For the roughly 1,600 Illinois public school teachers who are retiring this month, stepping away from the classroom in the midst of a global pandemic that shuttered schools is proving especially heartrending.With scuttled in-person goodbyes. and their final days as educators unfolding on computer screens in their home offices instead of in classrooms, teachers retiring at the end of this tumultuous school year leave their schools under conditions they never could have imagined when they began their careers decades ago.Here are the stories of four retiring Chicago-area teachers, whose combined ...
CNN's Brianna Keilar on Friday interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci about the new B.1.1.529 variant of COVID-19 which has been found in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong.
"A new variant of coronavirus has been discovered in South Africa and this is raising concerns," Keilar noted. "Scientists there are warning it could show immune invasion and enhanced transmissibility."
"This is obviously a very significant day as we try to look at what the risk factors are with this variant," she said. "What can you tell us about this?"
"Well, certainly there is a new variant that is now in South Africa, in the Gauteng province, that has some mutations that are raising some concern, particularly with regard to possibly transmissibility increase and possibly evasion of immune response," Fauci replied.
"We don't know that for sure right now. This is really something that's in motion and we just arranged right now a discussion between our scientists and the South African scientists a little bit later this morning to really get the facts, because you are hearing a lot of things back and forth, we want to find out scientist to scientist exactly what is going on," he continued.
"But it is something that emerged in South Africa and seems to be spreading at a reasonably rapid rate in the sense of when they test positivity, they are seeing it is a bit more widespread in South Africa than was originally felt. So it is a fluid motion. it is something in realtime we are learning more and more about," Fauci said.
He also said there is "no indication" the the variant has already reached U.S. shores, but noted "anything is possible."
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A jury awarded $26 million in damages to nine people who sued the white nationalist organizers of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally, but they may not recover much of that penalty.
Many of the defendants are currently in prison or gone into hiding, and most of them insist they'll never have enough money to pay off the judgments against them, reported Politico.
"I have no assets," said neo-Nazi said Matthew Heimbach. "I have no property. You can't get blood from a stone."
Heimbach co-founded the far-right Traditionalist Worker Party with co-defendant Matthew Parrott, but their neo-Nazi group fell apart after Heimbach allegedly assaulted Parrott, who was his wife's stepfather, in an argument over Heimbach's alleged affair with Parrott's wife.
Richard Spencer, who was for a time the most famous white nationalist in the country, told a judge that notoriety had become a "huge burden" and made it impossible to raise money for his legal defense, and he has tried to distance himself from the "dysfunctional" alt-right movement he helped popularize.
Another pair of defendants have been sentenced to prison.
James Alex Fields Jr. was sentenced to life on murder and hate crimes for intentionally running his car into counterprotesters at the Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and Christopher Cantwell, the so-called "crying Nazi," was sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison for threatening to rape the wife of a man he believed was harassing him.
The shift in the direction of the Republican Party that intensified during the Trump administration has alarmed Mother Jones magazine DC bureau chief David Corn — and he's not the only one.
"New York Times columnist David Brooks recently got scared," Corn wrote. "Last month, he attended the National Conservatism Conference, held in an Orlando hotel, and reported in the Atlantic that this confab demonstrated that the right—of which he used to be a high official in good standing—has become a cauldron of End-Times paranoia posing as populism. The animating theme of this shindig did not arise from policy prescriptions or principles for contending with the nation's economic or social welfare challenges or for pursuing a foreign policy in this confusing century. It was the notion that conservatives face eradication at the hands of diabolical leftists."
Corn named three GOP senators who illustrated the dynamic.
"And the politicians there helped turn the event into a demagogic orgy. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) barked, 'The left's ambition is to create a world beyond belonging. Their grand ambition is to deconstruct the United States of America.' Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hissed, 'The left's attack is on America. The left hates America. It is the left that is trying to use culture as a tool to destroy America.' Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) growled, 'We are confronted now by a systematic effort to dismantle our society, our traditions, our economy, and our way of life.' This is what the right used to say about the Reds under our beds," Corn noted.
Brooks explained how the politicians are one of three strains of "the intellectual wing of the emerging right."
"First, the people over 50 who have been hanging around conservative circles for decades but who have recently been radicalized by the current left," he wrote. "The second strain is made up of mid-career politicians and operatives who are learning to adapt to the age of populist rage: people like Ted Cruz (Princeton, Harvard), J. D. Vance (Yale Law), and Josh Hawley (Stanford and Yale). The third and largest strain is the young."
Brooks warned this is the future of the GOP.
"Over the past few decades there have been various efforts to replace the Reagan Paradigm: the national-greatness conservatism of John McCain; the compassionate conservatism of George W. Bush; the Reformicon conservatism of the D.C. think tanks in the 21st century. But the Trumpian onslaught succeeded where these movements have so far fizzled because Trump understood better than they did the coalescence of the new American cultural/corporate elite and the potency of populist anger against it. Thus the display of Ivy League populism I witnessed in Orlando might well represent the alarming future of the American right: the fusing of the culture war and the class war into one epic Marxist Götterdämmerung," he wrote.