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Republicans baffled as GOP challenger to Ilhan Omar keeps campaigning while on the run from police

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Republican House candidate Danielle Stella is wanted by the law, but that isn’t stopping her from trying to take Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) seat in Congress. According to the Daily Beast, she been able to raise almost $84,000 despite being wanted for felony shoplifting. She also has a sizable presence on social media.

Stella’s fellow candidates for Omar’s seat aren’t too thrilled about her presence in the race. According to Republican candidate Lacy Johnson, Stella’s negative headlines, along with her apparent belief in the “QAnon” conspiracy theory, could undermine the rest of the candidates.

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“Candidates are reflections of the party in a way, and it’s not a good reflection of the party in a sense,” Johnson told the Daily Beast. “But now, being in politics, you do learn that people do have all kinds of ways of looking at things.”

Her dabbling in conspiracies is already having an effect. Police were called to a hotel in Osceola, Wisconsin, when people flooded the hotel with phone calls after a YouTube conspiracy theorist speculated that Stella was in some sort of unspecified danger at the location. She also got the Twitter account for her campaign suspended for sharing a rumor about Omar being an Iranian government asset and calling for her to be “tried for #treason and hanged.”

Stella’s campaign is still active online, but Johnson is baffled as to how she plans to move forward, telling the Daily Beast, “I wouldn’t even run if I was on the run from the police.”


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Stephen Colbert tries to dissect a bizarre conspiracy theory about Andrew Cuomo’s nipple ring

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert unpacked the latest conspiracy theory from those bored Americans socially isolating in their homes.

This week, while wearing a white collared shirt with the disaster relief seal on it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was photographed in a way that made people speculate about whether his nipples are pierced.

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While the governor's office has denied the New York leader installed the barbell, it was a question Colbert felt was important to discuss.

"Ah-hah!" Colbert exclaimed. "A classic nipple mystery! Just like 'Man-boob on the Orient Express! or 'The Talented Mister Nippley!' I promise I'm not making this up. I kind of wish I was. But internet sleuths are examining this picture of Cuomo that appears to show an outline of something that may or may not be a nipple barbell."

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New evidence shows Trump—who says he knew Covid-19 was ‘going to be horrible’—allowed exports of crucial supplies to continue

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While countries in Europe and Asia spent the first several weeks of the year preparing their healthcare systems and populations for the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling crucial medical supplies, the Trump administration spent that same time sending dozens of medical shipments overseas as President Donald Trump denied the coronavirus would have much of an impact on the United States.

As The Intercept reported Wednesday, while the new coronavirus ravaged countries including China, Italy, and Iran in February and early March, U.S. manufacturers were sending large shipments of respirators, ventilators, and protective medical equipment to Germany, Belgium, and Japan.

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Trump ignored White House economists’ warning of devastating impact of pandemic months ago: report

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White House economists released a study last year that warned a pandemic could kill 500,000 people and devastate the economy months before the coronavirus outbreak, but top officials and the president appear to have ignored their warning.

A study by the Council of Economic Advisers ordered by the National Security Council predicted that a pandemic similar to the 1918 Spanish flu or the 2009 swine flu could lead to a half-million deaths and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion.

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