Reuters national news summary
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Biden, Harris call for vaccination as US risks missing July 4 target
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because the country is at risk of missing White House vaccination targets next month because a new variant of the coronavirus has raised serious concerns. “Act now, act now,” Biden said in a speech at the White House, urging the unvaccinated to speak to their family and friends who have been vaccinated and to their doctors.
Residents of southwestern United States wither on record-breaking fifth day of heat
An extreme heat wave that has already broken temperature records in the southwestern United States threatened on Friday to push electrical systems to the brink of blackout as residents turned on air conditioners. California power grid operators, which have so far been able to keep the lights on, issued their latest “flexible alert” for Friday, asking homeowners statewide to save energy late in the day. noon and evening when demand increases.
U.S. businesses rush to change schedules for new June 17 holiday
U.S. companies have rushed to put in place policies allowing employees to take a day off after President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday night recognizing June 19, or “June,” as a federal holiday. Juneteenth has been a public holiday in some states in the United States, but the move has prompted more businesses to declare the holiday. With Juneteenth, the first new federal holiday created in nearly four decades, falling on a weekend, some companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp have given U.S. employees a floating day off.
Trump backs Murkowski’s challenger in 2022 Senate race
Former President Donald Trump backed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka on Friday against Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Republican three-term holder who voted to convict him after his second impeachment trial earlier this year. Tshibaka, the former state administration commissioner, launched his campaign in March with a vow to defeat Murkowski in the 2022 election and has already called on former Trump advisers.
California launches digital pass for COVID-19 vaccine but won’t require it
California officials on Friday unveiled a website to access or download a digital copy of COVID-19 vaccination records, although they stressed the state would not make the wearing of vaccine credentials mandatory. Businesses will be able to verify the authenticity of digital “vaccination cards” by scanning a QR code on them using an app that a nonprofit group is expected to launch this month. The nearly 20 million immunized Californians can access their data at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
US administers more than 316 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine – CDC
The United States administered 316,048,776 doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide as of Friday morning and distributed 377,935,390 doses, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those numbers are up from the 314,969,386 doses of vaccine that the CDC said had taken up arms on June 17 out of 377,215,060 doses delivered.
Colorado leads US states with first glimpse of new congressional districts
An independent Colorado commission to unveil a preliminary map of new congressional districts next week, putting the state at the forefront of efforts to draw battle lines for the 2022 U.S. election and withdraw party politics of the process. With Democrats holding a slim 10-seat majority in the US House of Representatives, the ongoing annual redistribution across the country is being closely watched for clues as to which party could gain an advantage ahead of the mid-contests. next year’s high-stakes mandate.
Trump and House Democrats work to resolve Deutsche Bank subpoena dispute
Donald Trump and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives remain in talks to resolve disputes over Congressional subpoenas over the former U.S. chairman of Deutsche Bank AG’s financial records, their lawyers said on Friday. Deutsche Bank, Trump’s main bank, has taken no position on the subpoenas and has said it will comply with the law.
Biden to meet with US financial regulators on Monday
President Joe Biden will meet with financial regulators on Monday to take stock of the country’s financial systems and institutions, press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday. “The meeting will cover regulatory priorities, including climate-related financial risks and agency actions to promote financial inclusion and responsibly increase access to credit,” she said.
U.S. bishops vote to draft communion statement that could scold Biden for his views on abortion
A divided conference of U.S. Catholic bishops announced on Friday that they had voted to draft a statement on holy communion that could scold Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who support abortion rights. Decision 168-55 to write an educational document on the Eucharist, a holy sacrament of the Roman Catholic faith, came after two hours of debate at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ virtual assembly on Thursday, in during which the bishops weighed the merit of reaffirming the teachings of the Church against the possibility of sowing partisan division.
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