Senate passes measure asking Biden to declassify origins of coronavirus

“The American people deserve to know about the origins of COVID-19,” Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley said on the Senate floor before the bill passed. “They deserve to know how this terrible pandemic that has ravaged the globe and our country, how it got started, and what China’s role was in starting it.”

He said that voters deserved to see the evidence and judge for themselves, rather than different speculation from various administration officials on where the virus may have come from.

“Whether it’s weighing in on issues of health care, national security, COVID-19, who disagrees with transparency?” asked Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun. “The sunshine reveals everything.”

Braun noted that even Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has headed the U.S. coronavirus response through two presidential administrations, has called for transparency surrounding the origins of the virus.

In a statement before the vote, Biden said intelligence leaders were weighing two possible scenarios – that the virus either leapt to a human from contact with an infected animal or that it accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– Biden: Intel community torn between ‘two likely scenarios’ on COVID-19 outbreak source
– Former State Department official reveals ‘procedural’ and ‘substantive concerns’ with Wuhan COVID-19 origin
– White House won’t say if China will be punished if lab leak theory is proven
– Biden State Department quietly ended team’s work probing COVID origin
– Fauci defends ‘modest’ collaboration with Wuhan scientists, says NIH didn’t fund ‘gain of function’ research
– White House insists COVID-19 origins requires ‘transparent’ international investigation

Democrats are getting increasingly nervous about ‘woke’ culture, analysts say
A New York Times opinion writer wondered in a new op-ed on Wednesday if the progressive cancel culture push will backfire on Democrats at the polls, and he isn’t the only analyst asking the question.

“Is Wokeness ‘Kryptonite for Democrats?’” Times contributor Thomas Edsall’s headline asked.

Edsall quoted several surveys finding most people are against the more radical campaigns, such as efforts to defund the police and upend traditional gender norms. And yet, he said, Republicans can still point to the extreme minority that is pushing these ideas to argue that the Democratic Party is increasingly beholden to the radicals.

“Although centrist Democrats make up the majority of the party in the polls I cited above, the fact that a substantial minority of Democrats takes the more extreme stance allows Republicans to portray the Democratic Party as very much in thrall to its more ‘radical’ wing,” Edsall wrote.

Edsall shared an email he received from social psychologist Jonathan Haidt arguing that the left-wing policies will only serve to drag down the party. 

“Wokeness is kryptonite for Democrats,” Haidt wrote. “Most people hate it, other than the progressive activists. If you just look at Americans’ policy preferences, Dems should be winning big majorities. But we have strong negative partisanship, and when people are faced with a party that seems to want to defund the police and rename schools, rather than open them, all while crime is rising and kids’ welfare is falling, the left flank of the party is just so easy for Republicans to run against.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Wokeness at Fed’s regional banks puts central bank independence at risk
– Ben Domenech: Other nations laughing at US for embracing ‘woke religion’ critical race theory
– ‘Ridiculous’ to see left-wing bureaucrats bringing ‘woke-ism’ to military: Ted Cruz
– Twitter explodes over Russian army recruitment ad compared to ‘woke’ US version: ‘We are doomed’

Virginia couple shot dead in cold blood outside their home, police say
A manhunt was underway in Virginia on Wednesday after a husband and wife were brutally murdered outside their home in Springfield, authorities said. 

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