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Elon Musk Announces New Twitter Science Policy, Says Dr. Fauci ‘Cannot Be Regarded As A Scientist’

On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will no longer penalize users for questioning scientific claims that are promoted by the media. 

The news comes shortly after the latest installment of the “Twitter Files” showed how the U.S. government “pressured Twitter and other social media platforms to elevate certain content and suppress other content about Covid-19,” according to independent writer David Zweig, who was reporting on behalf of Bari Weiss’s publication, The Free Press.

“Internal files at Twitter that I viewed while on assignment for @thefp showed that both the Trump and Biden administrations directly pressed Twitter executives to moderate the platform’s pandemic content according to their wishes,” Zweig wrote. 

Musk announced on Twitter, “New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science.”

Musk later responded to a video posted by professor Gad Saad which mocked Dr. Anthony Fauci over his decision to retire just before Republicans take over the House of Representatives next week.

“Anyone who says that questioning them is questioning science itself cannot be regarded as a scientist,” Musk said in response to the video about Fauci.

Musk also posted a meme mocking leftists for attempting to shut down scientific debate. 

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Court Rules Against Biden COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Federal Contractors

On Monday, a federal court ruled that the Biden administration cannot enforce its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors.

A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the mandate in a 2-1 decision.

“Congress has not spoken clearly to authorize such a dramatic shift in the exercise of the President’s power under the Procurement Act,” the court explained. “Nor are historical exercises of that power sufficient to demonstrate a long-standing understanding that the Procurement Act could be used in this way.”

“The President’s use of procurement regulations to reach through an employing contractor to force obligations on individual employees is truly unprecedented,” the court continued. “As such, Executive Order 14042 is unlawful, and the Plaintiff States have consequently demonstrated a strong likelihood of success on the merits.”

“We do not, and cannot, rule on the efficacy of any vaccine, the wisdom of the President’s action, or even whether or not this action would, in fact, increase economy and efficiency in federal contracting. Today, we are asked, where Congress has not authorized the issuance of this mandate, whether the President may nonetheless exercise this power. We hold that he may not,” the court concluded.

The case had been filed by the states of Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

“Today is a victory for freedom,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement responding to the ruling. “We will continue to stand up against the Biden Administration’s abuses of power that threaten us now and in the future.”

DeSantis Announces Investigation Into COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions

On Tuesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will be pushing for a statewide grand jury to investigate “any and all wrongdoing in Florida with respect to Covid-19 vaccines.”

“Today, I’m announcing a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate any and all wrongdoing in Florida with respect to Covid-19 vaccines,” DeSantis announced. “We anticipate that we will get the approval for that, that will be something that will be impaneled most likely in the Tampa Bay area, and that will come with legal processes that will be able to get more information and to bring legal accountability for those who committed misconduct.”

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo also announced additional research into adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines.

“We are initiating a program here in Florida where we will be studying the incidence in surveillance of myocarditis within a few weeks of Covid-19 vaccination for people who died,” Ladapo said. “This is going to be a surveillance study using—working with some of our medical examiners in Florida. We’re also going to be working with the University of Florida so there will be a component that has more of a research or research forum to it, but we will answer this question.”

“It is a question that I’m sure keeps the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna up late at night hoping no one ever looks, but we’re going to look here in Florida,” he added.

DeSantis later announced that his state will assemble a “panel of experts” who will “counteract nonsense when it’s coming out of these institutions” like the CDC.

“In Florida, we’re creating what we’re calling the Public Health Integrity Committee. It’s a committee of expert researchers that will be able to assess recommendations and guidance related to public health and healthcare, but particularly being able to offer critical assessments of things that bureaucracies like the FDA, CDC, and NIH are doing,” he said.

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Republican House Leader: ‘The COVID Vax Mandate On Our Military Is Ending’

On Tuesday night, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to the news that the Biden administration had finally ended its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the U.S. military.

“The end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Last week, I told the president directly: it’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members.”

“While I applaud the end of this onerous mandate — the Biden administration must go further,” McCarthy continued. “Unfortunately, the mandate has already had negative consequences for our military: The Army and Navy missed their 2022 recruitment goals by thousands of service members. And, at the direction of the Biden administration, the Defense Department discharged 3,300 Marines, 1,800 soldiers, 1,800 sailors, and 900 airmen simply based on their personal decision to not take the COVID vaccine. This decision was detrimental to the ranks, and there is no doubt it put our national security at risk.”

“These heroes deserve justice now that the mandate is no more,” he added. “The Biden administration must correct service records and not stand in the way of re- enlisting any service member discharged simply for not taking the COVID vaccine,” McCarthy said. “Make no mistake: this is a win for our military. But in 28 days the real work begins — the new House Republican majority will work to finally hold the Biden administration accountable and assist the men and women in uniform who were unfairly targeted by this Administration.”

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Fauci Repeatedly Defends China On COVID-19 In New Interview

During a new interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, repeatedly defended China for hiding information about COVID-19 during the beginning of the pandemic and for continuing to refuse to cooperate with the United States in investigations into the virus’ origins.

Brennan pointed to a recent op-ed from The Washington Post editorial board which said that China’s “cover-up is immense and still in place” and that China needed to allow a new investigation into the virus’ origins.

“Do you agree with that word cover-up?” Brennan asked. “An intentional distortion?”

“I don’t know what that means,” Fauci responded. “I’m not sure what they’re talking about. I mean, if cover-up is not allowing people to come in and look at all the data, that’s not a cover, that’s not being transparent.”

Fauci also defended China for hiding its primary data from the pandemic by blaming the Trump administration.

“They can say, oh, you know, it’s in frozen food, or it’s in this or it’s in that. But there’s no primary data,” Fauci said. “The [World Health Organization] went in and saw some of the data, which some of which was actually quite helpful. But we- you know what we need, Margaret, we need a transparency and a collaboration to open things up so that we can discuss it in a non-accusatory way.”

“What happens is that if you look at the anti-China approach, that clearly the Trump administration had right from the very beginning, and the accusatory nature, the Chinese are going to flinch back and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, we’re not going to talk to you about it,’ which is not correct,” Fauci continued. “They should be.”

Brennan then noted that China is still refusing to cooperate with the United States on COVID-19, and Fauci again defended China, saying, “I think that horse is out of the barn, and they’re suspicious of anybody trying to accuse them.”

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