From Sarah (Crooked) <[email protected]>
Subject What A Day: Cuom court advantage
Date January 5, 2022 1:28 AM
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The CDC says keep tweeting, it's not owned. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

** -A "friend" of J.D. Vance, ([link removed]) on his cool new beard

The Omicron variant has been tearing across the country faster than test supplies or even Ron Johnson’s faith-based immunity forcefield ([link removed]) can keep up with it, overwhelming leaders who had planned to proceed with business as usual. Here’s the latest:

* The U.S. reported one-million new coronavirus cases ([link removed]) on Monday, a record-breaking single-day total that could reflect delayed reporting from over the holiday weekend. It’s also likely a staggering undercount, as it doesn’t include the many Americans who only tested positive on a home rapid test or couldn’t get tested at all. The Omicron variant now accounts for 95.4 percent of new infections ([link removed]) , according to updated CDC estimates.

* In Tuesday remarks from the White House, President Biden urged schools to stay open ([link removed]) amid the Omicron wave. While a small but growing number of school districts have shifted to remote learning ([link removed]) , the vast majority have attempted to do just that. Supremely Normal New York City Mayor Eric Adams has remained, uh, swaggerily adamant ([link removed]) that the nation’s largest school district stay open, despite pressure from union leaders to go remote and roughly a third of parents keeping their kids at home ([link removed]) on Monday.

* Biden also announced that the U.S. will double its order for Paxlovid ([link removed]) , Pfizer’s COVID antiviral pill. The new order will eventually provide enough pills for another 10 million Americans, but they won’t be available right away—only 35,000 of the extra courses would be delivered this month, during the expected peak of the Omicron surge. Doctors say that the limited initial supply ([link removed]) likely won’t be enough to take the strain off of many overwhelmed hospitals.

Meanwhile, the CDC has seen your tweets, and decided to invite another round of them.

* The CDC was expected to revise its guidance ([link removed]) for how long people with COVID-19 should isolate themselves, after last week halving the length from 10 days to five days for folks without symptoms and triggering a wave of backlash from more or less everyone who isn’t the CEO of Delta Airlines ([link removed]) . But instead of adding a requirement for people to get a negative test before re-entering public life, the CDC’s updated guidance simply provides more detail ([link removed]) on how people who “have access” and “want to test” (haha) should interpret their results.

* Of course, why agonize about doing the responsible thing when you can be an unrepentant sociopath, blame the resulting mess on Biden, and demand a federal bailout? Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has asked the Biden administration ([link removed]) to set up more testing sites, send extra medical personnel, and provide more monoclonal-antibody treatments, while continuing to fight the vaccine mandates ([link removed]) that would have kept more Texans out of the hospital in the first place.

While public health experts are heartened by relatively low hospitalization rates ([link removed]) , they won’t be much of a comfort to overburdened medical staff or the most vulnerable Americans trying to stay safe without a financial safety net. The best news there is that the worst of the surge could be behind us by the end of the month.

If you’re finding it hard to keep up on COVID-19 headlines, we’ve got you covered. This week on America Dissected, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed offers his perspective on the latest COVID-19 updates, and talks to the doctors, scientists, culture makers, and policy leaders who are working at the edges of science and policy to protect us. New episodes of America Dissected drop every Tuesday. Listen wherever you get your podcasts ([link removed]) .
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Albany’s top prosecutor has dropped a groping charge against disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) ([link removed]) , eliminating one of the most serious legal threats he faced. Albany District Attorney David Soares said that while Cuomo’s accuser, his former aide Brittany Commisso, was credible, “after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial.” Soares is the third district attorney to decide in recent weeks to drop charges against Cuomo, after Long Island and Westchester County prosecutors announced in December that Cuomo wouldn’t face charges over separate, credible sexual-misconduct allegations. (It is at times like these that we must soberly ask ourselves, has #MeToo gone too far?) The Manhattan district attorney’s office has also closed an investigation into Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths early in the pandemic, according to Cuomo’s
* A record 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November ([link removed]) , up from 4.2 million in October, as lower-wage workers sought out better opportunities.

* Hundreds of drivers were trapped overnight on I-95 in Virginia ([link removed]) after Monday’s snowstorm caused multiple crashes. The strandees included Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who finally made it to work ([link removed]) after 26.5 hours in his car.

* Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Tuesday that “there is no negotiation going on at this time” on the Build Back Better Act ([link removed]) , but reiterated that he wants to add a work requirement ([link removed]) to any extension of the expanded child tax credit. Also, he still thinks ([link removed]) reforming the filibuster to pass voting-rights legislation is “a heavy lift.” Good stuff!

* The January 6 committee has asked Sean Hannity to c’mon in ([link removed]) and answer some questions voluntarily.

* Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, an advisor to Trump’s post-election legal team, provided the January 6 committee with a trove of documents ([link removed]) and described others he withheld, including a document titled, subtly, “DRAFT LETTER FROM POTUS TO SEIZE EVIDENCE IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THE 2020 ELECTIONS.”

* Donald Trump canceled his Insurrection Anniversary press conference ([link removed]) , and will instead spew his planned lies at an Arizona rally next week.

* Canada has reached a $31.5 billion agreement to fix its discriminatory child-welfare system ([link removed]) and compensate First Nations children who were harmed by it after being taken from their homes unnecessarily.

* Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) announced he won’t seek reelection in November ([link removed]) after serving 15 terms in Congress.

* AT&T and Verizon will delay the rollout of 5G by two weeks ([link removed]) following a request from Transportation Secretary Mayor Pete, who cited concerns that it could interfere with devices that airline pilots rely on to “land airplanes” and “not kill everybody.”

* Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ernby, who passionately opposed government vaccine mandates, has died of COVID at age 46 ([link removed]) .

* Media columnist Ben Smith will leave the New York Times to start a global media venture ([link removed]) catering to the tragically underserved audience of “people who are college educated” and “read in English.”

* A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the grown-up naked baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind album ([link removed]) , after the former baby’s lawyers missed a deadline. The adult infant's team has until January 13 to refile.

Facebook hosted a barrage of misinformation and threats of political violence in the leadup to January 6 ([link removed]) , if you can believe such a thing. Between Election Day and the insurrection, members of Facebook groups churned out at least 650,000 posts claiming President Biden wasn’t legitimately elected—averaging 10,000 posts per day, according to an investigation by ProPublica and the Washington Post. Many of the posts called for executions or other violence, all during a lull in enforcement after Facebook disbanded the Group Task Force charged with keeping an eye on political groups ahead of the election. Facebook executives have downplayed the platform’s role in the attack, rejected calls from its own Oversight Board to conduct an internal investigation, and have yet to turn over all the information requested by the January 6 committee.

Twenty-five states and 56 local jurisdictions ([link removed]) will raise their minimum wage in 2022; many of those hikes went into effect on January 1.

A new California law ([link removed]) requiring grocery stores to donate surplus foods to food banks has gone into effect.

The DC Council ([link removed]) has approved legislation to stock free pads and tampons in school bathrooms.

Sokhary Chau ([link removed]) , the new mayor of Lowell, MA, has become the first Cambodian American mayor in the country.
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