The news of July 2, 2021: 1A: NPR
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In the midst of a historic heatwave, President Joe Biden met with the governors of the affected states, cabinet representatives and private sector partners on droughts and forest fires. The administration announced that it increase the wages of federal firefighters.
Missouri has peaked in COVID-19 cases probably driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. Some 3,000 new cases represent a 20% jump identified in the state over the past week.
The one-year effort to pass bipartisan police reform bill in Congress is in danger after the Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement warning lawmakers that work towards an acceptable bill was threatened by “demagoguery and frightening tactics.”
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has led airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias in the Iraqi-Syrian border region. Moving sends a clear message amid talks with Tehran over the Iran nuclear deal. Biden sent a message to the Iranian leadership, saying that they “will not get a nuclear weapon under my watch.”
World Health Organization officials, concerned about the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19, have urged even fully vaccinated people across the world to continue to wear masks for protection. Russia has reported the most confirmed cases inside its borders in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
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