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COVID-19’s US death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic

The United States' known death toll from COVID-19 will surpass the number of dead from the Spanish Flu within the next day or two, according to the side-by-side numbers — though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn’t give the whole story, medical experts and statisticians say.

Yellen renews call to raise debt limit to avoid ‘catastrophe’

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen renewed her call for Congress to raise or suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, saying the government will otherwise run out of money to pay its bills sometime in October.

Vaccine debate, climate goals top a scaled-back UN Summit

Expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines and confronting the rising dangers of climate change will dominate a weeklong United Nations gathering in New York that’s taking place in person after going all-virtual in 2020.

Biden, France’s Macron to talk in coming days amid submarine spat

U.S. President Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron will speak by phone in the next few days as the French president seeks “clarification” about a deal that saw Paris lose its multibillion-dollar submarine contract with Australia.

House Democrats may slow infrastructure plan’s path to Biden

House Democrats could initially hold off on sending a $550 billion infrastructure bill to President Joe Biden for signature to help keep the party united and his economic agenda on track, a senior lawmaker said.

Biden’s vaccine booster and export plans collide at summit

President Joe Biden will set a new course for global vaccine allocation this week, hosting a summit on the shortage of shots in poorer countries even as the U.S. moves to give booster doses to millions of fully inoculated Americans.

4 civilians home safe after SpaceX mission Inspiration4 splashes down off Florida coast

A few dozen sunrises were enough for the crew of Inspiration4, which returned to Earth nearly three days after lifting off from Kennedy Space Center becoming the first all-civilian crew to launch into orbit.

Johnson has a chance to build on submarine coup with Biden talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will land in the U.S. on his first trip outside of Europe since the start of the pandemic with his most critical relationship — with President Joe Biden — at a delicate juncture.

Capitol rally reprising Jan. 6 sees more police, fewer protesters

Several hundred supporters of Donald Trump demonstrated in Washington on Saturday amid a heavy police presence, protesting against the prosecutions of people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Immigrants permitted to work in US could move one step closer to NYC voting...

With battles over voting rights being waged across the country, the New York City Council is poised to enter the fray in a potentially big way.

Moderates urge Pelosi to stay the course on infrastructure vote

Democratic moderates in the U.S. House are imploring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move forward with a Sept. 27 vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill despite threats from progressives to block it if a much larger spending package has not also been approved.

Trump NYC tower debt hits watch list with vacancies rising

A $100 million loan on Donald Trump’s Fifth Avenue tower was moved to a watch list Monday because of “lower average occupancy,” according to information compiled by Wells Fargo & Co.

FDA panel backs Pfizer booster for those 65 and up, but rejects broad use

The COVID-19 vaccine booster shot proposed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE should be given to older Americans and those at high risk, a panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday, rejecting a request for broader distribution.

Taliban shootout in palace sidelines leader who dealt with US

The man the U.S. and its allies hoped would be a moderate voice in Afghanistan’s Taliban government has been sidelined after a dramatic shootout in the presidential palace in Kabul, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commentary: Facebook is too secretive. Its oversight board should change that

Boards are notorious for group think and spinelessness. In Facebook’s case, a board could make a difference.

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Former Trump aides subpoenaed by Capitol riot probe panel

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other of former President Donald Trump’s advisers were subpoenaed Thursday by the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Interior’s Haaland hints at limits on fossil fuel extraction

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suggested a sharply limited role for fossil fuel extraction on U.S. federal lands and waters in her most expansive comments yet on the administration’s overhaul of oil and gas leasing.