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COVID-19 erupts in Louisiana after Republicans rebel against ‘unconstitutional’ masks

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has made a name for himself as a resister of wearing masks. Then on July 14, he announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus — a development that forced him to cancel a planned visit with Vice President Mike Pence. But the climate of mask skepticism holds steady as the virus spikes throughout the state, The Daily Beast reports.

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“In many ways, the attorney general’s shifting stance on coronavirus is illustrative of why Louisiana has struggled to contain the virus, according to conversations with elected officials, public health experts, and residents in the state,” the Beast’s Lemar White Jr. reports. “For nearly three weeks, Louisiana, one of the places hit hardest in the early days of the pandemic, has been confronting a surge in infections statewide. But this time, the crisis has moved out of the big cities and into the heart of Cajun Country and the rolling piney hills of north Louisiana.”

Just one day after he tested positive for coronavirus, Landry slammed statewide mask mandates and bar restrictions as unconstitutional, saying that “the three provisions of (Gov. Edwards’) emergency order—the mask mandate, the 50 person indoor/outdoor gathering limit, and the bar closure—are likely unconstitutional and enforceable” — an ironic proclamation since his own office makes wearing masks on the premises mandatory.

Now, Louisiana has climbed back to second in the U.S. with the most coronavirus cases per capita, forcing Gov. Bel Edwards to extend Phase Two restrictions (originally set to expire this Friday) for another two weeks.

Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.


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Attorney George Conway reveals two ‘great’ questions — that Trump can’t answer

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Prominent Republican attorney and Lincoln Project member George Conway on Monday offered his analysis of how reporters should question President Donald Trump.

Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, made his comments after watching video of Trump refusing to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Who do you think poisoned Alexei Navalny in Russia?”

“Uh,” Trump replied. “We’ll talk about that at another time.”

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Jaime Harrison says ‘I am living rent free in Lindsey Graham’s head’ — and he might be right

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Jaime Harrison, the Democrat challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Monday said that his upstart campaign is panicking the incumbent.

Harrison was interviewed on MSNBC by "The Last Word" anchor Lawrence O'Donnell, who noted the most recent polling shows a tied race.

"Have you experienced any extra fund-raising surge over the weekend?" O'Donnell asked.

"Well, Lawrence, we have gotten tremendous support and we really appreciate it," Harrison replied.

"Do you believe you have the resources and the campaign team and the ground troops you need in South Carolina to actually pull this off?" O'Donnell asked later in the interview.

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Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.

"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.

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Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.

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