Sen. Marco Rubio Weighs In On "Age Of Earth" Question

Sen. Marco Rubio Weighs In On "Age Of Earth" Question

Florida Senator Marco Rubio fell into a bit of hot water following his restraint to answer a question on the Earth's age in an interview with GQ. Now, two weeks after the fact, he's decided to clarify his response.

"Science says it's about four and a half billion years old, and my faith teaches that that's not inconsistent," Rubio said at a Politico Playbook breakfast hosted by Mike Allen. "The answer I gave was actually trying to make the same point the president made a few years ago, and that is there is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth. I mean, it's established pretty definitively as at least four and a half billion years old … I was referring to a theological debate and which is a pretty healthy debate."

Rubi also adds, "I still believe God did it, and that's how I've been able to reconcile that and I think it's consistent with the teachings of my church. But other people have a deeper conflict and I just think in America we should have the freedom to teach our children whatever we believe."

In the interview with GQ, Rubio summed up his answer to the question as not being "qualified" to answer a question about the age of the Earth, stating, "I'm not a scientist, man."

Here's the rest of his response in the GQ interview:

"At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that."

Despite the heat he received for not answering the question, Rubio said he has no regrets about how he responded to the initial question.

"I don't regret it," Rubio said. "I wish I would have given a better answer, a more succinct answer, but we went from talking about hip hop and then it got pivoted to the Earth - I'm not a robot, I got caught off guard, I guess."

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Barack Obama Marks World Health Day With A Message For Healthcare Workers

In honor of World Health Day on Tuesday (April 7), former President Barack Obama sent out a message of gratitude to health care workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our medical professionals,” tweeted the onetime commander in chief. “They’re still giving their all for us every day, at great risk to themselves and we can’t thank them enough for their brevity and their service.”

It’s World Health Day, and we owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our medical professionals. They’re still giving their all for us every day, at great risk to themselves, and we can’t thank them enough for their bravery and their service.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 7, 2020

With more than 18 million workers across the U.S., healthcare remains the fastest growing industry in the U.S. economy. Many healthcare professionals remain on the front lines caring for patients battling coronavirus, despite facing an increased risk of catching the viral disease due to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The American Hospital Association launched a campaign to secure 1 million masks for health care workers, including doctors, nurses and caregivers of COVID-19 patients. “Our health care heroes on the front lines have an immediate need for personal protective equipment and we have to push on all cylinders to get these items produced and into the field,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

The AHA is one of many efforts to get PPE to workers in need. McDonalds vowed to donate 1 million N95 masks to health care workers in Chicago, Apple announced a donation of 10 million masks to the medical community, Nordstrom has commissioned its tailors to sew masks, and Nike is making full face-shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to protect healthcare workers against COVID-19.

NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, donated 900 pairs of goggles to health care professionals in Southern California, Future and his The FreeWishes Foundation are also donating masks to hospital workers. A school in Baltimore City donated over 150 gloves and masks to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and a multiple Brooklyn schools banded together to donate gloves, goggles and hand sanitizer to local hospitals in desperate need of supplies.

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A woman wearing a protective mask is seen in Union Square on March 9, 2020 in New York City. There are now 20 confirmed coronavirus cases in the city including a 7-year-old girl in the Bronx.
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African-Americans Are At A Greater Risk To Contract Coronavirus

Racial disparities in coronavirus deaths are now coming to light due to the overwhelming amount of African-Americans dying from COVID-19.

Weeks after warnings from lawmakers and health officials, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams confirmed Tuesday (April 7) that African-Americans were at greater risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. "I and many black Americans are at higher risk for COVID, which is why we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread,” he said. Adams explained that Black Americans with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are more prone to having the virus in addition to lack of access to proper health care.

In an op-ed for The New York Times titled "The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis," Charles M. Blow compared the growing concern to the early days of the H.I.V./AIDS crisis affecting people of color. "On some level, H.I.V. is ravaging the South because Southern states have made a policy decision not to care in a sufficient way because the people suffering are poor and black," he said while pointing out the stark similarities in how both life-changing moments haven't provided the demographic with the right resources.

Numbers between race and ethnicity for the virus are limited but Stat News reports Black people in Illinois, made up 29% of confirmed cases and 41% of deaths as of Monday morning, but only make up 15% of the state’s population. ProPublica also points out how Black people make up nearly half of the 941 cases in Milwaukee County and 81% of its 27 deaths–but the population is 26% African-American.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributes data on age, gender, and location of COVID-19 patients but not their race or ethnicity. On Tuesday, CDC spokesman Scott Pauley responded to the data about race and ethnicity around the coronavirus. “Unfortunately, case report forms are often missing important data, including race and ethnicity," he said. "To address this and other data gaps, supplementary surveillance systems are being stood up to better capture ethnicity and race data, as well as other key demographic or clinical information.”

In a letter written by Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren with  Ayanna Pressley and Robin L. Kelly to Health and Human Services (HHS), the group called for the correct information to avoid the gap from getting larger.

“The C.D.C. is currently failing to collect and publicly report on the racial and ethnic demographic information of patients tested for and affected by Covid-19," the letter reads. "Our concerns echo those from some physicians: that decisions to test individuals for the novel coronavirus may be ‘more vulnerable to the implicit biases that every patient and medical professional carry around with them,’ potentially causing ‘black communities and other underserved groups … [to] disproportionately mis[s] out on getting tested for Covid-19. Although Covid-19 does not discriminate along racial or ethnic lines, existing racial disparities and inequities in health outcomes and health care access may mean that the nation’s response to preventing and mitigating its harms will not be felt equally in every community.”

It was also announced New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Melissa DeRosa, the top aide for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, promised to release data that reflects ethnicity and race as well. But as DeRosa revealed, hospitals in the Albany area haven't reported on the race of COVID-19 victims.

“The hospitals actually don’t report the race information directly to the state,” said DeRosa via The New York Post. “So what we end up doing on the back-end is calling the coroners’ offices around the state, after the death has been reported, so there has been a lag.“We understand people want that information. We want that information, too.”

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Instagram Shuts Down Tory Lanez’s ‘Quarantine Radio’ Show

Tory Lanez had the most popular show on Instagram Live and now it’s gone, temporarily. After peaking with over 350,000 viewers, Instagram shut down Lanez’s popular Quarantine Radio show on Tuesday (April 7).

The Toronto native is blocked from using Instagram until April 14. “I can’t go on right now they won’t let me… they [don’t] want me to win damn b,” Lanez captioned an Instagram post detailing the weeklong digital quarantine.

He also encouraged fans to spread the hashtag #FreeTory until he’s allowed back on Instagram Live.

 

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THIS IS ME CURRENTLY .... 😭😭😢😢😢 even if I wanted to ..... I won’t be back on quarantine radio till the 14th ..... 😪😪😥 ... EVERYBODY HASHTAG #FreeTory SO I CAN GET OUT OF HERE MAN !!!! lmao Instagram stop hating . We can be friends man ! 📸: @midjordan

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Although Lanez created a separate Quarantine Radio account, the plan to hop back on Instagram Live was abruptly foiled after reaching 100,000 viewers, he explained in a follow-up post.

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Over it’s short but memorable run, Quarantine Radio welcomed a long list of guests including Drake, Timbaland, Chris Brown, DMX, T-Pain, and a bunch of NSFW content.

In other news, Lanez apologized on Tuesday for a year-old tweet calling himself the “best rapper alive right now.” But it appears that he may have had a change of heart as he apparently deleted the apology and added a promo for his forthcoming The New Toronto 3 mixtape out later this week.

HOWEVER ..... THE NEW TORONTO 3 COMES OUT IN 2 DAYS ...... AND I AM SPITTING ON THAT !!!!!!!! 😈🔥😈🔥😈🔥😈🔥😈

— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) April 7, 2020

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