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On the anniversary of John McCain's death, his wife Cindy reflected on the late senator's legacy and said on ABC's "This Week" that she was launching a new social media initiative called #ActsOfCivility in his memory.

“Our country is not well right now. We’re not — we need to get our act together, number one, and step back and take a breath. You know, this country’s made up of immigrants, we’re made up of people of every color, every creed. And that's what makes us special. And to somehow side up — black and white, or brown and white or whatever it may be, it’s just wrong.”

Why it matters: McCain was admired for his ability to work across the aisle with Democrats in the Senate and was outspoken in his criticism of President Trump when he felt it was warranted. Trump has carried on a one-sided rhetorical campaign against McCain even after his death, attacking the late senator on a number of occasions for his vote against the president's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

  • Cindy McCain said on Sunday that her husband would be disappointed by the current state of U.S. politics and the Republican Party's continued loyalty to Trump, telling ABC's Jon Karl: "This party is not the party of Abraham Lincoln that I've seen anyway, nor the party of Ronald Reagan."

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CDC updates guidance on airborne COVID-19

A patron eats lunch in March at Philippe The Original near downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The CDC acknowledged Friday that airborne spread of COVID-19 among people more than 6 feet apart "has been repeatedly documented."

Why it matters: This is "a change from the agency’s previous position that most infections were acquired through 'close contact, not airborne transmission,'" the N.Y. Times reports.

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Over 170 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem

An injured man is carried away as Israeli security forces clash with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

At least 178 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem, Reuters reported late Friday.

The big picture: The clashes come amid growing anger over the threatened eviction of Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. Tensions have also escalated in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks.

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  2. Politics: Oklahoma secures $2.6 million refund for hydroxychloroquine purchase — Why Biden's latest vaccine goal is his hardest yet.
  3. Vaccines: Pfizer begins application for full FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine — Moderna says its COVID booster shot shows promise against variants.
  4. Economy: U.S. adds just 266,000 jobs in April, far below expectations — Americans' return to the skies could benefit smaller airlines.
  5. World: WHO authorizes China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use — Mixed response in Europe to Biden's vaccine patents bombshell.
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