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‘I wouldn’t take it’: Ex-Trump official pours cold water on Russia’s purported COVID ‘vaccine’

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Former Trump FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday poured cold water on the Russian government’s announcement that it had developed the world’s first vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

Appearing on CNBC, Gottlieb warned that Russia’s process for developing the purported vaccine is highly questionable, and he expressed skepticism that it’s as effective as Russian President Vladimir Putin claims.

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“I wouldn’t take it, certainly not outside a clinical trial right now,” he said. “It appears that it’s only been tested in several hundred patients at most… it’s not a true-blue vaccine, in terms of the technical complexity that goes into manufacturing a vaccine.”

After the interview, Gottlieb also posted on Twitter that he’s skeptical of Russia’s motives for announcing the vaccine due to its efforts to spread misinformation about the disease over the last several months.

“Russia was reported to be behind disinformation campaigns to sow doubts in U.S. about our Covid vaccines; and today’s news that they ‘approved’ a vaccine on the equivalent of phase-1 data may be another effort to stoke doubts or goad U.S. into forcing early action on our vaccines,” he wrote.

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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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