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January 27, 2021

House GOP plan threatens to withhold school funds -- unless Whitmer gives up pandemic power

Source: Detroit Free Press

Michigan House Republicans unveiled their own COVID-19 recovery plan on Wednesday, using the proposal to blast Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and threaten to withhold billions in federal funds unless the administration gives up pandemic powers.

Specifically, the House wants the governor and state health department to give up the authority to ban in-person school or sports in response to a health emergency, transferring that power to local health departments. Although Whitmer and the state health department issued orders through authority granted to the executive by previous legislatures, lawmakers continue to try and grab that power back from the governor's office.

“I have reviewed the governor’s budget request and it is off the mark by a wide margin,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, said in a news release.

“The governor’s plan is focused on corporate giveaways and growing government. Our plan will provide hope that people might still have a livelihood. Her plan has talking points about supporting summer school – our plan actually puts forth funding to help schools make it a reality."

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/27/whitmer-school-funds-covid-michigan/4274515001/

January 27, 2021

Fred Guttenberg: .@mtgreenee is this you harassing @davidhogg111 weeks after the Parkland shooting

.@mtgreenee, is this you harassing @davidhogg111 weeks after the Parkland shooting, that my daughter was killed in & he was in? Calling him a coward for ignoring your insanity. I will answer all of your questions in person. Get ready to record again.

January 26, 2021

Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump

Source: Axios

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.

What we're hearing: Some Democrats are interested only if at least 10 GOP senators publicly commit to a censure, thus ensuring the 60-vote margin needed to pass major legislation in the chamber.

It's still unclear whether a resolution would be in lieu of or come after a trial.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/kaine-collins-censure-impeachment-trial-2490aab9-4558-4e34-b633-e340f4226b31.html

January 26, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before..

Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress

In one Facebook post from April 2018, Greene wrote conspiratorially about the Iran Deal, one of former President Barack Obama's signature foreign policy achievements. A commenter asked Greene, "Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???," referring to Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Greene replied, "Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off."

After CNN reached out to Greene, her personal Twitter account posted a statement in which she did not deny that she liked posts and replied to comments but claimed that many people have run her Facebook page.

"Over the years, I've had teams of people manage my pages. Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views. Especially the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet," she wrote.


January 26, 2021

Unfuck this...

January 25, 2021

This viral claim is wrong. The President's watch was a Christmas gift from the First Lady.

This viral claim is wrong. The President's watch was a Christmas gift from the First Lady.

This is a trivial one - I hope it is my last watch-related fact check - but there's generally a lot of bad info going viral from unverified accounts with moderate followings.

January 25, 2021

!!! NEW: US Justice Dept tells judge Riley Williams, woman accused of stealing computer from Nancy

!!! NEW: US Justice Dept tells judge Riley Williams, woman accused of stealing computer from Nancy Pelosi's office, is suspected of using internet in recent days, encouraging people to destroy evidence in Capitol insurrection case. They want judge to prohibit internet access

January 25, 2021

There was one Covid case yesterday here in New Zealand, not far north of Auckland. The patient was..

There was one Covid case yesterday here in New Zealand, not far north of Auckland. The patient was a recent returnee from Europe, had finished her 14-day managed isolation (MIQ) period, & sent back home, but somehow presented symptoms 5 days after. How do I know all of this?

Because yesterday at 4pm the NZ government Covid task force held a national press conference about this case. Let me repeat, yesterday there was a NATIONAL press conference about THIS ONE CASE.

Since her positive test, her husband has been tested (negative). All her close contacts have been identified and tested. All those who had been in the same MIQ hotel during the same period have been contacted for tests and told to self isolate while awaiting results.

The index patient has been scrupulously recording all of her movements since leaving MIQ facility. How? It’s easy. We’ve been doing the exact same thing. There’s a QR code everywhere that you can scan on your phone, plus a Bluetooth capacity that can even do it automatically.

So, everyone who has recorded themselves visiting the same places during the same period as this patient has now been informed that they may have been exposed. You can also check on the Covid site to see a detailed listing of her movements since she left managed facilities.

All of this. From one covid case in the community.
DNA typing is underway to identify the exact strain of this virus to locate precisely where she had acquired it. CCTV footage from during her managed isolation period are being investigated to try to find any potential failure in the system to allow this case to get out.

Yes, all of this, from one covid case here in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, 172K new cases yesterday back home in the US.
And some Karens (and Bobs) are still screaming in Trader Joe’s about how requiring a 😷 is oppression. Good luck contact tracing them.


There’s a total of 79 Covid cases currently in NZ, but there’s only one “in the community”, in the wild you can say. The rest are caught at the border in Managed Isolation/Quarantine in government-controlled facilities & posing little to no risk to the community


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