In a wide-ranging Rolling Stone interview hitting such diverse topics as Bernie Sanders’ appeal to young people, music and drugs, former Congressman Barney Frank—the first openly gay member of Congress—slammed the drug war and called for the legalization of all drugs.
Asked what the next frontier of progressive politics is, Frank said that lefties should fight to lower the military budget, create a better economic safety net, and “end the stupid drug war.”
Pressed on whether he thinks all drugs should be legal, including heroin and meth, Frank doubled down:
Yeah. We should outlaw a drug if it is likely to make you mistreat others. People don’t hit other people in the head because they’re on heroin; they hit other people in the head because they need to get money to buy heroin.
US health officials are scrambling to correct Trump’s disinformation since he stopped task force briefings: report
In recent weeks, the coronavirus task force briefings have stopped altogether, and a key consequence of this is that public health officials no longer have a single, highly visible platform with which to correct the president's misinformation about the pandemic in real time.
But according to Politico, they haven't given up. They've just taken their efforts to contradict the president to alternate platforms.
Senior health adviser accused the CDC of ‘undermining’ Trump by publishing warnings about COVID-19 in pregnant women
Surely everyone could agree that the priority during a global pandemic should be to save lives. That hasn't been the case.
According to the Washington Post, an adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services accused the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of trying to “undermining the president” by releasing factual information about the risks of getting the virus while pregnant.
Alabama Republican: ‘I want to see more people’ get coronavirus
On Thursday, Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh suggested that he wanted more people to get coronavirus — because he thinks America would develop "herd immunity" and reduce the spread enough to protect more vulnerable populations.
"I'm not as concerned so much as the number of cases. In fact, quite honestly, I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity the more people have it and get through it," said Marsh. "I don't want any deaths, as few as possible, say, I get it, but those people who are susceptible to the disease, especially more serious pre-existing conditions, elderly population, those folks, we need to, you know, do all we can to protect them. But I'm not concerned, I want to make sure that everybody can receive care."