President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.
He made a legally suspect decision after crumbling under pressure from his own party.


  1. Earlier today• Letters to the Editor
    Patrons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay prepare to ride a shuttle from a parking lot to the park’s entrance on Aug. 2, 2021, in Tampa. Masks and mask mandates are once again being discussed as the delta variant continues to spread throughout communities across the country and in Florida.
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  3. President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.
  4. editorial cartoon from times wires
  5. Who should decide whether kids wear masks in school?
  6. Yesterday• Letters to the Editor
    Trucks from Republic Services arrive at their Tampa headquarters after their shifts.
  7. Florida has only distributed a small fraction of the federal financial assistance available for renters and landlords.
  8. Is this you? Are you unvaccinated? Let's talk.
  9. This Royal Caribbean ship was the first cruise scheduled to leave Seattle for Alaska since the start of the pandemic. On the late July cruise, Royal Caribbean required all guests 16 and older to be fully vaccinated before boarding, with children younger than that required to get tested at the terminal before embarking and then again before the end of the cruise. As of Aug. 1, the company dropped the age for those required to be vaccinated to 12.
  10. Workers search the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside on July 11, 2021.
  11. As COVID cases rise in Florida, Dr. Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, puts on his mask after speaking during a COVID-19 briefing at the Orange County Administration Center on  July 19, 2021.
  12. Suzanna Hosein, a family doctor, puts a Band-Aid on Rowan University senior Nasir Nichols, 21, after he received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a 12-hour pop-up clinic at Rowan University in New Jersey.
  13. Anti-maskers Chris Nelson of ReOpen South Florida and Anna Desenze of South Florida First argue with Broward Teachers Union members inside the Broward Schools K.C. Wright building on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
  14. A woman dances at the Gold Club in Tampa in 2012.
  15. People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a pedestrian crossing on July 22, 2021, in Tokyo.
  16. A student wears a face mask while doing work at his desk at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains, N.Y., in October 2020. U.S. health officials say the highly contagious delta version of the coronavirus is behind changes to mask guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week announced that fully vaccinated people should resume wearing masks indoors if they live in areas where the virus is surging. CDC officials said new information about the spread of the delta variant forced them to reverse course. The agency also said teachers and students everywhere should go back to wearing masks in schools.
  17. Liz Cheney, one of two Republican Members of the House select committee investigating the deadly pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol meet in a room ahead of the first hearing in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  18. A new study from a team of scientists warns that St. Petersburg can expect more flooding, even on sunny days, as a result of climate change.
  19. DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on June 18, 2020.
  20. Jul. 30• Letters to the Editor
    Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Cases of COVID-19 have tripled over the past three weeks, and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)