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Released: 3-Dec-2021 3:45 PM EST
Claim that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are global superspreaders of the new omicron variant is misleading

Kim Iversen, a popular political talk show host with over 27K followers on Twitter, claimed that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are global superspreaders of the new omicron variant. “I can’t believe that after fully vaccinated travelers have been found to be the global spreaders of the omicron variant, we’re STILL talking about forcing people into being vaccinated,” she wrote on Twitter. We find this claim to be misleading. There is very little data on how the new variant is being spread.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 11:50 AM EST
Supporting both parties can help companies reduce risk
University of Oregon

U.S. companies that balance their political connections across party lines in a polarized partisan environment are in a position to see less volatility in their stock prices and profits, according to a University of Oregon-led study.

Newswise: Climate Change Increasingly a Bipartisan Issue in Florida
Released: 1-Dec-2021 8:30 AM EST
Climate Change Increasingly a Bipartisan Issue in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

Belief in climate change among Florida Republicans has climbed to nearly 9 out of 10 adults, apparently trending upwards, according to a new analysis of five sequenced surveys since 2019. The climate change issue may no longer be an effective campaign trail theme for the state’s party leaders as both parties gear up for the mid-term elections. Democrats register a higher belief rate (96 percent) than do residents affiliated with the GOP (88 percent), however, the latter group’s share appears more than sufficient for Republican lawmakers to feel that openly acknowledging the science of climate change will not erode their popular support.

Released: 30-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EST
The biggest threat to your political candidate may be your friends
Cornell University

New Cornell University research uses mathematical modeling to show that type of thinking can have the opposite effect, resulting in the election of politicians who do not represent the preferences of the electorate as a whole.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 2:05 PM EST
The claim that "Greenland's ice sheet isn't shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago" is false

Steven Koonin, former Undersecretary for Science in the Obama Administration says that the media is exaggerating the climate crisis. In a recent video for Prager U, Koonin offered several statements that address flooding, hurricanes and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. We address the claim that "Greenland's ice sheet isn't shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago." Our analysis: this claim is mostly false.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 2:20 PM EST
Do Protests Matter?
American Sociological Association (ASA)

Recent protests in the U.S. over police brutality have attracted much global attention, but scholars have come to mixed conclusions about if protest alone can bring about policy change. A study from the December 2021 issue of American Sociological Review seeks to answer whether protest can bring about desired outcomes.

Released: 22-Nov-2021 10:30 AM EST
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Abuses No Surprises Act Regulations to Manipulate the Market Before Law Takes Effect
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists expressed grave concern about the strong-arm tactics of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and its abuse of the new federal law designed to protect patients from out-of-network bills. The letters being sent to anesthesiology and other physician practices in the state threaten contract termination and the physicians’ in-network status unless the physicians immediately agree to payment reductions ranging from 10 to over 30%. Implementation of the No Surprises Act is cited in the letters as the impetus for the reductions. The clear intent of the insurance company in taking this action is to improve its negotiating position against community physician practices in the dispute resolution process outlined in the recently released Interim Final Rule implementing the legislation.

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