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Minnesota anti-vaxxer: Yes, measles kills, ‘but you can’t base your life on a few people’

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An anti-vaccine activist in Minnesota acknowledges that measles can be a deadly disease, but insists that won’t stop her from urging parents to avoid vaccinating their children.

A measles outbreak that began in Disneyland in California has infected more than 100 people in the United States. The outbreak of the highly contagious disease, which was nearly eliminated in the United States thanks to vaccines, has ignited debate over the so-called anti-vaxxer movement.

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“Yes, on occasion someone gets measles and dies. But you can’t base your life on a few people,” Christine Abel of Vaccine Awareness recently told local news outlet Fox 9.

“You have to ask what’s wrong with them. Why did they die when most people don’t die?”

Minnesota is one of 22 states that allows parents to object to childhood vaccinations for non-medical reasons. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, parents can obtain an exemption by submitting a signed notarized statement to their child’s school or child care facility attesting to the fact that vaccinations are contrary to their conscientiously held beliefs.

Abel told Fox 9 last month that she had raised nine children without immunization.

“These vaccine-presentable diseases, for most people, are not a problem. You get, sick you get well. Just like labor, you have pain, you get over it,” she said.

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State Rep. Eric Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) has proposed legislation that would require parents to talk with doctors before exempting their children from vaccines.

There’s “a lot of misinformation” about the dangers of vaccines, Freiberg told the Grand Forks Herald. “Hopefully a visit with a doctor or a nurse could help dispel some of that misinformation.”

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Joy Reid medical expert blasts the president’s lies on coronavirus: ‘Trump needs to stay in his lane’

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid interviewed Dr. Bernard B. Ashby about the latest coming from the White House on the coronavirus pandemic.

"If, for instance, you did not test for pregnancy, does it mean you are not pregnant?" Reid asked.

Ashby, a cardiologist from Miami, praised the anchor on her new primetime show, "The ReidOut," but did not directly answer the question.

"And in terms of the whole discourse, the fact that I'm having to respond to Trump about clinical medicine is ridiculous," Dr. Ashby explained.

"Trump needs to stay in his lane. Like, we went to medical school for a long time, we did training for a long time to speak on exactly what ... we have the expertise to speak on and the fact that Trump is asserting himself in academic medicine, into clinical medicine is ridiculous," he explained.

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‘One whopper after another’: CNN’s Acosta tears into Trump for lying the Postal Service can’t deliver enough ballots

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump's litany of lies about mail-in voting at the day's coronavirus press briefing.

"Right at the end of that press conference, the president was just telling one whopper after another about mail-in voting, at one point saying that he doesn't believe that the U.S. Postal Service has the ability to deal with mail-in balloting at election time," said Acosta. "We just need to point out, the U.S. Postal Service put out a statement late this afternoon that says, 'the Postal Service has ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.'"

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Trump’s hair focus of discussion during his press conference: ‘His comb-over no longer hides the bald spot’

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President Donald Trump on Monday briefed the nation about Hurricane Isaias and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump spoke for more than half an hour, complaining about investigations into his finances by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. and suggesting New York needed a redo of its primary election.

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