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The UK and much of the world mourned Monday for Queen Elizabeth II, who was celebrated at a funeral at Westminster Abbey and taken to her final resting place, St George’s Chapel.

Now that the funeral has ended and a private funeral service is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. local time, a period of royal mourning will last for the next seven days, according to the new king’s wishes.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden top the list of foreign leaders in attendance, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Irish President Michael Higgins.

Biden arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral in his armored limousine, The Beast. He was one of the few international diplomats who, for security reasons, did not ride a fleet of chartered luxury buses destined for other world leaders.

During his visit, Biden told the media that the Queen “in person was the same as her image: decent, honorable and all about service”.

To be Amy featuring today’s top stories from Washington.

Biden says the COVID pandemic is over. Is the?

President Joe Biden’s apparently careless statement that the COVID-19 pandemic is “over” could complicate several problems for the government.

Officials are encouraging people to get a boost for a potential fall and winter wave of infections.

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They have asked Congress for $22.4 billion in emergency funding for the coronavirus. The government was expected to extend a public health emergency, causing millions of Americans to continue using Medicaid.

And Biden’s controversial decision to wipe out the student debt of millions of Americans rests on the Department of Education’s ability to ease the hardships of a national emergency.

White House officials have not publicly responded to Biden’s comment since it aired on TBEN Sunday.

COVID-19 victims: Nearly 3,000 Americans still die from COVID-19 every week.

What happens now: Congress decides whether to approve billions of dollars in additional funding for the coronavirus that Biden has asked for. Republicans have insisted that unspent funds from a previous COVID-19 package be reused. The government has said the money is needed to prepare for future peaks.

Timeline: The government has said it would give states 60 days’ notice before ending the COVID-19 public health emergency, which has helped millions of Americans obtain health insurance through Medicaid. The current end date of the emergency is October 15. But that would be extended because states weren’t told otherwise.

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Could DeSantis’ migrant tactics backfire politically with a major voting bloc?

The decision by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to transport dozens of Venezuelan migrants unannounced to the elite Massachusetts enclave of Martha’s Vineyard met its unstated goal of stirring up the left.

But the stunt could have unplanned consequences for DeSantis and the GOP, experts told USA TODAY.

What happened at Martha’s Vineyard? A group of about 50 Venezuelan migrants flew from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard this week on two charter flights for which DeSantis has been awarded the credit.

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USA TODAY later learned that the migrants were told they would get high-paying jobs, free housing and transportation once they got off the plane. Instead, when the migrants arrived, Massachusetts officials were surprised and unprepared, with no such promises in sight.

A DeSantis spokesperson said the migrants’ move is part of the “governor’s promise to deport undocumented migrants to progressive states.”

The tactic of flying migrants north shows that DeSantis is between two imperatives, said William LeoGrande, a government professor at American University with expertise in US foreign policy toward Latin America.

On the one hand, the Florida GOP wants to cultivate the Venezuelan American voice.

But on the other hand, DeSantis and the wider GOP see immigration as a “wedge.” Could it backfire on voters?

Want to catch up on all the coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral? 👑 USA TODAY watched every moment as the world paid tribute to the Queen. — Amy

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