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Demonstrators gather during a protest against the expiration of the eviction moratorium outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 1. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on Tuesday barring evictions for most of the U.S. through Oct. 3.

The big picture: The moratorium will temporarily halt evictions in counties with "substantial and high levels" of coronavirus cases, which should cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives, per AP.

  • The fresh order comes after Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and other progressives protested outside the U.S. Capitol over the weekend.
  • The expiration of the CDC's previous ban led to finger-pointing among House leaders and the Biden administration. The White House insisted it lacked the authority to extend the moratorium past July 31, but growing pressure led to a win for Democratic lawmakers.

What they're saying: "The eviction moratorium allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates," the CDC said in a statement.

  • "In the context of a pandemic, eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease," the agency added.
  • "Eviction moratoria facilitate self-isolation and self-quarantine by people who become ill or who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 by keeping people out of congregate settings and in their own homes."
"The emergence of the delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States ... This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads."
— CDC director Rochelle Walensky

"On Friday night, I came to the Capitol with my chair. I refused to accept that Congress could leave for vacation while 11 million people faced eviction," Bush tweeted on Tuesday.

  • "For 5 days, we’ve been out here, demanding that our government acts to save lives," said Bush, who stayed on the steps of the Capitol for four nights. "Today, our movement moved mountains."

Between the lines: The extension is a sign that progressives can run the show in a historically fractured party.

Worth noting: President Biden had asked federal agencies to find other ways to stop evictions.

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Updated Nov 2, 2021 - Health

CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan. Photo: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CDC director Rochelle Walensky endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11, marking the final step in the approval process that makes coronavirus vaccines available to younger children as soon as Friday.

Why it matters: Modeling from the panel suggests that vaccinating 5-11-year-olds will reduce transmission of COVID in the U.S. by 8% between November and March 2022.

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Virginia attorney general fires Jan. 6 investigator from university post

McIntire Amphitheater at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: Robert Knopes/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The lead investigator for the Jan. 6 House select committee investigating the Capitol riot has been fired from his position as the University of Virginia's counsel by the state's new Republican attorney general, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Democrats say the removal of Tim Heaphy from his post after some three years while he's on leave from the university to investigate the insurrection is likely "retribution" for the House probe — an accusation strongly denied by the office of state Attorney General Jason Miyares (R).

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Taiwan's military scrambles jets after detecting 39 Chinese warplanes

J-20 stealth fighter jets in Zhuhai in the Guangdong Province of China last year. Photo: Chen Jimin/China News Service via Getty Images

Taiwan's defense force said 39 Chinese warplanes flew into its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Sunday.

Why it matters: The largest Chinese air force incursion into the zone since October came a day after the U.S. and Japanese navies conducted a joint exercise in the Philippine Sea.