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Written by on March 4, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) President Biden on Wednesday criticized leaders in Texas and Mississippi for ending their statewide mask mandates before all Americans have access to a vaccine. Mr. Biden said it was “Neanderthal thinking” to believe that “in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks.”

Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi announced the lifting of their mask mandates this week, before the states have finished vaccinating seniors and vulnerable populations. The Centers for Disease Control and federal health officials have said now is not the time to stop being vigilant, especially given the uptick in variants.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” the president told reporters on Wednesday at the White House “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way with which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot. The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks, forget it. It still matters.”

2) A Pennsylvania woman is entering the century club in style. She works at McDonald’s, where she has her own special mailbox set up for the flood of birthday cards she’s been receiving.

Ruth Shuster turns 100 years old on March 3. For more than a quarter century, she’s been serving up smiles at McDonald’s in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Three days a week, she wipes down tables and greets customers, and she has no plans to retire any time soon.

Turning 100, she says, is no big whoop, and it’s not going to make her slow down.

“To me, it’s just a number,” she said. “I became a widow when I was 50, and I’ve been working ever, ever, ever since. I like working.”

3) The White House raised eyebrows on Wednesday when it suddenly cut the feed of a virtual event after President Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from Democratic lawmakers.

Accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and the House Democratic Caucus, Biden addressed lawmakers on the topics of COVID relief and the ongoing vaccine rollout. He closed his remarks by calling on Democrats to help “restore faith” in government.

He then appeared ready to take questions.

“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden told the speaker. “Whatever you want me to do.”

4) Three women have recently come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

In his first public comments on the allegations, Mr Cuomo said he felt “embarrassed” that his actions made the women feel uncomfortable at work.

Mr Cuomo asked the public to wait for the “facts” before drawing conclusions.

The New York attorney general has opened an investigation into the allegations and will file a report on the findings.

The governor said he would not resign, despite calls from within his own party for him to step down.

Today’s Guests:

1) Col. Allen West, Chairman of the Texas Republican Party – calls in the state of affairs in the Republican Party and the nation as a whole.

2) Steve Konos, Ringside Politics Creative Director; Ringside Politics Parody of the Week – joins the show to share and discuss his weekly political parody.

3) Josh Bernstein, Ringside All-Star – joins the show to opine with callers and discuss the events of the week.