ATLANTA — Tanner Health System, with 3,500 employees, is bursting with COVID-19 patients. For weeks it has been operating at full capacity, with 55 patients needing admission Friday afternoon but waiting for beds. It has 61 COVID-19 patients being treated in units at its Carrollton, Villa Rica and Bremen hospitals. But the not-for-profit system so far has received no doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine to protect its staff. Maybe next week a shipment would come, Tanner Chief Operating Officer Greg Schulenburg said his contacts with the Georgia Department of Public Health have told the hospitals....
Officer Michael Fanone rips right-wing Republicans who claim to ‘love police’ — but not the ones hurt on Jan. 6
Officer Michael Fanone bashed right-wing Republicans who align themselves with police but seem unconcerned with accountability for the Donald Trump supporters who harmed officers during the U.S. Capitol riot.
The Washington, D.C., metropolitan police officer appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he condemned lawmakers who he believes are lying about the Jan. 6 insurrection and refusing to hold the former president and his allies accountable for stoking the violence with false claims about the election.
"It's interesting to see, obviously, the individuals who I guess were politically affiliated with the left kind of, well, they did demonize police officers, and I mean there were crimes perpetrating by law enforcement officers in this country that were outrageous, and there's a history of racism going back, you know, a long, long time in this country," Fanone said. "Unfortunately, historically speaking, law enforcement played a part in that, and I'm the first person who wants to be part of that conversation going forward. I don't believe that police officers are above reproach, but I also don't believe that all police officers are evil. In fact, I think it's one of the most honorable, selfless professions that a person can aspire to be a part of."
"At the same time, watching the right handle officers who responded to the Capitol and saying, 'Oh, we love police, we just don't love those police' -- I'm not stupid," Fanone added. "Like, I see it for what it is, and it's pandering, and I don't want to be pandered to. I want to have an honest conversation, and I think we're not engaging in an honest conversation in this country with regards to a lot of things, one of them being police reform. Policing and police reform, the conversation, I look at it kind of like a Rubik's cube. All of the stakeholders -- police officers, management, politicians, media and the communities -- all need to engage in that conversation honestly. Just like all sides of a Rubik's cube, if it doesn't all match and everybody is not all in, we're just verbally masturbating."
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Former "The View" panelist Meghan McCain received a public fact-check from one of her father's best friends about one of the claims in her newly released audiobook.
"I saw Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sitting towards the back. As far as I knew, they had not been invited but they showed up anyway. Funeral crashers. It never even crossed my mind that they would come. Why would you go to something like that?" McCain wondered. "It seemed audacious even for them."
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded to McCain's claim in a telephone interview with The Washington Post, in which he said "their presence was approved."
"She was upset they were there — I understand that, and she has hard feelings but I know what happened and nobody showed up uninvited," Graham said. "I love Meghan McCain and I understand how stressful all this has been for her and those who attack her dad will never be forgiven by her."
A spokesperson for McCain said "she stands by the accuracy of her memoir."
A source close Trump and Kushner, also known as Javanka, threw shade at McCain.
"Jared and Ivanka had about as much interest in attending the funeral as they did the half dozen or so dinner invitations that [husband Ben Domenech] and Meghan pestered them with after the funeral," the source said.
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The fatal shooting of two Black Lives Matter activists in Wisconsin was a harbinger of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol less than 20 months later, according to a new analysis by The New York Times magazine that was published online on Tuesday.
The story focused on Kyle Rittenhouse, who is standing trial for killing two men in Kenosha after traveling to Wisconsin from Illinois.
"They called themselves citizens or patriots, and the demonstrators and media often called them militias, but it would have been most accurate to call them paramilitaries: young-to-middle-aged white men, mostly, armed with assault-style rifles and often clad in tactical gear, who appeared in town that evening arrayed purposefully around gas stations and used-car lots. Their numbers, based on video footage and firsthand accounts, may have run anywhere from the high dozens to the low hundreds, but no official estimates were made. Law-enforcement officers seemed to have broadly tolerated, and occasionally openly expressed support for, their activities, despite the fact that many of them were violating the same emergency curfew order under which dozens of demonstrators were arrested," Charles Homans wrote.
The reporter interviewed Andy Carvin, the managing editor of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think tank which tracked extremism leading up to the Kenosha unrest.
"Kenosha was a harbinger of that," Carvin said of the "Stop the Steal" rallies.
"All of these episodes looked, in retrospect, like steppingstones on the way to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, where a coalition of standard-issue Trump voters, QAnon true believers and militiamen united in an attempt to blow up American democracy in order to save the country from their perceived enemies. We had entered a new era in which there would always be an enemy and someone ready to meet them. It was clear, by then, that what happened in Kenosha was about something much bigger than the buildings that burned there. It did not really matter if dozens of buildings were burning or one was. It did not really matter if buildings were burning at all," The Times reported.
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