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A Man Who Allegedly Maced Police Officers During The Capitol Coup Attempt Has Been Arrested

Buzzfeed News
Julia Reinstein BuzzFeed News Reporter

A man who was filmed macing police officers during the attempted coup at the US Capitol last month was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, authorities said.

Peter Schwartz, a 47-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, faces numerous charges, including one for forcibly assaulting an officer.

According to an affidavit, Schwartz was part of a mob that swarmed officers outside the entrance to the Capitol, yelling at the authorities while striking and spraying them with harmful substances.

Video of the incident, which was posted on YouTube and reviewed by federal agents, apparently shows Schwartz being handed a canister of Mace and spraying the officers with it. One officer appears to get hit, take a step back, and turn away to avoid inhaling the spray.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/capitol-arrest-mace-cops

Democratic group American Bridge plans $100 million midterm campaign to back President Biden

Washington Post
By Michael Scherer
Feb. 5, 2021

The Democratic group American Bridge, which spent about $62 million on ads in 2020 to defeat President Donald Trump, plans to relaunch next month with a new effort aimed at defending the record of President Biden and a nine-figure ad budget to maintain Democratic congressional majorities through the midterm elections.

Former Montana governor Steve Bullock, former Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards will join as co-chairs, according to a statement from the group. They will join former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, who began advising the group last year.

The announcement marks the first major reorganization of the external Democratic infrastructure that helped elect Biden, with more moves expected in the coming weeks as the Biden White House prepares to roll out additional details on its own political program.

“In 2022, Democratic fortunes are going to sink or swim on Biden’s success, so we want to engage on that front from the outset,” said Bradley Beychok, the group’s president, who will step down to become a senior adviser next month. “Biden’s policies are going to impact American families. Our job is to make sure that those impacts are seen and heard by voters starting now.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-democrat-fundraising/2021/02/05/019d0092-6752-11eb-8c64-9595888caa15_story.html

States redistribute hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses unused by nursing homes

Washington Post
By Lena H. Sun and Lenny Bernstein
Feb. 5, 2021 at 6:57 p.m. EST

The federal government allocated too much vaccine to elder-care facilities, and many states are now redistributing hundreds of thousands of the unused doses to others — a move expected to expand vaccinations to more people, more quickly, according to officials involved in the effort.

In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Thursday that he is redirecting 170,000 doses of unused vaccine intended for long-term-care facilities. In Texas, health officials said they would redistribute 126,750 doses. In Illinois, the state is redirecting about 97,000 doses. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) announced on Twitter last week that the state was reallocating 37,800 doses to vaccine providers. “These surplus vaccines should be made available to members of the general public right away rather than at the completion of the [long-term-care] program,” McMaster wrote.

In Maine, the state is initially taking about 4,000 doses from nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other locations. “We’re not letting those doses go to waste,” said Nirav Shah, director of Maine’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a briefing for reporters.

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The CDC is working with 32 jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis to “transfer doses back from pharmacy partners when there is an excess,” said spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund. She declined to say how many total doses are being redirected.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/02/05/unused-vaccines-nursing-homes-reallocated/

NFL Offers Biden All 32 Football Stadiums as Mass COVID Vaccination Sites

NBCWashington
By Jessica Golden, CNBC

The National Football League told President Joe Biden that it is making all of its 32 football stadiums available a mass coronavirus vaccinations sites for the general public.

Currently, seven NFL teams are hosting vaccinations for COVID-19 at or near their stadiums.

"The NFL and our 32 member clubs are committed to doing our part to ensure that vaccines are as widely available in our communities as possible," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter Thursday to Biden.

"We can expand our efforts to stadiums more effectively because many of our clubs have offered their facilities previously as COVID testing centers as well as election sites over the past several months," Goodell wrote.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/business/money-report/nfl-offers-biden-all-32-football-stadiums-as-mass-covid-vaccination-sites/2564327/

Biden administration to deploy approximately 1,000 troops to assist with Covid vaccination effort

Source: CNN

The Biden administration announced Friday that it will deploy approximately 1,000 troops across the United States to assist with coronavirus vaccination efforts.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost vaccination efforts with active duty US troops, White House Covid-19 senior adviser Andy Slavitt said Friday.

CNN reported earlier Friday that the plan calls for the troops to form into five teams to travel to designated sites, according to two defense officials. The orders are expected to call for the troops to be ready to deploy within 96 hours.

Slavitt confirmed Friday that part of the group will begin to arrive in California within the next 10 days to start operations in the area around February 15, "with additional vaccination missions soon to follow."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/politics/pentagon-covid-vaccines/index.html

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is back in court -- facing a criminal libel case he says is political

Source: Washington Post

By Robyn Dixon
Feb. 5, 2021

MOSCOW — Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny on Friday slammed the latest court action against him as one more trumped-up political case by the government of President Vladimir Putin.

The case — involving charges of criminal libel against an elderly war veteran — was a “PR trial” used to smear him, Navalny said. He was appearing in court for the second time this week after being sentenced Tuesday to two years and eight months for breaching parole.

“This is a PR trial,” said Navalny, according to local media present in the hearing. The Kremlin needs headlines, ‘Navalny slandered a war veteran.’”

Navalny, whose return to Russia and jailing triggered the toughest crackdown on peaceful opposition dissent since Soviet times, also faces a separate case in which he is accused of embezzlement, carrying a sentence of up to 10 years.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-opposition-leader-navalny-back-in-court--this-time-facing-a-criminal-libel-case-that-he-says-is-political/2021/02/05/acc0d8d0-6703-11eb-bab8-707f8769d785_story.html

Nursing Homes Are Seeing COVID-19 Cases Drop Due To Vaccines, Federal Officials Say

Buzzfeed News
Dan Vergano

Vaccines are cutting down COVID-19 case numbers in US nursing homes, a federal health official reported on Thursday, a long-awaited break in the deadly grip of the pandemic on the most vulnerable older adults.

Nursing homes have been the deadliest place for people with COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, killing more than 150,000 residents and staff, so far. Vaccination at long-term care facilities was a high priority in the nationwide rollout of coronavirus vaccines that started in December, as COVID-19 cases reached record levels nationwide, and nursing homes locked down over the holidays. Now the vaccines are starting to make a difference, newly released health data suggests, accelerating a 22% drop in nursing home COVID-19 case rates seen from Dec. 20 to Jan. 10.

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Nursing home COVID-19 cases had been the “leading edge” of the US epidemic since last February, when an outbreak at a Washington state facility led to 46 deaths among residents, staff, and visitors, marking the start of deadly cases striking older adults nationwide. A sign of the turn of the tide of such cases due to vaccination would not be unexpected, as clinical trial data suggested a drop resulted among the immunized about two weeks after the first shot, said epidemiologist George Rutherford of the University of California, San Francisco, but is nonetheless heartening.

“These are really good vaccines, and we are seeing them take effect, which is wonderful,” said Rutherford. “The data showed that they had good efficacy even after one shot, which I suspect is what we are starting to see here.”

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/covid-vaccines-nursing-homes?ref=bfnsplash&utm_term=4ldqpho

GM, Ford and other carmakers can't get enough chips. It's a huge problem

CNN Business
By Julia Horowitz

London (CNN Business)A semiconductor shortage is battering the global auto industry at a crucial moment, and the pressure shows no sign of easing soon.

What's happening: Ford (F) told investors Thursday that the chip crunch could shave up to 20% off first-quarter production.

Chief Financial Officer John Lawler said that if the problem drags on through the spring, the company's earnings could take a $1 billion to $2.5 billion hit.

It's not just an issue for Ford. GM (GM) is shutting some plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico next week due to the insufficient supplies, while Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANF) and Honda (HMC) have also been affected.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/05/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html

Companies are charging hidden 'covid fees' to make up for lost profits. They may be illegal.

Washington Post
By Hannah Denham
Feb. 5, 2021 at 8:05 a.m. EST

Nearly a year into the pandemic’s gutting of the economy, businesses across the country are increasingly charging coronavirus-related fees, ranging from a $5 disinfection charge in a hair salon to $1,200 for extra food and cleaning in a senior living center, which are often undisclosed until the customer gets a bill.

According to a survey by The Washington Post of attorney general offices and financial departments in 52 states and territories, U.S. consumers in 29 states have filed 510 complaints of coronavirus-related surcharges at dentist offices, senior living facilities, hair salons and restaurants.

Hidden fees are a legitimate concern for consumers, especially for economically vulnerable Americans or senior citizens without income, but not every state protects consumers from them. While medical insurance law in some states requires health-care providers to offer refunds to patients who have been unfairly charged for personal protective equipment, other states allow for businesses to tack on extra fees, as long as they’re disclosed upfront.

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For instance, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) sent a cease-and-desist letter to 11 senior living facilities in August after 45 residents reported being charged $900 each in “supplemental COVID-19 fees.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/road-to-recovery/2021/02/05/coronavirus-fees-pandemic-business/

Russia Expels Western Diplomats Over Navalny Rally

Source: NBCWashington

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany for attending a rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The diplomats were being declared “persona non grata” after they were alleged to take part in the “unlawful” rallies in support of Navalny on Jan. 23, the ministry said. Mass protests in support of Navalny took place that day all across Russia.

Diplomats from Sweden and Poland in St. Petersburg and from Germany in Moscow took part in the rallies, it said, and their actions were “unacceptable and inappropriate for their diplomatic status.”
U.S. & World

They were required to leave Russia “in the nearest future,” a ministry statement said.

Read more: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/navalny-in-court-again-accused-of-defaming-a-wwii-veteran/2563532/
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