The Biden administration has been addressing fears of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 making its way into the United States while they assured Americans that lockdowns would not be a tool used and instead promoting the use of masks and vaccines. Meanwhile, the U.S. is being looked to as China has increased military pressure on Taiwan and Russia has moved its troops to the border of Ukraine. Republican from New York, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis joins to discuss the government response to Omicron and why many foreign leaders are acting aggressively right now. She explains her vote for the infrastructure bill was important and why she believes the Democrats’ push for more spending displays the need for Republicans to retake the House in 2022.
Over about the first year of the Coronavirus pandemic, from last April to this April, more than 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose, according to Centers For Disease Control. That is up nearly 29% from the 12 months before. State and local governments are making efforts to curb those deaths, including New York’s recent opening of overdose prevention centers. Brittany Adam-Kelly, whose brother Matt died in 2017 from an overdose, is the co-founder of a foundation in his name focused on drug recovery and harm reduction. She shares her brother’s story, what the families of addicts can learn from it and what can be done to address America’s growing overdose crisis.
Plus, commentary by Orthodox rabbi, author and lawyer Rabbi Sam Bregman.