How to know if omicron is as scary as it

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For now, the whole world is waiting for scientists to figure out how much of a threat the omicron coronavirus variant actually is. That will take several weeks at least, according to experts. Science will need to answer big questions about how transmissible the new variant is, how well it overcomes the immunity conferred by…

Democrats have no plan to fight housing inflation

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Inflation has taken center stage,and the White House desperately wants its signature bill to be the solution. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that in October, its main measure of inflation saw an increase of 6.2 percent, “the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1990.” The official response was to argue…

Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results come to light

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Former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results late last year by pressuring Justice Department officials may be worse than initially thought, according to newly available documents and a report from the New York Times. In a phone conversation with then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, Trump…

The case for a more radical climate movement

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Has the climate movement failed? It’s hard to look at the world at this moment and not conclude that the answer is yes. Despite all the activism, despite all the protests, despite all the warnings, the world is still in many ways hostage to the fossil fuel industry. A new book by Andreas Malm, a…

Why Obama’s former ethics czar is highly critical of Hunter

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It would be hard for President Joe Biden to not do better on government ethics issues than his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, whose legacy in that area was one of self-dealing and blatant corruption. But Walter Shaub, the head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) under President Barack Obama and briefly under Trump,…

The Supreme Court finally decides the religious right asked for

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The Supreme Court handed down a brief order Friday evening — it is literally just one sentence long — denying relief to a group of Maine health care workers who object to the Covid-19 vaccine on religious grounds. This means that nearly all workers in health care facilities licensed by the state must be vaccinated…

Senate rules could undercut Democrats’ prescription drug plan

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A critical part of Democrats’ plan to control prescription drug prices would apply not only to the government’s Medicare program but also to the commercial market that covers most working Americans — unless the Senate’s rules stop it. Democrats have a multi-pronged strategy for addressing drug prices in the Build Back Better Act. First, they…

Biden thinks his new eviction moratorium may be doomed

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On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced a new policy that even he appears to believe will be struck down by the Supreme Court. Biden spoke at a press conference Tuesday afternoon shortly before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new order imposing a moratorium on certain evictions. The CDC’s new order is…

The Supreme Court must decide if it loves religious liberty

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Dunn v. Ray(2019) is the kind of Supreme Court decision that a comic book supervillain might write. Widely denounced, even by prominent conservatives, when it was handed down, Ray held that a Muslim inmate in Alabama could be executed without his imam present — even though the state permitted Christian inmates to have a spiritual…

The bipartisan infrastructure bill is both historic and not nearly

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Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday — and it’s simultaneously a massive and somewhat limited investment in everything from roads to bridges to water pipes. Only $550 billion of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is new spending, which will be spread out over five years. About $650 billion of…