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....
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced record turnout as he sought to fend off a Trump-backed primary challenge.
"As polls in Georgia close on primary day, the Secretary of State’s Office is projecting that the state will break its turnout numbers from 2018, meaning more than 300,000 will have cast a ballot by the close of the polls for a total of more than 1.2 million in the primary," The Washington Post reported shortly after the polls closed.
Raffensperger is being challenged by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) after refusing Donald Trump's demands to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.
"The state’s record-breaking numbers underscore Georgians’ high engagement in a state where access to the ballot is again defining politics," the newspaper reported. "Voting rights organizations claim that the high voter turnout is despite restrictive election laws passed by Georgia Republicans, while conservative lawmakers argue that claims that their election policies would lead to voter suppression have been proved unfounded."
Trump is also backing former Sen. David Perdue's campaign against Gov. Brian Kemp, also for refusing to overturn the 2020 election.
In the state's Senate race, former footballer Herschel will be facing off against Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is also on the ballot in first attempt at re-election.
Kevin McCarthy argues against subpoenas in amicus brief filed in support of Jan. 6 committee target Steve Bannon
On Tuesday, the right-wing Daily Caller reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) filed an amicus brief in favor of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon in his trial for contempt of Congress.
"In a motion to dismiss filed in April, Bannon and his attorneys argue that his contempt charges are unlawful because the Select Committee violates the rules of the House of Representatives due to its lack of a minority-appointed ranking member," reported Michael Ginsberg. "McCarthy’s brief supports that position, noting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi described an ''unprecedented' approach to forming the Select Committee.'"
"'It is therefore not at all extraordinary that the House failed to contemplate the possibility of less than thirteen (13) Members being appointed upon passage of Resolution 503,' which requires the inclusion of thirteen committee members, including five appointed by the minority, McCarthy’s brief says."
McCarthy indeed did not appoint any Republican members to the committee, which was empaneled after Senate Republicans shot down a bipartisan 9/11-style Commission to look into the attack on the Capitol. However, this is not because Pelosi didn't allow it. Rather, she shot down two specific proposed members by McCarthy -- Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN), owing to their explicit public opposition to the existence of the committee and involvement with figures being investigated by it. McCarthy withdrew his other picks and boycotted the committee altogether after Pelosi's action.
McCarthy also opposed the establishment of the bipartisan commission, which would have given Republicans far more power over the proceedings. Also, even after declaring his boycott, Pelosi appointed two Republicans to serve on the committee, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
Bannon was indicted for contempt of Congress after a blanket refusal to cooperate with the committee, claiming executive privilege — which legal experts believe does not apply in this case as Bannon was not a member of the White House on Jan. 6, 2021.
Within minutes of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announcing 14 students and a teacher had been killed earlier Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, an old Abbott tweet calling for Texans to buy more guns resurfaced on Twitter. “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA. Let’s pick up the pace Texans,” Abbott tweeted on October 28, 2015, during his first year in the governor’s mansion, while also plugging the NRA and linking to an article about the state’s gun sales. This isn’t the first time the tweet has recirculated after a mass shooting in the Long Star Sta...