3 Things To Know Today

1 Biden Predicts Putin Will Invade Ukraine…And That The US Might Do Something

President Biden thinks Russia will likely invade Ukraine. During a roughly two-hour White House news conference, Biden again warned Moscow about severe economic consequences if there is an invasion. He also said that a ‘minor incursion’ might be allowed – though he didn’t explain what that would mean. Biden also defended his tenure on the eve of his first anniversary as President. He said it has been a year of challenges and great progress – bristling at a reporter’s question asking if he ‘over promised.’ Biden cited steady economic gains and expressed confidence that the Federal Reserve will get a handle on rising inflation in coming months. As for what he wants to do differently in the second year of his term, Biden was asked whether he was satisfied with his team – he is. The President said he would be speaking to the public more often and seeking advice from more outside experts.

2 CDC Reveals Covid/Vax Combo Offers Great Immunity

For all the talk of vaccines, and breakthrough infections…many have wondered about the immunity levels for those who have both been previously infected with COVID-19…and who are vaccinated. As it happens, people who were infected were better protected against the Delta variant than those who were only vaccinated. Those who were never infected or vaccinated fared the worst – those who survived a previous COVID infection and were vaccinated fared the best. Still, COVID cases are surging in most states, even among those who've been fully vaccinated and boosted. But some health experts say we're not close to achieving herd immunity because the virus is constantly changing. Plus, there's so much global travel, it's hard to keep COVID contained.

3 Voting Rights Legislation Dies In The Senate, For Now

With two Democrats joining a united Republican front…the voting rights legislation Democrats – and President Biden – have been focused on passing, is dust. Following last night’s vote, Vice President Kamala Harris said "the American people will not forget this moment. Neither will history." The legislation combined provisions from the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. At issue was removing the Senate filibuster provision. Democrats wanted it gone so that the legislation could pass on a simple majority. Without it, at least ten Republicans would have needed to side with all Democrats for the bill to pass. Not surprisingly, Dems are steamed and the GOP is celebrating. Among those pointing fingers, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is accusing Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona of undermining President Biden.

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