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Sen. John Kennedy tells Fauci to ‘cut the crap’ after doc lashes out at critics

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Sen. John Kennedy tells Fauci to 'cut the crap' after doc lashes out at critics

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) warned White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci to “cut the crap” Wednesday night after Fauci described criticism of him as “attacks on science.”

“I know Dr. Fauci, I like Dr. Fauci, I respect Dr. Fauci,” Kennedy told Fox News’ “Hannity”. “But Dr. Fauci needs to cut the crap. This isn’t about Dr. Fauci. It’s not about his feelings, and I’m sorry if his feelings were hurt. You know, maybe he ought to buy an emotional support pony.

“But we’re not debating dance moves on TikTok here,” the colorful senator continued. “We’re talking about millions of human lives.”

Fauci has been criticized in recent days on a number of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic following the release of thousands of his emails, including his changed stance on the effectiveness of masks and his early dismissal of the possibility that the virus accidentally leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan.

“A lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science,” a fed-up Fauci told MSNBC earlier Wednesday, “because all of the things that I have spoken about consistently from the very beginning, have been fundamentally based on science … People want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done — namely, follow the science.”

Fauci went on to reiterate his belief that “the most likely origin [of the virus] is a natural origin from an animal reservoir to human. However, we have not ruled out the possibility that there could have been a leak from the lab. I haven’t changed my mind.”

Kennedy took issue with Fauci’s contention, noting that “Dr. Fauci gave a lot of US taxpayer money to the Wuhan lab for Chinese scientists to research bat coronaviruses. Neither Dr. Fauci nor any of his people can guarantee us that the Chinese scientists didn’t use that money to do gain-of-function research and turn a normal virus into a super-charged virus. They weren’t monitored, Dr. Fauci and his people didn’t monitor the lab, and it’s not like it hasn’t happened before.”

Furthermore, Kennedy asked host Sean Hannity, “Do you really think if China could prove that this virus occurred naturally, in nature, that it would withhold that evidence? No, it would be screaming it from the rooftop to get the world off its back.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee member concluded by saying that Fauci “needs to hit these things head-on, otherwise it’s going to undermine public health, people’s confidence in public health, and the American people are going to end up trusting Dr. Pepper more than Dr. Fauci.”

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Florida woman accused of slugging girlfriend after she slept-talk about her ex

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A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly slugging her girlfriend in the face after hearing her sleep-talk about an ex, a report said.

Alexis Talley, 23, woke up her 21-year-old girlfriend after the sleep-talking episode and told her that “she was talking in her sleep about an ex,” according to an arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

The two started arguing inside their Tampa Bay-area apartment late on June 13 and the feud escalated when Talley allegedly socked the victim in the face.

The victim suffered swelling to the right side of her face, police said.

Talley admitted to verbally fighting with her girlfriend, but denied hitting her, according to cops.

Police arrested Talley and charged her with domestic battery.

She posted a $2,500 bond and was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim.

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Iran shuts down nuclear power plant for emergency repairs

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A worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday, June 20.

Iran’s lone nuclear power plant was temporarily shut down over an unexplained emergency, according to the authoritarian nation’s state-run media.

An official from government energy company Tavanir said Sunday the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday for repair work that would last “for three to four days,” possibly causing power outages.

It’s the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, which was built with Russian backing as part of a nonproliferation agreement.

Nuclear officials warned three months ago that US imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran’s nuclear partner, could bring production at the plant to a halt.

Iran has been unable to procure parts and equipment for the plant since the sanctions took hold in 2018.

Bushehr is fueled by Russia-produced uranium. It’s monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency, which did not comment on reports of the shutdown.

The plant sits near active fault lines and has been previously shaken by temblors, but there has been no significant seismic activity near the port city in recent days.

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

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US borders with Mexico and Canada to remain closed for another month

The US borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed to all non-essential travel for at least another month to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The extension of the restrictions, which have been in place since March 2020, was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on Twitter. 

“To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through July 21, while ensuring access for essential trade & travel,” DHS wrote.

The agency added that US officials have been discussing reopening strategies with representatives from both bordering countries. 

“DHS also notes positive developments in recent weeks and is participating with other U.S. agencies in the White House’s expert working groups with Canada and Mexico to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably,” the agency tweeted. 

Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the border would stay largely closed until 75 percent of Canadians receive the first of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine and 20 percent get both shots.

With Post wires

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