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Dem lawmaker drops the hammer on McConnell for co-sponsoring bill dropping all charges against Trump

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Appearing on MSNBC on Friday afternoon to discuss the next steps Democrats will be taking in the impeachment of Donald Trump, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for co-sponsoring a bill that would dismiss all charges against the president.

Speaking with host Andrea Mitchell, Jayapal defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for hanging onto the articles of impeachment because of McConnell’s intransigence on impeachment rules, before revealing that the Kentucky Republican has just taken another step in his efforts to shield Trump from ouster.

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“What has she [Pelosi] gained by waiting on transmitting the articles?” host Mitchell asked.

“It allowed us to keep the focus on what the American people want, which is a fair trial,” Jayapal replied. “We were able to send that message over and over and over again. So in Mitch McConnell is not giving into any of our demands as yet, but hopefully something will change with Republican senators, he’s saying he’s not willing to give the American people what the constitution demands and what they want.”

“But in addition to that,” she continued. “I just saw that he also signed on as a co-sponsor of [Missouri Republican] Senator Josh Hawley’s resolution to dismiss this whole thing and I find it stunning that that is the person who is putting together the rules for the trial, is making the decisions, is essentially the chief juror and also from the very beginning saying that he’s going to violate any oath of impartiality.”

“I had not seen that. you’re saying that the majority –,” Mitchell began.

“He’s the 13th co-sponsor,” the Democratic lawmaker broke in. “He is the 13th cosponsor of the dismissal motion. I saw it as I was walking over here and I was stunned at the idea that he’s not even putting up a pretense anymore. I think now it’s on the American people to call their senators and to say this is outrageous — it’s unconstitutional. It is so disrespectful to the framers, to our constitution. but most of all, to the American people.”

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Harvard researchers want less accurate tests for COVID-19

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The aphorism "perfect is the enemy of good enough" has been played out to tragic effect in the US's inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to researchers calling for quick tests that cost only about a dollar each, and which may not be as accurate but can be carried out several times a week by the whole population.

Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls "crappy" tests.

His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days -- or up to a week -- for the results.

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WATCH: Seth Meyers goes after ‘sociopath’ Jared Kushner for America’s coronavirus failures

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The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC harshly criticized senior White House advisor Jared Kushner for America's COVID-19 testing failures.

"More than 155,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus pandemic," Meyers noted. "Cases are rising in more than 20 states. The U.S. now accounts for one-quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the world."

"And in some parts of the country, people are waiting as long as two-weeks to get their test results -- which is insane. The whole point of testing is to find cases, isolate them and trace their contacts. If it takes two weeks, it's pointless."

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Virologist rips Deborah Birx: ‘She’s ignored the evidence’ with her ‘willful disregard for the science’

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The White House coronavirus coordinator continues to lose support among the medical community, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

The report noted Dr. Deborah Birx has also been undermined by Trump, who attacked her on Twitter.

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