When asked about last week's move by health officials in Idaho, authorizing Crisis Standards of Care statewide, [Washington Governor Jay] Inslee said, "people who are not vaccinated, people who are not masked in the appropriate circumstance, are a clear and present danger to everyone." read more
According to CDC data, California has about 95 new cases over 7 days per 100,000 people. The U.S. as a whole is at nearly three times the rate of California at about 251 new cases over seven days per 100,000 people. read more
A Republican official in Arizona resigned Tuesday from the board overseeing Maricopa County after a recording emerged of him criticizing his GOP colleagues for opposing a review of the 2020 election. During the meeting recorded surreptitiously last March, Supervisor Steve Chucri suggested two fellow Republican county supervisors opposed the review by Senate Republicans because they nearly lost their own 2020 races. Chucri apologized in a statement announcing his resignation and said he shouldn't have made the comments, adding "the political landscape has changed for the worst this year." "The environment is wrought with toxicity " and all civility and decorum no longer seem to have a place," Chucri said. "The fixation with the 2020 election results and aftermath have gotten out of control."
Former president Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against the New York Times, three of its reporters and his niece Mary on Tuesday, accusing them of hatching an "insidious plot" to obtain "confidential and highly-sensitive records" for a 2018 investigative report published by the paper which detailed allegations that Trump had "participated in dubious tax schemes." The suit, filed in Dutchess County, New York alleges that the New York Times convinced Mary Trump to smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to the newspaper. According to the suit, Mary Trump carried out these alleged actions despite having signed a confidentiality agreement in 2001 as part of a settlement to a legal dispute around the will of Frederick Trump, the former president's father and Mary's grandfather.
The public health officer in a politically conservative county in northwestern Montana has resigned his post to ease "the strife and conflict coming from a minority of people objecting" to his recommendations in dealing with the coronavirus. read more