AUSTIN, Texas — Eyeing reports that more Texans have died in the first three months of 2020 than the historical average, some experts question whether the death toll from the new coronavirus might be an undercount.During January, February and March, 53,583 Texans died — 1,473 more than the average for that period in the previous six years, according to a USA Today Network analysis. Texas attributed 41 of the deaths to COVID-19 from Jan. 1 to March 31, with the first victim on March 17, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.Doctors told the USA Today Network that they could...
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Two leaders of the far-right Proud Boys gang are now being detained ahead of their trial for their roles in the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.
As reported by BuzzFeed News' Zoe Tillman, Proud Boys leaders Ethan Nordean and Joseph Biggs were ordered to go back to jail pending their trials by United States District Judge Timothy Kelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Kelly's ruling reverses decisions from lower courts that allowed the two men to remain free until their trials.
The GOP's attempts to poison opinion against Dems' COVID relief bill have completely flopped: analysis
Republican Party leaders vowed to attack President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party for passing a pandemic relief bill solely along partisan lines -- but a new analysis from the Washington Post's Aaron Blake shows that effort has been a massive flop.
In fact, recent polling shows that the COVID relief package polls significantly better than Biden does, which is an indication that the bill's benefits have managed to transcend some traditional partisan divisions among voters.
"[Biden's] average approval rating on the coronavirus is 62 percent," he writes. "The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package often polled even better, with some surveys putting support for it as high as the 70s. And early polling on his nascent infrastructure and jobs bill last week showed support at 64 percent in one poll and 56 percent in another."
This stands in contrast to how well the GOP successfully turned public opinion against former President Barack Obama's 2009 stimulus bill and his 2010 health care law, both of which actually had worse poll numbers than Obama did at the time.
"We thus far haven't seen anywhere near a cohesive or effective message against Biden's coronavirus stimulus or infrastructure and jobs bills, just like we haven't seen a cohesive or effective message on much of anything from Republicans," writes Blake. "The result has been that the coronavirus stimulus has polled as one of the most popular major pieces of legislation in decades, and Biden's overall handling of the pandemic is a feather in his cap."
President Donald Trump is desperately trying to take credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the people. Ironically, it's a claim that flies in the face of pharmaceutical scientists and virologists who began work on a cure in Jan. 2020 while Trump was still denying that the virus existed.
But Trump's leadership doesn't appear to be what he thought it was. While his supporters still love and adore him, they don't trust him when it comes to the virus or the vaccine, Axios reported Monday.
According to the data, U.S. counties that supported Trump in the 2020 election have higher cases of adults saying they would "probably not" or "definitely not" get the vaccine.
"Your politics don't have anything to do with whether you're vulnerable to the coronavirus if you remain unvaccinated," said Axios. However, it certainly determines one's willingness to be vaccinated. Southern states were more prominent but were certainly not exclusively anti-vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted the problem "to be highly socially vulnerable based on factors like poverty, lack of access to transportation and crowded housing."
The report also calculated that one-fifth of Americans claim that they definitely will not get the vaccine or they'd only do it if they're required to. An additional 17 percent said that they want to "wait" before getting the vaccine, Axios reported citing the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Trump daughter, Ivanka, drew outrage from the former president's supporters when she posted a photo getting her vaccine in Florida.
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