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Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci go at it in Congress over gain-of-function research, Fauci loses it on Paul

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed yet again over the United States government’s involvement in gain-of-function coronavirus research at the Wuhan Virology Institute.

In a Senate Health Committee hearing Tuesday about the federal COVID-19 response, Paul implied that Fauci lied to Congress in May for denying that the National Institute of Health played a role in bat coronavirus research in China.

“Knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your May 11th claim that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?,” Paul asked Fauci after citing numerous scientific articles showing the opposite to be true.

“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci answered. “This paper was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”

“When you take an animal virus, and you increase its transmissibility to humans—you’re saying that’s not gain-of-function research?,” Paul asked.

That made Fauci snap.

“That is correct, and Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly!,” stated a frustrated Dr. Fauci. “And I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about.”

Paul, a physician himself, then read the NIH’s own definition of gain-of-function research.

“This is your definition that you guys wrote. It says that ‘scientific research that increases the transmissibility among animals is gain-of-function,’” Paul said. “[The Wuhan researchers] took animal viruses then increased their transmissibility to humans. How you can say that is not gain-of-function—it’s a dance, and you’re dancing around this, because you’re trying to obscure responsibility for four million people around the world dying from a pandemic.”

Fauci then appeared to take offense at the notion that the Wuhan lab’s coronavirus research resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the point that you are making is that the grant that was funded as a subaward by EcoHealth to Wuhan created SARS-COV-2, that’s where you are getting,” Fauci said, pointing two fingers at Paul before the senator interrupted.

“We don’t know, but all the evidence is pointing that it came from the lab and there will be responsibility for those that funded the lab, including yourself,” Paul said.

“I totally resent the lie you are now propagating, Senator,” Fauci said.

Paul noted that “no one is saying” the viruses that were created in Wuhan caused the pandemic.

“What we’re alleging that gain-of-function was going on in that lab and NIH funded it,” Paul said.

“Those viruses are molecularly impossible to result in SARS-CoV-2. You are implying what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. If anybody is lying here, Senator, it is you,” Fauci seethed.

Following the tense exchange, Paul cited a quote by virologist Dr. Shi Zhengli crediting the NIH with funding the Wuhan lab’s bat coronavirus research.

On May 11th, Fauci denied to Paul that the NIH provided funding to the Wuhan lab for gain-of-function research.

“The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Fauci claimed.

This has been proven to be false.

In 2015, the Obama administration and the NIH under Dr. Anthony Fauci awarded the Wuhan Virology Institute $3.7 million in research grants through EcoHealth Alliance for scientific gain-of-function coronavirus experimentation on bats.

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United States readies new Cuba sanctions as Joe Biden meets with Cuban-Americans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden administration is expected to impose new sanctions on Cuba on Friday as President Joe Biden meets with Cuban-American leaders at the White House to discuss a U.S. response to recent social protests on the island.

Officials say new moves against the communist government are likely to be announced shortly after Biden’s afternoon meeting, which will cover a range of options the administration is considering in response to the protests, including providing internet access to Cubans. The officials were not authorized to preview the actions and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The White House meeting comes almost three weeks after unusual July 11 protests in which thousands of Cubans took to the streets in Havana and other cities to protest shortages, power outages and government policies. They were the first such protests since the 1990s.

Read more from the Associated Press via NBC Raleigh.

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DeSantis will issue E.O. to allow parents to choose whether to have children wear masks to school

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CAPE CORAL, Fla.  Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference on Friday morning and said he would not be deterred by “a movement to impose more restrictions on the American people.”

“In Florida, there will be no lockdowns, there will be no school closures, there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of Florida,” the governor said during his appearance at a restaurant in Cape Coral.

DeSantis said Floridians will be free to choose what is best for them and that the state will protect its residents’ right to work, for businesses to operate and for students to attend school in person.

Read more from ABC Miami.

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Matt Gaetz, U.S. Congress reps denied entry into prison where Jan. 6th defendants are held

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Four GOP lawmakers were accused of “trespassing” at a Washington, D.C. prison when they tried to check on the conditions of January 6th defendants being held there.

Security guards at the D.C. Department of Corrections told the congressional members they could not enter the facility and locked them out of the building entirely.

Footage posted by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz shows an attorney was even barred from seeing his client inside the federal prison.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can be heard saying, “They don’t want us to know what’s happening inside.”

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert explained that he and his colleagues are cleared for top secret information and they often inspect facilities, but that things are different under the Joe Biden administration.

The elected officials explained that they’ve received reports of poor treatment in the facility and simply wanted to inspect the conditions for themselves.

One prisoner published a letter complaining about poor treatment in the facility and another claimed in an interview that detainees who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine are being denied basic sanitary rights.

“These are the same types of questions we ask when we go to the detention centers at the border where they house illegals that come into our country,” Rep. Greene told an OAN reporter.

After being told that a facility supervisor was outside, the United States Congress members and media left the facility and were locked out of the building.

“It was apparently a bait and switch. We are here just to talk to a supervisor and when the supervisor came out and we came out to have that discussion, they literally ran behind us and locked the doors, ” Rep. Gaetz said.

Watch the full encounter as documented by RSBN below:

Following the encounter at the D.C. detention facility, the four elected officials gave a press conference to inform the press that they were blocked from entering.

“They will not allow any oversight of whatever abuses they’re involved in,” Rep. Gohmert said.

Rep. Greene told reporters the Biden administration has a two-tiered justice system where they treat supporters of Donald Trump like terrorists, while letting Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters off with little to no charges.

Watch the press conference in its entirety broadcasted by RSBN:

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