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What if COVID-19 had been COVID-99?

The pandemic could have been way worse, observes Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle in a new article : It could have struck 20 years earlier — COVID-1999 instead of 2019. The world was already connected by "economic superhighways" two decades ago, McArdle notes, so the virus could've spread with similar ease. But vaccine research was nowhere near its present state. Crucial information on m...

After reading 'all 14 pages' of the Green New Deal, Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's ready to debate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Now that she's done her homework, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is ready to spar. One day after seemingly admitting she had never finished reading "all 14 pages" of the Green New Deal , a bill she's repeatedly criticized while throwing barbs at sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Greene has now finally perused the full policy — and dubbed it a "Communists manifesto." She's loo...

Kevin Spacey apparently 'performed a song-and-dance number' during a bizarre deposition

Thought nothing could be weirder than Kevin Spacey's bizarre Christmas Eve videos? Think again. A new report in The Hollywood Reporter runs through the legal issues the disgraced actor is facing more than three years after allegations of sexual harassment and assault were leveled against him. Among these is a battle between Spacey and House of Cards production company Media Rights Capital. MRC ...

Joe Manchin lives on a boat in Washington — and protesters are reportedly headed there

Protesters evidently want all hands on deck in the push to make Washington, D.C. a state, and they're now headed to Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-W.Va.) nautical home. Advocates for D.C. statehood are planning a protest on Thursday, Politico reported , and they'll be gathering at Manchin's house ... boat. "Yes," Politico writes for those unfamiliar, "[Manchin] lives on a boat docked in the harbor when ...

Biden announces U.S. aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030

The United States is aiming to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade, President Biden has announced. The White House confirmed on Thursday that the administration is setting a goal of reducing U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by 50 to 52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and Biden spoke on this target during a climate summit with world leaders that took place on Earth D...

George W. Bush can't fix the GOP

Before Donald Trump came along, I was certain that George W. Bush would be remembered as the worst president of my lifetime. Bush's administration was one disaster after another — not all of them of his making, certainly, but usually made worse by his leadership: 9/11 . Torture and warrantless wiretapping . Hurricane Katrina . The war in Iraq . The Great Recession . When he left office, just 33...

Senate Republicans vote to keep their mostly symbolic ban on earmarks

Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to continue their ban on earmarks — or money for special projects — but "the whole debate was pretty much for show because GOP senators can take earmarks with or without the ban," Politico reports . Senate rules allow earmarks, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) reportedly told his colleagues at their private lunch, "You can't stop me." Sen. Susan Collins (R-Mai...

8 eco-friendly products to wean you off the single-use lifestyle

One thing that has become abundantly clear to me over the last year is that everything you do has a ripple effect. When it comes to taking care of the planet, that's a good thing — if you stop purchasing paper towels, for example, that's one less tree that has to be cut down. As your new habits become routine, remember that what you're doing is making a difference, even if you can't see it righ...

The daily business briefing: April 22, 2021

1. Pfizer has confirmed the first cases of counterfeit versions of its coronavirus vaccine , The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The fake doses of the vaccine Pfizer developed with BioNTech were found in Mexico and Poland. Pfizer tested the vials after authorities seized them in separate investigations. About 80 people paid roughly $1,000 per dose for the phony vaccine at a Mexican clin...

10 things you need to know today: April 22, 2021

1. The Justice Department is launching a civil investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department to determine whether it "engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing," Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday. The announcement came a day after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on murder and manslaughter charges for the kill...

GOP Sen. John Kennedy grilled Stacey Abrams on Georgia voting law, and Democrats are glad he did

In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) as Georgia voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams if she could list the specific things she objects to in Georgia's restrictive new voting law . She could. "It's a long list," the Senate Democrats' Twitter account said , helping the exchange go viral on Wednesday . Kennedy and Abrams are both very smart lawyers who grad...

Rutherford Falls warrants a Peacock subscription

Yes, the rumors are true: Peacock is " a platform that does exist! " It's worth confirming — using the words of showrunner Sierra Teller Ornelas — because if the streamer was off your radar before, its newest show, Rutherford Falls , absolutely shouldn't be. If you've heard of Rutherford Falls already, it's likely for one of two reasons: That it's " one of TV's first Native American sitcoms " a...

The conservative assault on civil liberties

American conservatives have been having a shrieking panic attack over free speech for the last several months. When Donald Trump was banned from Twitter for trying to overthrow the government, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wrote it was a "PURGE" and suggested "a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech," while Donald Trump, Jr. wrote "Free speech is dead and controlle...

7 cartoons about Derek Chauvin being found guilty

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Late night hosts preview Biden's climate summit, mock Tucker Carlson's Chauvin meltdown, tackle deer cloning

"Tomorrow, President Biden and 40 other world leaders are kicking off a big virtual climate summit," Jimmy Fallon said on Wednesday's Tonight Show . "They're meeting virtually because of the pandemic, otherwise they would have flown 40 different private jets to a meeting about the climate. The guest list includes Vladimir Putin, Bill Gates, Pope Francis, and one very stressed-out IT guy." The L...
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