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WH: President 100% right in firing James Comey
WH: President 100% right in firing James Comey
Police in Thailand said Friday they have charged a U.S. citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was interrogated Friday in the northern city of Nan where he had lived with Pitchaporn Kidchob, said police Lt. Col. Somkiat Ruam-ngern. Balzer was arrested Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing his 32-year-old wife, said Maj. Gen. Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5′s Detective Department.
‘It is ironic that we came to India for two weeks and he contracted it here,’ says Dr Rajendra Kapila’s widow
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Dr. Rajendra Kapila, an infectious disease expert and professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, died of COVID-19 last month while in India. Kapila, 81, died on April 28, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, ABC News reports. India is the world's biggest COVID-19 hotspot, and Kapila went to the country to help care for relatives, his ex-wife, Dr. Bina Kapila, told WABC. She said he only planned on staying in India for a short period of time. In a statement, Rutgers called Kapila a "genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases" who was "recognized worldwide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases." Kapila founded Rutgers' Division of Infectious Diseases, was a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society, and "provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents, and fellows," Rutgers said. His wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila, said her husband was fully vaccinated before traveling to India; while it is extremely rare for a vaccinated person to die of COVID-19, most who have died had underlying health conditions and were older, ABC News reports. Kapila's ex-wife told WABC he had heart issues and diabetes. More stories from theweek.comThe insurrectionists are winningHouse GOP leader Kevin McCarthy apparently pays $1,500 to live in a 12-bedroom, 16-bath penthouseIn 1 year, Minnesota man turns knack for making ice cream into a new career
Fox NewsIn what has become a commonplace occurrence these days, Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed a controversy purely of his own making on Thursday night, this time regarding his dangerous and sloppy suggestion that dozens of Americans a day are dying from the coronavirus vaccines.How did he explain away the highly misleading and disingenuous speculation? Well, by blaming it all on President Joe Biden, of course.Carlson, who has increasingly sought to cast doubt on the efficacy and safety of the highly effective vaccines, took his vaccine skepticism to new heights on Wednesday night when he cited a faulty open-sourced database dubbed a “a breeding ground for misinformation” to suggest that thousands of Americans have died from the shots.“Between late December of 2020 and last month, a total of 3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID vaccine in the United States,” Carlson exclaimed, citing the Center for Disease Control’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. “That is an average of roughly 30 people every day. So, what does that add up to? By the way, that reporting period ended on April 23, and we don’t have numbers past that.”While acknowledging that there’s been criticism of the VAERS database’s numbers and insisting he believes “vaccines aren’t dangerous,” Carlson still spent 15 minutes speculating that the federally authorized COVID-19 vaccines are leading to an untold number of deaths.“The actual number is almost certainly higher than [30 people every day], perhaps vastly higher than that,” he said at one point.Of course, Carlson never once noted that the CDC itself had analyzed the reports of deaths submitted to VAERS—which is nothing more than open-access data—and offered the following conclusion: “A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines.”Following a 24-hour period in which he was roundly criticized and fact-checked—including from his own Fox colleagues—Carlson issued his rebuttal. And he wanted his critics to know he was “just asking questions.” Oh, and it’s also Biden’s fault.“We looked up the numbers the Biden administration has gathered on vaccine safety. Then last night, we boldly read those numbers on television—the Biden numbers,” Carlson began with a mocking tone.“As we did that, we noted the administration’s reporting system for injuries—it’s called VAERS—has been credibly accused of being inaccurate,” he added. “We also noted that very same system has been used for a long time.”Once again insisting that “more deaths have been connected to the new COVID vaccines over the past four months than all previous vaccines combined” in recent years—again, something the CDC has thoroughly knocked down—Carlson claimed he was just seeking answers.“Very same system, very different results,” he said, adding: “How does this happen? So what is that explanation? We still don’t know. Instead of answering that simple and important question, the usual chorus of partisans started screaming and calling for censorship!”After mocking his critics for telling him the VAERS numbers are untrustworthy, he wanted to know why “hasn’t the Biden administration fixed its reporting system” and “what are the real numbers.”Carlson, meanwhile, ended the segment by flipping the indignation over his reckless speculation back onto his critics, insisting they are actually the ones who are doing harm to the public.“It’s fair to ask how much harm this medicine causes. No one has told us,” he declared. “Their position is, you don’t need to know the rate of injury! That doesn’t matter. Anyone who asks about harm is immoral. That’s what they’re arguing. If you ever find yourself arguing that, you will know for certain you have lost the thread. You are no longer arguing for public health. You’re doing something else entirely.”Carlson, of course, could just read the disclaimers when searching the database to realize that it’s not a typical government data source and the numbers don’t reflect direct causation.“Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information,” one disclaimer reads, while another warns: “The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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REUTERSYou’ve got to love Washington. Liz Cheney, No. 3 in the House leadership and Republican royalty by way of Wyoming, is about to be sent packing while gung ho Matt Gaetz out of Pensacola, amid credible charges he paid teenagers for sex, merrily rolls along with all his committee assignments intact. This even though Cheney’s no RINO. She won her seat by cutting her gay sister loose and was a more loyal Trumper (voting with him 93 percent of the time) than the skeezy Gaetz (just 85 percent). When Gaetz went to Cheyenne to blast Cheney as a fake cow girl in cahoots with Joe Biden, she told him to take his beauty bag and go back home.Still it’s Cheney, possessed of a more active conscience and stiffer spine than others in her party, who will lose her position in the House leadership for merely saying the obvious: that Trump lost the election and incited a mob to reverse it. She further angered her boss, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, by supporting a 9/11 style bipartisan investigation into just what happened on Jan. 6—which, of course, would also be a probe of the actions of some of her Republican peers Until now, McCarty’s successfully stonewalled on what was said on his call with Trump while his followers were threatening to hang Mike Pence from a noose they’d brought with them. The commission will have subpoena power. The White House records all calls. As revealing as their respective standing is, Gaetz and Cheney are a proxy for a much larger battle: Are the GOP going to let Trump run their party even though he’s reduced to doing a floor show at Mar-a-Lago and writing a blog, still blocked from Facebook and Twitter? Or will they break free of him while they still have the chance?The MAGA Nuts Think Liz Cheney, of All People, Is a RINOThe answer from McCarthy is no. After one post-insurrection shouting match, he backed down and made his choice to go with the guy who lost the Senate, the House, and the White House, and whose dream of being carved on to Mt. Rushmore is in ashes. Trump is more likely to find himself, like Rudy Giuliani, various aides, and members of his family, immersed in so many court battles to stay out of prison he won’t have time to mount challenges to the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him. What torture this is for McCarthy, who just wants peace in the land and to become Speaker. He’s been trying to have it both ways by appeasing Trump, whom there’s no appeasing, while going kumbaya on Cheney until now. It’s not about one person, he just wants everyone to get along, be on message, and not be "not productive,” his phrase in answer to a question about her calling the Big Lie “poisonous to our democracy” at the party’s retreat in Orlando last week. It was his usual lack of discipline that got him caught on an open mic saying he’s “had it with her.” That fist bump with Biden at his joint session of Congress must have sent him around the bend. He’s now leaving the wet work to his deputy Steve Scalise. McCarthy’s actually not smart enough to keep two competing interests in his mind at the same time, despite advice from respected quarters like the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and his long-time consultant Frank Luntz, who we just learned rents a room to him in his luxury apartment to spare McCarthy’s six-foot frame nights on his office couch. Luntz doesn’t make policy as much as packages it—the Contract with America and death panels are his. He must sniff McCarthy’s jacket when he gets home to see if he’s hanging out with the wrong crowd again, those undisciplined Trump deadenders, openly calling for Cheney’s head in the face of the incontrovertible fact that to return to the majority, the party has to build a bigger tent, spacious enough for her and Jim Jordan. The Journal warned Tuesday that “bowing to all things Trump” will lose the suburban vote when McCarthy “knows Ms. Cheney is right. The election wasn’t stolen.” Grooming Elise Stefanik, who’s more moderate than Cheney, to fill her shoes won’t fool anyone, particularly Moms outside Philly. Does the New York congresswoman know that lying to voters about 2020 is a requirement of the job? McCarthy is so spineless it’s a wonder he walks upright. His party is a step back for political, if not human, evolution.His first mistake was to suss out the path of least resistance and follow it to Mar-a-Lago to beg forgiveness for whispering that the former president bore some responsibility for Jan. 6. That was like waving a red flag in front of a bully and crying “gore me.” He conceded power to the sorest loser in history, power Trump didn’t then have. As Republicans did four years ago, McCarthy stirred the monster into action by appeasing it. And for what? McCarthy doesn't need Trump. He needs to contain the prisoner of Mar-a-Lago, not do a full Lindsey Graham on him. To win back the House, McCarthy has the wind at his back. The party out of power is generally favored in the midterms. (In a Texas special election last week Republicans wiped out Democrats). He's blessed by Democratic retirements and redistricting. You can count on Democrats to overplay their hand and give him more than Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head to work with. With no Orwellian wordmeister like Luntz to do their reframing, the White House has gone way overbroad defining infrastructure, giving Republicans an excuse to scoff at it. They aren't satisfied with the tectonic shift among Americans who now see that Black people have been discriminated against in every way possible, but are holding out for a confession from a majority that they’re racists themselves. Those soft breezes may not be enough for McCarthy to prevail. He likes the last person he talked to who also likes him—and that would be Gaetz and not Cheney, with whom he now avoids eye contact. Late to wear a mask, he took up wearing one to hide his teeth, which he’s grinding when she stands next to him at a press conference. Sadly, he can’t let Cheney, whom he respects, keep her position as long as she’s telling the truth. He’s leading a party that can’t handle the truth. He’ll give other reasons for the coup but won’t be able to hide that he quivers in fear that a man who ran for president on a narcissistic lark, in a fury over Obama trolling him at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and worried that his 67th-placed reality show was on the chopping block, might say something nasty about him. Some of the time, you gotta hate Washington. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said F-18 attack planes have been added to a previously announced package of air and sea power — including the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea and six Air Force B-52 bombers based in Qatar — that can be called upon as protection for withdrawing troops. U.S. officials said before the withdrawal began that they expected the Taliban to attempt to interfere, even as the insurgents continue pressuring government forces, especially in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in southern Afghanistan.
Raffaele Esposito, the 19th century Neapolitan credited with inventing Italy's most famous type of pizza, may be turning in his grave: Rome has a new vending machine which slides out freshly cooked pizzas in just three minutes. "It looks good but it is much smaller than in a restaurant and there is less topping," said Claudio Zampiga, a pensioner. People have been eating forms of flat bread with toppings for millennia, but it is generally accepted that pizza was perfected in Naples, where it was a street food for the poor.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is extremely effective against two dangerous variants of the coronavirus, the B.1.1.7 strain first found in the United Kingdom and the B.1.351 variant discovered in South Africa, researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Moderna also reported Wednesday that, according to early results from its booster shot trial, a third dose of its vaccine given six to eight months after the first two doses boosted antibodies to protect against the South African B.1.351 variant and other worrisome strain found in Brazil. Moderna is testing its original vaccine and a version modified to target the B.1.351 variant. The new variants are more transmissible than the original strain and, some studies suggest, deadlier. The New England Journal of Medicine study examined records of more than 200,000 people from Qatar's COVID-19 database. The Pfizer vaccine was 87 to 89.5 percent effective at preventing infection from the B.1.1.7 variant among people two weeks past their second shot, 72.1 to 75 percent effective against the B.1.351 variant, and 100 percent effective at preventing severe, critical, or fatal cases of either variant, the researchers found. The study in The Lancet was based on more than 230,000 cases from Israel. It found that the Pfizer vaccine was more than 95 percent effective against infection, hospitalization, or death in fully vaccinated people 16 and older, and 94 percent effective in people 85 and older. The vaccine efficacy numbers aren't self-evident, but Brains On!, a science podcast for kids, has a short, entertaining, and pretty effective explanation using defecating seagulls. You can watch that below. More stories from theweek.comThe insurrectionists are winningHouse GOP leader Kevin McCarthy apparently pays $1,500 to live in a 12-bedroom, 16-bath penthouseIn 1 year, Minnesota man turns knack for making ice cream into a new career
Remnants of a large Chinese rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry being tracked by U.S. Space Command, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China's Hainan island on April 29 carrying the Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent Chinese space station. The rocket's exact point of descent into Earth's atmosphere as it falls back from space "cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its reentry," which is projected to occur around May 8, Space Command said in a statement posted online.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday the process of removing all contractors from Afghanistan working with the United States was under way as part of President Joe Biden's withdrawal of forces from the country. The remarks are the clearest indication yet that Biden's April order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 extended to U.S.-funded contractors. Asked whether the Pentagon had issued orders to withdraw not just American troops but also contractors, Austin said: "We're going to responsibly retrograde all of our capabilities that we are responsible for and the contractors fall in that realm as well."
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