ATLANTA — COVID-19 spread quickly among unmasked youth at YMCA camp, CDC finds.Some 260 cases of the coronavirus have been tied to attendees and staff at a North Georgia YMCA children’s camp in June, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest known superspreading events in the state.The report details how COVID-19 spread rapidly among children and teens within the camp and raises questions about the effectiveness of safety protocols as school districts and colleges contemplate reopening for in-person instruction this fall.YMCA Ca...
'Absolutely spineless': CNN panel thrashes GOP leadership's silence on Lauren Boebert's 'MAGA open mic night'
A CNN panel on Friday thrashed House Republican leadership for remaining silent about Rep. Lauren Boebert's (R-CO) bigoted attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Host Jim Acosta started off by asking former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent what he made of House Republicans' reaction to what he described as Boebert's "MAGA open mic night" in which she made disparaged Omar by likening her to a suicide bomber.
Dent said that the way the party has mishandled Boebert has been the same way it's mishandled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was stripped of her committee assignments over her remarks about executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
"Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Paul Gosar more recently, when they make these statements, it's important for the Republican leaders to crack down, to deal with it internally," he said. "Republicans should have taken her off the committees. They should not have let that go to the House floor, as an example, but they didn't."
Democratic strategist Maria Cardona was even more unsparing in her criticism of the House GOP leadership.
"They're absolutely spineless, Jim," she said. "There clearly are not enough like Charlie Dent or Adam Kinzinger, who is the only one who tweeted out that Lauren Boebert is trash. He's right, and they need to step up to the plate if they want to be considered real leaders."
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'Best prices ever!' Mike Lindell turns his voter fraud webcast into a 4-day promotion for MyPillow products
Mike Lindell, who's strung his fans along for months with promises of an earth-moving lawsuit that would pave the way for Donald Trump's return to the White House, is now turning the effort into a four-day sales promotion, according to HuffPost.
"Lindell has been claiming since summer that he was coordinating a lawsuit among "tons" of state attorneys general, as many as 30, to be filed at 9 a.m. Tuesday directly with the U.S. Supreme Court and that he would spend the long Thanksgiving weekend explaining the suit during an ad-free webcast," HuffPost's S.V. Date writes. "Instead, no lawsuit has been filed, and the show, which featured the same lies about the election Lindell has been spreading for a year, prominently featured Lindell's pillow ads with its own 'promo code.'"
And despite giving no update on his election lawsuit, Lindell has been telling fans that "we're offering the best gifts ever for the best prices ever."
When HuffPost reached out to Lindell to ask why he hasn't filed the lawsuit and why he's advertising for his business during his voter fraud marathon webcast when he said he would not, he didn't respond.
Lindell had promised that the Supreme Court would "reinstate" Trump in August. When that clearly wasn't going to happen, he moved the target to September, then said it would happen by the end of 2021.
Read more at HuffPost.
The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials.
The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern" due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and is calling the new strain the “omicron."
“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning," the WHO said in a statement. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other (variants of concern)."
Based on the advice of the President's Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the restrictions go in effect Monday and those countries include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
These restrictions do not apply to Americans or lawful permanent residents, but international travelers must still provide a negative COVID-19 test before traveling.
President Joe Biden urged those Americans who are already vaccinated, to get a booster shot “so you can have this additional protection during the holiday season," and for those who are unvaccinated, to get vaccinated.
“America is leading the world in vaccinating children ages 5-11, and has been vaccinating teens for many months now – but we need more Americans in all age groups to get this life-saving protection," Biden said.
The president also called on countries to contribute their share of donating vaccines, as “this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations."
On CNN, Fauci said that the U.S. is currently reviewing the research from South Africa to determine how effective the vaccines are against the new variant.
“We just arranged, right now, a discussion between our scientists and the South African scientists a little bit later in the morning to really get the facts, because you're hearing a lot of things back and forth," he said.
Dozens of countries have taken similar measures. Late Thursday, the United Kingdom banned travel to six African countries — South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
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