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Rand Paul Belonged To Fringe Medical Group That Promoted AIDS Denialism



U.S. Senator Rand Paul until recently was a longtime member of a fringe medical groups whose beliefs include AIDS denialism and autism is caused by vaccines.

For two decades, and as recently as 2010, Senator Rand Paul, a medical doctor specializing in ophthalmology, was a member of a fringe medical group created in response to the American Medical Association. Among that group’s beliefs, at least during the time Paul was a member, are that HIV may not be the cause of AIDS, vaccines can cause autism, and women who have abortions are at a higher risk for breast cancer. All three medical claims run contrary to settled medical science, but the group insists there is no such thing.

Senator Paul came under attack this week after claiming that vaccines should be “voluntary,” and promoting the idea that vaccines cause autism. “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines,” the Kentucky Senator told CNBC in an interview during which he also told the reporter to “sssh.”

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), was founded in the early 1940’s “fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.”

A 2007 press release stated the group “promised to do everything it can to support parents who refuse to immunize their children.” Its website features articles with titles like “If You Want to Live, Ignore the CDC,” and “U.S. Must Learn from Nazi Doctor.”

A 2010 article in Kentucky’s Courier-Journal reveals the AAPS suggested President Obama won the 2008 election by hypnotizing audiences, and that in 2003 the group published a report claiming the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell in the terror attacks because the government stopped using asbestos. 

Buzzfeed reports an advisor to Senator Paul “told BuzzFeed News he didn’t know if Paul was still a member of the group but that he joined because it was a group of pro-life doctors. He said Paul does not endorse all the group’s views.”

The group, according to Buzzfeed, also believes doctors participating in the government’s Medicare program are guilty of being “evil” and “immoral.”

Salon reports today that Senator Paul’s “membership expired upon being elected to Congress,” but also noted “he has spoken at a number of AAPS conferences (most recently in 2012), and also received campaign contributions as recently as 2010.”

Rachel Maddow reported on the story in the above video from February 2.


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‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test



Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.

Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.

“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.

Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.

“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”

Watch the video below.



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Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book



Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia



Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.


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