“I’m sure we would all like to simplify the process for resolving the [continuing resolution], but I can’t facilitate that without addressing the vaccine mandates,” Senator Mike Lee told Politico. Even if the tactic fails, Politico notes that GOP Senator Mike Braun plans to force a vote to disapprove and nullify Biden’s vaccine mandate as early as next week, and apparently “already has all 50 Republicans lined up to back the issue, and they’re hoping to flip one moderate Democrat.” All of this, of course, comes against the backdrop of the omicron variant, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday had been detected in California, and which some scientists believe may be even more contagious than delta.
Stacey Abrams is running for Georgia governor in 2022 (AJC)
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Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says hack breached 400,000 patients’ information (Washington Post)
Google Temp, Fired for Being “Ungoogley,” Files Complaint (Bloomberg)
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Ilhan Omar airs death threat and presses Republicans on “anti-Muslim hatred” (Guardian)
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Home Alone house is now available to book on Airbnb (NME)
World’s first living robots can now reproduce, scientists say (CNN)
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