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Senate confirms Cecilia Rouse to be Biden’s top economist

Senate confirms Cecilia Rouse to be Biden’s top economist

The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisers. The vote on Tuesday was 95-4. Rouse, a labor economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, will be the first Black person to serve as the President’s top economist. She previously served as…MORE

Pelosi’s office says 2 controversial projects will be pulled from Covid bill

Pelosi’s office says 2 controversial projects will be pulled from Covid bill

Two big projects originally slated to be part of the Covid-19 relief bill but criticized as being unrelated to coronavirus relief will be pulled from the package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office confirmed to CNN on Tuesday. The original bill, passed by the House, included $1.425 billion in funding to help with transit rail capital…MORE

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid-19 vaccines

As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute Covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent analysis by the Rural Policy Research Institute found that 111 rural counties, mostly located between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, have no pharmacy…MORE

White House pulls Tanden nomination

White House pulls Tanden nomination

The White House is pulling the nomination of Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, according to an administration official. In a statement, President Joe Biden said Tanden requested to withdraw her name from consideration. “I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office…MORE

John Roberts has another chance to diminish the Voting Rights Act

John Roberts has another chance to diminish the Voting Rights Act

Chief Justice John Roberts has singlehandedly slowed a conservative revolution at the Supreme Court in recent years, but he has for even longer — 40 years — opposed racial remedies and narrowly construed the landmark Voting Rights Act. During oral arguments Tuesday in an Arizona voting rights case with national implications, Roberts sounded ready to…MORE

Some Chicago children return to classroom for the first time in almost a year

Some Chicago children return to classroom for the first time in almost a year

Leigh Oquendo welcomed her kindergarteners on Monday as they filed into her Hawthorne Scholastic Academy classroom in Chicago, as any teacher would. What made this day special was that, for many of the children, it was the first time they had seen a teacher or fellow students in-person since the pandemic closed schools last March…MORE

Dolly Parton has received her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Dolly Parton has received her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Dolly Parton is showing everyone how it’s done by receiving her first Covid-19 vaccination shot. The country music star got the shot at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and recorded the whole thing in a video posted to her Twitter account on Tuesday. The four-minute clip shows Parton sitting in a chair at the…MORE

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