What to know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine blood clots. Plus, how progressives misunderstood Biden.
TheAtlantic: Weekly Sunday Apr 18, 2021
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Deep Cleaning Isn’t a Victimless Crime

The CDC has finally said what scientists have been screaming for months: The coronavirus is overwhelmingly spread through the air, not via surfaces.

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The Danger of a ‘Dudes Only’ Vaccine

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The mRNA Vaccines Are Looking Better and Better

Concerns about blood clots with Johnson & Johnson underscore just how lucky Americans are to have the Pfizer and Moderna shots.

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The Alt-Right Has Lost Control of Redpill

A classic meme about being radicalized is now so absurd that it means almost nothing at all.

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Return the National Parks to the Tribes

The jewels of America’s landscape should belong to America’s original peoples.

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Exit Strategy

There will be no power-sharing, no reconciliation, no peace of the brave.

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