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House approves bill making lynching a federal hate crime

The House approved the Emmett Till Antilynching Act - which would make lynching a federal hate crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison - after the 2020 measure was held up by Sen. Rand Paul, who said that he feared the bill might “conflate lesser crimes with lynching.”... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Fauci pummels Rand Paul

You would think something like an international pandemic would be the sort of thing that unites us across political lines. And it has…in every country on the planet except this one. Here in the United States, it’s been politicized by the Right to attack the people who are working to save us, and cast them as villains.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Grinchy Rand Paul

Fun fact: Rand Paul is a jerk. When Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn’t screaming lies and conspiracy theories at Dr. Anthony Fauci, he’s blocking disaster relief…at least to states that are not Kentucky. ... Read more»

Transgender Biden nominee draws tirade from Rand Paul at confirmation hearing

Pennsylvania’s former top health official faced a tirade at her confirmation hearing Thursday from Republican Sen. Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, about gender-affirmation surgery for minors, as well as criticism about the state’s response to the pandemic. ... Read more»

Rushing back will make it worse, Fauci warns Senate

Eighty thousand Americans have died from Covid-19 in just over 70 days, but things will only get worse, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday in remarks to the Senate, if the country rushes its return to normalcy. ... Read more»

Why coronavirus testing takes so long: a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites established in some places and new types of tests approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration.... Read more»

Lawmakers adapt to teleworking as coronavirus continues to spread

Constituents with concerns about the stimulus bill working its way through Congress this week can still share their opinions with their representatives in Washington – even though their representatives may not actually be in Washington. ... Read more»

House passes $8.3 billion coronavirus bill; Az's Biggs one of two ‘no’ votes

The House late Wednesday approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus, passing the measure an overwhelming 415-2 vote – with an Arizona Republican counting for one of the two “nays.” ... Read more»

Rand Paul: Kelli Ward is only true conservative running for Senate

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a standard bearer for Tea Party conservatives, praised U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward at a campaign rally in Scottsdale, calling her a “constitutional conservative” who will stand up to the D.C., establishment.... Read more»

FactCheck

Does police acquisition of military surplus reduce crime?

In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety.... Read more»

Factchecking the 7th GOP debate

There was no Donald Trump, but plenty to fact-check in the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses.... Read more»

Factchecking the fifth GOP debate

The Republican presidential candidates’ fifth and final 2015 debate focused on national security and included misleading claims on terrorism, immigration and foreign oil.... Read more»

FactChecking the GOP economic debate

The fourth Republican presidential debate featured fewer candidates, but no shortage of factual missteps. ... Read more»

FactChecking the GOP candidate forum

Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3.... Read more»

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video

Several Republican presidential candidates have claimed that Planned Parenthood is “profiting” from abortions. But the full, unedited video they cite as evidence shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.... Read more»2

FactCheck: Rand Paul wrong on the Texas shooters

Sen. Rand Paul said the attack in Garland, Texas, was “an example of how we do need to secure our border,” but neither of the attackers crossed the southern border to gain access to the U.S. Both were Americans.... Read more»

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