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Name: Chris Bastian
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NBC News published part of an interview I did with them yesterday re: COVID vaccinations?


Last-minute vaccine cancellations in New York City catches some off-guard

Thousands of people had their Covid-19 vaccine appointments canceled at the last minute in New York City -- starting Thursday -- when the city announced it was experiencing a supply shortage.

Chris Bastian — who was scheduled to have his first dose on Thursday — only found out that appointments were being postponed while scrolling through Facebook on Wednesday night.

“I was never contacted directly by the city,” Bastian, 61, said. “I went by the vaccine center this [Thursday] afternoon just to make sure and to get whatever information I could, and while I was there another couple arrived and they had an appointment and they had not been notified either.”

The New York City Health Department said in a statement online that over 22,000 appointments for the first dose of the vaccine that were made for Jan. 21-Jan. 24 will be rescheduled to next week, and that those affected should have received an email or phone call to be alerted of the change.

However, Bastian says he received neither.

"I'm not afraid," Bastian said of having his Brooklyn appointment postponed. "My wife and I have been taking very responsible isolating policies — but it's annoying."

BREAKING: Lloyd Austin nomination approved by Senate


Janet Yellen's nomination as first female Treasury secretary clears key Senate hurdle

Source: CNBC

Janet Yellen’s history-making move to head the Treasury Department took a key step forward Friday morning after she easily cleared an important Senate vote.

Along with the raft of experience she brings with her, the appointment would make Yellen the first woman ever to hold the position. She previously was the first female to lead the Federal Reserve.

The Senate Finance Committee on Friday approved of President Joe Biden’s move to name Yellen as Treasury secretary, sending the nomination through by a 26-0 vote.

“We are proud that we have now the first woman to be Treasury secretary of the United States,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. “I really hope that she can lead a new day at Treasury to focus on Main Street issues of the workforce, workforce training, and the important aspects of getting the American economy and getting people back to work.”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/yellen-nomination-as-first-female-treasury-secretary-clears-key-senate-hurdle.html

Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair

Source: The Hill

Jaime Harrison, the former South Carolina Senate candidate who shattered fundraising records, has been elected as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), succeeding Tom Perez as the party’s top officer.

Harrison, who mounted a high-profile yet ultimately unsuccessful bid to oust Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last year, was President Biden’s choice for the top job at the DNC. He was elected in a near-unanimous vote at the group’s winter meeting Thursday afternoon.

“In spite of everything we’ve been through in the past year, I am excited, because today we are embarking on a new mission to build back better and bring hope back to this great nation,” Harrison said after the election results were announced.

In an acceptance speech, Harrison acknowledged that Democrats would face challenging election cycles in the coming years, given that the party now controls the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/535329-democrats-formally-elect-harrison-as-new-dnc-chair

Dog waits for owner outside Turkish hospital for several days

New York Daily News

A patient pooch spent the last week waiting outside a Turkish hospital while her owner receives treatment before an emotional reunion.

According to DHA, a Turkish news agency, Boncuk the dog followed an ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to a hospital in Trabzon, a city on the Black Sea.

Senturk’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said no matter how many times she took Boncuk back home, the dog would run back to the hospital.

“She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in,” hospital security guard Muhammet Akdeniz told DHA. “When the door opens she pokes her head inside.”

Boncuk’s patience paid off Wednesday when Senturk was wheeled out for some daddy-doggy time shortly before he was discharged from the hospital.

We feel incredibly betrayed': Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol

Source: Politico

Thousands of National Guardsmen were forced to vacate congressional grounds on Thursday and are now taking their rest breaks outside and in nearby parking garages, after two weeks of sleepless nights protecting the nation’s capital in the wake of the violent assault on Jan. 6.

One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said.


All National Guard troops were told to vacate the Capitol and nearby congressional buildings on Thursday, and to set up mobile command centers outside or in nearby hotels, another Guardsman confirmed. They were told to take their rest breaks during their 12-hour shifts outside and in parking garages, the person said.

Prominent lawmakers from both parties took to Twitter to decry the decision and call for answers after POLITICO first reported the news Thursday night. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, tweeted: "If this is true, it's outrageous. I will get to the bottom of this."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/21/national-guard-troops-vacate-capitol-461220

Sounds as though it was an administrative decision by the Capitol Police.

The Vice President was at work today...


Get 'em while they're toasty warm...


Can Someone Please Open the Door?

New York Times

WASHINGTON — It was the culminating moment of a transfer of power: President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, walked up the driveway to their new home late Wednesday, ascended the steps to the North Portico, waved to the crowd as a military band played “Hail to the Chief,” turned to head inside — and came face to face with a closed door.


The breach turned out to be a small but curious bit of disarray in the chaotic two-and-a-half months between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Nothing was normal in the transition from the Trump to the Biden administration, and turning over the White House to new occupants was no exception.

For one, there was no chief usher to greet the Bidens when they arrived. Although it is unclear exactly what caused the delay with the doors — which are normally opened by Marine guards — the chief usher of the White House, who manages the residence, had been fired less than five hours earlier.

Timothy Harleth, the Trumps’ chief usher and a former rooms manager of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, was busy moving furniture on Inauguration Day when he was told at 11:30 a.m. that his services were no longer needed, people familiar with the process said.

BREAKING: Rocky Senate Republicans meeting (Punchbowl email)

Senate Republicans had a pretty eventful private conference call today with lots of news on impeachment, and lots of hints about just how rocky things might turn for the GOP.

A few nuggets for you to chew on:
→ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on the call that Donald Trump has hired Butch Bowers to represent him in his impeachment trial -- Punchbowl News broke this several hours ago. Bowers has represented a host of high-ranking GOP officials. He is based in Columbia, S.C., and once shared an office with Henry McMaster, the governor of South Carolina, per the great Jamie Lovegrove of the Post and Courier.

→ Graham also said that he, Mitch McConnell and Bowers have been talking about the “pre-trial process” for the impeachment trial. Trump’s team wants time to prepare for the proceedings, arguing that the House process was so quick, the former president didn’t have the opportunity to respond to the charges. It is unclear how long the Trump defense team needs to prepare. McConnell is expected to present his rules request to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi hasn’t even sent the article of impeachment to the Senate yet. And the rules dictate that the Senate needs to start the proceedings when Pelosi sends them over. Republicans are hoping to start the trial in February.

→ This is new: McConnell is requesting the Senate issue a summons to Trump on Jan. 28. Trump would then have until Feb. 11 to submit his pre-trial brief. The House would then have until Feb. 13 to submit a rebuttal.

→ There was lots of discussion on the call about whether an impeachment trial is allowed or even proper. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Republicans should not agree to any processes for the trial, and instead, Trump should go to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of impeaching a former president.

If there’s anyone out there who still believes that Republicans are ready to convict Trump, this should help frame your thoughts with a bit more accuracy. Many Republicans do not even believe a trial is appropriate.

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