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The latest U.S. COVID-19 wave is taking its toll on some states’ intensive-care units, with several parts of the country seeing outbreaks that are as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected COVID are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data. Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have 41%, 37% and 34% of ICU beds ...

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Democrats spent the weekend hyping President Joe Biden’s sweeping social and environmental spending package, dubbed “Build Back Better,” that faces a tough uphill battle for Senate approval. The roughly $2 trillion bill narrowly passed in the House of Representatives, but Democrats will need to mount a full-court press to get it through the evenly divided Senate. White House National Economic ...

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to approve their sweeping measure Friday to strengthen the nation’s social safety net programs and begin to respond to the climate crisis, a sorely needed show of progress for President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda even as it faces more hurdles. Their attempt to pass the bill late Thursday was foiled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who ...

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A record number of job openings and fewer workers to fill them have left 42 states with more available jobs than people looking for work, according to a Stateline analysis of federal statistics from August, the latest available. Employers such as RF Buche, who runs a 116-year-old family chain of South Dakota fast-food restaurants and convenience stores, are scrambling to fill shifts and ...

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi maneuvered the House toward a vote Friday on President Joe Biden’s economic package and a separate infrastructure bill, even as she continued 11th-hour discussions to settle lingering differences among Democrats. The planned vote on the massive tax and spending measure, estimated at more than $1.75 trillion, follows months of intra-party tension and disputes that carried ...

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WASHINGTON — Both the House and Senate on Thursday moved to extend the 2015 surface transportation law through Dec. 3 after House Democrats fell short in securing enough progressive votes to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that represents a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. Progressives have tied their support for that bipartisan bill, which would reauthorize federal ...

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WASHINGTON — An ambitious proposal to mandate 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for workers nationwide will likely be struck from the Democrats’ Build Back Better plan, a setback for the party’s hopes of strengthening the nation’s social programs. Paid family and medical leave has been a central plank of the bill and an increasingly prominent focus of the Democratic Party’s candidates ...

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats made significant headway in breaking their stalemate on President Joe Biden’s economic agenda Tuesday by jettisoning or trimming portions of the multitrillion-dollar tax and spending package. The progress came after Biden met with representatives of both wings of the party at the White House on Tuesday and as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put ...

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sending Merck & Co.’s COVID-19 pill to an advisory committee for review, using a public forum to discuss any safety concerns ahead of a potential authorization. The FDA announced the hearing for Nov. 30, saying it would weigh data on the use of the drug, molnupiravir, to treat mild-to-moderate cases in high-risk adults, confirming an ...