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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
January 25, 2021

Does anyone know a reliable Russian news site?

I am trying to keep up with recent events.

January 25, 2021

Covid-19: Top adviser warns France at 'emergency' virus moment

A strict curfew was implemented last weekend, but cases continue to climb.

Prof Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises leaders on Covid-19, said "there is an emergency" and this week was critical.

He called for swift government action, amid rising concerns about the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.

Prof Delfraissy said data showed a new more transmissible variant first detected in the UK now makes up between 7-9% of cases in some French regions and will be hard to stop.

He said the country was in a better situation than others in Europe, but described the new variants as the "equivalent of a second pandemic".

"If we do not tighten regulations, we will find ourselves in an extremely difficult situation from mid-March," the advisor warned during an interview with BFM television.

The French government is expected to meet on Wednesday to decide if further measures are needed.


January 25, 2021

Arizona Legislature considers changing election laws, fallout from Trump losing Arizona

PHOENIX — It’s officially President Biden's time in office now. But the aftermath of the November 3 election is still playing out in Arizona.

At the State Legislature, lawmakers will soon begin deciding on a number of bills aimed at changing the state’s election law.
Some Republicans call it restoring integrity to the system. Opponents see it as a case of sore losers out to make it harder to vote.

More than 3.2 million people on Arizona’s permanent early voting list either mailed or dropped off a ballot in November. It amounted to 80% of the vote.

“You got proposals that would force people to get their ballots notarized, you got proposals that would purge hundreds of thousands of people from that list,” says Emily Kirkland the Co-Director of ProgressNow Arizona.


January 25, 2021

Outbreak that led to 15 people testing positive traced back to a birthday party thrown for cat

An outbreak that led to 15 people testing positive for COVID-19 has been traced back to a birthday party thrown for a cat.

Ten people who attended the feline fiesta contracted the deadly virus, along with 5 friends and family members of the cat’s owner, reported the Daily Mail.

The birthday puss did not contract the disease, the outlet noted.

The super-spreader event was held in Santo Domingo, Chile.

Chilean authorities were shocked when they learned of the source of the outbreak while delivering a public statement on Friday.


January 25, 2021

AR-GOV: Sarah Huckabee Sanders to announce candidacy tomorrow


Maggie Haberman
Sarah Sanders is set to announce for Arkansas governor in a video going up tomorrow morning, a person familiar with the plan says, confirming

January 25, 2021

Son Tipped Off F.B.I. About His Father, Who Is Charged in Capitol Riot

Two days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, Jackson Reffitt’s father, Guy W. Reffitt, returned to the family’s home in Texas. He told his son that he had stormed the Capitol, according to an F.B.I. affidavit.

Then his father leveled a threat: If Jackson, 18, reported him to the police, he would have no choice but to do his “duty” for his country and “do what he had to do.”

In interviews with investigators, Jackson Reffitt said his father told him: “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor. And you know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot.”

But he had already reported his father to the F.B.I. weeks before the riot.

“He would always tell me that he’s going to do something big,” the younger Mr. Reffitt said in a phone interview on Saturday. “I assumed he was going to do something big, and I didn’t know what.”


January 25, 2021

How Democrats Planned for Doomsday

The video call was announced on short notice, but more than 900 people quickly joined: a coalition of union officials and racial justice organizers, civil rights lawyers and campaign strategists, pulled together in a matter of hours after the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill.

They convened to craft a plan for answering the onslaught on American democracy, and they soon reached a few key decisions. They would stay off the streets for the moment and hold back from mass demonstrations that could be exposed to an armed mob goaded on by President Donald J. Trump.

They would use careful language. In a presentation, Anat Shenker-Osorio, a liberal messaging guru, urged against calling the attack a “coup,” warning that the word could make Mr. Trump sound far stronger than he was — or even imply that a pro-Trump militia had seized power.

And they would demand stern punishment for Mr. Trump and his party: Republicans at every level of government who incited the mob “must be removed or resign,” read one version of the group’s intended message, contained in Ms. Shenker-Osorio’s presentation and reviewed by The New York Times.

The meeting was no lucky feat of emergency organizing, nor was the highly disciplined and united front that emerged from it.

Instead, it was a climactic event in a long season of planning and coordination by progressives, aimed largely at a challenge with no American precedent: defending the outcome of a free election from a president bent on overturning it.

By the time rioters ransacked the Capitol, the machinery of the left was ready: prepared by months spent sketching out doomsday scenarios and mapping out responses, by countless hours of training exercises and reams of opinion research.


January 25, 2021

Lawmakers in both parties lobby White House for a more targeted relief bill

Lawmakers from both parties lobbied White House officials Sunday for a more targeted relief bill as they questioned the need for some of the items included in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan.

The discussion came on a private Zoom call between key centrist lawmakers of both parties and Biden administration officials led by National Economic Council Director Brian Deese. It was an early test for whether Biden’s relief plan has a chance of getting the kind of support it would need to pass Congress with bipartisan backing.

Lawmakers on the call raised questions including whether a new round of $1,400 checks included in the proposal could be more narrowly targeted to those who need them the most, according to several people involved.

Participants also asked administration officials to justify the need for hundreds of billions allocated for other purposes, including $130 billion for schools, given that Congress has already spent some $4 trillion on the coronavirus relief effort — including $900 billion approved in December.

“There are still a lot of unanswered questions, most notably, how did the administration come up with $1.9 trillion dollars required, given that our figures show that there’s still about $1.8 trillion left to be spent,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a leader of the bipartisan group of senators on the call. “We hope to get more data documenting the need from them.”

There was widespread support among the lawmakers for spending on vaccine production and distribution, which several described as by far the highest priority to beat the pandemic and resurrect the faltering economy.

The Zoom call, organized by Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), ran more than an hour. In addition to Deese, it featured Louisa Terrell, the director of legislative affairs, and Jeff Zients, the White House’s covid-19 response coordinator.


January 24, 2021

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