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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced she has tested positive for Covid-19, this just having appeared next to President Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, and other senior figures at a bill signing.
Ms Pelosi’s diagnosis means that three of the top 10 people in the presidential line of succession are currently known to be infected with the virus. The speaker’s team say she is currently asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, Mr Biden’s first Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is expected to be confirmed today by a vote on the Senate floor. Having garnered the support of three Republican senators – Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney – she is also expected to have the support of all 50 Democrats, setting her up to become the court’s first Black woman justice.
The vote comes after a seven-week nomination process that saw her heavily criticized by Republicans who focused on her supposed record of leniency towards sexual offenders who targeted children. That criticism was in turn widely rejected as a distortion of her past decisions.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 17:50
Biden tests negative after contact with Pelosi
At yesterday’s bill signing, Speaker Pelosi was stood right next to the president as multiple photos and video show.
Oliver O’Connell7 April 2022 17:44
DC Mayor also positive for Covid-19
As Nancy Pelosi announces her positive Covid-19 diagnosis, Washington, DC Major Muriel Bowser has also said she is infected with the virus, but is experiencing only mild symptoms.
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 17:33
Manchin condemns Cotton’s Nazi remarks as “so, so disrespectful”
Centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who will be voting to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court later today, has condemned his Republican colleague Tom Cotton for suggesting on the Senate floor that Ms Brown Jackson had been alive at the end of World War II, she might have flown to Germany to defend the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials.
“To make those accusations is harmful to this institution,” he told CNN.
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 17:15
Report: The Black women who bore witness at Brown Jackson hearings
The Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination hearings saw Republican senators gang up on Joe Biden’s nominee with genuine zeal – and as Eric Garcia writes, more than a few observers were saddened to watch many of the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats effectively leave the nominee to grin and bear it.
Read his full report below.
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 17:03
Joblessness claims plunge to new lows as recovery continues
Coming on the back of an unexpectedly positive run of jobs reports in recent months, new data shows that the number of Americans filing for unemployment dropped by 5,000 just last week, bringing the total number of claims to 166,000 – the lowest number since 1968.
Andrew Feinberg has the developing story.
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 16:45
Covid infecting the highest ranks of US government
Politico’s Kyle Cheney makes a striking point about the Covid-19 infection rate among the US’s top 10 most senior officials…
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 16:25
Nancy Pelosi tests positive for Covid-19
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for Covid-19, it has been announced. The news comes just a day after she joined Biden and various other senior figures at the signing of a bill reforming the Postal Service.
Among those standing around her was Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Catch up on the news below:
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 16:19
Two men charged in bizarre impersonation case to appear in court
Two men charged with impersonating federal homeland security agents are to appear in court today after being apprehended in an operation involving more than a dozen FBI agents.
Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali are alleged to have posed as government operatives over a nearly two-year period, and apparently were able to make contact with actual agents – including a member of first lady Jill Biden’s security detail, who according to an indictment received an assault rifle worth $2,000.
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 16:07
ICYMI: Biden celebrates Amazon workers’ unionization triumph
Joe Biden yesterday used a speech to North America’s Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference to celebrate the recent unionization of workers at an Amazon facility in New York, a bottom-up effort that the corporate behavior heavily opposed.
“That’s what unions are about, in my view: dignity and respect for people who bust their necks,” he said, pointing to apprenticeship programs and other union protections. “That’s why I created the White House Task Force on Worker Organization and Empowerment,” he said, “to make sure the choice to join a union belongs to workers alone.
“And by the way: Amazon, here we come. Watch. Watch,”
Andrew Naughty7 April 2022 15:45
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