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U.S. backs Covid vaccine intellectual property waivers to expand access to shots worldwide

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it supports waiving intellectual patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, as countries struggle to manufacture the life-saving doses.

“This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines,” United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai wrote in a statement.

“As our vaccine supply for the American people is secured, the Administration will continue to ramp up its efforts – working with the private sector and all possible partners – to expand vaccine manufacturing and distribution. It will also work to increase the raw materials needed to produce those vaccines,” the statement added.


This is great news! Of course CNBC had to point out that pharmaceutical stocks immediately dropped when the news was released, lol.

Well, I'll be damned. Board ruled FB ban will stay in place for now.



The board punting this back to FB: "In applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities. The Board declines Facebook’s request and insists that Facebook apply and justify a defined penalty. "

Stephanie Ruhle just pointed out on MSNBC that Trump has just been suspended not expelled from Facebook. Suspensions usually have term limits. We'll see.

I predict Facebook will reinstate Trump.

Zuckerburg is using the Facebook Oversight Board to give him cover for the decision but ultimately it IS Zuckerburg’s decision as owner.

Christopher Wray isn't going anywhere- Senior WH official


Senior WH official says FBI Director Chris Wray not going anywhere — @jeffzeleny reporting

Real patriots don't need a million flags to prove they are patriots.

Republicans have completely ruined the word patriot for me.

General Austin is appearing before the Armed Services Committee and is very impressive

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Biden's nominee to be the next defense secretary, pledged to Congress Tuesday that he will maintain civilian control after concerns had been raised that the nomination of another retired general was eroding civilian oversight of the military.

"If you confirm me, I am prepared to serve now -- as a civilian -- fully acknowledging the importance of this distinction," Austin said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I understand and respect the reservations some of you have expressed about having another recently retired general at the head of the Department of Defense," he said. "The safety and security of our democracy demands competent civilian control of our armed forces, the subordination of military power to the civil."

Austin said his first major challenge would be dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and said that if confirmed he will quickly review the Pentagon's contributions to the nationwide distribution of vaccines. Another top priority for Austin will be to ensure Defense Department employees have "a working environment free of discrimination, hate and harassment. "


He'll get confirmed.

Trump allies are selling pardons


EXCLUSIVE: Trump allies -- like a former campaign staffer and even his former personal lawyer, John Dowd -- have sold their access to Trump, taking $$$ from wealthy felons to lobby Trump and White House aides, like Jared Kushner, for pardons. w/@kenvogel


One of the big reasons Trump allies have been able to profit from selling access to White House for pardons is that Trump/Kushner have eschewed longstanding DOJ process to vet pardon applicants, which is designed to ensure pardons are handed out on merit, not because of $/access

Just months after John Dowd stepped down as Trump’s lead lawyer, he began marketing himself to wealthy convicts, claiming he could help them get pardons because he had an in w/ Trump/Kushner. Billy Walters, a wealthy imprisoned convict prosecuted by SDNY/FBI, hired Dowd.

Dowd told potential clients Trump would look favorably upon those convicts who were being investigated by SDNY and the FBI -- two groups who were investigating Trump and who Trump was seeking to undermine in any way possible.

Dowd had his own history with Trump and pardons. As Trump's lawyer he had dangled a pardon to former Nat Sec Advisor Mike Flynn during the Mueller investigation. Dowd had learned during his representation of Trump how Trump was trying to undermine Mueller, DOJ, FBI, etc.

Dowd took tens of thousands of dollars from the imprisoned wealthy felon Billy Walters. Although Dowd told Walters he had his pardon lined up, it still hasn't come through. Dowd still represents Walters who is hoping for pardon in final days of administration.

RUDY NEWS: A Giuliani confidant told former CIA agent Kiriakou last year that Giuliani could help him w/ pardon but it was going to cost him..$2 mil.. Kiriakou relayed this to someone at a party who thought Giuliani may be selling pardons and that person reported it to FBI in Oct

RUDY NEWS: Kiriakou told Giuliani in a meeting last summer about his pardon quest. When Giuliani went to the bathroom, a Giuliani confidant turned to Kiriakou and suggested Giuliani could help with pardon. “It’s going to cost $2 million — he’s going to want two million bucks.”

Kiriakou said he was taken aback by the price tag to hire Giuliani to help him with a pardon. “I laughed. Two million bucks — are you out of your mind? Even if I had two million bucks, I wouldn’t spend it to recover a $700,000 pension,” Kiriakou said.

The person who reported offer to FBI was TSA whistleblower/air marshal @rjmaclean. Kiriakou had told him about it at a party in Oct and he thought Giuliani may be selling pardons. Without telling Kiriakou he filed a report with the FBI. “I felt duty-bound to report it,” he said.

Giuliani, who is hoping Trump pardons him, says the account about $2 mil to help with pardons is false. Giuliani says he never would have taken money to lobby Trump to pardon someone.

“It’s like a conflict of interest,” Giuliani told us. Giuliani said he had been told of the large fees that are being offered to folks like himself to help with lobbying for pardons but said he was not interested because “I have enough money. I’m not starving.”

This is the best thing I've seen today. Happy Birthday Barbara Lynn!


Happy birthday to Barbara Lynn, born on this day in 1942 in Beaumont, Texas. Here she is performing “What I’d Say” in 1966

Warnock and Ossoff will be sworn in as US Senators next week


Next week,
will be sworn in as U.S. Senators. They won because of dedicated organizers, volunteers, and grassroots donors. And thanks to Georgia voters, we can work to move our country forward.

Street closures in DC

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