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Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches

Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches
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The COVID-19 pandemic dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows as the U.S. approaches a grim milestone of 500,000 deaths related to the pandemic. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Texas patrons threaten to call ICE on Mexican restaurant for keeping mask mandate Gottlieb: 'Probable' that high schoolers will get coronavirus vaccines this year MORE called the number "devastating." 

Guests also discussed COVID-19 aid and school reopening, among other topics.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below. 

Fauci: 500,000 coronavirus death milestone 'devastating'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday that despite positive trends in coronavirus infections, it is "devastating" to see the U.S. approaching 500,000 deaths from it.
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Republican Arkansas governor: Give control of vaccine distribution to states
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
"Give it to the states, we'll get it out...it's easier to coordinate that way," Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonSunday shows: Manchin in the spotlight after pivotal role in coronavirus aid debate Arkansas governor: Removal of coronavirus restrictions an 'off-ramp' Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate MORE (R) said Sunday.
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Progressive caucus chair: Income thresholds for direct payments should stay at $75,000
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
The chair of the House Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-Wash.), is urging Democrats to resist calls to reduce the number of Americans who will receive direct payments under an upcoming COVID-19 relief plan by lowering the income cutoff in the package.
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Teachers union president: 'No perfect solution' to reopening schools
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
The president of the American Federation of Teachers said Sunday that there is "no perfect solution" for opening schools safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic while pointing to successes that some municipalities have had with efforts to reopen.
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Psaki sidesteps questions on Cuomo's leadership amid nursing home deaths investigation
By REMA RAHMAN
 
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMississippi governor defends ending mask mandate Border crisis creates new risks for Biden Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee MORE avoided answering questions on Sunday on whether President BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE still believes New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTop New York Democrats call on Cuomo to resign Whitmer encourages investigation into Cuomo's conduct Sunday shows: Manchin in the spotlight after pivotal role in coronavirus aid debate MORE (D) represents the “gold standard” when it comes to leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.
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National security adviser: China has not made 'sufficient original data' available on virus spread
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction White House calls Microsoft email breach an 'active threat' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote MORE said Sunday that Chinese officials have not made “sufficient original data” available on the domestic and international spread of the coronavirus.
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Texas GOP congressman: Federal disaster aid will help homeowners with massive utility bills
By JOHN BOWDEN 
 
A Texas congressman said Sunday that homeowners in his state who are facing high electric payments and damage to their homes resulting from recent winter weather would be eligible for aid from the federal government.
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Scalise avoids blaming Trump for Capitol riot following Mar-a-Lago visit
By REMA RAHMAN 
 
House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBiden's COVID, border policies prove he's serious about neither Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat MORE (R-La.), who last week visited former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE at Mar-a-Lago, on Sunday deflected blame away from Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol.
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Former Texas GOP rep: Trump should hold very little or no role in Republican Party
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Former Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHere are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act Sunday shows - COVID-19 dominates as grim milestone approaches Former Texas GOP rep: Trump should hold very little or no role in Republican Party MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that the GOP should have little if anything to do with former President Trump following the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
“It’s completely unrealistic to think we could eliminate emissions by 2030,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said, adding that “not seeing that this problem is hard will be part of the difficulty of getting engaged in it.”
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