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Tea Party congressman says Russian hackers should be praised for doing ‘the media’s’ job

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Conservative Republican Rep. Trent Franks reacted to the Obama administration’s fresh sanctions against Russia for election meddling by praising the hackers who penetrated the servers of U.S. political organizations and published what they found online.

The New Civil Rights Movement’s David Badash said that Franks was speaking to MSNBC when he made the remarks, which have touched off a firestorm of controversy.

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“Most of what we’re talking about is based on leaks,” Franks said. “If anything, whatever they might have done was to try to use information in a way that may have affected something that they believed was in their best interests.”

He went on, “If Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done.”

In fact, as Badash noted, many of the emails published by WikiLeaks are believed to have been doctored to make them appear more sensational.

Twitter users responded to Franks with derision.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

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Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

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Coronavirus testing in the United States is moving into a new phase as scientists begin looking into people’s blood for signs they’ve been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This technique is called serological testing.

Virologist Daniel Stadlbauer helped develop a serological test to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and helped transfer it from the research lab to the clinical setting. Epidemiologist Aubree Gordon regularly uses serological assays in her research studies on influenza and dengue fever. She’s now established serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 in her research lab.

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