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Biden hampered by lack of confirmed ambassadors ahead of key foreign trip

Biden hampered by lack of confirmed ambassadors ahead of key foreign trip

As President Joe Biden prepares to travel to Rome and Glasgow for his first G20 leader’s summit and a crucial climate conference he’s in the challenging position of only having a handful of ambassadors confirmed nine months into his administration. Lawmakers and diplomats say the lack of confirmed ambassadors will handicap Biden in his ability…MORE

Biden to attend House Democratic meeting as leaders press progressives to back infrastructure bill

Biden to attend House Democratic meeting as leaders press progressives to back infrastructure bill

President Joe Biden is expected to attend a House Democratic Caucus meeting Thursday morning, according to a source familiar with the plans, as leaders press progressives to vote for a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Democratic congressional leaders have been trying to secure a framework deal on Biden’s social safety net plan this week, ahead…MORE

Most parents don’t plan to vaccinate young children against Covid-19 right away, KFF survey finds

Most parents don’t plan to vaccinate young children against Covid-19 right away, KFF survey finds

A Covid-19 vaccine could be available for little kids soon, and public health leaders say vaccinating them could help end the pandemic — but only if parents actually get them vaccinated. A new survey suggests that’s uncertain at best. The majority of parents say they will not get their younger children vaccinated right away, according…MORE

Side effects of Covid-19 shot in children ages 5 to 11 ‘mild,’ investigator says

Side effects of Covid-19 shot in children ages 5 to 11 ‘mild,’ investigator says

When a US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended Tuesday that the agency grant emergency use authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 for children between the ages of 5 and 11, it was based on data gathered during clinical trials conducted around the United States. One of those clinical trials was conducted by Dr. Emanuel “Chip”…MORE

Nearly 1,000 of Florida’s beloved manatees have died this year as toxic algae blooms choke off their food source

Nearly 1,000 of Florida’s beloved manatees have died this year as toxic algae blooms choke off their food source

Nearly 1,000 of Florida’s beloved manatees have died since the beginning of this year, mostly due to starvation, wildlife officials said. The 984 manatee deaths recorded so far his year more than doubles last year’s total of 483 deaths, according to mortality statistics provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Most mortalities…MORE

3 Florida teens will be charged as adults in death of high school classmate who was fatally stabbed and hidden in bushes

3 Florida teens will be charged as adults in death of high school classmate who was fatally stabbed and hidden in bushes

Three teenagers from Miramar, Florida, will be charged as adults in the death of a fellow high school student who police say was found badly beaten, stabbed, and hidden in some bushes in his apartment complex. The Broward County State Attorney’s Office said Tuesday it will charge the suspects — a boy and two girls…MORE