Below the fold – Mar 16, 2021

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

  1. Deb Haaland is now the first Indigenous person to lead the Department of the Interior.
  2. American Rescue Plan
  3. Last night the Jersey City Council adopted a resolution seeking to eliminate lines on primary ballots. https://hudsonreporter.com/2021/03/12/an-unfair-line/
  4. The FBI has arrested two suspects for spraying chemical irritants at US Capitol Police, including Officer Sicknick. George TANIOS and Julian KHATER allegedly injured three officers, including Sicknick, with spray. https://www.politico.com/…/men-charged-assault-brian…
  5. “The surge in apprehensions at the border began last fall, increasing by 80% during Trump’s final four months.” Senator Murphy
  6. An experimental Covid-19 drug significantly reduced infectious virus in volunteers in a preliminary study after five days of treatment, one of the drug’s developers said. “Further study of the experimental antiviral is under way. If it proves capable of treating people with Covid-19 who show symptoms, the drug would bolster a limited arsenal of treatments and be the first oral antiviral against the disease.” https://www.wsj.com/…/covid-19-pill-shows-promise-in…
  7. “A security contractor at a New Jersey Naval Weapons Station charged in the storming of the Capitol is a white supremacist and anti-Semite who told co-workers that “Hitler should have finished the job,” according to a new court filing against him.”
  8. 70.4% of parents reported that their child could not access a household firearm. In households where parents said their child could not access a firearm, 21.8% of their children indicated that they could access a firearm within 5 minutes. https://jamanetwork.com/…/jamanetwo…/fullarticle/2777216
  9. Covid19
    • 536,571 Americans have died of Covid19
    • NJ: 2468 new positives
    • Rate of Transmission 1.02. We’ve now had a Rate of Transmission over 1 for more than a week.
    • 3,038,348 Total Vaccine doses administered. (1st doses and 2nd doses)
    • Counties with the highest positives: Bergen 304, Middlesex 276, Monmouth 214, Essex 209
    • Moderna begins testing next-generation coronavirus vaccine
      • “Last week, Moderna began dosing the first participants in a study testing COVID-19 booster vaccine candidates targeting the variant, known as B.1.351, that first emerged in South Africa.”
      • “Moderna Inc said on Monday it had dosed the first participant in an early-stage study of a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate that could potentially be stored and shipped in refrigerators instead of freezers.”https://www.reuters.com/…/us-health-coronavirus-moderna…https://forthepeople.indivisible.org/
Below the fold – Mar 16, 2021

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