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Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

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New CDC guidance relaxes indoor public masking in a majority of U.S. counties

By: - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday unveiled updated guidance for wearing masks indoors in public places, a move that means 70 percent of Americans likely will be able to ditch their masks.  The new guidance will divvy counties into low, medium, or high transmission categories based on new hospitalizations for […]

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Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court, reports say

By: and - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is planning to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, according to multiple media reports. If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. She would replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring this summer. CNN […]

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New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion […]

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Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

By: - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia after the country’s leaders ordered a military assault on Ukraine. Russian military forces began attacking several cities and towns throughout the country, according to multiple news reports.  “President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic […]

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Biden says Russia has begun invading Ukraine, announces initial sanctions

By: - February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine amounted to “the beginning of a Russian invasion” of that country that could get much worse in the days ahead.  Seeking to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from further military action, Biden said the United States would apply the “first tranche of […]

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CDC to update federal masking guidance in coming weeks

By: - February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – The federal government will likely update its guidance on masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming weeks as the omicron surge continues to wane, U.S. public health officials indicated Wednesday.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing that the agency will continue looking […]

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COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

By: - February 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – A COVID-19 vaccine for young children will be delayed by at least two months as Pfizer and BioNTech gather more information on a three-dose regimen.  The disappointing news for many parents came after the Biden administration earlier had announced it was preparing to get the vaccines out to states as soon as it […]

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CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

By: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that it’s too soon to begin rolling back masking and other public […]

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McConnell rebukes RNC for saying Jan. 6 attack was ‘legitimate political discourse’

By: - February 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Republican National Committee erred in censuring two House GOP lawmakers for joining the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  The Kentucky Republican rebuked the RNC for referring to the riot as “legitimate political discourse” in the censure resolution. McConnell said […]

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Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring

By: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that eligible pharmacies and participating organizations will begin distributing the tests in the coming months to individuals on either original Medicare or in […]

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White House plans speedy delivery to states of COVID vaccine for littlest kids

By: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is preparing to ship COVID-19 vaccines to the states as quickly as possible, should the Food and Drug Administration approve an emergency use authorization for kids under 5.  White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said Wednesday that approval of the specially formulated vaccine would make 18 million young children […]

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U.S. sending 2,000 North Carolina-based troops to Europe amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

By: - February 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is preparing to deploy thousands of soldiers to Europe in the coming days, though those troops aren’t expected to fight in Ukraine should Russia attack that country.  Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Wednesday that 1,000 soldiers based in Germany will move to Romania and that 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg […]