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‘You’re not a doctor’: CBS host challenges Trump chief of staff over vaccine ‘interference’

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Mark Meadows and Margaret Brennan (CBS/screen grab)

Trump administration Chief of Staff Mark Meadows insisted on Sunday that there is no reason for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt additional rigorous testing guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine candidates being quickly developed.

“The FDA is supposed to be issuing these stricter guidelines,” CBS host Margaret Brennan explained to Meadows on Sunday. “But then you reportedly called the FDA commissioner and really challenged him on trying to justify doing that.”

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“You’re not a doctor,” the CBS host continued. “Why insert yourself politically into this, which feeds these concerns about interference?”

“So, Margaret, your producer obviously didn’t do a good job of informing you,” Meadows shot back. “What we actually have is new guidance that’s coming out. My question is, why would that new guidance come out after we’ve already spent $30 billion in doing that.”

“And my challenge to the FDA is just make sure it’s based on science and real numbers,” he said.

“Why would the FDA not be basing it on science?” Brennan wondered.

“Well, why would you think that we would need new guidance after we’ve developed vaccines and drugs for decades?” Meadows replied. “And then all of the sudden we’re going to change something in the last two weeks. The question is why, Margaret? I mean, why would we do that?”

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“I’m optimistic that guidance will come out based on good science and ultimately our FDA guidelines will make sure all people who take a vaccine can do that with some kind of assurance that the process is meted out properly,” he added.

Watch the video below from CBS.


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‘#PerdueIsChicken’: Internet mocks ‘coward’ GOP senator for canceling debate after Ossoff destroyed him in viral video

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Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff destroyed his Republican incumbent opponent so thoroughly Wednesday evening that Georgia Senator David Perdue has just canceled the third and final debate.

“It’s not just that you’re a crook, Senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people that you represent,” Ossoff told Perdue, who had little to say in response. The viral video had been watched 5 million times by Thursday morning. It's now been viewed 9.3 million times, nearly as many times as the number of people in the entire state of Georgia.

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A fake ‘intelligence staffer’ crafted the groundwork for the Trump conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden

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It's unclear why President Donald Trump and his allies have chosen to attack Vice President Joe Biden's last living son as a key tenant to the 2020 reelection instead of focusing on his opponent himself. But according to a well-researched NBC News report by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, the "documents," actually came from a fake person that never existed using a profile photo created by an artificial intelligence face generator.

Months ago, there was a fake "intelligence" document about Hunter Biden that popped up online along with tons of "files" from a supposed laptop. None of it was real and it has all been dismissed by Trump's own associates as fake. But now it's being revealed that the company behind the effort was a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations, researchers and public documents revealed.

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Glenn Greenwald resigns from The Intercept over Biden article

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Greenwald, one of the first journalists to report on the Edward Snowden documents on US mass surveillance, said he was leaving the website he started in 2014 with two other journalists.

"The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept's editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden," Greenwald said in a blog post.

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