THE HILL – New mandates could force millions of Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine.
But exemptions may be available for those who have a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from getting vaccinated.
In our world of bureaucrats gone wild, what counts as a “sincerely held religious belief” is anything but simple.
A recent case, unrelated to the pandemic, illustrates the point. When an Amish community in Minnesota sought...
WALL STREET JOURNAL – The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred a remarkable stream of scientific investigation, but that knowledge isn’t translating into better public policy.
One example is a zealous pursuit of public mask wearing, a measure that has had, at best, a modest effect on viral transmission.
Or take lockdowns, shown by research to increase deaths overall but nonetheless still considered an acceptable solution.
This intellectual disconnect now extends to Covid-19 vaccine mandates. The...
STAT asked experts what the landscape of adverse events might look like following another dose, and they stressed that they were speculating. Because the additional doses haven’t gone into many arms yet, the amount of data is limited, so it’s impossible to forecast what will happen.
Joe Biden / IMAGE: C-SPAN via YouTube
(The Center Square, Casey Harper) – President Joe Biden’s controversial vaccine mandate has sparked major pushback and talks of legal challenges, likely setting up a tense court battle that could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Biden announced the new mandates in a speech Thursday, saying his executive changes will affect 100 million Americans. Notably, his new rules would require all federal employees to get the...
(CNN) Millions of Americans still need to get vaccinated to slow or stop the spread of Covid-19 and getting the pandemic under control could take "many, many" more vaccine mandates, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said if more people aren't persuaded to get vaccinated by messaging from health officials and "trusted political messengers," additional mandates from schools and businesses may be necessary.
Fauci told CNN's...
"On Thursday, Biden announced a series of unilateral actions aimed at increasing the percentage of Americans who are vaccinated. We obviously do not dispute the idea that it would be a good thing if more people were vaccinated, as the shots have proven to be safe and highly effective at nearly eliminating the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19. But the issue here is not what outcomes we may prefer, but what authority Biden has as president."
"Even as several of his solutions seemed to closely parallel those implemented by his predecessors in the Trump administration, Biden continued to raise the political temperature, likely retrenching the determination of those who refuse to comply with his overreaching policies."
THE WASHINGTON POST – The Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 refusal to grant a preliminary injunction to prevent operation of Texas’s law banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected has unleashed a squall of public debate over abortion law.
While that furor won’t calm for months or more, one thing is clear: The court’s majority was legally correct.
Courts are not legislatures. They are frequently mistaken by many, including many lawyers, as bodies vested with...
NEW YORK POST – Democrats refuse to give President Joe Biden the same criticism over rising COVID-19 cases that they gave to former President Donald Trump.
One of the most morally revolting talking points taken up by Democrats in their effort to deflect attention from President Joe Biden’s deadly incompetence in Afghanistan is to minimize the deaths of 13 troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, by pointing out that more people are dying from COVID-19 every day.
THE HILL – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is being sued by Oregon State Police officers and firefighters over the state’s vaccine mandate.
The lawsuit in a Jefferson County court seeks to block the state from enforcing Brown’s executive order mandating all employees of the executive branch to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The plaintiffs argue that the order is:
“unenforceable because it conflicts with Oregon statutes, would result in a common law wrongful discharge of...
FLORIDA POLITICS – A Nevada school board member said he had thoughts of suicide before stepping down amid threats and harassment.
In Virginia, a board member resigned over what she saw as politics driving decisions on masks.
The vitriol at board meetings in Wisconsin had one member fearing he would find his tires slashed.
School board members are largely unpaid volunteers, traditionally former educators and parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a...
CNET – Reddit on Wednesday banned an active COVID misinformation subreddit.
The move comes after other subreddits called on the site's administrators to take more action against the spread of false information about the pandemic and vaccines.
An admin post in r/RedditSecurity confirmed that the subreddit r/NoNewNormal, which was full of COVID misinformation, was banned. Though the admin confirmed there's been a "pronounced" increase in COVID denial since July -- the same month federal and...
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