On Monday's edition of "The Lead," anchor Jake Tapper slammed the ongoing GOP-backed effort to "audit" the results of the Arizona presidential election — which has drawn scrutiny by everyone from the Justice Department to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
"A new chapter in the unprecedented partisan ballot recount, or 'audit' in Arizona launched by believers of the big lie," said Tapper. "This week, the 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 election are being recounted for a third time. The previous two audits found no evidence of election fraud. A reminder that the Maricopa County election board is run by Republicans who all attested to the legitimacy of that county's election. The state's governor also is a Trump-supporting republican."
"Nonetheless, the insanity, cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs is happening, and it's all happening in a shroud of secrecy," continued Tapper. "Only the pro-Trump One America News Network is in control of the livestream of the event, a network that continues to push lies about the 2020 election, of course. Legitimate news organizations have had to fight to get one camera in there. The counting is expected to last well into the summer. There is, of course, a little hiccup at the end of this week. They have to pause because local high schools need the space for graduations."
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on children aged 12 to 15 years old.
Acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock described the move as a "significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic."
"Today's action allows for a younger population to be protected from Covid-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic," Woodcock said in a statement.
"Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our Covid-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations," she added.
The FDA previously granted an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to individuals aged 16 and older.
"Having a vaccine authorized for a younger population is a critical step in continuing to lessen the immense public health burden caused by the Covid-19 pandemic," said Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
The FDA said some 1.5 million Covid-19 cases in individuals aged 11 to 17 years old have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between March 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.
The course of the disease is generally milder in children but they can pass it on to older, more vulnerable adults.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is not ready to rally behind Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the number three Republican in the House of Representatives.
"On Wednesday, our GOP Conference will be voting to remove Liz Cheney from the chair," Greene wrote about the vote that Cheney is widely expected to lose.
"Currently, we only have one member running for chair," she noted, referring to Stefanik.
"I want a break before we vote on a replacement. Options are good and so are conservative votes," she wrote.
Some conservatives have been frustrated the prospect of replacing Cheney with a less-conservative member.
On Wednesday, our GOP Conference will be voting to remove Liz Cheney from the chair. A vote some of us already too… https://t.co/JefTojsJp1— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸)1620684023.0
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