KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A University of Missouri professor was “relieved of teaching duties” Tuesday following a comment he made to a student from Wuhan, China. A student posted the comment about putting on a mask on social media, calling it xenophobic and unnecessary.Professor Joel Poor, a marketing professor, sent a message to his students apologizing for the disruption, according to emails obtained by The Star.On Monday, the first day of classes, a student said he was from Wuhan, the city in central China where the new coronavirus emerged late last year.Poor replied, “Let me put on my mask,” acc...
On Wednesday, CNN's Jake Tapper called out Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for openly telegraphing his intention of overturning Roe v. Wade after he spent his confirmation hearings assuring senators of his respect for precedent.
"There's no nice way to say this. Kavanaugh sounded very different on the subject of precedent today than he did when he was trying to get Susan Collins to vote for him," said Tapper, turning to correspondent Manu Raju. "How did she respond to today's oral arguments?"
"She said she didn't see it," said Raju. "She told our colleague, 'I did not see his questioning or hear any of the arguments. I hope to later tonight play them so that I have firsthand knowledge of what the arguments were today. But I can't comment on what I didn't see.'"
"Now, recall how critical Susan Collins was to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh," said Raju. "Three Republican senators were in play. One of them was Jeff Flake of Arizona. He was one of the first of those three to say that he would vote yes. He voted for that. Lisa Murkowski, she voted against Brett Kavanaugh. And all eyes at the time were on Susan Collins. Collins was listening to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh denied that. She had meetings with Kavanaugh and talked about abortion because Collins supports abortion rights and those comments she heard from Kavanaugh that he contended it to be settled law was significant, pivotal for Collins to ultimately vote yes."
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'Could have killed one of our colleagues': Former Trump official rips him for hiding positive COVID test
Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.
Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.
"Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me," she said.
Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump's positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.
"This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others," she said. "At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk."
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Former president Donald Trump and his supporters demonized and terrorized two rank-and-file elections workers in Georgia for months over a conspiracy theory alleging they had pulled fake ballots from suitcases at a ballot-counting center.
Wandrea “Shaye” Moss is a clerical worker for the Fulton County elections office, while her mother Ruby Freeman was a temporary worker counting ballots.
In early December, Trump's campaign falsely alleged — based on a video that went viral in right-wing media — that the two Black women had pulled fake ballots from suitcases hidden under tables at Atlanta's State Farm Arena after the Nov. 3 election.
The claim — heavily amplified by Trump himself and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani — led to Moss and Freeman being inundated with hundreds of death threats, including many laced with racial slurs, according to Reuters. Strangers showed up at their houses and banged on their doors, driving them into hiding and forcing them to take elaborate measures to conceal their identities. But they couldn't afford personal security protection, and the county wouldn't pay for it.
"The threats hurled at Freeman and Moss are part of a broader campaign of fear against election administrators that has been chronicled by Reuters this year," the report states. "The story of Moss and Freeman shows how some of the top members of the Trump camp – including the incumbent president himself – conducted an intensive effort to publicly demonize individual election workers in the pursuit of overturning the election. Some of these targets – including the top election officials in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona – are notable political figures in their states. Others, like Moss and Freeman, have been rank-and-file workers. Moss’s full-time job pays about $36,000 a year. Freeman’s temp gig paid $16 an hour."
After Freeman was first identified by Trump's campaign, she made a series of 911 calls, telling dispatchers that she had gotten a flood of threats.
“It’s scary because they’re saying stuff like, ‘We’re coming to get you. We are coming to get you,'" Freeman told a dispatcher.
“Lord Jesus, where’s the police?” she asked a dispatcher two days later. “I don’t know who keeps coming to my door. Please help me."
At one point, Freeman showed a police officer 428 emails and text messages on her cell phone, almost all of them threats, but no one was ever prosecuted. That figure doesn't include the threats the pair received via social media.
“The coon c*nts should be locked up for voter fraud!!!” one person wrote on the right-wing social media platform Parler.
“She should be shot,” others wrote on Facebook. “YOU SHOULD BE HUNG OR SHOT FOR YOUR CRIMES."
The threats only increased after Trump mentioned Moss and Freeman during his infamous Jan. 2 phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and they continued through the summer.
Although some election workers — including Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron — have chosen to quit due to threats from Trump supporters, Moss reported is staying.
"As a single mom, she needs the paycheck and the health insurance," according to Reuters.
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