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The Delta variant is gaining in many countries in Europe and the US And in Israel, the @AnnaSophieGrossm @labboudles @jburnmurdochs @FTt fully vaccinated country, there have been 2 new school Delta outbreaks @TimesofIsrael 

@DrTedros  has led the @WHO’s global response to the #COVIDcrisis . What does he think it will take to avoid another #pandemic ? Tune in live on June 23 to find out. #BackToHealth  #development  #health  #globaldevelopment 

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No idea how Montiel stayed on his feet in the sixth

“if you listened to music in 1970s India as a teenage girl, you could not escape the horror of teenage boys. Full of know-it-all swagger, they were ready to lecture you on the nitty-gritty of the lives of every rock, pop and disco star.” @ranjona 

Tesla China deliveries jump to 29%, Lordstown top executives resign. Catch up in "Charged" weekly from @theflynews  $TSLA $RIDE

🏅This year’s Olympics will be like no other. Here's how athletes from the U.S. to the Philippines are getting ready for the Games ➡️

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World Bank Approves U.S.$292 Million Funding for Infrastructure Projects in Zanzibar @The_EastAfrican : #Tanzania 

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Billionaire Ray Dalio wants finance execs to accept that pain is ‘a teaching mechanism’

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Scoops of the Day

Demonstrators are rallying in Rio de Janeiro to call for the resignation of President Bolsonaro as Brazil approaches 500,000 Covid deaths. Activists called for protests across 300 Brazilian cities

I love that Juneteenth is now an official federal holiday. A time to honor our past and those who’ve forged a path to our present. Which is why I’m excited to present #LiftEveryVoice , a collection of powerful interviews with a highly regarded older generation of Black Americans.

The man behind the only electric plane cleared to fly is now building drones to carry heavy freight to remote areas of China

I had vigorously supported the taxation of diesel/petrol by Arun Jaitley, & later Modi, at the beginning of the pandemic as the sensible thing to do. However, Modi has turned it into a tool to extract wealth from Middle Class to enrich corporates.

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Another 1 million doses and 450,000 newbies reported today. That's good, and so is that almost 150 million people are insulated from Delta. A lot more work to do to simulate the success of blocking Alpha.

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EXCLUSIVE U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment

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James Tobin was right in 1970: to the extent that there was a correlation between monetary aggregates and GDP (there hasn't been much of one in recent decades), Friedman had the causation reversed 4/

The fact that the summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin produced a sigh of relief was a measure of how difficult relations have become since 2014

Superb essay on Biden’s Europe trip via @EdwardGLuce ⁩ America is back — and wants everyone to focus on China

The world’s most bubbly housing markets, with New Zealand at the top, are flashing warnings that haven’t been seen since the run-up to the 2008 crisis

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Scoops of the Week

The Delta variant is quite different from Alpha, Beta and Gamma, for its mutations (e.g. no 501Y). Its distinctive P681R mutation accelerates cell-cell fusion and provides resistance to neutralizing antibodies by via @SystemsVirology  @VirusesImmunity 

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Durbin in 2018: If Republicans end the filibuster it would be the end of the Senate. Durbin in 2021: If Dems end the filibuster it would be as brave as storming the beaches of Normandy.

President Trump on the necessity of inculcating patriotism through our schools. His new article…

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fascinating from Cummings blog on how Johnson chaired emergency meetings

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While traders talk about the Fed tapering its bond buying, the central bank actually boosted its asset purchases in the past week to the most in three months. The Fed's balance sheet crossed the $8 trillion mark for the first time ever.

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Let’s just skip original video games & movies & go straight to the sequel

From the top of Starbase high bay

This afternoon, VA Committee Chairman@SenatorTester  asked that the Senate confirm four of President Biden’s nominees to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn objected. You really need to watch Sen. Tester’s response:

First, some overall perspective on kids and Covid… Serious cases of Covid among children have been extremely rare, much rarer than other risks that kids face:

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