Pfizer vaccine’s protection wanes over time, and not because of Delta, study says

Research conducted in Southern California has confirmed the dramatic erosion of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine’s protection against “breakthrough” coronavirus infections.The new study, one of the largest and longest to track the effectiveness of a vaccine in Americans, found that the vaccine’s ability to protect against infection stood at 88% in its first month, then fell…

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Internal Facebook documents detail how misinformation spreads to users

Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over safety Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over saf… 04:23 Ahead of the 2020 election, Facebook implemented safeguards to protect against the spread of misinformation by prioritizing safety over growth and engagement. It rolled back those defenses after the election, allowing right-wing conspiratorial content to fester in the weeks leading up to…

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Biden admin. rolls back Trump-era rule restricting federal funds to clinics over abortion services

The Biden administration on Monday formally reversed a Trump-era rule that barred reproductive health care clinics that provide abortion referrals and services from receiving federal funds.The new rule, which will go into effect Nov. 8, paves the way for major providers like Planned Parenthood to rejoin Title X, the federal family planning program created nearly…

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Facebook whistleblower reveals identity, accuses the platform of a ‘betrayal of democracy’

A Facebook whistleblower who brought internal documents detailing the company’s research to The Wall Street Journal and the U.S. Congress unmasked herself ahead of an interview she gave to “60 Minutes,” which aired Sunday night.Frances Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook’s civic misinformation team, according to her website, revealed herself as the source behind…

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New Immigration Enforcement Guidelines Focus On Threats To Public Safety

Migrants are apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in LaJoya, Texas in June. Nicolo Filippo Rosso/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nicolo Filippo Rosso/Bloomberg via Getty Images Migrants are apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in LaJoya, Texas in June. Nicolo Filippo Rosso/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Biden administration…

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The Lab-Leak Theory of COVID’s Origin Is Not Totally Irrational

Credit: Jay Bendt In June a well-known climate scientist opined on Twitter that “I’d be more likely to believe the COVID lab-leak hypothesis if the people pushing it weren’t largely the same people pushing [bogus] conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and climate change.” He has a point. Early in the pandemic, the lab-leak…

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House votes to create new office for medical intelligence to get earlier pandemic warnings

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to create a new office — and new authorities — designed to push U.S. intelligence agencies to provide earlier warnings about disease outbreaks and pandemics.A provision inserted by committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D.-Calif., into the bipartisan annual intelligence authorization bill — which was voted out of…

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Military leaders testify ‘strategic failure’ followed years of mistakes in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top general testified Tuesday that the American war in Afghanistan ended in “strategic failure,” a grim conclusion that acknowledged a long series of mistakes and miscalculations by the Pentagon’s leaders. “The enemy is in charge in Kabul,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley said during a Senate Armed Services…

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North Carolina hospital network fires around 175 staffers for not getting vaccinated

A large North Carolina hospital network said Tuesday that it has fired nearly 200 workers for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19.Dr. David H. Priest, chief for safety for Novant Health, said at a briefing that about 175 staffers did not comply with the system’s vaccination deadline.”By doing that, by not getting vaccinated, they voluntarily…

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Pelosi says Biden’s infrastructure bill can’t wait for social safety net bill

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Monday that passage of the $550 billion infrastructure bill must not wait for President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar safety net bill, saying the larger package is not yet ready for a vote.In a private caucus meeting, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the party must “make difficult choices,” because the…

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California Gov. Newsom signs law to replace term ‘alien’ with ‘noncitizen’ or ‘immigrant’

California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a human being” that has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative.”Newsom on Friday signed a law that removes the word from various sections of the California state code. California passed laws in 2015…

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The GOP’s election review in Arizona is over. Its influence is just beginning, experts say.

Arizona Republicans on Friday championed the results of their extraordinary partisan election review — which again affirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in Maricopa County — and called for similar examinations around the country.“We need to do bigger audits on every election, just to make sure that everybody’s following the rules,” said Senate President Karen Fann,…

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Marjorie Taylor Greene starts screaming match with Democrats over abortion rights bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., instigated a shouting match with a group of House Democrats who were holding an event outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday.“You should all be ashamed,” Greene yelled at the crowd of Democrats standing on the House steps, according to a video posted on Twitter by Insider reporter Bryan…

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