The GOP has a long history of ignoring science. Trump turned it into policy.

The resulting litany of falsehoods, misdirection and anti-science policies — during the pandemic, for instance, Trump has claimed that the coronavirus would just “disappear,” insisted that it doesn’t harm children, said covid-19 “affects virtually nobody” (1 million deaths worldwide), endorsed sham treatments such as injecting bleach and dismissed the ability of masks to stop the virus’s spread — looks like a product of a singular, addled mind. “I have no explanation for why these briefings and the scientific evidence just doesn’t seem to click” with him, former White House coronavirus task force staffer Olivia Troye, who resigned in protest of Trump’s science denialism, recently said. The wealthiest country in history, armed with arguably the best hospitals and smartest doctors anywhere, has registered the most cases, the most deaths and perhaps the most hostile-to-science response of any nation in the world. Experts say tens of thousands of the 212,000 American

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GOP lawmaker: Democrats’ tech proposals will include ‘non-starters for conservatives’

Buck said he opposes not-yet-unveiled Democratic proposals aimed at “eliminating arbitration clauses and further opening companies up to class action lawsuits.” And he said he rejects antitrust subcommittee Chair David Cicilline’s (D-R.I.) idea of advancing legislation to force structural breakups of major online platforms like Amazon.

“We agree that antitrust enforcement agencies need additional resources and tools to provide proper oversight,” Buck wrote. “However, these potential changes need not be dramatic to be effective.”

The Republican recommendations mark the first major findings to surface out of the Judiciary Committee’s probe. Though the subcommittee’s final report has yet to be released, Democrats have floated sweeping changes such as legislation to force structural separations for tech platforms similar to Glass-Steagall, the Depression-era law that split investment and retail banking.

In the memo, Buck wrote that the majority’s incoming report “offers a chilling look into how Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have used

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Enthused by G.O.P. Support, Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Pick on Saturday

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President Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania that he had not realized how much voters care about Supreme Court nominations, and he thanked Senator Mitt Romney of Utah for supporting his position on a nomination before the November election.

“The appointment of a United States Supreme Court justice was much more important to the voters than I thought,” Mr. Trump said. “And they’re right, because they will set policy for 50 years. They’ll set policy — whether it’s life, whether it’s Second Amendment.”

Addressing an enthusiastic crowd of supporters outdoors at Pittsburgh International Airport, Mr. Trump vowed that he would “pick an incredible and brilliant woman,” and told them to “watch the abuse that she will take” from his critics after his announcement, which he said would

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