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The US government just "disestablished" a Native American reservation

From WBUR: The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Friday that the tribe's reservation will be "disestablished" and its land taken out of trust, per an order from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell announced in a post on the tribe's website. The Mashpee Wampanoag and their ancestors have lived on and around Cape Cod for thousands of years. They are one of two federally recognized tribes of Wampanoag people in Massachusetts. ...
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CDC Weighs Urging Healthy People To Cover Their Faces With Cloth When Outside

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly considering new guidelines urging people to cover their faces with scarves or any other cloth item from home when venturing outside as a protective measure against the COVID-19 outbreak. The Washington Post reported on Monday that CDC experts are in talks about the new potential guidelines, per an unnamed official, though no final decision has been made on the subject. A second official said the move would boost health experts...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Cdc, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Jerome Adams, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday, for the second time since its building closed to the public, the Supreme Court issued opinions via its website rather than from the bench, along with orders from last week’s conference. The justices added one case to their merits docket next term: Brownback v. King, in which they will decide whether a ruling for the government in a Federal Tort Claims Act case bars a lawsuit under Bivens against the employees involved. Amy Howe covers the order list for this blog, in a post that first...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Cnn, Comcast, Donald Trump, King, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Cooper, Robert Barnes, Allen, Howe, Nina Totenberg, Brownback


What Happens When Epidemiologists are Undermined By Politics? (slashdot)

Earlier this month Slashdot covered the Imperial College in London forecast of "what happens if the U.S. does absolutely nothing to combat COVID-19," which predicted 2.2 million deaths just in the U.S. and another 510,000 in Great Britain. The paper was co-written by Neil Ferguson, one of the world's leading epidemiologists, and "launched leaders in both countries into action," according to the Washington Post. Earlier this month Ferguson posted on Twitter that Microsoft and GitHub are working ...
Tags: London, News, Microsoft, Washington Post, Britain, United States, Ferguson, Fox News, Great Britain, Trump, Imperial College, Slashdot, Laura Ingraham, EditorDavid, Neil Ferguson, Washington Post Earlier


You Probably Should Be Wearing a Face Mask if You Can

Have you been wearing a face mask when going out in public recently? There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether they are effective in keeping people safe from COVID-19 infection, and it’s been really challenging to find good information. After reading several things over the past few days, I have concluded that wearing a mask in public is a helpful step I can take to help keep myself and others safe. In particular, I found this extensive review of the medical and scientific literature o...
Tags: New York, Washington Post, Cdc, China, Manhattan, Who, Vermont, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Don, Jeremy Howard, COVID


Read this contentious New Yorker interview with the lawyer who wrote the coronavirus paper Trump embraces

On March 16, Richard A. Epstein of the Hoover Institution wrote an article titled "Coronavirus Perspective," which stated that “public officials have gone overboard” in efforts to stop the spread of the virus, and that only about 500 people in the U.S. would die from coronavirus. The Washington Post reported that Epstein's article was widely circulated in the White House. Isaac Chotiner interviewed Epstein for The New Yorker, and Epstein quickly lost his cool at the questions Chotiner was asking...
Tags: Post, News, Washington Post, White House, Richard, Trump, Hoover Institution, Epstein, John Cameron, Isaac Chotiner, Richard A Epstein, Chotiner, Coronavirus


The US is tracking people's movements with phone data, and it's part of a massive increase in global surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new index from digital rights group Top10VPN documents which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are galvanizing...
Tags: Google, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Bbc, Taiwan, Austria, Brooklyn, Italy


Ugly details on COVID realities in federal prison in Louisiana as Bureau of Prisons slowly updates system-wide spread

The Washington Post has this troubling report, headlined "An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana," about what is going on the federal prison where the first federal inmate died from contracting the coronavirus.  Here are excerpts: A federal prison in Louisiana has, within days, exploded with coronavirus cases, leading to the death of one inmate on Saturday, the admission of a guard into a hospital intensive care unit, and positive test results for another 30 in...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, Louisiana, Doj, Jones, New York Ny, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Brooklyn NY, Baton Rouge, Oakdale, AG Barr, Bureau of Prisons


Monday round-up

Ariane de Vogue reports at CNN that “[u]ndocumented immigrants who work as health care providers are asking for their efforts fighting the coronavirus to be taken into consideration as the Supreme Court considers the Trump administration’s bid to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. For The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that in a letter filed with the court on Friday, attorneys for a gr...
Tags: Usa, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, New York City, Court, Cnn, Comcast, Ada, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Round-up, Robert Barnes, Adam Liptak, Richard Wolf, Pacific Legal Foundation


Facebook reportedly failed to investigate misinformation tactics from the right-wing Daily Wire over fears of conservative backlash

Facebook reportedly failed to investigate misinformation from right-wing news site The Daily Wire over concerns it could set off a Republican backlash. According to the New York Times, Facebook's security and policy teams clashed over whether or not to investigate the site, after it was found to have used tactics associated with disinformation networks. Facebook's policy team is said to have discouraged the idea, worried that investigating a major right-wing network could prompt a Republican b...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Washington Post, US, Trends, New York Times, Ben Shapiro, New York Times Facebook, Daily Wire, Nathaniel Gleicher, Times Facebook


What Happens When Epidemiologists are Undermined By Politics?

Earlier this month Slashdot covered the Imperial College in London forecast of "what happens if the U.S. does absolutely nothing to combat COVID-19," which predicted 2.2 million deaths just in the U.S. and another 510,000 in Great Britain. The paper was co-written by Neil Ferguson, one of the world's leading epidemiologists, and "launched leaders in both countries into action," according to the Washington Post. Earlier this month Ferguson posted on Twitter that Microsoft and GitHub are working ...
Tags: London, Microsoft, Washington Post, Tech, Britain, United States, Ferguson, Fox News, Great Britain, Trump, Imperial College, Slashdot, Laura Ingraham, Neil Ferguson, Washington Post Earlier


Judge Allows PEN America's Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Over Retaliation Against The Media To Proceed (techdirt)

We've written a few times about the White House's unconstitutional retaliation against journalists it did not like, such as Jim Acosta and Brian Karem. PEN America, a key group fighting for free speech rights for journalists and writers, has now been allowed to proceed in its lawsuit against the President over his campaign of retaliation against journalists. PEN America had sued back in 2018, asking for declaratory and injunctive relief (basically the court telling the Trump White House to knock...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Washington Post, White House, Cnn, Cia, Doj, John Brennan, Trump, Mike Masnick, Trump White House, PEN America, Acosta, Jim Acosta, AT T Time Warner


Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years

Lawmakers and security experts have long warned of security flaws in the underbelly of the world’s cell networks. Now a whistleblower says the Saudi government is exploiting those flaws to track its citizens across the U.S. as part of a “systematic” surveillance campaign. It’s the latest tactic by the Saudi kingdom to spy on its citizens overseas. The kingdom has faced accusations of using powerful mobile spyware to hack into the phones of dissidents and activists to monitor their activities, in...
Tags: Security, Verizon, Fcc, Congress, Washington Post, Tech, United States, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, The Guardian, Cbs, Homeland Security, Wyden, Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman, Signal


The coronavirus is the worst intelligence failure in US history

The Trump administration’s unprecedented indifference, even willful neglect, forced a catastrophic strategic surprise on to the American people * Coronavirus – latest US updates * Coronavirus – latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageLast September, I met the vice-president for risk for a Fortune 100 company in Washington DC. I asked the executive – who previously had a long career as an intelligence analyst – the question you would ask any risk officer: “What are you most wor...
Tags: Asia, News, Washington Post, White House, China, US, United States, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, Cia, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Pearl Harbor, George W Bush, Trump, Henry Kissinger


Could Robots Help Us Fight Infectious Diseases?

In the journal Science Robotics, an international group of robotic experts wrote an editorial arguing COVID-19 "may drive further research in robotics to address risks of infectious diseases," and urging more funding. The Washington Post reports: Robots already have been enlisted in the fight against the virus. In Hong Kong, a fleet of miniature robots disinfects the city's subways; in China, an entire field hospital was staffed by robots designed to relieve overworked health-care workers. In ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Washington Post, China, Tech, United States, Everett Washington, Science Robotics


Compare COVID payments using 2019 or 2018 tax return

The law that created coronavirus stimulus payments just took effect yesterday and we're weeks at best from getting actual money. But tax planners have been thinking about COVID-19 tax intricacies since the illness exploded in the middle of this tax season. These payments just add a new tax filing wrinkle, since what we put on our 2019 returns could be a key part in the relief amount's ultimate dollar calculation. Tony Nitti, a CPA and tax partner with RubinBrown in Aspen, Colorado, has a good p...
Tags: Taxes, Washington Post, United States, Treasury, Ira, Irs, Forbes, Internal Revenue Service, Uncle Sam, Aspen Colorado, HSA, Tony Nitti, Steve Mnuchin, Nitti, Adam Markowitz, COVID


Simulating Many Scenarios of an Epidemic

Back when the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to be taken seriously by the American public, 3blue1brown’s Grant Sanderson released a video about epidemics and exponential growth. (It’s excellent — I recommend watching it if you’re still a little unclear on how things are got so out of hand so quickly in Italy and, very soon, in NYC.) In his latest video, Sanderson digs a bit deeper into simulating epidemics using a variety of scenarios. Like, if people stay away from each other I get how th...
Tags: Washington Post, Italy, Jason Kottke, Sanderson, Kevin Simler, Grant Sanderson, COVID


The N95 mask scandal

In the present pandemic, with massive shortagesof medical equipment, central planning and rationing is an imperative.  Until the shortages end, the market can’t be trusted to rationally allocate N95 masks and respirators.  The federal government is the only entity that can develop a unified perspective on the areas of greatest need, and prioritize accordingly.  So it’s disheartening to learn that the Trump Administration’s catastrophic incompetence continues. Almost 1.5 million N95 resp...
Tags: Post, New York, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Indiana, Fema, Department Of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Branding, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Los Angeles County, Centers for Disease Control, Andrew Koppelman, Trump Administration


President Trump Is So Upset About This Ad Showing His Failed Handling Of COVID-19 That He's Demanding It Be Taken Down (techdirt)

Has no one explained to Donald Trump how the Streisand Effect works yet? His campaign has apparently been sending laughably ridiculous threat letters to various TV stations that have been airing an advertisement put together by a group called Priorities USA, criticizing the President's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The ad highlights Trump's repeated statements playing down the virus and insisting that he had things under control, even as the numbers of infected started to rise exponentia...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Joe Biden, Iowa, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Masnick, Trump Campaign, Priorities USA, Russia Russia Russia, COVID


Coronavirus relief: When will checks come? This and other FAQs on $2.2 trillion relief package

The $2.2 trillion relief package approved Friday to help Americans cope with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has left many people with more questions than answers. That’s in part because the bill is long, at nearly 900 pages. It’s also complex, covering everything from checks for individual taxpayers to hospital funding to student loan payment deferrals. What’s more, for a bill of this size, it was ushered through at break-neck speed, with many changes along the way. Here are an...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Green, Soccer, United States, Social Security, Treasury, Green Cards, Irs, National Politics, Cal State, Steven Mnuchin


Johnny Depp Allowed to Pursue Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard

A Virginia judge on Friday refused to dismiss Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Amber Heard, allowing him to proceed with a claim that she defamed him in a Washington Post opinion piece. In the piece, published in December 2018, Heard alluded to her previous claims that Depp had assaulted her during their marriage, though she did […]
Tags: News, Washington Post, Virginia, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Depp


As Turkey Ends Inquiry, Prospects Dim for Justice in Khashoggi Killing

Efforts to hold Saudi officials accountable for the killing of the dissident journalist continue, but any punishment appears unlikely.
Tags: News, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States, Capital punishment, Warner, Richard, Wyden, Central Intelligence Agency, Trump, Ron, Agnes, Burr, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jamal


Coronavirus stimulus will make Mnuchin 'one of the most powerful Cabinet members in modern history'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will gain some unprecedented power from the coronavirus relief bill he helped write.The House is set to pass a stimulus bill that addresses economic shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday (or possibly Saturday). It'll send individual checks to Americans and billions of dollars to institutions and businesses, and with Mnuchin overseeing it all, it'll make him "one of the most powerful Cabinet members in modern history," The Washington Post w...
Tags: Post, News, Minnesota, Washington Post, America, House, Elton John, Treasury, Trump, Mnuchin, Steven Mnuchin


"The Chinese government is under pressure to stave off economic calamity, and is treating Uighur laborers as dispensable because they have no rights..."

"... and no say, Dr. Ferhat Bilgin, a Uighur American, told the Uighur Times, a Washington-based website disseminating news about the Uihghur crisis. 'If they survive they produce a profit, if they die, that would be "too bad"... For the first time in history, Uyghurs [have] become commodities of the State.' The activists’ demand is simple: The Chinese government must close the camps, free the innocent people and provide for other Xinjiang residents’ basic needs...."From "The coronavirus brings ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Washington, China, Xinjiang, Genocide, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Ferhat Bilgin, Uighur Times


Virus Onslaught Deepens Gulf Disquiet Over Saudi Oil-Price War

(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia’s oil-price war with fellow exporting giant Russia bewildered the kingdom’s Gulf allies, unexpectedly shattering their fiscal defenses just when they’re most needed to combat the coronavirus.The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, along with smaller neighbors, want a return to talks among the OPEC+ cabal of oil powers but the central protagonists, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are digging in.As the pandemic shuts down major chunks of the global economy, tha...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Iraq, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Iran, Vienna, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Moscow


Biden reportedly says Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is in his 'top three' picks for VP

While reportedly setting up video equipment in Delaware over four days, former Vice President Joe Biden was apparently mulling over possible running mates.Biden told former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is one of his "top three" choices should he win the Democratic presidential nomination, Mediaite reported Thursday.Reid, who was also a longtime senator representing Nevada, is reportedly nudging Biden toward choosing Cortez Masto as his VP, and Biden...
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Supermarket Tosses $35K Worth Of Food After Customer’s ‘Twisted Prank’

Amid struggles to keep up with orders and supplying the basics, a small family-owned grocery store chain in Pennsylvania has yet another reason to be overwhelmed: a customer purposely coughing all over its produce, meat and bakery sections. Co-owner Joe Fasula said in a Facebook post Wednesday that a woman who came into a store in the afternoon had deliberately coughed on food items, prompting the store to dispose of more than $35,000 worth of food. Although the woman isn’t known to have contr...
Tags: Facebook, News, Washington Post, Pennsylvania, Justice Department, Wegmans, Manalapan, Hanover Township, Summer Concepcion, Gerrity, COVID-19, Gerritys Supermarket, Joe Fasula, Fasula, New Jersey Attorney General 's Office


Alexander: When baseball’s scheduled Opening Day … isn’t

Years ago, Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post turned a collection of columns and essays on baseball into a book called “Why Time Begins On Opening Day.” If you follow the sport, I’m guessing you understand the premise of the title perfectly. But what if there’s no Opening Day? Thursday was supposed to be 2020’s grand beginning. The Dodgers were to play the Giants at home. Clayton Kershaw would be on the mound, a sign that the world had returned to normal, and the renovations to Dodger Stadium...
Tags: Washington Post, Milwaukee, Angels, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Associated Press, Houston, Cleveland, Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, Alexander


How Business Owners Can Help Shrink the Gender Pay Gap

Minimizing the gender pay gap to an eventual point of non-existence is an admirable goal that we should be striving towards. The gender pay gap, or the percent difference between the median yearly earnings of males and females working full-time, has long been a talking point, but the pace at which it has been shrinking can sometimes feel like that of a snail’s. That’s not to say, however, that improvements have not been made over time. And, a recent report published by LendEDU shed some light on...
Tags: Business, New York, Washington Post, Washington, Management, Wyoming, Arkansas, South Dakota, Connecticut, Mike Brown, Oklahoma, Wall Street Journal, Delaware, Right Now, Mike, U S Census Bureau


Mick Mulvaney reportedly received 2 coronavirus tests, despite not showing any symptoms

Mick Mulvaney, the former acting White House chief of staff, was tested twice for coronavirus despite exhibiting no symptoms, The Washington Post reports.Mulvaney was first tested in February. He was scheduled to accompany President Trump on his visit to India, but prior to leaving said he felt sick. Although the test came back negative, Mulvaney did not join Trump on the trip. He was tested again this month after his niece, who shares an apartment with him, showed COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms ...
Tags: Post, News, Washington Post, White House, India, America, United States, Elton John, Trump, CPAC, Meadows, Mark Meadows, Mick Mulvaney, Mulvaney, Trump the Post, COVID