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‘Coked-up stimulus monkeys’ roped into Nevada’s Senate race

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The first season of HBO’s The Ricky Gervais Show ended months ago, but “Monkey News” lives on.

Two weeks after monkeys were cleared of accusations that the Taliban was training them to kill US troops, Republicans are accusing Democratic-enabled primates of stealing US taxdollars to get high.

“Okay, Sharron Angle campaign,” Jim Geraghty blogs at the National Review’s Campaign Spot. “With a subject line like this, you’ve got my attention.”

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The Hill reported Monday, “Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a new report from two GOP senators that detailed alleged waste of stimulus dollars to attack Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday.”

The report, released by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), detailed some 100 stimulus projects the senators considered wasteful and questioned whether they actually resulted in job creation.

In a news release, Angle focused her attention on a $71,623 grant awarded to the Wake Forest University Medical Center. Part of the university’s research involved studying the effects of cocaine on monkeys.

“We had no idea Harry’s plan of ‘more’ meant spending millions on coked-up monkeys and exotic ants while our state is ravaged by the worst foreclosure rate and highest unemployment rate in the nation,” an Angle spokesman said in a news release.

At the Washington Post, Emi Kolawole notes, “A full read of the ABC News report features a quote from the recipient of the ‘coked-up stimulus monkeys’ grant. Bonnie Davis, a spokeswoman for the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, told ABC the “small grant has helped protect very important research that will have significant impact on public health in regards to cocaine addiction and the issue of relapse.”

CNN adds,

Titled “Effect of Cocaine Self-Administration on Metabotropic Glutamate Systems,” the project calls for monkeys to self-administer drugs while researchers monitor and study their glutamate levels, the report said.

It cited a March 8 Raleigh News and Observer article that quoted Wake Forest University School of Medicine spokesman Mark Wright as saying the stimulus money would allow the university to continue a job that otherwise might have been cut.

Paula Faria, assistant vice president for media relations at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said the grant will “have significant impact on public health in regards to cocaine addiction and the issue of relapse.”

“It’s also important to note that the applications for these grants are peer reviewed and this study was deemed of merit by a panel of scientific experts, and then reviewed by the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse before funds were awarded,” Faria said in a statement to CNN.

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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