Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate

Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate
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A surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly transmissible delta variant and the latest on infrastructure talks dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Pfizer results offer hope amid worsening pandemic for children The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration MORE, who serves as President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE's chief medical adviser, said that "things are going to get worse" and there will likely "be more pain and suffering." 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Welcome to ground zero of climate chaos MORE (R-Maine) said bipartisan negotiators are "just about there" on an infrastructure bill.

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Fauci says 'things are going to get worse' as delta variant drives surge in cases
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that "things are going to get worse" and that the U.S. will likely see more "pain and suffering" as the more infectious delta variant drives a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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Fauci: Amount of virus in breakthrough delta cases 'almost identical' to unvaccinated
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser, on Sunday discussed new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data that showed the levels of coronavirus in vaccinated breakthrough cases of the delta variant are "almost identical" to the levels seen among unvaccinated patients.
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NIH director: Mask guidance is 'mostly about protecting the unvaccinated'
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL
 
Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on Sunday that the new mask guidance released last week urging fully vaccinated people to wear a face covering indoors in coronavirus hotspots is “mostly about protecting the unvaccinated.”
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Wearing masks in schools is 'sacrifice worth making,' NIH director says
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Requiring students under the age of 12 to wear masks is a "sacrifice worth making," Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), on Sunday.
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Buttigieg on federal union pushback to vaccine mandate: 'This is about protecting lives'
By DOMINICK MASTRANGELO
 
Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE on Sunday defended the federal government's recent decision to require employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular testing and wear a mask.
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South Carolina governor accuses health experts of 'hyperbole'
By JOSEPH CHOI 
 
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R)on Sunday accused health experts of "hyperbole" and "exaggeration" in regards to the current COVID-19 surge brought on by the more infectious delta variant.
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Collins says negotiators are 'just about finished' with infrastructure bill
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL
 
“We've been finishing up the spending provisions, the appropriations provisions and marrying them to the bill, and we really are just about finished, but large parts of tags have already been shared with Senate offices,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), one of the negotiators working on the bill, told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Fauci on FDA advisers' booster recommendations: 'I don't think they made a mistake' Mississippi governor: Biden vaccine mandates an 'attack' on 'hard-working Americans' MORE during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL
 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFeehery: The confidence game Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Democrats cannot “in good faith blame the Republican Party” for the federal eviction moratorium expiring overnight because Democrats hold the majority in the lower chamber.
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White House adviser asks landlords to seek rental assistance before evicting tenants
By JOSEPH CHOI
 
White House economic adviser Brian DeeseBrian DeeseDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions On The Money — Yellen sounds alarm on national default Biden officials raise concerns about rising meat prices MORE on Sunday called on landlords to seek rental assistance before beginning to evict tenants behind on their rent after the federal eviction moratorium ended.
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Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL
 
Republican Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (Ill.), one of the two GOP members on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said on Sunday that he would support subpoenaing anyone to appear before the panel who can shed light on what former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE was doing during the rioting, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE (R-Calif.).
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Manchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights
By MYCHAEL SCHNELL 
 
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Biden, Xi talk climate at UN forum Election reform in the states is not all doom and gloom Manchin presses Interior nominee on leasing program review MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Sunday said “can’t imagine” supporting a carve-out to filibuster rules to help pass voting rights legislation.
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