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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported today: 850,605.
As of today, 74.2 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62.3 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of the Americans who have received third or booster doses is 23.7.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to ‘quit being a whiny party’ Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden’s ‘hard-nosed’ Russia negotiator Sullivan: ‘It’s too soon to tell’ if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE and other Democratic leaders will use the chilly federal holiday to tie the civil rights movement 60 years ago to the Senate’s doomed efforts this week to pass bills they argue would protect voting rights against threats posed by Republicans.
The GOP’s opposition to a pair of bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he ‘wholeheartedly’ endorses Biden’s voting rights remarks Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights MORE Voting Rights Advancement Act, which Democratic leaders say they intend to put to the test on the Senate floor on Tuesday, is almost a sidebar to the attention paid to the second-guessing and discord within the majority party (The Hill).
Biden, who is calibrating his rhetoric with an eye to voters’ criticisms in polls and poor grades from party notables, will hold his first press conference since November on Wednesday to mark his…