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It’s a stunning turnaround from his angry comments this month that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly storming of the Capitol.

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By Mary Papenfuss02/25/2021 08:52 pm ET Updated 1 day ago

In a breathtaking turnabout, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday on Fox News that he would “absolutely” back Donald Trump for president in 2024 if he becomes the Republican Party’s nominee.

The startling support came less than two weeks after McConnell’s angry slam of the former president as “practically and morally responsible” for inciting last month’s deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol. “There’s no question,” McConnell said. “The people that stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president.” He called Trump’s actions “a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”

But asked by Fox News host Bret Baier if he would support Trump if he wins the party’s nomination for president in 2024, McConnell said enthusiastically: “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.”

McConnell also noted, however: “There’s a lot to happen between now and ’24. I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president …. Should be a wide-open race.”

Despite his stance on Trump’s responsibility for the Capitol attack, McConnell nevertheless refused to convict him for “incitement of insurrection” at his impeachment trial. After his criticism of Trump, the former president called him a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.” He added in a statement that McConnell is “destroying the Republican side of the Senate” and that the senator was “one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States.”

When pressed by Baier on his stern criticism of Trump for inciting the Capitol riot, McConnell responded: “What happened in the past is not something relevant now. We’re moving forward. We’ve got a new administration. It’s a very left-wing administration.”

McConnell refused to say if he thought Trump blew the Georgia Senate races for the Republicans. And he wouldn’t comment on Trump speaking Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I don’t have any advice to give the former president about where he should speak or what he should say,” McConnell said.

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A major Florida newspaper has offered harsh criticism of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) due to begin in Orlando today in an editorial published on Wednesday.

The Orlando Sentinel, the main newspaper for Orlando the Central Florida region, argued that traditional conservatives would be unhappy at the focus of the event, in particular citing National Review founder William F. Buckley.

“If the political descendants of William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan and Antonin Scalia were coming to town, that would be exciting,” the newspaper wrote. “But that’s not what CPAC is bringing to Orlando.”

The editorial highlighted CPAC’s focus on elections – there will be seven sessions covering the topic.

“The panels will repeat over and over the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, and they will further rationalize election law changes that make it harder to vote,” the editorial said.

Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election suffered from mass voter fraud an other irregularities.

These claims are likely to feature prominently at the four-day conference in Orlando ahead of Trump’s keynote address to CPAC on Sunday. It will be his first major appearance since losing the election and he is widely expected to frame himself as the leader of the GOP.

The newspaper noted that while the conference was titled “America Uncanceled”, CPAC has cancelled an appearance by commentator Young Pharaoh because of previous anti-Semitic tweets.

The editorial went on to criticize the limited attention CPAC will pay to the national debt and deficit, suggesting that “the right’s historic meat-and-potatoes issues” are being sidelined.

“As much as we would like to welcome to Orlando a thorough and thoughtful examination of today’s issues based on conservative principles, that’s not what we’re getting,” the newspaper said.

“Instead, a political clown car is arriving on I-Drive, driven by Sunday’s keynote speaker and today’s undisputed leader of conservatism — Donald J. Trump,” the editorial went on. “William F. Buckley would weep at the thought.”

Buckley is considered an icon of the modern conservative movement, whose approach to politics laid the foundations for former President Ronald Reagan to win office.

Since his death in 2008, Buckley has often been invoked to criticize the behavior of some modern Republicans. Admirers cite his commitment to traditional conservative principles and his polite demeanor with ideological opponents on his long-running public affairs show Firing Line.

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The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. His main strength is his imagination. His great weakness is his eccentric side, which is difficult to keep under control. This is a sign that is automatically attracted by the unusual and is soon bored by the everyday. The dominant force of this sign is Yang.

As I was researching this, it became apparent that it almost perfectly described our former president. The Chinese New Year past was the year of the Rat and the actions of TOTUS closely relates in many ways to that personality. Aside from the uncountable misdeeds and political misdeeds at home and abroad TOTUS was completely inept at the job. His concern was how much he was adored or “Kow Towed ” to rather than the effects of his poor management of the Government. Installing “toadies”, sycophants and family in positions of importance is no way to run a country. These positions require serious minded and Qualified people to get the job done. Revolving door administration never works. Now that “The Former Guy” is out, he is still in as de facto leader of the GOP. It is evident that the current members of Congress and the greater GOP across the country still have a loyalty to YOTUS to the detriment of us all and especially the loyal GOP voters. TOTUS was and still is a cancerous anomaly which the country as whole cannot afford to let grow. The recent interviews and statements from major GOP mouthpieces belies their “working across the aisle” statements. They (the GOP) have gone far right with no regard for the “American People” that they purport to work for. If the voting public wants better government then they (we) need to get involved with an understanding of what or perhaps “who” we vote for and support. If it isn’t clear what the state of our politics are, then we need to take a step back from “tweets’ and Facebook for information and read in depth on other sites that give detailed information rather than quick bites, this is sometimes called “research”!

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With the advent of TOTUS we have seen the worst of our political system. Under the Trump (mis) administration the Religious “right” possible an off shoot or renaming of the “moral Majority” of the late 70’s and early 80’s has emerged again as financial supporters of the GOP. While it is odd that that religious community so strongly supports a morally and mentality corrupt national leader, it is not surprising since these folks have roots in the Puritans who came over to escape religious persecution only to put that on the backs of the indigenous people. Those actions continued to this day and are evidenced in the extreme with the Religious conservatives who supported Donald J. Trump based on his ability to “Ponzi” any idea that promotes him. Totus’s ambitions are limited to what in “his” best interest alone and will through anyone under the bus in that pursuit. This trait as it were is the glue that pulled his coalition together under the umbrella of Republican Conservatism (which is much different than traditional Republican conservatism). No matter the differences of beliefs most members of Congress believe in what’s best for America in general. There are and will always be differences in execution and philosophy but TOTUS has effectively given us (the Voters) a good look at who we have and currently support to represent us. It is our duty as voters to pay careful attention to this first year of the new presidency to understand what better government should look like but keeping in mind the trash that has to cleaned up while addressing the major issues of Covid-19 and the accompanying fiscal issues.

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Understand the do’s and don’ts of the two-dose coronavirus vaccination regimen

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, February 17, 2021

If you’ve already received your first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations — you’re well on your way to being protected from the coronavirus. But to be fully immunized, it’s critical to get that second shot.

Across the country, some people are running into snafus as they try to get their second dose. Winter storms have shut down clinics in some areas, while others have closed because they temporarily ran out of vaccine. There are also scattered reports of scheduling glitches.



If you’ve had an appointment canceled, don’t wait for someone to call you — be proactive about rescheduling your second shot, advises William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

“We have told everyone these vaccines are 95 percent effective,” he says of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines currently in use in the U.S. “But they’re only 95 percent effective if you indeed get that second dose.”

Here are a few more things to know about the second dose:

1. Your side effects will likely be stronger

Many people who had little to no reaction to the first vaccine dose are reporting that the second one packs a punch — surprising even those who study vaccines for a living.

Greg Poland, M.D., an infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and director of Mayo’s vaccine research group, had only mild symptoms after his first dose. But the second one left him shaking — literally — with chills and a temperature of 101.

“I took one Tylenol and went to bed and woke up the next morning 90 percent improved, and by midday I was back to normal,” Poland says. “This is not an indication of something going wrong; it is an indication of a vigorous immune response.”

There is no live virus in the vaccine, so you can’t get COVID-19 from being vaccinated.

Participants in clinical trials of both vaccines had experiences similar to Poland’s. In Pfizer’s clinical trial, for instance, 31 percent of participants ages 18 to 55 reported a fever after the second dose, compared to only 8 percent after the first one. Fatigue, chills, headache and muscle/joint pain were also more common after the second injection for both vaccines.



The good news is, older adults were less likely to experience vaccine reactions, the data shows. Among those age 55 and up in the Pfizer trial, 22 percent experienced fever after the second dose, and 3 percent had a temperature after the first dose.

Schaffner recommends not making any big plans for the day after your scheduled vaccine appointment.

2. You should avoid taking pain relievers before your shot

If you’ve been hearing stories about second-dose side effects, you may be tempted to take a pain reliever before your appointment.

That’s not a good idea, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unless you’ve been advised to do so by your doctor. Pain relievers taken preemptively ahead of a shot could dampen the effectiveness of the vaccine, Poland and Schaffner say.

However, it’s OK to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Advil or Motrin after your vaccine to treat side effects such as pain, fever, chills or headache.

3. The timing between doses doesn’t need to be exact

The second dose of the Pfizer shot is supposed to be given 21 days after the first; for Moderna, the recommended interval between doses is 28 days.

However, if you can’t get an appointment on the exact day — or if you have to miss your scheduled appointment for some reason — the CDC does allow some wiggle room. Although the agency recommends trying to stick to the suggested interval, it says the second dose can be given up to six weeks after the first.

If your appointment is scheduled earlier than the recommended date, ask for a later appointment, Schaffner advises. “Your immune response will work perfectly well if you take more time,” he says. “But if you do it too early, the second dose may not invoke an optimal response.”

4. Your second dose should be from the same manufacturer as your first

Doctors are already hearing from patients asking if they can get their second dose from a different manufacturer, often because they realize the other type of vaccine is offered at a location that’s more convenient. But the CDC recommends against it: The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines “are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products,” the CDC says. “The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated.”

The CDC does allow the mixing of Pfizer and Moderna shots in “exceptional situations,” such as when the vaccine used for someone’s first dose is no longer available due to a supply shortage, or if it’s unclear which vaccine they got for their first dose.

5. A rash at the injection site isn’t a reason to skip your second dose

If you experienced a rash at the injection site three to 10 days after getting your first shot, that doesn’t preclude you from getting your second shot, the CDC says, although it recommends getting it in the other arm.

A small number of people have developed such rashes, sometimes called “COVID arm,” after vaccination. Doctors say it’s likely a mild allergic reaction that can be treated with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl.

In guidance released Feb. 10, the CDC says the reaction is not believed to represent a risk for a more severe allergic reaction when you get your second dose.

6. You should temporarily avoid all other vaccines

It might be time for your shingles or Tdap vaccine, but you should hold off if you are between COVID-19 vaccine doses. Because there’s no data on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines administered at the same time as other vaccines, the CDC recommends avoiding other immunizations in the two weeks before and after both doses. Holding off also helps prevent confusion about the cause of a reaction if you experience one.

The CDC does allow exceptions in circumstances where avoiding the vaccine would put you at risk, such as a tetanus shot after a wound or a hepatitis shot during an outbreak.

7. Full immunity is not immediate

It takes two weeks after your second dose for your body to build full protection to the virus. After that, you should have almost zero chance of developing severe disease if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, Schaffner says. The CDC also says you no longer have to quarantine if you’re exposed to someone with COVID-19 — as long as you meet these criteria: you don’t have symptoms and it hasn’t been more than three months since your second vaccine dose.

One possible exception is immunocompromised people, Schaffner says. They will get some level of immunity, he says, “but they may not reach the 95 percent because their immune system is already somewhat compromised, no matter how strong these vaccines are.”

8. You still need to wear a mask

Experts are divided about whether it’s OK to hug your grandchild or gather socially with other vaccinated people after you’re fully immunized.

But they agree you should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing in public. For one thing, there’s a small chance you could get sick even after you’ve been vaccinated.

In addition, it’s possible that you could still carry the virus and silently transmit it to others who haven’t been vaccinated, even if you don’t develop symptoms.

And there’s one more reason. Until the country reaches herd immunity — the point when a significant portion of the population becomes immune to a disease — it’s important for everyone to wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus, Schaffner says. “If we have some people walking around maskless and others not, people left and right are just going to discard their masks,” he says. “We are not ready yet for that for society. Let’s all stick to masks a little longer until we get the all clear.”

Michelle Crouch is a contributing writer who has covered health and personal finance for some of the nation’s top consumer publications. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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After the 2nd impeachment trial of TOTUS, the members of the GOP save a few did exactly what anyone who thinks suspected nd expected them to do-ACQUIT a known liar and criminal. The GOP members who voted to impeach are now receiving threats and censure from their own party, one member’s State party stated that “they did not send him to Congress to do the right thing!” What we have to lose is the America that works for all of us. Currently Bitch McConnel is looking to legally force his State’s Governor to replace him with a Republican should he decide to retire. It appears to me that this is post Civil War thinking in that long serving GOP members are looking to maintain the status quo and reverse what ever they can with no regard to the damage and harm it can cause to the voters. There will always be hardcore voters who will never see beyond the lies told by their representatives (no matter the party) so it is solely up to the informed voters (no matter the party) to elect better and open minded representatives. At this time we have neer do wells like Botch McConnell, Rand Paul, Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Brain dead Josh Hawley, Lindsey “HOP” Graham and Ron Johnson to name a few whose loyalty lie with TOTUS and the party not their constituents whom they invoke regularly without a consensus or the consent of those constituents. The named above are all members of the GOP and unfortunately this supposed to be the party of Lincoln who if if it were possible would be spinning in his grave or at the least crying in his hands. These so called leaders for the most part are seeking as much publicity as possible in readiness to run for the Presidency or aid Donald Trump to do so. Alternately they looking to gain control of the Congress in order to regulate the lives of the voters as THEY think it should be (sounds like Dictatorial ambitions to me). We are not so far removed from the post civil war reconstruction period as time indicates we should be, many of the same evils that occurred then are still in evidence now eg. police killing of black men with consequences )Minnesota, Maryland and on), instituting or changing voting rules (Georgia, Texas). Couple all of this with the immigration fiasco it appears that we have not progressed so much deep down and just barely on the surface. The questions to be asked are many but the one answer we have is : we have a lot to lose if we do not pay close attention to the GOP members and their questionable activities especially when tied to a former President who was impeached twice and is facing civil legal difficulties which surely point to jail time if convicted. WE HAVE THE REAL AMERICA TO LOSE if we are not vigilant.

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The GOP (Dupublicans) and DEMS (Scamocrats) have reinforced what many of us have suspected and believed for years-Politicians lie and are dishonest , save a few! It is reported that several GOP members have received push back and threats due to their siding with the Dems on impeaching TOTUS. So the new normal is to side with a miscreant leader against the voters well being. We have already seen the gross disingenuousness of many Congressional members highlighted by their flip flopping and ignoring of the danger they were in during TOTUS’s “insurrection”. Their action to support a self serving leader is as near treason as one can get without selling state secrets. Their devotion to TOTUS is a clear affront to the people who voted them in time after time. This the point where voters should remember that these people work for them not the other way around. If any of these folks survive the next election cycle it will be shame on us (the voters), our sole job is to become informed and elect the best people we can and dare not be afraid to unelect them when required and as far as I am concerned this requirement needs to be met now!

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Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

Mitch McConnel orchestrated the vote to acquit the criminal know as Trump and throwing the good of the people into the trash heap. Anyone who votes and allows this to stand in the next election is playing into the hands of the worst elements of our society. Remember “Bitch” was in hiding during the storming of the capital along with everyone else yet he has made a political decision to acquit an unrepentant criminal who put lives in danger for the sake of personal preservation. If we (voters) are smart we will give neither of them any cover now and in the future. We now know that a majority of our Congress have no regard for the well being of the voters or the country and they need to be held accountable. It is worth looking at the members of both parties on both sides to determine who we want to represent us in the future. “Bitch’s head should be one the first on the block!

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Jeff Danziger Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

No matter your politics, the actions of former president Trump aka “TOTUS” in the insurrection was evident and the GOP members who are defending those actions and his part in it does not bode well for the Country. I fail to see how the Dupublican Senators for the most part can still support possibly the worst President in history when his actions and words contributed directly to the assault on the Capitol. They seem to ignore the fact their safety was threatened because of it and their “Champion” did not care if they were affected. This appears to be a case of “Stockholm Syndrome”. The very people we elected to represent us and our interests are representing Trump and his interests in pursuit of maintaining the loyalty of Trumps “base”, the same people who committed the assault on the capitol and put them in harms way. The option we (voters) have is vote for people who truly have the interest of all of us in mind or continue with the “HUTA” pact that now vocalize and show their contempt for the needs of the voters.

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