On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that a highway sign in south Florida was hacked to say the words, "Arrest Fauci," "COVID-19 was a hoax," and "VACCINES KILL."
"NBC 6 reported that by mid-morning, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority officials were aware of the sign and had turned it off," wrote Emma Mayer. "Newsweek reached out to the Miami Department of Transportation for comment but has yet to receive a response."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Health's infectious disease division and a top adviser on the coronavirus pandemic under both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, has become a lightning rod for anger among the far-right and anti-vaxxer groups, who are convinced the pandemic was not serious and he called for public health restrictions like masking and lockdowns for some other, more nefarious reason.
WATCH: Chuck Schumer compares Mitch McConnell to southern segregationists for blocking voting rights
On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans' lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
"Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years," said Schumer. "Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump's big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, 'Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.' The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act."
"The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the '60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold," said Schumer. "When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn't know what waited for him on the other side. He didn't know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make."
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that she will create a House Select Committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said Guardian congressional reporter Hugo Lowell.
Breaking: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Dem steering and policy committee that she will create a House select co… https://t.co/RaZ374L1Nm— Hugo Lowell (@Hugo Lowell) 1624401616.0
Republicans were able to block a bipartisan commission like the 9/11 commission in a Senate vote where many Republicans were willing to support the bill but many Democrats were out of town.
It's unknown how Pelosi will form the commission, though there are dozens of former Republican officials who could join the commission to ensure a bipartisan panel. The problem, however, is that many of those former Republican officials aren't likely supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Still, if Pelosi can manage to impanel a bipartisan commission it could give the panel more legitimacy once the findings are released.
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