States lift mask mandates despite Biden’s warnings and rise in Covid cases – live

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In a keenly awaited memoir, Joe Biden’s son Hunter attacks Donald Trump as “a vile man with a vile mission” who plumbed “unprecedented depths” in last year’s US presidential election.

Hunter, 51, is a lawyer and businessman who has been the focus of Republican bile ever since Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani sought information on his business dealings in Ukraine to use in the 2020 campaign.

Related: Hunter Biden calls Trump ‘vile’ in new book and denies Ukraine allegations

Ever so slightly, the Atlanta Falcons broke with most other major companies in Georgia and issued a statement supporting voting rights in Georgia.

“Every voice and every vote matters and should be heard through our democratic process in Georgia. The right to vote is simply sacred. We should be working to make voting easier, not harder for every eligible citizen,” said Arthur Blank, the team’s owner, in a statement.

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States lift mask mandates despite Biden’s warnings and rise in Covid cases – live