Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent dustup with Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) over financial disclosure forms now has Marshall planning to introduce legislation named after the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
A spokesperson for the Kansas senator said on Thursday that the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act would require the “public access of financial disclosures on the official Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website for administration officials like Dr. Fauci.” It would also require a list of those in government whose disclosures remain private. Marshall announced it himself Friday afternoon.
I plan to introduce the FAUCI Act to hold Anthony Fauci and other high-paid government officials accountable. If you’re an unelected bureaucrat, and you make hundreds of thousands of dollars, America needs to know if you have any conflicts of interest. pic.twitter.com/AmhbViegrC
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) January 14, 2022
The bill comes after Marshall aggressively pressed Fauci about his financials during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. “Yes or no, would you be willing to submit to Congress and the public a financial disclosure that includes your past and current investments?” Marshall asked.
Fauci was perplexed, as his financial disclosures are, in fact, public. “I don’t understand why you’re asking me that question,” Fauci replied. “My financial disclosure is public knowledge and has been so for the last 37 years or so.”
Marshall then falsely claimed that the “big tech giants” are somehow to blame for the alleged mystery of Fauci’s records, which Marshall says his office couldn’t find. “All you have to do is ask for it,” an exasperated Fauci shot back. “You’re so misinformed, it’s extraordinary.”
When the exchange was over, a hot mic caught Fauci calling Marshall a “moron.”
“Jesus Christ,” he added.
HOT MIC MOMENT: After clashing with GOP Sen. Roger Marshall, Dr. Fauci was caught muttering, “what a moron,” followed by “Jesus Christ.” pic.twitter.com/merKU3BGAJ
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 11, 2022
Fauci’s financial disclosures are indeed public, but that doesn’t mean they’re particularly easy to access. The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit journalism center, noted on Thursday that they obtained Fauci’s 2020 financial disclosure in August of that year after having first requested it in May and along the way “politely badger[ing]” a government office about it. The disclosure was partially redacted because the National Institute of Health cited the Freedom of Information Act when handing it over, which the reporter says was unnecessary.
Marshall didn’t seem to realize there was any process for obtaining Fauci’s financials, and took his staff’s inability to find an easy link online to mean tech companies were conspiring with Fauci to keep his records secret … or something like that.
The FAUCI Act ostensibly would make the financials of “uniquely compensated” officials like Fauci more readily available. This is all well and good, but two days after Fauci took him to task in front of the nation it feels like the legislation — as well as Marshall’s recent media tour — was born less out of a desire for transparency and more out of a desire to save face and spin the exchange after getting embarrassed by the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
Molly Tuttle Recruits Margo Price, Billy Strings for New Album ‘Crooked Tree’
Molly Tuttle showcases some of her bluegrass chops in a new performance video for “Crooked Tree,” the title track of the singer-guitarist’s new album. Set for release April 1, the project will mark Tuttle’s Nonesuch Records debut and feature contributions from Margo Price, Billy Strings, and Sierra Hull.
“Crooked Tree” is a lively number driven by Tuttle’s rhythmic strums, but with a message that attempts to lift up anyone who doesn’t quite fit in. “Oh can’t you see a crooked tree/Won’t fit into the mill machine,” Tuttle sings in the chorus, which she follows with a nimble acoustic guitar solo. The song follows Tuttle’s recent release “She’ll Change,” which came out in late 2021.
The new album explores Tuttle’s bluegrass roots, which stretch back to her banjo-playing grandfather and music-teacher father. Helping Tuttle craft those sounds are her new band Golden Highway (Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Dominick Leslie, Shelby Means, and Kyle Tuttle) and an all-star group of guests. In addition to Price, Strings, and Hull, contributors to Crooked Tree include Old Crow Medicine Show, Dan Tyminski, and Gillian Welch, along with co-producer Jerry Douglas.
Crooked Tree follows the covers album …But I’d Rather Be With You and its EP-length follow-up, on which she performed songs by the National (“Fake Empire”), the Rolling Stones (“She’s a Rainbow”), and FKA Twigs (“Mirrored Heart”).
Crooked Tree track list:
- “She’ll Change”
- “Flatland Girl” (feat. Margo Price)
- “Dooley’s Farm” (feat. Billy Strings)
- “Big Backyard” (feat Old Crow Medicine Show)
- “Crooked Tree”
- “The River Knows”
- “Over the Line” (feat. Sierra Hull)
- “Nashville Mess Around”
- “San Francisco Blues” (feat. Dan Tyminski)
- “Goodbye Girl”
- “Side Saddle” (feat. Gillian Welch)
- “Grass Valley”
The Jan. 6 Committee Wants to Have a Talk With Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump, you’re next.
The Jan. 6 committee on Thursday requested the the former president’s daughter voluntarily provide information to aid their inquiry into the attack on the Capitol and the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The panel noted that Ivanka has knowledge of her father’s efforts to overturn the election results, particularly how he tried to convince former Vice President Mike Pence to stop the certification of the election results on Jan. 6. “As January 6th approached, President Trump attempted on multiple occasions to persuade Vice President Pence to participate in his plan,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in a letter to Ivanka. “One of the President’s discussions with the Vice President occurred by phone on the morning of January 6th. You were present in the Oval Office and observed at least one side of that telephone conversation.”
Ivanka’s presence in the White House on Jan. 6 means she also might have some insight into the former president’s thinking regarding the National Guard and whether he “was attempting to hold up deployment.” It’s not just what she may have known about Trump, though. The panel is also interested in Ivanka’s own actions on Jan. 6. “Testimony obtained by the Committee indicates that members of the White House staff requested your assistance on multiple occasions to intervene in an attempt to persuade President Trump to address the ongoing lawlessness and violence on Capitol Hill,” Thompson added.
The request to Ivanka comes less than a day after the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Trump can’t block the committee from obtaining White House documents from the National Archives. The ruling marked an enormous victory for the panel after a prolonged legal battled over the documents which Trump tried to claim were protected by executive privilege.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is an important affirmation that Congress’s need to know about a violent attack on our democracy outweighs the interests of a former president in hiding the truth,” committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted on Thursday. “Document production from the Archives has begun, and we hope to get a lot more soon.”
Rage Against the Machine Push Start of Reunion Tour to the Summer
Rage Against the Machine’s perpetually postponed reunion tour has been delayed yet again, with the group now set to kick off their Public Service Announcement Tour in July 2022.
The North American leg of the trek — which was originally scheduled to begin in March 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic forced a series of postponements — now begins July 9 in East Troy, Wisconsin, as the band announced Thursday that all 19 gigs from March 31 to May 23 will be rescheduled.
Rage Against the Machine noted that tickets for the postponed shows will be honored at the new dates, but fans can also request refunds starting Thursday for a 30-day window. Run the Jewels will still serve as a special guest on the tour.
“We will be back to you soon with the rerouted dates,” the band added. The North American leg is currently set to conclude with a five-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden in August.
Concerns about Rage Against the Machine’s 2022 tour dates first started to arise when the band was removed as a headliner from the 2022 Coachella festival, where they were previously announced as headliners after their 2020 and 2021 gigs at the fest were nixed due to the pandemic. On Thursday, organizers for the Boston Calling festival — which also booked Rage for a headlining set — announced that the band would no longer perform at that fest.
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