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Hard Numbers: QAnon in US Congress, Amazon burns, Kosovo leader resigns, Australians back Murdoch probe

A Trump supporter holds an US flag with a reference to QAnon during a Trump 2020 Labor Day cruise rally in Oregon City, Oregon. Reuters

2: Two Republican candidates who support the QAnon conspiracy theory have been elected to the US House of Representatives. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) and Lauren Boebert (Colorado) have both openly espoused QAnon, which believes President Trump is fighting a secret war against a left-wing elite "deep state" of Satan-worshipping pedophiles — and which Trump himself has refused to denounce.


17,326: A total of 17,326 fires burned in the Amazon the past month, more than double the amount registered a year ago. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — who has called for more clearing and commercial development of the rainforest — has yet to comment on the data.

10: The president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, has stepped down to face 10 international charges of crimes against humanity that he allegedly committed during Kosovo's independence struggle against Serbia in the late 1990s. Thaçi — a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army who has been in power since the end of the war — has been linked to more than a hundred murders by a special prosecutor in The Hague.

501,876: A petition for the Australian parliament to investigate the dominant position of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire in the country's media industry has been backed by 501,876 citizens. The petition was launched by Kevin Rudd, Australia's liberal former prime minister and a known critic of the conservative Murdoch (the media mogul also owns Fox News in the US).

Wales, early 19th century: During breaks from his law studies, William Robert Grove indulges in his passion for science to become an inventor. On his honeymoon in Europe, he learns about the new energy source everyone's talking about: electricity. After learning that electricity allows water to be broken down into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, his intuition leads him to an idea that ends up making him a pioneer of sustainable energy production.

Watch the story of William Robert Grove in Eni's MINDS series, where we travel through time seeking scientists.

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele is an unusual politician. The 39-year old political outsider boasts of his political triumphs on TikTok, dons a suave casual uniform (backwards-facing cap; leather jacket; tieless ), and refuses to abide by Supreme Court rulings.

Bukele also enjoys one of the world's highest approval ratings, and that's what helped his New Ideas party clinch a decisive victory in legislative elections on February 28, securing a close to two-third's supermajority (75 percent of the vote had been counted at the time of this writing).

His triumph will resonate far beyond the borders of El Salvador, Central America's smallest country, home to 6.5 million people. Now that Bukele has consolidated power in a big way, here are a few key developments to keep an eye on.

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Now that millions of high-priority Americans have been vaccinated, many people in low-risk groups are starting to ask the same question: when's my turn? Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious diseases expert, has an answer, but probably not the one they're hoping for: "It probably won't be until May or June before we can at least start to get the normal non-prioritized person vaccinated." On GZERO World, Dr. Fauci also addresses another burning question: why aren't schools reopening faster? And while Dr. Fauci acknowledges that reopening schools must be a top priority, he has no quick fixes there, either. In fact, that's kind of a theme of the interview.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Dr. Fauci's Pandemic Prognosis

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

I thought I would talk today, I haven't spoken much about former President Trump since he's no longer president and I intend to continue that practice. But given this weekend and the big speech at CPAC and the fact that in the straw poll, Trump won and won by a long margin. I mean, DeSantis came in number two, but he's the Governor of Florida, CPAC was in Orlando, so that's a home court bias. In reality, it's Trump's party. And I think given all of that, it's worth spending a little bit of time reflecting on what that means, how I think about these things.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and as we head into the weekend, a Quick Take on, well, the first bombing campaign of the new Biden administration. You kind of knew it was going to happen. Against some Iranian-backed militias in Syria, looks like a couple of dozen, perhaps more killed, and some militia-connected military facilities destroyed. I think there are a few ways to look at this, maybe three different lenses.

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