New York is Using Race to Determine Access to a Limited Supply of Life-Saving COVID Treatments…
The rationale for prioritizing some races over others crumbles upon examination.

Under NY's policy, a wealthy 18-year-old Asian or Black marathon runner is automatically eligible for antibody treatment, while an impoverished White patient must demonstrate underlying illness.
The new memo from New York's Health Department says that the only monoclonal antibody approved for the Omicron variant is "extremely limited," with severe shortages. Using a patient's race to determine who can access life-saving treatments first is extraordinary.
In May, an appeals court struck down as unconstitutional race-based preferences embedded in the Biden administration's COVID relief fund for small businesses, noting the perverse outcomes it produced. The legality of this health policy is in doubt:…
In all events, using race to decide who can access treatments -- rather than judging a patient as an individual based on their health condition and risk factors -- is treacherous. Down that race-based road lies some extremely dark and disturbing outcomes.…
Yesterday I reported on New York state's use of race to determine who is eligible to receive life-saving COVID treatments that are in very short supply. I referenced potential constitutional problems with that policy. Law Prof. Eugene Volokh elaborates:…

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2 Jan
Today's @washingtonpost article on GOP attitudes on the 2020 election mentions a typically ignored fact: the overwhelming majority of Democrats believed in late 2017 that Trump "was not legitimately elected president." Hence, GOP views are "not novel."… Image
Indeed, in 2019 -- 3 years into the Trump presidency -- Hillary Clinton herself proclaimed Trump an "illegitimate president," and accused the Republicans of having stolen the 2016 election. That prompted no pompous Atlantic essays on Democracy In Peril.™…
But it's much worse than that. As late as 2018, 2/3 of all Dems - 2/3! - believed "Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to get Trump elected President."

One of the leading advocates of this conspiracy theory, @neeratanden, has a high-level WH job.… Image
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According to the NYT, there is a massive increase in the number of new COVID cases as compared to two weeks ago, but -- in both the US and around the world -- a *decrease* in the number of people dying each day. Image
Similarly, Florida -- which some believe is governed by a homicidal maniac bent on murdering as many of his citizens as possible while he vacations -- has a significant increase in new COVID cases but one of the lowest daily death counts since the pandemic began. Image
If you doubt there is a large section of the country that does not want any good news about COVID, and does not want to hear that signs point to the Omicron variant being less deadly, check the replies to this data. They crave the pandemic's permanence.…
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30 Dec 21
NEW: The Epidemic of Prosecutorial Abuse -- Interview with Raj Rajaratnam

Rajaratnam's important new book, "Uneven Justice," spends some time on his own case, but mostly as a window to understand the virtually limitless power of federal prosecutors:…
For years, the cause of criminal justice reform and curbing prosecutorial abuse resided on the libertarian right and left. Now the pro-Trump right has seen how pervasive and dangerous such abuses are: @PreetBharara, @Comey, Russiagate fraud, Carter Page.…
So much of my reporting over the last decade has been about prosecutorial abuse: the 2011 book I wrote (With Liberty and Justice for Some) and our 2020 year-long Brazil exposés (which revealed corruption by judges and prosecutors).

No humans can be trusted with unchecked power.
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29 Dec 21
The New Yorker and The Atlantic were the two mainstream magazines that did the most to help convince Americans that Saddam had WMDs. They're the two that were the most fanatical about Russiagate conspiracies. Now they'll lead on Iran and the bomb (Jeffrey Goldberg has for years):
Whenever there's an insane, unhinged, deranged conspiracy pushed by the CIA and the other US security services, you can be sure that The Atlantic and the New Yorker will be in the lead endorsing and ratifying it. That's one of their primary functions.
So revealing: the same CNN writer who wrote yesterday's predictable @NewYorker attack on Dan Bongino -- @eosnos -- which accused Bongino of profiting by spreading unhinged conspiracy theories, was the lead writer of the @NewYorker cover story depicting Putin in control of the WH.
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29 Dec 21
I'm well-aware of, and often discuss, the difference between "liberals" and "the left." I'm also well-aware of their convergences: far greater than ever after they organized around AOC and Bernie, who went from Revolution Against Both Parties! (2016) to All In With Dems! (2020).
Thus, the bulk of left media is about corralling disgruntled leftists into Party captivity. As long as they do, funding and profit pours in. They're key to DNC success. #Resistance liberals don't need cajoling to vote Dem. Pseudo-radicals do, and that's what left media is for.
That this Vote-Dem-Always! wing of left media -- the dominant branch -- bashes Dems on the way to loyally voting for them is what makes them so valuable. That's their vital role: they let leftists feel edgier than their Pelosi-loving moms who drive them to vote together for Dems.
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28 Dec 21
The @NewYorker profile of Dan Bongino by CNN's @eosnos is so predictable you could write it yourself without reading it. It *laments* that the new online/media ecosystem Bongino uses is built to prevent censors like Media Matters from banning ideas -- as if that's a bad thing.
Whatever you think of Bongino or anyone else whose views you hate, it's incomparably dangerous to allow groups created by supreme DC scumbag David Brock to police our discourse, and it's good and healthy that new independent platforms deny them that power…
The reason we created @FreedomofPress was Joe Lieberman and other neocons had pressured and threatened Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, Amazon and banks to cut off WikiLeaks' fundraising. That's the new tactic to crush dissent. Anything that subverts it is good.…
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