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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Adm. Brett P. Giroir, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, testified before Congress in June on the status of the pandemic. Fauci is just one of the public health leaders and their families across the U.S. who have received death threats and harassment since the pandemic began. Kevin Dietsch/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Attorney John Elwood talks to reporters Dec. 1 outside the Supreme Court building in Washington after arguing on behalf of Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 on the grounds of threatening his wife via social media. On Monday, the court ruled in favor of Elonis, saying prosecutors must prove that a social media threat was intentional, not just perceived. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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