Below the fold – June 19, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but are important. By PL Hade

“The GOP traded 600,000 American lives for 234 Trump judges.” Ari Berman

  1. New Jersey reached 4,748,031 fully vaccinated individuals, hitting Governor Murphy’s ambitious goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated nearly two weeks early.
  2. WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Obama era health care law, preserving coverage for millions https://apnews.com/…/supreme-court-dismisses-obamacare…
  3. Have a pre-teen or teenager? This is one of several deaths from the Blackout Challenge. The Blackout Challenge has been around for awhile but seems to be getting more attention lately.
  4. In secret recording, Florida Republican threatens to send Russian-Ukrainian ‘hit squad’ after rival
  5. Arizona voting system data has been taken by truck to a so-called “secure powerful laboratory” in rural Montana to be “forensically evaluated.” CNN Anderson Cooper
    • (Spoiler: There is no lab, it’s a house.)
    • The results of the fraudit are expected this week. We’re fairly certain that they are going to magically find about 11,000 ballots cast for Biden that “aren’t valid.” That’s what they were paid to do.
    • And I’d bet that they’re going to be selling voter data. https://twitter.com/search?q=Montana&src=trend_click…
  6. Weekly fake news segments are produced and distributed to TV stations nationwide by a prominent school choice lobbying group. The segments are often aired word-for-word, with no disclosure of their ties to American Federation for Children.”
  7. Transgender students are protected at school by Title IX, Department of Education says, a reversal of Trump-era guidance
  8. What Data About You Can the Government Get From Big Tech?
    • The revelations of a leak investigation started in the Trump administration are a reminder that Big Tech companies often hand over information about their users.
    • “Beyond basic data like users’ names, addresses and contact information, tech companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook also often have access to the contents of their users’ emails, text messages, call logs, photos, videos, documents, contact lists and calendars.” https://www.nytimes.com/…/personal-data-apple-google…
  9. (NJ)Democrats name their six Congressional Redistricting Commission members https://newjerseyglobe.com/…/democrats-name-their…/…
  10. New emails show how Trump and his allies pressured Justice Department to try to challenge 2020 election results https://www.cnn.com/…/trump-allies-emails…/index.html
  11. New Documents Show Trump Repeatedly Pressed DOJ to Overturn Election Results Before Inciting Capitol AttackWashington, D.C. (June 15, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released new documents showing President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Department of Justice (DOJ) to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election. At 2:00 p.m., the Committee will hold its second hearing on the events of January 6, 2021, in which insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol to disrupt a joint session of Congress convened to count Electoral College votes.“
    • These documents show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost,” Chairwoman Maloney said. “Those who aided or witnessed President Trump’s unlawful actions must answer the Committee’s questions about this attempted subversion of democracy. My Committee is committed to ensuring that the events leading to the violent January 6 insurrection are fully investigated.”
    • On May 21, 2021, the Committee sent a letter to DOJ requesting documents relating to President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election prior to the January 6 attack.
    • Documents obtained by the Committee in response to this letter show that in December 2020 and early January 2021, President Trump, his Chief of Staff, and outside allies repeatedly put pressure on senior DOJ officials to challenge the results of the presidential election and advance unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, with the apparent goal of keeping President Trump in power despite losing the 2020 election.
  12. President Trump Sent Bogus Election Fraud Claims to Top DOJ Officials Minutes Before Announcing Their Promotions to the Top Two Spots in the Department https://oversight.house.gov/…/new-documents-show-trump…
  13. Covid19
    • 605,023 Americans have died of Covid19.
    • Estimates are that 70% of those people would still be alive if the GOP administration had been competent in combating the virus.
    • The Delta variant was 6% of cases last week. This week it’s 10%. Children under 12 cannot be vaccinated. Be careful.
    • NJ — Rate of Transmission 0.9
      • 111 deaths
      • The Delta variant now accounts for 5.11% of positives. That’s a 5 fold increase from last week.
      • Delta, now a ‘variant of concern,’ accounts for 10 percent of new U.S. cases, CDC says
      • The change in classification is based on mounting evidence that the variant spreads more easily and causes more severe disease. https://www.nbcnews.com/…/newly-deemed-variant-concern…
      • Different symptoms for the Delta variant: Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, says catching the Delta variant can feel “more like a bad cold” for younger people. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-57467051_

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Below the fold – June 19, 2021

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