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The U.S. celebrates its Independence Day
On the day lengthy earmarked as a milestone within the combat towards the coronavirus, the White Home hosted a celebration of about 1,000 folks yesterday to commemorate the July 4 vacation and herald the administration’s progress towards overcoming the pandemic.
Talking on the occasion, President Biden in contrast the nation’s combat for independence with the battle towards the coronavirus. “200 and 45 years in the past, we declared our independence from a distant king,” he mentioned. “At this time, we’re nearer than ever to declaring our independence from a lethal virus.”
Regardless of celebrations throughout the nation, the U.S. stays deeply divided. The American flag, as soon as a unifying image, is now alienating to some, its stripes fault strains between individuals who kneel whereas “The Star-Spangled Banner” performs and people for whom not pledging allegiance is an affront.
By the numbers: Reviews of recent coronavirus circumstances within the U.S. are regular at 12,000 a day, the bottom since testing grew to become extensively accessible, with fewer than 300 every day deaths. The U.S. didn’t meet Biden’s deadline of 70 p.c of adults no less than partly vaccinated by July 4.
From Opinion: Each Juneteenth and the Fourth of July belong to all Individuals, writes Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor at Harvard. However whereas one celebrates the independence of the American nation, the opposite celebrates the independence of a nation inside the American nation.
Associated: Stacie Marshall, who inherited a Georgia farm, is descended from a household that enslaved folks. She is making an attempt on a small scale to handle a generations-old flawed that also bedevils the nation.
A lethal airplane crash within the Philippines
A navy airplane within the Philippines crashed yesterday, with 96 troopers and crew members onboard, after lacking a runway whereas making an attempt to land on the island of Jolo. A minimum of 50 folks died, together with three civilians on the bottom. Officers worry the loss of life toll will climb.
The troopers had been heading to Jolo to bolster navy operations towards Abu Sayyaf, a small Islamist group that the Philippine authorities considers a terrorist group.
Context: The Philippine navy has been making an attempt to modernize its growing old air fleet. The airplane that crashed first flew in 1988 and was utilized by the U.S. Air Pressure till the Philippines purchased it in January. Three helicopters have additionally crashed this yr.
An in a single day vaccination drive in Rome
Practically 900 folks confirmed up on Saturday within the Italian capital for an in a single day vaccination drive, known as Open Evening, which aimed to succeed in “folks on the margins of society, probably the most fragile,” an area well being official mentioned.
Medical doctors and nurses administered the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to homeless folks, undocumented migrants, international college students and authorized migrants who should not registered with the nationwide well being service. The vaccine is very helpful for individuals who could be tougher to succeed in or won’t return for a second dose.
A minimum of 700,000 folks in Italy should not registered with the nationwide well being service, which is managed by regional governments, in keeping with the Nationwide Institute for Well being, Migration and Poverty.
Particulars: To assist attract crowds, a jazz pianist serenaded these current on Saturday evening, whereas free espresso and cornetti — the Italian croissant — had been provided yesterday morning.
In different developments:
Iran’s president warned of a possible fifth wave because the Delta variant unfold.
Since April, well being care suppliers in France have routinely given a third dose of a two-dose vaccine to folks with sure immune situations.
The Indian police are investigating whether or not scammers gave out 1000’s of pictures of salt water as a substitute of Covid-19 vaccines.
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Why American politics aren’t budging
The nation is recovering from a pandemic and an financial disaster, and its former president is in authorized and monetary peril. However no political realignment seems to be at hand, writes Alexander Burns, a nationwide politics correspondent for The Instances.
It’s unclear whether or not the American voters remains to be able to large-scale shifts in opinion, or whether or not the nation is actually locked right into a schism for the foreseeable future, with roughly 53 p.c of Individuals on one aspect and 47 p.c on the opposite.
“I believe we’re open to small strikes; I’m unsure we’re open to massive strikes,” mentioned Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster. “Partisanship has made our system so sclerotic that it isn’t very aware of actual adjustments in the true world.”
Although the pandemic restoration had helped voters really feel higher in regards to the path the nation is transferring in, it didn’t appear to be altering occasion preferences, mentioned Russ Schriefer, a Republican strategist. “If something, since November folks have retreated additional and additional again into their very own corners.”
Final yr, Donald Trump presided over an out-of-control pandemic that killed a whole bunch of 1000’s of Individuals and devastated the financial system. In his subsequent presidential marketing campaign, he outlined no agenda for his second time period and delivered one of the crucial self-destructive debate performances in fashionable historical past — however nonetheless gained 25 states.