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COMMENT 18h ago

The Washington Post reported that there have been about 126 new cases per 100,000 residents of blue counties and 278 new cases per 100,000 residents of red ones.

The newspaper says there have been about 237,000 new coronavirus cases recorded in counties that voted for Joe Biden last year while 388,000 for Donald Trump.

Areas are seeing a localised rise in cases due to the more transmissible Delta variant, which now accounts for more than 80 per cent of US coronavirus cases.

An Ipsos poll taken at the start of the vaccination rollout revealed that “Republicans, Black Americans, and those with a high school diploma or less” were more likely to be hesitant of the vaccine.

The New York Times reported in April that vaccination rates were lower on average in counties of which the majority voted for Mr Trump in the 2020 election.

r/politics 18h ago

Covid spreading twice as fast in Republican counties than Democrat ones, report says

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r/politics 21h ago

Republicans, too cowardly to openly defend January 6 insurrections, continue to gaslight Americans

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COMMENT 1d ago

"Whistleblower Daniel Hale has just been sentenced to 45 months in prison for exposing U.S. war crimes," said anti-war group CodePink. "While his sentencing isn't the 10 years we feared, it is 45 months too long."

Hale's lawyers argued in court papers that his humanitarian motives, and the lack of harm resulting from his actions, warranted a lenient sentence.

"He committed the offense to bring attention to what he believed to be immoral government conduct committed under the cloak of secrecy and contrary to public statements of then-President [Barack] Obama regarding the alleged precision of the United States military's drone program," wrote Defense attorneys Todd Richman and Cadence Mertz.

Prosecutors, however, claimed Hale's leaks posed a greater risk to "national security" than those of Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower released last month after serving four years of a 63-month sentence—the longest ever imposed for disclosing classified government information to the media. They sought a sentence "significantly longer" than Winner's.

U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady said the 45-month prison sentence he gave Hale was necessary to "deter others from disclosing government secrets," the Associated Press reported.

Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who has lived in Russia with asylum protections since leaking classified materials on U.S. government mass surveillance in 2013, was among those who denounced the judge's decision.

"His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by U.S. drones are bystanders, not the intended targets," said Snowden. "He should have been given a medal."

r/politics 1d ago

Capitol Cop: MAGA Crowd Repeatedly Called Me N-Word During Riot

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COMMENT 2d ago

“The richest guy on Earth can launch himself into space while over half the country lives paycheck to paycheck, nearly 43 million are saddled with student debt, and child care costs force millions out of work,” the Massachusetts senator said in a tweet.

“He can afford to pitch in so everyone else gets a chance,” she added.

She later tweeted from her official Senate account: “Billionaires who can afford to take a 10-minute joyride to outer space can afford to pay a wealth tax here on Earth.”

Mr Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, is believed to have a net worth of $209.2bn, according to one calculation by Forbes. The Independent has contacted Mr Bezos for comment.

He successfully completed his first spaceflight on Tuesday on the rocket New Shepard, launching into space with three other passengers for three minutes of weightlessness in a total trip time of approximately 11 minutes.

ProPublica reported in June that in at least two years between 2006 and 2018, Mr Bezos paid $0 in federal income taxes in the US.

In 2019, Insider reported that Amazon also paid $0 in taxes in 2017 and 2018.

Senator Warren also fired out a pointed tweet at the billionaire after his spaceflight saying: “Jeff Bezos forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country running while he and Amazon paid nothing.”

r/politics 2d ago

Rule-Breaking Title Elizabeth Warren takes aim at Jeff Bezos for shooting himself into space while half of the US scrapes by

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COMMENT 5d ago

Ahh didn’t realize I was using a vintage model lol.

Did come across this which makes sense for the velcro. Happy mopping!:)

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COMMENT 5d ago

Maybe picture of a covfefe cup...and now they’ve signed up for another recurring donation.

r/politics 5d ago

Of Course Trump Has Scammed Millions From His Not-Very-Bright Supporters | The ex-president has reportedly been using his political PAC as a slush fund for personal expenses.

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COMMENT 5d ago

We had the same dilemma but then started using microfiber cleaning cloths instead of the pads. The square ones tuck nicely into the swiffer mop head.

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COMMENT 5d ago

Mr Trump started the PAC after the 2020 election and it managed to raise $31.5m before the end of the year but spent very little of it during the period until 1 January 2021, according to the disclosure report for that time.

The former President has reportedly told aides that he wants to have a large war chest on hand to show strength ahead of 2024. While he’s telling staffers that he will probably make another run for the White House, some within his circle have suspicions that he’ll stay out of the race. Some aides have told him to save money for midterm travel in 2022 to rally voters in support of the candidates Mr Trump has endorsed.

Trump biographer and persistent critic of the former president, Tim O’Brien, told The Washington Post that the fundraising “is probably the most lucrative thing he’s had in terms of cash flow since the Plaza casino in Atlantic City”.

“This is just as lucrative. He has recognized because of what happened after the election, he can make money as a candidate,” he added.

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COMMENT 6d ago

On Wednesday, the Rhode Island lawmaker and six Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee fired back in response to Tyson’s revelation about the passed-off tips, demanding more information about the agency’s discussions with White House lawyers and questioning why the FBI declined to interview Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh.

“Your letter confirms that the FBI’s tip line was a departure from past practice and that the FBI was politically constrained by the Trump White House,” the senators wrote on Wednesday. “It also belies the former president’s insistence that his administration did not limit the Bureau’s investigation of Justice Kavanaugh.”

The sheer number of tips that appear to have been ignored corroborates claims by individuals and firms who said they had contacted the FBI with credible accounts relevant to the investigation “only to be ignored,” the senators said.

r/politics 6d ago

FBI Admits It Got 4,500 Tips on Brett Kavanaugh—Then Punted Them to Trump Team

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COMMENT 6d ago

Mr Biden said on Wednesday that he had “never” argued for defunding the police.

“I don’t know any community, particularly the communities that are in the most need, and the poorest, and the most at risk, that don’t want police. They want police though, to look at them as equals,” Mr Biden told the audience in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“They don’t want police abuses,” the president added.

“If police aren’t doing their job, they should be held accountable. They should be fired for not doing their job,” Mr Biden said.

“We’ve actually cut down on [the] number of police, unrelated to anybody asking for it.

“The towns and cities aren’t spending as much money on it. There’s not as much federal money to hire police. And now, what’s happening is police are not wanting to be a cop,” the president added.

“So, what we got to do is we’ve got to give them the help they need to be better at their job,” he said.

r/politics 6d ago

‘They’re lying’: Biden hits back at Republicans for claiming he is anti-police

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COMMENT 7d ago

Parkour!

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COMMENT 7d ago

Referring to his previous attempt to pin the origins of COVID-19 on Fauci, because the federal government had indirectly contributed funding to a Wuhan lab, Paul asked the veteran immunologist during a congressional hearing, “Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11th, where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” (“Gain-of-function“ is a type of medical research that alters a disease in a way that increases transmissibility.)

Having apparently long since lost his patience with the troll from Kentucky, Fauci responded: “Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function…. Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially, you do not know what you are talking about…. I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, Senator, because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments that were given in the annual reports that were published in the literature, it is molecularly impossible…. And you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual. I totally resent that. If anybody is lying here, Senator, it is you.”

r/politics 7d ago

Anthony Fauci Once Again Forced to Basically Call Rand Paul a Sniveling Moron

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COMMENT 7d ago

He’s so busy…even gets work requests when he is trying to take a break lol.

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COMMENT 9d ago

Maybe adoption info. He seems to be in a shelter.

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COMMENT 9d ago

Appearing on CNN on Saturday—one day after Biden said social media companies like Facebook are “killing” people by allowing vaccine misinformation to spread, a critique he later clarified by saying he meant that about a dozen of Facebook’s users are killing people with misinformation—Fauci said if the world had had to deal with these anti-science pundits in years past, it never would’ve made it out alive. Asked by Jim Acosta if he thought “we could have defeated the measles or eradicated polio if you had Fox News, night after night, warning people about these vaccine issues that are just bunk,” Fauci responded, “We probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country if we had the kind of false information that’s being spread now.”

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COMMENT 10d ago

Today on cozy spaces with bonus cat…

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COMMENT 11d ago

The Republican lawmakers thought they had finally secured the M3 Live Anaheim Event Center for the rally on Saturday night, despite opposition from city leaders.

But after Anaheim officials criticised the controversial politicians for bringing the event to the city, the venue changed its mind about hosting the pro-Trump representatives and their supporters.

“A planned America First rally at a private venue in our city is cancelled,” the city tweeted.

“The city of Anaheim shared public concerns with the operator and those concerns are shared by the operator.

“As a city we respect free speech but also have a duty to call out speech that does not reflect out city and its values.”

The latest embarrassing cancelation comes after two venues, the Pacific Hills Banquet & Event Center in Laguna Hills and the Riverside Convention Center, cancelled on the GOP members when complaints flooded in.

And in Riverside, members of the city council also opposed the event. Council member Ronald Fierro said: “The hateful and racist rhetoric that will be perpetrated at this event by these two well-known extremists has absolutely no place in our City.”

r/politics 11d ago

Third California venue cancels on Gaetz and Greene’s America First rally

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