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As 10 States Cope With Measles Crisis Top Trump Official’s Anti-Vaxx Wife Issues Call to ‘Bring Back’ Deadly Diseases

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Measles used to cause 2.6 million deaths each year. It was close to being eradicated thanks to the measles vaccine, which the World Health Organization reports “prevented an estimated 21.1 million deaths” between 2000 to 2017. Globally, measles deaths had been reduced 80 percent, thanks to the vaccine.

Measles is “one of the world’s most contagious diseases.” It is airborne, and causes fever up to 104 or 105 degrees.

“Serious complications are more common in children under the age of 5, or adults over the age of 30,” the WHO reports. “The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhea and related dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.”

People who have the virus can spread it for days before they show any symptoms.

Long-term effects include permanent hearing loss and intellectual disabilities, according to the CDC. It can lead to pneumonia, which is “the most common cause of death from measles in young children.”

And yet, despite all the evidence that the vaccine saves millions of lives, science-denying Americans are joining together for, as some news outlets falsely describe, the “right” to not vaccinate their children.

Fear and ignorance lead to movements like this, and they are propelled by willful stupidity.

Currently, there are measles outbreaks in ten states across America, entirely because parents are refusing to vaccinate their children.

“Last month, a public health emergency was declared in Washington State, where there are 53 confirmed cases of the highly contagious viral disease,” NBC reports. “The CDC says the majority of the patients were not vaccinated.”

Among those spreading dangerous ignorance is Darla Shine, (photo, top, from her Twitter avatar,) who happens to be the spouse of a top Trump administration official. Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine is President Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, also known as the White House Director of Communications.

Darla Shine gained notoriety last year when it was revealed that in the late 2000’s she mocked military victims of sexual harassment when she hosted her own radio show.

Now Shine is getting more attention, thanks to remarks she made on social media advocating against vaccinating against “childhood diseases” including measles.

Here are some of the responses her dangerous and false claims elicited:

 

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‘Make It a Twofer’: Trump Brutally Mocked After Claiming ‘Rumor Has It’ CNN’s President Will Be ‘Resigining’

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President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as “a virtual fraud.” The president also claimed “rumor has it” CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, “will be resigining momentarily?” (The typo is Mr. Trump’s.)

Trump did not specify exactly why this time he is calling CNN “a virtual fraud,” but late Monday he posted tweets promoting far right wing activist and conspiracy theorist group Project Veritas, headed by James O’Keefe, who has been targeting CNN. O’Keefe is best-known for his fraudulent and deceptively-edited videos that were used to destroy ACORN, while other videos tried to take down Planned Parenthood.

UPDATE: CNN spokesperson responds:

Social media users were quick to blast the president’s serial dishonesty and astonishing lack of self-awareness.

 

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Top Republican Who Once Said Putin Pays Trump Demands Pelosi Suspend Impeachment and Agree to ‘Co-Equal’ GOP Control

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House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is demanding Speaker Nancy Pelosi suspend the entire impeachment inquiry until she agrees to a massive list of ultimatums that would effectively give the GOP equal control over the process.

McCarthy has a damaged and troubled history. As the number two man in GOP leadership he openly admitted that House Republicans spent millions of taxpayer dollars and an unlimited number of hours on a two-year Benghazi investigation, all with the express purpose of harming Hillary Clinton’s presidential election prospects.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping,” McCarthy admitted on tape.

In 2016,  just one month before Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s nominee for president, McCarthy was caught on tape admitting he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin “pays” Donald Trump.

“Swear to God,” McCarthy added.

But now McCarthy has sent a two-page letter telling the Speaker of the House how to conduct the impeachment investigation.

“By answering ‘no’ to any of” his demands, McCarthy writes, the impeachment would be “completely devoid of any merit or legitimacy,” he claims.

That claim is false.

For example, McCarthy demands she provide “the President’s counsel the right to object to the admittance of evidence.” He also demands she give “the President’s counsel the right to cross-examine witnesses.”

And he is demanding Speaker Pelosi “grant co-equal subpoena power” to Republicans on each of the committees working on impeachment.

McCarthy’s letter came out after Trump stunningly stood on the White House lawn Thursday morning and asked China to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

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Trump Jr. Event So ‘Sparsely Attended’ That People Were Asked to Leave Seats and Huddle Around Stage: Reporter

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Attendance at a campaign rally for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin that featured Donald Trump Jr. was so poor on Thursday afternoon that the few people there were asked to leave their seats and crowd around the stage.

Ryland Barton, the statehouse reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, posted a photo on his Twitter account showing the tiny crowd at the event.

“Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin event in Pikeville,” he wrote. “I think it’s fair to say this is sparsely attended.”

According to local news station WYMT, Trump Jr. traveled to Eastern Kentucky this week in the hopes of helping Bevin’s reelection campaign.

Bevin, a Tea Party favorite and an ally of President Donald Trump, holds the dubious distinction of being America’s least popular governor. According to the latest polling from Morning Consult, Bevin’s approval in the deep-red state stands at just 32 percent, while his disapproval rating is 56 percent.

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