On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict the white NYPD officer who killed an unarmed, asthmatic black man by putting him into an illegal chokehold. That was just two days ago and yet it feels like a million years, perhaps because it was just one of many shitty things that tumbled out of the ether and into our laps this week. Racism is alive. Journalism is dead. Men’s rights activists are feeling vindicated. But let’s momentarily set aside all that garbage and focus on some good things that happened this week. Here are ten of them.
1. A pug took a bath and it was the best day of his life. Barry the pug was so excited to be bathed by his owner in the kitchen sink that he couldn’t stop flopping around in the water and curling his tail in pleasure.
2. A teenage girl built her cat a kitty-shaped snow fort. Best snow day ever.
3. President Obama danced with Santa. Nice to know that no matter how trying being the leader of the free world can be, President Obama will never lose his groove.
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Grassley is doing his part to ensure today’s Senate remains the oldest in history
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the longest-serving Senate Republican, announced on Friday that he’s running for re-election in 2022.
… The GOP is looking to regain control of both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. Several Republicans had urged the 88-year-old senator to run to avoid another retirement after five incumbent senators said they wouldn’t seek re-election.
The CDC says booster shots can start for older Americans and at-risk populations
Following days of lengthy debate among vaccine experts, booster shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can now be officially administered to some adults in the United States.
Early Friday morning, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky diverged from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers to recommend boosters for a broader group of people – those ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of Covid-19 because of their workplaces or institutional settings – in addition to older adults, long-term care facility residents and some people with underlying health conditions.