The number of health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is likely far higher than the reported tally of 9,200, and U.S. officials say they have no comprehensive way to count those who lose their lives trying to save others.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the infection tally Tuesday and said 27 health worker deaths have been recorded, based on a small number of test-result reports.Officials stressed that the count was drawn from just 16% of the nation’s COVID-19 cases, so the true numbers of health care infections and deaths are certainly far highe...
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How the GOP’s election conspiracy theories could end up hurting them in the 2022 midterms: columnist
There's an impending problem facing the Republican Party as the 2022 midterm election approach, their own voters don't believe that their votes matter. Global opinions contributor Brian Klass wrote in the Washington Post that this is setting the GOP up for disaster.
The conspiracy theories that the GOP manufactured resulted in 60 percent of Republican voters who still believe the 2020 election was "stolen" from former President Donald Trump. The polls also say that 55 percent of Republicans think that the 2020 election was full of voter fraud.
Republican states have ushered in a series of voter suppression bills that are the most likely to dampen votes of people of color. "Republicans don't care about the violent consequences of spreading lies about election fraud or torching faith in democratic institutions," said Klass. "But they might care once they understand that spreading baseless Trumpian conspiracy theories about voter fraud isn't just immoral and authoritarian. It's also politically idiotic."
He explained that he's seen what happens in other countries when one party attempts to suppress another. In the eventual "showdown" in Sri Lanka he said that some began to believe that voting was pointless. "Tamil leaders called for an election boycott," he recalled. "The hard-liner narrowly won — a victory that wouldn't have happened without the Tamils staying home. Over the next 3½ years, the hard-liner led military operations against militant Tamils, decimating them. The boycott had backfired."
That's what could happen in the case of the GOP. If their voters believe that there's no point in voting because the election will be fraudulent anyway.
"Because of the staying power of Trump's lies about election fraud within the Republican base, a split is likely to emerge in the GOP," explained Klass. "Next year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) will surely do everything he can to reassure his voter base that their votes will fully count in the midterms. He will (correctly) insist that the system is legitimate and encourage Republicans to get out and vote."
But already the Trump followers are being pitted against McConnell. Even the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project is playing this up with its own mockery of the ongoing feud.
Klass also noted that a form of it was already at play in Georgia by the time the special election rolled around. Trump supporters and sometimes legal advisers Sidney Powell and Lin Wood called for a boycott. McConnell was furious. Democrats won both races, changing the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
"We need to stop Republican lies about America's elections," he closed. "Republicans themselves seem unmoved by concerns that they're destroying faith in our democratic institutions. Perhaps they'll be more swayed once they understand they're also working against their own political self-interest."
Marjorie Taylor Greene: If AOC doesn't debate me, she's showing the world she's just 'a scared little girl that is pretty stupid'
In the latest episode of Marjorie Taylor Greene's seemingly one-sided feud with her fellow congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Georgia GOP Rep. posted a video to social media calling out the "Squad" member, saying she took on her alleged challenge to read all 14 pages of the Green New Deal.
"We're going to debate ... she asked me if I'd even read her 14-page Green New Deal, I said I've read some of it," Greene said, recounting her alleged conversation with Ocasio-Cortez. "She said, 'Well, when you've read all of it, then you can challenge me to a debate. Well, the good news is I've read all 14 little pages and I'm very ready to debate her on the House floor."
This Wednesday, Greene posted a tweet showing a photo of her speaking with Ocasio-Cortez, claiming that the two agreed to a debate after she reads the entire contents of the Green New Deal.
"So this is what we're going to be doing -- the date hasn't been set, but when it is set, I'll let you know," Greene continued. "And she better show up. "If she chickens out, then she shows exactly who she really is, a scared little girl that is pretty stupid and doesn't know anything about the economy or economics."
Watch the video below, via Right Wing Watch:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says that if @AOC doesn't accept her challenge to debate the Green New Deal, she'll be… https://t.co/CAHdVBtL10— Right Wing Watch (@Right Wing Watch)1619117800.0
The House of Representatives passed a bill to make the District of Columbia the nation's 51st state in a party-line vote.
Citizens in DC are disenfranchised as their votes don't count for president and residents are not represented in Congress. Their local elected officials also have less power than Americans who are represented by governors, and lack of statehood prevented DC from calling up the National Guard to respond to the violent January 6th insurrection by supporters of Donald Trump seeking to overturn the 2020 election results.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) attacked the legislation on Thursday, only days after his close friend Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) signed a voter suppression bill.
"This isn't about representation, it's a power grab to advance their radical agenda and destroy our Montana way of life," Daines claimed.
@SteveDaines PS: Steve the Big Sky Bigot knows the people of DC pay FIVE TIMES more into federal taxes than all Mon… https://t.co/TW54DkWMty— Colby Giffen (@Colby Giffen)1619112729.0
Say a member of a party that is deliberately going out and changing election laws in 20+ states so they can win elections to stay in power. 🙄
— christina m. brooks (@runewarrior) April 22, 2021
Montana barely has more people than DC.
This is about representation, but it's very telling that Republicans don't think congressional representation for 700,000 Americans is important if it doesn't benefit Republicans.
— Derp Merchant (@CigarInTheWall) April 22, 2021
Is the Montana way of life different from the American way of life? You know, the one where all citizens elect Senators to represent them?
— ∞ Monkeys say, nuke the filibuster (@hey_late) April 22, 2021
I see "purely partisan," "power grab," "radical agenda" and "destroy" and it's clear you are actually referencing this: pic.twitter.com/toasiOGM5b
— taradavi (@d_taradavi) April 22, 2021
I feel like you're confused about the makeup of DC. Or, like... anywhere? Mostly, they'll vote for the candidates they like the most. What you're admitting here is "the republican agenda is inherently tied to racism so we'll never win a majority black state". So, don't do that.
— Geoff Smith (@HappyFunNorm) April 22, 2021
That's so adorable. Maybe they should just take away Montana's representation. You don't seem too concerned about American citizens having voting representation in Congree.
— NickyTheSquid (@kenckar) April 22, 2021
@SteveDaines wants to shred the constitution to protect the white evangelical way of life.
— David Newbrough (@el_hubro) April 22, 2021
Maybe the GOP should make themselves more appealing?
— Brad B. (@AFBaylorBear) April 22, 2021
It's totally about representation 😂 DC has more residents than Wyoming.
— Lawson (@o_Henchman) April 22, 2021
Nobody cares about your Montana lifestyle, Steve.
We do care about Americans and their right to equal representation under the law, however. This wouldn't bother you at all if your party was going to pick up seats in Congress, so it's really hard to take you seriously.
— Edward Teach (@EdwardT54126517) April 22, 2021
Considering that DC could not order the National Guard in on January 6th, it is important that they become a state because we still have Republican insurrectionists in Congress.
— we need leaders (@mastersinleadin) April 22, 2021
"Congress split the Dakota territory in half in 1889 to admit two new states with 4 Rep senators
So spare us the fake outrage over DC statehood"https://t.co/V7TJjX53uR
— 🐝Hoosierville🐝 (@Hoosierville) April 22, 2021
The majority of Americans don't give a 💩how people in MT live their lives, we just don't want to be dragged back into the 1850's w/them.
We, the majority of the people, want a more perfect Union in the 21st century!
GQP's #KochSucking radical right-wing agenda is a FAILURE!
— AC (@Abhinary) April 22, 2021
"No taxation without representation*" I didn't realize there was an asterisk there. While we're at it, any territories who want full rights and representation as states should also become states.
— Teresa Young (@TKYmt2sn) April 22, 2021
'I should determine whether you have the right to vote based on your voting behavior,' isn't a very strong argument, Steve. I don't like that Montanans elected you but the rest of us live with it.
— Chris Fitzgerald (@cofitzgerald) April 22, 2021
"No taxation without representation unless they will vote for Democrats, then fuck 'em." Steve Daines https://t.co/8RKLgv1gLd— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1619117000.0
Kindof explicit with the dogwhistle here https://t.co/qKbH4LdVoO— Daniel :-) (@Daniel :-))1619116502.0
Ensuring other Americans have representation definitely is offensive to the folks in Montana, huh? https://t.co/TsNBWiftRr— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1619111883.0
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