The U.S. body that sets standards for and accredits 22,000 health care organizations recommended Tuesday that employers not only allow health care workers to bring face masks from home but also allow them to choose when to wear them.Leaders of The Joint Commission stated: “We are receiving reports from across the country that some hospitals are prohibiting staff from bringing in their own N95 respirators, surgical masks, and home-made cloth masks. … In circumstances of PPE shortages, it is better to allow staff the opportunity to enhance their protection, even if the degree of that increased p...
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After a West Virginia woman died from COVID-19, her best friend blames former president Donald Trump's refusal to enthusiastically embrace vaccinations.
The former president got his shot in private before leaving office and has offered meager approval since leaving the White House, and Anastacia Kelley feels certain her college roommate would have gotten one for herself if Trump had gotten his in the public eye, reported The Daily Beast.
"Absolutely, without a doubt," Kelly told the website. "If he had come out and even taken a picture of himself getting it, he could have saved many lives."
Kelley and Lizzie had remained friends since college, but Lizzie had drifted toward conspiracy theories after moving back home to West Virginia, and she expressed skepticism about the vaccines.
"The exact quote was, she was not going to put that shit in her body," Kelley said, asking to keep her friend's last name private. "I said, 'You'll eat a cheeseburger from McDonald's and you have no idea what's in it.'"
Kelley knew her friend's husband was a strong Trump supporter, and she regrets not pushing her friend more to get the vaccine despite her skepticism and their political differences.
"I was the one person she listened to," Kelley said. "She might have listened to me. I just let it go with her, not thinking the worst would happen."
Kelley saw a March 19 Facebook post by Lizzie's sister lamenting that her family had COVID-19 after making "one mistake" after being careful about the virus, and she knew that Lizzie must have caught it, as well.
She called her friend, who confirmed she had tested positive, on the following day, and Kelley shared tips for dealing with the infection, but Lizzie texted March 26 to notify her that she was being admitted to a hospital after other family members had been, as well.
"I can't breathe, I feel awful. This is the worst thing I've ever been through," Lizzie said in the text.
Once in the hospital, she was placed in isolation with COVID-related pneumonia in both lungs, but an allergy prevented her from receiving steroid treatment and she was placed in intensive care on March 28.
Lizzie's condition worsened March 31, and her Trump-loving husband sent a Facebook message later that day notifying Kelley that she had died, and Lizzie's sister died Tuesday in ICU unaware that her sister had preceded her.
"All this could have been avoided," Kelley said, haunted by the vaccine hesitancy that she blames on the former president. "He has a lot of blood on his hands."
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) backed down at a confirmation hearing for Assistant Attorney General nominee Kristen M. Clarke on Wednesday after discovering that he had been confused by a satirical column.
At a Senate Homeland Security hearing, Cornyn asked Clarke about a column she had written while she was a student at Harvard.
"Well, maybe there's a misprint," the senator began, "dating back to your days in school when you seem to argue that African-Americans were genetically superior to caucasians. Is that correct?"
"No, Senator," Clarke replied. "I believe you're referring to an op-ed that I wrote at the age of 19 about the Bell Curve Theory, a racist book that equated DNA with genetics and race. As a Black student at Harvard at that time, we took grave offense to this book."
"This op-ed opened with a satirical reference to the statement that you just noted," she continued. "Contemporaneous reporting by the campus paper made very clear that this was not a view that I espoused."
Clarke explained that the op-ed was "seeking to hold up a mirror and put one racist theory alongside another to challenge people as to why we were unwilling to wholly reject the racist theory that defined The Bell Curve book."
"So this was satire?" Cornyn clarified.
"Absolutely, Senator," Clarke said with a smile.
Watch the video below.
Michael Lee Roche was arrested Tuesday for storming the U.S. Capitol, like hundreds of others, on January 6. But unlike most, Roche was crystal clear about who sent him to the riot.
He says he was there specifically for Jesus.
Roche, 26, of Murfreesboro Tenn., posted video on Facebook, according to the FBI complaint. Here's how it read in part:
"My name is Michael Roche. We're here in Washington D.C. We did get a chance to storm the Capitol. And we made it into the chamber…We managed to convince the cops to let us through. They listened to reason. And when we got into the chamber, we all started praying and shouting in the name of Jesus Christ and inviting Christ back into our state capitol."
Roche, who was also photographed at the Trump rally before the riot, had a celebrity photo op with Jacob Chansley, aka the QAnon Shaman. Here's how he captioned the photo:
"Took a pic of this wonderful man from AZ before the media tried to smear him as Antifa. My brother was shoulder to shoulder praying in Jesus name in the main capital chamber holding up the Bible. I want too see those photos. Do NOT believe what you hear." (Unedited)
The FBI complaint cites a video from the New Yorker's YouTube channel showing Roche in the Senate chamber behind the desk of Vice President Mike Pence "with at least three other rioters, including Chansley, who begin to shout and pray."
Here are the charges against, Roche, with maximum penalties, as reported by the Nashville Tennessean:
Knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, for which the maximum term in prison is one year, the maximum fine is $250,000;
- Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, maximum prison term of one year, maximum fine of $250,000;
- Obstruction of justice or Congress, maximum prison term of one year, maximum fine of $250,000;
- Entering and remaining on the floor of Congress, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $555,000;
- Disruption of official business, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $5,000;
- Disorderly conduct in a capitol building, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $5,000;
- Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building, maximum prison term of six months, maximum fine of $5,000.
You read the FBI complaint here.
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