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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Fox News host Tucker Carlson told the nation who to blame for Donald Trump's admission that he deliberately downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

On Wednesday, author Bob Woodward released audio recordings of Trump talking about the virus. In a February conversation, Trump admitted that the coronavirus was "more deadly than even your most strenuous flus," contradicting his public claims. In a March recording, Trump said that he "wanted to always play it down."

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California wildfires

Photo by Erik Nielsen/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes torched Northern California but before the inferno of Labor Day weekend had begun, a friend called to talk, like you do when the world is turning to crap and nothing is stable or makes sense. In the past six months she'd fled New York for rural West Marin (due to the pandemic), and West Marin for San Francisco (due to smoke). Now she was planning to leave San Francisco for Los Angeles, as the gross air had descended here. We joked, as I'd joked with every friend this summer, that we should all just drop out and start a commune on a lake in Maine. “Every commune needs lesbians!" she said. “I'll be our lesbian! California is going to become unlivable!"

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