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Cheney disconnects his heart pump battery during NBC interview

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney shocked NBC’s Jamie Gangel by removing the battery from the heart pump that is keeping him alive.

“Could you just show me out it works?” Gangel asked Cheney during an interview that aired Monday.

“Sure, it’s got a pump inside that’s tied into my heart,” the former vice president explained. “It’s powered by batteries. They’re good for about ten hours. When you take them out it beeps.”

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Cheney then laughed as he disconnected the battery and the device began to beep.

“Please put it back in,” Gangel pleaded.

Watch this video from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast Aug. 28, 2011.

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A Republican witness gets humiliated when the author of a study he cited refutes him

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During a hearing on Thursday, September 17, Bharat Ramamurti of the Congressional Oversight Commission questioned Republican Chris Edwards on the benefits of federal aid to states. Edwards, during the hearing, questioned the benefits of that type of aid. But Ramamurti skillfully used a study that Edwards cited to make a case in favor of federal aid to states — not against it.

Ramamurti, a Democrat who was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Commission by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this year, noted that Edwards has claimed that a 2019 study by economics professor Valerie Rainey of the University of California shows that a dollar of federal aid to states results in less than a dollar of economic growth. And Edwards responded that yes, Rainey’s study did show that.

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Black voters in North Carolina are seeing their mail-in ballots rejected 4 times more than white voters

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Early voting has started in North Carolina, and many Black voters in the state are already seeing their mail-in ballots getting rejected at a higher rate than white voters.

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In total, Black voters have seen 642 of the 13,747 ballots cast rejected, a rejection rate of 4.7 percent. White voters, in contrast, have seen 681 out of 60,954 ballots cast rejected, which is a rejection rate of 1.1 percent.

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Swedish scientists are working on a radical COVID-19 blocker involving alpacas

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Tyson the alpaca could hold the key to developing a process to block the coronavirus. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent and James André report from the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Leading scientists in Stockholm are working on a pioneering treatment involving llamas and alpacas such as Tyson in the fight against Covid-19.

"Tyson has the antibodies against SARS-Covid-2 virus," explains Dr Gerald McInerney, Associate Professor of Virology at the Karolinska Institute. "Camels, and alpacas and llamas and other animals from that family have special, small single-chain antibodies.Tiny antibodies they've proved can block Covid-19."

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