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Summary: But the fundamentals haven’t changed and bear repeating: The safest way to avoid infection is to avoid large groups and wear a properly fitting mask. Fully vaccinated and boosted people are still vulnerable to infection but tend to have milder symptoms, whereas unvaccinated people are the ones currently overwhelming hospitals.
Summary: Leiserowitz sees the emergence of “a fundamental shift in society” that could quickly spill over into political action, as with same-sex marriage and other fast-shifting issues before it. “You’re beginning to see the coalescing of a powerful citizens’ movement demanding that leaders act, both business leaders and government leaders.”
Summary: We seem determined to let omicron run its course, but as the virus burns through the population, what carnage is it leaving behind? More deaths. Sick children. Vaccinated people who are now saddled with long-term illness and disability. But if we can’t rely on our institutions for protection — or even reliable information — the virus itself may be the least of our worries.
American Opinion: The insurrection might have come as a huge surprise to most Americans, but these investigations suggest it should’ve been no surprise at all, especially for their social media hosts.

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American Opinion: All sane Americans know who the real divider is. He stoked a mob to rush the Capitol to stop the counting of votes of the Electoral College. For that high crime, he was impeached with bipartisan support in the House and a bipartisan majority in the Senate then voted to convict him. The biggest lie of all is that he, drowning in self adulation, loves this country.
American Opinion: If we believe America is an exceptional nation, then we must also believe in peaceful resolutions of political disputes, the peaceful transfer of power and the enduring importance of constitutional norms and institutions. What we can’t abide is a medieval storming of the castle and capitulation to the darkest and worst instincts.
American Opinion: Americans should continue to celebrate visionaries who make millions or billions by turning big ideas into realities. But it’s also time to celebrate bringing lying hucksters to justice.
American Opinion: When one side comes this close to abandoning the fundamental pillars upon which this nation is founded, the question becomes more than just theoretical: Can American democracy, or America itself, survive if this radical faction doesn’t come to its senses?
American Opinion: We are not often eager to see the government interfere in markets. But smart regulation includes work to ensure that markets are not distorted through monopoly pricing power. If that is, indeed, why ranchers and farmers are losing out and why consumers are paying more, something should be done.
American Opinion: It’s nice to have a tiny bit of good news as 2021 has ended in another round of canceled plans and overtaxed hospitals. We should use this occasion to double down on public health protections, such as placing vaccination and testing restrictions on domestic air travel, and to increase vaccination and booster shots. The pandemic may not be over, but it’s possible that with effort, 2022 may really be a better, less deadly year.

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Solving the future workforce challenges in the Midwest will take collaboration and innovation from businesses, communities, educational institutions and government working together to recruit, prepare and train our future workforce.
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American Opinion: At overloaded hospitals with COVID patients and their stretched-beyond-exhaustion staff, Uncle Sam will be deploying hundreds of ambulances and EMS crews to transport patients to hospitals with open beds, a national version of what we did here last year.

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