I think the messaging on vaccines and transmission has gotten really muddled. Clinical trials did not test for transmission so we didn’t have hard clinical data. But the absence of that data was taken to mean “maybe you can still pass it on.”
There was never a very persuasive reason to think, as a basic hypothesis, that the virus wouldn’t also interrupt transmission. But being cautious in the face of absent data makes sense.
That said, we’re now getting some initial data on this question and, provisionally, it does appear the Pfizer vaccine *also* blocks transmission at similar rates to which it blocks infection.
As with everything with Covid, science generally moves slowly and cautiously and the virus doesn’t, (nor does the news cycle!) so there are often gaps between what we absolutely know for sure and what seems likely or prudent.
But as consumer of this info, and as a reporter, I am personally pretty bullish on the vaccines blocking transmission and getting us to a point where the virus is quite suppressed.

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25 Feb
It remains bizarre to me that the entire discourse around speech, offense, taboos, accountability etc seems to completely ignore that we had an *extremely* similar set of debates about this in 1990s around "political correctness." It was a whole thing!
Not that the lesson there is dispositive in any particular direction or for any particular case but it's very strange to me that no one ever seems to reference these *(very similar) debates in this conversation.
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21 Feb
This version of the Big Lie is what i call High Hawley-ism, that it's all about how states expanded voting in the midst of a pandemic. It's disingenuous nonsense. But..
What's key about this is that it is, I think, an early trial balloon for GOP state legislatures unilaterally changing voting rules, and/or simply awarding the electoral college votes themselves no matter who people vote for.
This dubious theory, that only state *legislatures* can make these kinds of changes also invites all kinds of mischief by federal judges to reach in and overrule state supreme courts. It didn't work in 2020, but that doesn't mean it won't.
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19 Feb
I'd say the broader point here is that huge universe of non-conservative media really runs the gamut, and for all its problems, does a wide range of reporting on stories on public figures across the spectrum. This really doesn't happen in the Fox bubble
Here's an example. I think most conservatives would characterize The New Yorker as a "liberal" publication. And yet the earliest most devastating reporting on Cuomo and DeBlasio's failures on COVID came in The New Yorker

In fact, conservatives liked this piece so much, Murdoch's NY Post did a whole write up of it (with very little original reporting as far as I can tell)

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You should take the broad spectrum of conservatives offering their genuine affection and admiration for Limbaugh as an accurate reflection of what the conservative movement’s values are and what it’s all about.
He really did embody modern conservatism - its style, its obsessions, its targets - as much as any single figure. We live in a country whose politics reflect that.
And a central part of his appeal was what conservatives would say admiringly was his un-PCness, his refusal to be cowed by the censorious taboos of liberals.
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This quote from Hawley is so so revealing, and shows something profound about how Trump-era Republicans understand themselves.

"The Republican Party — if it belongs to anybody — it belongs to the voters, the people who sent us here,” he said. “That's who I'm accountable to.”"
He's speaking here not about being a US Senator who is accountable to the voters - all of them - of his state of Missouri. No he's saying the Party is what matters here, and the Party is run by its voters and so that is who he is accountable to.
Trump was very clear about this, that he represented the people that voted for him and only them. Ron Johnson has made similar noises, but Hawley is making it explicit here that he sees himself fundamentally as a party functionary, not a member of the representative government.
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In *each and every case* - no matter what jurisdiction, from the largest city to the tiniest rural county, local law enforcement gives some kind of media briefing after the event is over. Often these happen in middle of the night or wee hours of the morning.
Often they're repeated multiple times a day to give updated information: how many police officers were killed or hurt, how many civilians were killed or hurt, how many people are hospitalized, who has been apprehended, and who is still at large, and what suspects are being sought
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