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President Joe Biden makes notes during a meeting with White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden makes notes during a meeting with White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, before meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver to Congress, and the American people, the State of the Union on Tuesday.

And with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a crisis of his own creation at the southern border, exploding inflation, a failed domestic agenda, the remnants of COVID-19, and more on his plate, the government announced that the facemask requirement would be lifted for the evening.

“It’s so weird how the science changes with polling numbers,” wrote Mary Chastain, sarcastically, at Legal Insurrection.

“I’m laughing. SCIENCE!” she wrote. The change comes after a year of threats of arrest, and very real fines, for people who did not follow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s preferences.

MSN reported the Capitol, during his speech, however, will be surrounded by security fencing.

The Tampa Free Press noted that Biden “will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday with some of the lowest ratings of any president this far into his term.”

Only 37% of Americans approve of his work, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC poll.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he won’t attend – because of what he calls the “absurd theater” created in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has engulfed the U.S., and the world, over the last two years.

Lawmakers must submit a negative PCR COVID test. And follow social distancing. And use available hand sanitizer. Masks will be optional, apparently.

“It’s an absurd theater, COVID theater, which I think has become a disease of its own,” Rubio said, noting he’s “done” with it all.

“We’ve got vaccines. We’ve got treatments. We know a lot more about it. At some point we’ve got to end with this stuff. It’s just theater. It’s just a game. I’ll watch the replay on television. I don’t need to sit there and go through all of that just to make them feel good about how safe they’re being, and all that,” he said.

The Washington Examiner said the face mask requirements were lifted – just in time for Biden’s speech that likely will be used in multiple Democrat campaigns going into this fall’s midterms.

Republican Rep. Mary Miller from Illinois accused Democrats of changing the rules to fit their narrative, the report said.

“Biden’s poll numbers plummeted to historic lows, so the Democrats are once again changing ‘THE SCIENCE’ on masks to try and use the State of the Union as a reset,” she said on social media. “The only science the Left cares about is political science.”

Responding to Biden on behalf of Republicans will be Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

MSN reported she’ll likely criticize Biden’s domestic agenda.

Biden’s approval rating also just hit a new low, and analysts are predicting that the Democrats will lose the majorities in both the House and the Senate in the fall, essentially neutering Biden’s domestic agenda wherever it conflicts with Republican priorities.

Explained the report, “Despite Biden’s lofty campaign promises to unite the country, many communities seem more divided than ever. There are fights over vaccines and masks. Race continues to be a wedge, everything from protests about the teaching of critical race theory to heated disagreements over what, if anything, should be done to root out bias in policing and society. Congress reflects the divided country that forms it, with even Democrats unable to agree on a sweeping social spending bill.”

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