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To paraphrase someone on Twitter who is much wittier than me, the difference between a conspiracy theory and a scandal is about six months.

Six months ago, Facebook was quarantining articles that hinted that the origins of the Wuhan virus were anything other than natural. The semi-literates they employ as fact-checkers were producing tomes “debunking” any examination that the Wuhan virus might have escaped from a shoddily run lab or have been deliberately released for some reason.

We are now at a point where the working assumption of just about everyone not drawing a check from Beijing is that the Wuhan virus was engineered.

While this is a quite welcome development from the standpoint of rubbing the noses of the left and their fact-checking henchmen in their own feces, if nothing else, what comes next? In these cases, there are typically two options. Either the entire incident is whitewashed, or everyone associated with the decision is summarily executed (in a metaphorical way, though given the body count here, a Nuremberg-style trial and mass execution would not, in my view, be out of bounds).

Federal government investigators said Tuesday that they are launching a review into how the National Institutes of Health manages and monitors its grant program, which likely includes money connected to a Wuhan lab that GOP lawmakers have been scrutinizing.

Republicans have zeroed in on NIH’s relationship with EcoHealth Alliance, the global nonprofit that helped fund some research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, to attack Dr. Anthony Fauci and score political points.

Roughly 80% of NIH funding goes to supporting research grants, including grants to foreign organizations. According to the work plan on the review, it will look at how these grants are monitored and making sure the recipient’s use and management of NIH grant funds is in accordance with federal requirements.

One NIH official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the review openly, called it “political” in nature but believed that ultimately it would be a good thing and would clear NIH of any wrongdoing.

“It’s an opportunity to educate

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