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Stephen King Says DeSantis Used Vaccines For ‘Political Gain



SARASOTA, FL — writer Stephen King, a part-time Sarasota resident, slammed Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis on Twitter for using the state’s vaccine distribution for “political gain.”

DeSantis has been accused of favoring wealthy Floridians after a recent state-run pop-up vaccination event in Lakewood Ranch targeted two of the wealthiest ZIP codes in Manatee County.

“It seems possible — likely, even — that Ron DeSantis provided rich, Republican-leaning communities like Lakewood Ranch with priority vaccinations for political gain,” King tweeted Monday morning.

Around 3,000 doses were administered at the vaccine clinic, which was held at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch Wednesday through Friday.

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DeSantis was visibly irritated when questioned by reporters about the clinic at a Feb. 16 news conference in Lakewood Ranch, threatening to take away the county’s allotment of vaccine doses if residents were unhappy about the pop-up event.

“If Manatee County doesn’t like us doing this,” DeSantis said, “then we are totally fine putting this in counties that want it. We’re totally happy to do that. Anyone that’s saying that, let us know if you want us to send it Sarasota or Charlotte or Pasco or wherever, let us know — we’re happy to do it.”

Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who helped organized the clinic, is also under fire for the event. She hand-picked the District 5 ZIP codes targeted by the vaccination pop-up and also directed the county’s Public Safety Director Jacob Sauer to create a VIP list – which included herself; Lakewood Ranch president CEO and his father, Lawrence Jensen; and her former neighbors, and Marie Keehn – to receive vaccine appointments during the event.

Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and commerce, is also among those calling out DeSantis for the exclusive vaccination event, calling it “wrong and potentially illegal” on Twitter.

“Vaccines are a public health resource – not a luxury based on political connections,” she tweeted Wednesday. “Elected officials shouldn’t be abusing their power to themselves and their friends ahead of the public. This is why people don’t trust the system.”

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their senators – plus Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote – to succeed in the precariously divided 50-50 chamber.



The Senate steered on Friday toward a voting marathon on Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden’s top legislative .

The chamber planned to begin voting around midday on a mountain of amendments, mostly by GOP opponents and virtually all of which were destined to be rejected. That would set the Senate on course toward approving its reworked version of the massive measure, probably over the weekend, and shipping it back to the House so it could whisk the final package to Biden for his signature.–161890832/–161890866/–161890832/–161890866/

Moments after the Senate took up the legislation Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., forced the chamber’s clerks to read aloud the entire 628-page measure. The exhausting task took the staffers 10 hours and 44 minutes and ended shortly after 2 a.m. EST, with Johnson alternately sitting at his desk and pacing around the mostly empty chamber.

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Bill Ritter and guests discuss what to expect some the COVID relief bill

Democratic leaders made more than a dozen late additions to their package on Thursday. That reflected their need to cement unanimous support from all their senators – plus Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote – to succeed in the precariously divided 50-50 chamber.

The Senate’s 51-50 vote to start debating the package, with Harris pushing Democrats over the top, underscored how they were navigating the package through Congress with virtually no margin for error. In the House their majority is a scrawny 10 votes.

The bill, aimed at battling the killer virus and nursing the staggered economy back to health, will provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans. There’s also money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry, tax breaks for lower-earners and families with children, and subsidies for health insurance.

“We are not going to be timid in the face of a great challenge,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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What’s riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Pres. Joe Biden, but could this be the final round?

The new provisions offered items appealing to all manner of Democrats. Progressives got money boosting feeding programs, federal subsidies for health care for workers who lose jobs, tax-free student loans, and money for public broadcasting and consumer protection investigations.

Moderates won funds for rural health care, language assuring minimum amounts of money for smaller states and a prohibition on states receiving aid using the windfalls to cut taxes. And for everyone, there was money for infrastructure, cultural venues, start-up companies and afterschool programs.

Even with the late revisions, there was a good chance lawmakers will make yet another one and vote to pare back the bill’s $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefits to $300.

That potential change could also those emergency payments another month, through September. It was described by aides and a lobbyist who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations.

Biden and Senate leaders had agreed Wednesday to retain the $400 weekly jobless payments included in the version of the relief bill the House approved Saturday. The reduction to $300 – which seemed likely to occur once the Senate begins a “vote-a-rama” on scores of amendments later this week – seemed to reflect a need to secure support from moderate Democrats.

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It also left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the task of keeping her chamber’s numerous progressives on board. Liberals already suffered a blow when their No. 1 priority – a federal minimum wage increase to $15 hourly that was included in the House package – was booted from the bill in the Senate for violating the chamber’s rules and for lack of moderates’ support.

In another bargain that satisfied moderates, Biden and Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday to tighten eligibility for the direct checks to individuals. The new provision completely out the $1,400 payments for individuals earning at least $80,000 and couples making $160,000, well lower than the original ceilings.

“My hope is they don’t screw around with it too much,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said of the Senate in an interview. “If they do there could be some problems.”

Congress wants to send the bill to Biden before March 14, when a previous round of emergency benefits for people tossed out of work by the pandemic expires.

Johnson told reporters he was forcing the bill’s reading to “shine the light on this abusive and obscene amount of money. ” Schumer said Johnson would “accomplish little more than a few sore throats for the Senate clerks.”

VIDEO: Biden encourages lawmakers to act ‘quickly and boldy’ on COVID relief bill

President Joe Biden encourages lawmakers to act “decisively, quickly and boldly” after the COVID-19 relief bill passed in the House.

Asked about GOP delays, Biden told reporters he’s talked to Republican lawmakers and added, “We’re keeping everybody informed.” Biden met last month with Republican senators who offered a plan one-third the size of Democrats’ proposal, and there have been no signs since of serious talks.

Johnson’s move pointed to a GOP argument: Democrats were ramming an overpriced bill through that disregarded that growing numbers of vaccinations and other signs suggesting the country’s pandemic ordeal is beginning to ease.

“Instead of heading into a dark tunnel, we’re accelerating out of it,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. And this week, we’re switching up the format a little; let us know your thoughts on it (or any other form you’d like to see Pollapalooza take) by shooting us an email.

Raising the minimum wage is popular
Democrats got some bad news last week when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the Senate could not include a minimum-wage hike as part of its COVID-19 relief bill. The party’s goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour now faces a more difficult path to passage (had the Senate parliamentarian said it was fine to include, a simple majority in the Senate could have passed it). Now, if the Senate takes it up, it will be as a separate bill that would need to get the support of at least 60 senators.

But arguably, forcing an up-or-down vote on the minimum wage alone is the best leverage its proponents have. Raising the minimum wage is popular with the American public, even as dramatic a raise as to $15 an hour (it is currently $7.25 an hour). This week’s Morning Consult/Politico poll found that registered voters support it 60 percent to 32 percent. An Ipsos/Reuters survey from last month found roughly the same thing: 59 percent of adults in support and 34 percent in opposition. Monmouth University this week did find less support for it, but even in that survey, 53 percent of adults still supported a $15 minimum wage, while 45 percent were against it.

The higher wage’s popularity could put pressure on swing-state Republicans (not to mention hesitant Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema) to vote for it — and if they don’t, Democrats would be able to attack them on it in their next election, so a policy loss could still be a political win.

How popular is your governor?
Between scandals and recall elections and COVID-19, governors have been in the news a lot lately. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence, then, that we’ve gotten quite a few polls of governors’ approval ratings in the past month.

How governors stack up
Share of respondents in 12 states saying they approve or disapprove of their governor’s job performance, according to polls conducted since Feb. 5

MA Charlie Baker R 74 20 +54
NH Chris Sununu R 72 25 +47
UT Spencer Cox R 63 22 +41
TX Greg Abbott R 54 35 +19
WA Jay Inslee D 52 35 +17
FL Ron DeSantis R 55 38 +17
VA Ralph Northam D 49 33 +16
SD Kristi Noem R 55 44 +11
NC Roy Cooper D 49 39 +11
MI Gretchen Whitmer D 52 47 +5
NV Steve Sisolak D 48 43 +5
NY Andrew Cuomo D 48 45 +3
Numbers for Cuomo are an average of five polls; numbers for Abbott are an average of three polls; numbers for DeSantis and Cooper are an average of two polls each. Numbers for all other governors are based on one poll each. When a poll provided numbers among both adults and registered voters, we used registered voters.


Because these numbers come from several different pollsters (and some are of adults while others are of registered voters), be careful making direct comparisons between governors — but we can still draw a few undeniable conclusions. For example, Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire are still extremely popular — despite being Republicans in not-very-red states. And although liberals have lambasted them for their permissive COVID-19 safety protocols, Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Greg Abbott of Texas are doing just fine politically, with average net approval ratings1 of +17 points, +11 points and +19 points, respectively. (Note that, in Abbott’s case, the polls were all conducted before this week’s announcement that he’d be fully reopening the state. However, there’s good reason to believe that won’t harm his approval rating much.)

On the other hand, Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Steve Sisolak of Nevada and Andrew Cuomo of New York are divisive figures in their home states. That’s perhaps not too surprising for Whitmer and Sisolak, who hail from swing states and won their 2018 elections by close margins. But Cuomo, who earned near-universal acclaim from New Yorkers just one year ago, has experienced quite a fall from grace amid allegations that he sexually harassed or made unwanted advances toward three women and that his administration deliberately undercounted the number of nursing-home residents who died of COVID-19 for political gain. Only two surveys have been conducted since the sexual-harassment scandal gained traction (the numbers above are based on an average of those polls and three older ones), but they contained some of Cuomo’s worst numbers yet: Emerson College/WPIX-TV/NewsNation gave him a 38 percent approval rating and a 48 percent disapproval rating, and Quinnipiac University put him at 45 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.

Several polls asked respondents separate questions about whether they approved of their governor’s handling of the pandemic, and the numbers generally tracked closely with their overall approval ratings. However, it’s hard to know which is influencing the other here. It’s possible that Americans are primarily judging their governors on their coronavirus performances (and thus basing their overall job approval on how they view their governors’ handling of the pandemic) or that Americans are judging governors’ coronavirus performances on whether they support them overall (and thus basing their approval of their governors’ handling of the pandemic on how they view their governors more generally).

Ignore the CPAC straw poll
On Sunday, headlines blared the results of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, which found that 55 percent of CPAC attendees wanted former President Donald Trump to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024. (DeSantis finished second with 21 percent, and Noem was third with 4 percent.) But unfortunately, those headlines did not add some important caveats: The CPAC straw poll is not a scientific poll, and it is not at all predictive of who will actually win the next GOP presidential primary — especially three years beforehand.

In the nearly 50-year history of CPAC, its straw poll has correctly picked the next Republican presidential nominee only six times.2 And most of those times, it was an easy choice: Either the straw poll was happening amid the presidential primaries in the election year itself (1980, 2000, 2012) or there was an incumbent Republican president who was obviously going to be the nominee (1984, 2019). There was only one time the straw poll accurately predicted the nominee this far out (Mitt Romney in 2009). More often, the straw poll winner is someone with special appeal to the activist Republicans who typically populate CPAC, such as Rand Paul in 2013 or Jack Kemp in 1993, rather than someone with broader appeal to voters.

Trump may be the Republican standard-bearer again in 2024. Or he may not. But don’t pay any attention to the CPAC straw poll when trying to guess which it’ll be.

Biden approval

According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker,3 52.7 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while 38.6 percent disapprove (a net approval rating of +14.2 points). At this time last week, 54.5 percent approved and 38.2 percent disapproved (a net approval rating of +16.3 points). One month ago, Biden had an approval rating of 53.8 percent and a disapproval rating of 35.8 percent, for a net approval rating of +17.9 points.
The economic recovery began to stall late last year as the virus surged, causing a shortfall in hiring in recent months. Employers added just 49,000 jobs in January and cut 227,000 jobs in December. Economists estimate that the February employment report being released Friday will show gains of 175,000, not nearly enough to swiftly recover the nearly 10 million jobs lost to the pandemic-induced recession.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates economic growth will exceed 4% this year without Biden’s rescue package. Republicans cite that as evidence the economy is pointed upward, but Democrats say a strong economic stimulus is still needed to prevent a relapse.

“It’s a crisis that is still very much with us, and it is deadly, deadly serious,” Schumer said.

Associated Press writers Josh Boak, Alexandra Jaffe and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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Rishabh Pant made three century records with one century



Rishabh Pant a century in the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad. He scored 101 runs. Thanks to Pant’s innings, India took a lead of 89 runs in the first innings. By the end of the second day’s play, India had scored 294 for seven wickets. Rishabh Pant did a lot of great feats with the century innings. Rishabh Pant missed out on scoring three centuries in the last five Tests.

Now he was successful in going for the fourth time. On Pant’s tour of Australia, he scored 97 in Sydney and an unbeaten 89 in . He then scored 91 runs in the first Test in Chennai. Now he gave only one hundred roots in Ahmedabad. This is his first century in India. After Adam Gilchrist, Rishabh Pant is the second wicket-keeper-batsman to score centuries in Australia, England and India.

Apart from these two, no batsman has scored a Test century in these three countries. Rishabh Pant also did a reverse sweep against James during his century. He is the first player since 2014 to give this shot to Anderson. Rishabh Pant completed his second century in Test cricket with a six. In this way he equaled Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma. Among Indian batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar leads the century with six sixes, who has done this feat six times.

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After all, what do Rohit Sharma live in, from whom he is perfectly fit, know his diet plan



Rohit Sharma is known for his big sixes in limited overs cricket. His record of scoring the highest ODI of 264 off 173 balls at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka is also unthinkable. He is the only cricketer to score 3 double centuries in ODIs and 4 centuries in T20I.

Rohit has fitted himself with unfit and the secret of this is the consumption of eggs. He is from a strict vegetarian background but despite this he dozens of eggs.

Rohit starts his day with protein. They consume oats and milk in the morning. He says, “If you don’t like oats, then consume it in moderation first. And when you start liking it to some extent, you can consume it in large quantities. “

Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly a food lover, but he also sweats a lot in the gym. Currently, there is a lockdown due to Corona, but at this time Rohit Sharma exercises at . Currently, Rohit Sharma is practicing not lower body but lower body. Rohit Sharma often shares videos on social media doing gyms and exercises.

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