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22 Feb, 3 tweets, 1 min read
Hm. Gottlieb very focused on seasonality. Is this a consensus view — not just that COVID is seasonal but that it is SO seasonal as to produce the pattern he describes?
Flu is seasonal like this, but shouldn’t it matter that COVID vaccines are showing much higher efficacy than flu vaccines?
To be clear, Gottlieb is not just talking about masks in this clip. He postulates that, following a normal summer, we may need to forego (his examples) holiday parties and board meetings with cases rising in December. Not broad restrictions like this winter, but more than masks.

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20 Feb
This article is very strange. FL is average so far in delivering vaccines — a bit below on at least 1 dose, a bit above on 2 doses. Many experts favor a seniors-first strategy. The coverage hook is which retirement communities got certain vaccine sites?…
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“ When Holocaust survivors and Cuban survivors of the Bay of Pigs debacle — revered members of two other key Florida voting blocs — got their first shots, DeSantis made sure he was there for the news conferences.” The horror!
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I’m not a WASP and I’m not from Connecticut but I’ve spent my whole life aspiring and I think I’ve gotten the hang of it.
The key thing to remember is that emotions are embarrassing.
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The political implications of this analysis help illuminate why so many progressives are reluctant to even *admit* the Democratic party suffered a significant setback with Hispanics in 2020
In particular, a lot of democratic political professionals who focus on the Hispanic vote are selling something this analysis says hurts the party.
Fortunately, Joe Biden will have an economic record to run on, and I think it will be a good record, and that should go a significant way to reversing this trend
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A sentient doormat?…
House Minority Leader George McFly
Say what you will about Trump, he has Kevin McCarthy pegged
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@ezraklein One thing I would note is that there are blue states that do appear to have genuinely superior governance outcomes, like Massachusetts. So there is a good model in addition to some bad models.
I also think Ezra is right to focus on CEQA, which is all by itself responsible for a huge fraction with what's wrong in California. And unlike some other policy problems, it's one the legislature is free to fix whenever it likes.
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10 Feb
Look either it's a serious accusation (in which case it is actually a serious error that Taylor attributed the comment to the wrong person) or it's not a serious accusation (in which case it's not a "scandal" and it's improper for reporters to try to make it into one.)
But this is the way a lot of tech industry coverage is conducted: Not merely aggressive and skeptical, as it should be, but treating tech companies and personalities as the enemy.
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