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As COVID Surges in Wisconsin, Federal Judges Stop an Order to Extend Ballot Counting

As COVID Surges in Wisconsin, Federal Judges Stop an Order to Extend Ballot CountingA federal appeals court issued an order on Sunday temporarily suspending a lower court’s order that Wisconsin ballots postmarked by election day should be counted if they are received up to six days later. The order was not signed by any of the 14 judges who sit on the court, which includes Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  The stay from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was issued without explanation, suggesting the appeals court will issue its own ruling on the matter. The judges who issued the order are not named. But, as President Donald Trump baselessly attacks the integrity of mail-in ballots in an open bid to subvert November’s election results if he loses, the new order affecting a swing state is guaranteed to inflame concerns about Republican voter suppression efforts.  This looks like an administrative stay, as a…


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Coronavirus update: Democrats back compromise aid package, Uber enforces mask rule for riders

Coronavirus update: Democrats back compromise aid package, Uber enforces mask rule for ridersMen have a higher death risk from the virus than women By Mark Huffman of ConsumerAffairs September 25, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 6,990,568 (6,941,248) Total U.S. deaths: 203,047 (202,170) Total global cases: 32,345,456 (31,944,038) Total global deaths: 984,590 (977,881) Democrats reportedly offering a compromise aid package Democrats in the House may be ready to offer a slimmed-down coronavirus (COVID-19) aid package in hopes of attracting enough Senate Republicans to pass it. Published reports say the package totals $2.4 trillion in spending. Sources say it would include extra unemployment benefits, direct stimulus payments to Americans, another round of small-business loan funding, and aid to airlines. At $2.4 trillion, its still a trillion dollars more than Republicans have been willing to spend. But pressure on both…


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HBCU leaders: Blacks should join COVID-19 vaccine trials

HBCU leaders: Blacks should join COVID-19 vaccine trialsAfrican-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Cross and her panel of HBCU leaders explain their views on why and how black people can participate.Read more ….. Read More.MSNBC – The Latest | U.S. and World NewsSun, September 27, 20202 hours ago


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Argentina Is a COVID-19 Catastrophe

Argentina Is a COVID-19 CatastropheI want to briefly follow up on the catastrophic COVID-19 news out of Argentina. Here’s what their case rate looks like: Argentina’s case rate is higher than the worst resurgences in Europe (Spain and France) and far worse than any other country in South America. So what’s going on? Experts link the increase in cases to the easing of a nationwide lockdown amid rising economic and political pressure on center-left President Alberto Fernandez. Argentina’s quarantine has been in place for almost 170 days in various forms. It’s the same old story. No matter how successful you’ve been, when you ease the lockdown the virus roars back. ….. Read More.MOTHER JONES – Politics | Politics & GovernmentSun, September 27, 20206 hours ago


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Coronavirus Growth in Western Countries: September 26 Update

Coronavirus Growth in Western Countries: September 26 UpdateHere’s the coronavirus death toll through September 26. The raw data from Johns Hopkins is here. I don’t know what happened in Argentina, but their death rate is absolutely skyrocketing. This looks very bad, especially when we’re seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 deaths all over Europe. ….. Read More.MOTHER JONES – Politics | Politics & GovernmentSun, September 27, 20207 hours ago


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Why So Many Americans Grew Numb to COVID-19 Deaths

Why So Many Americans Grew Numb to COVID-19 DeathsSometime this week, alone on a hospital bed, an American died. The coronavirus had invaded her lungs, soaking them in fluid and blocking the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide that makes up our every breath. Her immune system’s struggle to fight back might have sparked an overreaction called a cytokine storm, which shreds even healthy tissue. The doctors tried everything, but they couldn’t save her, and she became the 200,000th American taken by COVID-19—at least according to official counts.In reality, the COVID-19 death toll probably passed 200,000 some time ago. And yet “the photos of body bags have not had the same effect in the pandemic” as after other mass-casualty events such as Hurricane Katrina, says Lori Peek, a sociologist at the University of Colorado Boulder who studies disasters. “Is our national empathy—our care and love and concern for one another—at…


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