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Experts: COVID-exposed Pence putting others at risk as he continues to campaign for Trump

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Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short entered isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, but his boss did just the opposite. On Saturday, Pence headlined two rallies in Florida and then continued his campaigning by visiting Kinston, North Carolina. On Monday, Pence continued his tour through Hibbing, Minn. for a rally as the number of COVID-19 cases in his inner circle climbed to five.

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Asked whether Pence was putting others at risk by campaigning, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that, “the short answer is yes.” Pence should receive frequent tests, maintain physical distance from others and wear a medical-grade N95 mask at all times, Gottlieb said Sunday on CBS News’s Face the Nation.

“There’s ways to try to provide a measure of protection around the vice president or protect other people from the risk if the vice president does contract the infection, but they need to be very explicit about the risk that they’re taking,” he said.

Pence chairs the White House’s coronavirus task force and has repeatedly ignored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines regarding mask-wearing and social distancing.

In contrast, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris canceled several days of campaign stops after two people around her tested positive.

Pence has backed down from presiding over a Senate vote on Judge Amy Comey Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court Monday after Senate Democrats urged him to reconsider his attendance.

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“With five of your closest aides recently testing positive for COVID-19, it is not a risk worth taking. We ask you to reconsider,” Democratic senators said in a letter to Pence. “Not only would your presence in the Senate Chamber tomorrow be a clear violation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, it would also be a violation of common decency and courtesy.”

“Nothing about your presence in the Senate tomorrow can be considered essential. You will not need to cast the deciding vote to break a tie. Your presence tomorrow would be purely ceremonial,” the senators added.

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Stephen Colbert details ‘petty’ Trump’s 46-minute ‘pants-filling tantrum’ to ‘kamikaze MAGA dead-enders’

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert walked through President Donald Trump's recent 46-minute Facebook rant in an epic opening monologue Wednesday night.

Thursday will mark one month since the election, and "the president has spent that entire time throwing a loud, pants-filling tantrum," said Colbert. "If we don't change presidents soon, he's going to get a rash."

He explained that the world had been subjected to Trump's "call to arms" for his supporters, seeking to overthrow the election and nullify the will of the people.

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‘Book her on Jeanine Pirro’: Witness ridiculed after going viral during Giuliani’s Michigan hearing

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Rudy Giuliani's election fraud hearing went off the rails Wednesday evening as one woman monopolized the comments section with a series of rants.

“That poll book is off by 100,000!” claimed the woman. “Why don’t you look at the registered voters on there? … what was the turnout rate, 120 percent?”

Some speculated if the woman was intoxicated while others wondered if she'd been using Gov. Rick Perry's "smart glasses" as a talking stick. One Michigander explained, however, that some people in the state simply talk that way.

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Trump witness at Rudy’s Michigan hearing demands photo ID because ‘all Chinese look alike’

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President Donald Trump's latest election fraud "hearing" in Michigan brought together a motley crew of witnesses including one woman who went off on a rant about photo ID.

Michigan requests a photo ID but doesn't mandate it to vote. But that isn't enough for one woman who said it's necessary to tell Chinese people apart.

"I think all Chinese look alike, so how would you tell?" she asked.

If the woman at the hearing has a hard time telling the difference between Chinese people, she may also have trouble looking at a photo of a person and telling if they're the same person on the ID. Voter rolls also don't have photos of the voter included in them.

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