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Trump flip-flops on anti-vaccine conspiracy theories — now says people must ‘get their shots’

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On Friday, President Donald Trump finally spoke out about the measles outbreak, urging people to immunize themselves.

“The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now,” said Trump to reporters at the White House. “They have to get their shots.”

This stance is a surprising reversal, given that Trump has spent years promoting conspiracy theories that vaccines cause autism and questioning the safety of the pediatric vaccine schedule. “No more massive injections,” Trump tweeted in 2014. “Tiny children are not horses.”

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Trump’s change of heart is good news for public health — there is absolutely no scientific evidence that the vaccine schedule is a harm to children, and parents who do not follow it put kids at risk for potentially lethal diseases.

The current measles outbreak is the largest since the disease was declared eradicated in the United States in the year 2000, with over 600 confirmed cases. As parents distrustful of vaccines have joined the “antivaxxer” movement, immunization rates have fallen in some parts of the country, allowing measles and other preventable illnesses to resurge.


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Conservative columnist: Republicans should dare to impeach over Ukraine

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The latest Trump international scandal emerged when an anonymous whistleblower in the intelligence community lodged a complaint related to President Trump's discussions with a foreign leader. Although not much is known about the content of the complaint, speculation has arisen that Trump offered the president of Ukraine foreign aid in a way that could be interpreted as quid pro quo for dirt on Vice President Joe Biden.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, columnist Jonathan V. Last outlines the Republicans' options. They can continue to do nothing to rein in the president. They could try to make the story about Biden. Or they could dare to impeach.

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Author blows the lid off Mike Pence’s devious rise to power — and his scheme to take the White House

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Vice President Mike Pence has stood by President Donald Trump for three chaotic years, even as dozens of top administration officials have resigned or been fired. Pence does not appear to ever cross the president or rein him in, leading critics to assume that he doesn't exert much power in the administration.

PIETY & POWER: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House, veteran journalist Tom LoBionco tells a different story. LoBionco views Pence as a savvy political operator who got on the 2016 ticket thinking Trump would lose, but that the race would catapult him to a position to run for president in 2020. LoBionco believes that Pence plans to run in 2024.

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Panicked Trump adviser admits president’s Ukraine scandal is ‘a serious problem for us’

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An adviser to President Donald Trump has told CNN that the president's decision to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potential 2020 rival Joe Biden has put him in real legal jeopardy.

"This is a serious problem for us," the adviser said. "He admitted doing it."

Not all White House aides are concerned, however, as one told CNN that the Ukraine scandal is "a problem but one that can potentially be fought out in the media and in the courts, if needed."

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