The Biden administration's planned task force aimed at reuniting children who were separated from their parents at the border under the Trump-era enforcement policies will include input from first lady Jill Biden, according to three sources familiar with the planning. A White House official said Jill Biden was especially impacted by her December trip to the Matamoros, Mexico, refugee camp across the border from Brownsville, Texas. "It's not who we are as Americans. We are a welcoming nation, but that's not the message that we're sending at the border. We're saying, 'Stop. Don't come in,'" she said at the time after spending two hours on the ground at the camp. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. (📸: Larry French/Getty Images North America)
President Biden signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday to reverse restrictions on abortion access domestically and abroad imposed and expanded by the Trump administration. The moves come as health care providers, reproductive rights groups and progressive lawmakers seek a more permanent end to longstanding barriers to the procedure. Tap the link in our bio for more on the memorandum. (📸: Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images)
Video games retailer GameStop is causing a frenzy in the stock market as an army of small investors from Reddit take on Wall Street. The stock market has historically been heavily gatekept by jargon and wealth, so it's quite monumental to see amateur, and even playful, traders wrong-footing Wall Street wizards. To the layperson, the dynamics of short-selling at play here can be extremely confusing. Swipe to read our simple break-down of how the situation came about.
Bernie Sanders went from becoming a hit meme to a $20,000 crochet doll in less than a week. After an inauguration day image of the Vermont senator went viral, showing him sitting on a folding chair, socially distanced from other guests, hunched against the cold wearing chunky knitted mittens, Tobey King in Texas turned the sensational meme that trended for days into a crochet doll. King initially posted photos of the 9-inch doll on her Instagram account, and they garnered thousands of likes and comments. By Saturday, she posted the doll on eBay and auctioned it for $20,300. Recreating Sanders’ exact look took her about seven hours of non-stop crocheting. She will be donating the money to Meals on Wheels America, a charity Sanders himself has raised $1.8m for by using the meme to sell sweatshirts.
Public health workers in Oregon were driving back from a coronavirus vaccination site when they got stuck in the snow. They then walked from car to car, giving shots to drivers with vaccine doses that would expire in six hours. https://t.co/mP6FjS7kBc
The Polish government has imposed a near-total ban on abortions, allowing them only in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. The unexpected announcement that the ruling would take effect on Wednesday sparked nationwide protests, despite a ban on gatherings due to Covid-19 restrictions. On Thursday the government extended the restrictions a further two weeks until February 14. More demonstrations against the ruling have been planned for Thursday and Friday in the capital Warsaw and towns across Poland -- one of Europe’s most devout Catholic countries. (📸: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)
Layering your face is in — but not as a fashion statement. It may just save a life. Public health officials are suggesting double masking as a way to increase the level of protection from the coronavirus and its multiple, more contagious variants. A surgical mask under a cloth mask and you get "over 91% removal efficiency for particles," said Joseph Allen, an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (📸: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images)
Officials with the Josephine County Public Health Department in Oregon were caught in a traffic jam with six doses of the Moderna vaccine. Knowing they'd be stuck for quite some time, and the shot had just six hours left in its shelf life, they got to work giving out the shots to stranded motorists. Tap the link in our bio for more. (Josephine County Public Health Department )