GOP governor 'abruptly canceled' PreK-12 mask rules -- but school districts quickly rejected it: report

School districts in Arizona rushed react on Monday after the state's Republican governor lifted a school mask mandate.

"Gov. Doug Ducey lifted his executive order on Monday that mandated masks to be worn on Arizona school campuses," KPNX-TV reported Monday. "School districts still have the authority to have mask requirements in their area."

The station's Brahm Resnik began tracking the response from school districts.

Here is the thread he posted to Twitter:

Trump panned for bizarre Sean Hannity interview on Fox News

When Donald Trump was president, Fox News personality Sean Hannity was described as his "shadow chief of staff." Trump is now a retiree golfing in Florida, but the Fox News host lavished praise during an interview broadcast on Friday night.

Hannity began the interview by praising Trump's work ethic while he lives at Mar-a-Lago in retirement.

Trump went on to lavish praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin while complaining about investigations into his ties to Russia.

Here's some of what people were saying:

Trump praises Putin on Fox News -- after Alexei Navalny hospitalized in prison

Former President Donald Trump on Monday praised his relationship with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

The statements came after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was transferred to a prison hospital and the Pentagon warned about Russia's troop build-up along the border with Ukraine.

Fox News personality Sean Hannity asked Trump what he would do differently if he were to run again in 2024 and win.

Trump did not lay out a vision for the future and instead complained about investigations into his ties with Russia.

Trump recounted that his 2016 campaign aides repeatedly asked him about his ties to Russia, but denied there was relationship.

"Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing," Trump argued.

"I got along great with President Putin, I liked him, he liked me," he said. "That's a good thing, not a bad thing."


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Trump says GOP must run on his MAGA agenda in 2022 'if they want to win'

President Donald Trump urged Republicans to run on his "Make America Great Agenda" even though it cost the GOP control of the House of Representatives in 2018 followed by the White House and Senate in 2020.

Trump was interviewed on Monday by Fox News personality Sean Hannity, who started the interview by lavishing praise on the Florida retiree.

Hannity asked if Republicans should continue the approach that cost them both chambers of Congress and the White House on Trump's watch.

"Should this now be the Republican Party agenda? Should anybody that wants to run for the House or the Senate -- should they take this "Make America Great" agenda and fight for those things that you fought for the four years you were president?" Hannity asked.

"If they want to win, yes," Trump replied. "We've expanded the Republican Party."

"If you want to win and win big, you have to do that," Trump argued.


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Former VP Walter Mondale dies at 93: report

The 1984 Democratic Party nominee for president passed away on Monday.

"Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93," the Associated Press reported. "The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited."

"Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981," the AP reported. "His own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan's popularity. Mondale's selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race."

Reagan won the Electoral College 525-13.

"In 2002, state and national Democrats looked to Mondale when Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., was killed in a plane crash less than two weeks before Election Day. Mondale agreed to stand in for Wellstone, and early polls showed him with a lead over the Republican candidate, Norm Coleman," the AP reminded. "But the 53-year-old Coleman, emphasizing his youth and vigor, out-hustled the then-74-year-old Mondale in an intense six-day campaign. Mondale was also hurt by a partisan memorial service for Wellstone, in which thousands of Democrats booed Republican politicians in attendance."

Former President Jimmy Carter praised Mondale.

WATCH: Brand new medical ventilators discarded in Florida landfill

Boxes with apparently brand new medical ventilators were reportedly discovered in a Florida landfill.

"The reaction was strong enough for a few f-bombs. 'All these f*cking ventilators. This is what is going on. Brand new. Brand f*cking new.' The video is from a resident who was taking some garbage to the South Dade Landfill last week. He was stunned to see pallets full of brand new, wrapped medical ventilators dumped as bulky trash among mattresses, tires and other waste," WPLG TV reports.

"From the packaging, Local 10 News traced the model and the manufacturer: Beijing Aerospace Changfeng Ltd. in Beijing. A posting from a broker shows the device selling at $26,000 during the height of need last spring, as U.S. medical workers scrambled to find ventilators for an exploding number of COVID-19 patients," the station reported. "However, the Beijing Aerospace ChangFeng Ltd ACM812A was not on a list of 86 ventilator models approved for emergency authorized use by the FDA."

"His video shows a truck dumping the ventilators. Local 10 News tracked the company from the truck to a customs broker in Doral, where we learned that the specifics of items cleared through U.S. Customs is not public information," the network reported. "The FDA says that any medical device without approval may not be used, so the options are to either take it out of the country or take it to be destroyed."

Biden to propose $1 trillion for child care and pre-K in new 'American Families Plan': report

The Biden administration appears to be planning to go big with investments in American families with his next major legislative push.

"White House officials are closing in on a large spending plan centered on childcare, paid family leave, and other domestic priorities, according to two people aware of internal discussions. The package could amount to at least $1 trillion of new spending and tax credits, though details remain fluid," The Washington Post reported Monday. "The 'American Families Plan,' the second part of the administration's 'Build Back Better' agenda, is expected to be unveiled ahead of President Biden's joint address to Congress on April 28, the people said. It follows the approximately $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan the White House introduced earlier this month that is just beginning to be debated by Congress."

"While details remained in flux, the White House's newest plan is expected to call for roughly $1 trillion in new spending and approximately $500 billion in new tax credits, according to the people aware of the internal discussions. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations," the newspaper reported. "The measure is expected to be largely if not fully paid for with new tax hikes centered on upper-income Americans and wealthy investors, the people said. The details of those tax measures remained unclear."

The newspaper reported. "The plan is expected to devote hundreds of billions of dollars to new programs that Biden highlighted during the presidential campaign and are highly sought by Democrats in Congress. While final numbers had not been determined, the largest efforts are expected to center on roughly $225 billion for childcare funding; $225 billion for paid family and medical leave; $200 billion for universal pre-kindergarten instruction; hundreds of billions in education funding, including tuition-free community colleges across the country; and other sums for nutritional assistance, the people familiar with the matter said."

Walgreens gave saline instead of coronavirus vaccines in North Carolina: report

North Caronlinians seeking COVID-19 vaccines at one Walgreens received a saline solution instead, according to a new report.

"A Walgreens pharmacy in Monroe gave a small number of people an injection of saline instead of a COVID-19 vaccine last month, the company said Monday. Erin Loverher, a Walgreens spokesperson, said 22 people at one location were affected by the mix-up on March 20 at the pharmacy and were scheduled to receive their second shot over the past weekend," WSOC-TV reported Monday.

"She noted pharmacists sometimes use saline solutions during training and that there is no reason to believe anyone injected was harmed. Walgreens is investigating what went wrong, reviewing its processes and is working to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future," the station reported.

Republican repeatedly crossed center line before DUI arrest: North Dakota Highway Patrol

New details are emerging on the arrest of a Republican legislative leader in North Dakota.

"The Highway Patrol trooper who arrested North Dakota House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Louser for drunken driving last week observed Louser's vehicle cross the center line "several times" on Expressway between Mandan and Bismarck before pulling him over, the agency said Monday," The Bismark Tribune reported Monday. "The trooper also smelled alcohol on Louser after stopping him shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, according to the summary the patrol provided the Tribune."

There are conflicting details in the case.

"The trooper determined Louser was under the influence of alcohol and took him to the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. A sergeant there on Saturday said Louser was not taken to the jail, so no booking photo was taken. Patrol spokesman Sgt. Wade Kadrmas on Monday said Louser was taken to the jail for testing," the newspaper explained. "It wasn't clear where Louser was coming from the morning he was arrested or who might have been with him."

Medical examiner rules Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes: report

The Capitol Police officer thought to have been killed by pro-Trump insurrectionists actually died of natural causes, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

"Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled. The ruling, released Monday, likely will make it difficult for prosecutors to pursue homicide charges in the officer's death. Two men are accused of assaulting Sicknick by spraying a powerful chemical irritant at him during the siege," the newspaper reported.

"In an interview with The Washington Post, Francisco J. Diaz, the medical examiner, said the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick's throat to quickly seize. Diaz also said there was no evidence of internal or external injuries," the newspaper reported. "The medical examiner noted Sicknick was among the officers who engaged the Capitol mob and said 'all that transpired played a role in his condition.'"

Sicknick's remains are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

"Police said that Sicknick, who joined the Capitol Police in 2008, collapsed after he had returned to his office following the riot and was taken to a hospital, where he died. The case is being investigated by D.C. police, who handle all deaths in the District, along with the Capitol Police and the FBI," The Post reported. "Acting U.S. attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a Jan. 8 statement that Sicknick died of "the injuries he suffered defending the U.S. Capitol." He promised that local and federal authorities would 'spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.'"

Closing defense of Derek Chauvin is ‘an epic fail’: MSNBC legal analyst

Eric Nelson, the defense attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, did not appear to be connecting with jurors during his long-winded closing arguments.

Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed Georgetown Law professor and MSNBC legal analyst Paul Butler during a late lunch break in the trial.

"Ayman, not so much on the merits of the case but as a matter of trial advocacy, this closing statement by the defense is an epic fail," Butler said.

"It's rambling, it's incoherent at times, and it's way too long. The jury wanted to go to lunch, probably an hour ago," he explained.

"Traditionally, prosecutors and defense attorneys don't object in closing statements. The judge doesn't interrupt because you want the chance to tell a complete story," he explained. "But, my goodness, hours and hours, I don't think this is a good look for the defense."

"Yeah, I was going to say, two-and-a-half hours by our clock and then some," Mohyeldin noted.

That analysis may have been confirmed by one of the pool reporters allowed inside the courtroom, according to MSNBC reporter Shaquille Brewster.

"This pool reporter says the jury looks much more confused or curious, possibly skeptical of Nelson's arguments," Brewster noted.

The pool reporter also said the defense attorney appeared to be "reading the faces of the jurors" when apologizing for being long-winded.


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Feds target Steve Bannon-linked company for the ‘unlawful spreading of COVID-19 misinformation’

Federal investigators are taking steps to stop a company linked to Steve Bannon from misleading consumers about the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Former Trump adviser and former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon does not radiate 'pinnacle of health.' The portly, cigar-smoking, possibly former alcoholic is not known for his workout ethic. But like many a far-right media figure, including Trump himself (once upon a time), Bannon is now hawking vitamins as a 'Wellness Warrior.' People have called Bannon a lot of things over the years. Wellness Warrior is not one of them. Yet Bannon now appears in ads on his website for 'The War Room Defense Pack,' a collection of zinc and Vitamin D3, with the slogan, 'You can't fight if you're sick!' Anyone ordering a free sample is treated to a complimentary 'War Room Viral Defense Guide,' which doesn't come right out and say it's offering a COVID cure, lest Bannon run into trouble with the FDA. But the savvy consumer will be able to read through the lines," Mother Jones reported in March.

That advertising is now the focus of a federal crackdown.

"The Department of Justice, together with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced a civil complaint against defendants Eric Anthony Nepute and Quickwork LLC, doing business as Wellness Warrior, in the first enforcement action alleging violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act," the Justice Department announced on Monday.

"According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could prevent or treat COVID-19 without competent or reliable scientific evidence to support their claims. Further, the defendants allegedly advertised without scientific support that their supplements were equally or more effective therapies for COVID-19 than the currently available vaccines. The complaint seeks civil penalties and injunctive relief to stop the defendants from continuing to make deceptive advertising claims," the magazine reported. "The COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in December 2020, prohibits deceptive acts or practices associated with the treatment, cure, prevention, mitigation or diagnosis of COVID-19."

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton announced why the action was being taken.

"The Justice Department is committed to preventing the unlawful marketing of unproven COVID-19 treatments," said Boynton. "Deceptive marketing of unproven products discourages consumers from following health and safety guidelines provided by public health officials. The unlawful spreading of COVID-19 misinformation to sell a product will not be tolerated."

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, the acting chairwoman of the FTC, focused on one aspect that was "particularly troubling."

"The defendants' claims that their products can stand in for approved COVID-19 vaccines are particularly troubling: we need to be doing everything we can to stop bogus health claims that endanger consumers," Slaughter said. "With this case, the Commission has quickly put to use its new authority to stop false marketing claims related to the pandemic."

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QAnon congresswoman blasts Rupert Murdoch's newspaper over incest story: 'Shame on them'

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) rushed to defend Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) over allegations of underage sex trafficking, but apparently draws the line at incest.

The controversial Republican on Saturday linked to a story by the New York Post, which is owned by far-right billionaire Rupert Murdoch of Fox News infamy.

The story was on an Australian named Richard Morris who is seeking to change incest laws in 60 countries, but who has received little support.

"We haven't moved any mountains yet," he told the tabloid.

But reporting on the topic was enough to draw condemnation from lawmaker known as the "QAnon congresswoman."

"This repulsive article really just says everything about the media. It just sums it up to exactly what the media is. And what low disgusting level many of them exist on. No wonder everyone is so sick of the news," she wrote.

"Shame on them," she said.

Indy FedEx shooter's family tried to get him help -- instead he got assault rifles

New details are emerging on the man who allegedly killed eight people and injured many more at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

"In March 2020, Brandon Scott Hole's mother was so worried that her son might be plotting a 'suicide by cop,' that she called the FBI to report him. As a result, authorities detained him on an emergency mental-health hold and seized the shotgun he had purchased a month earlier. Investigators found no crime had been committed and that Hole did not harbor racial animus—but they did not return the shotgun to him," The Daily Beast reported Saturday evening.

"Four months later, despite his family's concerns and the previous involvement of law enforcement, the teen legally bought an assault weapon, the Indianapolis Police Department revealed on Saturday. Two months after that, he bought another assault weapon. And then on Thursday night, he brought both guns to the Indianapolis FedEx facility where he once worked and opened fire," The Beast reported.

On Saturday, Indianapolis held a vigil for the victims.

WATCH: Kentucky Republican brilliantly cornered on gun policy by CNN anchor Pamela Brown

Rep. James Comer (R-KY) was cornered on CNN on Saturday by fellow Kentuckian Pamela Brown.

"And if you look at the states that ban guns, and the cities that have banned guns -- Chicago, Washington, DC -- they have some of the highest rates of gun violence," Comer argued. "So, just passing laws banning guns doesn't solve the problem."

Brown pointed out a key flaw in his argument.

"But nearly two-thirds of crime guns recovered in states with strong gun laws were originally sold in states with weak gun laws. So if gun laws don't matter, why are criminals going to states with weaker gun laws, bringing that gun back to a state with stronger gun laws and committing crimes," Brown asked.

"Well, I can't answer that," Comer said.

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