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Amy Coney Barrett nomination was ‘potential super-spreader’ event that infected the GOP with coronavirus: CNN doctor

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President Donald J. Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, September 26, 2020, who was joined by her husband Jesse Barrett and their children. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The wave of coronavirus cases spreading through the top levels of the Republican Party now includes former Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

Conway attended Saturday’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the United State Supreme Court seat vacated by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is drawing increased scrutiny as a potential super-spreader event.

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Other attendees who have since tested positive for COVID-19 include President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Notre Dame President John Jenkins and a White House reporter.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Friday evening told Don Lemon that, “I think we’re starting to be able to describe this as a potential super-spreader event that occurred.”

“It was outside which is beneficial,” he noted. “But as you mentioned, people unmasked, within six feet, closely clustered for long periods of time. There are a lot of people who had close contact with each other there.”

“But that event that you’re looking at is sounding like a super-spreader,” Gupta said.

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Armed ‘sovereign citizen extremist’ arrested at Boston train station: report

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Authorities in Boston arrested an armed extremist at a train station on Thanksgiving.

"A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology," the Department of Justice announced Friday. "Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition."

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Texas Republican hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already a GOP congressman is publicly dunking on him

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There was some drama on Twitter on Friday when a four-term Republican congressman dunked on a Texas Republican who won a seat in Congress but has yet to be sworn in.

It started when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) urged President Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called out Gabbard for being "full of more than just turkey."

Snowden and Assange are Russian agents who pose a direct threat to US National interests. Clearly @TulsiGabbard is full of more than just turkey. https://t.co/RI4XgdZRUy

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Biden’s lead in Milwaukee increases after Trump blew millions on Wisconsin recount: report

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President-elect Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin extended on Friday as Milwaukee finished their recount.

The Trump campaign had to pay $3 million for the recount in Wisconsin.

"Milwaukee County concludes its recount of the presidential election -- one of two counties where Trump sought a recount in Wisconsin. The results: Biden's lead, currently at about 20,000 statewide, grew by 132 votes," Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post reported Friday.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic did a quick, back-of-the-envelope economic analysis.

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