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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

U.S. Sen Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has tested positive for coronavirus, he announced Sunday.

Paul, 57, said on Twitter that he’s asymptomatic and “feeling fine.”

He is the first U.S. Senator and third member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus, according to Politico.

Paul, who has been in office since 2011, was tested to be cautious because he travels extensively and appears at a large amount of public events, his office said. He expects to get back to work after his quarantine ends.

The senator’s Washington D.C. office closed 10 days ago with staff working remotely. “Virtually” none of his staff has had contact with Paul, his office said.

More than 30,000 people in the United States have been infected by COVID-19. There have been 398 deaths in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

In Paul’s home state, there are 89 coronavirus cases. Three people have died.

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Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.