Steve Bannon believes that he can defy a congressional subpoena because Donald Trump told him so. That, at least, is what Bannon’s lawyer Robert Costello told the House select committee investigating the events of January 6th, in a letter saying that Trump had instructed Bannon and others not to testify, citing a vague claim of executive privilege. The committee, understandably, disagrees. Bannon, Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman and sometime White House strategist, was closely involved in the planning of Trump’s Save America rally, which preceded the march and assault on the Capitol.
Elections, we are often reminded, have consequences, but those consequences can take time to unravel. Sometimes the result is a marathon of negotiations, which can go in many directions. In Washington, one consequence of the 2020 election is that Democratic control of the Senate can be lost with a single vote, and that of the House with the defection of a relatively small group.
Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, it was widely reported, met for lunch at Mar-a-Lago on January 28th, three weeks after a Trumpist mob stormed the Capitol, and a week after Joe Biden was sworn in as President. Have you wondered what they talked about? In “Peril,” Bob Woodward and Robert Costa have the answer for you. Trump asks:
“You want a cheeseburger and fries?”
“I’ll have a cheeseburger, but I’m fat,” McCarthy said. “No fries. Salad. Take the bun out.”
“That really works?” Trump asked, looking over at McCarthy’s plate.
On Friday night, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended their ten-day pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which is, on the whole, excellent news. The J. & J. shot (also referred to as Janssen, for the company subsidiary responsible for it) is highly effective at preventing cases of the disease, and in trials it was completely effective at preventing fatal cases. It is also the only vaccine approved in the United States (or the E.U.Read original
Why is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which was approved for use in the United Kingdom in December and in the European Union in January, not yet available in the United States? Every answer to that question leads to another query. It isn’t available because the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t given it an emergency-use approval, as it has for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Why not? Because AstraZeneca, the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company that partnered with Oxford University researchers in developing the vaccine, hasn’t applied for F.D.A.Read original
Early in a remarkable interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, née Markle, tried to explain how she had been “confused” about what it meant to marry a prince. “I grew up in L.A., you see celebrities all the time—this is not the same.” Meghan, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child—a girl—was sitting with Oprah outdoors in a garden in Montecito, north of Los Angeles. She and her husband, Prince Harry, and Oprah are neighbors there, but the interview, which aired on CBS on Sunday night, took place at another neighbor’s house.Read original