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US to require vaccines for all border crossers in January



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce Tuesday.

A senior administration official said the requirement, which the White House previewed in October, brings the rules for essential travelers in line with those that took effect earlier this month for leisure travelers, when the U.S. reopened its borders to fully vaccinated individuals.

Essential travelers entering by ferry will also be required to be fully vaccinated by the same date, the official said. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to preview the announcement.

The rules pertain to non-U.S. nationals. American citizens and permanent residents may still enter the U.S. regardless of their vaccination status, but face additional testing hurdles because officials believe they more easily contract and spread COVID-19 and in order to encourage them to get a shot.

The Biden administration pushed back the requirement for essential travelers by more than two months from when it went into effect on Nov. 8 for non-essential visitors to prevent disruptions, particularly among truck drivers who are vital to North American trade. While most cross-border traffic was shut down in the earliest days of the pandemic, essential travelers have been able to transit unimpeded.

Even with the delay, though, Norita Taylor, spokeswoman for the trucking group Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, criticized the vaccination requirement, calling it an example of “how unnecessary government mandates can force experienced owner-operators and independent truckers out of business.”

“These requirements are another example of how impractical regulations will send safe drivers off the road,” she said.

The latest deadline is beyond the point by which the Biden administration hopes to have large businesses require their employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly under an emergency regulation issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. That rule is now delayed by litigation, but the White House has encouraged businesses to implement their own mandates regardless of the federal requirement with the aim of boosting vaccination.

About 47 million adults in the U.S. remain unvaccinated, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Associated Press writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.


Ant-Man 3 release date, trailer, cast and more about Quantumania



What is the Ant-Man 3 release date? When Scott Lang first stumbled onto Hank Pym’s old Ant-Man suit, he probably didn’t think he’d wind up fighting deranged CEOs, molecularly unstable superspies, and alien armies led by Thanos himself. But Scott and Hope van Dyne are heading into their biggest (or smallest) adventure yet in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is jumping headfirst into alternate timelines, different worlds, as well as the multiverse itself – and clearly, the next Ant-Man movie is going to do the same. The previous films briefly explored the idea of the Quantum Realm – a smaller world existing in front of our very eyes. And although Hank Pym has already saved his long-lost love, Janet Van Dyne, from this strange new reality, it looks like Scott and Hope will explore it further in the upcoming sequel.

But what is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania about? Who’s in it? Is there a trailer? Who’s the villain? Don’t worry. We’ve shrunk ourselves down to the Quantum Realm to bring you all the answers about the next adventure for the Lang-Van Dyne family.

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This is the bad news about Quantumania; it’s going to be quite some time before we see the small adventure on the big screen. It’s the penultimate chapter of Phase 4, and (at the time of writing) it’s set to arrive on July 28, 2023.

The sequel has already jumped around a few dates already, as it was initially slated for a 2022 release until it was pushed back to February 2023, before it then jumped back to its July date. This isn’t exactly surprising since Hollywood has had a massive shake-up due to the (ongoing) pandemic.

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But remember, there’s going to be plenty of other Marvel movies and TV shows on Disney Plus to tide us all over until then. Remember, Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 both arrive in 2023 before Quantumania. So it’s not like fans are going to be starved for Marvel content in the run-up to the sequel.

Ant-Man 3 release date: Hope and Scott

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Marvel is still keeping the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania under wraps, but thanks to one piece of intriguing casting information, we already know who Scott and Hope will be up against… Kang the Conqueror. Yes, the time-travelling despot is making his way to the Quantum Realm for some reason. In September 2020, Deadline broke the news that Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors had joined Quantumania as Kang.

The star briefly appeared at the end of Loki as He Who Remains, an alternate version of Kang who created the Time Variance Authority as a way of preventing another multiverse war with other Kang variants. But when Majors shows up in Quantumania, he’ll be playing a completely different version of the iconic villain. He previously told GamesRadar, “The character is different, so you move a different way; my psychology has shifted because of the character. He’s just a different guy.”

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The star went on to say, “He Who Remains is not in Ant-Man. It’s Kang. But the people surrounding us – the cast, my leading man Paul Rudd – that’s different.” Also adding, “Because Paul’s not Tom [Hiddleston]. This is a movie, not a TV show. I’ve been here since the beginning and I came in at the end on Loki.”

It’s not quite clear whether Quantumania will be the first time this version of Kang arrives in the MCU, or if he comes out of the Quantum Realm similar to how the Avengers time-traveled during Avengers: Endgame. One thing’s for certain, Ant-Man and the Wasp will have one hell of a fight on their hands. Kang is a sadistic genius, and has taken up many different names and titles over the years like Rama-Tut, Immortus, and even the hero Iron Lad. Comics!

Ant-Man 3 release date: Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains

Ant-Man 3 Trailer: Does Ant-Man 3 have a trailer?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania just yet, but that isn’t so surprising since there’s still over a year and a half to go until its release date. But director Peyton Reed recently confirmed that production has wrapped on the film, and he took to Twitter to share the news.

The director wrote, “Principal photography on Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is now complete! Can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been up to…”

Now that filming has finished, Marvel Studios will be hard at work adding in all the visual effects during post-production — so we should expect a trailer to arrive at some point in the second half of 2022.

It’s not the first time Reed has taken to Twitter to discuss work on Quantumania. He previously posted a behind-the-scenes photo of the Stagecraft technology when preparing to start production. The revolutionary stage uses screens to create an immersive 3D environment for actors to work in. We’d put good money on Reed using Stagecraft to shoot scenes inside the Quantum Realm.

Ant-Man 3 releease date: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)

Ant-Man 3 Cast: Who’s in Ant-Man 3?

In case it wasn’t obvious, both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are returning to play Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. They’ll also be joined by Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. It’ll be interesting to see what that family dynamic is like after all the years where Janet was stuck in the Quantum Realm while Hank was getting bitter and alone. And as already mentioned, Jonathan Majors will go up against them as Kang the Conqueror.

Another MCU newcomer is Detective Pikachu star Kathryn Newton, who will play an older version of Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter. In the comics, she becomes the giant hero Stature, so it’s possible she’ll also get to suit up in the sequel next to Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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But there’s another surprising star who’s joining the MCU for the first time in Quantumania: Bill Murray. He accidentally gave the scoop to the German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, saying, “You know, I made a Marvel movie recently, I’m probably not allowed to tell you, but whatever.”

He confirmed that it was Quantumania by saying he really liked working with Peyton Reed on Bring It On and decided to work with him again. “Some people were pretty surprised why I decided on a project like this, of all things. But for me, the situation was completely clear: I got to know the director, and really liked him.” The star then added, “He was witty, humble, everything you want from a director. And with the cheerleader movie Bring It On, he had already made a film years ago, which I think is damn good.” Paul Rudd and Bill Murray sharing the screen again? We’re sold.

And that’s everything we know about the Ant-Man 3 release date. If you want to know more about the MCU’s upcoming adventure movies check out our guides on Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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Joe Biden’s democracy summit risks flattering the enemy



Before the first world war, there were a handful of democratic nations. In December, US president Joe Biden will convene a hundred or so at a virtual summit. Their number has dipped over the past decade, it is true, but from a towering, post-cold war peak that was always going to be a feat to sustain. Even now, after eye-catching lapses and reversals (the US, Turkey), a far larger share of humanity lives under democratic rule than did in 1975.

All of which is to say: don’t do the strongmen’s propaganda work for them. Autocracy tends to live on a sense of historic inevitability as the coming force. An out-of-the-ordinary gathering of free nations, with its air of siege, might inadvertently lend a bogus credence to that idea. Unworried countries don’t meet.

“The liberal state is destined to perish,” said Benito Mussolini in 1932. Some rational people turned to communism or fascism, even anarchism, because they grudgingly believed Il Duce’s teleology, not through active choice. Anything that plays up the momentum of the autocrats is not a merely academic error, then. It can be self-fulfilling. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden once said people follow the “strong horse”. That, it should be stressed at all times, is still democracy. It does not just rule the greater part of the world but also the richest. What strongmen have achieved against it since the millennium is tantamount to pulling a goal back after conceding five. They should not be allowed to pose as the in-form team, lest wavering spectators believe them. By calling nations together, and barring Russia, Turkey and China, the event reframes a largely domestic problem as a geopolitical one. By calling nations together, and barring Russia, Turkey and China, the event reframes a largely domestic problem as a geopolitical one

This is not the only way in which the summit risks flattering the unfree world. Its premise, that a contest is going on between democracy and its opposite, is right. But the faultline runs mostly through countries, not between them. By calling nations together, and barring Russia, Turkey and China, the event reframes a largely domestic problem as a geopolitical one. It encourages the idea that foreign subversion (which is real enough) is to blame for Donald Trump in the US, the dark vaudeville of Brexit, the numerous flavours of Italian populism and the great mass of anti-liberal votes in France.

No doubt the online bots, state-sponsored news channels and political dark money of hostile regimes all helped to nudge these things along. In Ukraine, as elsewhere, what democrats have to reckon with goes beyond mere misinformation to more tangible menaces. But the civic rot in most backsliding democracies hardly needs external help. There is very little that Russia can do to the US, say, that the US doesn’t do to itself. Even the most ingenious outside force can only ignite the kindling that a country leaves lying around.

The defence of democracy against outside enemies, rather than those within, slightly misses the point, then. It also led to the once-inescapable media coverage of the Trump-Russia dossier, which claimed collusion between the former president and the Kremlin in the 2016 US election. A major source for it was indicted this month for lying to federal investigators. Republicans blame liberal bias for the prominence of the dossier from 2017 onwards. It would be idle to pretend that they are entirely imagining things. But a more innocent force was at work, too. For many, it was comforting to believe that a sort of long-distance coup gave rise to the Trump presidency. After all, malign outsiders can, with effort, be shut out. Endogenous democratic decline is hugely more daunting.

That point threatens to get lost in the very notion of an international democratic gathering. Shoring up democracy is almost entirely domestic work. Nations that excel at it aren’t always the most robust in their foreign policy or the most sheltered from outside pressures. Germany, for instance, is exposed to Russia and Turkey by dint of geography and history. In Poland, Italy and France, Germany has allies and neighbours where illiberal movements flourish. With all this to contend with, German politics remains an almost tedious portrait in moderation. If other democracies are proving frailer, it is hard to see how a common front against foreign authoritarians is meant to help. A show of international solidarity is easier than reckoning with irresponsible politicians and credulous voters at home.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is among those who have rephrased Mussolini’s line for the 21st century. It shows how much autocrats crave a sense of historical momentum. Whether by overstating its crisis, or crediting it to their efforts, the democratic world risks granting this to them at a cheap price. There is a kind of vigilance that is hard to distinguish from its opposite.

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Kathy Griffin Says She’s ‘Slowly Getting Un-Cancelled’ After That 2017 Donald Trump Controversy



By Becca Longmire.

Kathy Griffin joked about being “un-cancelled” as she chatted with Jimmy Kimmel Monday.

The comedian, who is recovering from lung cancer surgery she had in August, referenced that 2017 Donald Trump controversy, in which she faced backlash after she posed with a bloody replica of the then-U.S. president’s severed head.

Griffin shared, “So you guys know I’m cancelled, right? Like, I was like, cancelled cancelled.

“And so I’m very slowly getting un-cancelled. And what I think is funny is that people are kinda like afraid of me now and all that stuff. And you know that guy Paul Gosar made a video, and I was back in the news again? So anyway, so I think I’m gonna get un-cancelled. I think I’m an actress again, guys.”

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Griffin is now starring in the new season of HBO Max’s dark comedy “Search Party”, with Griffin joking of it having a younger audience: “Apparently, the young kids don’t know that I’m a ‘terrorist’.

“You know the MAGAs think I’m a terrorist. They don’t even know that stuff, they watch the TikTak.”

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Griffin also thanked Kimmel for always standing by her.

She told the host, “By the way, you are really, really, [one] of the people I can count on one hand that rejected my cancellation.”

Kimmel replied: “Yes, it was ridiculous.”

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