Joe Biden has a 2nd chance to take on the NRA with action on background checks for gun sales

Summary List Placement Shortly after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, then-Vice President Joe Biden shared his advice for managing grief in a lengthy phone call with Mark Barden, who was still in shock from losing his seven-year-old son Daniel. Keep a notepad by your bed, Biden told the father, a musician. At night, rate each day on a scale of 1 to 10. There will always be low days, but you’ll see they’ll get further apart over time, Barden recalled Biden saying. “I remember feeling very comforted,” Barden said. Daniel was among the 20 children and 6 adults gunned down in one of the deadliest school shootings in… Read More

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Getting AstraZeneca’s shot is safer than flying on a plane, experts say — the bigger problem is an ‘explosion of vaccine skepticism’

Summary List Placement The world’s most-administered coronavirus shot is facing what may be its biggest challenge yet.  On Wednesday, European regulatory authorities said potentially fatal blood clots are indeed a rare side effect of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. Following the announcement, the UK’s regulator said people under 30 years old should seek out other shots, if available.  AstraZeneca’s vaccine has already been rolled out to tens of millions of people around the world. In interviews with Insider, five medical experts emphasized that the shot is safe and effective. “The risk of dying in an air crash is just astronomically higher than the risk of clotting after the vaccine dose, and yet we… Read More

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The federal sex trafficking probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz is looking at trips he took to the Bahamas, CBS News says

Summary List Placement The Justice Department investigation into whether Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz broke federal sex trafficking laws is reportedly zeroing in on a series of trips Gaetz took to the Bahamas in 2018 and 2019 with a marijuana entrepreneur, according to CBS News. Sources who spoke with CBS News said that Gaetz was joined by weed businessman and hand surgeon Jason Pirozzolo on his trips to the Bahamas, and that Pirozzolo paid for flights, hotels, and female escorts. Investigators are reportedly looking at whether women were trafficked across state and international lines during those trips with Gaetz. In a statement to CBS News, Gaetz’s office said: “Rep. Gaetz has… Read More

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Lazard just told its incoming investment-banking summer interns their program will be virtual, as the bank eyes a broader, hybrid return to office after Labor Day

Summary List Placement Another boutique investment bank is telling interns that they’ll complete their internship program virtually this summer, but has plans for a broader return to office for all employees starting in September. Lazard told incoming investment-banking summer interns based in the US that their “completely virtual” internships will begin on June 7 and end on August 6, in a new memo sent on April 7 by Hillary Haber, the firm’s vice president in financial advisory human resources, that was viewed by Insider. Haber noted that the program might allow for some optional, in-person gathering opportunities, either to work in the office or to meet teams in some socially-distant… Read More

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The US is prepared to lift sanctions on Iran that are ‘inconsistent’ with the 2015 nuclear deal

Summary List Placement The State Department on Wednesday said that the US is willing to lift sanctions on Iran that are “inconsistent” with the 2015 nuclear deal. “We are prepared to take the steps necessary to return to compliance with the JCPOA, including by lifting sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA. I am not in a position here to give you chapter and verse on what those might be,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, per Reuters. Prince was employing the acronym for the formal name of the 2015 pact — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  The White House did not offer comment and deferred to… Read More

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