Omicron BQ variants dominant, XBB circulating at low level

A person receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The omicron BQ coronavirus subvariants have risen to dominance in the U.S. as people gather and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, putting people with compromised immune … Read more

Biden administration loosens Trump-era ESG rules for 401(k) plans

Justin Paget | Digitalvision | Getty Images The Biden administration on Tuesday issued a final rule that makes it easier for employers to consider climate change and other so-called environment, social and governance factors when picking investment funds for their 401(k) plans. The U.S. Department of Labor rule, which takes effect in 60 days, undoes … Read more

Missile strike Poland called ‘isolated incident’; allies ‘on standby’

Polish security forces investigate in Przewodow village near the Ukrainian border, where two Poles were killed by a suspected missile strike. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The president of Poland said his government doesn’t yet conclusively know who fired a missile that struck Polish territory late Tuesday, killing two civilians. The explosion, … Read more

Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 subpoena for Arizona GOP chief Kelli Ward

Arizona Chairwoman Kelli Ward speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Brandon Bell | Getty Images The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward to block her phone records from being subpoenaed by the select House committee investigating the … Read more

Midterm Senate elections 2022: Democrats keep majority

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gestures, walking out of the Senate Chamber, celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduct Act at the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. T Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Democrats will hold their razor-thin majority in the U.S. Senate, NBC News … Read more

Elon Musk international relationships worth looking into

Joe Biden, left, and Elon Musk Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters; Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Asked on Wednesday whether Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter CEO Elon Musk posed a threat to national security, President Joe Biden said that the centi-billionaire’s “relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at.” At a White House … Read more

Voters under 40 apathetic towards Biden, concerned about inflation ahead of midterms

University of Pittsburgh students with Biden/Harris signs and stickers. On the University of Pittsburgh campus many students organizing get out the vote campaigns through signs, stickers, and text messaging their friends during the United States Election Day. Aaron Jackendoff | LightRocket | Getty Images Only 10% of American adults under 40 strongly approve of President … Read more

Oz, Walker, Masters trail Fetterman, Warnock, Kelly

The elections that will likely determine control of the Senate appear tight in the final days before the November midterm elections, according to a New York Times and Siena College poll of four key races released Monday. The survey shows Democrats hold slim leads over their Republican opponents in Senate races in Arizona, Pennsylvania and … Read more

Oil is all that Putin has left, presidential advisor Amos Hochstein says

Amos Hochstein photographed in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 27, 2022. Hussam Shbaro | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Oil is all Russia’s economy has left following its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, according to Amos Hochstein, special presidential coordinator for President Joe Biden. “Oil is the only thing they have left in that economy … Read more

abandoned U.K. tax cut plan a ‘mistake’

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S., October 7, 2022.  Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters President Joe Biden on Saturday called embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ abandoned tax cut plan a “mistake,” and said he is worried that other nations’ fiscal policies may hurt the U.S. amid … Read more