What We’re Reading

Articles of interest and current events.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021

Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes bill to lift rule putting major financial burden on USPSThe Hill
Biden immigration orders largely limited to reviewing, not undoing, Trump policyLA Times
How a deadly power game undid Myanmar’s democratic hopesNY Times
Biden reinstates aluminum tariffs in one of his 1st trade movesNY Times
US cities are vastly undercounting emissions, researchers findNY Times
Extra Unemployment: Millions Receiving Benefits Could Owe Surprise TaxesHeavy
EU goes soft on China in hopes of a climate ‘partnership’ while the US plays hardballPolitico
Biden pledges no family members will work at the White HouseThe Hill
Schumer, McConnell reach deal on Senate organizing resolutionThe Hill
Garland could be stuck in Senate limbo for several more weeksThe Hill

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021

Senate Democrats say consideration of cannabis reforms will be a priorityThe Hill
The ‘Time Has Come’ to Extend Human Embryo Research From 14 to 28 Days, Argues BioethicistGizmodo
House leadership to keep path to citizenship out of Covid relief packagePolitico
Biden immigration orders include family unification task forceThe Hill
Trump official’s last-day deal with ICE union ties Biden’s handsNY Times
Pushback on Joe Biden’s oil, gas lease moratorium signals clash inside Democratic PartyDallas News
Biden faces pressure to make amends on family separationNY Times
Administration means business – including more jobs – with clean energyHastings Tribune
The real Rosa Parks story is better than the fairy taleNY Times
Biden Administration Set to Give Puerto Rico $1.3 billion in Aid Trump Held HostageGizmodo

Monday, Feb 1, 2021

Two Biden priorities — addressing racial inequality and fighting climate change — meet on Black-owned farmsNY Times
Myanmar military says it is taking control of the countryAP
Effort to include $15 minimum wage in relief bill poses test for DemocratsNY Times
The gerrymander battles loom, as GOP looks to press its advantageNY Times
Russia protesters defy vast police operation as signs of Kremlin anxiety mountNY Times
Thousands flee Hong Kong, with more expectedAP
Biden reverses Trump last-minute attempt to freeze $27.4 billion of programsThe Hill
GOP group 'Stop Stacey' targets Abrams ahead of expected 2022 runThe Hill
Economy will return to pre-pandemic level this year, CBO predictsPolitico
Disenfranchisement on displayThe Hill

Sunday, Jan 31, 2021

Italy permanently halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAEAl Jazeera
Social media ‘micro-influencers’ join effort to get America vaccinatedPolitico
Democrats weigh expanding lower courts after Trump blitzThe Hill
Biden builds partnership with Harris based on his time with ObamaThe State
US airstrike kills top Islamic State leader in IraqNY Times
India cuts internet ahead of farmers’ hunger strikeReuters
Secretive Ethics panel will judge Hawley and CruzPolitico
New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheapArs Technica
Medicaid Expansion in New York Has Improved Maternal Health, Study FindsPublic Health Now
On the Trail: GOP divided over growing anti-democratic drift in partyThe Hill

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021

Just-approved drilling permits back in reviewBloomberg
A kitty roars Wall Street tremblesNY Times
For some Muslims, hope, uncertainty after travel ban liftedAP
Health providers welcome Biden reversal of anti-abortion ruleNY Times
Judge blocks Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regulationsAP
Violence may delay US pullout from AfghanistanNY Times
Biden moves to give low-income families more money to buy foodPolitico
Senators Introduce Legislation to Help Domestic Violence Survivors Leave Their Abusers' Cell Phone PlansGizmodo
‘It’s a mess’: Biden’s first 10 days dominated by vaccine mysteriesPolitico
Trump left behind a sanctions minefield for BidenPolitico

Friday, Jan 29, 2021

Biden signs health care executive actions to 'undo the damage' caused by TrumpThe Hill
New Biden executive order makes science, evidence central to policyArs Technica
SC Senate passes ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban billThe State
In abortion debate, senator says she was victim of sex assaultThe State
Democrats reject GOP bid to split virus relief packageAP
Court orders Pearl homicide suspect releasedAP
Congress could use an arcane section of the 14th Amendment to hold Trump accountable for Capitol attackThe Conversation
U.S. Intelligence Claims China Wants to Steal Your DNAGizmodo
Big Oil's Lies Are Finally Getting the Public Scrutiny They Deserve on Social MediaGizmodo
Today's Women's Reality CheckGWCDP

Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

Democrats’ plan to fight child poverty: Monthly cash for kidsPolitico
Biden may be stuck with the cronies and allies Trump appointed to government boardsPolitico
Redistricting delays freeze 2022 House racesPolitico
Senate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood billThe Hill
Biden administration replaces top immigration court officialPolitico
Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reformPolitico
Biden extending eviction moratorium is big for SCThe State
Path to legal status would transform 11 million livesNY Times
COVID-19 misinformation on Chinese social media – lessons for countering conspiracy theoriesThe Conversation
Bank cop halts Trump rule boosting loans to private prisons, energy industryPolitico