CDC advisory panel recommends J&J single-dose Covid vaccine

Twelve members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine on Sunday. | Johnson & Johnson via AP A CDC advisory panel on Sunday unanimously recommended Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine for Americans 18 and older, paving the way for the shot to be administered to the public beginning this week. Twelve members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed the vaccine, with none voting against and a single member recusing due to potential conflicts. The vote comes after the FDA on Saturday authorized emergency use of the shot for adults 18 and older. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky signed off on the recommendation shortly after the vote. “This vaccine is also another

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Fauci on CPAC speech: ‘I’m sure that you can get a standing ovation by saying I’m wrong’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem receieved a standing ovation during her CPAC speech Saturday after rebuking Anthony Fauci’s public health guidance. | John Raoux/AP Photo Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s criticism of him at the Conservative Political Action Conference was “not really helpful” to the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The remarks from President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser came after Noem, a Republican and an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, received a standing ovation Saturday at the American Conservative Union’s annual political conference for rebuking Fauci’s public health guidance. In her CPAC address, Noem boasted that her administration focused on hospital capacity rather than Covid-19 case numbers. “I don’t know

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CPAC designed as a Trump coronation, former head of American Conservative Union says

A statue of former president Donald Trump is pictured on display Friday at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference. | John Raoux/AP Photo The former head of the organization that oversees CPAC on Sunday called this year’s ongoing event a coronation of Donald Trump. Calling him “the great whiner,” Al Cardenas said on MSNBC of Trump: “He’s going to continue to make sure people understand that he is the de facto leader of the Republican Party, and those that don’t follow his path will have to pay for it.” Cardenas was the head of the American Conservative Union from 2011 to 2014. The organization runs the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which began in 1974 with Ronald

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Experts concerned about Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Feb. 28. | Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo By ASSOCIATED PRESS 02/28/2021 07:52 AM EST VATICAN CITY — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis to call it off, and the Iraqi government has every interest in showing off its relative stability by welcoming the first pope to the birthplace of Abraham. The March 5-8 trip is expected to provide a sorely-needed spiritual boost to Iraq’s beleaguered Christians while furthering the

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New York City’s once-powerful Democratic bosses sit out mayor’s race

Rep. Gregory Meeks gestures while speaking during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais NEW YORK — When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez toppled Queens party boss Joe Crowley in 2018, it marked a new low for the local Democratic machines that once held sway over New York City politics. Now, the party organizations in the city’s boroughs can’t even get behind a candidate for one of the most important mayoral contests in recent memory. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a leading candidate among more than two dozen people seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor, made a hard sell for the Queens party nod. Borough pride be damned, Adams stared into the camera on a recent weeknight and declared

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Charlie Crist is eyeing a run for governor again. Florida Democrats might not care.

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) greets attendees during Black Lives Matters Business Expo on June 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Fla. | Octavio Jones/Getty Images TALLAHASSEE — Rep. Charlie Crist switched parties almost a decade ago — but the party has moved on. As the former Republican prepares a potential bid to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the 64-year-old Crist must somehow convince skeptical Democrats that he can energize the diverse coalition that now makes up the party. “I don’t think he excites the part of the base that we need to propel a statewide campaign,” said Thomas Kennedy, a newly-elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida. “I don’t think a former Republican governor — who has lost statewide

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How Trump hijacked the GOP ‘ideas factory’

Ronald Reagan, the president who reinvigorated the Republican Party, promoted the GOP as the “party of new ideas” on his way to a landslide reelection in 1984. In the post-Donald Trump era, judging by the fare inside the Orlando ballroom where the Conservative Political Action Conference unfolded, the GOP has evolved into the party of precisely two ideas: re-litigating Trump’s defeat and seething over the de-platforming of the former president and his supporters. At the first major gathering of Republicans since Trump left office, conservatives spent the weekend clinging to the false claim that Trump’s presidency was stolen from him and raging over the perceived “cancel culture” of Big Tech and the left. Nearly four months after the election and

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

A vial of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is shown in Belgium. | Johnson & Johnson via AP By SARAH OWERMOHLE 02/27/2021 06:28 PM EST Updated: 02/27/2021 06:59 PM EST The Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, adding a third option to the United States’ arsenal as President Joe Biden aims for broad protection by this summer. The J&J shot is the first one-dose vaccine to hit the U.S. market and is easily shipped and stored, presenting what could be a critical alternative for vaccinating hard-to-reach or skeptical Americans. FDA on Saturday cleared the vaccine for use in people 18 and older. J&J has 4 million shots on hand, half of which

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Noem slams Covid shutdowns, defends South Dakota’s record at CPAC

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 27, 2021 in Orlando, Fla. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images Potential 2024 presidential hopeful Gov. Kristi Noem defended South Dakota’s record on the coronavirus, railing against lockdowns in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, In her lengthy address, Noem argued that government, not the pandemic, “crushed” the reeling U.S. economy. “The question of why America needs conservatives can be answered by just mentioning one single year, and that year is 2020,” Noem said. “Everybody knows that almost overnight we went from a roaring economy to a tragic, nationwide shutdown.” Noem has fought against mask mandates and encouraged a large motorcycle rally that saw hundreds

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Pompeo leans into pro-Trump lane in fiery CPAC speech

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. | John Raoux/AP Photo Mike Pompeo leaned heavily into the pro-Trump lane in a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday afternoon, repeatedly touting the “America First” foreign policy agenda he pursued as Secretary of State. The potential 2024 presidential candidate tossed out plenty of red meat for the base in a wide-ranging speech that rehashed many of the Trump’s administration’s accomplishments and drew some of the biggest applause thus far at CPAC. “What’s good news today for me is when you’re a diplomat, when you’re the 70th Secretary of State, you have to stay in your lane. I

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