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Report: Defense Secretary expected to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for active duty troops



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By Jenny Goldsberry

Secretary of Defense Gen. Lloyd Austin is expected to announce a controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandate for active duty troops soon, sources close to CNN confirmed.

Austin’s current view is to “seek authorization to make (vaccine) mandatory”

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Austin’s “inclination is towards making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory,” a defense official told CNN.

The Joint Chiefs have met to discuss how a mandatory vaccination plan might work, since President Biden’s last speech on the vaccine,. Austin has also been consulting with military medical authorities, the defense official said. Austin’s current view is to “seek authorization to make it mandatory,” according to those sources.

Biden even said he knew that Austin is “open to it.” With the president’s approval, he is likely to move forward with the mandate.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial



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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.



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