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Demonstrators shout slogans condemning the recent austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, during a protest in front of the Popular Party in Madrid, Spain, Friday July 13, 2012. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Friday to protest their second wave of wage cuts in as many years as the government prepared to approve austerity measures that include those reductions as part of a deficit-cutting plan to save 65 billion euro through 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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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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