(FREE) PAINE IN THE MORNING: 12 things you need to know this Wednesday – August 11, 2021

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Doctor’s controversial COVID comments to Mt. Vernon school board go viral, Indiana State Department of Health responds – It’s not often local school board meetings get a lot of eyeballs online. But Friday night’s public comment period at the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is now traveling the world.

All eyes are on a local family physician’s critical comments about how schools and the government are handling pandemic guidelines. – READ MORE

NY Gov. Cuomo resigns amid sexual harassment scandal – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced his resignation effective in two weeks, amid a sexual harassment probe following accusations brought by 11 women who worked for him.

“New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York and I love you,” Cuomo said, “I would never want to be unhelpful in any way, and I think given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing, and therefore, that’s what I’ll do.” – READ MORE

19 Senate Republicans Made ‘History’ for Joe Biden by Passing Bipartisan So-Called Infrastructure Bill – Senate Republicans granted President Joe Biden a significant victory on Tuesday in helping the bipartisan so-called infrastructure bill pass through the Senate.

The Senate passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, 69-30, which featured overwhelming Democrat support and strong Republican support. – READ MORE

Fauci says ‘hopefully’ making young kids wear masks won’t have ‘lasting negative impact’ – White House chief health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday that “hopefully” making young kids wear face masks won’t have any “lasting negative impact” on them.

During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Dr. Fauci said it’s important to keep an “open mind” about masking after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that unvaccinated children ages 2 and older wear masks and that students wear masks in all K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status, in light of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 delta variant. – READ MORE

Fauci: I Understand Personal Liberties ‘but This Is a Very Unusual Time in Our History’ – Tuesday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the push to get everyone vaccinated, including mandates, to stem more spikes in coronavirus cases.

Fauci said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he “can understand the need for people’s personal liberties” but argued that the ongoing pandemic “is a very unusual time in our history.” He said that is why the nation’s leaders are using “whatever means necessary” to get people vaccinated. – READ MORE

Fauci: ‘I Know People Must Like To Have Their Individual Freedom’ but Vaccine ‘Mandates Should Be Done’ – Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledges he will “upset people” with his opinion on whether teachers should be mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

During an appearance on “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Fauci was asked if he agrees with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, who recently said he believes teachers should be vaccinated.- READ MORE

‘Confidential’ Email: White House Using Influencers To Target Children As Young As 12 On Vaccines – The White House is reportedly targeting children “within the 12-18 age range” in order to “grow awareness” about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The New York Times reported last week that “Village Marketing, an influencer marketing agency” was reaching out to social media influencers with audiences in that target range on behalf of the White House, asking them to join “a broad, personality-driven campaign to confront an increasingly urgent challenge in the fight against the pandemic: vaccinating the youthful masses, who have the lowest inoculation rates of any eligible age group in the United States.” – READ MORE

Denver Police Officers Who Don’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Fired – Police officers and other Denver city workers who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine will face discipline and could be fired, according to the city’s Department of Public Safety.  – READ MORE

Papers Please: Paris Police Patrol Cafes for Vaccine Passports – French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial and dystopian vaccine passport system came into effect on Monday, with police patrolling the streets and cafes of Paris, demanding citizens present health papers.

The vaccine passport or ‘pass sanitaire’ in French has now become a requirement for much of life in France, effectively creating a two-tiered society in which those who have been vaccinated will be granted more liberties if they can present their papers. – READ MORE

Companies Now Deducting $50 From Unvaccinated Workers’ Monthly Paychecks: Consultancy Firm – Some employers are starting to tack on a $20 to $50 monthly surcharge to their unvaccinated workers, according to a health benefits consultant group. – READ MORE

Judge in Capitol Riot Cases Wants Prosecutors to Be Tougher on Defendants – Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the federal district court in Washington, D.C., wants prosecutors to be tougher on Capitol riot defendants, and has asked why some have not been charged with more serious crimes.

Politico reported Monday that Howell, an appointee of Barack Obama, has suggested that rioters who were merely present in the Capitol should be charged with attempting to stop the certification of the Electoral College, despite the lack of evidence – READ MORE

Tyson Raises Meat And Poultry Prices As Inflation Continues – Tyson Foods — the second-largest meat and poultry producer in the United States — is struggling to keep up with inflation.

In the company’s third-quarter earnings call, CEO Donnie King told investors that the company has “seen accelerating and unprecedented inflation” threatening all of its business units. – READ MORE

The American Labor Crisis Has Hit All the Small Businesses on This One Street – It’s 4:30 in the morning, and Raymond Mikesell’s alarm has gone off.

Within an hour, as the first rays of pink and orange morning light reflect off the skyscrapers in the city, Mikesell is at his restaurant, Cafe Raymond, in the Strip District, the city’s Main Street for small businesses. – READ MORE