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President Biden Tests Positive for COVID

President Biden Tests Positive for COVID

U.S. President Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating at the White House.

The 79 year-old tested positive on Thursday morning with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealing in a statement that he is “experiencing very mild symptoms” and will continue to carry out all his duties.

“He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.”

She also revealed in the statement that the president is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral medication.

Biden has been fully-vaccinated and has also been administered with two booster jabs.

In a video message released on social media, the president thanked people for their concern, affirming that he was “doing great” and “getting a lot of work done”.

In a letter released by the White House, Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, also described Biden’s symptoms as ‘mild’.

“Mostly rhinorrhea (or runny nose) and fatigue, with an occasional dry cough, which started yesterday evening,” O’Connor documented. He noted that he anticipates that “he will respond favorably” to Paxlovid, as “most maximally protected patients do”.

First Lady, Jill Biden, confirmed she tested negative but revealed that she has been in contact with the president.

“My husband tested positive for Covid. I talked to him just a few minutes ago. He’s doing fine, he’s feeling good,” she said. “I tested negative this morning. I am going to keep my schedule.”

Should Biden become unable to perform his duties due to illness she would be given presidential powers.

Biden was timetabled to give a speech on the subject of gun violence in Pennsylvania on Thursday. That was cancelled, and he is now expected to stay at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend.

The virus has been on the rise again in the country with the BA.5 variant becoming the dominant strain. In total, there have been 89.7 million COVID cases and over one million deaths.

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Trump Spread a ‘web of lies’: One Year on From Capitol Riots

Trump Spread a ‘web of lies’: One Year on From Capitol Riots

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the violent capitol riots and US President, Joe Biden, has marked this anniversary by addressing the nation on the Capitol Hill, criticizing the nature of the violence that occurred and the attacking former President, Donald Trump.

On 6th January 2021, a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building violating American democracy, in an attempt to prevent the confirmation of Biden’s victory. This left 5 people dead, 15 police officers in hospital and caused significant damage worth millions of dollars.

In his speech earlier today, Biden went on a fierce attack on the former president claiming that he had “spread a web of lies” to American citizens leading up to the election in 2020.

‘he refused to accept the results’

“He’s done so because he values power over principle,” said President Biden.

After the riots occurred, many accused Trump of motivating his supporters to march after he claimed that the election was “stolen”.

Biden has condemned Trump for his role which has since raised serious discussions regarding the future of democracy within America.

“He sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest. And because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution,” he continued.

“He can accept he lost.

“Even though that’s what 93 United States senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, Governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said… he lost. That’s what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward.

“He has done what no president in American history has ever, ever done. He refused to accept the results of an election.”

During his address, Biden also pictured the scene of the harrowing attacks touching upon how the police were attacked, the threatening of the House speaker and the vice-president.

“Here is God’s truth about 6 January 2021,” President Biden said. “They were looking to subvert the Constitution.”

Trump claps back

Donald Trump has since responded to the address, releasing a statement claiming that President Biden is using his name “to try to further divide America.”

Trump said that Biden “is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open borders, corrupt elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures”.

“This political theatre is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” he added.

“Our country no longer has borders, has totally and completely lost control of COVID (record numbers!), is no longer energy independent, inflation is rampant, our military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan, was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States – and so much more.”

A number of remembrance events will be taking place and will see various Democrats present throughout the day. However, the majority of Republicans will be missing which emphasizes the significant divide between the two nationally-recognized parties.

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Biden Takes Strong Lead in Race for Democratic Nomination

Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections—which included Michigan, Idaho, North Dakota, Washington, Mississippi and Missouri—saw Joe Biden consolidate his sizeable lead over Bernie Sanders from Super Tuesday into what is seeming more and more a likely nomination.

Biden’s resurgence in the race came after a strong results in South Carolina on February 29, 2020, which then prompted fellow moderate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg to drop out and endorse Biden on the eve of Super Tuesday when approximately one-third of the delegates were up for grabs. It was a noteworthy move, especially for Buttigieg who came out of the first race, Iowa, on top, where Biden finished in fourth.

Biden’s strong results follow a strong Super Tuesday

Buttigieg’s and Klobuchar’s endorsements of Biden turned the tide in a race which had once included 28 candidates. Biden ended up winning 10 out of the 15 states and territories that voted. Sanders, on the other hand, won four states.

Michael Bloomberg won American Samoa, although he has now dropped out and endorsed Biden, after spending half a billion dollars of his own money on his campaign. Elizabeth Warren, who once led in the polls nationally, failed to win any states and has since dropped out. She has not yet endorsed either candidate.

Tulsi Gabbard, who is still technically in the race, also failed to pick up any wins.

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Replicating the combination of voters that delivered such a landslide on Super Tuesday, Biden won Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi with overwhelming support from African Americans and with large margins among suburban and rural white voters. Biden was also named the winner in Idaho.

North Dakota and Washington are yet to be called, although in both states Sanders currently has a small lead.

By pulling strongly ahead of Sanders for a second consecutive week, Biden demonstrated that his success on Super Tuesday was more than fleeting luck, and that his candidacy represented a broad coalition of democratic voters.

In a speech on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Biden said voters had put him “a step closer to restoring decency, dignity and honor to the White House.” Biden then addressed Sanders supporters with an appeal for unity.

“We share a common goal,” Biden said, “and together we’ll defeat Donald Trump.”

For his part, Sanders did not choose to address supporters on Tuesday night, leaving an unusual void. Although both Democratic candidates have recently called off political rallies over coronavirus concerns.

What’s next for Bernie?

Even in his moment of triumph, Biden made very little headway with young and progressive voters, who have remained steadfast Sanders supporters even now. Supporters point to the delegate math as a sign that there could still be an upset.

There are 3,979 delegates, and 1,632 have been allocated so far. Of those, Biden has 823 delegates and Sanders has 663. Tulsi Gabbard has two. Results are still rolling it, but it’s not mathematically impossible for Sanders to win.

However, the states that are left will not be easy ones for Sanders.

Take me to 2016

It’s worth taking a look at what happened in the 2016 Democratic primary race for comparison. Despite his campaign receiving more coverage and attention this time around, Sanders was actually performing far better in 2016.

Back then, he turned out more voters, won by larger margins and generally won more states. Many point out that the race was filled with candidates this time, making it harder for all parties involved. However, even yesterday’s elections which had narrowed to a two-man race, showed signs of Sanders disintegrating coalition: he lost Michigan and Idaho yesterday, but won it in 2016.

Coming up

Seven more states and territories will vote before the end of March, with 11 following in April. April’s primaries include New York, the last big delegate day of the race. If one candidate dominates most states late in the primaries, party leaders will most likely move to get behind that person and seek to bring the race to an end, allowing time for Democratic constituents to rally behind a single candidate and build a unified coalition before the general election in November.

However, primaries continue through early June, and Sanders stayed in the race until then last time—even clinching a win in Montana, a June primary state. So it remains to be seen what will happen.

For more information about primary schedules, visit here. To check if you’re registered to vote, visit here.

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