Fauci blames ‘ideological rigidity’ for political divide in vaccination debate: ‘I just don’t get it’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has blamed “ideological rigidity” as a deterrent to vaccination efforts in the face of the rising threat of more virulent COVID-19 variants. 

Just under half of all eligible Americans have received full vaccinations against the coronavirus, but the Delta and Lambda variants threaten that progress. The Biden administration has continued to urge Americans to receive the shots as soon as possible, but in some states the demand for vaccines has fallen, even with ample supplies now available. 

Fauci has blamed politics for deterring an otherwise successful vaccination effort, with the majority of U.S. states and territories

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Biden and Democrats look for a new ‘3rd way’ as political reality sets in

President Biden at the White House on Wednesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Biden has long marketed himself as a pragmatic, moderate Democrat. He was first elected to the Senate in 1972, the year his party’s presidential nominee — South Dakota Sen. George McGovern — ran on a left-wing platform and lost 49 states, including Biden’s home state of Delaware, to Richard Nixon. And Biden’s political rise coincided with the ascendency of conservatism as America’s dominant political ideology and the decline of New Deal-style liberalism.

So it was a surprise to many when Biden, who ran and won in 2020 as

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Ron DeSantis vows to get ‘political apparatus involved’ in Florida school board races

Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to the Fox News Channel Saturday night in a segment taped the evening before, but with a message relevant to the political cycle to come.

On “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino,” DeSantis vowed to turn his “political apparatus” against Republican school board candidates who oppose his educational reforms.

“We’re not going to support any Republican candidate for school board who supports Critical Race Theory in all 67 counties or supports mandatory masking of school children,” DeSantis told Bongino.

School board races in Florida are nonpartisan.

“Local elections matter. We are going to get the Florida political

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Seven Days political columnist Dave Gram retires, will be replaced by Mark Johnson

Dave Gram, left, is leaving the Fair Game political column at Seven Days. Mark Johnson is taking over the post. Photos by John Herrick and Glenn Russell/VTDigger.

Dave Gram, a fixture in Vermont journalism, has retired, stepping down as columnist for the Burlington-based weekly Seven Days. 

Gram, who has reported in Vermont since 1985, wrote in a farewell column Wednesday that his health had taken a turn for the worse.  

“My heart was in it. My mind was still in it, but my body was saying ‘no mas,’” Gram, 65, said in an interview. 

He will be replaced by another

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The Washington PostFlorida governor signs bill barring social media companies from blocking political candidatesThe legislation would punish companies that suspend political candidates, and it would make it easier to bring lawsuits against tech …2 days ago

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Israel’s political stalemate impacts economy more than Hamas rockets – Moody’s

Israel’s latest conflict with Hamas, “one of the worst flareups of violence in recent years,” will have “limited economic implications” for Israel’s economy, though the extended political instability that is gripping the nation is a “credit negative,” ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service said in a report.

“Given the long-standing resilience of the Israeli economy to geopolitical developments, we expect the heightened conflict to have only a modest impact on the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic and on the government’s near-term fiscal metrics,” the May 19 report said.

“However, the violence risks further complicating efforts to assemble a stable majority

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Opinion: The drama in Stacey Abrams’ political thriller is unfolding off the page

After a contentious, narrow loss, she devoted herself to turning Georgia blue. Abrams emerging as a national figure while focusing intently on the state, writing two bestselling books while batting off rumors that she would run for Senate or even president. In the 2020 election, not only did Georgia turn blue, but Democrats won both Senate seats against steep odds in a runoff election.

Given the remarkable drama of her own political rise, it might seem surprising that Abrams has turned to the world of political fiction (How could she possibly need more political drama, this time of … Read More

Joe Biden feels political ground shift as Israel-Gaza conflict rages on | Biden administration

In his staunch defence of Israel, Joe Biden is sticking to a course set decades ago as a young senator, and so far he has not given ground on the issue to the progressive wing of his party or many Jewish Democrats urging a tougher line towards Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden has even been prepared to face isolation at the UN security council, at the potential cost of his own credibility on multilateralism and human rights. But analysts say that as the death toll rises with no sign of a ceasefire, the domestic and international pressures on the president could become

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Fishing opener turns political in Otter Tail County

In this era of red vs. blue, even a walleye can become a political football.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener, set for May 15 in Otter Tail County, has drawn criticism from some residents who aren’t fans of Gov. Tim Walz.

Nick Leonard, deputy Otter Tail County administrator, told the County Board this week that he’s fielded a few phone calls from residents who aren’t thrilled to have Walz visit.

“There will be folks who want to make this about the governor,” Leonard said at a board meeting. Walz got about 36% of the vote in the 2018 election while his

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