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Watch Elizabeth Warren take down Rand Paul’s vaccine nonsense during Senate hearing

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used a hearing on Tuesday to hammer potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over controversial statements he made about vaccines.

Polio and measles vaccines “work so well that the memory of these diseases has faded, and the importance of vaccination has become less obvious,” Warren said during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

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The Massachusetts senator then questioned Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, about the alleged dangers of vaccinations, which have been promoted by the so-called anti-vaxxer movement.

“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism?” she asked

“No,” Schuchat replied.

“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders?” Warren asked.

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“No, but some of the diseases we vaccinate against can,” Schuchat said.

The language of the question was taken directly from Paul. Speaking to CNBC last week, the Kentucky senator said he “heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

MSNBC described Warren’s comments as a “not-so-subtle shot across Rand Paul’s bow.”

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CNN’s Cuomo hammers GOP lobbyist for saying Trump can fire the inspector general

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo pushed back on GOP lobbyist and American Conservative Union director Matt Schlapp for saying President Donald Trump has the right to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson for transmitting the whistleblower complaint.

"Why would it be okay for the president to go after the inspector general for dealing with the whistleblower?" said Cuomo.

"Because he serves at the pleasure of the president. The president can get rid of them at any time," said Schlapp. "At the State Department during Obama's presidency, during the whole time Hillary was at the State Department, he didn't bother to pick an IG."

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Everything you need to know about the impeachment hearings in House Intelligence Committee this week

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The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET and Raw Story will have a live stream on our website for those unable to watch on television. The second hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET on Friday.

Three key witnesses are slated to appear:

Top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor -- he has already testified that the White House set up a parallel foreign policy channel that ultimately undermined the US national security interests, calling it a "snake pit." His previous statements revealed how he and other diplomats “sat in astonishment” after hearing that aid was being withheld.

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Trump suffers ‘Impostor Syndrome’ on a level ‘previously unknown to man’: Art of the Deal co-author

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," "Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz broke down President Donald Trump's mental state — and suggested that the president has a subconscious, pathological fear of being exposed as a fraud.

"Knowing the president as you do, how do you think he is going to handle next couple of days of this public testimony?" asked Cooper. "He obviously watches a lot of this. They often claim he's too busy to watch it, but he clearly does."

"Well, I think that he is in two places right now," said Schwartz. "I'm sorry to say this, because one of them seems fine. Which, for — to me, which is I suspect, he is in — his nervous system is in a very high state of activation, and God save you to be around him right now. Because this is the ultimate humiliation, to have his election called into question."

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