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Situational Analysis - February 4, 2021
Welcome to Thursday! Today is Rosa Parks Day (and her birthday), National Homemade Soup Day and World Cancer Day. Yesterday, we learned that 7,600 active Utah Republican voters have left the party since the U.S. Capitol attack while former President Trump has support for his list of Republicans who should be "punished." Which way will the party go?
If you only have time for one thing today: Nicholas Kristof pens a piece titled "We are a nation of child abusers" - that's an attention-grabber. He starts with this: "Imagine you have some neighbors in a mansion down the road who pamper one child with a credit card, the best private school and a Tesla. The parents treat most of their other kids decently but not lavishly - and then you discover that the family consigns one child to an unheated, vermin-infested room in the basement, denying her dental care and often leaving her without food. You'd call 911 to report child abuse. You'd say those responsible should be locked up. You'd steam about how vile adults must be to allow a child to suffer like that. But that's us. That household, writ large, is America and our moral stain of child poverty." The United States has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. Some 12 million kids don't have enough food. In Utah, 1 in 5 children experience food insecurity. President Biden wants to change that. "The American Rescue Plan is the most ambitious proposal to reduce child poverty ever proposed by an American president," said Jason Furman, a Harvard economist. Worth the read.
29 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
69 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
85 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)
Today At Utah PolicyRosa Parks, sexual violence in Uighur "camps" and Blake Moore de-escalates after being called spineless
By Holly Richardson
White-washing history - Rosa Parks did not give up her seat on the bus because she was "too tired" to move to the back. She was tired of giving in. Her activism did not start on a bus in 1955. It started in the 1940's when she wanted to register to vote. "Parks went to her first Montgomery NAACP meeting in December 1943, where she was elected secretary of the chapter. Back then, only 31 out of several thousand of the city's Black residents were registered to vote."
Explainer: How impeachment works in Utah
By Holly Richardson
It's not just D.C. that's talking about impeachment. After a pattern of concerning behavior, the State School Board has been asked via petition to remove one of its members. It can't. There are only three ways a School Board member can be removed: impeachment, resignation or replaced at the next election. (There is no provision for censure, either, although the Board can remove a member from their committee assignments.)
Tweets of the day
By Holly Richardson
Today's tweet round-up includes some COVID-19 news, the "Negro Motorist Green Book," adding new members to POST, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, National Women Physicians Day, the Tokyo Olympics chief who thinks women talk to much, and more.
Salt Lake Tribune
- 350,000 Utahns have now had COVID-19; official warns state still in thick of pandemic (Deseret News)
- AstraZeneca vaccine appears to substantially reduce transmission of the coronavirus, study shows (CNN) - The rate of positive PCR tests declined by about half after two doses, according to preliminary results by researchers at the University of Oxford that have yet to be peer reviewed. Their analysis, released as a preprint Tuesday, also supports spacing out doses and estimates good efficacy after just one shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Russia to ship COVID-19 vaccine to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, Kremlin says (Yahoo! News) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday Russia would supply the rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine with its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 despite Kyiv's ban on using the Russian shots.
- CDC director say schools can safely reopen even if teachers aren't vaccinated (The Denver Channel) - Walensky cited CDC data showing that social distancing and wearing a mask significantly reduce the spread of the virus in school settings.
- Covid-19: Fact-checking Macron's claim about the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine (BBC News) - French president Emmanuel Macron claimed that it was "quasi-ineffective" for people over 65.
- Younger adults are biggest spreaders of Covid-19, study suggests (CNN) - Biggest spreaders are 20-49. Children accounted for very little spread, the researchers said, as did older adults.
- Misinformation between COVID vaccine and infertility raises alarm for women (CBS News) - Jay Huber, a fertility doctor in New Orleans, is asked daily by his patients if the vaccine causes infertility. He said there's no evidence of that happening.
- Fauci says 'no red flags' seen in 10,000 pregnant women who've received Covid shots so far (CNBC) - Pregnant women and young children were excluded from the original U.S. clinical trials of the vaccines, as is typical in experimental vaccine research. That's led to some concerns that there's not enough data to be sure that the vaccines are safe among pregnant women.
- UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot (Associated Press) - Britain's health chief has hailed a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks, saying it supports the government's contentious strategy of delaying the second shot so it can protect more people quickly with a first dose.
- House Republicans To Keep Rep. Liz Cheney In Leadership Position (NPR) - Via secret ballot, 145 members voted to keep her in her leadership role, and 61 members voted to strip her of the position.
- House Republican leader punts on punishing Marjorie Taylor Greene as Democrats move toward removing her from committees (CNN) - McCarthy announced no new repercussions for Greene.
- Democracy or the white supremacist mob: which side is the Republican party on? (The Guardian) - Today Washington is staring at something like a new dawn the start of the post-Trump era and Republicans don't know which side of the war they're on. Are they with the United States or with the insurrectionists?
- Proud Boys may have planned Capitol breach to retaliate against police for member stabbed at earlier march, FBI alleges (Washington Post) - Social media posts by a Washington state member of the Proud Boys arrested Wednesday indicate that he and others were planning in advance to organize a group that would attempt to overwhelm police barricades and breach the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
- Psaki defends Biden's 'vast majority' are 'decent' comments about FBI agents (Fox News) - The "vast majority" comment, though not inaccurate, didn't sit well with some in the context of agents losing their lives.
- Fact Check: Did Fox News Not Cover Ceremony For Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick? (Newsweek) - They did, albeit briefly on the main channel. NewsNow from Fox covered the entire event, and the Fox News' YouTube channel also live-streamed the scenes from the Capitol rotunda.
- Prosecutors want arrest warrant, higher bond for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse over questions about current address (Chicago Tribune) - He's no longer living at his last known address and prosecutors say they do not know where he is.
- Biden administration to house migrant teens at overflow facility in Texas closed under Trump (USA Today) - The facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, will house up to 700 migrant children within the next two weeks.
- Greene apologizes to GOP colleagues - and gets standing ovation (The Hill) - While Greene was apologetic in her remarks, she stated that she felt nothing she said would ever be good enough for the media or Democrats, according to one source in the room.
- Pentagon, stumped by extremism in ranks, orders stand-down in next 60 days (Reuters) - The Pentagon has yet to define how it will deal with extremism or offer data estimating how many service members hold white nationalist ideology. It has also not disclosed how many troops have been disciplined for extremism.
- US ends deal with Arizona restricting Biden on immigration (Associated Press)
- Parler CEO fired by company board (Wall Street Journal) - "Over the past few months, I've met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed," he said.
Policy NewsSalt Lake Chamber surveys business owners to facilitate vaccination efforts
The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, in partnership with Chamber's Foundation - Utah Community Builders, has developed resources for employers seeking to understand the complexities of vaccine policy and business strategy. Part of this effort is a survey to gauge operational willingness and readiness of the business community to support a large-scale vaccine rollout.
DICK'S Sporting Goods announces expansion of female-focused initiatives
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (today, Feb 3), DICK'S Sporting Goods announced it will expand its efforts in support of female athletes throughout 2021. The Company's 2021 efforts to champion women, while highlighting the importance youth sports play in the lives of girls will include:
Sen. Lee introduces parental rights bills
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Parental Accessibility Rights for Emergency and Negligent Treatment (PARENT) Act and the Parental Right to Know Act Wednesday, a pair of bills designed to ensure that parents have access to the policies regarding the care and medical records of their children from hospitals and organizations that use taxpayer funding.
Sen. Lee introduces "Cancel the Coin Act" to eliminate debt limit loophole
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after introducing the Cancel the Coin Act earlier this week. The bill would remove the Treasury Secretary's ability to mint coins of any value.
Webinar, Feb 10: Developing an effective COVID-19 vaccination policy
Mark your calendars! The Salt Lake Chamber's Roadmap to Recovery Coalition is sponsoring a webinar on Developing an Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Throughout the past year many businesses have focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Now that vaccines have been developed, employers are faced with new questions. Can employees be required to be vaccinated? And do businesses need a formal vaccine policy?
- Meet Andy Jassy, the next CEO of Amazon (CNN) - Though not as public a figure as Bezos, Jassy is an accomplished executive in his own right - having grown Amazon's cloud segment, Amazon Web Services, from its inception into a $45 billion business and the company's biggest moneymaker.
- Parler CEO John Matze says he's been terminated by board: 'I did not participate in this decision' (Fox Business) - "I have worked endless hours and fought constant battles to get the Parler site running but at this point, the future of Parler is no longer in my hands," he said.
- Robinhood CEO, regulators to testify at House hearing on GameStop frenzy (The Hill) - The Financial Services hearing, set for Feb. 18, will be split into two panels: one featuring government and industry investment regulators, and the other focused on the businesses and investors central to last week's stock market chaos.
- Apple and Hyundai-Kia pushing toward deal on Apple Car (CNBC) - Sources familiar with Apple's interest in working with Hyundai say the tech giant wants to build the "Apple Car" in North America with an established automaker willing to allow Apple to control the software and hardware that will go into the vehicle.
On This Day In History
- 1789 - George Washington unanimously elected as the nation's first president
- 1794 - France abolishes slavery. However, it was reinstated in 1802 under Napoleon.
- 1826 - The Last of the Mohicans is published.
- 1913 - Rosa Parks is born.
- 1921 - Betty Friedan is born
- 1938 - Walt Disney's first full-length feature film, Snow White, is released.
- 1962 - First U.S. helicopter shot down in Vietnam.
- 1974 - 19-year-old Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
- 1983 - Karen Carpenter dies of heart failure brought on by anorexia.
- 1986 - Sojourner Truth is on a US stamp.
- 1996 - Republican J.C. Watts becomes the first Black Representative to respond to a State of the Union address.
- 2004 - Facebook launches. Do you remember when you joined??
"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
What did the snowman and his wife put over their baby's crib?
What do Snowmen call their offspring?
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