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First lady Jill Biden tests positive again for COVID-19 in rebound case


First Lady Jill Biden 

Dr. Jill Biden (The White House.)

The right wing launches a new sexist attack against First Lady Jill Biden

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 in a "rebound case" and is experiencing mild symptoms, her office announced Wednesday, Aug. 24. She first announced that she was COVID-19 positive last week and her office said she was being treated with Paxlovid. "After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening," Dr. Biden's Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement last week.

Jill Biden has developed cold-like symptoms

Army general suspended and under investigation after mocking Jill Biden

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 in a "rebound case" and is experiencing mild symptoms, her office announced Wednesday, Aug. 24. She first announced that she was COVID-19 positive last week and her office said she was being treated with Paxlovid. "After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening," Dr. Biden's Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement last week.

Jill Biden is double-vaxxed

Dr. Jill Biden (Shutterstock).

"She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PC test came back positive. The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days. Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified. She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests."

Joe Biden tests negative

Joe Biden had the perfect response to Republicans' alleged concerns about the deficit

Joe Biden in August 2020. (The White House)

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID on July 21, and was also prescribed Paxlovid. He has repeatedly tested negative in recent weeks. The White House added: “The President tested negative for COVID this morning on an antigen test. Consistent with CDC guidance because he is a close contact of the First Lady, he will mask for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity to others. We will also increase the President's testing cadence and report those results.”

Joe Biden tested negative again this morning

Cambridge history professor lays out some reasons why it’s way too soon to give up on Biden’s presidency

President Joe Biden in November 2021. (Wikimedia Commons)

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID on July 21, and was also prescribed Paxlovid. He has repeatedly tested negative in recent weeks. The White House added: “The President tested negative for COVID this morning on an antigen test. Consistent with CDC guidance because he is a close contact of the First Lady, he will mask for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity to others. We will also increase the President's testing cadence and report those results.”

Jill Biden recently rebuked by Hispanics

Jill Biden (Screengrab).

Recently, a culturally insensitive comment by US First Lady Jill Biden which spread like wildfire across social media prompted a White House apology and outrage from a group which insisted Hispanics "are not tacos." During a speech in Texas, Biden hailed Texas' diversity as being "as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio." Her remark may have been aimed at celebrating a popular dish in Texas but it drew ire from the local community.

Biden rebuked in Texas

Chandler West. (The White House)

Recently, a culturally insensitive comment by US First Lady Jill Biden which spread like wildfire across social media prompted a White House apology and outrage from a group which insisted Hispanics "are not tacos." During a speech in Texas, Biden hailed Texas' diversity as being "as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio." Her remark may have been aimed at celebrating a popular dish in Texas but it drew ire from the local community.

Biden then apologized

Dr. Jill Biden. (The White House)

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden apologized then through the press secretary of the White House. "The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community," Biden press secretary Michael LaRosa remarked on Twitter. The apology came after a sharp reply from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "We are not tacos," the disappointed National Association of Hispanic Journalists group said in their statement.

'We are not tacos,' Hispanic group says

Dr. Jill Biden. (The White House)

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden apologized then through the press secretary of the White House. "The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community," Biden press secretary Michael LaRosa remarked on Twitter. The apology came after a sharp reply from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "We are not tacos," the disappointed National Association of Hispanic Journalists group said in their statement.

Biden attacked over 'tacos' remark

Dr. Jill Biden (The White House)

The apology came after a sharp reply from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "We are not tacos," the disappointed National Association of Hispanic Journalists group said in their statement. "Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of the Latinos in the region." The first lady's Texas trip backfired, since it was aimed at building support for Biden among Democratic voters.

Texas trip backfired

Dr. Jill Biden (Department of Defense).

The apology came after a sharp reply from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "We are not tacos," the disappointed National Association of Hispanic Journalists group said in their statement. "Using breakfast tacos to try to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos in San Antonio demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity to the diversity of the Latinos in the region." The first lady's Texas trip backfired, since it was aimed at building support for Biden among Democratic voters.

After waving 'White Privilege' card, woman gets out of traffic stop

Two Alaska cops are under fire after allegedly letting a woman go following a traffic stop after she brandished a "White Privilege" card in lieu of her driver's license.

The woman, Mimi Israelah, was pulled over for weaving in a lane at 3:43 am on July 7.

According to the Associated Press, Israelah revealed the incident on her own Facebook page in a now-deleted post. She said she couldn't find her driver's license and waved a "White Privilege" card.

“When I saw my White Privilege card, I gave to him if it’s ok,” she wrote. “He laughed and called his partner. It’s their first time to see a White Privileged (sic) card,” she said.

The top of the card reads: “White Privilege Card Trumps Everything.”

The police officers are said to have violated department policy, but there's apparently little the department can do.

"It’s not clear what policy was violated or what, if any, disciplinary actions the officers faced, because the department is treating it as a confidential personnel matter," AP reported, "according to Anchorage Police Department Director of Community Relations Sunny Guerin."

Israelah had reportedly recently arrived in Anchorage for a rally being held by former President Donald Trump when she was pulled over.

"Officers observed no signs of impairment," Guerin told AP. "No citations were issued." The Anchorage PD community relations director said that officers were able to look up and find that Israelah had a valid license with their computer.

A video of the encounter allegedly taken by Israelah was reposted on Twitter. The officers are seen standing outside her car window.

“You like my White Privilege card?” she asks. An officer says, “That’s hilarious.”

Anchorage PD's Deputy chief said he believed it was inappropriate.

All the President's women: Female Trump aides turn key January 6th witnesses


Cassidy Hutchinson

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson (@AadhilaDenzin/Twitter).
Ex-FBI official: Messages sent to Cassidy Hutchinson were an 'attempt to intimidate a witness'

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former White House aide, was said to be an ardent loyalist of Donald Trump. Her bombshell testimony revealed Trump's actions on the day of the Jan. 6 riot — including the President's attempt to take his vehicle to the Capitol.

Olivia Troye

'The White House is clearly in total meltdown': Ex-Pence aide slams the ‘bald-faced lie’ that she was fired

Olivia Troye. (Screengrab)

Olivia Troye in a new ad by Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform. Troye, a onetime counterterrorism advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, resigned over the administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a vocal critic of Trump.

Sarah Matthews

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Sarah Matthews and Air Force One. The former Trump White House aide testified before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Alyssa Farrah

Sunny Hostin and Alyssa Farrah, at right. (Photo: Screen capture)

Alyssa Farah, former White House Director of Strategic Communications under Republican President Donald Trump, has said that she won't be supporting Trump again, even if he decides to run again for president in 2024. In this photo, Farah speaks to reporters in front of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC on October 8, 2020.

Rep. Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney 116th Congress official portrait

US House Office of Photography. (Wikimedia Commons)

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is the Republican leader on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. She is an ardent critic of former President Donald Trump, who has helped her opponent in the Wyoming Republican primary.

Barbara Comstock

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Former Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock has been an outspoken critic of President Trump. He has called her a RINO — or "Republican in name only."

Wandrea Moss

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss. (Screen capture)

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss is a former Georgia election worker who testified to the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol.

Ivanka Trump

Journalists explain why Ivanka Trump has become increasingly important to the Jan. 6 committee

Ivanka Trump on June 28, 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump testified that she believed former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr when he said there was no evidence that would demonstrate President Trump won the 2020 election.

Just four drinks a week changes your brain: new study

Just four drinks a week may be changing your brain — and not in a way you might like.

According to new research, just four drinks a week increases brain iron levels in multiple areas of the brain. The researchers defined four drinks a week as “moderate drinking.”

Increased brain iron levels in multiple basal ganglia regions is

“associated with poorer scores on tests of executive function, fluid intelligence, and reaction speed,” researchers reported in PLoS Medicine.

The research was conducted by Anya Topiwala, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England, and other co-authors. 21,000 people in a U.K. “Biobank cohort” were the subjects of the study.

“This is the first study, to our knowledge, demonstrating higher brain iron in moderate drinkers,” Topiwala told MedPage Today. “The findings offer a potential pathway through which alcohol can cause cognitive decline.

“Establishing the pathway is important as it may offer clues as to ways we can intervene to reduce the harm,” she said. “For iron, we actually have medicines — iron chelators — that could reduce levels.”

A physician associated with the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia cautioned to MedPage that the “findings, though, are largely limited to the basal ganglia, collections of brain cells that are involved in motor control, executive functions, and emotions.”

Another new study from Carnegie Mellon University recently found that drinking alone during adolescence and early adulthood strongly affects one’s risk for alcohol use disorder later in life, particularly for women.

"Most young people who drink do it with others in social settings, but a substantial minority of young people are drinking alone. Solitary drinking is a unique and robust risk factor for future alcohol use disorder," said Kasey Creswell, associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon, the study’s lead author. "Even after we account for well-known risk factors, like binge drinking, frequency of alcohol use, socioeconomic status and gender, we see a strong signal that drinking alone as a young person predicts alcohol problems in adulthood."

Excessive alcohol use contributes to three million deaths globally each year, according to Carnegie Mellon.

Bannon lawyers hit with four objections in 'truly remarkable' closing statements: report

Former Trump White House political strategist Steve Bannon's lawyers on Friday repeatedly drew the ire of both the judge and prosecutors during their closing arguments.

Bannon, who led Trump's successful 2016 presidential election campaign, was among dozens called to testify about the storming of Congress by Trump supporters.

Bannon was indicted on two charges of contempt of Congress after refusing to testify to a House of Representatives committee probing the violence.

Politico reporter Kyle Cheney describes the Bannon legal team's closing arguments as "truly remarkable" on the grounds that they were hit with four sustained objections while making them, which is an unusually high number to have for a closing argument.

"Even lodging a single objection is exceedingly rare during closing arguments," Cheney notes.

Among other things, Bannon's attorneys argued that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) didn't put a valid signature on the subpoena that was sent to Bannon last year by pointing out that the signature on the subpoena appeared sloppier than the one that has appeared on other documents that the Democratic Chairman of the House Select Committee has signed in the past.

Given that this was new evidence being introduced into the closing arguments, Judge Carl Nichols sustained prosecutors' objections.

Other sustained objections came when Bannon lawyer Evan Corcoran "repeatedly insinuated that the prosecution was political," although Cheney notes that Corcoran nonetheless succeeded in planting "those ideas in the jury's head."

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As a reward for his efforts, Cheney writes, Bannon "patted his attorney on the back."

Bannon's lawyers sought to delay the start of the trial so that it would not take place at the same time as the committee's public hearings, but the judge refused last week.

Thousands of Trump supporters, many associated with ultra-nationalist and white supremacist groups, stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in an effort to block the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

They had been egged on by Trump in a fiery speech during which he repeated his false claims of election fraud.

RELATED: Steve Bannon requests judge ask jurors if they saw damning footage of him at Jan. 6 Committee hearing

According to the committee probing the riot, Bannon spoke to Trump the previous day.

Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump advisors could have information on links between the White House and the rioters.

After refusing to testify for months, Bannon finally agreed to cooperate with the investigation, a move prosecutors said was a "last-ditch attempt to avoid accountability" by stalling his trial for contempt.

Judge Carl Nichols ruled it should go ahead anyway, saying "I see no reason for extending this case any longer."

If convicted of contempt, Bannon, 68, faces a minimum sentence of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison on each count.

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Watch: Outtakes of Trump on January 7th — he can't say the election's over

Former President Donald Trump struggled to declare the election over and condemn those who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in a video released and obtained by the Jan. 6 committee.

On January 7, 2021, then-President Donald Trump released a video where he finally agreed to the transfer of power to Joe Biden. But just two days after the video's release, Trump wanted a do-over, according to an unnamed source who spoke to Rolling Stone.

A source said that Trump wanted to make a new video and double down on his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged. The source said that Trump planned to directly attack Biden in the new video and tell his supporters that he'd continue fighting for them.

"Trump’s push to deliver a second speech countering the one he gave on Jan. 7 came amid an internal struggle over his post-Jan. 6 messaging," Rolling Stone's report stated.

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Sources have told CNN that "one of the only reasons Trump actually made that video was aides warned him about the fact that his own cabinet might be preparing to use the 25th Amendment to remove him from office."

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The public could get a chance to hear outtakes from Trump's unreleased video during Thursday's January 6 hearing. The committee also plans to focus heavily on Trump’s inaction in the 187 minutes between his speech at the "Stop the Steal" rally, and his afternoon message telling the rioters to “go home.”

Two witnesses are expected to deliver live testimony at Thursday's session: former deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, who served on the National Security Council.

Matthews and Pottinger both resigned on January 6 as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Committee members said the hearing would also feature excerpts from a videotaped deposition by White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Rare twin giraffes born in Kenya

Rare twin giraffes were born in Nairobi's national park, Kenya's wildlife minister said Tuesday on Twitter.

"This is an extremely rare occurrence," minister Najib Balala said in a post that included a photograph of the mother with her two young offspring. "We welcome the newborns with love."

The twin giraffes are of the Maasai species.

Giraffes are endangered and have been listed on vulnerable species lists. According to Phys.org, who wrote about the births, only about 117,000 remain in the wild, though others have put the population as low as 68,000.

According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the long-necked species has seen a 30 percent decline in population over the past 30 years.

"Nairobi National Park lies just [four miles] from the heart of the Kenyan capital, and is a tourist magnet for its wildlife including lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos which graze against a backdrop of distant skyscrapers," Phys.org reports.

"At 15 months," the site adds, "giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods for mammals. They give birth standing up, which means their calves drop just under [six feet] to the ground."

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, giraffes are threatened by loss of habitat, which is frequently converted into farms and ranches.

"Giraffes used to range continuously through much of the African savanna, but they now live in a handful of communities scattered in clumps across the continent," NRDC reports. "In some countries, like Mali, the giraffe has disappeared completely. In Niger, where many giraffes have been struck by cars, the population is so small and isolated that conservation officials have taken the drastic step of transporting some of the animals to a safer space."

You can view the photograph of the twin giraffes below or at this link.

'Thrown like King Kong': Black bear sightings rise in New England

Black bears are making more appearances across the state of New Hampshire, according to local news reports and attestations from residents.

Some five thousand black bears are thought to live in New Hampshire — and thus, encounters with bears are inevitable, notes local broadcaster WMUR.

New Hampshire Fish and Game suggests “securing garbage, keeping grills clean, and making sure not to leave pet food outdoors.” They also say that bird feeders should be removed from Apr. 1 to Dec. 1st of each year, and suggest that hikers carry bear spray, make loud noises if they encounter a bear, and not run away during an encounter.

They also suggest making oneself look as large as possible.

News that bear sightings have risen in New Hampshire come on the heels of a report that a 417-pound bear killed a Montana camper in 2021, even after she initially scared off the animal.

"Wildlife officials said the bear that killed her had developed a 'predatory instinct,'" according to the Washington Post. "Although they couldn’t determine exactly how such an instinct evolved, food and toiletries inside and near Lokan’s tent, as well as the lingering smell of cooked food from July Fourth picnic celebrations, likely played a role."

Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, residents related their encounters to WMUR.

“It was surreal because we’ve never been that close to a black before," Tim Kearney said. "There have been a couple of times where the bird feeder looks like it’s been thrown by King Kong.”

According to the report, there hasn’t been a fatal bear attack in the state since 1785. But that doesn't mean homeowners and hikers shouldn't be careful.

Watch: Great white shark feasts on seal 'buffet' off Nantucket

A great white shark was captured over the weekend feasting on a "seal buffet" off the coast of Nantucket, a popular vacation island off the Massachusetts coast.

The island is popular with the state's moneyed class.

Great white sharks have become more common off the Massachusetts coast in recent years as climate change sends seals into increasingly northern, warmer waters. Sharks feed on seals.

"During one reported sighting, which was filmed Sunday and shared on Twitter by the Nantucket Current, a large group of seals is seen swimming for their lives and scrambling for the shores of Great Point beach as a great white shark thrashes around in the water nearby," the Boston Globe reported.

"A great white shark having an absolute BUFFET at Great Point, #Nantucket on Sunday 🦈 😳," posted Nantucket Current on Twitter over the weekend. "(Warning for the mortal wound to one seal that makes it back to the beach)."

In recent years, humans have also been subject to shark attacks in Northeastern waters, resulting in at least one death off the coast of Maine.

Watch the video below or at this link.

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