PHILADELPHIA – Following a 16-month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania Catholics will be required to attend Mass in person again beginning next month. “We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 as individuals and families. It has been a time of acute hardship and struggle, of separation and isolation. It has also had an impact on our lives of faith,” Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Pérez said in a statement Thursday. ”As many aspects of life are now returning to normalcy, each Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania will reinstate the obligation to attend Mass in person on Sundays and Hol...
'I don't understand the question': White House spokeswoman baffled by Newsmax reporter's scientific illiteracy
A Newsmax reporter on Friday left White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre baffled after asking a bizarre question about whether White House officials were personally conducting tests to make sure the delta variant had become the dominant strain of the novel coronavirus.
During the Friday White House press briefing, the Newsmax reporter asked, "How do you know test whether it's the dominant strain in the area when people just test whether they're COVID-positive?"
"We don't test it, we listen to public health and scientists and they tell us it's the delta variant," Jean-Pierre said.
The reporter then asked if the health experts explained their "process" for testing.
"I don't even understand the question," she replied. "That's what they are telling us. I just laid out how contagious it was."
The reporter then complained that a lot of answers we get about public health questions are "because [public health experts] say so."
"Well they're the experts!" a baffled Jean-Pierre replied.
Watch the video below.
One of the only journalists to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns explained why potential crimes revealed by Trump's taxes may not be the biggest issue for congressional investigators to pursue.
MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston on Friday after the Department of Justice ruled that the Treasury Department must turn over Trump's taxes to the House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2017, Johnston published a story based off of Trump's 2005 Form 1040 federal tax return, which he had obtained.
"So David, what should the committee be able to learn from these returns? "Mohyeldin asked. "You know tax returns certainly better than I do, but as the tax returns ultimately get handed over to these committees, what are they going to reveal?"
"Well, the biggest single concern — and Nancy Pelosi talked about this today — is national security. Is there something in the returns that tells us that Donald Trump is beholden to some foreign power or interest that we did not see? I think that's the first, most important issue that needs to be resolved," Johnston said. "And we don't know the answer to that and the tax returns, by the way, may not provide it."
"Secondly, Donald Trump's tax returns, we have very good reason to think are probably fraudulent. Why? Well, Donald had two civil income tax fraud trials, he lost both of them — they were New York state and New York City trials. I broke the story of this, I think six years ago now. Those returns were so fraudulent that Donald's own witness — his long time tax lawyer and tax accountant — testified that they were forged. If Donald Trump would forge a tax return, then I think there is good reason to suspect there is other unlawful activity on his tax return."
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'How dare you': Oklahoma GOP gets blowback for 'abhorrent' Facebook post linking vaccine mandates to Holocaust
The Oklahoma Republican Party on Friday posted a Facebook meme that featured a yellow Star of David with the label "unvaccinated" on it in a clear comparison between vaccine mandates and the Nazi-enacted Holocaust that led to the slaughter of 6 million Jews.
The party posted the meme along with a "call to action" message asking supporters to demand "a special legislative session to address private employer VACCINE mandates, or their employees face risk of termination."
While the Oklahoma GOP may have thought the Holocaust comparison would be a good motivator to get its supporters to demand the special session, many of the party's followers on Facebook blasted it for comparing vaccine mandates to one of the very worst human rights atrocities in world history.
"As a Jew I am completely disgusted by this post," wrote Tulsa resident Laura Bellis in response. "This is a horrifying very false comparison. How dare you."
"This is an abhorrent comparison and completely out of line," wrote Cayti Lewis Burch of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. "Asking people to protect the health of others is in no way, shape, or form comparable to the horrendous and evil treatment and genocide of millions of Jews. Take this down and do better."
"This is unacceptable," a man named Teddy Wyatt wrote. "I have been a registered Republican since voting for Ronald Regan. I was a Republican in Oklahoma when we were the minority. I will indeed contact all of my state officials and demand that SOMEONE get control of the idiocy that is now the Republican party. Requiring vaccination for employment is not new. Many people are required to have hepatitis vaccinations in order to work."
A screen capture of the full post can be found below.
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