes as Y. E. Yang, tees off this week as one of the past winners alongside John Daly and Shaun Micheel. Yang Yong-eun, right reacts beside … [Read more...] about Strong Korean contingent to compete at PGA Championship
In the weeks after the 2020 election, one particular Michigan woman was trumpeting claims of fraud as loudly as she could. Kristina Karamo, a community-college professor who’d previously accused Democrats of having a “Satanic agenda,” went on Fox News again and again to describe how illegal ballots supposedly had been tallied for Joe Biden at the TCF Center in Detroit, where she worked as a poll watcher. She testified before the State Senate that sacks of votes inexplicably had been dropped off there in the middle of Election Night. She suggested that Dominion Voting software had flipped Trump votes to Biden votes statewide. None of what Karamo described actually happened—as far as anyone has been able to confirm . Her story served its purpose, though: Karamo has spent the past year campaigning to be Michigan’s next secretary of state. Some people might have dismissed her, at first, as just another down-ballot conspiracy kook with no chance of winning her party’s primary. But … [Read more...] about The Election Denier Who Could Run Michigan’s Elections
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he was “very confident” Democrats would be able to hold on to the majority in the House and Senate in the midterm elections this November. Partial transcript as follows: MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to get to you on some of this poll data that you also heard here specifically young people, Hispanics and half of Black Americans say the president has been too slow to react. His ratings on effectiveness are low. Perceptions of competence are low. A majority of Democrats now say the economy is bad. How does your party hold on to the majority? JEFFRIES: I’m very confident that we will be able to hold on to the majority. President Biden has done a very good job under incredibly difficult circumstances. I understand that the electorate, of course, is going to be unsettled, experiencing COVID fatigue, inflationary pressures, high gas prices, a war in Ukraine, a radical, extreme Republican Party that … [Read more...] about Dem Rep. Jeffries: ‘Very Confident’ Democrats Will Hold Majority in Midterms