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Biden celebrates ‘Friendsgiving’ with Fort Bragg service members and their families

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“I want to thank not only the warriors, I want to thank your family because they stand and wait,” Biden said at Fort Bragg. “I know how hard it is to have someone that’s not at the table on a holiday, that are in harm’s way, find themselves out of the country.”

He recounted his late son Beau’s service in Iraq and work in Kosovo, and called US service members the “finest in the world.”

“That’s not hyperbole. You literally are,” Biden continued. “You’re the finest the world has ever seen. And I’m so damn proud to be associated with you, and it’s hard for me to even say it, but the thing that’s amazing to me is how proud I am to be your commander-in-chief. You are the most incredible group of women and men, warriors that we’ve ever seen.”

The first lady said they were both “so grateful” for everything the service members and their families do.

“Joe and I feel like, you know, you’re family to us, and we cannot thank you enough,” she said.

The first couple, donning kitchen aprons emblazoned with the presidential seal, served food to group of some 250 attendees, which included elected officials, service members, and family members of deployed soldiers. The President served stuffing and the first lady served mashed potatoes.

The first couple’s visit was part of the Joining Forces initiative — a White House effort to support military personnel, their families and veterans.

Earlier this month, Jill Biden joined former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough for a Joining Forces event at the White House highlighting military caregiving families ahead of Veterans Day.
The initiative was started in 2011 by Jill Biden and then-first lady Michelle Obama.

On Tuesday, the Bidens will participate in a Thanksgiving service project alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff in Washington. Afterward, the Bidens are expected to travel to Nantucket, Massachusetts, where they’ll spend Thanksgiving with family.

This story has been updated with remarks from President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden.

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Here’s Why Lin-Manuel Miranda Cast Michaela Jaé Rodriguez in New Film

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Legends recognize legends.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film directorial debut, tick, tick… Boom!, is garnering considerable Oscar buzz, and it’s the musical everyone’s rushing to see this holiday season.

A big part of the movie’s buzz comes from its stellar cast, which includes Andrew Garfield as Rent creator Jonathan Larson, Oscar hopeful Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens, and Pose star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. The gifted cast comes together to form one of the best ensembles all year.

So how did Manuel come to cast Rodriguez, The Advocate‘s Person of the Year, in the movie? He’s admired Rodriguez since long before Pose and in fact saw her perform off-Broadway in a production of Rent. Ever since he’s been a die-hard fan.

“Well, actually it was very simple,” he told The Advocate about casting Rodriguez in the role. “We were working on the screenplay for tick, tick… Boom! and Jonathan had this friend who works in the diner with him and is like a fashion designer. She designs this dress for his girlfriend. And then I was like, well, who’s the most stylish person I can think of? And that was that.”

Miranda also spoke of Rodriguez’s performance as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse as something that stood out for him.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen the footage of [Michaela Jáe] singing ‘Suddenly Seymour,’ where she’s just slaying it,” he said. “But I just knew I wanted that energy involved. And I just think she’s kind of the whole package. She can sing, she can dance, she’s a really amazing actress. So I think the sky’s the limit. I’m really happy she was a part of our film.”

Miranda said Rodriguez was incredible to work with and was a star on set no matter who she was acting with.

“They say never meet your heroes, but she has a genuine star aura around her,” he says. “It’s like a thing you can’t teach. But the camera loves her, she’s a star.”

You can watch tick, tick… Boom! and see Rodriguez in all her glory on Netflix now.

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Hawkeye episode 3 release date and time — here’s when you can watch

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Steadying your bows for the Hawkeye episode 3 release? Well, so are we, and since we’re still getting used to Disney Plus shows arriving mid-week, it feels like we’re (practically) about to get a pleasant surprise.

Hawkeye episode 3 date and time and more

Release time and date: 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 1
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga
Showrunner: Jonathan Igla
Episodes: 6

Episode 3 of the Hawkeye show feels like it will pick up right where we left Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, right in the hands of the Tracksuit Mafia. And in the final frames of that episode we got our first glimpse of Echo/Maya Lopez (played by Alaqua Cox). 

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Joe Biden snubbed as courts block compulsory Covid vaccine mandate in three states | World | News

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As nearly 782,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, President Biden is adamant that pushing for all citizens to get vaccinated remains the best solution to slow the spreading of the virus. On Monday, as he addressed the alarming Omicron variant surge, he urged people to get vaccinated, get boosters and wear masks.

Joe Biden said: “This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.

“We’re going to fight and beat this new variant.”

“In the event, hopefully unlikely, that updated vaccinations or boosters are needed to respond to this new variant. We will accelerate their development and deployment with every available tool.”

The White House has also imposed coronavirus vaccine rules on government contractors, military personnel and federal employees, but all are challenged in court.

On Tuesday, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee saw federal judges blocking the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for contractors.

The ruling prevents the White House from enforcing that new government contracts must include clauses requiring that contractors’ employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.

US District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in Frankfort, Kentucky, wrote: “Can the president use congressionally delegated authority to manage the federal procurement of goods and services to impose vaccines on the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors? In all likelihood, the answer to that question is no.”

Reports show that 13 similar lawsuits are ongoing across the country regarding the vaccine mandate in some professions.

READ MORE: Joe Biden ‘putting Iran on the path to nuclear weapons!’

The US Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) previously stated that unvaccinated healthcare staff threaten patient safety.

However, vaccine hesitancy in the US remains a problem as only 59% of all Americans are fully vaccinated.

Almost 70% have had at least one shot.

Opponents to vaccine mandates also argue they violate the Constitution and curb individual liberty.

US government workers were required to get vaccinated by November 22.

Still, the White House told federal agencies that they could delay punishing those who did not comply.

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