Anthony Fauci, the federal government's leading infectious disease expert, said it was "chilling" to see the pressure put on scientists during the Trump administration by officials seeking to project rosy messaging on the coronavirus. read more
Unearthed Facebook posts from 2018 show U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) touting wild, false conspiracy theories around the Parkland High School shooting, in the latest instance of the freshman representative either currently or in her past promoting baseless allegations around U.S. events. On May 15, 2018, Greene shared a Fox News article questioning why an officer who didn't enter the high school during the massacre was continuing to get paid, saying "WHAT is going on in Parkland, Fla???" Greene in multiple comments agreed with baseless conspiracy theories that the officer was involved in an inside job, in one instance replying to the comment "It's called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting" with "Exactly."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) attracted attention last week when he said in a floor speech that former President Donald Trump "bears responsibility" for the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. But since then, he has seemed to walk back his criticism. On Thursday, he told reporters that he didn't actually believe Trump had "provoked" the mob of his supporters. In an interview airing Sunday on Gray Television's "Full Court Press With Greta Van Susteren," McCarthy insisted he wasn't changing his tune. "No, I have not changed in that," he said. He stood by his assertion that Trump does bear some responsibility for what happened. But, he added, so does every other person around the country. "I also think everybody across this country has some responsibility," he said.
Newly elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has been dogged by her association with right-wing extremists since entering politics, but the gun-toting restaurateur-turned-lawmaker's associations are raising new concerns after the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. read more
Nearly 1 in 5 people charged in connection to the violent Jan. 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol has some form of a military history, according to an NPR analysis. read more