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    Medical Pre-Print on a Coronavirus Variant

    For those who are interested, the pre-print that covers the L452R mutation, which makes it easier for the virus to bind to receptor cells, and therefore more infectious can be found at: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.22.432189v1.full.pdf A pre-print has not yet gone through...
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    Drug companies seek billion-dollar tax deductions from opioid settlement

    The Washington Post reported: Four companies that agreed to pay a combined $26 billion to settle claims about their roles in the opioid crisis plan to deduct some of those costs from their taxes and recoup around $1 billion apiece. In recent months, as details of the blockbuster settlement...
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    Denmark is sequencing all coronavirus samples and has an alarming view of the U.K. variant

    There is bad COVID-19 news from Denmark. That news highlights the importance of dramatically scaling up vaccination efforts. The Washington Post reported: Like a speeding car whose brake lines have been cut, the coronavirus variant first spotted in Britain is spreading at an alarming rate and...
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    The Trump administration bailed out prominent anti-vaccine groups during a pandemic

    Even as the COVID-19 pandemic was raging with widespread community transmission and multiple firms were racing to develop an effective vaccine, the Trump Administration was providing a financial life-line to anti-vaccine groups. This example of policy dissonance further illustrates why the Trump...
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    Atlanta Prosecutor Appears to Move Closer to Trump Inquiry

    States take election integrity seriously. Now, it appears that the Fulton County district attorney may be moving toward opening a criminal investigation into President Trump’s attempts to overturn that State’s election outcome in which he was defeated by former Vice President Joe Biden. The New...
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    The Growing Challenge of Social Media Disinformation

    In the wake of the Trump Insurrection of January 6, major social media companies launched a sweeping effort to suspend or remove accounts responsible for inciting the violent attack and/or those advocating violence in the future. In turn, even as the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment declares...
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    Canada, allies expect Biden to re-engage U.S. on world stage - Trudeau

    Reuters reported: Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage with the world on such issues as climate change and free trade, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Reuters Next interview aired on Thursday...
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    The United States Needs Greater Voter Participation, Not Less

    In the shocking aftermath of the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol by loyalists of President Donald Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to approve only its fourth impeachment of a U.S. President: Andrew Johnson (1868), Bill Clinton (1998), Donald Trump (2019 and 2021)...
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    Foreign Policy Impact of the Trump Insurrection

    In an essay, former diplomat and current President of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the foreign policy implications of the Trump Insurrection. Just as President Trump's foreign policy--withdrawal from agreements, disrespect for and verbal assaults on allies, borderline appeasement...
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    2017 Political Earthquake, 2018 Political Tsunami?

    When historians look back at 2017, they may well record that 2017 was the year the nation awakened from Trumpism. In starkly clear terms, exit polls in such states as New Jersey and Virginia revealed that the elections up and down the ballot were referenda on Trumpism. Up and down the ballots...
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    Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer Says

    Bloomberg.com reported today: “Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it,’’ Trump Jr. said of the 2012 law, she recalled. “I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it,” he added, according to...
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    The Candidates on the IMF Economic Reform Agenda

    With the IMF having just concluded its Article IV Consultation with the United States, I decided to take a quick look to see how the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees fare with regard to the IMF's recommendations. NOTES: Note 1: Largely Unfunded. The IMF expects the...
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    Trump: Pushing the Frontiers of Economic Policy Innovation

    Following his decisive victory in the New York Primary on April 19, Donald Trump declared that he was uniquely qualified to address the nation's economic challenges. "[W]e have problems everywhere you look. We are going to solve those problems. And one of the big problems is the economy and...
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    #NeverTrump [W:66]

    While reading some news and commentary online this morning, I came across a link that led to an opinion piece by Laura Ingraham entitled “A Time to Unite” (A Time to Unite | LifeZette). Ingraham called for Republicans to unite around Donald Trump. Her central argument concerns the opportunity...
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    The Latest: Putin Orders Military Pullout From Syria

    From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/03/14/world/europe/ap-syria-talks-the-latest.html One should note that this arrangement probably has more to do with Russia's securing its interests in Syria than a move to promote a diplomatic settlement in Syria. First, the move...
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    Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Team Up on a Mutual Target: Marco Rubio

    From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/us/politics/chris-christie-and-jeb-bush-team-up-against-boy-in-the-bubble-marco-rubio.html Resentment, vindictiveness, and a quest for the destruction of one's opponent are not leadership attributes, unless one is defining leadership...
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    Rising Desperation Suggests that the Bush Campaign is Nearing an End

    From Politico.com: New Hampshire primary 2016: Ted Cruz takes the fight to Donald Trump in New Hampshire - POLITICO Although Bush implied that the three leading Republican candidates lack the ability to make “a tough decision,” the voters have already rendered their verdict against Bush. In...
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    Trump's 'Art of the Impossible'

    Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck once observed, “Policy is the art of the possible…” “Possible,” of course, implies constraints or limits based on truth, evidence, facts, etc. Reasonably-informed and competent voters, even as many gravitate toward ideological preferences, recognize that...
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    Trump's Jacobin Candidacy

    Cicero was once said to have stated that “loud-bawling orators were driven by their weakness to noise…” If one looks closely at the way Donald Trump has conducted himself during his campaign one finds an exceptionally high noise-to-substance ratio. Moreover, whenever a journalist, host, or...
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    2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, Scientists Say

    The New York Times reported: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/21/science/earth/2015-hottest-year-global-warming.html The just reported GISS Anomalies: December: +1.12°C (old record: +1.06°C, October 2015) January-December: +0.87°C (old record: +0.74°C, 2014) 2015 had five months that were...
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