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Biden Meets Covid Advisers as Omicron Continues to Rise in US – Live

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The extremist Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene “Maybe a Democrat — or just an idiot” — according to a fellow hardline conservative.

Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA

Dan Crenshaw, a Texas congressman and former Navy Seal, threw the barb back at the Georgia congresswoman in a spat over his support for using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) to operate Covid test sites.

The US is experiencing a crippling wave of Covid cases thanks to the contagious Omicron variant, with more than 1 million registered as of Monday and a lack of access to tests hampering state and federal government responses.

Greene has consistently spread Covid conspiracy theories. She was permanently banned from Twitter on Sunday for spreading misinformation.

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The only politician who ever defeated Barack Obama will retire from Congress at the end of the year.

Bobby Rush.

Bobby Rush. Photo: Pablo Martínez Monsivais/AP

Bobby Rush, a Democratic Representative from Illinois, ran against Obama in a 2000 House primary — beating him by more than 30 points. Obama won a U.S. Senate seat in 2004 and became the first black president in 2009.

Rush said Obama, then 38, “was blinded by his ambition” and moved too fast, against the wrong target. Obama said he had “handed his backside to me”.

Rush, 75 and first elected to Congress in 1992, is an ordained minister and social activist who co-founded the Illinois Black Panther Party and was described by Politico on Monday as “a legend in Chicago politics”.

In a video obtained by the Associated Press, he said, “I’ve been reassigned. Actually, I’m not retiring, I’m going home. I’m going back to my church. I’m going back to my family. I have grandchildren. back to my passion.

“I will be in public life. I will work hand in hand with someone who will replace me.”

Rush’s district is firmly Democratic, but political runic readers still found troubling signs for the National Party.

Rush is the 24th Democrat to announce that they will not participate in 2022. Only 11 Republicans have said the same thing.

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Biden Meets Covid Advisers Amid Massive Omicron Wave