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CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.
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Biden, other G7 leaders meet with queen, senior royals; Biden invokes WWII: U.S. will "build a new arsenal" to fight COVID; Biden, G7 leaders address COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, threat from Russia & China; No joint news conference expected after Biden-Putin meeting next week; One-on-one with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki; Biden on message to Putin: “I’ll tell you after I deliver it”; Putin spokesman: “nothing to discuss” in Alexi Navalny’s case; WH calls Trump-era targeting of members of congress “appalling”; U.S. embassy in Afghanistan suspends visa operations, as thousands of Afghans who helped military wait for approval; Trump DOJ secretly subpoenaed Apple for data from house democrats, staff and family; Politico: Barr says he was “not aware” of any DOJ subpoenas for data from two democratic lawmakers; Group of bipartisan senators draft infrastructure proposal; Rep. Jayapal to Dems: “let’s move forward alone” on infrastructure; Group of house Dems as Rep. Omar to clarify statement seemingly comparing U.S. and Israel to Hamas and Taliban; FDA authorizes 10M doses of J&J vaccine from troubled Baltimore plant; FDA vaccine advisers debate authorizing vaccine for kids under 12; 2 cruise passengers test positive for COVID during end-of-cruise test; crew and guests were fully vaccinated; NY Gov. Cuomo weighs re-election campaign despite facing multiple investigations; NY Gov. Cuomo faces investigations into claims of sexual harassment, book resources, nursing home data; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden: U.S. will buy, donate 500m doses Pfizer vaccine; Biden prepares for crucial face-to-face with Putin; Biden meets with key allies before crucial Putin summit; U.S. hopes to agree on ambassadors retuning to Moscow, DC; Moderna asks FDA to authorize its vaccine for children ages 12-17; U.S. over 42% fully vaccinated, almost 52% partially vaccinated; CDC: Most states have administered less than half of the Johnson & Johnson doses received; U.S. over 42% fully vaccinated, almost 52% partially vaccinated; 13 states already met President Biden’s goal to partially vaccinate 70% adults ahead of July 4 deadline; GOP leader McConnell: A bipartisan infrastructure deal would be popular on both sides on the aisle; Biden’s infrastructure plan calls for $100B investment in renewable energy, underground power grid; Iowa farmer on Biden’s green plan: Slow down, don’t shove it down our throat; Iowa republican backs Biden’s plans too expand U.S. power grid options, “I am fully on board”; WV conservative says he worries about too much “green” talk; TX sheriff’s office investigating deputy’s tasing of 16-year-old boy; New body cam video shows deputy tasing migrant boy for over 30 seconds; U.S. sanctions Nicaragua, says Ortega’s regime is driving the country “deeper into tyranny” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden starts first overseas trip, meeting with G7 & NATO before high-stakes Putin summit; Biden agenda held up by bipartisan hurdles; GOP negotiators: no new taxes to pay for infrastructure; Warren: “it’s time to move forward” without GOP on infrastructure; “Problem Solvers” caucus unveils $1.25T infrastructure proposal; Biden’s infrastructure plan includes affordable internet to all; WH: 30 million Americans live in areas with no access to internet; In-depth look at high-speed internet issues across America; Biden proposes high-speed internet to every home by 2030; Dr. Fauci: Highly contagious “Delta” variant on the rise in U.S.; Dr. Fauci: FDA looking into extension of J&J vaccine shelf-life or sharing doses to places in need; Nearly 64% of U.S. adults partially vaccinated; Ohio doctor falsely claims metal in vaccines can magnetize people; Medical Examiner: Majority of migrants that die crossing border die from heatstroke, hyperthermia, dehydration, drowning; Deaths have tripled for migrants crossing the border so far this year To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden wraps upcall with lead GOP negotiator on infrastructure; Bipartisan senate group working on new infrastructure plan; Democrats confront reality of narrowly split congress; Sen. Capito’s office: Biden’s call with lead GOP negotiator on infrastructure lasted 5 minutes; Dem senator: Time to “move on from bipartisanship”; Growing number of Dems concerned about scrapping filibuster; Trump’s role absent from bipartisan senate Jan 6 report; McConnell refuses to say whether Jan 6 was ab “insurrection”; Senate report reveals sweeping failures of capitol attack, but omits the word “insurrection” & Trump’s role in inciting it; In social media posts, rioters said to “bring guns” & “be mentally prepared to” shoot police; Bipartisan report: Police knew rioters planned for violence; Some republicans dismiss insurrection as “false narrative”; Colonial Pipeline CEO testifies on Capitol Hill, defends paying hackers millions; Sources: U.S. Ambassador to Russia wary of U.S. concessions to Moscow; As lawmakers debate infrastructure, U.S. schools are in desperate need of funding; Biden admin proposes $100B for school construction & repairs; Norwegian Cruise Line to challenge Florida rule with vaccine requirement for passengers; Fauci on Biden’s 70% vaccine goal: July 4th is not the end of it; Israel claims Hamas was developing “Iron Dome” jamming system in news building it destroyed; AP statement on Israel saying Hamas was in its Gaza building: “We have yet to receive evidence to support these claims” To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden faces huge tests on infrastructure, allies abroad; Biden, GOP billions of dollars apart on infrastructure; Progressives lose patience with Biden & GOP talks; Manchin tanks Dems’ hopes of passing sweeping election reform bill; Manchin: partisan voting bills will “destroy” our democracy; Manchin vows to block Dems’ election reform, preserve filibuster; Progressives lash out at Manchin for opposing Dem election bill; DOJ: U.S. recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to hackers in Colonial Pipeline cyberattack; Emails show Trump & Giuliani repeatedly contacted Arizona GOP leader who allowed bogus audit to start; Trump baselessly calls 2020 election “crime of the century”; Cheney: Trump’s election lies are “dangerous and damaging”; Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows pushed justice dept, to investigate baseless election fraud claims; Georgia’s republican governor booed by his own party; GOP lawyer: “state election officials are under attack”; Former RNC counsel blasts republican-led states for new laws targeting local election officials; Violence erupts in Mexico ahead of midterm elections; Nearly 100 people assassinated related to Mexico’s elections; American society of civil engineers: 46K bridges across U.S. in “poor” condition or “structurally deficient”; Memphis trucker says 30 min trip takes 3 hours because of I-40 Memphis bridge crack; Mississippi Gov: “very, very, very” little virus in our state, vaccination rates rank among lowest in nation; TSA: 1.9 million travelers Sunday marks busiest day since start of pandemic; NYC announces “homecoming” concert set for August; Study: risk of infection drops 51% after first dose of Pfizer vaccine, best protection after second dose; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden views cyberattacks as a “rising national security concern”; Biden to confront Putin about cyberattacks in upcoming summit;  Biden wraps call with top GOP negotiator; Will talk infrastructure again on Monday; Biden faces critical moment in infrastructure negotiations; Biden uses job report to stress need for infrastructure deal; Biden: Now is the time to “seize on the economic momentum”; Pence says he “may never see eye-to-eye” with Trump about Jan. 6; Pence downplays personal horror from inside the capitol during insurrection; Facebook bans Trump until at least January 2023; NIH Director: Getting vaccinated is a donation of goodwill to vulnerable; Vaccinations fall below 1M per day for first time since Jan. ; New CDC report highlights urgent need to vaccinate teens; NIH Director: States with only 50% of their population with one shot could be “sitting ducks for the next outbreak”; GOP state lawmakers seek to ban teaching critical race theory; GA Board of Education votes to prevent teaching critical race theory   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
WH plans to distribute 80m+ doses globally by end of June; Fauci: “cautiously optimistic” about vaccinating kids under 12 by Thanksgiving; Arizona audit observers find massive security problems; Report: Trump believes he will be reinstated along with former AZ Sen. Martha McSally; Former Adviser: Trump listening to election conspiracies from “The bottom of the bottom of the crazies in the barrel”; Trump still engrossed by big lie on election results; DOJ to start handling ransomware attacks similar to terrorism; WH says Biden will bring up criminal hackers at summit with Putin; Pentagon warns Iran against “provocative act” as warships inch towards the Atlantic Ocean; One of Iran’s largest warships sinks after fire To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden declares June “month of action” to meet vaccine goal; CDC: 12 states have met goal to vaccinate 70% of adults with at least one shot by July 4; TX Republicans claim provision which would have harmed “souls to the polls” events was a typo; Ransomware attacks take major U.S. companies, infrastructure offline, holding internal networks hostage until they pay; Trucking industry struggling to hire drivers as demand increases; U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges states to use rescue funding to help with childcare costs   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
CDC: 50.5% of total population is partially vaccinated; Study: Ending precautions early could cause increased virus spread; Las Vegas fully reopens to 100% capacity; Biden: I’m the first president in 100 years to come to “Acknowledge The Truth” of what took place in Tulsa; Biden: We’re here to shine a light, to make sure America knows the story in full; Biden: Pauses for moment of silence for Tulsa massacre victims; Biden: “This was not a riot, this was a massacre”; Biden: We’re facing an inflection point as a nation; What people refused to see can’t be ignored anymore; Biden announces steps to close racial wealth gap in U.S.; Biden: The right to vote is the “Most Fundamental” right; Biden: The right to vote is “Under Assault” like I’ve never seen; Biden: Voting right groups should redouble their efforts to register & educate voters; Biden: Hate is never defeated, it only hides; Biden: Biggest threat to the homeland is white supremacists To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Texas Gov pledges to bring back voting bill in special session; Texas democrats block new voting restrictions, for now; Dems say TX voting law unfairly targets people of color; Michael Flynn appears to suggest there should be a Myanmar-Style coup in the United States; Biden’s week shifts from reflection to negotiation; Biden reflects on son beau, an Iraq vet who died of cancer; Biden on Memorial Day: “Democracy itself is in peril”; Buttigieg on negotiations: “We need a clear direction”; NYC Mayoral race heating up between diverse dem candidates; U.S. Surgeon General: We must address loneliness epidemic; How to cope with mental stress of life returning to normal; Naomi Osaka withdraws from French open, citing her mental health; Asian Americans patrolling streets to keep elders safe;   "The Honor Project” remembers fallen veterans; volunteers visit Arlington grave sites for family, friends that can’t travel; Gold star sister memorializes her brother, Travis, who died serving in Iraq in 2007; Go to Travismanion.org to support the foundation ;     To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Six republicans side with Dems on Jan 6 commission; vote fails; Mother & partner of fallen capitol officer react to senate republicans blocking insurrection commission; Partner of fallen officer: “very disappointed” with failed vote; Partner of fallen Officer Sicknick’s plea to lawmakers: “the time to do something is now”; Mother of fallen officer: meeting with some in GOP were tense because “we knew they weren’t sincere”; Mother of fallen Officer Sicknick on GOP senators who voted ‘no’ on commission: “they just don’t care”; At least one in ten Americans have contracted COVID; Nearly half of Americans ages 12+ are fully vaccinated; Poll: 26% of parents of children under twelve won’t get kids vaccinated; CDC: fully vaccinated kids don’t need to wear masks or socially distance at summer camp; Afghan intel officials: terror group Al Qaeda getting shelter and support from the Taliban; Afghan intel officials: Al Qaeda may be able to attack the west from Afghanistan by late 2022; Afghan intel officials: dead Al Qaeda leader’s computer revealed global terror connections; Southwest bans passenger accused of assaulting flight attendant; 37 million Americans expected to hit the road for holiday weekend; Gasoline prices at a 7-year high for memorial day; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
GOP leaders confident they will defeat Jan 6 commission bill today; McConnell asks senate republicans to vote no on Jan 6 commission as “a personal favor”; Manchin will not break GOP filibuster on commission bill: “I’m not ready to destroy our government”; Padilla calls for gun law reform after San Jose attack; Two arrested after alleged Anti-Semitic attack in LA; WSJ” San Jose gunman detained in 2016 by border officials who found notes about terrorism hatred of workplace; Data obtained by CNN shows interest in vaccinations increased after CDC updated mask guidance; Ohio awards first $1 million vaccination lottery prize; Nearly 40% of all Americans now fully vaccinated; Biden condemn “Escalating violence” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region; 200+ days of violence in Tigray, thousands feared killed, witnesses say young men are rounded up and executed To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Ohio gov: 45% jump in vaccinations after $1m lottery offer; Senate expected to vote on “endless frontier” bill to boost competition with China; Biden tasks U.S. intel community to report on Covid origins in 90 days; Officials give update on deadly mass shooting in San Jose To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Minnesota Gov. leads moment of silence in honor of George Floyd for 9 mins, 29 secs; Floyd family discussed police reform with members of congress, met privately with president Biden; Pres. Biden & VP Harris meet with George Floyd’s family one year since his murder; Negotiators optimistic for deal on George Floyd justice in policing bill; Sticking point in policing reform bill is qualified immunity, which offers civil protections to officers; Prosecutors looking at communications between Giuliani and former Ukrainian government officials; Trump responds to insurrection lawsuit, claims “absolute immunity” as president; GOP leaders finally condemn Rep Greene’s comparison of mask mandates & COVID vaccinations to holocaust; McCarthy: Greene’s “intentional decision to compare the horrors of the holocaust with wearing masks is appalling” Blinken in Middle East to bolster ceasefire, vows to help rebuild Gaza; Blinken on Israel-Hamas conflict: “losses on both sides were profound”; Trump allies seize on ballot issues in small New Hampshire town to push election lies; New Hampshire’s bipartisan audit stems from ballot issues, unlike GOP-fueled audits in other states; Auditors find improperly folded ballots led to vote discrepancy in NH town, not voter fraud; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
CDC: nearly 50% of all U.S. adults are fully vaccinated; CDC: 25 states & DC have fully vaccinated at least 50% of adults; U.S. cases & deaths drop to lowest levels since last summer; NJ to lift most mask & social distancing requirements Friday; CNN: Wuhan lab illnesses raise new questions about COVID origins; CNN: several Wuhan lab scientists hospitalized in November 2019; Fauci “not convinced” COVID-19 developed naturally; Judge rules absentee ballots can be unsealed in Georgia after groups claim possible fraud in 2020 election; Georgia election audit likely to have more guidelines than current ballot review playing out in Arizona; 48 shootings in Chicago over weekend, 10 cases deadly; Police: 14-year-old girl killed at concert in SC; Police: one arrest in shooting at NJ house party; two killed, 12 injured; White House Press Secy: “there is a guns problem” in America; Study: 7,500 people killed in shootings in 2021; Police association: violent crimes including homicide, rape, robbery up in 63 major U.S. cities in 2020; Secy Blinken travels to Middle East today in Biden’s first big intl. peacemaking push; Blinken travels to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Cairo and Amman in post-ceasefire peace effort; Blinken travels to Jerusalem 3 days post-ceasefire; 21 runners die in severe weather during ultra-marathon in China; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Violent skirmishes threaten fragile Middle East ceasefire; Biden credits his team’s “quiet and relentless diplomacy” for helping broker a ceasefire between Israel, Hamas; Sources: Biden believes close relationship with Israel’s Netanyahu helped him negotiate ceasefire; Soon: Biden speaks after meeting with South Korean president; Gaza in shambles after 11 days of destruction; Biden pledges to help rebuild Gaza after deadly Israeli airstrikes; Source: one person arrested in “gang assault” of Jewish man at pro-Palestinian protest in NYC; LAPD: violent altercation outside restaurant investigated as possible hate crime; CNN obtains more body camera video of Ronald Greene kicked, tased, dragged by police officers in 2019; Louisiana state police: “premature” to release body cam video showing Ronald Greene; Greene’s mother: police said in 2019 my son died in a crash after a chase, never mentioned he was tased, beaten; Greene’s mother: the coverup by Louisiana state police started within hours of my son’s death; CNN obtains autopsy report: mentions cocaine, physical struggle, inflicted head injury; Daily pace of vaccinations down nearly 50% from April peak; CDC: 12 to 15-year-olds made up nearly a quarter of new vaccinations in past week; San Francisco general hospital has no COVID patients for the first time in fourteen months; CDC: cases 37% lower in school when staff wear masks; Biden to NYT: progressives don’t like me because I’m not prepared to take on the “socialist agenda”; Rural counties in liberal Oregon vote to join conservative Idaho; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
New bodycam video shows Ronald Greene kicked, tased, dragged; 2019 police report never detailed the use of force; Lawsuit: Police told Greene’s mother her son died in crash after his car hit a tree; McCarthy says “sure” he would testify if Jan. 6 commission bill passes; Dems mull forming select committee to investigate Jan. 6 as bipartisan support dwindles; Cases, deaths, hospitalizations drop as more people get vaccinated; Fauci: “We don’t know” when booster vaccine may be needed; LAPD looking into violent altercation outside restaurant as possible anti-Semitic hate crime To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Soon: House votes on commission to investigate insurrection; GOP leaders in January: McConnell said Trump “provoked” the Capitol mob, McCarthy said Trump “bears responsibility”; Trump relocates for the summer to New Jersey golf club; Rep. Jayapal calls for ceasefire & U.S. delaying arms sale to Israel; House Dems introduce legislation to block $735k arms sale to Israel; 50+ House Dems urge Schumer & Pelosi to go against GOP, push for larger upfront infrastructure investment; NYC reopens, lifts capacity restrictions on businesses; Police departments cope with officers’ vaccine hesitancy   To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Biden declines to take a question on Israel at Ford event; Israeli Prime Minister says operations will continue “as necessary”; Ninth day of violence between Israel and Hamas; Israeli warplanes pound Gaza as Hamas rocket fire resumes; WH pushes “quiet and intensive diplomacy” amid escalating violence; Sen. Kaine: publicly calling for a ceasefire is what we’d usually do, and we should do it here; McCarthy says he opposes January 6th commission, sides with republicans downplaying election results; Pelosi disappointed but “not surprised” McCarthy opposes January sixth commission; Sherriff: three deputies from Pasquotank county involved in Andrew Brown Jr. will not be fired; Brown’s family attorney deputes prosecutor, says video does not show Brown using car as a weapon; Brown family attorneys: to call shooting “justified” is “an insult and a slap in the face”; States loosen restrictions as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths decrease; White House task force: we’re “winning the war on the virus” but must “finish the job”; About 60% of Americans 18+ have gotten at least one dose; As COVID cases fall, teens urged to get vaccinated; States push incentives to increase vaccinations; CDC warns about low vaccination rates in rural areas; Fauci: “more comfortable” with people indoors without a mask; Tomorrow: NY won’t require masks for fully vaccinated; Confusion as some places ease mask mandates and COVID restrictions while others don’t; 37% of U.S. population now fully vaccinated; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
U.S. record lowest number of new daily cases since March 2020; CDC’s abrupt reversal on mask guidance sparks confusion; CDC director: new mask guidance relies on “honor system”; CVS joins other major retailers in dropping mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers; CDC director: working on updated summer camp guidance; NY to drop mask mandate for fully vaccinated people; Largest nurses union in U.S. slams CDC mask guidance; NJ keeps indoor mask mandate despite CDC guidance;  Hamas officials: death toll increases to 212, 1305 injured; Israelis flee to shelters as sirens warn of incoming rockets; Biden faces angry rift in own party over Israeli-Hamas conflict; WH says “quiet and intensive” diplomacy is more constructive than public call for ceasefire; 25+ senators demand immediate ceasefire to Israel-Hamas conflict; GOP leader McCarthy faces possible subpoena over conversations with Trump on January 6; Rep. Cheney: republicans McCarthy & Stefanik are complicit in Trump’s lies; GOP Rep. Crenshaw downplays his role in legal challenge to Trump’s election loss; U.S. investigates 2nd suspected case of mystery syndrome near WH; More stations have gasoline but shortages persist; To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
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Donna Armand

Defund the crooked police.

Apr 7th
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Pete Jackson King

Screw you Manchin!!

Feb 19th
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Pete Jackson King

#BIDEN2024!!

Feb 19th
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Pete Jackson King

It certainly is NOT the "muddled mess" we were dealing with before!! #BIDEN2024!!

Feb 18th
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Pete Jackson King

"Democrats are with him. For now." KEEP YOUR OPINION TO YOURSELF JAKE!!

Feb 7th
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Pete Jackson King

It was NOT Joe's idea to send a mask to everyone! That was Chump!!

Feb 7th
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Pete Jackson King

#BIDEN2024!!

Feb 7th
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Pete Jackson King

Why would we listen to the GOP at this point?! They are how we friggin got here!!

Feb 1st
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Pete Jackson King

I live in Montana and I think Manchin is a DINO!!

Feb 1st
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Pete Jackson King

Tell "My Kevin" to tell the truth!!

Jan 30th
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Pete Jackson King

I live in Montana. #IMPEACHNOW

Jan 12th
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Pete Jackson King

Won't listen to Christie THAT PHONE CALL WAS CRIMINAL. LOEFFLER SUCKS!!

Jan 5th
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Pete Jackson King

Jake! I am surprised that you are surprised!!

Jan 5th
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Pete Jackson King

Erratic behavior! Who could tell?!

Dec 29th
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Pete Jackson King

That Ham chick is lying again

Dec 29th
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Roberto krebbers

here in the Netherlands (rest of the world) knows Trump has lost the elction..the time that the USA could comment on other countries their election or talk about human rights or the lack of those rights is now long gone...the "police" of the world is openly caught stealing and shown it.s own criminal behaviour

Dec 22nd
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Michael Dat Nguyen

Why are you comparing a disease to a war?

Dec 4th
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I D

I hear you expressed a measure of outrage that some of the GOP sycophants are being "blacklisted". Odd🤔, I don't recall hearing your moral outrage when Dems were openly blacklisting progressives if they worked on a campaign against a sitting establishment Dem.

Nov 11th
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Roberto Krebbers

so now everyone is surprised Trump knew from the beginning Covid-19 is deadly and contagious...he is the president ,the mightiest and best informed person on the planet ..and he wouldn't have known it???

Sep 10th
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Roberto Krebbers

this (Kamala Harris) is the kind of thing the USA needs right now,something to be proud of..I really hope Trump doesn't win,but what I don't get Trump is actually rigging the election, I hear a lot of outrage but no action...The outcome of this election is going to be a mess (thanks to Trump and criminal friends)and Trump is going to loose and saying the election is not legal and all those flat earthers,science deniers,vaccination deniers, Trumpers going to believe him or doubt the election outcome...really hope this works out

Aug 12th
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