News Roundup: Mississippi governor pushes state into pandemic disaster; pro-insurrection rally flops

News Roundup: Mississippi governor pushes state into pandemic disaster; pro-insurrection rally flops

In the news today: Mississippi’s Republican government has managed a milestone with a pandemic death rate that ranks it among the world’s very worst; in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Gov. Tate Reeves gave the world a good long look at the sort of governor who could pull off such a feat. Saturday’s pro-insurrection protest at the U.S. Capitol turned out to be a bust, but that doesn’t mean fascism’s supporters were quiet this weekend. And Donald Trump is apparently still alive—who knew?—because he’s now piped up with yet another demand that Georgia alter the results of the election that … took place nearly a year ago.

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