Twitter has removed a tweet from White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas that claimed masks don't work to stop the spread of COVID-19. "Masks work? NO," Atlas had tweeted Saturday, followed by misrepresentations of the science behind the effectiveness of masks in battling the coronavirus pandemic. Atlas also shared a link to an article in The American Institute for Economic Research that argues against the effectiveness of masks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wear masks in public settings around people who don't live in their household, especially when it is not possible to maintain social distancing. "Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others," the CDC states on its website. Atlas, a neuroradiologist, shared his tweet again later on Saturday, adding that it showed President Donald Trump 's guidelines on masks was the "right policy" and no widespread mask mandates were needed. But Twitter removed Atlas's … [Read more...] about Twitter removes White House adviser’s tweet saying masks do not prevent COVID-19
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Ukraine's military has come a long way since Russia seized Crimea in 2014, but even with better-trained troops and equipment, shortcomings in its air capabilities leave Kyiv vulnerable to Moscow-led forces. With NATO and U.S. help, Ukraine has modernized its tanks , armored vehicles and artillery systems. Its equipment now includes Humvees, patrol boats, radar systems, and anti-tank Javelin missiles. Kyiv can now call upon 150,000 combat-ready troops, compared with only 6,000 eight years ago. With fear that Russia's massed troops by Ukraine's border could result in an incursion, a poll in December by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology also showed a third of Ukrainians would put up armed resistance to Moscow-led military actions. But despite Ukraine's extra personnel, hardware and no shortage of will, Russia's superiority in the air is an effective counter to those modernization gains. "There are severe capability gaps, particularly when it comes to air … [Read more...] about Ukraine’s 30-year-old fighter jets hand Russia the air advantage in any war
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra Xavier Becerra The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Overnight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests MORE is under fire for what critics say is a lack of leadership as the Biden administration wrestles with the direction of its COVID-19 response. Tasked with running the sprawling agency primarily responsible for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the day-to-day administration of the nation’s unwieldy health system, Becerra is supposed to corral the differing health factions into a unified message on the pandemic. But outside health experts and former officials said he’s taken a back seat, ceding his authority to others, including the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ADVERTISEMENT As administration health officials face criticism for … [Read more...] about HHS secretary under fire for being ‘invisible’ leader during pandemic
Presented by Facebook To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically. IN THE WHITE HOUSE Whoops, Joe Biden got the ‘Elf’ quote wrong!: via GIPHY President Biden Joe Biden Deputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors On The Money — Vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses nixed Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE was overheard on his microphone yesterday calling Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch." https://bit.ly/3AEiq0k Doocy yelled at Biden : "Will you take a question on inflation? … Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?" … [Read more...] about The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden’s public moment of frustration
(Reuters) - Ukraine has become the main flashpoint in Moscow's relations with the West, with Russian troops massed near its border and NATO's forces on standby in case Russia attacks its neighbour. Here are some of the reasons why Russian President Vladimir Putin is so preoccupied with Ukraine and why he has chosen to bring the crisis to a head now. RUSSIA VS THE WEST Since the Cold War ended, NATO has expanded eastwards by taking in 14 new countries, including the states of the former Warsaw Pact and the three Baltic nations that were once in the Soviet Union. Russia saw this as a threatening encroachment towards its borders and continues to say it was a betrayal of Western promises at the start of the 1990s - something the United States and its allies deny. Ukraine is not a NATO member but has a promise dating from 2008 that it will eventually get to join. Since toppling a pro-Russian president in 2014, it has become closer politically to the West, staged joint military … [Read more...] about Explainer-Why is Russia’s Putin drawing “red lines” over Ukraine?
B ill Rodger, 91, often finds himself sitting on a worn flower-print couch in his living room in North Hollywood, California , facing a wall of accolades that document his long life. There are photos of Rodger over the decades winning sports tournaments and posing with grandchildren. There are golf medals, plaques and the most recent addition, a monthly bird calendar. “I’d rather be busy, but I haven’t been busy in a really long time,” Rodger says. “I guess going to the doctor keeps me busy.” The admission warrants a warm pat on Rodger’s shoulder from a smiling young man sitting beside him. Ricardo Figueroa, 31, isn’t a family member or carer or even a neighbour. He’s a paid companion who was connected to Rodger through Papa , a health-tech company that provides “grandkids on demand”. Before the new coronavirus pandemic, the two spent hours together each week – running errands, going to dialysis appointments or just watching movies. Today, their relationship is restricted to … [Read more...] about ‘I haven’t been busy in a really long time’: The on-demand grandkids tackling loneliness
‘Ted is a cat. Mick is a rat. They are pals.’ Like Gregor Samsa, another great soul who shares my initials, I awoke from uneasy dreams one lockdown morning to an onerous responsibility: making Kattabomman write these sentences in his English notebook. As if getting him to write at all wasn’t tough enough, I had to make him write them in ‘cursive’. To call my handwriting ‘illegible’ would be high praise — it needs grace marks to even meet the qualifying threshold to be recognised as ‘handwriting’. More often than not, people — and even art connoisseurs — mistake it for modern art. To make matters worse, the legibility index plummets whenever I try ‘cursive’. So all my life I’ve carved out each letter separately. But now, I had to teach Katta cursive writing. “Read the first sentence,” I said. Katta stared at the page for a very long time. Then he began to read. Extravagant flourish “Ta-eh-da-Ted…is… a… ka-ah-ta-cat.” English is not a phonetic language. But apparently, at the … [Read more...] about Cursive writing, without curses
Second in a four-part series State-level efforts to help victims of “forever chemical” exposure get compensation have met resistance from both governments and industry — and this pushback has been particularly effective in Republican-led states. In Vermont, an official in the governor’s office coordinated with a lobbyist in “watering down” a bill that aimed to make polluters pay for health screenings, emails obtained by The Hill show. ADVERTISEMENT And in Michigan, a bill aiming to add more time to the clock to allow people to sue over contamination has languished in the Republican-controlled legislature. While these pieces of legislation would have applied to multiple varieties of contamination, they’re often discussed in reference to a class of toxic forever chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — a class of thousands of compounds that have been linked to health issues including kidney cancer and thyroid disease. The 2019 Vermont bill — … [Read more...] about State resistance foils law changes, hampering PFAS suits
WASHINGTON — The room was charged with electricity the day the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings into whether to impeach the president of the United States. It felt like the whole world was watching. It felt like the whole world was on edge. It was grand drama and soap opera at the same time — a constitutional seminar one moment and a high school food fight the next. The president’s allies protested loudly. “You are disrupting the continuity of this meeting!” chastised the chairman trying to restore order. “We’re disrupting a railroad!” one of the president’s defenders shot back. Twenty-one years later, almost to the day, another House committee will open public hearings into whether to impeach another president, with plenty of grand drama and soap opera and food fight expected. As the first witnesses on Wednesday tell their stories to a televised audience in the case against Donald John Trump, shadowing the latest constitutional showdown will be the impeachment of … [Read more...] about Two Impeachments, but Two Radically Different Accusations
[Live N.Y.C. mayoral race primary results. ] Six months ago, the 2021 race for mayor in New York City seemed to be coalescing around three well-known Democrats, all male elected officials, and two of them white. The white men, Corey Johnson , the City Council speaker, and Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, had name recognition, fund-raising advantages and institutional support, making it hard to fathom any other candidate’s having a serious chance to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will step down because of term-limit requirements. But then New York City was confronted first by a pandemic that has killed nearly 24,000 people in the city, many of them Black and Latino, and then waves of civil unrest stirred by Black Lives Matter protests. With 10 months before the 2021 mayoral primary, the race may still come down to Mr. Stringer, Mr. Johnson or the third well-known Democrat, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, who is Black. But the results of … [Read more...] about Do New York City Voters Want Another White Mayor?