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Anti-vaxx sentiment spreads to the Republican Party after igniting a measles outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are more than 112,000 confirmed cases of measles worldwide. It’s a 300% increase from this time last year.

Last week, Maine became the 25th U.S. state to confirm a case of measles infection.

New York City officials declared a public health emergency after 535 measles cases, mostly in Williamsburg’s predominantly Jewish orthodox community.

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The jump in measles cases is most likely due to parents refusing to vaccinate their kids, because of false beliefs about vaccinations, including that they cause autism. Now, the so-called anti-vaxxer movement has gained a foothold among state Republicans, Politico reports.

“Among some of these officials, that libertarian demand for medical freedom has displaced the traditional GOP view that it’s a civic responsibility to immunize your kids to prevent the spread of disease,” Politico writes.

“As more politicians take an anti-mandate stand, some end up adopting bogus theories about the supposed harms of vaccination — threatening to roll back one of public health’s great achievements.”

Several ultra-conservative Republicans have sounded off against vaccination.

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“In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin said vaccine mandates were un-American. In Oregon, the state party used vaccine mandates to bash Democrats as violating parental rights. And in the California Senate, all 10 Republicans last Wednesday opposed a measure aimed at stopping bogus medical exemptions from vaccination.”


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Mick Mulvaney is now denying the quid pro quo he admitted to in White House briefing

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On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney attempted to argue he never claimed there was a quid pro quo in President Donald Trump's diplomacy with Ukraine:

NEW: Mulvaney walks back today's press briefing: “There never was any condition on the flow of the aid related to the matter of the DNC server.”

— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 17, 2019

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‘Trump is flailing’: Pelosi and Schumer demand ‘sane leadership’ from the White House

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted the deal that Vice President Mike Pence struck with Turkey to allow them to continue firing on Kurdish people after 120 hours of a standstill.

"Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything," the joint statement from the Democrats reads. "The Turks have stated that ‘this is not a ceasefire,’ and made clear that they ‘will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave.'"

The statement went on to bash the president for panicking after he started the conflict with Turkey on a Sunday afternoon.

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Former Republican Justin Amash calls out White House lies on Ukraine corruption

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Former Republican Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) nailed the White House for the lies about bribing Ukraine for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Amash noted that before, President Donald Trump was bragging about how "perfect" his call was with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that there was "no quid pro quo."

“The conversation was absolutely perfect,” Trump told White House reporters while departing for campaign events last week. “That call was a great call. It was a perfect call. What wasn’t perfect is the horrible thing that Joe Biden said, and now he made a lie when he said he never spoke to his son. I mean, give me a break.”

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