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Biden urges confidence in economy as inflation concerns mount: The Note

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The TAKE with Averi Harper

As concerns mount on inflation, President Joe Biden gave remarks touting his handling of the economy.

“I’m proud to say if you look at my presidency so far, it’s a jobs presidency, and it’s a small business presidency,” Biden said, later adding, “Here’s what the record shows. Record job creation. Record economic growth. Record new small business creation. That’s the story that should give us confidence about the economy that we’re building. Confidence in ourself. Confidence in the future.”

The president urged confidence in an area where a majority of Americans don’t have it. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 70% of Americans viewed the state of the economy negatively.

In those same remarks, Biden announced that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will keep his post.

In defense of his decision to keep a Trump appointee, Biden said that during these precarious economic times, the Federal Reserve needs “stability and independence.” The nomination comes in the face of calls from progressives to replace Powell with Lael Brainard who will serve as the vice chair of the Federal Reserve and is seen as tough on bank regulation and climate change.

Biden’s move can be read as another attempt to return to normalcy in Washington after the Trump administration. In the years before former President Donald Trump replaced Janet Yellen with Powell in 2018, presidents typically held onto the federal reserve chair of the prior president in an effort not to roil the markets.

The RUNDOWN with Alisa Wiersema

This year’s holiday season feels like a return to normal for many families, but the potential risks associated with COVID-19 remain a looming factor as Americans make Thanksgiving plans.

Ahead of Thanksgiving travel hitting its peak this week, the Biden administration says a federal vaccine mandate won’t impact holiday travel.

The White House says 95% of employees total are “in compliance” with the federal vaccine mandate, including 93% at the Transportation Security Administration. But this characterization does not mean that all those employees are fully vaccinated. As reported by ABC’s Anne Flaherty, that assessment covers several areas of categorization — including employees who have either received their first vaccination dose or requested an exemption or extension for receiving the vaccine.

It is unclear how many workers in critical jobs such as border patrol, prisons and airport security have sought medical or religious exemptions. Agencies have also yet to publicly determine when employees who refuse to follow the vaccine mandate will run out of options or face termination.

The White House Office of Management and Budget is expected to release more details pertaining to this data on Wednesday, including a breakdown of vaccination rates by agency.

The TIP with Meg Cunningham

Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath, a Democrat, announced her intention to run for a neighboring congressional district after the Republican-led redistricting process drew her current district into solid red territory.

McBath will now run in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, likely setting up an intra-party primary between her and first-term Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux in what will now be a safe blue district. Bordeaux previously indicated that she would seek another term, saying that she’d “be a voice for everyone in this new district.”

McBath said she would not let Republicans take away her opportunity to keep fighting for her constituents.

“As a Black woman, too often I’ve been told to stand down. I refuse to let our voices be silenced in Congress. And people in that district need a voice,” McBath said. “It’s not about power to me. It’s about keeping promises.”

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ABC News’ “Start Here” Podcast.

Tuesday morning’s episode begins with scenes from the deadly parade crash in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where ABC News’ Alex Perez has been on the ground speaking to witnesses about the tragedy. Then, ABC News’ Derricke Dennis reports from Brunswick, Georgia, on closing arguments in the trial of three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. And, nonpartisan election officials across the country are sounding the alarm about a wave of threats against them and their families in the wake of 2020. ABC News’ Elizabeth Schulze interviews workers who have quit their jobs, fearing for their safety. http://apple.co/2HPocUL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

  • At 2 p.m., President Joe Biden will give remarks on the economy and “lowering prices for the American people.” At 4 p.m., he and first lady Jill Biden will continue their Thanksgiving service events, this time joined by the vice president and second gentleman at a D.C. food kitchen. The Bidens will then head directly to Joint Base Andrews, where they will hop on Air Force One for a flight to Nantucket, Massachusetts, where they will spend their Thanksgiving holiday.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki gives a press briefing at 3:15 p.m.
  • At 10:15 a.m., Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a photo op with New Zealand foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta.
  • At 8:15 a.m., the Senate convenes for a pro forma session. The House of Representatives convenes for a pro forma session at 11 a.m.
  • The State Department holds a press briefing at 3:30 p.m.
  • Political commentator Kristen Soltis Anderson guest co-hosts “The View” on ABC at 11 a.m.
  • Download the ABC News app and select “The Note” as an item of interest to receive the day’s sharpest political analysis.

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    Wet Leg Unveil Two New Songs, Album Release Date

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    Britain’s Wet Leg, one of the most buzzed-about indie groups to emerge in years via their singles “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream,” have dropped two new songs and unveiled the release date for their forthcoming debut album and a big pile of tour dates in the U.S. and the U.K.

    Hailing from the unlikely locale of the Isle of Wight in southern England, the group’s core members — Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers — have released two new songs, “Too Late Now” and “Oh No.” As Teasdale notes in the the announcement, “Too Late Now” is “about sleepwalking into adulthood. I never imagined that my adult life would look the way it does and I guess this song reflects on some of the pressures and pulls of life. Sometimes I get really inside my head and everything can feel very overwhelming. I think this song is about accepting that life can feel a bit shit from time to time. Maybe don’t indulge that thought too much though. Just take some time for yourself. Take a breath. Have a bath. It might make you feel a bit better.”


    The video for “Too Late Now,” directed by Fred Rowson, continues in offbeat surrealism of its predecessors, with the band “beamed in from space to seek out the bubble bath of enlightenment.”

    Wet Leg was recorded and mostly produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (“Chaise Longue” and “Angelica” were produced by Jon McMullen and Josh Mobaraki respectively). The album was mostly recorded in London, in April 2021, meaning they had a finished album before the world had even heard debut single “Chaise Longue” or played live. “I guess how it happened was unconventional,” Chambers admits.

    Yet despite the group’s often humorous lyrics and videos, these days, it’s hard to avoid some seriousness creeping in. “Wet Leg was originally just supposed to be funny,” Teasdale says in the announcement. “As a woman, there’s so much put on you, in that your only value is how pretty or cool you look. But we want to be goofy and a little bit rude. We want to write songs that people can dance to. And we want to people to have a good time, even if that might not possible all of the time.”

    That message is connecting: Collectively, Wet Leg’s previous singles “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream” have racked up over 8.5 million streams and over 3 million views on YouTube, the group is one of Vevo DSCVR “Artists To Watch 2022: and “Amazon Artists To Watch 2022.” In addition, “Too Late Now” just picked up the accolade of being named BBC Radio 1’s “Hottest Record”.

    The band are heading to the US next month for their first shows there – already sold out dates in NY, LA and San Francisco – and will also open three CHVRCHES shows in LA and San Francisco. Today, they announce a full North American tour for March 2022. And, having already sold out their April 2022 UK tour, Wet Leg have confirmed a run of intimate UK regional dates at the top of the year.

    Album tracklisting:

    1. Being In Love
    2. Chaise Longue
    3. Angelica
    4. I Don’t Wanna Go Out
    5. Wet Dream
    6. Convincing
    7. Loving You
    8. Ur Mum
    9. Oh No
    10. Piece of Shit
    11. Supermarket
    12. Too Late Now

    2021

    1st December – Transmusicales de Rennes, Rennes, France

    7th December – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY – sold out

    8th December – Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY – sold out

    9th December – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY – sold out

    13th December – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA – sold out

    14th December – The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CA – sold out

    15th December – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA – sold out

    16th December – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco *

    17th December – Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA *

    18th December – Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA *

    * = with CHVRCHES

    2022

    16th January – Brixton Academy, London, UK ^

    19th January – Eurosonic, Groningen, Netherlands

    20th January – Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands

    28th January – Yes Pink Room, Manchester, UK

    29th January – The Louisiana, Bristol, UK

    30th January – The Joiners, Southampton, UK

    1st February – Elsewhere, Margate, UK

    2nd February – 100 Club, London, UK

    3rd March – Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Minneapolis, MN

    4th March – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

    5th March – A&R Music Bar, Columbus, OH

    7th March – Horsehoe Tavern, Toronto, ON, Canada

    8th March – Bar le Ritz PBD, Montreal, QC ,Canada

    10th March – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

    11th March – DC9, Washington, DC

    12th March – PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA

    14th March – Basement East, Nashville, TN

    16th-18th March – SXSW, Austin, TX

    23rd March – Pabellon Cuervo, Mexico City, Mexico ^

    25th March – Wise Hall, Vancouver, BC

    26th March – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA

    27th March – Vitalidad, Portland, OR

    16th April – Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK – sold out

    17th April – The Mash House, Edinburgh, UK– sold out

    19th April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – sold out

    20th April – Gorilla, Manchester, UK – sold out

    21st April – Trinity Centre, Bristol, UK – sold out

    23rd April – o2 Institute, Birmingham, UK – sold out

    24th April – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK – sold out

    26th April – Koko, London, UK – sold out

    27th April – The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK – sold out

    28th May – Neighbourhood Weekender @ Victoria Park, Warrington, UK

     

    ^ = with IDLES

     

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    Omicron COVID variant ‘cause for concern, not panic,’ President Joe Biden says, urging Americans to get vaccines and booster shots

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    President Joe Biden on Monday described the new omicron COVID-19 variant as a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic,” as he pledged to “spare no effort” in the federal government’s fight against the latest strain and called on more Americans to protect themselves with vaccines and booster shots.

    “Sooner or later we’re going to see cases of this new variant in the United States. We’re going to have to face it,” Biden told reporters in the White House, just hours after Canadian officials reported the first case detected in North America. Biden added that his administration would continue research into the variant’s severity and ability to spread, and that his moves would be guided by science and speed, but “not chaos and confusion.”

    “We have the best vaccines in the world, the best medicines, and the best scientists,” he said, noting his team was talking with vaccine makers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson on potential updates to vaccines and boosters to better combat omicron. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, says the existing vaccines already provide “some protection” against the new variant — protection that is strengthened by a booster shot.

    Cases tied to the new variant have been reported in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Australia and the Netherlands after the World Health Organization on Friday designated omicron a “variant of concern.” U.S. officials over the weekend sounded alarms that the variant features several troublesome mutations that may suggest rapid transmission, and WHO said early evidence shows signs of higher chances of reinfection among those who’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19.

    Several nations, including the United States, have implemented travel restrictions for a handful of countries in southern Africa where omicron was first detected. Biden defended the travel restrictions that went into effect Monday, saying they “give us time” to ramp up vaccination and booster efforts while studying the variant’s impacts.

    Biden said the U.S. had already successfully brought down new case totals after a surge sparked by the highly contagious delta variant this year. News of the omicron variant, however, comes as the U.S. has faced COVID-19 case increases in the Upper Midwest, New England and elsewhere. Massachusetts has seen new cases jump by more than 80% over the last two weeks, and hospitalizations have continued to increase over the last month.

    “The best protection against this new variant, or any variants out there … is getting fully vaccinated and getting a booster shot,” Biden said. “If you are vaccinated but still worried about the new variant, get your booster. If you aren’t vaccinated, go get that first shot.”

    He also asked Americans to “please wear your mask when you’re indoors in public settings.”

    In the coming days, the White House will release “a detailed strategy” to fight COVID-19 through the winter — “not with shutdowns and lockdowns,” Biden said, but with “widespread” vaccination, boosters, testing and more.

    “We’re throwing everything we can at this virus,” he said. “That’s how we reopened our country. We moved forward in the face of the delta variant, and we move forward in the face of the omicron variant as well.”

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