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Fauci moves the goalposts again, says US could return to ‘normal’ by spring 2022 — if vaccination rates increase

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says that the United States could return to a semblance of normalcy by spring 2022 — as long as vaccination rates climb.

What’s a brief history here?

Fauci initially announced in the spring 2020 that the country needed to embark on a strict, two-week lockdown in order to flatten the curve of the disease.

Over the course of the proceeding 17 months, Fauci moved the goalpost for the U.S.’s rebound on several occasions, and has admitted on at least one occasion that he previously misled people about when he believes herd immunity could occur because he believed it was easier to digest.

As recently as December, Fauci said, “When polls said only about half of all Americans would take a vaccine, I was saying herd immunity would take 70% to 75% … Then, when newer surveys said 60% or more would take it, I thought, ‘I can nudge this up a bit,’ so I went to 80, 85. We need to have some humility here …. We really don’t know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70% to 90%. But, I’m not going to say 90%.”

Fauci’s latest remarks came on the heels of a Monday interview in which he said that the United States could see a semblance of normalcy by fall or winter 2022. He issued an apology after that interview, and said that he misspoke.

What are the details?

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser,
told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that if the “overwhelming majority” of Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. may see a “degree of normality” by spring 2022.

“If we can get through this winter and get the majority, the overwhelming majority of people who have not been vaccinated vaccinated, I hope we can start to get some good control in the spring of 2022,” Fauci told Cooper.

If that happens, Fauci said, Americans may well end up resuming their activities at public spaces such as restaurants, theaters, and more.

“As we get into the spring, we could start getting back to a degree of normality, namely resuming the things that we were hoping we could do, restaurants, theaters, that kind of thing,” he explained.

Fauci added that the idea of returning to any normalcy at this point is simply based on hope and that there’s “no guarantee.”

He added that if Americans do fall short of what he believes is an ideal vaccination rate, yet another crippling variant could emerge and handicap the country’s recovery once more.

“This is a very wily virus,” he told Cooper. “If we keep lingering without getting those people vaccinated that should be vaccinated, this thing could linger on, leading to the development of another variant which could complicate things.”

Fauci did not state what percentage of the U.S. population he believes needs to be vaccinated before the country achieves what is referred to as herd immunity.

What else?

At the time of this reporting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimate that approximately 71% of Americans ages 12 years and older are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC estimates that about 60% of Americans ages 12 years and older are fully vaccinated.

Fauci’s remarks came the same day the Food and Drug Administration
granted full authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine.

In a statement on the authorization, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said, “Based on the longer-term follow-up date that we submitted, today’s approval for those aged 16 and over affirms the efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine at a time when it is urgently needed. I am hopeful this approval will help increase confidence in our vaccine, as vaccination remains the best tool we have to help protect lives and achieve herd immunity.”



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DHS Warns That Domestic Terrorism Could Spring from Resistance to COVID Policies

Do you have a problem with the current state of affairs in this country? Are you upset over reinstated COVID-19 restrictions or attacks on free speech? Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the origin of the virus, or the outcome of the 2020 election?

Do you post and share about these ideas online?

Well, my friend, welcome to your new life as a potential domestic terrorist. That is, according to the Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security in 2021.

And yes — they’re keeping an eye on you and asking your friends and neighbors to do the same.

I’m sure many of you are old enough to remember If You See Something, Say Something, right? Well, this now applies to your Facebook posts firmly stating you do not believe Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election or that you won’t be getting any vaccines anytime soon.


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The DHS, which was formed by President George W. Bush in 2002 following the September 11 terror attacks on the United States the previous year, has issued an advisory leading up to the 20th anniversary of the attacks, an advisory that has many Americans stunned to find that the “false narratives” they share online about things such as COVID-19 or election fraud could contribute to terrorist attacks.

If you’ve been even casually following Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s civil liberties over the past few years and how the new national security law defines “anti-government activities,” our own federal government’s apparent definition of the same on our soil should make you angry.

In an advisory issued Friday, DHS wrote, “The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks as well religious holidays we assess could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence.”

“These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences.

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“These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions,” the advisory’s overview concludes.

Did you catch the “perceived government restrictions” part? Yes, apparently that refers to all those mask mandates and vaccine passports you’re so worried about, ones fabricated in your imagination.

The advisory continues to note that through the remainder of this year, that “racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) and anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists will remain a national threat priority for the United States.”

“These extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks. Pandemic-related stressors have contributed to increased societal strains and tensions, driving several plots by domestic violent extremists, and they may contribute to more violence this year,” the advisory explains.

It also notes that “Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula recently released its first English-language copy of Inspire magazine in over four years, which demonstrates that foreign terrorist organizations continue efforts to inspire U.S.-based individuals susceptible to violent extremist influences,” which was the only reference to a named terrorist organization in the advisory.


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Very troublingly, the DHS did not describe any ideology that could drive potential domestic terror threats in any great detail other than grievances with public health mandates and objections to the election.

Otherwise, the just-described general anti-government or race-based grievances that were so vague, they could be applied to either left, right, or otherwise fringe ideologies.

The agency clearly stated that “There are also continued, non-specific calls for violence on multiple online platforms associated with DVE ideologies or conspiracy theories on perceived election fraud and alleged reinstatement, and responses to anticipated restrictions relating to the increasing COVID cases.” (The bold-face here is ours.)

Now, to be entirely fair, while the Capitol Hill incursion on Jan. 6 wasn’t nearly as violent as the average “mostly peaceful protest” of the 2020 Summer of Rage, it was targeted at official government proceedings and took place in the middle of a protest against the outcome of a political election.

Yet the left-wing rioters and looters, while certainly bolstered by a great number of gleeful opportunists who probably just wanted a TV or a pair of Nikes, are not only highly ideological, they are supported by ideas that undermine and directly call for the destruction of our entire government system.

I hate defending the Jan. 6 protesters who entered the Capitol Building as though what they did was innocent, but we must be honest that the majority of them really just wanted Mike Pence to stop the count so that Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani could try a little harder to get the results overturned.

To say nothing of the ideology behind radical Islamic terrorism …why didn’t DHS specify the grievance that al-Qaida or the sundry other like-minded militants are driven by, the same ideology that  undoubtedly has motivated some of the most prolific terrorists in the world today?

No, the only beliefs that the DHS’ national terrorism advisory bulletin specified were the quite common idea that COVID-19 restrictions are getting way out of hand and that the election might be stolen. And we all know that the vast majority of people who feel this way are not antifa agitators, Black Lives Matter-inspired rioters or Islamic terrorists.

The really scary thing is that the latter groups have significantly more apologists in establishment, mainstream society while the former are routinely characterized as nutjobs and psychopaths by the same set.

CNN jumped on the opportunity to spin this already seemingly political bulletin, describing it as “part of a concerted effort by DHS to address the issues that led up to January 6 and the beginning of an effort by the department to educate the public about how these false narratives and conspiracy theories ‘are not just confusing but dangerous,’ according to a source familiar.”

Indeed, the DHS bulletin itself states that the agency is “advancing authoritative sources of information to debunk and, when possible, preempt false narratives and intentional disinformation, and providing educational materials to promote resilience to the risks associated with interacting with and spreading disinformation, conspiracy theories and false narratives.”

The agency also called on the public to “report suspicious activity,” which by their description, as we’ve learned, would include much of the content shared online by your average consternated conservative.

What is truly dangerous is not people who resist further government COVID-19 restrictions or perpetuate conspiracy theories that the election was stolen, but the people who tell us that the state and the official powers that be know better than we do.

Whether it’s the CDC or the DHS, the idea that the taxpayer-funded institutions of our constitutional republic have a right to tell us what to think and have so aggressively combated our “dangerous” ideas by shutting them down (with ample help from Big Tech) poses far more of a threat to our long-term peace and stability.

The government has seized so much power over the past year and a half that, as many of us have amply warned, it is determined not to give it back.

And now it has come to this.

If the government is looking to disseminate conspiracy theories that our nation is heading down the path of totalitarian, ideological control, this Orwellian advisory isn’t going to quell them.

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Richard Spring Wildfire bears down on Montana towns

LAME DEER, Mont. — A wildfire bore down on rural southeastern Montana towns Thursday as continuing hot, dry weather throughout the West drove flames through more than a dozen states.

Several thousand people remained under evacuation orders as the Richard Spring Fire advanced across the sparsely-populated Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Meanwhile, the Dixie Fire — which started July 13 and is the largest wildfire burning in the nation — threatened a dozen small communities in the northern Sierra Nevada even though its southern end was mostly corralled by fire lines.

The blaze had burned over 780 square miles, destroyed some 550 homes and nearly obliterated the town of Greenville. It was 30 percent contained.

On Wednesday, the Montana fire displayed extreme behavior and had grown by tens of thousands of acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The blaze, which was only 15 percent surrounded, began Sunday and powerful gusts caused it to explode across more than 230 square miles.

By nightfall, the fire had crept within about 2 miles of the evacuated town of Lame Deer, leaping over a highway where officials had hoped to stop it.

Communities near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation such as Lame Deer were ordered to evacuate due to the flames.
Communities near the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation such as Lame Deer were ordered to evacuate due to the flames.
The Richard Spring wildfire continues to spread across part of Montana.
The Richard Spring wildfire continues to spread across part of Montana.

Rancher Jimmy Peppers sat on his horse east of town, watching an orange glow grow near the site of his house.

“I didn’t think it would cross the highway so I didn’t even move my farm equipment,” said Peppers, who spent the afternoon herding his cattle onto a neighbor’s pasture closer to town. “I don’t know if I’ll have a house in the morning.”

The town of about 2,000 people is home to the tribal headquarters and several subdivisions and is surrounded by rugged, forested terrain. By late Wednesday a second fire was closing in on Lame Deer from the west, while the Richard Spring fire raged to the east.

A few miles from town, Krystal Two Bulls and some friends stuck around to clear brush from her yard in hopes of protecting it from the flames. Thick plumes of smoke rose from behind a tree-covered ridgeline just above the house.

“We’re packed and we’re loaded so if we have to go, we will,” Two Bull said. “I’m not fearful; I’m prepared. Here you don’t just run from fire or abandon your house.”

Montana had 25 wildfires burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Montana had 25 wildfires burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
A plume of smoke rises from a wildfire as police prevent traffic from passing through Highway 212 on Aug. 11, 2021.
A plume of smoke rises from a wildfire as police prevent traffic from passing through Highway 212 on Aug. 11, 2021.
An aircraft drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the Richard Spring wildfire.
An aircraft drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the Richard Spring wildfire.

Also ordered to leave were about 600 people in and around Ashland, a small town just outside the reservation. Local, state and federal firefighters were joined by ranchers using their own heavy equipment to carve out fire lines around houses.

The National Weather Service said a ridge of high pressure moving into the area would pump temperatures into the 90s over the weekend.

Drought conditions have left trees, grass and brush bone-dry throughout many Western states, leaving them ripe for ignition. Montana alone had 25 large wildfires burning, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

At the same time, California and some other states were facing flows of monsoonal moisture that were too high to bring real rain but could create thunderstorms bringing new fire risks from dry lightning and erratic winds.

In Northern California, a number of wildfires and the threat of more prompted three national forests to close down the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, a half-million-acre area of granite peaks, lakes and trails, into November.

“Tracking hikers in unsafe areas pulls much-needed aircraft away from firefighting efforts, and adds risk and exposure to first responders. Additionally, forest managers hope to limit the possibility of human-caused fires with this temporary full closure,” said a forest statement.

Scientists have said climate change has made the region much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive. The more than 100 large wildfires in the American West come as parts of Europe are also burning.

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Will A Woke Spring Make Way For Thermidorian Relief?

Thermidor was the 11th month of the French revolutionary calendar, falling between the third week of July and the third week of August. In 1793 the Revolution was in crisis, with the new French state at war with enemies foreign and domestic. The invading armies of Europe’s kings had been thrown back, but the nation was under siege. A “Committee of Public Safety” was created to protect the people against the enemy hordes. 

According to its leader, Maximilian Robespierre—with national emergency in full panic mode—the ring of evil could only be defeated through “virtue and terror.”  La Terreur reigned for about a year, in which thousands of citizens were beheaded. Then, as furiously as it had descended on Paris, the rage evaporated. Robespierre lost his head too, beneath the blade, and then, at Fleurus, the Army of the Republic defeated the allied Hapsburg-Hanoverian-Dutch-British army, and the sense of hysterical emergency began to lift. Robespierre was guillotined on 9 Thermidor: Hence, that was the day the “Thermidorian Reaction” began. 

In our COVID year, not so many heads rolled (although at least a couple mock-guillotines appeared!)—yet the sense of national emergency weighed just as heavy on national consciousness. Moreover, the governors of many states issues scores of emergency decrees, many of which, like la Terreur, were tinged with the same autocratic yet therapeutic tone. The Revolution had its Committee of Public Safety, for which the new argot of “lockdown” was “safe space.” 

Going further, as in France, terror-as-public spectacle was often whipped up and celebrated by Blue ruling regimes as a way to further their power agenda. The internal enemy were called out as Red “extremists,” “White Supremacists,” and “domestic terrorists.” In contrast, BLM and Antifa were defenders of “our democracy.” The external enemy—the counterpart of Europe’s invading ancien regime—was personified by the MAGA Man himself, creature and agent of a malevolent Russian Czar. So framed, President Donald Trump would always be the carrier of a foreign contagion, of “authoritarian,” “anti-democratic” forces, seeking to infect the stainless purity of “our democracy.”

As the story has progressed, will the hysterical dynamics of America’s la Terreur yield, as they did in 1794 France, to our own Thermidorian Reaction? There are certainly positive indicators. Here are 10:

1) The absence of Donald Trump actually weakens the woke forces, in that it takes away their (always fragile) unity, and puts them—as the party in power—under scrutiny and on the strategic defensive.

2) Pushing to ram home their “transformation” agenda, their true motives and goals are everywhere exposed to view.

3) With a weak president, without strength in Congress, they do not have the power, in the face of widespread popular restiveness, to follow through with real legislation, other than multiple spending splurges that themselves already promise to bring galloping inflation—the eternal political killer.

4) The lifting of COVID restrictions is in itself an (unconfessed) expression of weakness (as Blue forces wished to keep them enforced); yet even more debilitating, the more things return to normal, inevitably the less prominent a role reflexive kowtowing to arbitrary Blue power plays in our lives. Once-perpetual emergency is lifted, with it will go the unlimited dispensation that crisis gives to state power.

5) Worse yet for our Committee of Public Safety, the end of encompassing national emergency comes too soon. COVID was not only an instrument to defenestrate Trump. It was also intended to be a bridge: a strategic roadway to span the gap between the immediate dispensation of COVID emergency and the forever dispensation of Global Climate Crisis.

6) The shock troops of woke remain uncontrollable, and cannot be herded into less-threatening legions. The larger woke agenda cannot be called back and will continue pushing ahead within America’s elite institutions: government, media, academic, corporate. Thus they cannot be made to look less threatening to the majority of moderate and conservative voters. Hence Red (and Old Liberal) will have plenty of recruiting material for an electoral Thermidorian Reaction in 2022.

7) The American Military is being hollowed out from within—at a time when Chinese invasion of Taiwan is increasingly imminent. Moreover, President Biden has just acceded to Putin’s Nord Stream, which will only incentive Russian bullying in Europe. The suggestion here: Looming crises have the potential to upset a delicate, post-COVID domestic equilibrium. A weakened military and a weak nation will be forced to yield to China over the future of Taiwan, and that will be a great defeat.

8) Anti-woke voices are rebelling and resisting. An American majority tells us they actively dislike political correctness. Parents vehemently protest at school board meetings. More and more voices oppose openly on social media, many of them from the liberal-left: a clear counter-offensive.

9) Collapse of consensus support for BLM means that their brief power surge is over. Much breast-beating in the NYT, blaming evil forces—i.e., Republican racism—and for good reason: Without nationwide legitimacy, woke movements have devolved into purely partisan enforcers of the Blue agenda.

10) Evidence of a true Wuhan lab leak has the potential to wipe away what little residue remains of the people’s trust in state and elite institutions. 

Irish writer Angela Nagle, posting on Substack, believes that the “armed wings” of the Church of Woke—from BLM to Antifa to GLSEN—were used, if not cynically, then quite self-consciously, as the shock troops of Trump Regime defenestration (Nagle calls them “a fanatical vigilante force”). Now that they have successfully served their purpose, she argues, the elite class, fully seated in power, can default to an equally self-conscious strategy of assembling a tranche of policies that everyone likes. This includes explicit appropriation of President Trump’s “economic populism.”

Technocrats yearn for stability, she says—so they do, indeed! Hence, Nagle sees more “a Macron-style Thermidor within liberalism than an ‘anti-woke left.’” Furthermore, she believes that Blue is successfully outbidding “their national-populist rivals on the right” and these technocratic elites are “somewhat less ridiculously and incurable woke than the left have become over the last few years.” Thermidor relief indeed!

I find Nagle’s packaging of elite class strategy persuasive—at least from elites’ perspective. Her argument, however, gives too much controlling agency to elites: “… the libs have the magical powers to change the rules at any time and I suspect they’d quite like to go back to brunch without an anarchist with fleas spitting in their food and trying to burn the place down.” No disagreement here—except…

There is always a problem with magic that relies on a lamp, bottle, or box. As I suggested above, the shock troops promised blood will never sheath clean blades. Beyond metaphor, however, is the reality of a new religion seeking to get beyond cult status and become an anointed sect. The Church of Woke is intent on toppling the temples of the Old American Religion, and is, moreover, ensconced across the cultural realm of our elites. It has burrowed far more deeply than the Jacobins ever could, and has seized the most powerful institutions in the nation—and it truly is a religion.

For America to suddenly be “less ridiculously and incurably woke” may lead to that “waiting to exhale” feeling of relief at last. Yet we might wish to remember, as one cigar-aficionado wagged during an old and great war: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Michael Vlahos is a writer and author of the book Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World ChangeHe has taught war and strategy at Johns Hopkins University and the Naval War College and is a weekly contributor to The John Batchelor Show. Follow him on @Michalis_Vlahos, and his blog at anewcivilwar.com.

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Dry spring can create wildfire trouble for Western Canada: experts

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VANCOUVER — Wildfire conditions are cause for concern this year as parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia report either significant drought or record low rainfall between January and April,experts say.

However, the severity of the wildfire season will depend on what kind of weather the next few months bring, they say.

Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, said May is the busiest month for wildfires in Alberta, and June and July for the rest of Canada except for B.C. where it is August.

“It just doesn’t depend on June,” he said. “It depends on the weather during June, July and August.”

The recent trend, Flannigan said, has seen a decrease in the number of fires but an increase in the area burned caused by more lightning strikes.

Lightning-caused fires happen in remote areas, tend to be larger and occur in clusters that may overwhelm fire management authorities, he said.

It takes time to report and reach them, he said, and hot, dry and windy days exacerbate the fires.

“If you don’t get to the fire when it’s small — by small I mean smaller than a soccer pitch — you have a real problem,” Flannigan said.

“The longer it takes you to get to the fire, the more likely the fire is going to escape and get large.”


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Flannigan said spring is coming earlier across Western Canada and that dries out the vegetation, making it easy for a fire to start and spread.

“It means that the higher intensity, the more challenging or difficult or impossible (it is) to extinguish if it gets bigger than that football field.”

Lori Daniels, a forestry professor at the University of British Columbia, said the fire season in B.C. will depend on how much rain falls in June and July.

“So it’s really kind of the canary in the coal mine — the weather between now and the end of June.”

The record-breaking fire season of 2017 in B.C.saw fairly cool conditions in May and early June but warm and dry weather towards the end of the month, she said.

“The weather channel becomes my favourite channel to watch when trying to predict what’s going to happen with our fire seasons because I watch to see where is our high pressure, which gives us sunny, hot conditions,” she said.


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“It means that there are no clouds forming, we’re not going to get rain, and if you get lightning and wind, those combined with those sunny, hot conditions, we’re in trouble in terms of fire season.”

Western forests also have plenty of flammable material in the combination of living and dead trees.

Flannigan said dead wood caused by mountain pine beetles, spruce budworm or other pests can lead to crown fires, where high-intensity fires in the tree tops cause “massive walls of flames” and are extremely difficult or almost impossible to extinguish.

For now, Flannigan and Daniels say they are in fire-watch mode.

Last year was quiet, while 2019 was busy in Canada. The two previous years were record breakers in B.C., Flannigan said.

“So, you know, it’s a roller-coaster,” he said.

“I can’t tell you what it’s going be. I can tell you what’s happened by far. We’re above average. But what’s the rest of the fire season going to look like? I don’t know.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2021.


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Jet Set: Best Luxury Packing List for Spring Travels

Welcome to Jet Set. Below, see our favorite travel items and accessories right now. Julia Cherruault for Observer

Welcome to Jet Set, a recurring feature in which we highlight our favorite accessories and travel must-haves that are perfect for any kind of trip. Travel is starting to open up again, and whether you’re already packing for your next adventure or you’re just beginning to contemplate venturing out again, we’re here to help with all your jet setting needs. From a hot pink silk set and multi-tasking creamy face tint to a rose gold ring and a rosehip rollerball, here are the travel pieces we’re loving and coveting right now.


Montserrat The Jet Set

We were, of course, immediately intrigued by the name of this silky set, and were even more enthused once we learned about the adorable two-piece ensemble. It’s designed for the specific purpose of easy packing; you can just toss it into you suitcase and you already have an outfit that works for a chic evening out or as fashionable leisurewear on your travels. $275, Montserrat.


Alleyoop Slow Your Roll Deodorant in Pomegranate

We know that it’s not always easy to make the switch to natural deodorant, but it really is worth it in the end. Alloop’s formula is made of 100 percent natural essential oils, and not only does it prevent odor, but it also slows hair regrowth. The perfectly petite size is ideal for tossing into your suitcase. $14, Alleyoop.


Verlas Chevron V Ring

A good rule to follow when it comes to your travel jewelry edit is to ask yourself if you’d be comfortable wearing all the baubles at once; we like to bring just a few simple pieces that we never have to take off. Not only does it seriously minimize the risk of losing any of your treasured items, but it’s also way more convenient. This delicate rose gold chevron ring is such a pretty, simple and stylish piece that you won’t ever want to take off. $353, Verlas.


Trilogy Organic Rosehip Rollerball

We’re huge fans of rosehip oil (it’s super helpful with reducing the appearance of scars and even fine lines, and also Kate Middleton loves it), and this travel-approved rollerball version is perfect for tossing into your purse or suitcase. $14.99, Trilogy.


Barrière Travel Kit

Masks are still required for any form of plane, train or bus, and this little kit includes seven printed masks in a very convenient travel case, plus a moisturizing hand sanitizer. $25, Barrière.


Ilia Multi-Stick

In case you haven’t noticed, it seems we’re on a bit of a pink kick considering all our favorite Jet Set items this week, and we’re really loving this rosy multistick from one of our favorite clean beauty brands, Ilia. Multitasking products are key when traveling, because toiletry kits are only so big! This is great for a cheek or lip tint, for an adorably sunkissed glow. $34, Ilia.

Seiso J Beauty.

Seiso J Beauty Experience Kit

Once again, mini sizes to the rescue! We love that this four-piece set includes a full entire skincare routine, complete with a cleanser, serum moisturizer and heavy duty cream. $75, Seiso.

Marcy McKenna.

Marcy McKenna Compression Packing Cubes

Packing cubes will truly change your entire packing experience. Seriously, just trust us and try it. $28.29, HSN.

On Gossamer.

On Gossamer Cabana Cotton Seamless Longline

A super soft and comfortable bralette is crucial for travel days. $34, On Gossamer.

Vander Hout Jewelry.

Van der Hout Jewelry Diamond Evil Eye Necklace

An evil eye necklace is another piece of jewelry you won’t want to take off. $285, Van der Hout Jewelry.

Jet Set: The Rose-Hued Travel Edit You Need Right Now

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Lock-down Crazy Whitmer Tells Reporters Why She HAD to Fly to Florida During Spring Break – The First TV

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press briefing this week explaining her trip to Florida in March, telling reporters she flew south to help her elderly father despite her state’s lockdown measures.

“This is a part of my story. And so for anyone to be surprised that I had a family member who’s been having a lot of health issues that I showed up to check in. I don’t think they’re not — they’re obviously not paying attention to who I am and what I do,” Whitmer told ABC 12.

“It was not a vacation and it was not a gift,” Whitmer said. “This was a quick trip that I took.”

“When you’re the governor of Michigan, you’re always on the clock. But it doesn’t mean that you’re not also a daughter who shows up when a family member needs her,” Whitmer said. “When a family member of mine needs a little help, though, I’m going to show up, just like when we have a crisis here, we’re going to work 24/7 to keep the people the state safe.”

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Oregon State Player Isaac Hodgins Proposes To His Girlfriend After The Spring Game

Oregon State football player Isaac Hodgins is engaged to be married.

According to OregonLive, the defensive lineman popped the question to his girlfriend Taylor Lawson, who is a gymnast at Stanford, following the Saturday spring game with a few thousand fans in attendance. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

“I was nervous from 5 a.m., the moment I woke up. I was nervous about the spring game and about this. Compounded nervousness,” Hodgins explained to OregonLive.

Lawson, who has known Hodgins for three months, met him on the field after the game, and that’s when he asked for her to marry him.

You can watch him explain how it all went down below.

As a pro-love publication, I’d like to give Hodgins and Lawson a huge congratulations. You just love to see young people fall in love.

You’ll never see me argue against marriage. If anything, we could use some more of it in this country.

Having said that, getting engaged after knowing someone for about three months is a wild move. I don’t even like ordering a new pair of shoes without doing about three months of research.

This dude met a woman and got engaged in that same timeframe. I guess it’s just different strokes for different folks.

Either way, big props to the happy couple. You just love to see it.

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U.S. COVID cases continue two-week fall after modest rise in early spring

Confirmed positive tests of COVID-19 are continuing to fall in the U.S. after a modest rise in numbers beginning in late March.

Cases in the slight spring bump began declining around Apr. 15 and have continued that downward trend after having slowly risen for roughly the prior month.

Much of that rise in cases may have been due to the major spike seen in Michigan over that time, one that at its peak exceeded the spike seen in that state last fall. 

Cases in Michigan peaked and then declined around Apr. 15, roughly around the same time that national numbers began declining as well.

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