Saturday excerpts: Racial variations plague vaccination efforts; Migrant deaths rise; SC representatives censored

• CDC exhibits masks that are worn in public transport: The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order late Friday urging all travelers to wear a mask on almost all public transport starting Tuesday in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus, which has already killed 448,000 Americans. Masks are also needed at airport and bus terminals as well as at train and underground stations. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued an ordinance requiring masks for passengers on all interstate travel. “America’s transportation systems are essential,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Given that most transport systems in our country and around the world are interconnected, the risk of interstate and international transmission can rapidly increase when infected people travel on public transport without a mask and with others without a mask.” The move, of course, is a sharp departure from what was done under the Trump regime until two weeks ago. Trump made a big show by not wearing a mask and ridiculing people who did. Children under 2 years of age and people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are excluded. Operators must remove passengers who refuse to wear a mask “at the earliest possible point” in accordance with the CDC regulation. Biden said, “The experts say if we wear a mask from now to April we would save more than 50,000 lives in the future.”



President Biden has extended the eviction moratorium to March 31.

But there is still so much to do. We should all have access to safe and stable housing.

– the ACLU (@ACLU) January 30, 2021

• Deaths of migrants entering the US from Mexico in 2020: A record number of migrants attempting to cross the Mexican-American border in Arizona died on their trip last year. According to information, 227 remains were found the representation of interests, Humane limits. It is estimated that at least 7,000 migrants have died trying to cross since 1998, and that number is almost certainly an undercount. The area is characterized by isolated wilderness and extreme temperatures. “This has been the hottest summer ever and we have seen the most deaths ever. It is a reminder of how dangerous the border can be, ”said Douglas Ruopp, chairman of the group that, among other things, keeps water for migrants crossing the arid land in the region. Donald Trump made a point of building a wall to keep migrants out. “It’s a long tradition. Those barriers and walls have pushed people into more remote and treacherous terrain,” said Jeremy Slack, assistant professor of geography at the University of Texas-El Paso and author of Deported to Death: How Drug Violence Is Changing Migration the border.

• Biden-Harris government officials offer slightly mixed messages on Iran: In a speech on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan of the United States Institute of Peace on Friday pointed out a faster schedule than before to return to an agreement restricting Iran’s nuclear development program. Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 multilateral agreement, which he verbally dismissed despite international inspectors ascertaining that Iran had fully complied with the rules since it was signed. Like other Democratic candidates, Joe Biden had made it clear in his presidential campaign that he would revert to the agreement signed by the United States and five other nations with Iran, but only under certain conditions. Sullivan did not mention any key condition Biden had set, which was that Iran take the first step by rolling back its steps after Trump’s withdrawal to violate the terms of the deal. This includes Iran using increasingly advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium and enrich uranium above the allowable 3.75% to 20%, making it much easier to get the 90% required to make a nuclear weapon when the Iran wishes this. Other topics include Iran’s actions across the region and its increasing sophistication in missile development. “We have to deal with Iran’s other bad behavior, vicious behavior, across the region, but in our view it must be an important early priority to deal with an escalating nuclear crisis as it gets closer and closer to enough fissile material for a weapon, ”Sullivan said. “And we want to make sure that we restore some of the parameters and constraints surrounding the program that have been removed over the past two years.” While this emphasis on the need to contain Iran suggests an accelerated response, Sullivan did not offer a timetable. “Nobody should overlook these comments,” said a senior White House official on Saturday. “Mr. Sullivan made a general statement that the US wants to put Iran’s nuclear program back in the box – which we are doing. In particular, he didn’t even mention the re-entry into the JCPOA, let alone in what order.” The JCPOA –Joint Comprehensive Action Plan – is the official name of the nuclear deal. And Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken said from his first full day in office on Wednesday that any US return to the deal is still a long way off. “Iran is not compliant in many ways. And it would take some time, should it make the decision, to be compliant again, and time for us to assess whether it is fulfilling its obligations, ”said Blinken said at a press conference. “We’re not here yet, to say the least.”

• South Carolina Republicans Blame the legislature’s impeachment vote: South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District Rep. Tom Rice voted with the Democrats and nine other Republicans to charge Donald Trump with inciting the Capitol Rebellion. That got him into hot water with Republican heads of state. And on Saturday at the quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of the State, they reprimanded him. “We made our disappointment clear on the night of the impeachment vote. Trying to indict a president with a week left in office is never legitimate and nothing more than a political kick on the way to the door, “SCGOP chairman Drew McKissick said in a statement. b “Unfortunately, Congressman Rice’s vote played right in the Democrats’ game, and the people in his district, and ultimately our state executive committee, wanted him to know they wholeheartedly disagree with his decision,” he added.

• Gun control advocates say the NRA laid the foundation for the Capitol uprising: While no one says the National Rifle Association did not itself sponsor the murderous attack on the Capitol, it was the ideology that tied all the marginalized groups and conspiracy theorists who showed up to destroy the place looking for politicians to line up or A product of decades of propaganda and excitement through the gun lobby shoots in the head. “The violence we saw at the Capitol, the firepower they brought with them may not have been part of the NRA’s appeal. But they are responsible for getting us into this moment,” said Nick Suplina, executive director for law and Legal policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization founded and funded by Michael Bloomberg for the prevention of gun violence. “You shouldn’t be allowed to distance yourself from the Frankenstein monster you created. This is the work of the NRA. Years of conspiracy, fear that the government will come, take your guns and your freedom and the reputation we have saw on Jan. 6 that Americans must do something about it and take action. This base of militia groups, white supremacist groups, and other extremists have listened to NRA talking points for years and we have seen them play out. “Everytown published a report that found that police had confiscated more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition and arrested nine people on gun charges related to the riot. However, this could be an undercount as few people were searched. More than Since then 150 people have been charged.

• Hillary Clinton calls on Tim Ryan to run for Ohio Senate in 2022.

• • Excuses Trump did not give are the real scandal. Here is one.

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• There is no GOP civil war. The party has already voted for Trumpism, by Nathalie Baptiste.

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