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

Representative Grace Meng Says Trump’s Behavior Led to Increase in Anti-Asian Violence

Former President Donald Trump was often criticized over the last year for his use of the phrase “China virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes Covid-19. Trump would often employ the phrase in official communications via his Twitter account. It was also picked up by right-wing news outlets like Fox News, which have designed their coverage to explicitly blame the Chinese government for the pandemic and its effects on American life. read more

Group of Republican Attorneys General Threaten Legal Action Over Stimulus, Calling It “Unconstitutional”

A group of Republican attorneys general has threatened legal action against President Joe Biden’s administration over the American Rescue Plan, a historic $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was last week signed into law to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. They argue the stimulus package is unconstitutional and example of government overreach. They take particular issue with the $350 billion in the measure that went to states and counties to help them offset the costs of handling the pandemic. read more

One Year Ago: Fox Business Host Trish Regan Accused Democrats of Politicizing the Coronavirus

A year ago, Trish Regan, then a host on Fox Business, accused Democrats of politicizing Covid-19, which at the time was responsible for just 26 deaths across the United States. Now, as the nation engages in the largest global vaccination effort in modern history, Regan’s remarks look even more foolish––and dangerous. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the death toll currently stands at 529,269 Americans. read more