Sherrod Brown Calls Rand Paul a “Lunatic” for Not Wearing a Mask

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a statement to reporters said Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is a “lunatic” for refusing to wear a mask to protect others from Covid-19.

Asked about colleagues who don’t wear masks, Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “One of them that’s an M.D., isn’t, but he’s kind of a lunatic,” a reference to Paul. “He thinks he wants to be different but it doesn’t serve the public interest.” read more

Milestone: White House to Announce That 100 Million Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated

The United States has reached an important milestone: More than 100 million adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

That’s what the White House, via coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients, is expected to announce later today. The United States, as of this morning, has administered more than 237 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as the United States continues to lead much of the world in the global vaccination effort. read more

Doctor Laughs at Orange County Republican Who Asked If Covid-19 Vaccine Contained a Tracking Device

Doctors and other medical professionals have had to face an uphill battle against a tide of disinformation about Covid-19-related matters, particularly on vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy has the potential to undercut the United States’s efforts to lower Covid caseloads and ease the burden on hospitals; much disinformation spreads through social media; since the pandemic began, conspiracy theorists have suggested––among other things––that the virus was manufactured by the Chinese to wage war against the U.S. and that the vaccine could be used to “track” individuals who receive it. read more

Alaska Airlines Bans Republican Senator Who Refused to Wear a Mask

Alaska Airlines has banned Alaska state Senator Lisa Reinhold, a Republican, after she argued with airport employees about a mask mandate.

The announcement came after video footage of Reinhold’s behavior went viral last week. At the time of the incident, Reinhold threatened to call the police on employees and even started to film them with her phone as she asked for their names. read more

Federalist Co-Founder Ben Domenech Exposes His Anti-Science Approach, Calls Dr. Fauci “An Out of His Depth Bureaucrat”

Ben Domenech Fox and Friends

Speaking on “Fox and Friends,” Ben Domenech, the co-founder and publisher of The Federalist who is also married to The View co-host Meghan McCain, criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, saying he is “sick and tired” of him “feeling that he can just weigh in on any kind of matter socially and have a reaction from America’s media and from politicians.” read more

Biden Administration Invests Billions of Dollars into Tracking and Combating Covid-19 Variants

President Joe Biden‘s administration announced it would invest $1.7 billion into tracking and combating COVID-19 variants as new strains of the virus continue to appear across the United States.

“Thanks to today’s funding from the American Rescue Plan, states and the CDC will expand that even further and, importantly, provide states with more resources to expand their own efforts to increase geographic coverage of sequencing to better detect emerging threats like variants,” the White House said in a release. “This will mean that both existing and any new COVID variants could be detected faster, before they grow prevalent.” read more

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Says He Will Ban Vaccine Passports in His State

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) pushed back against requiring vaccine passports in his state, saying he wouldn’t allow them.

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.” read more

Jayapal Calls on Biden to Fire Trump-Appointed Social Security Officials Who Delayed Covid Relief

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) called on President Joe Biden to fire two Trump-appointed Social Security Administration officials––SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul and Deputy Commissioner David Black––after House Democrats accused them of “sabotaging” the effort to distribute direct coronavirus relief payments to tens of millions of seniors and people with disabilities. read more

Fox Business Producer Dies of Covid-19

Eric Spinato, who worked as the head booker and senior story editor for Fox Business, died Sunday of Covid-19.

“I’m so broken and lost for words,” Spinato’s brother, Dean Spinato, wrote on Instagram. “This man was an amazing father, brother and friend. I’m sorry to say this but this day broke me hard. I will make you proud for the rest of my life.” read more