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Deal or no deal? The effort to protect the safety of a blind Chinese lawyer who escaped house arrest to the U.S. embassy seems to be unraveling.

Rich Wall Streeters still don’t like Barack Obama, but at least it’s because they are totally clueless: one of them recently had the idea that the president should defend the 1% by giving a big, healing speech asking Americans to stop criticizing the rich.

Revelations from a new biography: In 1984, when Barack Obama was barely out of college and living in New York City, he 1) was depressed 2) wrote pretentious love letters where he cited T.S. Eliot and 3) displayed “sexual warmth,” at least according to a journal kept by an ex-girlfriend when they were dating.

Georgia just banned most late-term abortions.

A GOP official in Nevada is worried that a gang of wild Ron Paul delegates will disrupt the national convention in August.

The S.E.C. is now going after the one ratings agency without a blatant conflict-of-interest.

 

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I have to confess, I can’t figure Kyle Rittenhouse out. One minute, his lawyers are repeatedly throwing out a Tucker Carlson film crew. The next minute, Rittenhouse is sitting down for an interview with Carlson, and is traveling to Mar-a-Lago to meet Trump.

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While the emergence of yet another troubling coronavirus variant seems abrupt, it was entirely predictable — and fully anticipated here and elsewhere. More than predictable, the mutation of the virus will remain inevitable for so long as it continues to infect millions of human hosts.

Scientists don't yet know for certain whether the new "omicron" variant — so named by the World Health Organization — will prove to be substantially more infectious, transmissible or dangerous than the delta variant that became dominant last year. What they do know, however, is that sooner or later, as COVID-19 continues to spread and change, our prospects for emerging from the pandemic will dim, and millions more will die.

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