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NBC News poll shows demographic breakdown of the vaccinated in the U.S.



WASHINGTON — There’s been plenty of recent news on the vaccination front.

The FDA granted full approval to Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for those 16 and older; President Biden on Monday urged more Americans to get vaccinated; so did Donald Trump on Saturday (but he got booed); and Dr. Anthony Fauci said on “TODAY” there was a “reasonable chance” that vaccines for children under 12 could start in the late fall or early winter.

So who’s been vaccinated in the United States? And who hasn’t?

Well, our most recent NBC News poll sheds some light on those question, with the survey finding that 69 percent of all adults say they’ve already been vaccinated, versus 13 percent saying they won’t get vaccinated under any circumstance.

And here are the American adults who say they’ve already been vaccinated — broken down by demographic group:

  • All adults: 69 percent

  • Men: 67 percent

  • Women: 71 percent

  • 18-34: 63 percent

  • 35-49: 58 percent

  • 50-64: 71 percent

  • 65+: 86 percent

  • Whites: 66 percent

  • Blacks: 76 percent

  • Latinos: 71 percent

  • Urban residents: 79 percent

  • Suburban residents: 67 percent

  • Rural residents: 52 percent

  • White evangelicals: 59 percent

  • Democrats: 88 percent

  • Independents: 60 percent

  • Republicans: 55 percent

  • Republicans who support Trump more than party: 46 percent

  • Republicans who support party more than Trump: 62 percent

  • Democratic Sanders-Warren voters: 88 percent

  • Democratic Biden voters: 87 percent

  • Biden voters in 2020 general election: 91 percent

  • Trump voters in 2020 general election: 50 percent

  • White non-college grads: 60 percent

  • White college grads: 80 percent

Democratic drama that might (or might not) matter

Meanwhile, in Washington, there was some drama on Capitol Hill last night.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi and centrist House Democrats, locked in a standoff over the order the House should vote on bills, failed to reach a resolution by sundown as the two sides remained at odds over how to proceed after a series of meetings,” NBC’s Sahil Kapur writes.

“The group of centrist Democrats object to Pelosi’s plan to begin work on the budget measure and to wait to pass the infrastructure bill.”

But since this infrastructure-reconciliation effort by Democrats is going to continue to play out through the fall, we’re not getting worked up about a procedural ideological standoff in late August. At least right now.

It’s kind of like the equivalent of a preseason NFL game. It could matter. Or it might not.

It’s still really early.

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Data Download: The numbers you need to know today

9: The number of women now serving as governor, tying a record.

Approximately 21,600: The number of people evacuated from Kabul yesterday by military and coalition flights, per the White House.

23: The number of congressional districts where House Majority Forward is airing TV and digital ads to promote the Democrats’ work on Covid relief, infrastructure and climate legislation.

92 inches: The height (7’8’’) of the tallest man in the U.S., Igor Vovkovinskiy, who passed away on Friday.

38,057,336: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 258,472 since yesterday morning.)

633,455: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, per the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 1,417 since yesterday morning).

363,267,789: The number of vaccine doses administered in the U.S., per the CDC. (That’s 610,018 since yesterday morning.)

51.5 percent: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, per the CDC.

62.5 percent: The share of all American adults at least 18 years of age who are fully vaccinated, per CDC.

Talking policy with Benjy: Drug deal

We’ll be looking at the most pivotal choices Democrats face in their $3.5 trillion budget bill all month at First Read. Near the top of the list is how to lower drug prices.

From a long-term policy perspective, drug prices are a major driver of health care costs. The U.S. already pays more than twice as much for brand-name prescription drugs as other wealthy countries, according to a RAND study. Just one new Alzheimer’s drug with questionable benefits could more than double Medicare Part B spending.

In the short-term, Democrats need the savings from drug pricing reform to fund other health care priorities in the Democratic bill. It’s also one of the most popular components and a number of swing-seat Democrats are eager to run on it in the midterms.

So far, the model in the House is the leadership-backed H.R. 3. Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. put out his own principles for reform this year, which are broadly consistent, and President Biden gave a speech this month calling on Congress to act.

The biggest consensus item is likely a cap on out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D recipients, a concept Republicans support in their own drug bill, H.R. 19. Another idea for savings with some GOP buy-in is requiring price increases to track overall inflation.

But the real meat of H.R. 3 is empowering Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies, which is currently prohibited. Democrats want to use those prices as the standard for private insurers as well, which would lower premiums on employer plans. The Congressional Budget Office estimates H.R. 3 could reduce federal spending by $456 billion over a decade.

With that much money at stake, expect fireworks in the coming weeks. Former President Trump supported Medicare negotiations in theory, but Republicans remain largely opposed in practice. Conservative groups are already running ads calling it a “socialist health care plan” and the drug lobby argues it will lead to fewer prescriptions being approved. Some Democrats are already uneasy with more wide-ranging reforms, especially in states like New Jersey with a heavy industry presence.

“The reason there’s bipartisan agreement on reforming the Part D benefit to create an out-of-pocket cap and the reason PhRMA supports that is because it would make the pharmaceutical industry more money,” Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told NBC News. “The industry has a track record of opposing essentially all proposals that will impact their bottom line.”

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

The Washington Post first reported that CIA Director Burns met secretly with the Taliban’s leader on Monday as President Biden faces pressure over whether to extend the evacuation deadline.

One potential consequence of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan is that they could have access to biometric and other data the government and fleeing Afghans left behind.

A former associate of Rudy Giuliani is expected to plead guilty to federal campaign finance charges, court documents show.

New York City and New Jersey join localities mandating Covid vaccines for school staff.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former football star and potential GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker has registered to vote in Georgia (he had previously been registered in Texas).

And former Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien has endorsed JD Vance in the GOP Ohio Senate race.


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India tests nuclear-capable missile amid tensions with China



NEW DELHI (AP) — India has test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from an island off its east coast amid rising border tensions with China.

The successful launch on Wednesday was in line with “India’s policy to have credible minimum deterrence that underpins the commitment to no first use,” said a government statement.

The Agni-5 missile splashed down in the Bay of Bengal with “a very high degree of accuracy,” said the statement issued on Wednesday night.

Beijing’s powerful missile arsenal has driven New Delhi to improve its weapons systems in recent years, with the Agni-5 believed to be able to strike nearly all of China.

India is already able to strike anywhere inside neighboring Pakistan, its archrival against whom it has fought three wars since gaining independence from British colonialists in 1947.

India has been developing its medium- and long-range nuclear and missile systems since the 1990s amid increasing strategic competition with China in a major boost to the country’s defense capabilities.

Tension between them flared last year over a long-disputed section of their border in the mountainous Ladakh area. India is also increasingly suspicious of Beijing’s efforts to heighten its influence in the Indian Ocean.

Talks between Indian and Chinese army commanders to disengage troops from key areas along their border ended in a stalemate earlier this month, failing to ease a 17-month standoff that has sometimes led to deadly clashes. India and China fought a bloody war in 1962.


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Friedman, Dodgers facing decisions on FAs, Bauer this winter



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Friedman is headed into an offseason filled with crucial decisions involving the Los Angeles Dodgers’ big-name free agents, a rebuild of the starting rotation and Trevor Bauer’s future with the team.

As always, Friedman is guided by the ultimate goal of the monied Dodgers, saying, “The number one objective is to put ourselves in the best position to win in 2022.”

After coming within two wins of reaching the World Series for the fourth time in five years, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations defined the team’s postseason as “our struggle to consistently score runs.”

“We needed someone to step up and pull an Eddie Rosario,” Friedman said, referring to the Atlanta Braves left fielder who was named MVP of the NL Championship Series.

“After we made the Trea Turner deal, in my opinion, one through eight, it was the deepest and best lineup I’ve been around. But it didn’t quite play like that over those two months. It was a little bumpier than I would’ve expected,” he said Wednesday. “Figuring out the why of that is the hard part.”

The turbulence began well before the postseason.

Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Bauer went on paid administrative leave in early July under MLB’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy. MLB is conducting its own investigation and has yet to announce any findings. Bauer, through his representatives, has denied any wrongdoing.

Asked if Bauer will pitch for the team again, Friedman said they remain in the same position as before.

“It’s being handled by the league office,” he said. “Whatever they decide, we’ll have to figure out from there what makes the most sense for us.”

If MLB suspends Bauer, it could create a domino effect on the team’s payroll plans.

“The extent of it, I don’t know yet,” Friedman said.

The Dodgers began the season with eight starters and tried to get through the postseason with just Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and 20-game winner Julio Urías. The lack of depth was exposed by the team’s decisions to use Scherzer in relief in Game 5 of the NL Division Series and Urías out of the bullpen in Game 2 of the NLCS that left both pitchers tired in their later starts.

“We’re got a really good group of young starting pitchers coming,” Friedman said, citing Mitch White, Andre Jackson, Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot and Landon Knack. “Gives us a really strong foundation of depth.”

Friedman and the front office have decisions to make on such key veterans as Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Chris Taylor, who will become free agents after the World Series.

“We’ll do everything we can to keep as many of this group together,” Friedman said, “but not standing in the way of a great opportunity and I’m sure there will be for different people.”

Kershaw, the 33-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner, reinjured his left arm not long after returning from over a two-month absence for the same issue and wasn’t available to pitch in the postseason.

“He just wants to feel good again and get to the point where he’s healthy,” Friedman said.

Kershaw has spent his entire 14-year career in Los Angeles, where he’s been the longtime face of the franchise.

“There’s something nostalgic and great about Kersh playing for one team and winning another championship and having a parade,” Friedman said.

Offseason moves would be impacted if no agreement on a collective bargaining agreement is reached before the current deal expires Dec. 1.

“We need to be prepared accordingly,” Friedman said.


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Trump Jr. Gets A Reality Check After Comparing U.S. To Communist Czechoslovakia



Donald Trump Jr. was ridiculed this week after he likened shortages of certain products in the U.S. under President Joe Biden to living in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.

Trump Jr. made the remarks during conversation Saturday on Newsmax with Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing media personality and former aide to Donald Trump.

Gorka asked Trump Jr. to discuss the “empty shelves” and backlog of cargo ships in California due to supply-chain issues, given his “perspective” as someone who, “as a child, traveled behind the Iron Curtain and saw real socialism.”

“When conservatives say, ‘They’re socialists. The Democrats have gone radical,’ this isn’t an exaggeration, is it? You’ve seen it, Don,” Gorka added.

Trump Jr.’s mother, Ivana Trump, grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving first to Canada and then the U.S. in the 1970s. He told Gorka his Czech grandparents wanted him to understand the “freedoms and blessings we have here” in the U.S.

“So I traveled with them there every summer, you know, six, eight weeks. I’ve waited in those bread lines,” said Trump Jr., whose father was estimated to be worth more than $1 billion in the 1980s. “We’re starting to see the empty shelves that I experienced then in communist Czechoslovakia in the ’80s in America right now.”

Grocery stores in the U.S. are having problems stocking certain products due to the coronavirus pandemic, a worker shortage and shipping congestion at the Port of Los Angeles.

Some social media users and conservative media personalities have shown images of empty shelves to attack Biden over the supply-chain issues. However, some of these images have turned out to be photos from years ago.

Trump Jr. was slammed on social media for the absurd comparison. A number of people also pointed out that last year, at the peak of the pandemic during the Trump administration, shelves in stores across the country were stripped bare of certain essentials and people lined up for miles in their cars or for blocks on foot to get aid from food banks.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.



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