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30 at risk as reality show home quarantined amid hantavirus fears

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A Houston-area home featured in a reality show is under quarantine while officials determine whether a woman inside has developed a virus with a 40 percent mortality rate.

KTRK-TV reported that the woman, whose mother owns the home, was one of 30 people who were in and out of the home during the taping of an upcoming episode of the TLC program Hoarding: Buried Alive. Officials say she developed a respiratory health disease late last week and quarantined the home just before a clean-up crew was about to rip the carpet out Friday afternoon.

“That could have resulted in significant exposure,” the county’s deputy health authority told The Houston Chronicle.

Producers of the show have not commented on either the quarantine or any potential risk to their personnel.

As of Monday morning, officials are waiting for a second round of tests to determine whether the woman has been infected with hantavirus, which can reportedly be contracted by inhaling dried urine and feces from infected rodents. A local community group, Friends of the Houston Public Library, was also forced to account for thousands of books donated from the home and make sure they were secured, as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 34 recorded cases of hantavirus in Texas between 1993 and June 3 of this year. And ABC News reported that more than 10,000 visitors to Yosemite Park in California were placed on alert after three tourists died from the disease after they stayed in infected cabins.

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Monday’s report on the quarantined house by ABC News can be seen below.

Update: According to the Centers for Disease Control, up until June 3 of this year, Texas has actually had 34 recorded cases of hantavirus since it began tracking the disease in 1993. The story has been changed to reflect the CDC’s findings.

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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Sen. Tom Cotton calls for unauthorized ‘retaliatory strike’ on Iran with ‘the fire and fury of the military’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called for a "retaliatory strike on Iran" after Trump administration officials alleged that the country is behind attacks on oil tankers.

"Well, Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks, going back to 1980s," Cotton told CBS host Margaret Brennan.

"These unprovoked attacks a warrant retaliatory strikes," he added. "We can make a military response in the time and matter of our choosing."

"A retaliatory strike?" Brennan pressed. "As someone who sits in Congress, do you believe that he can act, the administration can act without coming to Congress first?"

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CNN’s Santorum humiliated by laughing panel after claiming Russians would never offer election help

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CNN analyst Rick Santorum stepped in it on Sunday morning after he tried to dismiss Donald Trump's comments about accepting foreign help, with the former GOP senator claiming it never happens.

That made the entire "State of the Union" panel bust out laughing while shouting over each other to remind him of Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower in 2016.

Asked about the Trump comments, the former Republican senator rolled his eyes at the notion of Russians making overtures to presidential candidates.

"That is not how it would come," Santorum asserted. "No foreign government could come to your campaign and say 'I'm the Russian government --'" he began before the entire panel exploded.

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