Republican backlash to President Biden’s agenda

From The Guardian: “Across a vast swath of the American heartlands, the anti-Biden backlash is being replicated in Republican-controlled statehouses in what Ronald Brownstein has described in the Atlantic as a ‘collective cry of defiance.'”

Read the story here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/19/joe-biden-republicans-polarization-us-politics-texas.

Dozen people responsible for most vaccine misinformation

A dozen people are responsible for most vaccine misinformation. The “disinformation dozen” have a combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platforms. The Guardian has a short story about this: Majority of COVID misinformation came from 12 people, report finds. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-theories-ccdh-report

Guardian investigation about few firms dominating grocery choices

The Guardian and Food and Water Watch have investigated grocery store items, and found that four or five firms dominate the market for many of the items.

Read the investigation here: The illusion of choice: five stats that expose America’s food monopoly crisis. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/18/america-food-monopoly-crisis-grocery-stores?utm_term=d5e2598366af41470835fe08d7eae58c

COVID-19 cases rise due to delta variant, vaccination slowdown

COVID-19 cases are rising again in the United States, about tripling in terms of new cases per day, as the delta variant takes hold and vaccinations slow down.

The Washington Post had this story on Friday, July 16, 2021: Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/16/covid-cases-rising/

From the article: “More than 97 percent of hospitalizations are among those who are unvaccinated, Walensky said, and almost all covid-19 deaths — which climbed 26 percent in the past week — are among people who have not received a shot.”

Trump lawyers face sanctions over election claims

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump face potential sanctions for their court filings in Michigan and Colorado challenging the outcome of the 2020 election.

Here is a story from The Washington Post (July 12, 2021): ‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge in Michigan presses Trump-allied lawyers on 2020 election fraud claims in sanctions hearing. Federal judge in Michigan presses Sidney Powell and other Trump-allied lawyers on 2020 election fraud claims in sanctions hearing – The Washington Post

Here is a story from The Washington Post on Friday, July 16, 2021: ‘A propaganda tool’ for Trump: A second federal judge castigates attorneys who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 results. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sanctions-hearing-2020-lawsuit/2021/07/16/90392266-e661-11eb-b722-89ea0dde7771_story.htm

Reporters write about Trump, elections, Jan. 6 insurrection

There are a few new books and stories about former President Donald Trump, the 2016 and 2020 elections, and the January 6 insurrection.

The Washington Post had this story by Reis Thebault on Wednesday: Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joint-chiefs-chairman-feared-potential-reichstag-moment-aimed-at-keeping-trump-in-power/2021/07/14/a326f5fe-e4ec-11eb-a41e-c8442c213fa8_story.html

The Washington Post had this story by Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker on Thursday: ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ book excerpt: Inside Trump’s Election Day and the birth of the ‘big lie’. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/07/13/book-excerpt-i-alone-can-fix-it/

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COVID making unvaccinated sick

Last year, there were a lot of news stories about people who considered COVID-19 to be a hoax getting infected and sick, and then warning others to take it seriously.

This year, there a lot of news stories about people hesitating or refusing to get the vaccine, getting sick, and then urging others to get it.

It’s very unfortunate, and it all seems so unnecessary.

Here a few of the recent stories about COVID-19 among the unvaccinated:

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Washington Post column, video about critical race theory

Here is a column by Karen Attiah of The Washington Post about two people resisting the critical race theory backlash in Oklahoma: Opinion | Two voices of resistance to the critical race theory backlash in Oklahoma – The Washington Post.

Here is a video by The Washington Post about critical race theory that includes two of the scholars. There has been a lack of interviews with actual scholars of critical race theory in most or all of the news stories and press releases I have seen, so it’s nice to hear from those who actually study critical race theory: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/critical-race-theory-explaining-the-truth-behind-the-rhetoric/2021/07/12/054fdeb9-6384-4a82-8335-197620f9b3da_video.html.