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Biden Stuns Left-wing Reporter with Common Sense Answer on Masking on Airplanes

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President Joe Biden did the improbable on Tuesday and gave a common sense response to a question about wearing masks on airplanes. Watch:

“Mr. President, should people continue to wear masks on planes?” the reporter asked.

“That’s up to them,” Biden said.

There you have it. All of the flight attendant confrontations, miserable passengers being forced to wear masks against their will, arguing and bickering, legal fights and media squabbling over mask efficacy could have been avoided with one simple sentence: “That’s up to them.”

Americans have been going without masks in red states like Florida for over a year with no distinguishable difference with mask fanatatical states like California and New York. Furthermore, people have been eating in restaurants without masks for nearly the entire duration of the pandemic, often in the close vicinity of others. And many of the predicted “super-spreader” events following sports celebrations attended by tens of thousands of maskless fans have turned out to be over-hyped nothingburgers.

While on board Air Force One on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki both vocally disagreed with the court striking down the CDC’s mask mandate for travel and suggested that an appeal from the Biden administration might still be on the table.

“Well, I would note — well, I’ve seen those videos. Anecdotes are not data, right?” she replied. “And certainly, that does tell a part of the story. But we don’t make these decisions based on politics or based on the political whims on a plane or even in a poll. But I would note in polls, and data, lengthier data, there are still a lot of people in this country who still want to have masks in place.”

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Psaki was also asked if the Biden administration intends to appeal the federal court’s ruling.

“On the mask mandate, why is the DoJ not appealing that?” a reporter asked. “And… does the administration risk taking away some of your options for the future, especially if there’s some new variants?” he continued.

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“Well, unless something’s happened when we got on the plane, I don’t think they’ve made any announcement at this point in time,” she responded. “So, as we’ve said, agencies are reviewing step — next steps — including the Department of Justice, traditionally following court decision. That can take a couple of days.”

“We have said from the start that our Covid response should be guided by the science and data and by experts,” she added. “And — and just as a reminder, when we made this announcement, the CDC said it needed 15 days to assess the impacts of an uptick in cases on hospitalizations, deaths, and hospital capacity.”

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“We feel — still feel — that is entirely reasonable based on the latest science,” she continued. “And public health decisions shouldn’t be made by the courts. They should be made by public health experts. So again, I can’t — I’m not going to get ahead of the Department of Justice. We’ll let them make any decisions or announcements, but —”

“So, they might still appeal is what you’re saying?” a reporter followed up.

“It typically — yeah, it typically takes a couple of days to review and make an assessment,” she said.

The Biden administration on Monday released a statement in response to a federal court in Florida striking down the national mask mandate for airlines and other public transportation.

“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps. In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time. Therefore, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time. CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”

As reported earlier, a federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate covering airports, planes and other public travel. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking.

The judge’s conclusion that the CDC’s mandate exceeded the agency’s authority. The Tampa court’s ruling can be read in full below:

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United Airlines responded to the news by dropping the mask mandate immediately.

“Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at United on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s mask requirements) or at U.S. airports,” UA said in a statement.

Delta Airlines announced it was no longer enforcing masks, which passengers aboard a flight applauded.

Alaska Airline dropped its mask mandate, which the passengers greeted with enthusiasm.

Allegiant Air’s announcement got a similar reaction.

There is no significant evidence that mask mandates for the general public have led to a decline in case rates around the world. This was the case prior to Covid-19 and remains the case today. That is what the actual “science” says.

President Biden has finally come full circle to the position he should have had all along: Health freedom. It is too bad it took a federal court ruling to get him to this point.

Syndicated with licensed permission from Becker News. Follow Becker News on Telegram.

Notice: This article may contain commentary that reflects the author’s opinion.

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Five things to know about the former ‘City of Rhythm’ star

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Five things to know about the former City of Rhythm

Here’s what we knew about legendary actor Jamie Bartlett who passed away on Monday, May 23 at the age of 55.

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Actor Jamie Bartlett’s family confirmed his death to eNCA on Monday, May 23. Barrett’s cause of death has not been released. He was 55 when he died.

Mzansi mourns the passing of Jamie Bartlett. Image via Twitter @philmphela.

So, what do we know about actors?

Also read: ‘Your soul touched us all’: Mzansi mourns death of Jamie Bartlett

1. He is best known for his role as David Genaro in “City of Rhythm”

Bartlett is best known for his role as villain David Genaro on e.tv City of Rhythm. He played for over a decade before quitting Genaro in February 2020.

The actor is also known for his role on SABC’s Mike O’Riley. Isidingo. He was also one of the judges for the seventh and eighth seasons of e.tv SA’s Got Talent.

2. Bartlett attended the University of Cape Town (UCT)

former city ​​of rhythm Stars study speech and drama at UCT.

3. He is in a relationship

Bartlett was in a relationship with Rosa Onius, 28. The pair have been together for some time, and Rosa accompanied Jamie to the 2021 Royal Soap Awards, which he hosts with Zola Nombona. Take a look…

He was previously married to actress Camilla Waldman, with whom he shares a son. Camilla as Anne De Villiers on SABC 1 generations.

Also read: Wow! Rhythm City’s Jamie Bartlett shows off his baby Rosa Onius [photos]

4. Bartlett was an award-winning actor

The actor has won many awards, including the South African Film and Television Award and the Fleur Du Cap Drama Award.

5. He was born in England

Barlett was born in Maidenhead, England, to a South African mother and an English father.

Also read: ‘Last night will be the last night’: Somizi shares Jamie Bartlett’s final moments

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Ukraine-News. Russia is fighting for key positions in Donbas

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Ukraine News Russia is fighting for key positions in Donbas

Habek sees oil embargo coming +++ Ukraine reports killing of civilians +++ Lavrov advises Russia to focus on China +++ Developments in the Ukrainian war. star-Tickers.

90th day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Three months after the start of Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine, President Vladimir Zelensky expects more difficult weeks for his country. Again, he demands more weapons from the West so that Ukraine can defend itself.

Since the beginning of the war, the United Nations has registered more than 6.5 million people fleeing Ukraine, most of them to Poland. At least 3,930 civilians have been killed and 4,532 injured by the United Nations. The British Secret Service estimates that the casualties of Russians in Ukraine are already as high as those of the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Federal Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock (Greens) received her Polish counterpart Zbign-Rau in Berlin on Tuesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it refers to the Russian war in Ukraine – other international, European – bilateral issues.

9.46: The ECB does not currently envisage a recession

Despite the war in Ukraine, the European Central Bank (ECB) does not currently predict a recession in the euro area. “At the moment we do not see a recession in the eurozone,” ECB President Christine Lagarde told Bloomberg during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The economic downturn is not currently the starting point for the central bank. Following the announcements, the yield of the Euro և Bund has increased.

Lagarde identified some forces that counterbalanced the intensity of the Ukraine war. He, among other issues, referred to the low level of unemployment, the high level of savings of private households.

09.03. The General Staff of Ukraine reports heavy fighting in the east

According to Ukrainian sources, the Russian troops in Donbas are still pursuing the goal of completely occupying the Luhansk region. “The enemy does not stop attacking,” the Ukrainian General Staff said on Tuesday morning. In particular, attempts are being made to blockade the strategically important cities of Sverodonetsk and Lisichansk.

At the same time, the Russian armed forces also suffered heavy losses in Sijerodonetsk, the statement said. This information could not be verified at first. Fierce fighting also continued around the town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

7.25. Russia is trying to gain a key position in the Donbas

According to the Ukrainian government, the Russian armed forces are trying to occupy key positions in eastern Ukraine with heavy bombardment. The situation in Donbas is even “extremely difficult” as the Russians try to “eliminate everything alive,” Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on Tuesday evening. Russia is trying to blockade the cities of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk. The Ministry of Defense reported fierce fighting around Bakhmut.

The fall of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region will allow Russian troops to take control of the most important center, which currently serves as the command center for most of Ukraine’s military operations in the East. “We have reached a point where we are in the process of making evacuation mandatory,” said Serhiy Kalyan, head of the Bakhmut military administration. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaiday, on the other hand, said that the shelling of Severodonetsk was so strong that evacuation was impossible.

07:24. Ukraine’s defense adviser in Mariupol called the main goal “achieved”.

Despite the collapse of the port city of Mariupol, the adviser to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine sees that the main military goal has been achieved there. “The main goal was achieved in Mariupol. it was to hold back Russian groups (…) more than 20,000 Russian soldiers. And it became possible due to the heroism of the defenders of Mariupol, the defenders of the defenders, who later appeared in K. “Azovstal,” Yuri Sak told ARD Morgenmagazin on Tuesday. As a result, Russian troops would not be able to occupy other territories in eastern Ukraine.

Azovstal’s soldiers would give the Ukrainians time to regroup to receive more military assistance from their international counterparts. “From this point of view, the goal was achieved,” says Sack. The last Ukrainian fighters of the Azov Steel Plant in Mariupol were handed over last week.

At 5.01. Pelman, a left-wing politician, admits to making NATO assessment mistakes

The left-wing member of the Bundestag, Soren Pellman, is campaigning for his party to improve its course on Russia’s NATO. “If you ask outside today if NATO is a possible alliance, many will say yes,” Pellmann told a German news agency. Fear of escalating the war in Ukraine is growing among the population, skepticism that the supply of weapons will end the war. But. “The demand for the dissolution of NATO is not a problem at the moment.”

Leipziger is the Commissioner for the Left Parliamentary Group. He has publicly stated that he is considering running for ... of federal president of his party. At 12.00 he wants to make an announcement in Berlin.

12:17 Lavrov advises Russia to focus more on Eurasia

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, the “dictatorial position” of the West towards Russia accelerates the development of its country’s economic relations with China. “Moscow will rely only on those states that have ‘proven their reliability,’” Lavrov was quoted as saying by state-run Ria Tass news agencies on Tuesday evening.

According to Lavrov, the future is in the Eurasian region. In addition to China, he mentioned India and Iran as important partners. In his opinion, Russia should no longer rely on Western supplies. Rather, Russia will “seriously consider” whether it needs to restore relations if the West offers something.

12:12. Ukrainians report three civilians

According to Ukrainian sources, three civilians were killed in Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine on Monday. Another six people were injured, Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kirilenko wrote in the Telegram. The Ukrainian army announced that it had destroyed eight tanks, one drone, six planes and other military equipment on the Russian side. It is mentioned that a Russian missile was hit in the Novukrainka region. The information could not be verified independently.

According to Ukrainian information, Russia is expanding the command structures of the military police in eastern Ukraine. 19 so-called command offices have been set up in the occupied territories of Kherson-Zaporozhye, the General Staff of Ukraine wrote on Monday evening.

0.10 in the morning. Selensky calls for more weapons

After a three-month war, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky demanded modern anti-missile weapons and fighter jets from the West against Russian attacks. “Many people” would not die if we got all the weapons we ask for, “Zelensky said in a new video message Monday night. Since the start of the war on February 24, his country has been the target of 3,000 air strikes and almost 1,500 rocket attacks. The vast majority of attacks were aimed at civilian targets.



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“All of Ukraine’s partners agree that their country’s struggle against Russia serves to ‘protect the common values ​​of all the countries of the free world,’” Zelensky said. That is why his country has the right to arms assistance. The situation continues to be difficult in eastern Ukraine, where the Russian army has concentrated its activities. He does not expect Russia to cede the occupied territories in Kharkov region and other regions. “The coming weeks of the war will be difficult,” he added.

12:04: Habek sees that there will be an oil embargo soon

Federal Minister of Economy Robert Habek sees an oil embargo against Russia, in his own words, “within reach.” There are only a few countries that report problems, especially Hungary, the vice chancellor told the ZDF “Heute Journal” on Monday night. Here you can be careful. But then “something has to happen” in Hungary. Habek added. “Well, I think we will reach a breakthrough in a few days.”

The EU Commission has proposed to suspend the import of Russian crude oil to Ukraine in six months due to the aggressive Russian war. As a compromise, the Commission proposes to give Hungary more time. The proposal is not far enough for the government of Prime Minister Victor Orban.

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