- Senate Democrats have begun the budget reconciliation process for Covid-19 relief (Vox)
- US to start distributing vaccines directly to pharmacies (WaPo, $)
- Biden administration to restart permitting for major U.S. offshore wind project (Reuters)
- Andre Hill shooting: Ohio Officer Adam Coy charged with murder (WaPo, $)
- Toll Worker Job Losses Highlight Long-Term Fallout of Pandemic (NYT, $)
- ‘It let white supremacists organize’: the toxic legacy of Facebook’s Groups (Guardian).
- Mexican Law Halts U.S. From Turning Back Some Migrant Families (NYT, $). A good old-fashioned Mexican standoff, except migrants suffer every way.
- Biden administration drops Trump-era discrimination lawsuit against Yale (Guardian)
- Union leaders backing Amazon election in Alabama discuss effort with White House (Reuters)
- At Least 5 Capitol Rally Participants Were In A Violent ‘Patriot March’ In San Diego (The Appeal)
- Wisconsin Prosecutors Seek Kyle Rittenhouse’s Arrest And Higher Bond (NPR)
- Pennsylvania Sentencing Case Challenges ‘Felony Murder’ (NPR)
- Opinion | The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare (NYT, $). Two options: You could read the article… or enter a Google rabbit hole on the meaning of “Dadaist”
- Joe Biden Has to Walk a Fine Line When Fighting Disinformation (Wired)
- Why Aren’t More Health-Care Workers Getting Vaccinated? (Intelligencer)
- QAnon Is Now Too Big To Fail (Intelligencer). Please tell me the government isn’t planning to bail them out too.
- Examining the Case Against the Filibuster (New Yorker)
- Sam Goodwin, American Who Was Jailed In Syria, Lives To Tell His Harrowing Story (NPR
- Your Daily Dose Of Data: Poll: Most Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (Vox)
- Global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement (For reference, McKinsey’s annual revenue is over $10 billion) after a long battle with nearly 50 state governments over its role in the opioid crisis, which saw more than 81,000 overdose fatalities just last year. The firm helped market and boost sales of high-risk opioids, including Oxycontin.
- The settlement comes after a wave of apologies by McKinsey, with new affirmation that the company will not advise clients on “any opioid-related business anywhere in the world.” “We chose to resolve this matter in order to provide fast, meaningful support to communities across the United States,” Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey, said in the statement.
- McKinsey is one of many companies caught up in the typhoon of legal and financial battles linked to the opioid industry. In October 2020, Purdue Pharma reached a settlement of $8.3 billion with the Justice Department. Once a major source of profits for pharmaceutical companies, prescription opioid medications have contributed to a storm of addiction, leaving more than 400,000 Americans dead. (NPR)
- Myanmar coup: army blocks Facebook access as civil disobedience grows (Guardian)
- Mexican police charged in massacre of Guatemalan migrants near U.S. border (WaPo, $)
- Ukraine, Iran and Taiwan are banning vaccines made by geopolitical rivals (WaPo, $)
- Former Uganda Militia Leader Is Convicted of War Crimes (NYT, $)
- Inside the Shadowy Militias Luring Unsuspecting Afghans to Fight, or Die (NYT, $)
- Canada has designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization (Vox)
- Dublin and EU reject call to scrap Northern Ireland Brexit protocol (Guardian)
- Biden to pursue arms control, seeks to engage China, U.S. envoy says (Reuters)
- Why jailing Navalny may mean more problems for Putin (BBC)
- UK pulls license of Chinese state-owned broadcaster CGTN (CNN)
- Bangladesh jails 50 for 2002 attack on PM Sheikh Hasina’s convoy (Al Jazeera)
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|1A citizen of a town or city, typically a member of the wealthy bourgeoisie.|
|Examples of Burgher in a sentence “I’m not just a citizen of this town; I consider myself a burgher of the world.” “After five years of living in the UK, Tina finally qualified to become a burgher.”|
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
via Art Quote of the Day https://ift.tt/2YB5Xd8
|“To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.”|
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Did you know…
… that today is Give Kids A Smile Day? Turn those frowns upside down! Created by the American Dentist Association in 2003, the Give Kids A Smile program is an opportunity for kids who can’t normally afford to see a dentist to get some free dental care. Dentists, as well as dental hygienists, assistants, and other volunteers, use their time to ensure that children are given the dental care they need. Smile!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering. Nothing. Not career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.”
— Audrey Hepburn
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – 6 February
This day is an effort by the UN to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Content marketing ideas:
- Listicle idea: Why is FGM practiced?
- Infographic idea: Health issues that can develop as a result of FGM
- Video idea: Do parents who practice FGM ever regret it?
- Podcast idea: How FGM impacts physical and mental health