May 2, 2019

Buttigieg edits stance on personal and religious exemptions to vaccines

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg's campaign walked back an initial statement Wednesday that he believes personal/religious exemptions should be allowed except during a public health emergency, with a campaign spokesperson telling CNN:

"Pete believes vaccines are safe and effective and are necessary to maintaining public health. There is no evidence that vaccines are unsafe, and he believes children should be immunized to protect their health. He is aware that in most states the law provides for some kinds of exemptions. He believes only medical exemptions should be allowed."

The big picture: The anti-vaccination movement has grown to prominence and become a national issue, with the U.S. experiencing a record-number of vaccine-preventable cases of measles this year.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.” 

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