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Panicked Euro Leaders Threaten Trade War as Vaccine Rollout Goes to Hell

ROME— The development of COVID-19 vaccines was supposed to mark the end of the worst year in modern history, but less than a month into the rollout, European leaders are already panicking. Threats of trade wars and fierce infighting over short vaccine supplies are making the cure—or in this case, the vaccine—just as divisive as the finger-pointing that marked the beginning of this nightmare.

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COVID Doctor Charged with Killing the Weak to Save the Strong

ROME—Dr. Carlo Mosca’s online patient reviews describe a loving “humanitarian” who saved countless lives before the coronavirus pandemic struck Italy. Patients and their families lavished praise on the loving father, whose hospital in Brescia in northern Italy was one of the hardest hit during the first wave of the pandemic last March.

Something clearly changed in Mosca as the pandemic raged on. The 47-year-old was arrested on double homicide charges this week, accused of killing weak COVID patients and doctoring their medical records in order to free up beds for other patients. Mosca describes the allegations as “baseless” claiming that the overwhelmed health care system is the reason the patients died.

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Trump’s a Loser, But the GOP Just Keeps Getting Trumpier

It’s a difficult time to be a decent person in the United States Senate. That’s one explanation for the surprising announcement from Ohio Senator Rob Portman—former U.S. Trade Representative and OMB director who served 12 years in the House and will end up with 12 in the Senate—that he wouldn’t be running for a third term. The potential line of those to replace him is well over a dozen people long, including J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, whom Sen. Mitch McConnell urged unsuccessfully to run against incumbent Sherrod Brown in 2018.

The only confirmed non-candidate is former Gov. John Kasich and the only unconfirmed frontrunner is Rep. Jim Jordan, the most ambitious of the bunch, who answers “as much as is humanly possible,” to the question of “How Trumpy are you?” Trump’s chief defender during his first impeachment trial, he was rewarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Portman is a fiscal conservative with a genial demeanor that helps the medicine go down. He was known, pre-Trump, to work across the aisle and do the grunt work on tax and financial legislation along with his signature causes, sex trafficking and the opioid epidemic. Why with an excellent chance of winning a third term—he won in 2016 by 21 points to Trump’s 8—would he up and retire?

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Manhattan DA Candidate Eliza Orlins Has a Plan to Make New York City Safer for Sex Workers

Today, Manhattan District Attorney candidate Eliza Orlins is unveiling a comprehensive policy platform calling for the full decriminalization of sex work between consenting adults, The Daily Beast is reporting exclusively. Formulated in consultation with many sex workers and sex worker-advocacy organizations, it is one of the most detailed policy positions on the full decriminalization of sex work ever put forward by a major candidate at any level of U.S. politics.

Shared early with The Daily Beast, Orlins’ policy platform opens, “As District Attorney I will advocate for the full decriminalization of consensual sex work. This will begin with declining to prosecute all cases of consensual sex work. Sex work is work. Criminalizing sex work stigmatizes and disproportionately targets people of color and trans women, who are already marginalized members of our community… Decriminalizing is the most effective way to protect sex workers from police violence. It is the best way to help sex workers access health care and lower the risk of violence from clients. It is necessary if we aim to reduce mass incarceration and advance equality in the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Orlins’s platform is in line with recent national polling, which shows that 52 percent of American voters support the full decriminalization of sex work either strongly or somewhat. For Democratic voters, that number jumps to 64 percent.

The candidate’s platform draws a strong distinction between sex trafficking and sex work. She emphasized that she will aggressively prosecute sex traffickers. Sex trafficking is typically defined as any commercial sexual activity that is brought about through “force, fraud, or coercion,” or that involves a minor. It is generally distinct from sex work, which is commercial sexual activity between consenting adults, without the element of force, fraud, or coercion. District attorneys do not have the power to change laws on sex work, but they have tremendous leeway on which laws get prosecuted, which in turn impacts who gets arrested and who doesn’t.

She is running in the Democratic primary, which will occur on June 22, 2021. (It appears that the incumbent, Cyrus Vance Jr., who declined to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015 under strange circumstances before doing so years later, is not running.) Given how blue Manhattan leans, the winner of the Democratic primary will in all likelihood become the borough’s next DA. Orlins has been a public defender in Manhattan for 10 years. (Before her law career, she was a competitor in the 2004 and 2008 seasons of Survivor.)

Orlins is releasing her call for full decriminalization the same week that New York state Senator Liz Krueger, also a Democrat in Manhattan, has announced she will be introducing into the Senate a version of what is known as the Nordic model, which involves arresting the clients of sex workers, and in some circumstances not arresting the sex workers themselves. Originating in Sweden, the Nordic model is designed to force sex workers into other lines of work by starving them of funds from clients. “It should be difficult to be a prostitute in our society—so even though we don’t put prostitutes in jail, we make life difficult for them,” Swedish Detective Superintendent Jonas Tolle, one of that nation’s top enforcers of the Nordic model, explained in 2010. “The above negative effects of the ban that [sex workers] describe must be viewed as positive from the perspective that the purpose of the law is indeed to combat prostitution,” the Swedish government wrote in a 2007 report, pointing out that the policy is more intended to end sex work than to help sex workers.

In order to cater to rising voter interest in the full decriminalization of sex work, Nordic model advocates recently have begun to refer to their model as “decriminalizing sex work.” Sex worker advocates say this is deliberately misleading, because members of any other profession—say, hairdressers—would hardly consider their work to be “decriminalized” if it were legal to sell a haircut but not to buy one.

I realized that this was such a broad issue, one of racial justice, gender justice, LGBTQIA justice, economic justice, and disability justice.

In contrast to Sen. Krueger, Orlins denounces this approach in her policy platform: “Prohibitionist models (such as the ‘Nordic Model’) continue to criminalize and stigmatize sex workers. Partial legalization schemes give prosecutors too much discretion to determine which cases to prosecute.”

Several of Orlins’ opponents in the race have also called for full decriminalization of consensual sex work and/or stated that they would not prosecute sex workers or clients on their websites; these candidates include Tahanie Aboushi, Diana Florence, Lucy Lang, and Dan Quart. However, Orlins is the only candidate so far who has issued a detailed policy platform on this issue. In her policy statement, Orlins may be part of a gathering trend: on Jan. 14, Eli Savit, the prosecutor for Washtenaw County, Michigan, issued a comprehensive policy statement calling for full decriminalization of sex work and declining to prosecute it.

Orlins gave The Daily Beast an exclusive interview on her new policy platform.

What got you so passionate about advocating for full decriminalization of sex work?

When I became a public defender, I started representing people who were charged with prostitution—some of whom were the victims of trafficking, and some of whom were sex workers just trying to do their job to make money, to put food on the table, to pay their rent, to exist. I saw how they were treated by our cruel, unjust criminal legal system, and I saw the paternalistic way our system thinks that they can help people by demonizing, stigmatizing, targeting, and prosecuting them. I realized that this was such a broad issue, one of racial justice, gender justice, LGBTQIA justice, economic justice, and disability justice.

How would you distinguish your approach toward combating sex trafficking versus decriminalizing sex work?

As district attorney, I will aggressively prosecute sex trafficking, where someone is coerced or forced into sexual labor. Opponents of full decriminalization tend to conflate sex trafficking and sex work. For example, under the Nordic model, sex workers working together in one location and protecting each other is still considered sex trafficking, and sex workers are arrested for doing so. I will never prosecute that. The Nordic model is a prohibitionist model in which—even if the act of prostitution itself is not illegal for the sex worker—all activities which are essential to sex workers’ safety and survival, including advertising, or renting spaces, or communicating with other sex workers, or buying sex, are illegal. It continues to push the industry underground where clients, fearing arrest, refuse safety screens, or it forces sex workers to meet at clients’ homes rather than in places that the sex workers themselves designate. This results in sex workers having less control over their working conditions, and puts them in danger. One of the objectives of this Nordic prohibitionist model is to make the sex industry so dangerous and so violent that it ends.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were early heroes in this movement, and created the STAR House, which protected young trans women and sex workers. Under the law right now, they could be arrested for trafficking and charged with crimes because they were showing kindness and keeping each other safe. As DA, I will make sure that we go after anyone who uses coercion or force, but not go after people who are working together to survive and stay safe. I don’t think that we should be focusing prosecution on people who are not forcing or coercing anyone to do anything against their will. My focus will be on prosecuting traffickers.

A number of your opponents in the race have also called for full decriminalization of sex work. None has released a policy platform on this issue as detailed as yours, but they have called for it. The one who has openly said she is not for full decriminalization of sex work is Tali Farhadian Weinstein. What’s your opinion of her position on this?

Only full decriminalization of sex work will address all of the harms that I’ve been talking about. These prohibitionist models, including the Nordic model, continue to criminalize and stigmatize sex workers, do not keep them safe, and force them into traps of poverty. In fact, it makes it easier for them to be trafficked, makes it more likely that they will face abuse and be unable to come forward, and makes them unable to protect their health. It makes them more vulnerable, and puts their lives in danger. It’s absolutely not good enough. I don’t think that anyone who considers themselves progressive can remotely support the Nordic model.

Furthermore, I do have something to say about the other people in my race who’ve said that they’re pro-full decriminalization. I am very, very glad that this is a position that is coming to the mainstream, and has become something that a lot of people can get on board with. But I worry that a lot of people have just learned the progressive talking points. I think there are people who, until they were running for office, never said one word about standing up for sex workers. We need to make sure that the person we’re electing has an authentic commitment to these issues and isn’t just learning the talking points and saying them because they think it will assist them in gaining progressive support. I particularly worry that people who have spent their careers as prosecutors, and who have really been responsible for perpetuating the injustices of this cruel and inhumane system, should not be the ones trusted to make these desperately-needed reforms.

If you look at places where there has been full decriminalization, such as New Zealand and Australia, there’s been no evidence of an increase in trafficking.

One of the things you’ll often hear by proponents of the Nordic model is the idea that full decriminalization leads to an increase in sex trafficking.

It’s simply not true. If you look at places where there has been full decriminalization, such as New Zealand and Australia, there’s been no evidence of an increase in trafficking.

The New York Post ran an inflammatory headline in 2019 around Queens DA candidate Tiffany Cabán’s advocacy for full decriminalization. It read, “Tiffany Cabán would turn Queens into a giant brothel, critics say.” What would you say if they ran a similar headline about you?

I expect the potential negative headlines from the New York Post. But there’s no evidence that full decriminalization of sex work increases the number of people who are engaging in it. On the contrary, in New Zealand, the government report they issued after five years of full decriminalization found “the sex industry has not increased in size, and many of the social evils predicted by some who opposed the decriminalization of the sex industry have not been experienced.” In San Francisco, the progressive DA Chesa Boudin announced he won’t prosecute sex workers or clients, and there’s been no evidence of an increase in sex work there. As I state in my policy, “The District Attorney’s office does not have the power to authorize the creation of commercial sex work establishments… [A]ny suggestion that decriminalizing sex work would create a sex tourism industry boom are little more than misplaced fear-mongering.”

There’s a reason that international human rights and public health organizations like the World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the medical journal The Lancet, the ACLU, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Transgender Equality, UN AIDS, and the UN Population Fund all support full decriminalization of sex work. Who do you trust more on this issue: the World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Lancet, the ACLU, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Transgender Equality, UN AIDS, and the UN Population Fund… or the New York Post?

This position of full decriminalization will be seen as controversial in many political quarters. It will probably gain you some enemies, just as it will create allies as well. The National Organization for Women NYC endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens DA in 2019 against Tiffany Cabán, in part over this issue. Why did you choose to go out on a limb politically, so to speak, despite the pushback you’re likely to get?

For me, it doesn’t feel like going out on a limb. This is something that I’ve always said and that I will always continue to say. I think that this policy will facilitate the health and safety of all New Yorkers. And it will also allow us to redirect resources to focus on the prosecution of trafficking, sexual assault, and of victimization of children. I want people to understand that declining to prosecute consensual sex work allows us to go after the real perpetrators: sex traffickers, those who sexually or physically assault sex workers, and those who try to purchase sex from minors. These will all continue to remain criminalized, and I will go after them aggressively. I want sex workers to know that under my administration, they will be free to report violence, report sexual assault, report trafficking. I fundamentally disagree with the position that NOW and others take. I think that these prohibitionist models, including the Nordic model, increase violence and police coercion. We see this with alcohol, and we see this with drugs: criminalization creates underground markets, underground markets encourage violence, and violence leads to more victims.

Full criminalization of sex work, and the partial criminalization of the Nordic Model, have never discouraged people from engaging in it, nor will they ever. It’s far past time that we stop criminalizing the choices people make with their own bodies and that we focus on public health, and on fighting the actual people who are engaging in trafficking and child exploitation. That’s why I’m grateful to have a platform to talk about this issue, to bring attention to it, and to try to de-stigmatize it, because sex work is work. I’m so grateful to all of the incredible people who are engaged in the sex work community, who have been such incredible advocates for so many years, and who have taught me so much. With their help, I have been able to formulate this policy. I certainly didn’t do it on my own, and that’s how we will be able to build a safer, healthier, and more equitable New York, together.

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Best Bike Lock Is a Tile Tracker, According to Priority Bicycles Founder

If you’ve ever had a bike stolen, you know the feeling—it sucks. Because I’m biking more these days, I set out to ask Dave Weiner, the CEO and Founder of Priority Bicycles, an awesome online bike company that makes killer commuting rigs, that makes killer commuting rigs, what bike lock was best. His answer surprised me.

“None of them,” he laughed.

“Locks are important and you should start with a strong one but they are really only half the battle,” he said. “You have to worry about positioning as well, and securing your wheels and saddle.” While Weiner recommended some of his favorite locks such as the Foldylock or NY Kryptonite, together with PinHeads for wheel and saddle locking, he said that these really work best as deterrents. “If a thief really wants your bike, they can find a way to cut through it,” he told me. “And then there’s also the times when you just want to leave your bike for a second to grab a coffee and all of a sudden, it’s gone.” While we all know it’s not smart to walk away for even a second, I’ve done it for sure.

So what–we’re just supposed to live in fear of our bikes getting stolen?

“Not exactly,” he said. “When I was starting Priority I had a collection of irreplaceable prototype bicycles and I needed a cost effective way to keep track of them. After doing some research, I found Tile.

A Tile, if you haven’t used one, is mostly used as a way to track your belongings. It’s really easy to use: it’s about the size of an Oreo and you just pop it on your keychain or inside your wallet, and when inevitably you lose whatever it’s attached to, you can pull up the Tile app on your phone and locate it within seconds, as long as it’s within Bluetooth range of your phone. In the case that your item is outside of Bluetooth range of your phone, you can mark it as lost, which puts the entire Tile network on the lookout for your missing item.

So where does he hide the Tile? “On the bottom of the seat secured with black tape.” If you’re wondering if it works—absolutely. He told me that a few years ago, he had a bike stolen from a pop up store in New York (just a few feet away from him), but was able to retrieve it thanks to the hidden device.

“This isn’t to say don’t buy a bike lock,” he said, “a lock is the best prevention for theft.” However if you want a shot at recovering a stolen bike, “definitely use a Tile.”

I’m taking his advice—but I’ll never tell any of you where I’ve hidden mine.

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Lululemon Joggers Pants Shorts Athletic Clothing Roundup

Few brands make clothing as comfortable as Lululemon. Whenever I’m on the site, I seemingly want everything. Here at Scouted, we’ve had the opportunity to try out a handful of their items, and have loved almost everything sent our way. To help you navigate Lululemon’s large catalogue of top-tier athleisure and activewear with ease, we’ve rounded up everything we’ve tried and loved from the brand, for men, all in one place.

These may just be my favorite pair of pants. “They are basically sweatpants that you can wear pretty much anywhere. While they fit like sweatpants — comfy cozy — they are made out of a nice looking fabric and are fitted through the leg so you don’t look or even feel like a lump.”

If there’s a clothing item I don’t ever want to take off, it’s this hoodie. “The name of Lululemon’s choosing — the At Ease Hoodie — couldn’t be more perfect. It doesn’t put me in a full state of relaxation, but it does keep me comfortable yet focused throughout the day. The fit isn’t necessarily loose nor is it tight—it’s the perfect in between. It feels like a perfectly fitting T-shirt, and not a baggy hoodie by any means. The fabric, a cotton and polyester blend, feels like the most subtle waffle-knit fabric I’ve ever felt and the tiny ripples and bumps feel nice on the fingertips as well. It’s breathable, too, so I’m never hot in my apartment while wearing it, but it’s also a great layer for whenever I opt to head outside for a quick grocery run or a walk.”

Think of these boxers as the men’s version of Lululemon’s acclaimed leggings. “They are made of Modal and Elastane, they never ride up like other briefs do — and when I say never, I mean it. The waistband is sturdy enough to not fold over, but you won’t notice it. Instead, they are extremely soft, unbelievably soft in fact, and almost feel like nothing is there. Best of all, they come in a pack of three. Get two packs, and you’ll be comfortable all week long before having to do laundry.”

For colder days, Scouted Contributor Alex Tzelnic loves these joggers most of all. He writes, “The 100% merino wool interior of these joggers is naturally thermoregulating, providing a high degree of warmth without weight, and the engineered knit outer face is soft and stretchy. I have found myself repeatedly putting on a pair of these joggers with temperatures dipping—it is clear that these are built, but not overbuilt. Designed to be a technically capable, active pant, they will keep you warm on winter runs, cool morning yoga sessions, or trips around the block with the dog. But the best part about these pants is you can put them on in the morning and you don’t have to take them off, well, ever.”

T.H.E Short 7” Linerless

For doing everything at home, Scouted Contributor Reece Rogers can’t recommend these shorts enough. He writes, “Whether it’s yoga, kettlebells, or some ab routine that I saw on Instagram, I’m always wearing T.H.E. Shorts. They feature a split hem that allows for a wide range of motion, making them great for whatever at-home exercise you are currently procrastinating doing.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Drags Nikki Haley Over Lame Trump Impeachment Defense

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dedicated a chunk of his late-night monologue to the upcoming Trump Impeachment Part II.

“Only five Republicans today voted in favor of the trial, which means there’s no chance Trump will be convicted,” explained Kimmel of Tuesday’s Senate vote on whether to dismiss it before it even begins. “Even Mitch McConnell, who specifically said Trump provoked the [Capitol riot] crowd, voted against it. I knew we should’ve been suspicious when he did the right thing. That was a sign. Some Republicans say impeachment would divide the nation even more, some make the ridiculous claim that it’s unconstitutional to convict a president after he leaves office.”

But the argument that “makes the least amount of sense,” according to Kimmel, came from none other than Trump’s former ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, who resigned from her post in October 2018 just a day after the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) accused her of accepting seven free flights aboard private jets belonging to a trio of prominent South Carolina businessmen. (CNN speculated that she may have been pushed out by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo or pondering a 2024 presidential run, which seems likelier.)

“I don’t even think there’s a basis for impeachment,” Haley told Laura Ingraham on her Fox News show. “[Democrats] say they’re for unity. They beat him up before he got into office, they’re beating him up after he leaves office. I mean, at some point, give the man a break!”

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MyPillow Guy Mike Lindell Peddles Crazy Twitter Conspiracies in Tucker Carlson Interview

A day after getting thrown off Twitter for repeatedly sharing election disinformation, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s program on Tuesday night for an extremely sympathetic interview—and proceeded to fire off bizarre conspiracies left and right.

Lindell has been one of former President Donald Trump’s biggest boosters, financially backing many of the pro-Trump lawsuits attempting to overthrow President Joe Biden’s victory. Following the insurrectionist riot incited by Trump, Lindell claimed the attack was “very peaceful” and blamed the violence on “undercover antifa dressed as Trump people.”

The pillow salesman has continued to push the unhinged theory that millions of Trump votes were flipped to Biden due to a nefarious international conspiracy involving dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and corrupt voting software, opening himself up to legal threats from Dominion Voting Systems. Lindell, who says he “welcomes” a lawsuit, also personally visited the White House during Trump’s final days in office to sell him on his latest election fraud theory. (White House attorneys dismissed his claims.)

Carlson, whose show is largely propped up by MyPillow ads following an exodus of sponsors, welcomed Lindell on Tuesday night by lauding his program’s main benefactor.

“He’s one of our biggest sponsors, and we are grateful for that,” Carlson declared. “He is sponsoring free speech. But of course, the enforcers of orthodoxy are not impressed, they are enraged. For the crime of having different opinions, Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter.”

Following its ban of Lindell, Twitter said Lindell was “permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy.” The new policy was enacted after the insurrection and notes that anyone who continuously shares election misinformation can be banned.

After noting that a number of retailers have also stopped carrying Lindell’s products following his conspiracy-mongering, Carlson—fresh off standing by QAnon conspiracists—painted the MyPillow founder as a free speech warrior and victim of censorship.

“It seems pretty clear they are sending a message,” the Fox host said. “People the public recognizes cannot step out of line because you might convince others to do the same. Do you take another message or do you think that’s why they’re doing this to you?”

From there, Lindell quickly turned the interview into an opportunity to make outlandish and unfounded claims while Carlson largely sat by and let his biggest sponsor go to town.

Noting that he initially got suspended by Twitter earlier this month for tweeting about election fraud, Lindell then insisted that Twitter “didn’t take it down all the way” and that someone at the social media company was actually running his account for two weeks.

“I just couldn’t do anything and they were running my Twitter like they were me,” he continued. “My friends are going you’re not tweeting very much and when you do—I said I’m not doing that so I try to take it down and I got something from Germany saying these are Twitter rules and you cannot do this, so they ran my Twitter for 14 or 15 days.”

Lindell then claimed—without a hint of evidence— that after Dominion threatened him with a lawsuit over his bogus voting software claims, “they hired hit groups and bots and trolls and went after all my vendors and box stores to cancel me out.”

While not promoting or endorsing Lindell’s remarks, Carlson framed the MyPillow chief’s conspiracies as part of normal discourse, suggesting it should be totally acceptable to “convince the audience that you’re right.”

Lindell, meanwhile, went right back down the rabbit hole.

“You’re exactly right. With this particular thing that’s going on now, I’ve been all in trying to find the machine fraud and we found it, we have the evidence,” Lindell exclaimed. “So all these outlets calling me from The Washington Post, New York Times, every outlet in the country, they go ‘Mike Lindell, there’s no evidence and he’s making fraudulent statements.’ No, I have the evidence and I dare people to put it on!”

“I dare Dominion to sue me because it would get out faster,” he added. “They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want that!”

“No, they don’t,” Carlson muttered in response.

“They’re not making conspiracy theories go away by doing that,” he continued, before adding: “You don’t make people calm down and get reasonable and moderate by censoring them, you make them crazier. Of course!”

Over the past few weeks, Dominion and Smartmatic—another voting machine company lumped into election fraud conspiracies—have issued legal threats to a number of right-wing media outlets and Trumpworld figures, including Fox News. Dominion, meanwhile, has already filed billion-dollar defamation lawsuits against Trumpist lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for promoting unfounded fraud claims about the company.

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Russian Media Loves Protests as Long as They Are Pro-Trump and Not Pro-Navalny

Having broadly endorsed the insurrection at the Capitol as a “peaceful protest,” Kremlin-controlled propagandists found themselves in quite a predicament trying to condemn massive demonstrations that rocked Russia last weekend to protest the jailing of opposition activist Alexei Navalny. After being poisoned with a nerve agent by Russian intelligence operatives, Navalny was treated in Germany. Immediately upon his return to Russia, he was arrested.

After Navalny’s apprehension at the airport, his team released a damning video alleging that an enormous seaside palace was built for Putin to the tune of $1.37 billion, reportedly funded by the Russian president’s associates and described in Navalny’s video as “the biggest bribe in history.” Tens of thousands of people across Russia marched to express their deep dissatisfaction with Putin’s leadership and their outrage was palpable. Protesters demanded Navalny’s release, chanting “Putin is a thief” and “Freedom to Navalny.” More than 3,000 people were detained by police all over the country.

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Dr. Fauci Shoots Down Fox News Host Bill Hemmer’s Trump Questions

After getting under Donald Trump’s skin one last time over the weekend with a brutally honest interview in The New York Times (and accompanying episode of The Daily podcast) Dr. Anthony Fauci seemed genuinely ready to move on Monday when he appeared as a guest on Fox News’ revamped America’s Newsroom hour.

Towards the end of that appearance, co-anchor Dana Perino noted her frustration that about 24 of the 28-minute interview with The Daily focused not on the COVID-19 pandemic itself but rather on Fauci’s contentious relationship with Trump. “I know that those questions are irresistible for reporters to ask,” she said. “But is there a law of diminishing returns to continue to answer the questions about that relationship if the crisis is as acute as you say?”

Fauci readily agreed with her assessment, explaining that after that interview, he “said to myself, we’ve really got to look forward and ahead and just put that behind us” and that he is “really not enthusiastic at all about re-examining what happened back then rather than looking forward to what we need to do now.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Bill Hemmer, who interrupted Fauci to complain about the tone of the top doctor’s highly critical remarks. “It just seems like there’s this aggressiveness toward the Trump administration,” he said. “I mean, you’re the most respected man in America on this topic. Why do you even feel the obligation to answer these questions?”

As Fauci tried to answer him, Hemmer added, “And by the way, when you were at the White House, no one prevented you from talking, did they?”

“No, that’s why I got in trouble,” Fauci replied, repeatedly a line he delivered at his first Biden administration briefing last week. But then he called out Hemmer for doing exactly what he and his Fox co-anchor seemed to be criticizing other outlets for doing.

“We’re getting into rehashing it again,” Fauci added. “I think we should do what Dana just suggested, namely, put that behind us and take a look at the problems we have ahead.”

A bit chastened, Hemmer replied, “At 9:37 on this Tuesday morning, January 26th, we will mark this moment, doctor. I’m ready to move on with you as well.”