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The Amazing Disappearing Election

The Atlantic – Donald Trump and the coronavirus are all-consuming topics. What will happen to the rest of the world’s issues?News diversity has fallen since 2016’s presidential election, and it’s fallen further in 2020, as stories about the pandemic have taken over the news globally. Fourteen Media Cloud topics—two of them explicitly focused on public health and disease—are all that’s needed to represent 50 percent of the stories published in 2020 thus far. The year isn’t over yet, and topical diversity may increase, but right now, 2020 looks to have a more compressed media agenda than we’ve seen in the past four years of Trump compression. This makes sense: The coronavirus is the only story that’s been able to claim more media attention than Trump himself, and the focus on the pandemic is pushing out any number of other stories that might have garnered attention in a less fraught moment...”

How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond

Nature – This coronavirus is here for the long haul – here’s what scientists predict for the next months and years. “…It is clear now that summer does not uniformly stop the virus, but warm weather might make it easier to contain in temperate regions. In areas that will get colder in the second half… Continue Reading

As COVID-19 Tanks the Economy Eviction Moratoriums Expire

Pew Stateline: “It’s the beginning of the month, rent is due, the $600 in federal unemployment relief has lapsed and Congress seems far from agreeing on another coronavirus aid package. Meanwhile, the federal moratorium on evictions has ended, and similar mandates in many cities and states have expired or soon will. This week, as pressure… Continue Reading

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

“Since March, The Marshall Project has been tracking how many people are being sickened and killed by COVID-19 in prisons and how widely it has spread across the country and within each state. Here, we will regularly update these figures counting the number of people infected and killed nationwide and in each prison system until… Continue Reading

Tips to Mitigate Threats to Our Votes and Voter Registrations Before November

Jennifer Cohn – Medium: 20 actionable tips for voting in0-person, by mail, down ballot voting, voting machine errors, voter protection hotline, volunteering to be a poll watcher, ballot auditing and transparency Be prepared with as many resources as are available to you to help ensure that your vote, and the votes of every member of… Continue Reading

VoteByMail simplifies the state absentee-ballot signup process

“COVID-19 has catalyzed interest in absentee voting. VoteByMail.io streamlines government absentee-ballot applications by digitizing the voter’s signup process. VoteByMail is a Civex Inc project. We are a non-partisan Organization that empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote.” Continue Reading

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

The Atlantic – No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world. “The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has sickened more than 16.5 million people across six continents. It is raging in countries that never contained the virus. It is resurging in many of the ones that did. If there was… Continue Reading

Most Americans Say State Governments Have Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Too Quickly

“As a growing number of states grapple with a rise in coronavirus cases, a sizable majority of U.S. adults (69%) say their greater concern is that state governments have been lifting restrictions on public activity too quickly. Fewer than half as many, just 30%, say their bigger concern is that states have been too slow… Continue Reading

Ocean heatwaves dramatically shift habitats

NOAA – “Thermal displacement” reflects how far species must go to follow preferred temperatures. Marine heat waves across the world’s oceans can displace habitat for sea turtles, whales, and other marine life by 10s to thousands of kilometers. They dramatically shift these animals’ preferred temperatures in a fraction of the time that climate change is… Continue Reading

Attorney General James Files Lawsuit to Dissolve NRA

“New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest and most influential pro-gun organization in the nation. Attorney General James charges the organization with illegal conduct because of their diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal… Continue Reading

Court says federal judiciary is overcharging for access to public records online

Washington Post: “The federal judiciary is overcharging for public access to online court records, an appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that could result in lower fees to search and download case documents. In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said affordable access to public records is critical… Continue Reading