Biden to address governors as Covid
President Joe Biden will confer with the nation's governors on Monday as a wave of Covid-19, driven by the heavily transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus, crashes across the country and drives caseloads to record levels in areas of the Northeast. © Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images US President Joe Biden speaks during a signing ceremony for the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act" in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington, DC on December 23, 2021.
The White House called the holiday shopping season a success on Wednesday, touting its work to address supply chain issues and prevent further disruptions that could be brought on by the highly contagious omicron variant. © Associated Press/Nam Y. Huh White House calls shopping season a success amid supply chain issues
The White House pointed to data from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach that they processed 14 percent more containers compared to those processed in 2018 over the same time period, which set a record high, in a memo on Wednesday.
It also said the number of long-dwelling import containers remain about 40 percent below Nov. 1 levels and it touted an announcement from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that there will impose a fee on long-dwelling empty containers set to take effect on Jan. 30.
Critic’s Appreciation: Betty White Was as Important as She Was Beloved
A TV staple before most Americans knew what TV was, an icon from game shows, sitcoms, movies and more, White was the rare entertainer to earn universal affection and respect.At some point in the last 30 or 40 years — in a career that spanned nine decades on the small screen — Betty White became possibly the only thing you could express love for without anybody attempting to disagree. There are people who don’t like chocolate, people who are allergic to puppies, people who complain that beach vacations are too sandy. But the affection that Betty White engendered seemed to cross every imaginable demographic.
The memo said holiday sales rose 8.5 percent compared to 2020 and 10.7 percent compared to pre-pandemic 2019, citing data from Mastercard. Additionally, U.S. retailers, excluding auto makers, made $465 billion in inventories as of Nov. 30.
The administration is monitoring omicron-related disruptions to the supply chain, according to the memo.
"Despite the highly contagious delta variant, the Supply Chain Disruption's Task Force's actions helped increase throughput and stock goods on shelves," the memo read.
"We are closely tracking potential supply chain impacts of the highly transmissible omicron variant. The State Department has increased the frequency of its reporting on the situation at key manufacturing plants and ports worldwide. No significant threats to U.S. supply chains have been reported to date, but we will continue to monitor the pandemic closely," it added.
John D. Porcari, port envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, is set to join White House press secretary Jen Psaki at the White House briefing on Wednesday.
"While the impact of the emergent omicron variant will unfold over the next days and weeks, we will continue to remain focused on supporting the public health response, closely monitoring impacts on domestic and global supply chains, and take action in partnership with the public and private sector and our international allies and partners to improve supply chains," the memo read.
Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ Season 2: TV Review .
The docuseries about the cheerleading team at Navarro College returns for a second season complicated by COVID and off-mat scandals.Sure, fans of Greg Whiteley’s Last Chance U knew the show’s basic formula and how effective it was in terms of building personal stories within a season of escalating athletic tension. But Cheer thrilled an audience that had never heard of Last Chance U and probably still hasn’t. Fans found joy in Jerry’s mat-talk, optimism in Morgan’s rise to the literal top of the pyramid and felt sincere concern for mercurial presences like Lexi and La’Darius.