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Wolf Blitzer reflects on Powell: He was so smart

CNN's Wolf Blitzer reflects on the death of Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century.
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Dr. Oz launches GOP Senate run in Pennsylvania
Oz made the announcement in a Washington Examiner op-ed, which sharply criticized how the government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic but did not mention the word "Pennsylvania" once.
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Booster shots today could fight omicron tomorrow
A pedestrian walks past a sign for a vaccine site in Staten Island, New York, on November 29. The CDC is encouraging people either to get a Covid-19 booster shot or an initial vaccine, as the newly-discovered omicron variant is emerging in countries around the world. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images The CDC is encouraging Covid-19 booster shots now while we wait on more omicron variant data. Here’s why. With the omicron coronavirus variant emerging, Covid-19 booster shots may feel more urgent than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now advises that all Americans over 18 should get an additional dose of one of the approved Covid-19 vaccines, a stronger recommendation than its guidance in recent weeks. And the agency linked its update to the new variant. Many experts also support boosting the entire population; others remain skeptical about whether the US should prioritize additional shots for all healthy adults, given that protection against serious illness and death from two shots appears to be holding up. By and large, experts in both camps say omicron has not changed how they are thinking about booster shots — at least not yet. First, while it’s too early to tell how vaccines will hold up against omicron, many experts doubt that a new formula to fight off the variant will be needed. Existing vaccines, plus the overall boost in antibodies from a booster shot for many people, could ultimately be enough. “I don’t think we are going to need variant-specific boosters,” Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine at UC-San Francisco, told me. She pointed out the measles vaccine, which was developed in 1963, has never been updated. Second, while we don’t know when or if omicron will become the dominant strain in the US, booster shots offer one benefit right now: They protect you against the version of the virus that is already dominant in the US right now, the delta variant. Cases have risen, immunity from shots in the spring may be waning, and the cold weather and the holidays are driving people inside. The broader outlook, not fears of an omicron wave, is the most pressing reason to get a third shot, experts say. Will we need an omicron-specific booster? The omicron variant appears to have significant mutations compared to previous versions of the virus, which may make it more likely to overcome immunity from vaccines or prior infections. But it will take weeks for the data to come in on whether this is actually happening, and even more time to know what it would mean for people who are already vaccinated. Several of the experts I spoke to suspected an omicron booster would not ultimately be necessary. “I think the more likely bet, like the other three variants, is this variant also will be protected against serious illness,” Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me. The vaccines have already held up relatively well against the delta variant; there was some decline in vaccine effectiveness in protecting against any illness as delta became dominant over the summer, according to CDC studies. But the protection against severe illness — meaning hospitalization or death — remained strong for most people with the two-dose regimen. That is seen as evidence that the existing vaccines may perform strongly against omicron, too, even with its numerous mutations. “The vaccines protected against the very recent surge caused by the delta variant, even though delta differs genetically from the vaccine strain,” Matthew Laurens, a professor with the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland, told me. The higher antibody response to the virus you have after a booster shot might also provide broad protection against different variants, including omicron. “The recent results of booster studies for mRNA vaccines support that a third dose increases the antibody response to vaccination,” Laurens said, “and a higher antibody response likely will include more antibodies that are able to cross-protect against variant virus.” The bottom line: While there’s still a lot we don’t know, current booster shots could be enough to do the trick against omicron, which is why the CDC is pressing ahead with urging all US adults get an additional dose. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement accompanying the new guidelines. The booster debate doesn’t necessarily change with omicron There is still some disagreement among experts about whether booster shots are appropriate for everybody. The omicron variant may not change that debate. The vast majority of experts agree that booster shots make sense for older and immunocompromised people, who do not receive the same protection from the two-dose regimen as the rest of the population. There has been less consensus about boosters for younger and healthy adults, though the CDC now recommends an additional dose for everyone over 18. The skeptics point to the evidence that the vaccines remain strongly protective against severe symptoms for younger, healthier people, even if their effectiveness in preventing any illness has slipped. They worry about the risk of side effects, such as heart inflammation, for healthy people who may not benefit much from another dose. “I don’t think we have enough data to say this vaccine isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing, which is protect against severe illness,” Offit told me. “This vaccine continues to do that. We sort of damn it by calling these mild illnesses breakthrough infections.” They are also concerned that the booster drive could distract from the campaign to get shots to unvaccinated people, both in the US and the rest of the world. About 30 percent of the US population remains unvaccinated; 44 percent of the global population — 3.4 billion people — have not received a single dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. There are biological reasons that immunity against any symptoms would fade but protection against serious illness would hold up. The human immune system has multiple layers of defense against outside invaders. Antibodies can stamp out a virus before it ever develops into an infection — but they are also more likely to dwindle over time. Memory cells, on the other hand, can last for years and, though they activate more slowly, they can prevent symptoms from becoming too severe after an infection has already begun. In other words, while your immune system might not be as good at preventing you from getting sick at all, it still has the necessary tools to prevent a mild illness from developing to the point you have to go to the hospital. “Most scientists believe we should still have protection against severe disease with vaccinations with the omicron variant,” Gandhi said. “If you want a burst of new antibodies against the virus to protect you from mild breakthroughs, the original vaccine’s booster should work to do that.” Some of these skeptics have also argued the US needs to be more specific about what the booster campaign is supposed to achieve. Is it supposed to stop all illness? Or is it just supposed to help prevent the worst outcomes and make Covid-19 something we can live with? But some people really don’t want to get sick at all. “I got my shingles vaccine not because I thought I would die from shingles. I got it because I did not want to get shingles,” said Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. “That’s true of most adult vaccines.” While the two-dose regimen has held up pretty well against the currently dominant delta variant, that has been evidence of some waning protection against severe illness. As Harvard Medical School’s Michael Klompas wrote in JAMA earlier this month, a number of ongoing investigations “suggest that there may be a parallel decrease in vaccine effectiveness against hospitalizations with the passage of more time.” That would strengthen the case for boosters, and boosting can have other benefits as well. The vaccines appear to lead to less transmission and also reduce the chances of long Covid if the person does become infected with the virus. Many experts are persuaded that the benefits of boosting most everybody outweigh the risks — a stance the CDC has now endorsed too. “The evidence for boosters is pretty compelling, and is in response to concerns about waning immunity against the current strains of the virus we are already living with,” Jen Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told me. “Delta is still the dominant variant in the US and that should be the primary concern for anyone.”
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Oxford School Shooting: What We Know
The authorities identified those killed as Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Tate Myre, 16. A teacher was among the injured.
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Hundreds of Doctors, Medics Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Roe v. Wade
The call comes as the High Court prepares to hear a case on a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks.
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Democrats will have no shortage of material for their 2022 campaigns
Fatalism about the midterms is unwarranted.
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Reunite at Virgil Abloh Tribute
Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce from Kanye West in February, was pictured with the rapper as they honored their late friend in Miami.
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How Tall Is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and How Much Does the Star Weigh?
The beloved Christmas tree has been a holiday fixture in the Big Apple for over 80 years since the 1930s.
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First accuser testifies in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial
The first alleged victim to testify in Maxwell's trial said she was 14 during her first sexual encounter with Epstein.
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Musk mocks Apple’s $19 cloth as Tesla sells out of new ‘cyberwhistle’
The product could also be Tesla's subtle response to a series of whistleblower complaints against the company in recent years.
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GOP lawmakers fear China could hack U.S. government computing clouds
Sen. Rob Portman wants stronger protections in a plan to expand cloud computing.
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'Bachelor' Season 26 announces Clayton Echard as its new leading man
The new “Bachelor” for Season 26 has finally been confirmed after months of speculation and rumors.
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Steven Spielberg honors Stephen Sondheim at ‘West Side Story’ premiere
Spielberg also revealed that the two became friends, and had onset nicknames.
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How Mets fans can take hope from the history of free-agency splashes
Taking a look at the offseason “winners” and the postseason winners from the past nine years.
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Oxford High School shooting: Petition launched to rename football stadium after slain player
The Change.org petition had already surpassed 35,000 signatures early Wednesday.
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Rain, snowy weather forecast for Northwest as clipper system moves over Great Lakes, Northeast
Another clipper system will move across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast on Wednesday, including a wintry mix.
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'The Lord of the Rings' Fan Spots Incredible Movie Detail 20 Years Later
The first installment of the trilogy, "The Fellowship of the Ring," turns 20 after premiering in New York on December 13, 2001.
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Moderna CEO: Current vaccines less effective against Omicron
Drugmaker executive predicts a "material drop" in the efficacy of existing vaccines against the new variant.
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Clayton Echard officially named ‘The Bachelor’ for Season 26
"Bachelorette" star Michelle Young's ex was first rumored to be the next "Bachelor" when photos of him filming with a camera crew were leaked in September.
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3 killed, 8 wounded in shooting at Michigan high school
All the deceased victims were students.
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Chosen-1's Invitational: What to expect at boys' and girls' basketball event
LeBron James, with Nike and Basketball Hall of Fame, will host Sierra Canyon, Fairfax, Christ the King and St. Vincent-St. Mary boys' and girls' teams.
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The Fed Abandons the Wrong Word But Needs the Right Policy
Chair Jerome Powell is right to retire the term “transitory.” Now the bank should change its approach to fulfilling its mandate.
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These were Google Play's top apps of 2021: Talking Tech podcast
These were Google Play's top apps of 2021: Talking Tech podcast      
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Explosion near train station rocks German city of Munich
An explosion has occurred near a busy train station in the German city of Munich, police said Wednesday.
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Performers welcome arrivals as tourism returns to Fiji
Fiji welcomed tourists for the first time in two years on December 1, following the prolonged closure of its international borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Shane Hussein via Storyful     
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Supreme Court Live updates: Justices to hear arguments over Mississippi abortion law challenging Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments over a Mississippi abortion law challenging the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
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Can You Spot Mt Everest From Space in This Photo an Astronaut Took From ISS?
NASA's Mark T. Vande Hei captured the image of Earth's highest peak while aboard the International Space Station, situated 248 miles above our planet.
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Michigan high school teen killed in shooting was 'hero', classmates say
Three Michigan high school students were shot and killed in a school shooting at Oxford High School.
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Why Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Is About to Reach First Major Test
Ghislaine Maxwell's trial is on the cusp of a pivotal day in court as the defendant's legal team is scheduled to cross-examine a key witness.
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Biden public trust on COVID-19 plummets as omicron variant feared to hit US
The omicron variant's seemingly inevitable spread in the United States could prove disastrous for President Biden, who has seen his pandemic approval numbers sink to negative territory in the most recent polling.
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To fight AIDS, we have to stop the spread of Covid-19
Jennifer Lotito writes that in order to defeat AIDS and Covid-19 our leaders must treat these twin crises like the global emergencies they are.
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Dr. Oz's Pennsylvania Senate Announcement Did Not Mention Pennsylvania Once
The longtime New Jersey resident cast himself as a candidate who can "bravely fight for freedom and tell it like it is."
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Lili Reinhart Says ‘Riverdale’ Season 7 Will “Probably Be the Last One”
"We're hoping for a season seven," Reinhart said in an Instagram Live.
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Tucker Carlson Defends Chris Cuomo Helping Brother: 'Best Thing He Ever Did'
Carlson said an individual's first obligation is to his family, but also mocked Cuomo for his time as anchor at CNN.
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Sandra Bullock shares the phrase she says 'a lot' that her parents couldn’t: 'It was a generational thing'
On Wednesday, she appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" on Facebook Watch where she discussed her life as a parent, opening up about one of her biggest strengths as a mom.
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Celtics' Enes Kanter Freedom, social activist, celebrates US citizenship with new name
"Maybe the most unforgettable moment that I had in my life." Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics becomes a U.S. citizen and adds Freedom to his name.       
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Japan's Shinzo Abe Fires Direct Warning to China's Xi Jinping Over Taiwan
The former Japanese prime minister offered his strongest remarks yet on the prospect of conflict in the Taiwan Strait.
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A Tucson police officer shot a man in a wheelchair 9 times, killing him. The department is moving to fire him.
A Tucson police officer shot a man in a wheelchair nine times after the man allegedly stole a toolbox from Walmart.
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Peyton List kicks off a new season of ‘Cobra Kai’
If you happen to glimpse Peyton List at a stoplight and she’s got a head wound, take it with a grain of salt. “I love messing with people,” says the “Cobra Kai” actress, whose character relishes a no-holds-barred fight. List’s been known to drive home with her busted-up makeup still on, and likes to watch...
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20 million lives saved: How America came together to lead the fight against AIDS
On World AIDS Day, as we continue to battle HIV while also seeking a road map against COVID-19, it's important to look at how PEPFAR succeeded.      
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South Korean footballer Suk Hyun-jun racially abused during Ligue 1 game, Troyes alleges
French side Troyes has alleged that South Korean striker Suk Hyun-jun was racially abused during the club's game against Marseille on Sunday.
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Can my remote work location impact pay? Ask HR
Whether it is the regional labor market or local cost of living, where you live has always been calculated into your pay rate.     
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Fear of falling into homelessness is an urgent threat for many L.A. voters, new poll finds
L.A. voters want the government to focus on shelter for homeless people living in the streets, even if those efforts are short-term, a poll has found.
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The Federal Reserve Needs to Accelerate the Taper
If central bankers don’t act at their policy meeting in two weeks, it’ll be too late.
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Lawbreakers in federal prisons include prison staff, report finds; senators demand accountability
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Twitter’s new CEO is bringing an engineering background to a politics fight
Why Twitter chose Parag Agrawal, an engineer with limited management experience, for one of the most fraught roles in tech.
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5 things to watch on Fox Nation this December
Sleigh-ride into December and embrace the holiday spirit with all-new Christmas content on Fox Nation!
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Poll on homelessness: How it was done
How the poll on Los Angeles' voters attitudes toward homelessness was conducted.
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2021: The Year the Grift Kept Giving 
It’s been nearly a year since Hilaria Baldwin, the yoga influencer and wife of Alec Baldwin, was caught in the slightest of scandals. Many months before the tragedy that befell her husband’s movie set, she was revealed to have been born in Boston, despite using a Spanish accent for much of her career, one largely…
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