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September 17, 2021

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Pandemic-related illness forces cancellation of Sept. 11 hearing at Guantánamo.

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FORT MEADE, Md. — Illness related to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday caused the military judge in the Sept. 11, 2001 case to abruptly cancel a hearing and end this month’s pretrial session a day early. Lawyers, the defendants and the judge, Col. Matthew N. McCall of the Air Force,......

Italy extends its health-pass requirement to cover most workers, public and private.

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Italy will require its residents to show a health pass to go to work, the government announced Thursday. It is the first country in Europe to require coronavirus vaccination certificates so widely. “It’s an extraordinary endeavor,” Italy’s public......

Robert Gates on Org Charts at N.C.A.A. and Pentagon: They’re ‘Incomprehensible’

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Alan Blinder How so? I am a strong believer that we need to come up with really significant, meaningful change. I’ve said from the very beginning, I don’t want any part of a process that’s going to tinker at the margins. I would hope that when we put something forward,......

The F.D.A.’s vaccine advisory committee is set to consider Pfizer booster shots on Friday.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s independent panel of vaccine advisers is set to meet Friday to discuss the case for booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, and to vote on whether the agency should approve additional doses for people 16 and older. The meeting and vote, which could significantly......

Fake Parties and Cloned Candidates: How the Kremlin ‘Manages’ Democracy

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here MOSCOW — Russia stages local and national elections like clockwork in accordance with its post-Soviet Constitution, but the results are nearly always the same: sweeping victories for President Vladimir V. Putin and the politicians and parties loyal to......

A pilot program hints at an eventual end to Australia’s hotel quarantine system.

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The Australian state of New South Wales will allow some returning international travelers to quarantine at home starting at the end of the month, possibly signaling the beginning of the end for the country’s strict hotel quarantine system.......

A Flooded Stadium Went Viral, but the Home Team Didn’t Quit

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Kevin Armstrong and Brian Fraser Flood mitigation efforts had long been made in and around the stadium. After Hurricane Floyd devastated neighboring Bound Brook’s downtown in 1999, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built infrastructure — detention reservoirs, levees and pumping stations — to prevent similar catastrophic flooding. But those......

Robert Gates Ran the Pentagon. Can He Help Save the N.C.A.A.?

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Alan Blinder The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the N.C.A.A. in an antitrust case this summer, a signal event for many college sports officials, but Gates worried about the association’s future long before that decision. When he was president of Texas A&M, he considered the N.C.A.A. proficient at organizing championship......

Biden is set to meet with world leaders for a climate forum.

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President Biden is set to host a climate change summit Friday morning that is expected to draw pledges from the United States, Europe and a number of countries to slash their use of methane, a potent planet-warming greenhouse gas, according to environmental groups. The White House meeting, which is called......

U.S. Seeks to Block Bankruptcy Plan That Would Free Sacklers From Opioid Claims

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department moved on Thursday to block a bankruptcy plan that grants broad legal immunity to the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, whose drug OxyContin has been at the heart of the nation’s opioid epidemic. William K. Harrington, the U.S. trustee for the Justice Department, filed a motion......

The United States says it gave France only a few hours’ notice of defense deal that Paris called a ‘knife in the back.’

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The United States acknowledged on Thursday that it only gave France a few hours’ notice of its deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, a move that French officials have denounced as a major betrayal by one of its closest allies. France had been trying to strike its own, multibillion......

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