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The treason of epidemiologists – Liberty Unyielding

Protest outside Brooklen Museum (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – ‘Listening to medical experts should not be political.’ –Pete Buttigieg]

We spent the last couple of months being hectored by public health experts and earnestly righteous media personalities who insisted that easing lockdown policies was immoral, that refusing to social distance or wear masks was nigh upon murderous. … But now that the George Floyd protests are serving as some kind of Great Awokening, many of the same are saying “never mind” about all of that. …

Now, I don’t begrudge anybody for believing that the fight against racism or police brutality is important. But this “argument” rests on some preposterous assumptions.

[Thomas] Frieden … is very concerned about public trust. Me too. But you know what erodes public trust in people like Frieden? When they say that you’re a fool or monster who will get people killed for wanting to go to church or keep your business open but you’re a hero when you join a protest they approve of.

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This is what the Surgeon General had to say about mask mandates

As coronavirus cases surge across the US, the debate over whether to require Americans to wear a mask to slow the spread of the virus has intensified. Some states and cities have made wearing a mask a requirement in certain situations and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised that everyone “should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.”
And as protests over racism and police brutality continue nationwide, Adams again raised his concern over mask wearing and policing, saying during an interview with FOX 5 DC last week, “I really worry about over-policing and having a situation where you’re giving people one more reason to arrest a Black man.”

Wearing a mask during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, he doubled down on his concern and said education on masks would benefit Americans.

“I am saying if we are going to have a mask mandate we need to understand that works best at the local and state level along with education. We need people to understand why they are doing it and we need people to understand how they benefit from it,” Adams said. “Because if we just try to mandate it you have to have an enforcement mechanism and we are in the midst of a moment when over-policing has caused many different individuals to be killed for very minor offenses and that is an important consideration.”

He continued, “As surgeon general, I want people to understand why they should wear a face covering and they are going to be more likely to do it and more likely to do it willingly and they’re going to be more likely to do it when we are not watching which is important.”

Democrats have previously called for a national mandate on mask wearing, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who said last month that a federal mandate is “long overdue.” Adams on Sunday also said that the administration is trying to correct it’s earlier messaging on masks when officials told Americans it was not necessary to wear masks, but conceded that “it is very hard to do.”

“We’re trying to correct that messaging, Margaret, but it’s very hard to do,” he said, adding that his previous comments that masks were not effective in preventing the spread of the virus was “because everything we knew about coronaviruses before that point told us that people were not likely to spread when they were asymptomatic.”

“The primary reason was because that’s what the science said and I want the American people to understand we follow the science and when we learn more our recommendations change, but it is hard when people are continuing to talk about things from three, four months ago,” he said.

After the interview, Adams tweeted a video of himself dancing and encouraging mask wearing, saying, “The little ones begged me to do a public health video,” adding their message was to wear a mask.

Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.

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These Socialist Health Care Workers Are the Future of the Medicare for All Fight

In March, thirty-three-year-old Doctors for Bernie cofounder Uma Tadepalli moved home to Durham, North Carolina to practice a model of medicine she’d learned in San Francisco. The model, called Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), “was born in the Cantonese-speaking Chinese community there in the seventies,” she says. “They were seeing older adults in their community failing to thrive in nursing homes, and they thought, ‘There’s gotta be another way.’”

Under the PACE model, older adults live at home with their families and in their communities, but each day they’re transported to a day center where their health needs are also met by medical professionals, from doctors and nurses to physical therapists to recreational therapists. They have all their meals on-site, as well as wraparound services from pharmacy to nutrition. Plus, it’s a social experience, Tadepalli says, “like camp or school.”

Tadepalli is full of enthusiasm for PACE. “Every older adult has a village supporting them,” she says, and “it’s this kind of beautiful, democratic way decisions get made” between patients and an interdisciplinary team of providers. The cherry on top is that PACE is publicly financed through Medicare and Medicaid. She was excited to put it into practice back home in North Carolina. But the timing of Tadepalli’s move couldn’t have been worse. Almost as soon as she arrived in Durham, the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing.

“COVID-19 just lays bare all the dynamics that existed before in an organization or in a system,” Tadepalli says. In the case of her work, there has been a swift and intense breakdown in the PACE model of care and an exacerbation of existing economic and racial inequalities among both patients and health care workers.

It’s these inequalities, in both the medical system and throughout society, that Doctors for Bernie was founded to address. Tadepalli and fellow Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Scott Goldberg started the group in November 2019 “to see who would come out of the woodwork, who was riding the Bernie train in health care, and maybe try to start a long-term group because there wasn’t a multi-issue political home for health workers on the Left. It just didn’t exist.”

But now it does exist. After the conclusion of Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential run, Doctors for Bernie became the DSA Health Workers Collective, which describes itself as “a political home for all health workers building solidarity across disciplines to collectively fight for a health system that values people (patients and workers) over profits.”

Tadepalli has been convinced of the need for single-payer health care — a comprehensive, universal public health insurance program that covers everything and everyone, funded through progressive taxation and free at the point of service — since she was a medical student in the early years of the Obama administration. “Once I started to learn about single-payer, I made a commitment to myself that if there’s one thing I want to be a part of in my life, it’s making that happen in our country.”

In 2010, Tadepalli did a stint as an organizer for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), which had been organizing for single-payer health care for two decades already. During that time she traveled to Vermont, where there was a state single-payer campaign underway, and met Senator Bernie Sanders, who was one of its biggest proponents. “It was only ten years ago, but single-payer was not on anyone’s radar. It was a no-brainer, but everyone just said it was politically infeasible.” The Vermont single-payer campaign lost, and single-payer remained out of the question until Sanders’s first presidential campaign in 2016, when it was rebranded Medicare for All.

In the decade after her visit to Vermont, Tadepalli ended up working with the Cambridge Health Alliance, where many of the main researchers are founders and members of PNHP. After that she worked in San Francisco, a city with extreme inequality and a large and concentrated homeless population. “That very much politicized me,” she says. It reminded her of the desperate poverty she had witnessed when she went as a child to visit India with her immigrant parents. “Leaving your home and stepping over bodies. It was like, ‘How is this happening?’ It was a capitalist dystopia.”

In search of political answers, Tadepalli went to her first DSA meeting in 2018. “Early on, I read some documents from the DSA Medicare for All campaign that talked about how a path forward for single-payer would involve organizing and strikes specifically in health care industries. And that really stuck with me.” Since then, she’s had an awareness that labor organizing in health care was going to be necessary to transform the health care system.

The culmination of this years-long political development was the creation of Doctors for Bernie during Sanders’s second presidential campaign. “We decided to go with ‘doctors’ because of whatever credibility that lends,” Tadepalli says, “but we explicitly wanted it to be for everybody,” including health care workers who aren’t doctors. Over the course of the campaign, the group grew to more than eight hundred members, about half of whom were attending physicians. A quarter were non-physicians, and a quarter were medical students.

When Sanders ended his campaign, Doctors for Bernie had no intention of disappearing. Instead, it folded into DSA and renamed itself the Health Workers Collective, making a more explicit effort to unite doctors and non-doctors in a group intended for all of those who work in health care.

The group places a strong emphasis on the unique power and leverage that health care workers have in the current system and the need to organize to fully realize that power. In order to win Medicare for All, she says, “workers in health care have to develop a consciousness that they are workers and pivot toward labor organizing.”

In particular, Tadepalli says the goal is to “build solidarity between different types of health workers, and create a sectoral organizing network. We want to move away from craft unionism, where workers are pitted against each other, to industrial unionism, where the workers are all united.” In other words, doctors, nurses, caregivers, pharmacists, technicians, and everybody else who works in health care should be organizing together. “We’re laying a foundation for a renewed anti-austerity labor movement that will drive a third Reconstruction,” says Tadepalli, “and we’re figuring out the role of the largely professional membership of DSA in that mass political project.”

As for the status of the Medicare for All movement in the aftermath of the second and final Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Tadepalli says the coronavirus pandemic has kept the idea from slipping off the map. In fact, the concurrent public health and economic crises are exposing the deep flaws and fractures in our health care system and the pressing need for a new one. “Millions of people losing their jobs and losing their health insurance is showing people that our employment-based health system doesn’t make sense,” she says. “We need Medicare for All.”

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Lindsey Graham says he’ll grant request from Democrats for Mueller to testify

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he would invite special counsel Robert Mueller to testify as part of the Republican-led panel’s investigation into the origins and conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing — and also capable — of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post,” the South Carolina Republican tweeted on Sunday. “Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted.”

Mueller, a former FBI director, wrote an opinion article in the Washington Post on Saturday arguing that Roger Stone, a longtime friend and adviser to President Trump, “remains a convicted felon, and rightfully so.” Whether Mueller accepts Graham’s invitation remains to be seen.

Stone, 67, had been convicted of lying to congressional investigators about his alleged attempted outreach to WikiLeaks, obstructing a congressional investigation, and attempting to intimidate a possible congressional witness.

The White House released a statement Friday evening announcing that Trump had signed a grant of clemency, calling Stone a “victim of the Russia Hoax.” With the commutation, Stone’s 40-month sentence was wiped away days before he was set to go to prison. Without a pardon, Stone maintains his criminal record.

The White House press office harshly criticized the credibility of Mueller’s investigation when Stone’s clemency was announced, arguing there was “never any collusion” between the Trump team and Russia.

“Such collusion was never anything other than a fantasy of partisans unable to accept the result of the 2016 election. The collusion delusion spawned endless and farcical investigations, conducted at great taxpayer expense, looking for evidence that did not exist,” the White House said. “As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface.”

Mueller said Saturday that “Russia’s actions were a threat to America’s democracy” and “the Russia investigation was of paramount importance.”

The special counsel, who had not spoken out publicly since testifying about his report last summer, defended the integrity of his investigation, which concluded that Russia interfered in 2016 in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” but “did not establish” any criminal conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” Mueller wrote.

Stone was not charged with crimes of Trump-Russia collusion. After his conviction and sentencing, more references to Stone in Mueller’s report have been declassified.

Back in June, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to give Graham the authority to issue subpoenas against dozens of Obama and Trump administrations officials who had been involved in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Graham has listed 53 prominent figures connected to the Russia investigation who now may face subpoenas, though the list does not include former President Barack Obama despite Trump’s urging.

“I think we need to look long and hard at how the Mueller investigation got off the rails,” Graham said when arguing for the subpoenas.

One point of committee’s debate was whether to call Mueller, as Democrats urged Graham to call him as a witness.

Mueller’s mental quickness was questioned last summer following halting testimony about his 2019 report, and it became part of the committee’s debate on subpoenas.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member from California, said there are “many outstanding questions that remain unanswered” and insisted Mueller was the “best suited” to answer them.

Graham called Mueller “a great patriot” but suggested that perhaps Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department and FBI official who was a top prosecutor on Mueller’s team, should testify instead.

“I think Mr. Mueller is a man of extensive brain cells and can well recall the situation,” Feinstein said. “I think this side would very much like to have him here.”

Graham warned them to “think twice” about it, but then said if Democrats want to call Mueller “or his designee” to appear before the committee, then “that’s fine with me.” Graham solidified that message on Sunday, meaning Mueller may appear for high profile testimony yet again — this time months before a presidential election.

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a public hearing in early June, and DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with the committee behind closed doors in late June.

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30 Pairs Of Sunglasses Reviewers Love

These sunnies are amazing, no shade.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A round pair with 100% UVA/UVB protection so no matter how bright it is outside, you’ll be ~covered~.


Promising review: “I’m convinced that these are the world’s best sunglasses. They’re so cute, they stay on my face well. I’ve worn these all around the world, they’ve been shoved in a backpack and crunches in pockets and have come back looking great. Seriously today, I put them through the washing machine — guess what, they look brand new. Great quality and cute glasses!!!” —haileyT

Get them from Madewell for $39.99+ (available in five styles).


A mirrored pair that’ll take your selfie game to another level. Your friends better be ready for all the snaps they’re going to get of you in these babies.

Promising review: “These sunglasses are absolutely adorable! They arrived exactly as pictured with a small cloth for cleaning the lenses safely. I love that they have such a classic style but with a slightly unique touch unlike anything I’ve seen before. I’m surprised how sturdy they feel for such a reasonable price! I really expected these to feel cheap, but they truly seem to be made to last. I would highly recommend this product. I loved them so much that I purchased another pair of Sojos sunglasses immediately after I received them and was not disappointed by the second pair either! I don’t think I will be looking anywhere else for sunglasses in the future; these are perfect.” —Elisabeth Paulson

Get them from Amazon for $13.88 (available in eight colors).


A unisex pair you better keep track of before your S.O. (or friend or sibling for that matter) walks away with them…,

Promising review: “I got a pair of these sunglasses at the last minute before a trip to the desert. They are stylish and great quality for the price point. They fit me well, were comfortable to wear, and were definitely polarized. I dropped them a bunch of times, as I tend to do with sunglasses, and they survived the falls each time with little scratching (if scratched at all). I also have a bad habit of losing sunglasses, but at this price, I could easily replace them guilt-free if needed. I only wish they came with a case.” —Zach Collins

Get them from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 19 styles).


An olive pair you’ll keep with you at all times so you can put them on and tell everyone you see, “~Olive~ these SO much”.

Swav Eyewear

Swav Eyewear is a Black-owned company that has been making handmade eco-friendly sunglasses in Greece since 2018. The sunglasses are all engraved with an inspirational quote in the inside temple.

Promising review: “These are the best glasses I’ve bought in some time. The quality feels top-notch and the style and fit are classic. That “Master” definitely fits its name and my favorite from this groundbreaking line. This olive green hue will soon be the “new black“ because this tint can fit effortlessly with everything!!!” —D. Jones

Get them from Swav Eyewear for $125 (originally $133).


A classic round pair you’ll look so good in, you might as well stock up on a few colors so you can always have one on hand.


Promising review: “For the price, these are great sunglasses in my opinion. I don’t expect them to be indestructible, or scratchproof or anything, but they are a nice pair of glasses. I have gotten compliments on them already and would recommend them to others. Just remember, you aren’t buying a $100 pair of glasses, these are a $10 pair.” —Tennyson Schwartz

Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in 11 colors).


Some oversized sunnies designed with a bit of a curve to them, so they fit your face snug and keep all sunlight from getting in.


Promising review: “These have got to be my absolute favorite sunglasses of all time. I ordered these in dark brown and purple. They hug your face so you don’t have any light coming in on any of the sides. They have this rich look and feel to them. I think I’ll have to get the red ones too……” —Felicia

Get them from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 18 styles).


A pair designed in a classic style, so you know they’ll be ~a-round~ for a while.


Promising review: “I loveeee these glasses. They are super stylish and are made really well. I’ve had them for two years, and I’ve bought three other pairs to give away to my family because of how much they’ve liked them. They are definitely my favorite glasses. I will definitely recommend buying them. Such a great purchase.” —Gaby G

Get them from Target for $14.99.


Some classic aviators you seriously can’t go wrong with because they’ll match every outfit you have in your closet.


Promising review: “These sunglasses are absolutely awesome! I live in Southern California, so going without sunglasses is not an option. I have bought a lot of sunglasses and these are by far the best. They are sturdy and feel solid. The hinges are made in such a way that they do not break after a month of daily use. They come with a very nice hard carrying case, a soft travel bag, and a lens cleaning cloth. The outer box is so well made that it won’t be crushed during shipping. I am back to buy several more pairs. No need to shell out an outrageous $200 for sunglasses with these as a much less expensive option.” —Amy is Always Reading

Get them from Amazon for $15.29+ (available in 14 styles).


A tortoiseshell pair more than 3,500 people have raved about, so you know they look good on basically everyone.

Promising review: “My husband purchased these first, and I loved them so much, I bought a pair for myself but in a different color. Lol. We wore them on our honeymoon. They were perfect!” —Erin Mabery

Get them from Amazon for $13.49 (available in 29 styles).


An oversized pair that’ll make you feel like an old Hollywood starlet when you put them on.


Promising review: “These sunglasses are affordable, well made, and very stylish. I’m constantly stopped by strangers to inquire about these stunners!” — Springroll

Get them from Nordstrom for $69.


Aluminum sunnies that come with a case and a cleaning cloth so that you can protect them from whatever happens to sunglasses when you put them in your bag.,

Promising review: “This is the best value I’ve ever experienced with a pair of sunglasses. From the instant I opened the box, the packaging was great, the experience unboxing them was awesome, the included accessories were all there, and of course, the product was fantastic quality. It came with a nice, magnetic closing hard case, a soft bag, and a proper lens cleaning cloth. The build quality is great, and the glasses are both very light and comfortable. I hate buying sunglasses without being able to try them, but for the cost, I figured I’d give it a shot, and these absolutely did not disappoint. Oh, and yes, they’re polarized. They compete with other glasses I have that costs 10-12X as much. I highly recommend them.” —Joe

Get them from Amazon for $12.91+ (available in eight colors).


A lightweight pair so versatile, you can wear them to the beach, the park, or even just the grocery store.


Promising review: “Buy these! As someone who used to sell high-end sunglasses, these are high quality and are really comfortable! I have a round face, and these are flattering. The sunglasses themselves are lightweight and well made. I will definitely be purchasing from Sungait again. These would make great gifts too! They arrived quickly, and the packaging was exceptional. It comes with a cloth bag and cleaning cloth. Overall, I have had a really great experience with these! For the quality and price, these can’t be beat.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $12.74 (available in 19 styles).


A pair with wooden frames that’ll definitely make the ~cut~ on your list of favorite sunglasses as soon as you put them on for the first time.

Bôhten Eyewear

Bôhten Eyewear is a Black-owned business that “combines a love of nature, style, and Africa into glasses.” You can customize these glasses by getting them engraved with whatever word or phrase you want.

Promising review: “These glasses are right on point with the sun factor, and the cool factor, not to mention. They are a head-turner and more unique than the more established brands. My favorite aspect is how lightweight they are. I wear them for five or six hours and don’t feel that soreness behind the ear at all. I absolutely love my Bohtens and recommend you get behind these awesome shades. They are worth every cent!“—Nomolanga. S

Get them from Bôhten Eyewear for $95.


Promising review: “I love these glasses and cannot believe how inexpensive they are!! They’re a new take on the vintage cat-eye look, so they’re not quite as pointy or as small as the originals. The frames are a bit larger, slightly more modern, yet still, visibly cat eye-shaped. I feel so cool wearing these. 🙂 They go perfectly with my rockabilly attire. I would highly recommend these!” —TD

Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 12 styles).


Classic sunglasses that come in so many different varieties, you can get so many you’ll be able to actually see the rainbow.,

Promising review: “These polarized sunglasses are great!! I’ve owned many brand-name sunglasses, but after having kids, the care for sunglasses in at the bottom of my priority list. So, I branched out to try these since they are highly reviewed. For the price, I can honestly say they are worth the few bucks!! They FIT great, LOOK great, FEEL great, and at a fraction of designer sunglasses, you don’t have to worry about caring or protecting them. Just grab them and GO!” —TANIA LENTH

Get them from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 63 styles).


A polarized pair to help you not only block the harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also the haters. Nobody can bring you down when you’re wearing these.

Promising review: “These are really cute and flattering sunglasses! I have a very small head, and I often have trouble finding sunglasses that don’t look ridiculous on me. These are great, and they are very protective in even very bright sunlight. I bought these exact same glasses twice because I lost the first pair and wanted to get the exact same pair again. I love these.” —bheckel

Get them from Amazon for $13.94 (available in six styles).


Timeless sunnies crafted with hardwood and thin aluminum so they’re lightweight and super comfortable no matter how long you wear them.

Shwood Eyewear

Shwood Eyewear is a business that has been crafting unique sunglasses in Portland, Oregon since 2009. They use more unique materials to make the glasses, such as wood, seashells, and oxidized metals. All the sunglasses are handcrafted and come with an eco-chipboard travel case and microfiber cleaning cloth.

Promising review: “The only thing better than looking at these sunglasses is looking through them. The lenses are better than my other high-end sunglasses, and the frames are beautiful. I’ll never get a different pair again!” —John Scoville

Get them from Shwood Eyewear for $149 (available in brown and dark brown).


A polarized pair you’ll feel so good about wearing because with your purchase, the company gives an eye exam, glasses, and sunglasses to someone in need. How cool is that??, Amazon

Promising review: “These sunglasses are AWESOME! They’re really dark, but not too dark to where you have a hard time seeing through them. They fit PERFECTLY! Plus, they give a pair of glasses to someone in need. That’s a win, win, WIN! Mine came with a really durable hard case, a cloth storage bag, a little screwdriver for repairs, a nice Eye Love sticker, and abusiness card. Thank you to everyone at Eye love for what you do! Y’all rock!” —Ashley

Get them from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in five styles).


A classic pair so ~spec-tacular~, you might as well add two pairs to your cart to have a backup on hand at all times.


Promising review: “What a great find! I stumbled on these while browsing on Amazon and was impressed with the feedback. I decided to take a chance. They are a little bigger than I thought they would be, but I’m very pleased with the overall style, construction, and materials. I’m sure I’ll be a SUNGAIT customer for a long time. They could easily charge more for these glasses, but I’m glad they don’t!” —A. Smith

Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 10 styles).


Some Ray-Bans worth the splurge because with quality like this, these babies will last for a long time., Amazon

Promising review: “I love these Ray-Bans because they are light and have thin bands for around your ears, which makes them super comfortable. I’m super picky about my sunglasses, and these are high quality and fit perfectly. I’ve been using them for a few months now, and they have not become loose or lost their shape. I highly recommend them.” —Sara Gregory

Get them from Amazon for $147+ (available in 22 styles).


Heart-shaped sunnies you’ll ~love~ to wear all the time because they’re as fun and quirky as you are.


Promising review: “If you’re a fan of heart-shaped sunnies like I am (this is my sixth pair), then you won’t be disappointed! These are sturdy and have gorgeous gold frames. They’re great quality for the price and stronger than ones I’ve found at other retailers.” — Kcobalt

Get them from Nordstrom for $19.


Sunglasses with mirrored lenses you ~clearly~ need in your life because they’re so cool and different, and did I mention, a steal?? That’s a trifecta, if I ever heard.

Promising review: “These are by far my new go-to pair of sunglasses! They are sturdy, well made, and super stylish. I got so many compliments asking if they were designer. I’m excited to try more colors and styles!” —Heather Gilbert

Get them from Amazon for $14.87 (available in seven styles).


A retro pair you may just feel like a Kardashian when you wear them. Bible!

Beginning Boutique

Beginning Boutique is a small woman-owned business based in Brisbane, Australia that has a variety of more affordable fashion pieces.

Promising review: “These are the best sunglasses!! I go jet skiing every weekend, and they haven’t failed me! They’re so big, and they stay on your face even when I fall in the water. I 100% recommend them!”—Phoebe L.

Get them from Beginning Boutique for $31.95.


A two-tone pair – you wood be missing out if you don’t give them a chance., Amazon

Promising review: “Let me start off by saying, I am rough on my shades. I’m talking the best ones last a month, and the worse ones a week, at best. These shades have survived three months worth of adventure, from being stepped on (fixed with a bit of glue and fishing string) to become my child’s favorite thing to teeth on. I wear them for four-plus hours every day. They’re hands-down the best shades I’ve ever owned and blow the $100+ shades out of the water. They’re my fishing shades, driving shades, and lounging-in-the-sun shades. I could not have asked for a better pair.” —nathan

Get them from Amazon for $29


Some round sunnies that make me feel like a psychic, because I can ~see~ you wearing these every day.


Promising review: “I love these sunglasses! I wanted a pair that weren’t like everyone else’s and these are perfect! The color combination is beautiful, and they are very comfortable! I can’t wait to wear them all summer!” —Anna

Get them from Aerie for $15.95 (available in eight styles).


An embellished pair the one-and-only Elton John would be so proud of you for wearing. You’ll ~rock~ these so hard.


Promising review: “I saw these in the store, and kept coming back to them. I went ahead and purchased, and I’m so glad I did. I receive so many compliments on these sunglasses. They were the most inexpensive I’ve ever purchased!” —ABR

Get them from Target for $15.


An iconic pair of Ray-Ban Aviators that have stood the test of time for a reason: they really are as great as people say they are.,

Promising review: “I would definitely recommend this product. This is my second time buying them, and at first, I was skeptical because I have had bad experiences with fake Ray-Bans. However, if it says sold by Amazon LLC then you are good. Any other seller I wouldn’t trust.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $154+ (available in 24 styles).


Unbreakable sunglasses designed to stay on your face even if you’re running or playing a variety of different sports., Amazon

Promising review: “I’ve been a huge fan of these. I have a massive head and had a bunch of sunglasses crack after a few days of use. But these fit perfectly and are comfortable. I was looking for a set that were light, would stick on when playing tennis and other sports, and were dark enough so that on bright days you aren’t squinting. These definitely fit the bucket. I’ve had them for over a year now, and they are still in great condition with no scratches, despite not being in a case or carefully placed.” —Daum

Get them from Amazon for $21.99 (available in black, grey, and silver).


A pair that are John Lennon-approved (probably).


Promising review: “I can honestly say I am blown away by the quality and comfort of these sunglasses. The polarized lenses are very high quality and makes any surface refracting sunlight look like its glistening. I feel like I look so frickin’ cool in them too.”—Rin Blackwell

Get them from Amazon for $14.98 (available in 18 styles)


And a splurge-worthy pair – they’re actually worth it because the company will send you a replacement pair when yours breaks or gets damaged. So, you’re essentially getting two pairs of great glasses.


Krewe is a luxury sunglasses brand founded in New Orleans in 2013. These sunglasses are handcrafted with acetate frames. The Second Chances program will send a free replacement pair when yours breaks or gets damaged.

Promising review: “These sunnies are so perfect! They definitely block out the sun, and I’ve been getting so many compliments and people asking where I got them from. I also love the color because they go with everything! I highly recommend them!” —Marae

Get them from Krewe for $315 (available in seven styles).

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Surgeon general urges face coverings – Boston Herald

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Sunday the Trump administration is “trying to correct” its guidance from earlier in the coronavirus epidemic that wearing face coverings was not necessary.

With virus cases surging and many states and cities now issuing orders to wear masks in public, Adams said he and other administration officials were wrong back in March. But he insists they were going with the scientific knowledge at the time, which suggested that people with COVID-19 who showed no symptoms were not likely to spread the virus.

Adams said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “once upon a time, we prescribed cigarettes for asthmatics and leeches and cocaine and heroin for people as medical treatments. When we learned better, we do better.”

Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, told “Fox News Sunday” that he would have liked to have seen administration officials wear masks sooner. He says it should not be viewed as a “personal choice” but a public health imperative.

Trump was seen wearing a mask in public for the first time Saturday during a visit to a military hospital.



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MEXICO CITY —The ashes of 245 Mexican migrants who died of COVID-19 in New York have arrived back into their home nation.

A Mexican Air Force plane carrying the remains arrived at near midnight Saturday in what the Foreign Releations Department called an “unprecedented” effort.

The urns were taken from the plane and placed on a table adorned with white llowers for a brief ceremony.

“It’s the way Mexico expresses its gratitude for so much that our migrants have contributed from abroad, and of course in addition to giving consolation to their families, who can give them a final goodbye in their land,” said Roberto Velasco, the Foreign Relations Department’s director-general for North America.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, celebrated a Mass for the coronavirus victims on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, blessing the ashes.

The Mexican government says more than 1,500 Mexican migrants have died of COVID-19 in the United States, about half of them in New York.


ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities reported 31 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with no fatalities over the past 24 hours. Despite the decline in cases, authorities are still on the lookout for local outbreaks, especially in holiday spots. But only 4 arriving foreign tourists have tested positive since Saturday afternoon.

The total number of cases stands at 3,803, with 193 dead. There are 10 patients on ventilators, while 122 have exited intensive care units.

LE HAVRE, France — For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were starring in Sunday’s return of fans to elite European soccer.

“Now it’s for real … we’re back,” Mbappe tweeted before the kick-off of Paris Saint-Germain against Le Havre, an exhibition match that was the first encounter in front of fans to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the outbreak erupted.

Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le Havre’s 25,000-seat Stade Oceane to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad. Upper tiers of seating were empty.

Spectators had to wear face masks to get into the arena, although many then took them off once settled in their seats. Families and friends sat together in groups but groups stayed separated. Ball carriers wore masks and gloves. Loudspeakers broadcast appeals for social distancing. Pitch-side photographers were made to step with their shoes into trays of disinfectant.


WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is downplaying the risk of sending kids back to school despite surging coronavirus cases in many parts of the U.S.

Speaking in Sunday TV interviews, DeVos stressed that kids attending school in the fall should be the rule, not the exception.

She asserted that “there’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous.”

But she was contradicted by public health experts who said the virus can still be dangerous to kids, even if the risk is lower. Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, said on “Fox News Sunday” that science is also unclear on how much kids can spread the disease to more vulnerable adults.

DeVos said the Trump administration is looking at “all the options” for pulling funding from schools if they don’t provide full-time in person learning, calling American investment in education “a promise to students and their families.”

She described Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for keeping schools safe, such as face coverings and social distancing, as “guidelines” meant to be flexible.


LONDON — A British pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical COVID-19 patient has arrived back home in Scotland.

Glasgow Airport said the man landed in Scotland on Sunday and was met by a waiting ambulance. He’s now in a hospital recuperating.

The 42-year-old, identified by the official Vietnam News Agency as Stephen Cameron, had flown out of Ho Chi Minh City the day before.

Vietnam had gone all out to save Cameron, who was working for national carrier Vietnam Airlines when he tested positive for the coronavirus in March. He had been critically ill and spent 65 days on life support.

Cameron is known in Vietnam as “Patient 91,” as he was the 91st person in the country confirmed to have the coronavirus. He was the Southeast Asian nation’s last patient in an ICU, and his recovery means the country still has not had any COVID-19 deaths.


ROME — Local outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at a courier service in northern Italy and among migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea have helped swell an increase in the nation’s daily new cases.

Calabria, which in recent days had been registering a couple or even no new daily coronavirus infections, had 28 new cases on Sunday, stemming from as many infections among nearly 800 migrants rescued from human traffickers’ boats and brought to that region.

Calabria Gov. Jole Santelli called on the national government to safeguard the local population by requisitioning navy boats going forward and keeping rescued migrants offshore until they can be tested for coronavirus infection.

In the Emilia-Romagna region, 71 cases were registered on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry, a sizable jump from recent days, reflecting a hot spot of infections at a major courier service in Bologna.

In contrast, Lombardy, which during the pandemic saw daily new cases loads far over 1,000, registered 77 cases on Sunday. With the latest 234 cases nationwide, Italy now has 243,061 known cases. With nine deaths tallied on Sunday, the overall confirmed death toll is 34,954. Authorities say the actual number of cases and deaths is certainly higher.


BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon has reported its highest daily count of coronavirus cases, including dozens of foreign workers who work at a cleaning company, the health ministry said Sunday.

The 166 cases came after three days in which the number was a record every day in Lebanon. The increase comes after Lebanon’s only international airport was reopened on July 1, after more than three months closure.

The country has eased a monthslong lockdown and people are going out more to restaurants, nightclubs, markets and beaches. A nighttime curfew to limit the spread of the pandemic was abolished last month.

The small country of about 5 million and over 1 million refugees has so far recorded only 36 deaths and 2,344 total infections detected.

Health Minister Hamad Hassan told the local LBC TV station that the figures will continue to be high during the coming days.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases.

California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15.

The numbers come at the end of a grim, record-breaking week in Florida, with 514 fatalities. On Sunday, 45 more deaths were reported.

Throughout May and into June, the state reopened much of its economy with some restrictions.

Testing has increased, but the percentage of people testing positive has risen even more dramatically. A month ago, fewer than 5% of tests came up positive on a daily average. Over the past week, the daily average exceeded 19%.


PARIS — After images of thousands of people dancing provoked renewed debate in France over social distancing, the mayor of the Mediterranean resort of Nice announced Sunday that face masks will be obligatory at all of the city’s events from now on.

Video of dense crowds dancing at a DJ’s outdoor set on Saturday night drew hundreds of thousands of views and criticism that many partygoers didn’t wear masks or stay apart. The crowd’s behavior fueled concerns of growing indifference among the French for social distancing, even as the country’s COVID-related death toll has surpassed 30,000.

Health workers have expressed fears of a second wave of infections as the French revel in post-lockdown freedoms and embark on summer vacations.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi on Sunday defended the decision to allow the concert, saying efforts were made to limit the crowd-size to 5,000 people and messages were broadcast to urge them to distance.

But Estrosi also added that “we regret that these instructions were not sufficiently respected.”

He asked the government to make the wearing of masks obligatory at crowded events, including those outdoors. He said masks would now be required “for all our events” in Nice.


WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that President Donald Trump has “crossed a bridge” by wearing a face mask during a visit to a military hospital.

Pelosi told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she hopes it means the president “will change his attitude, which will be helpful in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.”

Trump wore a mask during a visit Saturday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland, where he met wounded servicemembers and health care providers.

It was the first time the president was seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the virus.

Pelosi said she’s “so glad that he obeyed the rules of the Walter Reed. You can’t go see our veterans who are there without wearing a mask.”

The only time Trump has been known to wear a mask was during a private part of a tour of a Ford plant in Michigan.


WASHINGTON — A member of the White House coronavirus task force said Sunday that despite a surge in cases across the country, the situation “is not out of control.’

Brett Giroir said it’s going to take “a lot of effort and everybody’s going to have to do their part’ to combat the pandemic.

And the assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department said that “we have to have people wearing a mask in public. It’s absolutely essential.’

Giroir told ABC’s “This Week” that officials would like to see something like 90 percent of people wearing a mask in public in areas that are hot spots.

He said that “if we don’t have that, we will not get control of the virus.’ Giroir says there’s no downside to wearing a mask.

When Giroir was asked about whether states that are seeing a spike in cases should consider more stringent lockdowns, he said, “Everything should be on the table.”

And looking ahead, Giroir said it’s possible that the situation “could be worse in the fall” and he thinks that in the fall “we’re going to need tens of millions of more tests a month.” He also said there’s some data that people can get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time and “that’s not really good.”


LONDON – British authorities are locking down 200 workers at a farm in central England after a fresh coronavirus outbreak.

Officials said Sunday that 73 of the workers tested positive for the virus at the AS Green and Co. vegetable farm in the village of Mathon, south of Birmingham.

The workers, who live on mobile homes at the farm, were hired to pick and pack produce. They’re being required to remain on the farm and self-isolate with their household groups, with the local council arranging deliveries of food and essential supplies.

The farm had put in place a number of infection control measures, including promoting social distancing in communal spaces and the indoor packaging area and providing personal protective equipment, officials said.

“Despite these measures, a small number of workers became symptomatic earlier this week and they and a few close contacts among the workforce were tested initially and found to be positive,” Katie Spence, health protection director at Public Health England Midlands, said in a statement.

The entire workforce was then tested and a “significant percentage” came back positive, despite the individuals not showing symptoms, she said.

The farm said its website that its management team and visitors have also been tested but those results came back negative.


PRISTINA, Kosovo — Muslim authorities in Kosovo on Sunday reimposed some limits on prayers at mosques due to rising numbers of infections from the new coronavirus.

A statement by the Islamic community of Kosovo, the highest local governing body of the faith, said mass gatherings would be suspended, with no more than 50 people at a time allowed to gather for prayers, and only for 10 minutes.

They will have to wear masks, remain at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart and use their own personal prayer rug.

People older than 65 and younger than 16 should pray at home.

Mosques had been closed earlier this year after the emergence of the pandemic, but were reopened two months ago.

Kosovo reported more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 a day over the past week. As of Sunday, there have been 4,715 confirmed cases in the country and 101 deaths.


JOHANNESBURG — With surging confirmed cases of COVID-19, South Africa is now ranked as the ninth most affected country by the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. South Africa has 264,184 cases, including 3,971 deaths, accounting for more than 40% of all the reported cases in Africa.

More than 30% of South Africa’s cases are in the economic hub of Gauteng province, which includes the largest city, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria. Johannesburg’s densely populated Soweto township is one of the hot spots. Public hospitals are expressing concerns about shortages of available beds and medical oxygen.

Africa’s 54 countries have reported 577,904 cases, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday. The continent’s confirmed cases are concentrated in four countries — South Africa, Egypt with 81,158 cases, Nigeria with 31,987 cases and Algeria with 18,712 cases – which together make up more than 65% of the continent’s cases.

The number of actual cases in Africa is believed to be much higher, as the testing rate is very low in many countries.


BUDAPEST, Hungary — The Hungarian government said Sunday that it will reimpose restrictions, such as mandatory two-week quarantines or bans, on people arriving from countries where the rate of coronavirus infections is considered to be moderate or high.

“We see worrisome signs about an increase in the number of cases in the neighboring countries, Europe and the whole world,” said Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff.

Gulyas said only Hungarian citizens will be allowed to enter from countries in the “red” category — those with a high rate of infections — including Albania, Ukraine, Belarus and practically all of Asia, Africa and South and Central America. They will have to stay in quarantine for two weeks, but will be allowed out earlier if they get two negative test results 48 hours apart.

Both Hungarians and foreigners arriving from countries in the “yellow” category — which includes, among others, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania and Sweden, as well as Britain, Russia, Serbia, Japan, China and the United States — will have to quarantine for two weeks, but will be allowed out if they test negative for the virus: once in the case of Hungarians, or two negative tests 48 hours apart in the case of foreigners.

Gulyas said the new measures, which will take effect Wednesday, will be reviewed at least once a week

Hungary registered five new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, with no new deaths linked to the pandemic. In total, Hungary has registered 4,234 cases, including 595 deaths.


TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is repeating his promise to provide speedy financial help for self-employed workers after thousands protested against what they see as a failed government response to the economic crisis wrought by the coronavirus.

Netanyahu said at his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday that workers would receive an immediate stipend and could expect a safety net for the next 12 months. He said he would work to ease bureaucratic hurdles and would hold dialogues with workers’ representatives to solve outstanding issues.

Netanyahu’s remarks come after some 10,000 people demonstrated in central Tel Aviv on Saturday, demanding that the government fulfill the promises it made to assist Israelis imperiled financially because of virus restrictions.

The protest came as anger has swelled over Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis. Critics say the money promised in previous plans hasn’t been doled out or has been insufficient.

Israel recently reimposed restrictions because of a spike in coronavirus cases, closing bars, events spaces and other venues.

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Mueller castigates Trump’s decision to commute Roger Stone’s sentence – live | US news


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Trump defends his golfing as Covid-19 cases surge

Donald Trump has already been busy on Twitter this morning:

As US coronavirus cases and deaths continue to soar, Donald Trump started the day by defending his golfing record.

Following his latest golf course visit to Trump National Golf Club in northern Virginia yesterday – reportedly his 275th as president – he tweeted this morning that he plays “VERY fast” and gets a lot of work done while playing.

He also claimed that his predecessor Barack Obama played “more and much longer” than he does – despite recent counts finding that Trump has played considerably more often.

Comparing himself to business figures and politicians who “work out endlessly…but nobody complains”, he said golf is his “exercise”.

The president wrote: “Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a ‘tiny’ bit of exercise. Not bad!”

His golf trip came after his planned rally in New Hampshire – due to take place in Portsmouth last night – was cancelled due to bad weather. However, the weather was reportedly “warm and sunny”.

Donald J. Trump

No, Radical Left anarchists, agitators, looters or protesters will not be knocking down or harming the Washington Monument, the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, or just about any other Federal Monumrnt or Statue. If they even try, an automatic 10 years in prison. Sorry!

July 12, 2020

Also this morning, Trump tweeted a renewed threat of 10-year prison sentences to people who damage or tear down monuments or statues and boasted that his administration has built “240 miles of new Border Wall” and have “some of the best Border Numbers ever.”

Late last night Trump hit out at Republican senators Mitt Romney and Pat Toomey – branding them “RINOS” (“Republican in name only”) – after they criticised his decision to commute Roger Stone’s prison sentence.


Pelosi calls Stone commutation ‘a threat to national security’

Mueller: ‘Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so’

The former special counsel Robert Mueller made a rare move on Saturday to publicly defend his two-year investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election – and to castigate Donald Trump’s decision to commute Roger Stone’s prison sentence.

Mueller wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post [paywall] published under the headline “Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so”.

“The work of the special counsel’s office – its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions – should speak for itself,” he wrote.

“But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office …

“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

Trump commuted the sentence of Stone on Friday night, sparking outrage from Democrats and some senior Republicans.

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Ricky Gervais Torches Cancel Culture And ‘Outrage Mobs

British comedian Ricky Gervais just spoke out to blast cancel culture and “outrage mobs,” saying that they would make it impossible for him to ever make his hit show “The Office” today.

During an interview with Times Radio on Friday, Gervais said that if “The Office” was made today, many audience members would take it too “literally,” despite the fact that the show was “clearly ironic.”

“Now [the show] would suffer because people would take things literally. There are these outrage mobs who take things out of context,” Gervais explained. “This was a show about everything — it was about difference, it was about sex, race, all the things that people fear to even be discussed or talked about now, in case they say the wrong thing and they are canceled.”

He went on to add that the BBC, which is funded by British taxpayers, has become “more and more careful” about making sure there is political correctness in their comedy.

“People want to keep their jobs, so would worry about some of the subjects and jokes, even though they were clearly ironic and we were laughing at this buffoon being uncomfortable around difference,” Gervais said. “I think if this was put out now, some people have lost their sense of irony and context.”

The 59 year-old comedic actor lamented the fact that there is “no nuance or discussion” about comedy nowadays, as it has instead just become “two tribes of people screaming.”

“I genuinely think I don’t do anything that deserves to be canceled,” he said. “Some people now don’t care about the argument or the issue, they just want to own someone, they want to win the argument.”

Though he sees himself as a “champagne socialist,” Gervais has been praised by many on the right for being a longtime advocate of freedom of speech.

“I’m an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy,” Gervais said last year. “A pro-equality, opportunity-for-all, welfare state snowflake. But, if I ever defend freedom of speech on here, I’m suddenly an alt-right nazi. How did that happen?”

If only there were more people in Hollywood like Ricky Gervais.

This piece was written by James Samson on July 10, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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I can’t sleep because her apartment is so messy

Dear Amy: My mom is 90 years old and has had a hoarding/messy-home problem, gambling addiction, and money issues for the past 25 years.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 

She is a compulsive shopper and was shopping almost every day when she was driving. Last year she had a minor car accident that totaled her car, so she does not drive anymore and depends on me to take her for groceries, errands, doctor appointments, etc.

I had to clean out her car, which was so full of stuff that it took me five hours to clean it out. I filled five large garbage bags of trash and 12 boxes of stuff.

I have had to “clean up her mess” many times over the years, sometimes at my insistence, and sometimes because she needs to let someone into her apartment and they can’t get in because of the mess. Clothes are piled on the bed, groceries on the counters, and boxes on the floor.

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The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong’ on the Coronavirus

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The White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he “has been wrong on things,” according to The Washington Post.

After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and face of the administration’s coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president’s overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic.

Against this backdrop, an unnamed White House official told the Post: “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” The official attached a list of incorrect predictions Fauci had made, including his doubts early on that asymptomatic spread would play a large role in transmission and a February assurance that Americans did not need to change their behavior. Like many other public health officials, Fauci said at first that masks were not necessary but recently recommended that they be mandated nationwide. 

“Dr. Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on,” Peter Navarro, the president’s trade adviser, told the Post in a separate statement. “Now Fauci is saying that a falling mortality rate doesn’t matter when it is the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening. So when you ask me if I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is only with caution.”

In recent days, the 79-year-old doctor has offered unsparing assessments of the United States’ current situation. In an interview with 538 published Thursday, he was perhaps at his most blunt: “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.” The same day, the commander-in-chief told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that Fauci was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.” The two haven’t spoken in months, but Fauci has reportedly not complained about that. David Barr, an AIDS activist who knows Fauci, told the Post the doctor has become exasperated that state and local officials aren’t listening to experts.

“Our bigger issue with Fauci is stop critiquing the task force…and try to fix it,” another White House official told the Post. The official said Fauci’s high approval and trustworthiness ratings have upset the president as his own deteriorate. 

The White House has also reportedly sought to keep Fauci out of the the public eye. A CBS anchor said last week that the White House has ignored requests to interview Fauci on air since early April, though he has spoken to print and podcast outlets. The White House maintains the authority to approve or deny interview requests for high-profile public officials and granted requests from PBS, CNN, and NBC to speak with the doctor only to cancel them after Fauci disagreed with Trump in a conversation with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), according to the Post. The epidemiologist said that Trump’s contention of a lower death rate indicating success in tamping down the virus was “a false narrative.” He warned against “false complacency.” Fauci has also said he’d like to go on Rachel Maddow’s show, which routinely critiques the president, a request that was rejected.

Trump himself has been wrong on the coronavirus in a laundry list of ways as he’s pushed to reopen the country, and going after Fauci is not the only time he has attempted to contravene public health guidelines. He famously told Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to “look into” the injection of bleach and the ingestion of sunlight as possible COVID-19 curatives. He’s also pressured the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate its emergency authorization for the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, as has his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who said doctors “don’t know what they’re talking about.” Trump himself has said he took the drug despite FDA advisories warning it is unsafe to do so and unlikely to prevent or treat the coronavirus.

The president donned a face mask for a Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital, one of the first and only times he has done so in public after repeatedly shrugging off their importance in recent weeks and even mocking Joe Biden for wearing one.

In Dr. Fauci We Trust

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