They also discuss what would make a third party viable in the American political system, after a group of more than a hundred Republicans published a letter threatening to split from the GOP if it didn’t make changes. Finally, they consider the political and scientific calculations of the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks or social distance indoors.
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