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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene at a press conference on July 20. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday rejected three appeals by Republican lawmakers who were fined in May for going maskless on the House floor, upholding the $500 fines against them.

Driving the news: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) were fined in May for repeatedly refusing to wear face masks in the presence of their colleagues.

  • All three filed appeals in mid-June.

State of play: While lawmakers receive a warning the first violation of the mask rule, second offenses face a $500 fine.

  • Although the House floor rules on the public health measure were loosened in June, back in May, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) still required masks be worn.

The big picture: Greene, Massie and Norman aren't the only GOP lawmakers to face fines for refusing to mask up during the pandemic.

  • Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Beth Van Duyne (R-Tex.), and Marianne Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) also faced $500 fines for violating the mask rules. Mast previously referred to his fee as the "best $500 I ever spent."

Of note: Greene has refused to reveal whether she's vaccinated against the coronavirus. When asked during a press conference on Tuesday, she suggested the question was a "violation" of her HIPAA rights, which protect "sensitive patient health information."

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NYPD: Unvaccinated officers must wear masks or face discipline

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Unvaccinated officers at the New York Police Department will be required to wear masks on duty or face disciplinary action, the department confirmed Friday.

Why it matters: Public and private entities are increasingly considering reinstating mask mandates amid a surge in Delta cases. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that all city employees, including law enforcement, must get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies — Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
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Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

A teacher prepares a hallway barrier to help students maintain social distancing at John B. Wright Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 14, 2020. Photo: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don't comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don't "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."