The Daily Populous

Wednesday January 27th, 2021 morning edition

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The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat the coronavirus.

But nearly a year later the state is trying to offload the drug back to its original supplier, California-based FFF Enterprises, Inc, a private pharmaceutical wholesaler.

Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, told The Frontier this week that the AG’s office was working with the state health department “to try to figure out a solution.”.

Gerszewski said Hunter’s office had gotten involved at the request of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The state purchased the hydroxychloroquine stockpile in early April, days after Trump began to tout it as a treatment.

In August, Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, promoted hydroxychloroquine as a viable treatment after he had contracted COVID-19.

It’s unclear yet how much of the initial $2 million investment in the hydroxychloroquine the state could recoup. »

McConnell: It Was Too Soon to Impeach Trump, Now It’s Too Late.

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All but five Republican Senators voted to dismiss the charges on the grounds that a former president could not be impeached.

A crucial argument made by Trump’s defense team — and repeated by his Republican allies — against his first impeachment trial last year was that it was too soon.

Then there was a brief lame-duck period when it was neither too soon nor too late, but Republicans decided not to convene. »

Biden orders Justice Dept. to end use of private prisons

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies.

In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity.

GEO Group, a private company that operates federal prisons, called the Biden order “a solution in search of a problem. »

Twitter permanently bans My Pillow CEO

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Twitter permanently bans My Pillow CEO Twitter has permanently banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s account after he continually perpetuated the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Twitter has permanently banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s account after he continued to perpetuate the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Twitter decided to ban Lindell, who founded bedding company My Pillow, due to “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy, a spokesperson said in a statement. »

Increase in minimum wage will save infant lives, study shows

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Recent attempts to increase the minimum wage have been opposed by states that have prevented city and county governments from raising the minimum wage in their localities.

Research has shown that a higher minimum wage reduces teenage pregnancy, maternal smoking, obesity, and adverse birth outcomes such as low-weight births and infant deaths.

Each additional dollar of minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% annually in large U.S. cities. »