Fauci accuses Rand Paul of using pandemic for "political gain" – Axios

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Dr. Anthony Fauci gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Jan. 11. Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
NIAID director Anthony Fauci, in a fiery exchange with Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday, accused the Kentucky senator of "making a catastrophic epidemic for your political gain."
Driving the news: "In usual fashion, senator, you are distorting everything about me," Fauci said, responding to repeated attacks by Paul during a hearing before the Senate's health panel on the federal response to COVID-19 variants.
The big picture: The back and forth comes after numerous heated exchanges have transpired between Fauci and Paul throughout the pandemic.
Go deeper: Fauci: Republican detractors are "criticizing science"
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on January 12, 2022. Photo by William West/AFP via Getty Images
Novak Djokovic apologized Wednesday for not isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 and blamed his agent for an "administrative mistake" when making an incorrect declaration in his Australian travel document.
Why it matters: Australia's immigration minister is still considering whether to revoke the men's tennis world No. 1's visa and deport him, despite Djokovic winning his legal case to stay in the country and defend his Australian Open title at the tournament, which begins Monday.
President Biden is seen through a TelePrompTer screen on Tuesday as he calls for preserving voting rights. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
Voting reform looks as unlikely this year as Build Back Better:
Why it matters: As midterm campaigning ramps up, Biden’s biggest accomplishments could well be in his rear-view mirror.
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images
Jerome Powell’s second term as Federal Reserve chair will be defined by his response to the economy he helped create.
Why it matters: Powell's job will be harder in many ways than when the Fed was focused on just keeping the country afloat at the onset of the pandemic.

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