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COVID Relief and Gov. Fiscal Funding Bills Signed, Sort Of

COVID Relief and Gov. Fiscal Funding Bills Signed, Sort OfMcSTREAMY NEWS – Outgoing President Donald J. Trump Sunday signed the combined COVID-19 Relief Package and Fiscal Funding for the United States Government, but he has done so apparently with reservations about the provisions of both measures, and Congressional adjustments are expected to follow. Provisions expected to be changed include increasing the COVID-19 relief checks […] ….. Read More.McSTREAMY.COM – News, Info and Entertainment | This, That and The OtherSun, December 27, 20204 weeks ago

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Coronavirus update: Emergency orders planned for more PPE, CDC predicts 100,000 more deaths in 30 da...

Coronavirus update: Emergency orders planned for more PPE, CDC predicts 100,000 more deaths in 30 da…A national plan for school reopenings is in the works By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs January 21, 2021 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 24,475,210 (24,273,831) Total U.S. deaths: 407,111 (402,400) Total global cases: 97,116,661 (96,396,565) Total global deaths: 2,080,009 (2,063,594) Biden plans extensive use of Defense Production Act The incoming Biden administration says it has found an acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) nearly a year into the pandemic. Officials say the president is likely to make extensive use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to alleviate that issue. Biden today issued executive orders and directed government agencies to use wartime powers to require U.S. companies to produce more N95 masks, swabs, and other equipment to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The…

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Biden’s Big Chance With Republicans

Biden’s Big Chance With RepublicansDonald Trump’s chaotic final days in the White House could present President Joe Biden with a historic opportunity to broaden his base of public support and splinter Republican opposition to his agenda.Recent polls have repeatedly found that about three-fourths or more of GOP voters accept Trump’s disproven charges that Biden stole the 2020 election, a number that has understandably alarmed domestic-terrorism experts. But in the same surveys, between one-fifth and one-fourth of Republican partisans have rejected that perspective. Instead, they’ve expressed unease about their party’s efforts to overturn the results—a campaign that culminated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump’s supporters.Those anxieties about the GOP’s actions, and about Trump’s future role in the party, may create an opening for Biden to dislodge even more Republican-leaning voters, many of whom have drifted away from the party since Trump’s emergence as its…

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Why we must democratize AI to invest in human prosperity, with Frank Pasquale

Why we must democratize AI to invest in human prosperity, with Frank PasqualeFour years ago, Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, catalyzed a debate over algorithmic and corporate power with the publication of his highly acclaimed and highly critical book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money.  On the one hand, Pasquale put us on notice by warning of the dire consequences of runaway algorithms. He highlighted their capacity to create havoc everywhere, by doing things like disrupting the stock market and ruining credit scores. On the other hand, because Pasquale is attuned to the dynamics of political economy and corporate maleficence, he also cautioned us against focusing too much on technological constraints and too little on unsavory human tendencies. He found both Wall Street and Silicon Valley guilty of weaponizing opaque algorithmic processes to expand power, conceal hidden agendas, and deflect responsibility.  In…

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Didi to subsidize trips for vaccinations with $10M fund

Didi to subsidize trips for vaccinations with $10M fundAs countries around the world prepare to vaccinate people against the coronavirus, tech companies are rushing to demonstrate their willingness to help fight the deadly virus. China’s ride-hailing leader Didi Chuxing is pledging a $10 million fund to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts in 13 markets outside its home country China, the company said on Friday. The multi-purpose fund will be used to reduce fees for passengers going to vaccination appointments and frontline healthcare workers traveling to vaccination locations. It will also sponsor future measures based on a market’s local needs, Didi said, adding that it will continue working with the respective governments. It’s unclear how the company plans to allocate the funds across the dozens of markets. Like other tech firms, Didi has responded swiftly to the COVID-19 outbreak by offering relief measures. It said it has so far funded more than…

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Biden’s Plan to Avoid a Political Disaster

Biden’s Plan to Avoid a Political DisasterJoe Biden’s team is planning a party. His inauguration on Wednesday, held under threat from the coronavirus and pro-Trump extremists, wasn’t much of a celebration. But the Biden administration hopes that January 20, 2022—a year from now—will mark what some aides are describing as a “renewing of the vows,” an anniversary that could be a genuinely happy moment.By then, Biden hopes, he will have made Americans feel like they’ve put the horrors of 2020 behind them. More than anything, that depends on whether he can dig the country out from the COVID-19 crisis. Vaccine distribution and economic recovery will be key.Basic competence of government could go a long way: Imagine the political boost Biden could earn when people start going to the movies again, or children start seeing their grandparents. Biden is already planning to push ahead on an additional $1,400 in relief checks…

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