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President Donald Trump is desperately trying to take credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the people. Ironically, it's a claim that flies in the face of pharmaceutical scientists and virologists who began work on a cure in Jan. 2020 while Trump was still denying that the virus existed.
But Trump's leadership doesn't appear to be what he thought it was. While his supporters still love and adore him, they don't trust him when it comes to the virus or the vaccine, Axios reported Monday.
According to the data, U.S. counties that supported Trump in the 2020 election have higher cases of adults saying they would "probably not" or "definitely not" get the vaccine.
"Your politics don't have anything to do with whether you're vulnerable to the coronavirus if you remain unvaccinated," said Axios. However, it certainly determines one's willingness to be vaccinated. Southern states were more prominent but were certainly not exclusively anti-vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted the problem "to be highly socially vulnerable based on factors like poverty, lack of access to transportation and crowded housing."
The report also calculated that one-fifth of Americans claim that they definitely will not get the vaccine or they'd only do it if they're required to. An additional 17 percent said that they want to "wait" before getting the vaccine, Axios reported citing the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Trump daughter, Ivanka, drew outrage from the former president's supporters when she posted a photo getting her vaccine in Florida.
Cuba's ruling Communist Party elected President Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed Raul Castro as party first secretary, the most powerful position in the country, on the final day of its congress on Monday.
The succession marks the end of six decades of rule by brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, who led Cuba's leftist 1959 revolution, in a transition to a younger generation that worked its way up the party ranks rather than forging itself through guerilla warfare.
Diaz-Canel, 60, who already succeeded Castro as president in 2018, had been widely expected to be nominated first party secretary too. He has emphasized continuity since becoming president and is not expected to move Cuba away from a one-party socialist system.
"Diaz-Canel is not the fruit of improvisation but of the thoughtful selection of a young revolutionary who has all that is required to be promoted to higher positions," Castro said in a speech opening the congress on Friday, his military fatigues contrasting with his protege's civil garb.
Hundreds of party delegates gathered for the party's most important meeting, that takes place every five years to review policy and elect new leadership, in Havana.
Castro said at the last party congress in 2016 it would be the last presided over by the so-called historic generation of those who fought in the Sierra Maestra to overthrow the U.S.-backed government of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
The new policy setting Political Bureau will not include Jose Ramon Machado Ventura and Ramiro Valdes, two other famous proponents of that generation. The party has not yet announced who will replaced Machado Ventura, a communist ideologue, as deputy party leader.
Bill strips right to food stamps, unemployment and medical assistance if convicted of ‘crime’ during political protest
A possibly unconstitutional Minnesota bill would punish anyone convicted of a crime during a political protest by stripping them of their right to any state-funded assistance, including food stamps, student loans, medical assistance, unemployment, or rent or mortgage assistance, among other programs.
Republican state Senator David Osmek filed SF 2381, a one-page bill which reads in part: "relating to public safety; prohibiting any state loan, grant, or assistance for persons convicted of offense related to protest, demonstration, rally, civil unrest, or march." HF 466, a companion House bill, was filed by GOP Rep. Eric Lucero.
"A person convicted of a criminal offense related to the person's illegal conduct at a protest, demonstration, rally, civil unrest, or march is ineligible for any type of state loan, grant, or assistance, including but not limited to college student loans and grants, rent and mortgage assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance, unemployment benefits and other employment assistance, Minnesota supplemental aid programs, business grants, medical assistance, general assistance, and energy assistance."
The legislation could conflict with the First Amendment right to free speech, peaceful protest, and the right "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
"The bill comes amid many arrests at protests for Daunte Wright, a young Black man killed by police last Sunday," The Minnesota Daily reports. "Thousands of college students from several universities across the Twin Cities have participated in protests against police brutality, following the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020. Those protests have not lost much momentum over the past year, and key messages have included issues ranging from police brutality to climate change and voting rights."
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