MIAMI — YNW Melly, the South Florida rapper who remains behind bars in Broward County jail on double murder charges, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The “Mixed Personalities” artist shared the news via his Instagram account Thursday evening.“He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please,” the caption read.The announcement came few hours after the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed two unidentified inmates tested positive for COVID-19.Born Jamell Demons, Melly has been imprisoned since mid-February 2019 when Miramar police ar...
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Efforts by a Georgia Republican to distract from the party's growing racism scandal were fact-checked on MSNBC on Saturday.
"Controversial Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) lashing out in a new statement over attacks of her new effort in Congress that one of her colleagues is labeling the Ku Klux Kaucus," MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian reported.
"Ali, I want to start with you because it doesn't seem like Marjorie Yaylor Greene is denying that this exists, just that it's being misrepresented," Voosoughian said to reporter Ali Vitali.
"Yeah, she's not denying it," Vitali replied. "And in fact, she's passing the blame in that statement that you read a piece of, she basically goes on to say that this is not a document that she saw, that it was staff level from an outside group, really passing this off on to her staff, but you also saw that colorful statement, went after the media,that's a narrative that her own spokesman began right after the folks at Punchbowl News broke this document."
Vossoughian also interviewed Punchbowl co-founder John Bresnahan.
He said, "we provided the document to Congresswoman Greene's office before we ran our story. They knew exactly what we were writing and we provided the document to them. They never denied having a role in this group, and they didn't say anything about the document itself."
'We've got vials and vials in our freezer': pro-Trump counties have alarmingly low vaccination rates
On Saturday, The New York Times published an analysis of counties across the United States, revealing a sharp correlation between rates of COVID-19 vaccination and support for former President Donald Trump.
"Using survey data collected in March, the federal government recently created new estimates of hesitancy for every county and state in the United States," reported Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby, and Robert Gebeloff. "In more than 500 counties, at least a quarter of adults might not be willing to get vaccinated, according to the estimates, and a majority of these places supported Mr. Trump in the last election. In the 10 states where the government projected that residents would be least hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine, voters chose Mr. Biden in the 2020 election. Mr. Trump won nine of the 10 states where the most residents said they would probably or definitely not get the vaccine."
Many individual cases of vaccine refusal are running rampant in pro-Trump counties, noted the report, are stark.
"In a county in Wyoming, a local health official asked the state to stop sending first doses of the vaccine because the freezer was already stuffed to capacity with unwanted vials," said the report. "In an Iowa county, a clinic called people who had volunteered to give shots to tell them not to come in because so few residents had signed up for appointments. In a county in Pennsylvania, a hospital set up a drive-through in the park, stocked with roughly 1,000 vaccine doses. Only about 300 people showed up."
And health officials are alarmed. "I just never in a million years ever expected my field of work to become less medical and more political," said Natrona County, Wyoming health department officer Hailey Bloom, herself a registered Republican. Sweetwater County, Wyoming health officer Dr. Jean Stachon agreed, saying, "It pains me to think that the governor of Michigan is begging for vaccines, and we've got vials and vials in our freezer."
Polling has found that vaccine hesitancy is strongest among Republicans, especially Republican men.
Trump himself helped put funding into developing the vaccines and was vaccinated himself, but has historically championed anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and spent most of last year downplaying the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hostility to vaccines is now so ingrained in many pro-Trump communities that when Ivanka Trump posted a photo of herself being immunized earlier this week, her Instagram comments were filled with angry people rebuffing her call for people to get the shot.
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Matt Gaetz avoiding his office and cornering his colleagues for help as sex scandal threatens his career: CNN
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is in full damage control mode following a deluge of salacious allegations sex trafficking, drug use, and political corruption.
"Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing a scandal that threatens to end his career, is privately telling his colleagues that he has been treated unfairly while at the same time saying he's been cooperative with the Justice Department's investigation as he remains on shaky ground," CNN reported Saturday.
"On Tuesday, Gaetz came to the Capitol for the first time since the federal investigation was revealed, engaging in combative exchanges with reporters. Since then, he's kept a low-profile on Capitol Hill in the rest of his first week back, avoiding his congressional office, attending committee hearings, taking side entrances onto the House floor and largely ignoring reporters' questions," CNN reported. "Gaetz has spent hours on the House floor during long vote series this week, sitting in the back of the chamber with a handful of his closest allies in the House Republican conference."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told CNN that Gaetz apparently thinks of himself as a victim.
"I haven't pressed him on it other than he feels like he's being treated very unfairly and it sure looks like he is," Gohmert said.
Gaetz dug himself deeper on Friday when he joined a highly controversial caucus labeled by critics as the Ku Klux Kaucus.
I’m proud to join @mtgreenee in the #AmericaFirst Caucus. We will end wars, stop illegal immigration & promote tra… https://t.co/ebNrFbLWns— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1618600661.0
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