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Public health officials and Democratic lawmakers criticized President Biden for saying the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

"The pandemic is over," Biden told "60 Minutes" in an interview that ran Sunday, Sept. 18.

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"We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lotta work on it... but the pandemic is over," said Biden who twice tested positive for COVID in recent months.

"If you notice, no one's wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it's changing. And I think this [the Detroit Auto Show resuming] is a perfect example of it."

Public health officials scrambled to get the message out that the pandemic is not over and Americans should be getting vaccinated and receiving booster shots.

"The pandemic isn't over. And we will remain vigilant, and of course, we continue to look for and prepare for unforeseen twists and turns," said Ashish Jha, the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator.

Republicans applauded Biden's statement and said Americans are eager to move on from COVID.

"Now that the President has finally acknowledged the pandemic is over, he should immediately begin to unwind the public health emergency (PHE) so our country can get back to normal," Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said in a statement on Monday.

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First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again, her spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

"After testing negative on Tuesday, just now, the first lady has tested positive for COVID-19 by antigen testing," Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. "This represents a 'rebound' positivity."
 
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Jill Biden, who is double vaccinated and twice boosted, experienced mild flu-like symptoms. She was prescribed Paxlovid and isolated at a private home on Kiawah Island, S.C., where she and President Joe Biden were vacationing.

According to Yahoo! News, Biden traveled to Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Sunday, where she is isolating again.

Alexander said the first lady had no reemergence of symptoms.

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President Biden continues to test negative after twice testing positive for the coronavirus recently.

A UK study of vaccinated people who repeatedly contract Covid infections found that they could continue to be infected up to 8 times or more.

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The mRNA vaccines were designed to prevent transmission of the virus by stimulating their immune systems to build immunity to the virus.

However, the UK study participants were unable to fight off COVID infections even after multiple vaccinations.

In January, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said the vaccines can't prevent transmission of the virus anymore.

Instead, Walensky said the vaccines prevent serious illness or death.

"Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well for Delta with regard to severe illness and death. They prevent it. What they can't do anymore is prevent transmission."

The UK study participants say they are grateful for the vaccines, which they believe will continue to protect them when they are infected with COVID again.

They are wary of isolating each time they are infected with COVID. But they said they have a social responsibility to avoid passing on the virus to others.

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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year.

The loan forgiveness plan also applies to households that earned less than $250,000 a year.

The plan will eliminate $20,000 in student debt for the poorest borrowers who received Pell Grant loans for college education.

Biden also extended the moratorium on student loan repayments through December 2022.

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More than 40 million borrowers will benefit from the unprecedented $300 billion forgiveness plan.

Republicans argue that the bailout plan benefits rich kids who attended law school and medical school and can afford to pay back their loans.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell called the plan "student loan socialism" and a "slap in the face" to those who already paid off their debt.

The GOP said rich kids who live at home with their parents will benefit most from the loan forgiveness plan.

Republicans warn that Democrats will face ramifications during the midterm elections in November.

Republicans vowed to challenge the plan in court.

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President Joe Biden's decision to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt will come on Wednesday, August 24, according to reports.

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Biden is expected to announce his decision to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year. The plan is expected to cost taxpayers $32 billion.

Eligible borrowers include those with federal Direct Loans, FFELP Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Plus Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

The White House claims Biden has already canceled more debt than any other administration in history.

Biden will also extend the moratorium on paying back loans for people earning over $125,000.

At $1.6 trillion, student loan debt exceeds credit card or auto loans in the 50 United States.

A majority of Americans are concerned the student loan forgiveness plan will further increase inflation.

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Last week, Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed live-streamed a video titled "Tariq Nasheed: Abolish The FBI?"

Days later, the FBI showed up at Tariq's door asking "random questions."

Apparently that wasn't the FBI's first visit to Tariq's home in recent days.

The midterm elections are coming up in November - and Tariq is talking too much about the wrong subjects.

In this new post-COVID America, activists like Tariq can be silenced or disappeared.

Joe Biden signed a new bill into law giving federal agencies the money and manpower to silence people like Tariq who talk too much.

The thought police showed up at Tariq's door to make sure he understands that his way of thinking is not approved by the government. Especially this close to midterms.

They are in control, and they plan to stay in control by any means necessary.

If they can raid a former US president's private residence, Tariq doesn't stand a chance.

As the late, great Whitney Houston once said: "Watch what you say!"
 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed Covid-19 guidelines for unvaccinated people in a press release on Friday.

Unvaccinated people who are exposed to the coronavirus no longer need to quarantine, according to the CDC.

The CDC recommends people who are unvaccinated and exposed to Covid should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on the fifth day.

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"This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives," Greta Massetti, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC, said in a news release.

Additionally, people no longer need to stay six feet away from others, the agency said.

The news left vaccinated people outraged, as many vaccinated Americans have tested positive or fallen ill with the virus.

"I mean no one was following these regulations anyway," one Instagram user wrote.

Another person wrote: "people are still dying! Does that no longer matter?"

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President Joe Biden returned to Kaiwah Island in South Carolina for what the White House said was a "family vacation" at a $20 million estate.

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Biden, who was vaccinated and boosted four times, tested positive for Covid-19 twice recently.

Biden had a wet productive cough during two recent public appearances.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris was honored with the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award presented by Rep. Debra Bazemore at the Capitol building in Atlanta this week.

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T.I. was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and his sons, Messiah and Domani.

"Thank God for @rep.debrabazemore63 @ambassadorpeterson @joebiden @vp & everyone else who had a hand in making this possible," he wrote on Instagram.

"I'm Genuinely Grateful for these prestigious honors... & While I don't know exactly what they mean specifically... it sure feels good to have em."

He continued:

"In the grand scheme of things, we are only here on Earth in this life for a short period of time, and once we leave, people won't remember the clothes we wore or the things we have. We will only be remembered by what we meant to our family, our children and what we were able to do for others."

T.I. was honored for giving back through his Harris Community Works and For the Love of Our Fathers organizations. "Life is way too short to try to not make this world a better place," he said.

T.I. also received the Volunteers Achievement Lifetime Award presented by the Global International Alliance on behalf of President Joe Biden, honoring his 4,000+ hours of community service to the community.

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President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid-19 again, he announced in a tweet on Saturday.

Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, days after he tested negative twice for the virus.

Biden, 79, says he has no symptoms, and he said he has a "rebound" case which he claims occurs "with a small minority of folks."

"I've got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me," the tweet said. "I'm still at work, and will be back on the road soon."

Biden was vaccinated and boosted 4 times prior to testing positive for COVID twice in one month.

According to health experts, people with suppressed immune systems are re-infected in so-called "breakthrough" cases.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris apparently regrets voting for Joe Biden in 2020. The 41-year-old Atlanta native took to Instagram to warn his 14 million followers about Biden's new crime bill that provides $37 billion to fight crime.

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T.I. accused the Biden administration of "attempting to recreate the [1994] crime bill," that incarcerated over 1 million Black males in the 1990s.

"We know what that means for Us!" he wrote, before urging his followers to "Please share this [with] everyone You know."

T.I. captioned the post, "Maaaaaan I'm convinced ain't none of em no good," referring to US presidents who are historically tough on violent crime mainly committed by minorities.

Biden's Safer America Plan is a series of executive orders that provides nearly $13 billion over the next five years to hire 100,000 police officers, bringing the total to 1 million cops in the United States.

An additional $3 billion will be allocated to help communities clear court backlogs, solve murders and arrest gang bangers and other violent criminals.

The plan will impose tougher penalties for drug trafficking and tackle organized retail theft from high end boutiques.

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The White House press secretary's response about how President Joe Biden got COVID left Twitter users seeing red.

The White House announced Joe Biden was infected with the COVID-19 virus on Thursday, July 21.

Biden, 79, reportedly has mild symptoms, such as a low-grade fever that returned to normal after a dose of Tylenol.

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The White House released a photo of a maskless Biden working at his desk in the White House residence while on lockdown.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre interrupted a reporter's exchange with the White House COVID-19 coordinator about where the President contracted the virus.

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"I don't think that matters" where he got the virus, said Jean-Pierre. She later clarified what she meant, saying "what's important now is that he has mild symptoms."

"I think what matters is we prepared for this moment," Jean-Pierre added.

She then clarified her clarification: "What I was trying to say is what's important now is that he has mild symptoms, is that he's working from the residence on behalf of the American people."

Biden contracted the virus despite being vaccinated and boosted four times.

He tested positive for the coronavirus exactly a year after he said "vaccinated people won't catch COVID-19."

Jean-Pierre said Biden is being treated with Paxlovid, an antiviral medication similar to Tamiflu. She said he will be in isolation for five days or until he has received a negative test.

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"The View" co-host Sunny Hostin criticized Joe Biden for fist bumping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. President visited Saudi Arabia to beg for oil and to improve relations between the two countries.

Biden fist bumped Mohammed after he landed in Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed allegedly ordered the 2018 assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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"This is a murderer. You don't normalize a murderer by this fist bump," Sunny Hostin said during Monday’s episode. "It was the photo op that he wanted and we've normalized these relationships."

Hostin said the fist bump was an "unforced error" on Biden's part.

She continued, "I think this is bad no matter how you look at it, and we shouldn't be here saying, 'Well Trump did it so it's okay that Biden did it.' It's just not okay in my view. I understand he was there because of the oil prices, I understand that we should be taxing American oil companies that are gouging Americans, that's really what we should be doing."

On a positive note, gas prices dropped to $4 a gallon in the United States after hitting a record of $5.02 a gallon on June 14.

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Brittney Griner plead guilty on Thursday to carrying cannabis oil into Russia in her luggage in February.

Griner, 31, plead guilty during day 2 of her trial in Khimki, outside Moscow on Thursday, July 7.

"I'd like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn't want to break the law," Griner said, according to Reuters.

She said she packed her luggage quickly and didn't realize the drugs were in her bag.

"I'd like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare," she added. Her statement was translated into Russian for the court.

Griner's trial is expected to last several weeks or months, according to reports.

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion wore a red t-shirt with the word "Crenshaw" on the front and red jogging pants to court.

She was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage. If convicted, the charge could carry a 10-year prison sentence.

Griner wrote a letter to the Biden administration pleading for help. The letter was delivered to the US President on Monday, July 4.

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Joe Biden spoke to Griner's significant other, Cherelle Griner, on the phone, and assured her that he is working to win her release as soon as possible.

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Fans and players in the WNBA and NBA show support for the political prisoner at every game.

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Her initials "BG" are painted on WNBA and NBA home courts, and players, such as Phoenix Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi and Celtics star Jaylen Brown, wear t-shirts with her name and initials printed on them.

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Brittney Griner sent a letter to the White House pleading for help from the Biden administration.

"I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote in the letter that was verified by her spokesperson.

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"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote to Joe Biden. "On the 4th of July, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War Veteran. It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year."

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She continued:

"Please do all you can to bring us home. I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home.

"I realize you are dealing with so much, but please don't forget about me and the other detainees."

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Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, confirmed the letter was delivered to the President on Monday, July 4.

The majority of the letter was not released publicly, but Colas shared snippets with news reporters.

Griner reportedly mentions that her lesbian status and language barrier makes her life difficult in jail.

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The WNBA All-star has been detained since February when she was arrested at a Moscow airport for allegedly carrying vape pens filled with cannabis oil in her luggage.

Griner's trial began on Friday, July 1st. She wore her favorite Jimi Hendrix t-shirt into court. Her trial will resume this week.

Griner faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Joe Biden says Americans should expect to pay record high gas prices for "as long as it takes".

The US President made the statements Thursday at a press conference in Madrid, when a reporter asked him how long Americans should expect to pay high gas prices.

"As long as it takes, so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine, and move beyond Ukraine," Biden responded. "This is a critical, critical position for the world."

Biden pledged $800 million in additional military aid to Ukraine on Thursday. The additional aid to Ukraine brings the total US contribution to $20 billion.

Gas prices remain at record highs as Americans hit the road heading into the long 4th of July holiday weekend.

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $4.86, down slightly from $4.94 per gallon a week ago.

Joe Biden's Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese made similar statements on Thursday during an interview on CNN.

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CNN host Victor Blackwell (left) asked Deese, "What do you say to those families that say, 'listen, we can't afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years?'"

"This is about the future of the liberal world order and we have to stand firm," Deese replied.

Deese's remarks quickly went viral on Twitter, as Twitter users debated the meaning of "liberal world order."

As of Friday morning, the video was viewed 1.3 million times on Twitter.

The Biden administration has previously said Americans should go out and buy electric vehicles if they're unhappy with high gas prices at the pump.

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The Biden administration announced a 3-month federal gas tax holiday on Wednesday. A move that will save motorists over 18 cents per gallon at the gas pumps.

US gas prices hit a record $5 a gallon earlier this month. Last week, the President announced a proposal for a gas tax holiday which must be approved by Congress.

"By suspending the 18-cent federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief," Joe Biden said Wednesday from the White House.

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He also urged states and local governments to suspend their gas taxes.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended gas tax in March, saving consumers 29 cents per gallon at the pump. The tax holiday will be in effect until mid-July. Gas prices in Georgia hover just above $4 a gallon.

Former President Barack Obama once opposed a federal gas tax holiday, which he referred to as "a gimmick".

"Barack Obama was right. A gas tax holiday was a bad idea in 2008 and it's a bad idea today," Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted in March.