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President Biden’s First Year: Tragedy or progress?

20 Jan, 2022

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

One year into Joe Biden’s presidency, the reviews are in. But why do they range from marked success to tragic failure?

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Supreme Court blocks employer vaccine-or-test mandate, allows vaccine mandate for some healthcare facilities

13 Jan, 2022

On Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court ruled to block the Biden administration’s federal vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses, while also allowing a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect.

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Annual inflation reaches 7% in December

12 Jan, 2022

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the US consumer price inflation index rose 7% over the past year — the highest level of inflation in almost 40 years.

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SCOTUS hears arguments on proposed federal vaccine mandates

07 Jan, 2022

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The US Supreme Court heard arguments today about two proposed federal vaccine mandates — one “directed at businesses with 100 or more employees that would impose a vaccine-or-testing mandate,” and another “requiring workers at hospitals and other health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to be vaccinated.”

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Ashli Babbitt: Terrorist or patriot?

06 Jan, 2022

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On January 6th, 2021, Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by Capitol Police officer Lt. Michael Byrd. Babbitt was attempting to climb through a windowed door leading to a room containing members of Congress and their staff.

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January 6th: Attempted coup or attempted restoration of democracy?

05 Jan, 2022

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

What happened at the US Capitol building on January 6th, 2021? While we might agree on basic facts — people protested the certification of the 2020 presidential election, some broke windows and doors to get inside the Capitol building, and others attacked police who tried to stop them — our interpretations of these facts can be quite distinct.

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The White House’s Comments on Unvaccinated Americans: Brazen truth or divisive rhetoric?

20 Dec, 2021

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On Friday, White House Health Officials held a briefing on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

One specific statement from the briefing later sparked debate on both the left and right. During the briefing, Jeff Zients, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, said:

 

“We are intent on not letting Omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this. For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”

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The Narratives around Jussie Smollett

17 Dec, 2021

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Last week, actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty on 5 out of 6 charges of disorderly conduct in connection with his claim that two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs in 2019.

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JK Rowling Comments on New Gender Identification Practices

13 Dec, 2021

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On Sunday, JK Rowling shared her thoughts on Twitter regarding the Scottish Police’s decision to “log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.”

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Feeling confused about Pfizer’s announcement about vaccine efficacy against Omicron?

08 Dec, 2021

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Today, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced that an internal study found that the effectiveness of a three dose vaccine regimen (two doses and a booster) against Omicron is comparable to the effectiveness of a two course vaccine against the original strain of COVID-19. 

 

Reactions to the announcement are mixed — some are feeling skeptical about trusting a study from the vaccine manufacturer itself, while others are feeling hopeful after weeks of uncertainty around Omicron.

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Capturing Conversations: Twitter responds to new polling on the term “Latinx”

06 Dec, 2021

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A new nationwide poll surveying “registered voters of Hispanic/Latina(o) origin residing in the United States” found that 2% of respondents “chose the term Latinx to describe their ethnic background.”

 

The poll was reported on by Politico, and was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International, a left-leaning political polling firm.

 

As the poll suggests, there isn’t a distinct left/right divide on the use of the term ‘Latinx.’ Instead of presenting a left-right breakdown of this conversation, we discuss some widely shared reactions below.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis proposes Florida State Guard

03 Dec, 2021

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On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “announced more than $100 million in funding proposals to support Florida’s National Guard and establish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force that will assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies.”

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