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Why Fights Over The COVID-19 Vaccine Are Everywhere On Facebook

Why Fights Over The COVID-19 Vaccine Are Everywhere On Facebook

If you took one look at the Facebook group Vaccines Exposed, it seemed clear what it was all about. It was “a group opposed to deadly vaccinations,” with over 13,000 members on a platform known to harbor anti-vaccination conspiracy theories. Some of its followers’ recent posts included a video falsely claiming the COVID-19 vaccine will kill people and a post claiming children are having cancer “injected into them. #facts.” Standard anti-vaxx fare. It was so convincing, Facebook removed the group…

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It Will Be Tough For Biden To Reverse Trump’s Legacy Of A Whiter, More Conservative Judiciary

It Will Be Tough For Biden To Reverse Trump’s Legacy Of A Whiter, More Conservative Judiciary

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY SCHERER / GETTY IMAGES During most of Donald Trump’s presidency, Congress was in a state of persistent deadlock, passing relatively few big pieces of legislation. But the Republican-controlled Senate stayed humming, nonetheless — thanks to a steady stream of judicial nominees from the White House. After only one term, Trump filled 28 percent of vacant seats on the federal bench, including 27 percent of active federal district court judges and 30 percent of active appeals court…

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How Trump Used His Pardon Power

How Trump Used His Pardon Power

One of Donald Trump’s last significant actions as president was to issue a raft of pardons and commutations. With less than 12 hours left in the White House, he granted executive clemency to more than 140 people, including his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was charged in 2020 with defrauding donors as part of a private fundraising effort to build Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump also pardoned entertainers like the rapper Lil Wayne and several former congressmen. [Related: Trump’s…

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Biden’s Team And Priorities Show How The Democratic Party Changed In The Trump Era

Biden’s Team And Priorities Show How The Democratic Party Changed In The Trump Era

Democrats spent much of the last four years debating exactly how they lost to a fairly unpopular and flawed candidate like Donald Trump in 2016 and what changes they needed to make to avoid another defeat. They debated if they needed to be more liberal or more conservative on policy; if they should be principally focused on the Sun Belt or the Rust Belt, on voters of color, white voters with college degrees or white voters without degrees; if they…

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Politics Podcast: The Biden Presidency Begins

Politics Podcast: The Biden Presidency Begins

By Galen Druke, Perry Bacon Jr., Julia Azari and Nate Silver, Galen Druke, Perry Bacon Jr., Julia Azari and Nate Silver, Galen Druke, Perry Bacon Jr., Julia Azari and Nate Silver and Galen Druke, Perry Bacon Jr., Julia Azari and Nate Silver   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS On the first FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast episode of the Biden presidency, the crew reacts to Biden’s inauguration speech — particularly whether any attempt to unite the country will be…

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Is Biden’s Vision Of Unity Possible?

Is Biden’s Vision Of Unity Possible?

In this episode of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew reacts to President Biden’s inauguration speech — particularly his stated goal to unite the country and whether it will be successful — and looks at his policy agenda for his first week in office. Powered by WPeMatico

The Final Two Months of Trump’s Presidency Were The Most Important Ones

The Final Two Months of Trump’s Presidency Were The Most Important Ones

The lame duck part of President Trump’s tenure will likely be defined by his relentless effort to overturn the 2020 election results, which culminated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol after Trump urged his supporters to go to Capitol Hill to try to stop the certification of the results. But Trump’s fight against electoral reality wasn’t the only important thing that happened in his final two-and-half months in office. Here’s a look, via several key numbers, at some of…

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Politics Podcast: Did Trump Change The Rules Of Politics?

Politics Podcast: Did Trump Change The Rules Of Politics?

By Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Micah Cohen, Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Micah Cohen and Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Micah Cohen   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS For the final FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast episode of the Trump presidency, the crew is joined by ABC News White House Correspondent Karen Travers to discuss Trump’s legacy, how he changed politics and what the lasting effects will be. To help, they look back at an article editor-in-chief Nate…

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