Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of April 24
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NYT : Tucker Carlson is Leaving Fox news
NPR : Fox News ousts Tucker Carlson in stunning move following $787 million settlement
From the NYT link:
Ugh, good riddance, at least temporarily. I wonder where he'll go next.
I'm sure OANN is salivating at the bit to nab him, but maybe we'll get lucky and he'll go the Glenn Beck route, thinking he can do it on his own and creating his own media company, so his viewership similarly plummets.
There have been off and on tweets (and deletes) about invites from Russia Today hiring him.
In other news:
Tucker Carlson: firing highlights texts unearthed during Fox-Dominion trial
Top Kremlin propagandist tells Tucker Carlson he should run for president and 'You are always welcome in Russia and Moscow'
Biden announces reelection bid
Joe Biden has shocked the nation and world by announcing his intent to seek re-election.
Absolute madness that an 80-year old is the candidate for such a demanding job.
(I originally wrote some pessimistic thoughts about what this illustrates about the state of American democracy... but I deleted them because I'd just be preaching to the choir.)
Evolution of Florida vaccine analysis (Your Local Epidemiologist)
This is one of the few parts of Covid I feel personally pretty effected by. I had a few friends in their mid-thirties who were fit as fiddles die of heart failure. Both had covid within 4 weeks of their deaths. After that I was surprised to see a couple of my more educated, though decidedly contrarian friends jump on the "vaccines are the problem" train when this data surfaced. Thanks for highlighting the revisions, I'm going to send it their way.
One semi-related side note as we enter "post-covid", even if your symptoms are not particularly strong be mindful of how your body reacts post infection. During my last bout of Covid I picked up palpitations, particularly when sleeping. Had my partner not urged me to visit the cardiologist when my pulse woke her up in the middle of the night and if 2 good friends hadn't just died of heart failure I likely wouldn't have thought much of it. It took a few chest x-rays, which got kicked up to a month long monitor and a diagnostic imaging for them to catch the enlargement. It has since returned mostly to normal and I haven't had a palpitation in about 3 months. The whole ordeal lasted only 6 months and resolved on its own, but I also heavily reduced the amount of stress I was putting on it. My takeaway from the cardiologist was that Covid is having effects we don't totally understand yet and that the recovery period after an infection should be taken seriously. I didn't have any underlying health issues or co-morbidities before the infection and have a pretty high baseline level of fitness. So when someone says "It's just a cold", that's fine but take the recovery seriously, give yourself time to rest before resuming normal activity (1-2 months), and don't be afraid to consult a doctor if you feel off. I prefaced every visit with "This might completely be in my head but..." and it turned out it wasn't. Stay safe!