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Hillary Clinton: Mentally, I’m SICK to my stomach over Trump’s reelection

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Hillary Clinton: Mentally, I'm SICK to my stomach over Trump's reelection

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has admitted that she feels sick to her stomach because of Trump’s re-election this November.

During a Monday interview with journalist Kara Swisher, the former Secretary of State said, “It literally makes me sick to my stomach” to think that President Donald Trump could win again in November.

“I can’t entertain the thought of winning it, so let’s just preface that,” Hillary said during the podcast.

“Well, because it literally makes me sick to my stomach to think that we will have four more years to do with this violence and degradation of our institutions, and to damage our principles and values, and to diminish our leadership, and the list goes on.”

Breitbart.com reports: Asked if she had any “fear” that President Trump would legally threaten her if he were to be re-elected, Clinton said, “There is no question that he would do anything he could to assault and prosecute someone who, in his mind, was an opponent.”

“And, unfortunately, he will be helped and assisted by both elected and appointed officials,” she said. “So, of course, one of the most important successes that I hope we can see in this election is the Democratic Senate, where that will be a check that we need against more misuse of power.”

According to Clinton, President Trump “lives with this specter of illegitimacy” in the 2016 election that Clinton lost.

“I don’t think he has any limits at all, Kara,” Clinton said. “He has no conscience, I don’t think. Apparently, he’s not a moral, honest guy. But he’s trying to do whatever he can to pick himself up. And note, as I said, that he lives with this specter of illegitimacy. He knows more about how he was really elected than we still do. Let’s hope we’ll learn more in the years ahead.

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Rep. Stauber launches reelection campaign

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U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn, launched his reelection campaign Monday.

In a video posted to YouTube titled “Enough is Enough,” the congressman from Hermantown attacked Democrats for a litany of issues, including their response to the pandemic, border security and economic policies. He vowed to maintain gun rights and oppose abortion rights, among other issues.

“Together, let’s return our country to what made her great. Together, let’s rise up and stand strong,” Stauber said. “Our country depends on it, our future depends on it and our children depend on it.”

The former Duluth police officer and St. Louis County commissioner was first elected to represent the 8th Congressional District in 2018, flipping it from Democratic to Republican control. He was reelected in 2020 by a 19-point margin.

Stauber filed his statement of candidacy for 2022 in July. He has raised $1 million for the 2022 campaign with almost $740,000 cash on hand, the Federal Election Commission reported in the most recent figures available.

So far, only one challenger has entered the race against Stauber.

In November, Theresa Lastovich, of Chisholm, filed her statement of candidacy. She officially kicked off her campaign earlier this month.

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Sick St. Paul students still face 10-day isolation as CDC calls for 5

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US officials recommend shorter COVID isolation, quarantine

In a break with new federal guidelines, St. Paul Public Schools will continue to require coronavirus-infected students to isolate at home for 10 days after a positive test or first sign of illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Dec. 27 shortened its recommended isolation time from 10 days to five. After that, the recovering person can leave isolation, as long as they’re not experiencing symptoms and agree to wear a well-fitting face mask for five days.

Since their release, the guidelines have been adopted by at least a dozen of Minnesota’s largest school districts — but not St. Paul.

“SPPS is taking a more conservative approach to isolation periods for students than the CDC recommendation because of the need for students to be unmasked during meals and other implementation challenges at school,” the district said in a message to families Friday.

Spokesman Kevin Burns did not respond Monday to a request for more information about “implementation challenges.”

10 DAY ISOLATION

The St. Paul Federation of Educators had encouraged the district to stick with 10-day isolation for students and staff – or to require two negative rapid diagnostic tests for those returning sooner.

Although the St. Paul district kept the 10-day rule for students, staff now are to return after five days. That should help with staff shortages that have caused several metro school districts to move temporarily to distance learning.

St. Paul teachers union President Leah VanDassor did not return a phone message Monday.

The Elk River school district was among those adopting the new five-day isolation protocol for students and staff.

“We know this news will bring relief to many of our families as it reduces the amount of instruction time our students will miss,” the district said in a message to families. “However, we must continue to move forward with caution and to refrain from sending students to school while sick (even if they have passed the five-day quarantine period).”

COMPETING GOALS

The CDC said in its announcement that the change to shorter isolations was “motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”

The agency also acknowledged that taking sick people out of society for 10 days is hard on individuals and society, especially at a time when the highly contagious omicron variant is taking over.

“These updated recommendations also facilitate individual social and well-being needs, return to work, and maintenance of critical infrastructure,” the CDC said on its website.

The change alarmed some health experts, who said it seemed driven less by science than practicality.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, told ABC News on Jan. 2 that the CDC was considering adding the requirement that recovering people test negative before they leave isolation. But the CDC update ultimately did not include that requirement.

Besides the shorter isolation period for infected people, the CDC also shortened its recommended quarantine to five days – from 10 – for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people who come into close contact with an infected person.

DISTRICTS MOVE TO 5 DAYS

Since the CDC’s announcement, many large Minnesota school districts have adopted the five-day isolation for sick students and staff. They include Anoka-Hennepin, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, Osseo, Elk River, Robbinsdale, Wayzata, Mounds View, Lakeville, Bloomington, St. Cloud and Eastern Carver County.

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Forget the play-in, Timberwolves have wide open path to top-six seed

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Forget the play-in, Timberwolves have wide open path to top-six seed

A play-in tournament appearance seemed like a reasonable goal for the Timberwolves at the season’s outset.

The Western Conference is often deep and talented, with eight-plus good teams in any given season. But finishing among the top 10 given the team’s talent level was a fair expectation. If the Wolves could make the jump to win approximately half their games, that would equal a successful season they could build off of moving forward.

But as seasons progress, so too do circumstances. The Timberwolves are about where many pegged them to be at this point, just a breath below .500 and competitive on a nightly basis. But so much of the Western Conference has folded around them.

Minnesota’s 21-22 mark would’ve placed it 12th in the Eastern Conference as of Monday afternoon, yet it stood in seventh place in the West. Suddenly, a top-six seed that would allow the Wolves to bypass the play-in tournament and move directly into the playoffs looks not only feasible, but likely?

Currently in sixth is a Denver team that’s missing two of its top three players. The Nuggets still have reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, but Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. are likely out until at least April.

Minnesota entered Monday tied with a Lakers team that could be without Anthony Davis for two more weeks.

The Clippers have fallen to ninth in the conference without Paul George, whose elbow injury situation appears rather ominous with a still to-be-determined return date. That’s not to mention Kawhi Leonard, who still has yet to play this season after having surgery in July to repair his torn ACL.

The middle of the Western Conference pack is bruised and battered, with the exception of Minnesota. The Timberwolves, to this point, have avoided major injuries. Sure, Patrick Beverley and D’Angelo Russell missed a few games here and there with bumps, bruises and soreness, and Minnesota, like many teams, endured its own COVID crisis.

But sans reserve guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is currently in health and safety protocols, the Timberwolves are otherwise at full strength, with all traditional rotation players available. All hands are on deck. After the healthy Wolves routed short-handed Golden State on Sunday, Timberwolves coach Chris Finch noted now is the time for Minnesota to make a charge.

“This is the time for us to start putting it together and start stacking some really good performances on top of each other and avoid the slip ups that we’ve had,” Finch said. “Through the last couple weeks, we’ve talked about getting everyone back healthy and what that could look like, and now it’s time to go, make a push between here and the all-star break. It’s always a tough time in the season, but we’ve got a lot more games piling up, most of them on the road, so we have to be ready to go.”

The runway has cleared for Minnesota to make an expedited push up the Western Conference ladder, now it’s up to the Wolves to prove they’re serious about doing so. The next two road games in consecutive days against middling Eastern Conference opponents in New York and Atlanta provide the perfect opportunity for the Wolves to establish themselves as playoff-worthy.

“We don’t just want be in the play-in game, we want to be set in the playoffs,” Malik Beasley said. “We’re trying to figure out how to get a nice little win streak to get us above the hump and take us to where we need to go.”

Jaylen Nowell was asked about Minnesota’s potential after Sunday’s win. He wasn’t sure how to answer the question. For years, potential has been the word used to describe this roster — which, yes, does still feature a number of “young” players.

Potential is usually a word used to discuss those who have yet to achieve.

Now is the time to ditch the inconsistencies that have plagued Minnesota all season and left it swimming just under the .500 mark for much of the season. There are no excuses present at the moment to do anything other than win.

“Potential — I’ve always heard that the longer you do something, you actually want to hear that word less, and you actually want to start doing,” Nowell said. “I mean, we’re gonna get to that point where we’re doing this consistently. Once that happens, it’s gonna be great.”

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