Will Saletan

Will Saletan


National Correspondent, @Slate. Question everything.

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Bruce Castor conducted a brilliant experiment to determine how many Republican senators would turn against Donald Trump based on an almost completely empty defense presentation. The answer is one.

Gottlieb says (1) current vaccines will probably be 20% less effective against B1351 and P1 (than vs. prior COVID). But (2) by fall, we'll have boosters that counter variants, and (3) scientists think the virus's evolution may "slow down," so we'll "be able to keep up with it."

If Trump wasn’t calling for an insurrection, what was he telling that crowd to do? His lawyers don’t have a good answer, because there isn’t one.

@jonkarl  asks: “The election was not stolen, correct?” @Steve Scalise replies: “Joe Biden’s the president. There were a few states that did not follow their state laws.” Karl asks whether Trump "must take responsibility” for 1/6. Scalise: “There’s a lot of blame to go around.”

Fauci on Fox: “The vaccines do not protect as well against ... the South African [variant]. It looks like it’ll be pretty good in preventing severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. But it’s only approximately about 50% effective in [preventing] any disease at all.”

When conservatives are accused of racism, they call it a leftist tactic to smear them and shut down debate. But on Israel, many conservatives do the same thing: They frame progressives as antisemites. A close look at the smear campaign against @brhodes .

“Capitalism has lifted more people from poverty to prosperity than any idea ... Capitalism works.” — @SenRickScott  at #CPAC2021 , Friday “I would start by breaking up the big tech corporations ... Break them up in the name of the rule of the people.” — @HawleyMO , 15 minutes later

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God bless Chris Wallace for not interrupting this spectacular Kellyanne Conway meltdown.

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"Evil Jews." "When I think of al-Qaida, I can hold my chest out.” They "call our country and our people garbage.” "Anti-Semitic chants that they push forward" Every one of these quotes, attributed to @Ocasio20 @IlhanMN18 and by Republicans, is a fabrication.

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