As the world faces a new way of life thanks to a global pandemic, many people are asking two simple questions:How many people have recovered from the novel coronavirus? How can someone tell if they have fully recovered from the coronavirus. In New Jersey, the answers are not easy to find. “The NJ Department of Health is awaiting additional guidance from (the) CDC on COVID-19 patients who have recovered before we release any type of data associated with this to be sure this is consistent across (the) state," the State Health Department told NJ Advance Media in a statement. The department says it is...
Enjoy good journalism?
… then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has slashed advertising rates, and we need your help. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.
Raw Story is independent. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.
We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.
Value Raw Story?
… then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has slashed advertising rates, and we need your help. Like you, we believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We need your support to do what we do.
Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.
Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley mocked as anti-capitalists after pledge to bring down companies they're miffed at
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) took the unusual position against the so-called "free market" on Tuesday, when they proclaimed their intentions to bring down corporations that they don't like.
The move came after corporations announced that they opposed Republican voter suppression laws, like the one in Georgia that spurred Major League Baseball to move the All-Star Game to Denver, Colorado. More CEOs are coordinating on a larger effort to pass a voting rights bill that will allow all American citizens equal access to the polls.
But the anti-business threats prompted many to call out their hypocrisy as well as their own defense of conservative companies who prompted conservative laws and legislation.
See the comments from critics below:
Start with underlying sociopathy. Add two parts propaganda. Then add one part fearmongering, and one part sloganeer… https://t.co/iVIUq6z7lX— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉)1618327700.0
Who thinks Josh Hawley is a scum-sucking shit ball?— 🇺🇸4fuxake!🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸4fuxake!🇺🇸)1618315164.0
38,000 gun deaths a year . . . GOP opposes gun control laws. 2 cases of voter fraud a year . . . GOP passes 265 ne… https://t.co/7dd5AibOE9— Steve Rustad (@Steve Rustad)1618326262.0
Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz rely on our democracy staying broken in order to stay in power. That's why they are using… https://t.co/rrhf70bm5y— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1618325147.0
Josh Hawley is attempting to do the impossible: Become more hated than Ted Cruz— Philip Germain (@Philip Germain)1618288903.0
So Josh Hawley was on pornhub and his MasterCard didn’t go through. That’s my take. https://t.co/p9vTYUAkiq— Outspoken (@Outspoken)1618316148.0
Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Josh Hawley are filthy racists who don't think Black Lives Matter. Shame on them. https://t.co/1HECbxktoq— Shelly R Kirchoff (@Shelly R Kirchoff)1618347364.0
@TheOldPoet Oh, the collateral damage from that bill - should it ever make it into law - will be delicious and tota… https://t.co/Rd3foIbOFn— GrumpyOldBassist (@GrumpyOldBassist)1618351493.0
Dangerous Anti-Capitalists Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Mike Lee Are Trying to Cancel Baseball https://t.co/mmhsc2SdZq https://t.co/FCuN5xgspK— Jezebel (@Jezebel)1618347965.0
What's next from Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, Bill to replace Colleges and Universities with MAGA Domestic Terrorist T… https://t.co/SzWr1RMpwa— Vladdy Pudding (@Vladdy Pudding)1618352625.0
Are Republicans joking that the most important thing in American's lives is breaking up Major League Baseball? Wha… https://t.co/xl8ENV5P0D— Vladdy Pudding (@Vladdy Pudding)1618352547.0
Josh hawley... Because integrity is SO overrated 🤦🏼♀️! #HawleyIsATraitor #DemVoice1 https://t.co/b0IdjvHYXU— KTYGraphics 🇺🇸✍🏻 (@KTYGraphics 🇺🇸✍🏻)1618351355.0
@TeaPainUSA Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley. Talk about scrapping the bottom of the barrel. The people who voted for these… https://t.co/fyB2zV97JN— Shawn (@Shawn)1618352432.0
Josh Hawley proves everyday that he is a punk!🤮— Rich Tolson (@Rich Tolson)1618350281.0
I'm laughing at the fact that Josh Hawley, a former GQP 'superstar on the rise' is now forced to hang out with the… https://t.co/88eZIfFzoB— UnitedFan009 (@UnitedFan009)1618350454.0
Mike Lee is an even bitter horse's ass than Little Josh Hawley or Cruz. Cause unlike Yale boys Cruz and Hawley, he'… https://t.co/iTEfEbWcow— HunterThompson's Lawyer (@HunterThompson's Lawyer)1618350234.0
I suggest Josh Hawley's wife commiserate with Ted Cruz's wife on this issue. https://t.co/thj50Iqm3u— Mr. Schmageggie is in my heart forever 🇺🇸 (@Mr. Schmageggie is in my heart forever 🇺🇸)1618350498.0
Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mike Lee, R-Utah introduce "in the name of fairness" canceling bas… https://t.co/gYvi4auAs5— Eddie M. (@Eddie M.)1618351295.0
@thehill Josh Hawley demonstrates his aversion to monopolies by allowing Ted Cruz to also be a giant gas-bag.— NeedBirds (@NeedBirds)1618352156.0
Pilgrims immunised against Covid-19 circled Islam's holiest site in Saudi Arabia's Mecca city Tuesday as they performed the year-round umrah pilgrimage on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Mask-clad worshippers entered Mecca's Grand Mosque in batches to perform the ritual of circling the sacred Kaaba, a cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray, along socially distanced paths.
Only immunised pilgrims are eligible for permits to perform the pilgrimage and to attend prayers in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan, the hajj and umrah ministry announced earlier this month.
According to the ministry, three categories of people are considered "immunised" -- those who have received two doses of coronavirus vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior, and people who have recovered from the infection.
The policy has effectively raised the Grand Mosque's capacity during Ramadan to accommodate 50,000 umrah pilgrims and 100,000 worshippers per day, according to state media.
It is unclear whether the policy, which comes amid an uptick in coronavirus infections in the kingdom, would be extended to the annual hajj pilgrimage later this year.
In late July last year, the kingdom hosted a downsized hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.
Only up to 10,000 Muslim residents of Saudi Arabia itself were allowed to take part, a far cry from the 2.5 million Muslims from around the world who participated in 2019.
Saudi Arabia has reported more than 400,000 coronavirus infections and 6,700 deaths from Covid-19.
The daytime fasting month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Observant Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, and traditionally gather with family and friends to break their fast in the evening.
© 2021 AFP
Jon Stewart shuts down Fox News host trying to bait him into saying Biden's infrastructure bill is too big
On Fox News Tuesday, in a segment first flagged by The Daily Beast, comedian and activist John Stewart appeared on Martha MacCallum's show to discuss his efforts to push legislation that would expand medical benefits for veterans and first responders sickened by exposure to "burn pits."
During the course of the interview, MacCallum tried to turn Stewart's cause into an attack on President Joe Biden, by implying that his sweeping infrastructure proposal is money that could have been spent on burn pit victims.
"You know, you see the trillions that we're talking about spending for a lot of different things right now, for COVID, for infrastructure," said MacCallum. "How does that make you feel about what you're pushing for here?"
Stewart, however, was having none of this spin, and immediately shut her down, pointing out these issues are much larger and therefore require more money to solve than benefits for burn pit victims.
"Listen, just even at the Pentagon, you're talking about $750 billion, $800 billion a year," said Stewart. By contrast, he is advocating a "fraction of that to implement the card and benefits that these folks have already earned." MacCallum conceded his point, thanking him for appearing on the show.
Stewart on 'heartbreaking' health effects for veterans exposed to 'burn pits' www.youtube.com
Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Raw Story Investigates and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.
$95 / year — Just $7.91/month
I want to Support More
$14.99 per month