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March 8, 2021 22 min

The $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill is on its way to the House for a vote on Tuesday after being passed by the Senate. The bill will give people $1,400 in direct payments and $300 in unemployment benefits. Some of the rules have changed this time around and if you lost your job or made less money this past year, it might be wise to get your taxes done ASAP. States also continue to roll back pandemic restrictions and Gov. Andrew Cuo...

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The investigation by a team of scientists from the WHO into the origins of Covid- 19 continues to cause tension between the U.S. and China. Now, an interim report that was set to be released has been scrapped and another team of scientists is calling for an all-new investigation with more transparency and access. Betsy McKay, senior writer at the WSJ, joins us for more problems for the WHO probe.


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The rise of doorbell cameras have become a powerful tool for law enforcement, but they also pose a risk. These same cameras can be used against them by allowing suspects to see the cops coming, possibly causing harm to them. It happened in South Florida when two FBI agents were killed by suspects who saw them coming on their Ring doorbell cam. Privacy issues also arise as millions of people are being recorded without their knowledg...

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to be in hot water as a third woman has come forward to allege unwanted advances and sexual harassment. Cuomo now faces an investigation by the NY Attorney General and also calls for his resignation from both parties. David Freedlander, contributor to NY Magazine, joins us for how Cuomo is trying to navigate these scandals as his political future is called into question.


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The conversation about raising the federal minimum wage continues in Congress after it will not be allowed to stay in the Covid relief bill. Some members of Congress want an increase to about $10 and want something regional to apply. Many large businesses have already raised wages and while other businesses support the increases, not all are sold on President Biden’s $15 an hour plan. Eric Morath, labor and economics reporter at th...

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The House has passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill and will now head to the Senate. While it will most likely pass there, it will be losing a provision that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $15. President Trump was also in the spotlight speaking at CPAC, and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing an investigation after a second former staffer accused him of sexual harassment. Ginger Gibson, deputy Washi...

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More vaccines could be approved very soon. One from Johnson & Johnson and another from a company called Novavax. If authorized, this vaccine could be one of the most potent weapons against the pandemic. Early data shows that it could be the first shot to slow down asymptomatic spread and potentially provide longer-lasting protection. The other part of this story is the company itself, Novavax was a small biotech company that ha...

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FDA scientists have given their stamp of approval and said that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is safe and effective in fighting Covid-19. This could lead to its emergency-use authorization very soon. The vaccine reduced moderate to severe cases by 66%, does not require cold storage and is most importantly only a single shot. Matthew Herper, senior writer at STAT News, joins us for more on the J&J vaccine which can also help p...

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Drug companies Pfizer and Moderna have pledged to boost the doses of vaccines delivered after solving some manufacturing issues they had. While they are stepping up production many ask, why can’t we make these doses any faster? Much of the answer in that lies in the very specialized process and raw materials that go into making them. Isaac Arnsdorf, reporter at ProPublica, joins us for more.


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Texas continues its recovery from the winter storm that took down their power grid. And while millions of people were left without power, some still had the lights on and are now being hit with bills in the thousands of dollars. One man was hit with a bill at almost $17,000. For those that did not have fixed electricity prices, the cost of their power went up with demand. Ivan Penn, energy correspondent at the NY Times, joins us fo...

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Texas is still trying to recover from a winter storm that left millions without power for days. The efforts are now focused on getting people food and water while President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster there freeing up more federal funding to help out. At the same time, Sen. Ted Cruz is still trying to smooth over the PR disaster from his trip to Cancun. Ginger Gibson, deputy Washington digital editor at NBC News, joins ...

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Texas has been the story of the week… battered by a winter storm that left millions without power. While much of the power has been restored after days in freezing temperatures, there is still a food and water crisis there. It has also exposed huge flaws in the Texas power grid when it comes to extreme weather events. Josh Lederman, correspondent at NBC News, joins us for how huge demand for power and power plants that failed to pr...

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We are recovering from the pandemic, but to a different economy. According to a new report, millions of jobs that have been affected by the pandemic are unlikely to come back as increased automation takes hold, more people work from home, and business travel not expected to rebound so quickly. Heather Long, economics correspondent at The Washington Post, joins us for why we need to invest more in retraining workers.


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On Thursday, NASA is in for seven minutes of terror. The new Mars rover, Perseverance, will be landing, and everything has to be perfect for the mission to be a success. The entry, descent, and landing requires a heat shield, a parachute, rockets thrusters and a sky crane that will lower the rover on to the Martian surface. After that, the real mission starts as the rover will collect soil samples and also launch an autonomous heli...

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