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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at an America First Rally in Georgia. ​(Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said this week she does not "believe in evolution," adding, "I don't believe in that type of so-called science."

What she's saying: Greene leaned on religion to explain the origins of the coronavirus. "Why is there any need to create a virus that could spread rapidly to a population, to make people sick and kill them? That is a bioweapon," she said.

  • Greene noted she doesn't support so-called “gain-of-function research,” in which lab technicians modify a virus to develop vaccines and other medications.
  • "I don’t buy it because I don’t believe in evolution," the freshman Republican from Georgia added. "I don’t believe in that type of so-called science. I don’t believe in evolution, I believe in God."

Of note via Axios' Dave Lawler: The "lab leak" theory was initially dismissed by most scientists and public health officials and spread mainly by some of China's loudest critics. Now, everyone from President Biden to 18 leading biologists (writing in Science) to NIAID director Anthony Fauci to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for further investigation.

Context: Greene, who supports conspiracy theories including QAnon, has made several controversial, often debunked, statements since running for office.

She has compared mask mandates to the Holocaust, expressed support for 9/11 conspiracy theories and suggested that school shootings in Parkland and Newtown were "false flag" operations, before changing her stance before the House floor.

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Jewish groups are condemning the use of Holocaust comparisons by people opposing coronavirus vaccination and mask-wearing.

The big picture: Cities across the country are seeing protests against vaccination and masking requirements amid a surge in COVID-19 cases thanks to the Delta variant and pressures to reopen schools and businesses.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has been reelected in the national election, the CBC and CTV News projected on Monday night.

Yes, but: "It's still too early to say whether it will be a minority or majority government," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.