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‘We pray for them’: Biden pays tribute to Covid victims in Thanksgiving message | Joe Biden



President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions in many homes.

In his first holiday message as president, Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, said this year’s celebrations were especially meaningful after last year’s family separations due to the pandemic.

“This is always a special time in America. But this year, the blessings of Thanksgiving are especially meaningful,” the president said in a prerecorded video message released by the White House.

“As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who we lost, and those who have lost so much. And those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room table this year because of this virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them,” the president said.

Jill Biden added: “After being apart last year, we have a new appreciation for those little moments we can’t plan or replicate. The music of laughter in a warm, full kitchen, the thump of small feet making big sounds, the circle of faces crowded around our dining room table, glowing in the candlelight.”

Many families and friends who stayed apart last year have been able to reunite for the holiday this year thanks to the prevalence of the Covid-19 vaccines. About 60% of the eligible population in the US have been fully vaccinated.

Soon after the video was released on Twitter, the president called Al Roker at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the first family’s holiday stay in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Shut out a year ago, spectators again lined the route as about 8,000 participants joined the parade and marching bands from around the country played. Parade employees and volunteers had to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and wear masks.

“My message is after two years, you’re back, America’s back,” Biden told Roker, who was among the hosts of the parade. “There’s nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al, and you’re one of the reasons for that, pal. You’re always up. You’re always rooting.”

The president’s remarks came as Covid infection rates climb again in parts of the midwest and north-east, with health workers and hospital systems saying they are preparing for an influx of Covid patients due to holiday travel.

“It is a race against time,” said Kyle Enfield, the associate chief medical officer of critical care at University of Virginia Health.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people are dying from the virus each day. The country is averaging 95,000 new cases a day, an increase of about 25% over the past two weeks.

Michigan leads the country in recent cases per capita, according to the New York Times tracker, with the state averaging more than 8,000 new cases a day. New cases are up more than 80% in Massachusetts and 70% in Illinois. Colorado and Arizona are also under pressure.

There have been twice the number of Covid deaths this year than in 2020. Officials have warned that total US deaths from the virus may reach 1m by March.

As families gathered, many for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, health officials have pleaded with unvaccinated people not to travel. Last week, the Transportation Security Administration said it expected that about 20 million passengers would fly over the holiday, or about 6 million fewer than 2019.

But health experts are broadly optimistic that despite rising infections, the take-up of vaccines will not lead to a surge in mortality.

“It gives me a little bit of hope that we’re seeing some breakthrough infections that are not as severe as the ones that we’ve seen in the past,” Emily Rubin, a critical care physician at Massachusetts general hospital, told the Guardian.

“But I think that the next couple of days and weeks are really going to be telling for what the real impact is going to be.”

In addition to pushing vaccination booster shots, the Biden administration has earmarked $10bn in new spending on new and experimental Covid-19 treatments that could help about 30% of adults who remained unvaccinated.

The administration recently signed a $5.25bn deal with Pfizer for its experimental pill to treat Covid infections and agreed to pay $1bn for a monoclonal antibody treatment from GlaxoSmithKline in addition to deals with Merck and Eli Lilly for their Covid medicines.

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Battlefield 2042 Game Update 3: Release Date, Patch Notes, Bug Fixes And More



Battlefield 2042 Update 3 is next on the agenda of the developers and we have all of the information you need regarding the upcoming patch.

EA and DICE have had to encounter some rough waters so far after coming under intense scrutiny for the game’s release back in November, mainly down to a high amount of glitches and in-game bugs that many players were coming across.

This was during the Early Access period that some gamers had paid almost £100 for, which resulted in the game being implemented with a day one patch, titled Update #1.

Read more: Battlefield 2042’s Metacritic Score Is Woeful Following Horror Launch

While Update #2 did top off some of the gameplay issues, DICE will likely bring along Update #3. But when exactly will it be released?

Scroll down to find out everything that we know so far regarding Battlefield 2042 Update #3:

Release Date

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At the time of writing, it is not yet known when Update 3 will be brought out.

EA are renowned for not giving gamers any warning regarding patches and will just release straight away and state it is available.

This could change so we will update this section as soon as more information emerges in the coming days, weeks and months – so stick with us and stay tuned!

Patch Notes

As mentioned above, the comprehensive list of patch notes from Update 3 have yet to be revealed and will be posted here, as well as all of the respective sections below, as soon as EA and DICE make it public, keep your eyes peeled!



Bug Fixes


Click below to see all of the updates that have been added to Battlefield 2042 so far:

Battlefield fans! Are you enjoying Battlefield 2042 so far despite the shaky start? Are you still playing or did you get yourself a refund after the first couple of days? Please get in touch and let us know what you think and EA and DICE’s latest addition to the mass warfare series!

You can find all of the latest Battlefield 2042 News and everything Gaming related right here at GiveMeSport.

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‘You can never say there’s a bottom and they won’t go lower’



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  • McConnell blocked Democrats’ attempt to close debate on defense spending, usually a bipartisan vote.

  • This could push back Democrats’ timetable to get Build Back Better passed before Christmas.

  • Democratic lawmakers are frustrated, saying the GOP will do anything to obstruct Biden’s agenda.

Passing new defense spending was supposed to be the easy part of Congress’ holiday rush, but it’s already run into a stumbling block.

Democrats have an ambitious agenda for the upcoming month. They want to pass a resolution to avoid a government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling, and pass President Joe Biden’s sweeping climate and social-welfare package, all before Christmas. But before any of that gets done, Republicans and Democrats need to work together to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022 — a $768 billion annual measure that has been passed on a bipartisan basis every year for 60 years.

That measure ran into trouble on Monday night when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempt to close debate on the bill and move it closer to passage.

“This is more important than political timetables or partisan wish-lists,” McConnell said prior to the vote. “So if the Democratic leader insists on forcing a cloture vote later today, I’ll oppose cutting off these important debates prematurely when they have really just begun.”

McConnell said he was blocking the vote because GOP amendments, like sanctions over a Russian pipeline, had yet to be considered. His comments came after Schumer said during remarks that he hoped “Republican dysfunction will not be a roadblock to passing this bill and taking care of our troops and their families.”

If the NDAA doesn’t get passed soon, it will likely throw off Democrats’ plans to get measures like universal pre-K and robust climate policies to the American people before Christmas, and the idea is frustrating Democratic senators.

“You can never say there’s a bottom and they won’t go lower,” Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine told Politico on GOP strategy.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen added that GOP efforts are “about a general effort to obstruct anything that’s going on, with the hope that will reflect poorly on Joe Biden.”

The GOP obstruction, as Shaheen referenced, might sound familiar — it’s something Democrats were struggling with just last month while attempting to keep the government funded. Congress came dangerously close to failing to suspend the debt ceiling and pushing the US into default as McConnell blocked Democrats’ attempts to raise the ceiling on their own. He stepped in at the last minute to ensure the country could pay its bills for an additional two months.

However, as Insider reported, while the GOP may be working to delay Democrats’ timetable to pass Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, McConnell appears to be more cooperative with Schumer on the debt ceiling this time around. McConnell told Punchbowl News on Tuesday he recently had discussions with Schumer on ways to keep the government funded, and they’re “still talking about.”

Now, Democrats need to work with Republicans to get defense spending finalized, and while GOP obstruction may be their biggest obstacle in adhering to their Christmas deadline, they still have a lot to resolve within their own party. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has been clear he would like to see changes in Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, including cutting out paid leave, and he suggested to Politico that inflation, and the new Omicron variant, should give Congress “cause to pause” on the agenda.

He said: “I heard an awful lot over the Thanksgiving break that prices were high and people were very much upset about that and concerned about: Is inflation going to get worse?”

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