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While hypocritical politicians, the media, and health officials urged people to stay home, mask up, and even skip celebrating holidays with family members to “save grandma” from a virus that is especially fatal to the elderly, the narrative changed once a vaccine, which was hailed by many on the left and right as a beacon of hope, was produced.

Instead of prioritizing vaccinating those who are the most vulnerable to dying if they contract the virus, many state governments have told older populations to have patience while they distribute and administer the vaccine to frontline workers, nursing home residents, inmates, and even some teachers and police officers.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that people aged 65 and older account for 8 in 10 Wuhan virus deaths, the federal agency suggested giving the vaccine to those on the front lines and in long-term care facilities first. The CDC later recommends that vaccine doses be allocated for those 75 and older at the same time as “about 30 million frontline essential workers,” a large group of people that the New York Times estimates make up “nearly 70 percent of the American work force.”

The effects of this prioritization are already emerging around the U.S. Just last week, some politicians and their staffers vaulted to the front of the line to receive their first dose of the vaccine. Among them was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is just 31 years old. Despite receiving criticism from her colleagues and constituents for taking the dose, the young representative was unapologetic about the experience, posting a video of herself receiving the vaccine and offering to answer questions about it.

Inmates and prison workers in certain states, such as New York, are also already getting preferential treatment in receiving the vaccine before the elderly. Even prisoners in Guantanamo Bay will be receiving the vaccine before some states have even expanded their distribution beyond those in long-term care facilities.

Poor planning by some states and their governors has also unexpectedly granted some who are not due for the vaccine special opportunities to receive it, after health care providers were left with extra doses of the vaccine, which has a short shelf life and would be discarded if not administered quickly. From Washington, D.C., to California, excess unused vaccines have forced those giving the vaccinations to choose between administering a dose to someone who is not at the front of the COVID-19 line or throwing it away.

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Politicians such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York have also contributed to this choice crisis by denying New York City’s request to vaccinate those 75 and older after severe underuse of their vaccine supply. Cuomo has threatened to increase penalties on health care providers who disregard the state’s COVID-19 vaccine prioritization schedule, which includes vaccinating drug addicts before senior citizens, and also those hospitals that don’t use their vaccine supply before it expires.

While many politicians, agencies, and states have failed to implement vaccine rollout plans that help the elderly obtain the vaccine quickly, others such as Texas and Florida side-stepped some of the CDC’s recommendations to ensure that those who are the most vulnerable are protected.

Despite media backlash since the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida has taken the lead in these efforts, clearly stating that vaccinating older people is necessary and the best way to tackle the pandemic.

“If you’re 74 years old in the state of Florida, we’ve made the decision that we want you to get vaccinated,” DeSantis said. “You are eligible and you are a priority, and we’re going to do all we can working with our health care partners to make sure the vaccine’s getting out to you. If you’re a 74-year-old in most states in this country, you have no shot at a vaccine right now; you are not eligible under most of those states’ guidelines to even get vaccinated.”

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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