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Walker campaign crisis in Georgia over abortion row turns heat up further in furious midterms battle for Senate

Herschel Walker, the controversial Republican candidate in Georgia for a vital US Senate seat, is attempting to weather the latest tempest that has tossed his midterm election campaign from turbulent into full-blown crisis.

The news broke last night that the former NFL football player turned political candidate, who is campaigning on a hard anti-abortion line, had paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend in 2009, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

As the Beast puts it in the strap below the headline to its report: “The woman has receipts – and a ‘get well’ card she says the football star, now a Senate candidate, sent her.”

Walker blasted out a top-line denial via Twitter, calling the story overall a flat-out lie, also calling it a “Democrat attack”, while the Beast insists its article is backed up to the hilt. Walker says he’ll sue the Beast today.

Regarding the latest Democrat attack: pic.twitter.com/OjrDcGak95

— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 3, 2022

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He also appeared on Fox News to blame politics, saying: “Now everyone knows how important this seat is and they [Democrats] will do anything to win this seat. They wanted to make it about anything except inflation, crime and the border being wide open.”

But Walker’s son, 23-year-old Christian Walker, then responded on Twitter. Yikes.

I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us.

You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us.

You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

And:

I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some “moral, Christian, upright man.” You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some “moral, Christian, upright man.” You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

The sitting Senator from Georgia whom Herschel Walker is challenging, Democrat Raphael Warnock, is striving to stay above the fray – maybe hoping the former running back will be hoisted by his own petard?

US climate envoy John Kerry said today some western government ministers avoided a so-called “family photo” of participants at climate talks in Kinshasa because they were uncomfortable with the presence of Russia’s representative.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered relations with the west, complicating international efforts to cooperate on global crises like climate change, Reuters reports.

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All top-level participants were meant to pose for the picture on Monday after the start of the three-day event in the Congolese capital – the last chance for countries to discuss strategies before the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt in November.

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Some European delegates were notably absent from the flag-decked stage. Of those who attended, dozens of dignitaries, including the Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, and the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, waited for over 10 minutes before the photo was taken without the absentees.

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They didn’t want to show up for the picture,” Kerry said when asked about the apparent no-shows.

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He is in Kinshasa for the talks but also did not join the photo.
It was not clear exactly how many delegates chose to skip the shoot, but an official with the British delegation confirmed envoy Alok Sharma was among them.

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An EU official also confirmed its envoy had not joined the photo and would do the same at similar photo opportunities at COP27.

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I don’t know if a big decision was made. I do know that all the ministers of these countries were very troubled by the presence of the Russian. Russia is not a country that is treated exactly like others at the moment,” Kerry told reporters.

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Kerry said delegates’ sudden camera-shyness would not affect negotiations:

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“The photo is the photo, but the work at COP, it continues.”

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Russian climate envoy Ruslan Edelgeriyev, who stood at the far end of the back row for the picture, told Reuters he had not noticed anyone refusing to join the shoot due to his presence.

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He said that discussing “matters irrelevant to climate change will get us nowhere.”

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The Guardian has extensive coverage of the war in Ukraine, which began in February with Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. You can follow news developments via our global war live blog, here.

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Herschel Walker, the controversial Republican candidate in Georgia for a vital US Senate seat, is attempting to weather the latest tempest that has tossed his midterm election campaign from turbulent into full-blown crisis.

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The news broke last night that the former NFL football player turned political candidate, who is campaigning on a hard anti-abortion line, had paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend in 2009, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

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As the Beast puts it in the strap below the headline to its report: “The woman has receipts – and a ‘get well’ card she says the football star, now a Senate candidate, sent her.”

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Walker blasted out a top-line denial via Twitter, calling the story overall a flat-out lie, also calling it a “Democrat attack”, while the Beast insists its article is backed up to the hilt. Walker says he’ll sue the Beast today.

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Regarding the latest Democrat attack: pic.twitter.com/OjrDcGak95

— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 3, 2022

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He also appeared on Fox News to blame politics, saying: “Now everyone knows how important this seat is and they [Democrats] will do anything to win this seat. They wanted to make it about anything except inflation, crime and the border being wide open.”

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But Walker’s son, 23-year-old Christian Walker, then responded on Twitter. Yikes.

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I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us.

You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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And:

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I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some “moral, Christian, upright man.” You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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The sitting Senator from Georgia whom Herschel Walker is challenging, Democrat Raphael Warnock, is striving to stay above the fray – maybe hoping the former running back will be hoisted by his own petard?

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Good morning, US politics blog readers, it’s a lively start to the day as midterm election candidates for the US Senate are making news, so is Joe Biden, the CDC on Covid and pro-abortion politicians on the rights of women 100 days after the US Supreme Court ripped up Roe v Wade.

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Here’s what’s already cooking in Washington and midterm campaigns:

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  • Herschel Walker, the Republican challenging Democratic sitting Senator Raphael Warnock in the crucial state of Georgia this election, has pledged to sue the Daily Beast today over a story last night that, despite campaigning as an anti-abortion hardliner, he paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend in 2009. Walker says the story’s a lie. His son then called his father a liar; this thing is boiling over and scalding his Senate chances – fatally?

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  • Joe Biden has apologized to the family of the late Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski, admitting to a gaffe last week when he spoke at an event and was looking around for her, calling publicly “where’s Jackie?”, when the congresswoman had been killed in a horrific car crash in August. The US president invited her parents to the Oval Office to talk late last week, the New York Post reported.

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  • Biden and the vice-president, Kamala Harris, this afternoon will speak at the second meeting of the administration’s special task force on reproductive healthcare access, at the White House. Cabinet members will attend, including the health secretary, Xavier Becerra, and the education secretary, Miguel Cardona. That’s expected at 3.30pm ET, and the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, is scheduled to hold the daily press briefing at 1pm.

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last night announced the CDC it will discontinue a country-by-country list of advisories that inform travelers of risk and restrictions in each relating to Covid-19. The federal agency will post a notice if there is a concerning variant emerging in a country or a significant change in travel recommendations.

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Russia’s war in Ukraine further complicates global efforts on climate crisis

US climate envoy John Kerry said today some western government ministers avoided a so-called “family photo” of participants at climate talks in Kinshasa because they were uncomfortable with the presence of Russia’s representative.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered relations with the west, complicating international efforts to cooperate on global crises like climate change, Reuters reports.

All top-level participants were meant to pose for the picture on Monday after the start of the three-day event in the Congolese capital – the last chance for countries to discuss strategies before the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt in November.

Some European delegates were notably absent from the flag-decked stage. Of those who attended, dozens of dignitaries, including the Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, and the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, waited for over 10 minutes before the photo was taken without the absentees.

They didn’t want to show up for the picture,” Kerry said when asked about the apparent no-shows.

He is in Kinshasa for the talks but also did not join the photo.
It was not clear exactly how many delegates chose to skip the shoot, but an official with the British delegation confirmed envoy Alok Sharma was among them.

An EU official also confirmed its envoy had not joined the photo and would do the same at similar photo opportunities at COP27.

I don’t know if a big decision was made. I do know that all the ministers of these countries were very troubled by the presence of the Russian. Russia is not a country that is treated exactly like others at the moment,” Kerry told reporters.

Kerry said delegates’ sudden camera-shyness would not affect negotiations:

“The photo is the photo, but the work at COP, it continues.”

Russian climate envoy Ruslan Edelgeriyev, who stood at the far end of the back row for the picture, told Reuters he had not noticed anyone refusing to join the shoot due to his presence.

He said that discussing “matters irrelevant to climate change will get us nowhere.”

Future of planet at stake: US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed at a meeting ahead in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, yesterday, ahead of next month’s COP27 climate summit, which is being held in Egypt this time.
Future of planet at stake: US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed at a meeting ahead in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, yesterday, ahead of next month’s COP27 climate summit, which is being held in Egypt this time. Photograph: Justin Makangara/Reuters

The Guardian has extensive coverage of the war in Ukraine, which began in February with Russia’s invasion of its neighbor. You can follow news developments via our global war live blog, here.

Pennsylvania’s open race to succeed retiring Republican US Senator Pat Toomey, meanwhile, is one of those on a razor’s edge.

Axios calls the battle between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz, who’s backed by Donald Trump, “the majority-making race” in the midterm elections next month.

Various outlets have Oz gaining ground against Fetterman in their nasty, personal campaign, who was placed six points ahead of his rival in a recent USA Today report – but also showing the Republican for governor of Pennsylvania, Doug Mastriano, tumbling badly in his race against Democratic candidate and state attorney general Josh Shapiro.

John Fetterman campaigning in Philadelphia.
John Fetterman campaigning in Philadelphia. Photograph: Cory Clark/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

Axios notes in its morning news letter that Pennsylvania is the tightest Senate race in the country, and adds that: “Besides Pennsylvania, the other tossup Senate races are in Nevada, Georgia and Wisconsin.”

Meanwhile, yet another report sharply criticizes medic Oz’s track record in experimenting on animals.

Jezebel reports that:

A review of 75 studies published by Mehmet Oz between 1989 and 2010 reveals the Republican Senate candidate’s research killed over 300 dogs and inflicted significant suffering on them and the other animals used in experiments.

Oz, the New Jersey resident who’s currently running for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, was a “principal investigator” at the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine labs for years and assumed “full scientific, administrative, and fiscal responsibility for the conduct” of his studies.

Over the course of 75 studies published in academic journals reviewed by Jezebel, Oz’s team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animal subjects that included dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits, and small rodents.

Thirty-four of these experiments resulted in the deaths of at least 329 dogs, while two of his experiments killed 31 pigs, and 38 experiments killed 661 rabbits and rodents.

Here’s a further quick summary of some of the controversial background about Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia who’s challenging Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock.

This one comes from NPR with a bit of help from The Associated Press.

The allegation against Walker is the latest in a series of stories about the football legend’s past that has rocked the first-time candidate’s campaign in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country. Earlier this year, Walker acknowledged reports that he had three children he had not previously talked about publicly.

Walker has often boasted of his work helping service members and veterans struggling with mental health. Yet The Associated Press reported in May that various records showed he overstated his role in a for-profit program that is alleged to have preyed upon veterans and service members while defrauding the government.

The AP also has reported that a review of public records detailed accusations that Walker repeatedly threatened his ex-wife’s life, exaggerated claims of financial success and alarmed business associates with unpredictable behavior. Walker himself has at times discussed his long struggle with mental illness.

As a Senate hopeful, Walker has supported a national ban on abortions with no exceptions for cases involving rape, incest or a woman’s health being at risk — particularly notable at a time when Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the Supreme Court and Democrats in Congress have been discussing codifying abortion rights into federal law.

Also noting that Walker calls reasons for having an abortion because you’ve been raped, perhaps even by a relative, or because your health or even your life are at risk “excuses.”

A reminder that even before this latest scandal, Herschel Walker was becoming notorious for saying weird nonsense on the campaign trail.

“How can global warming be real if it’s cold outside? A lot of money it’s going to trees. Don’t we have enough trees?”
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“Our good air floats over to China’s bad air. China’s bad air moves over to our good air space, which would force us to clean that back up.”

~Herschel Walker pic.twitter.com/4DrmL8frL8

— Debbie Downer stands with Ukraine💙🇺🇦💛 (@JohnstonSharon) October 4, 2022

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“How can global warming be real if it’s cold outside? A lot of money it’s going to trees. Don’t we have enough trees?”
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“Our good air floats over to China’s bad air. China’s bad air moves over to our good air space, which would force us to clean that back up.”

~Herschel Walker pic.twitter.com/4DrmL8frL8

— Debbie Downer stands with Ukraine💙🇺🇦💛 (@JohnstonSharon) October 4, 2022

Getting nastier:

Yes, Christian Walker is a spoiled brat, an #Influencer who was more than happy to go along with Herschel's campaign and yes, Christian has a lying, shitty deadbeat dad with secret kids everywhere. Both things can be true at once. https://t.co/GwwRYOrMq2

— Elizabeth #WomensRightsAreHumanRights (@TheHopsbride) October 4, 2022

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Yes, Christian Walker is a spoiled brat, an #Influencer who was more than happy to go along with Herschel’s campaign and yes, Christian has a lying, shitty deadbeat dad with secret kids everywhere. Both things can be true at once. https://t.co/GwwRYOrMq2

— Elizabeth #WomensRightsAreHumanRights (@TheHopsbride) October 4, 2022

Georgia conservative pundit:

I'd largely thought Walker could pull this off despite his baggage. I'll see what sort of response he mounts, but given text messages tonight, Georgia GOP'ers are praying for Dr. Oz to win. Walker hasn't mounted a good response to any attack, and this is brutal, probably a KO.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 4, 2022

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I’d largely thought Walker could pull this off despite his baggage. I’ll see what sort of response he mounts, but given text messages tonight, Georgia GOP’ers are praying for Dr. Oz to win. Walker hasn’t mounted a good response to any attack, and this is brutal, probably a KO.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 4, 2022

No live cage fight after all?

The Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock debate scheduled for October 14 has been canceled. Herschel Walker did not want to debate Raphael Warnock.

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 4, 2022

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The Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock debate scheduled for October 14 has been canceled. Herschel Walker did not want to debate Raphael Warnock.

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 4, 2022

If the battle for control of the US Senate overall is on a knife edge in these midterm elections, certain states’ races are on a razor’s edge.

The congressional upper chamber has been split 50-50 since the 2020 presidential election, with Democrats only maintaining the upper hand because they have the White House and therefore the vice president, who also serves as president of the senate, has the deciding vote. Even then, when most legislation needs 60 votes to pass the senate and, in cases when 51 votes will do losing just one democratic senator sinks a bill, progress for the Democrats on 2020 election promises has been difficult.

But struggles notwithstanding, of course the Democrats are desperate to keep control of the senate while the Republicans are desperate to flip it.

And Georgia is crucial. It’s also incredibly evocative because in early 2021, Democrats Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff both won their run-offs to capture seats and become first-time senators and in the process hand control of the senate to the Democrats.

Ossoff unseated Republican senator David Perdue in that race, who tried to make a comeback in these midterms by challenging current state governor Brian Kemp in the GOP gubernatorial primary, but lost despite (because of??) being endorsed by Donald Trump.

And when Warnock also unseated a Republican to win his run-off, the pastor became the first every Black US Senator from Georgia. Now, less than two years into his term, he’s being challenged for his seat by a rarity, a Black man running as a Republican who counts white conservatives as his base – and has no experience in politics, one Herschel Walker.

Prior to the latest scandal for Walker, Warnock was slightly ahead in the polls.

Guardian US is running a series of special news features this week on Georgia’s role in the midterm elections, here’s part one and part two.

Walker campaign crisis in Georgia over abortion row turns heat up further in furious midterms battle for Senate

Herschel Walker, the controversial Republican candidate in Georgia for a vital US Senate seat, is attempting to weather the latest tempest that has tossed his midterm election campaign from turbulent into full-blown crisis.

The news broke last night that the former NFL football player turned political candidate, who is campaigning on a hard anti-abortion line, had paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend in 2009, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

As the Beast puts it in the strap below the headline to its report: “The woman has receipts – and a ‘get well’ card she says the football star, now a Senate candidate, sent her.”

Walker blasted out a top-line denial via Twitter, calling the story overall a flat-out lie, also calling it a “Democrat attack”, while the Beast insists its article is backed up to the hilt. Walker says he’ll sue the Beast today.

Regarding the latest Democrat attack: pic.twitter.com/OjrDcGak95

— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 3, 2022

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He also appeared on Fox News to blame politics, saying: “Now everyone knows how important this seat is and they [Democrats] will do anything to win this seat. They wanted to make it about anything except inflation, crime and the border being wide open.”

But Walker’s son, 23-year-old Christian Walker, then responded on Twitter. Yikes.

I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us.

You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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I know my mom and I would really appreciate if my father Herschel Walker stopped lying and making a mockery of us.

You’re not a “family man” when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

And:

I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some “moral, Christian, upright man.” You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

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I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some “moral, Christian, upright man.” You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives. How dare you.

— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) October 4, 2022

The sitting Senator from Georgia whom Herschel Walker is challenging, Democrat Raphael Warnock, is striving to stay above the fray – maybe hoping the former running back will be hoisted by his own petard?

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s campaign in crisis over abortion story

Good morning, US politics blog readers, it’s a lively start to the day as midterm election candidates for the US Senate are making news, so is Joe Biden, the CDC on Covid and pro-abortion politicians on the rights of women 100 days after the US Supreme Court ripped up Roe v Wade.

Here’s what’s already cooking in Washington and midterm campaigns:

  • Herschel Walker, the Republican challenging Democratic sitting Senator Raphael Warnock in the crucial state of Georgia this election, has pledged to sue the Daily Beast today over a story last night that, despite campaigning as an anti-abortion hardliner, he paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend in 2009. Walker says the story’s a lie. His son then called his father a liar; this thing is boiling over and scalding his Senate chances – fatally?

  • Joe Biden has apologized to the family of the late Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski, admitting to a gaffe last week when he spoke at an event and was looking around for her, calling publicly “where’s Jackie?”, when the congresswoman had been killed in a horrific car crash in August. The US president invited her parents to the Oval Office to talk late last week, the New York Post reported.

  • Biden and the vice-president, Kamala Harris, this afternoon will speak at the second meeting of the administration’s special task force on reproductive healthcare access, at the White House. Cabinet members will attend, including the health secretary, Xavier Becerra, and the education secretary, Miguel Cardona. That’s expected at 3.30pm ET, and the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, is scheduled to hold the daily press briefing at 1pm.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last night announced the CDC it will discontinue a country-by-country list of advisories that inform travelers of risk and restrictions in each relating to Covid-19. The federal agency will post a notice if there is a concerning variant emerging in a country or a significant change in travel recommendations.

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