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The Pat Benatar song is appropriate for this.

I have received two doses of a vaccine only once (shingles) and the second dose was the only time I have ever felt any effect from a vaccine. It was relatively minor though.


At about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, I woke to find my husband shivering beside me. For hours, he had been tossing in bed, exhausted but unable to sleep, nursing chills, a fever, and an agonizingly sore left arm. His teeth chattered. His forehead was freckled with sweat. And as I lay next to him, cinching blanket after blanket around his arms, I felt an immense sense of relief. All this misery was a sign that the immune cells in his body had been riled up by the second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and were well on their way to guarding him from future disease.

Side effects are a natural part of the vaccination process, as my colleague Sarah Zhang has written. Not everyone will experience them. But the two COVID-19 vaccines cleared for emergency use in the United States, made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, already have reputations for raising the hackles of the immune system: In both companies’ clinical trials, at least a third of the volunteers ended up with symptoms such as headaches and fatigue; fevers like my husband’s were less common.

Dose No. 2 is more likely to pack a punch—in large part because the effects of the second shot build iteratively on the first. My husband, who’s a neurologist at Yale New Haven Hospital, is one of many who had a worse experience with his second shot than his first.

But much like any other learning process, in this one repetition is key. When hit with the second injection, the immune system recognizes the onslaught, and starts to take it even more seriously. The body’s encore act, uncomfortable though it might be, is evidence that the immune system is solidifying its defenses against the virus.

People shouldn’t be perturbed by a lack of vaccine side effects either. As our bodies churn through new information, “some people’s immune systems are louder than others’,” Marcelin said. But the quiet ones are still hard at work.

My husband’s immune system certainly fell into the diva category. The night after his second shot, he pinwheeled between cold and hot, alternately bundling himself in blankets and tossing them away. The flux seemed to bleed a bit into his emotional valence too. After snoozing on the couch for several hours, he perked up and couldn’t stop laughing at a picture of an orange cat curled up next to a box of similarly crescent-shaped croissants.

But within 24 hours of his shot, he was feeling well enough to run (yes, run) to work and finish an 11-hour shift. In a couple of weeks, he’ll join the millions of other Americans who, thanks to a pair of injections, will be cloaked in an extra layer of armor against the coronavirus.

As he told me Wednesday night, shivering through the cushion of two comforters: “This is a million times better than getting COVID.”


This is an important post. i hope most of us read it.


It sounds like his immune system was pretty weak to start with. Plus, he could be pulling a diva act.


To me this is a bit much.

But within 24 hours of his shot, he was feeling well enough to run (yes, run) to work and finish an 11-hour shift. In a couple of weeks, he’ll join the millions of other Americans who, thanks to a pair of injections, will be cloaked in an extra layer of armor against the coronavirus.


Speaking of vaccines. ( notice the source)


If the Dems don’t call any witnesses (especially capital police witnesses), I just give up. “Their experience as witnesses is enough.” Give me a break. They were NOT witnesses to the attack outside. Don’t they think that police testimony might be a bit uncomfortable for law and order Republicans, whether or not they vote to impeach. How about some MAGA rioters saying that they descended on the capital because Trump told them so. The trial is not only about Trump but implicating Republicans in the insurrection too.

I will be very pissed if the only “witnesses” are the Senators.



Democrats made a push for witnesses central to President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. But not this time.

Senate Democrats are making it clear they’re taking a different approach than they did for Trump’s infamous Ukraine call. Now, they say their experience as witnesses to the Jan. 6 insurrection is enough.

“This is based on a public crime,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “His intent was unhidden and so I think there’s a danger as there always is for a trial lawyer and prosecutor to over-try, to add more witnesses that prove the obvious.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) compared the situations this way: “Imagine if the Ukraine call were streamed on the Internet.” And given how dug in most members of both parties are, he observed: “It’s not clear to me that there is any evidence that will change anyone’s mind.”


This sounded encouraging until to the end when he talks about senators being witnesses. Hopefully, he is holding his cards close to his chest.


Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California said it would be wrong to assume that every American has a full picture of the events that led to the Capitol mob riot, ahead of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.

Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Schiff what he thought was the biggest challenge for impeachment managers considering that many Americans witnessed the narrative that led to the insurrection on January 6.

“We may think that all the senators and American people know all the facts,” said Schiff. “But in fact, when you look at the whole chronology of what the president did in the weeks and months leading up to January 6, his efforts to reject to the outcome if he lost,… Many Americans and indeed many senators may not be familiar with all those facts that led up to that incitement of that mob.”

“So you can’t presume that either the Senate or the country are aware of all the facts,” Schiff added. “You really need to present that full picture and I’m confident that they will.”

When asked about his opinion on witnesses during the trial, Schiff said: “We have the unusual circumstance where on the very first day of the trail when those managers walk on the floor of the Senate, there will already be over a hundred witnesses present, and those will be the House and Senate members.”

“Whether you need additional witnesses will be a strategic call for the House managers,” Schiff continued.


Schiff is a DNCer. Ugh!


i could live in rage. i don’t understand this at all. almost collusion



President Biden’s first immigration crisis has already begun as thousands of families have surged toward the southwestern border in recent weeks, propelled by expectations of a friendlier reception and by a change in Mexican policy that makes it harder for the United States to expel some of the migrants.

More than 1,000 people who had been detained after crossing have been released into the country in recent days in a swift reversal from the Trump administration’s near shutdown of the border. Many more people are gathering on the Mexican side, aggravating conditions there and testing America’s ability and willingness to admit migrants during a pandemic.

New families every day have been collecting in Mexican border towns, sleeping in the streets, under bridges and in dry ditches, according to lawyers and aid groups working along the border. On Thursday in Mexicali, across from Calexico, Calif., desperate migrants could be seen trying to scale a border fence. A migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, just across a bridge from Texas, has boomed to 1,000 people over the past few weeks.

To guard against the coronavirus, health authorities in San Diego have arranged housing for hundreds of arriving migrants in a downtown high-rise hotel, where they are being quarantined before being allowed to join family or friends in the interior of the United States.

“There has been a significant increase in asylum seekers arriving, and we know that the numbers are only going to keep rising dramatically,” said Kate Clark, senior director for immigration services at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, which has been providing the families clothes and personal hygiene items and helping them arrange onward travel.

The surge poses the first major test of Mr. Biden’s pledge to adopt a more compassionate policy along America’s border with Mexico.

The prospect of large numbers of migrants entering the country during a pandemic could create a strong public backlash for Mr. Biden as his administration takes steps to undo the strict policies put into place by his predecessor.


We all had to expect that there would be a backlog once Trump’s attack dogs were brought to heel (well, somewhat – ICE still exists, and there was word that they are disregarding any change to their hateful agenda).



For most of 2020’s primary elections and general election, voters had to closely track changes in polling places and voting options, as state and local election officials responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ended up having a positive impact. Many Americans used vote-by-mail and early in-person alternatives for the first time, to stay safe and cast their ballots in what was the most secure election ever. The more convenient voting options also led to historic turnout, the highest in over a century.

But some Republican politicians across the country see this expanded voter engagement as a problem to be fixed.

Since the November elections, more than 100 bills restricting access to the ballot in 28 states have been introduced in state legislatures, according to a study from the Brennan Center for Justice. This is three times as many bills than were introduced in the same period in 2020, ahead of the presidential election. But of course, that was before months of election disinformation, viral videos, and “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theories spread by former President Trump and his allies, both during early-voting periods and after his loss.

“It doesn’t make any sense. It’s not really responsive to any need, except for the one that was created by people latching on to these false narratives,” says Sophia Lin Lakin, of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “The voter fraud people are concerned about was manufactured by politicians.”


Nothing like The GOPUkes advertising all their voter cheating tactics, and no repercussions. 🙁



This relationship could get more strained pending on what happens with lowering the stimulus payment thresholds and ditching the $15 minimum wage.


President Biden has established an early working relationship with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, satisfying a group that was skeptical of him during the campaign with an aggressive agenda in his first weeks in office.

Biden campaigned as a moderate in a primary field of progressive stalwarts including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). When opponents attempted to brand him as a socialist, he shot back, “I beat the socialist.”

But the president has managed to win over much of the progressive wing of the party in the early going through regular outreach, executive orders on climate and immigration, and a commitment to a $1.9 trillion relief package.

“There are certainly areas we’re continuing to talk to them and push them on, but generally it’s been a good productive relationship, and we feel like many of the priorities of progressives that benefit working people and poor people across the country are really getting addressed and spoken to even in these first two weeks,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who chairs the 94-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Early and consistent outreach from the White House has been key in building trust with progressives on Capitol Hill, officials said.

One of the first calls Louisa Terrell made as Biden’s director of legislative affairs was to the Progressive Caucus. The group has also met with Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, among others.

The Sunrise Movement, a progressive group focused on climate change, has been in regular contact with members of Biden’s climate team.

Progressives have been satisfied with Biden’s choice of Ron Klain as his chief of staff, preferring him as a voice who would bring progressive ideas to the table in contrast to Rahm Emanuel, who served as former President Obama’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

“If we want to have unity on a bill that is a priority for the president, I say the same thing that I say to leadership, which is, consult us early and often,” Jayapal said.

Officials say progressive priorities have been reflected in Biden’s early actions, thanks in part to the recommendations of unity task forces between the former presidential campaigns of Biden and Sanders.

Biden delivered progressive groups wins by revoking the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, signing an executive order to end the use of private prisons in the criminal justice system and pushing to include an increase in the minimum wage in the economic relief proposal.

“It really does tell us that Biden is listening and is committed to using his full executive power. And while this is a great step forward we also are very aware this is just the beginning of what needs to get done,” said Ellen Sciales, press secretary for the Sunrise Movement.

But progressive groups and lawmakers have made clear they will push Biden on key issues, setting up potential fractures in the party as the president navigates the rest of his term.

Green’s group is pressing for the relief bill to fund full $2,000 stimulus payments to some Americans, after Democrats campaigned on them in the Georgia Senate runoffs. Biden’s proposal includes $1,400 checks that add to $600 payments already signed into law in December by former President Trump.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) led a group of more than 50 progressive Democratic lawmakers who penned a letter to Biden late last month urging him to support recurring monthly direct payments to Americans during the pandemic.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus will pressure the White House to extend the ban on private prisons to the immigration system and act on student loan debt relief, Jayapal said. The White House said Thursday it is reviewing what actions Biden might be able to take unilaterally to forgive federal student loans amid the pandemic.

The filibuster, which requires 60 votes to close debate on legislation, is another point of tension, though with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) opposed to eliminating it, Democrats do not now have the votes to do away with it.

Dozens of progressive groups nonetheless wrote to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday urging him to end the filibuster, which they called a “weapon of pure partisan gridlock.”


My MO family is all in for Mahomes. I’m with them.

I will be ecstatic to see Brady —who refused to visit the WH because of the skintone of our 44th president—-LOSE and lose big.

Should he win, I wonder how Biden will feel about tom coming to the WH for a celebration. I know how I’ll be feeling. not so good.


I have lived in central FL most of my life. We’re talking the Atlantic/East coast side. The west side is the Gulf of Mexico. I have been an educated/devoted Tampa Bay Bucs fan for 41 years. That said, I hate Tom Brady and have for years. We know them as the New England Belicheats. I want the Bucs to win cos they have been bottom feeders and ridiculed for years. I hated the Brady signing tho Jameis Winston turned out to be a dud. Buc Luck as in negative football karma. I wasn’t all that fired up 18 years ago when they kicked the Oakland Raiders’ collective butts in SB 2003. I just don’t like the Stupor Bowl. It isn’t the NFL Championship game. The excitement isn’t there. It’s just some yuge Craporate National Media Event. Oh well. Go Mighty Bucs tho!! 🙂


I am neutral just hoping that it is an exciting and close game.


Where are u from? 🙂 It will be a similar game to the 2003 SB.


Once GB was eliminated i go to neutral status, hope for great game. Since i have a background of coaching grades 4th thru JV I’ll watch the game more from a Defensive standpoint and see whom can slow down the offences best. obviously TB may have the edge on D.


Well it’s unlikely that Tom Brady will lose big. He’s been in nine Super Bowls with the Mighty New England Patriots and every game has been close. 6 wins and 3 losses.


I bet that Amy’s cousin Chuck Schumer will be a lot less excited.


T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 Weather has cleared but it is super humid and warm.


Don’t forget that there are elections in Ecuador today.

I bet the OAS has a bulletin congratulating a right wing victory all ready prepared.



We’ve been in touch, obviously


Crazy long lines to vote seems to be the norm nowadays.




Her hair sure looks like a wig.