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Biden ‘did NOT take cognitive test’ during doctor’s visit – after Trump claimed he ‘aced’ exam while president

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PRESIDENT Joe Biden reportedly did not take a cognitive test during his doctor’s visit on Friday.

According to a report from the president’s doctor, Biden is “perfectly fit” for his duties. 

President Joe Biden has been deemed 'fit' to perform his duties

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President Joe Biden has been deemed ‘fit’ to perform his dutiesCredit: AFP
Former President Donald Trump doesn't think Biden would be able to pass a basic cognitive test

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Former President Donald Trump doesn’t think Biden would be able to pass a basic cognitive testCredit: AP

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Sanjay Gupta says the president didn’t undergo a cognitive like former President Donald Trump claims he did.

“I read pretty carefully through the doctor’s report and they mention a neurological exam, but that was more in terms of testing motor strength and sensation and thinks like that,” Gupta said. 

“As far as we know, for President Biden, we didn’t see any kind of test like that performed,”

The “cognitive test” refers to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment which Trump took when he was 72. Gupta says the assessment is a screening for dementia. 

Trump reportedly passed the test with a 30 out of 30, according to the White House.

Gupta says that many medical professionals have pushed for people to take basic cognitive tests once they’re around 65 years of age.

President Biden turned 79 on Saturday, making him the oldest sitting president in US history. 

But despite the concerns, Gupta agreed with a report from Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s doctor, that the president was healthy enough to serve.

Biden underwent a colonoscopy on Friday, temporarily passing his presidential powers to Vice President Kamala Harris.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement: “As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia.

“The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

At 11.35am Biden spoke with Harris and Chief of Staff Ronald Klain to take back his power, according to Psaki.

She added that the president was “in good spirits” and that he will remain at the hospital to complete his routine physical.

‘SOMETHING’S WRONG’

Trump claimed that the president wouldn’t have passed a cognitive test as he did.

In a two-hour interview with Breitbart, Trump said he doesn’t think Biden will run in 2024.

“Biden is not an old man, by the way, but there’s something wrong. But he is not an old man – he’s going to be 79; that is not old.

“I know people that are much older than that, and they’re as sharp as they were 40 years ago. Biden is not an old person.”

Biden retorted that being asked to take a cognitive test was offensive and suggested that Trump himself “can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion.”

“No, I haven’t taken a test,” a raging Biden told CBS. “Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man.”

The president turned 79 on Saturday, making him the oldest serving president

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The president turned 79 on Saturday, making him the oldest serving presidentCredit: AFP
Trump reportedly passed his cognitive test with a 30 out of 30

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Trump reportedly passed his cognitive test with a 30 out of 30Credit: Reuters
Kamala Harris briefly becomes first ever female acting US president as Biden undergoes successful colonoscopy ahead of his birthday

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House Jan. 6 committee votes to hold former Trump DOJ official in criminal contempt – The Washington Post

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Telangana plans 100 percent vaccination by December end

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Hyderabad: Authorities in Telangana are preparing a special action plan to achieve cent per cent Covid vaccination in the state by the end of current month.

The cabinet sub-committee formed to tackle the situation in view of new variant Omicron and to expedite vaccination has directed the district collectors to prepare the plans in their respective districts to ensure vaccination coverage of all eligible persons by the end of December.

The four-member panel headed by Health Minister T. Harish Rao has asked the departments of medical and health, municipal administration, education and panchayat raj to work with coordination to achieve the goal.

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It has asked people not to get panicked over the new variant. It noted that rumours are leading to confusion among people and the only way to check this is to provide correct information to people. It was also decided to revive 24/7 command and control room centre.

The panel, which held its first meeting on Wednesday, has advised people to follow all Covid precautions and take the vaccines without fail.

It observed that Telangana is ahead of other states in vaccination and it should create history by reaching the goal of 100 percent by the month as desired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The officials have been directed to prepare action plans at ward, sub-division and mandal levels.

The ministers advised the health department to keep an eye on the misinformation being spread on social media and provide all the necessary information to the public through the media. The department officials were directed to make information available to people about the beds available in hospitals at the state and district levels.

Also, the officials were asked to take all necessary measures to check Covid in schools, colleges and hotels. They were directed to conduct vaccination camps in educational institutions and ensure 100 per cent vaccination of all teaching and non-teaching staff.

So far, around 90 percent of the 2.77 crore of targeted people in the state have taken the first dose while 45 percent have taken the second dose.

According to officials, nearly 25 lakh people did not take the second dose of vaccine despite completing the gap between doses.

Minister for Industry and Municipal Administration K. T. Rama Rao, Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, chief secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan visited GMR Covid Care Center at Hyderabad International Airport.

Officials at the airport briefed about the preparations made in accordance with latest Covid-19 guidelines and rules for international passengers arriving from ‘at risk countries’ amid rising concerns of the new variant-Omicron.

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Titanfall 3 News: Release Date, Trailer, Split-Screen Multiplayer, Co-Op, Everything We Know

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Titanfall 3 news has been scarce, even with fans clamoring for a sequel to the underappreciated Titanfall 2. We’ve gotten vague assurances that Respawn and its owner, EA, is committed to the franchise, but other than the fact that Apex Legends is set in the Titanfall universe, we don’t have much to go on. Here’s all the info we have on a Titanfall 3 release date, trailer, split-screen multiplayer, co-op, gameplay, and whether it’ll be a direct sequel to Titanfall 2 or not.

Titanfall 3 Release date

Respawn Entertainment has been hard at work on Apex Legends, but could they also be working on Titanfall 3?

Titanfall 2 was released in October of 2016 to positive reception from fans and critics alike. The game didn’t sell as well as EA’s other first-person shooter—Battlefield 1—which released just one week prior. Titanfall 2’s reception and dedicated fanbase, along with Respawn’s big-name founders, saw EA buy Respawn in November 2017. At the time EA and Respawn announced a new title in the Titanfall series, reiterated their Star Wars game was in development and mentioned a VR title.

Given how successful Apex Legends is, don’t expect Titanfall 3 anytime in 2021, although 2022 or 2023 could be a prime time for the title. Respawn stopped selling the original Titanfall on December 1, 2021, but the announcement gave some fans hope that the studio is hinting that a new game in the franchise is on its way.

Titanfall 3 Platforms

The first Titanfall game released exclusively for Microsoft platforms in 2014. The game was a huge success at the time, although it was limited in scope to a multiplayer-only affair. Titanfall 2 branched out to the PS4 when it released in 2016. That game also added a full single-player campaign.

Titanfall 3 will follow suit and be available across the PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. It is possible that EA and Respawn could bring Titanfall 3 to Switch, although EA’s support of the system has been less than stellar so far. While the Titanfall games have so far used a heavily modified version of Valve’s Source Engine, which dates back to 2004, the additions and modifications to the engine may be difficult to implement on the Switch.

There is also a possibility that Titanfall 3 will be a cross-generation title, seeing release on both current-gen (PS4 / Xbox One) and the next consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

Titanfall 3 Trailer

When Respawn Entertainment does reveal Titanfall 3 to the world, it will use an in-engine trailer. The first teaser for Titanfall 2, for example, was an in-engine trailer showcasing improvements to rendering—and swords for titans. It featured voice-over work that teased that game’s single-player campaign. Titanfall 3 will likely see a similar teaser, followed by a single-player trailer, and then a multiplayer trailer. Titanfall 3 could see new game modes, like a battle royale mode, that could require its own trailer.

Titanfall 3 Gameplay

Titanfall 2’s fast-paced gameplay and unique use of giant robots called Titans set it above its contemporaries, and we’d love to see an evolution of this in the upcoming game. We don’t have any details on how closely Titanfall 3’s gameplay will follow Titanfall 2. However, given how ardently fans praised the most recent entry’s movement and gunplay we’d be surprised if the sequel didn’t stick pretty close to that formula.

Our wishlist for Titanfall 3 would be:

  • A longer campaign: Titanfall 2 blew past most its contemporaries with how engaging its single-player mode was. We loved the chemistry between Titan BT-7274 and Jack Cooper, and we’ve rarely seen a robot character give us so many feels.
  • A bigger look at the Titanfall universe: Titanfall is set in an exciting sci-fi setting, but we’ve barely got to see any of its potential. The original Titanfall didn’t have a single-player campaign and as good as Titanfall 2’s was, it was fairly short.

Titanfall 3 Multiplayer

Since split-screen multiplayer and couch co-op are largely ignored by studios these days, we’d love to see Titanfall 3 carve a niche of its own here. The relationship between a pilot and their Titan is a perfect set-up for some unique co-op gameplay. Imagine one player ground-pounding in traditional FPS gameplay, while the other uses a Titan as support.

As fun (and microtransaction free) as Titanfall 2’s multiplayer is, it could use more depth. We hope for the new game that Respawn develops the rank ladder and unlocks to a complexity that matches its peers. The gameplay is excellent, and having a deep unlock and rank system would create a product with a lot of longevity.

Is Titanfall 3 a Sequel to Titanfall 2?

The end of Titanfall 2 definitely lends itself to the possibility of more adventures with Jack Cooper and BT-7274. Since the story involved time travel, who knows where Titanfall 3 could go. We feel that since people reacted so well to Titanfall 2’s campaign that if the new game includes a single-player story that there’s almost no doubt, it’ll piggyback off Titanfall 2 as a prequel or sequel.

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