In other news, the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of the defamation case against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones filed by the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Meanwhile, new coronavirus infections increased by 5 percent last week and new hospitalizations increased for the first time in 11 weeks. Keep wearing masks.
Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation to keep himself in power until he dies of old age.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday a change to the country's constitution that will allow him to run for two more six-year terms, granting himself the chance to remain in power until 2036. The Russian leader, 68, has already run the country for more than two decades, and with his recent crackdown on political opponents and civil society, he has made it clear that there's little room for dissent.
A copy of the new law was posted on the government's legal information website on Monday, confirming that the legislation — the success of which was really never in doubt — had been finalized. Prior to the new law, Putin would have been required to step down after his fourth and current term in 2024.
Programming note... I am planning to be here tomorrow, however I finally have an appointment to get vaccinated and I'm not sure how long that will take or how I will feel afterward. We'll see what happens. If I am not here tomorrow, it's because I'm tied up with that. I'm getting shot up at Walgreens.