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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The father of the alleged 18-year-old who allegedly murdered 19 students and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas apologized on Thursday.
"I just want the people to know I’m sorry man, [for] what my son did," Salvador Ramos told The Daily Beast.
“I never expected my son to do something like that,” said. “He should’ve just killed me, you know, instead of doing something like that to someone.”
The Beast interviewed Ramos at his girlfriend's house in Hondo, Texas.
“He dropped out because he said they were bullying him at school because of his clothes,” he said. “He was a quiet person, stuck to himself. He didn't bother nobody. People were always bothering him.”
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Revealed: Marjorie Greene's campaign spent $183k on security since January — more than any other candidate
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) spent $183,000 on security since January — the largest such expenditure by any candidate for Congress.
"From January to May, Ms. Greene spent nearly $183,000 of campaign funds to retain the KaJor Group, a private security company that has also been used by Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot three men, two fatally, at a 2020 protest against police violence in Kenosha, Wis," reported Alyce McFadden. "Since January, Ms. Greene, who won the Republican nomination to retain her seat on Tuesday, has made monthly payments of $41,420 to $49,551 to the company, which highlights its ability to 'invoke righteousness in the most uncertain and inconceivable of times.'"
"Federal candidates’ expenditures on security details have skyrocketed in recent years, mirroring increases in reported threats against lawmakers. Campaigns have spent a record-breaking $4.3 million on personal security since December 2020, according to new data from OpenSecrets, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics," said the report. "From 2017 to 2021, the number of threats made to federal lawmakers doubled, according to data provided to The New York Times by the Capitol Police. Since the end of March, the Capitol Police’s threat assessment division has opened roughly 1,820 cases, putting it on pace to surpass the 9,625 cases it opened last year."
Greene has been subject to threats before. A man in Endicott, New York was arrested in March after leaving voicemail threats of "physical harm" to the congresswoman.
The explosion in spending on security was turbocharged last year by a Federal Election Commission ruling that such expenditures are a lawful use of campaign money.
Greene, who won re-nomination for her seat earlier this week, is a constant target of controversy. She has espoused belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory, suggested extreme weather events are being caused by Jewish space lasers, and was stripped of her House committee assignments after it was revealed she endorsed the killing of prominent Democrats on social media.
The House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol is unlikely to subpoena Ginni Thomas or even request she appear for a voluntary interview, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
"Even as the evidence detailing her involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election mounts and scrutiny of individuals linked to the alternate elector plan has ramped up, the committee is unlikely to add the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to the list of individuals it has attempted to question," the newspaper reported.
Emails revealed Ginni Thomas pressured Arizona Republicans to overturn the 2020 election, raising questions as to what was known about her involvement by her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
"This year, the committee had been considering requesting that Thomas appear for a voluntary interview after The Post reported that she repeatedly urged White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in text messages to pursue any avenue necessary to overturn the election results," the newspaper reported. "That request, however, has been put on ice as lawmakers on the House panel have expressed concerns about allowing a focus on Thomas to divert attention from Trump, according to people familiar with the committee’s discussions who, like others interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer candid assessments."
That decision has reportedly frustrated some Democrats.
"A minority of lawmakers on the nine-member panel, according to people involved with the investigation, disagree and fear the decision to not call in or subpoena Thomas could undermine the committee’s credibility," the newspaper reported. "The decision is bound to disappoint some congressional Democrats and liberal activists who have railed against Clarence Thomas’s choice not to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 attack or efforts to overturn the 2020 election, though it is unlikely his wife would even comply with a voluntary request."
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