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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is working to mitigate the "harsh consequences" but can't unilaterally change the rules even if marijuana is not intentionally used to improve performance, USADA leaders wrote in a letter Friday.

The big picture: The letter was addressed to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who wrote to USADA to encourage the group to rethink sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's one-month suspension for recreational marijuana use.

What they're saying: Friday’s letter, co-signed by USADA CEO Travis Tygart, stated that because Richardson voluntarily accepted her 30-day suspension, any attempt to reverse it, “would have been quickly appealed” by the International Olympic Committee or World Anti-Doping Agency, which could have resulted in an even longer suspension.

  • “Most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons,” the USADA letter reads.
  • “It is worth noting that when marijuana was included in the first prohibited list in 2004, one of the strongest advocates for inclusion of marijuana on the prohibited list was the U.S. government," the letter reads.

Catch up quick: Richardson was suspended by the USADA and disqualified from the Olympics' 100-meter race and U.S. relay team after testing positive for cannabis. Richarson said she took the substance to cope with the death of her biological mother, who passed just days before the Olympic trials.

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Jul 9, 2021 - Energy & Environment

House progressives lay down their infrastructure marker

Rep. Cori Bush Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demand that U.S. President Joe Biden work to make the Green New Deal into law during a protest outside the White House in June.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hearing from her left flank about climate spending they want in the Democratic reconciliation package.

Driving the news: 11 progressive House Democrats led by Rep. Cori Bush, in a new letter first obtained by CBS, call for various provisions, including "$250 billion in climate and environmental justice funding for local governments" and $1 trillion to "build public renewables with union labor."

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and up

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelming voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.

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France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."