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‘This is the time for patriots to stand up’: Republicans pummeled for letting Trump dismantle the justice system

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On CNN Thursday, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) laid into his GOP colleagues for enabling President Donald Trump’s spree of political interference into the justice system.

“I can’t tell you how tired I am, at this moment of crisis in our democracy and when the president is reaching into individual court cases and talking about individual jurors,” said Himes. “Had that happened four years ago, it would be a three-week news cycle. Now it’s Donald Trump’s afternoon activity. I’m completely unimpressed by people scratching their chin like the attorney general and saying, gosh, this is hard. Or Susan Collins of Maine saying, I’m so concerned.”

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“This is the time for patriots to stand up and say that this is not okay in our democracy,” continued Himes. “There are still months left in Donald Trump’s first term. We can talk about whether there will be a second term. There are months left. If people who don’t value the institutions of American democracy don’t stop scratching their chin or making excuses or rationalizing behavior, this democracy will slip away.”

“So if the attorney general wants to salvage whatever shred of his reputation remains, he shouldn’t just talk about how hard it is,” added Himes. “He should say, I care about the Constitution. I resign and I’m going to tell my story about this institution.”

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Trump once again gives up the game on voting by mail: ‘Doesn’t work out well for Republicans’

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President Donald Trump again admitted that he opposes voting by mail -- even during a deadly coronavirus pandemic -- because it would hurt Republicans.

Two weeks ago, the president admitted during a freewheeling "Fox & Friends" interview that "you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again" if Americans were allowed to vote by mail, as Democrats had requested as part of negotiations on a pandemic recovery package.

The president admitted his opposition to voting by mail -- which he and first lady Melania Trump did just last month -- was motivated by partisan gain.

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The long history of US racism against Asian Americans, from ‘yellow peril’ to ‘model minority’ to the ‘Chinese virus’

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In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called upon Asian Americans to become part of the solution against COVID-19.

In the face of rising anti-Asian racist actions – now at about 100 reported cases per day – Yang implores Asian Americans to “wear red, white, and blue” in their efforts to combat the virus.

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A coronavirus vaccine that wouldn’t require a shot

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As labs around the world race to develop a vaccine, my colleagues and I are trying to find a better way to deliver it than the standard, cringe-inducing shot.

I am an immunologist and dermatologist, and my colleagues and I have been working on vaccines against the very related coronaviruses that cause MERS and SARS. We were able to use the resources and systems we had already developed to very rapidly create a vaccine candidate for this new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that we have tested in mice.

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