The press conference featured a knowledgeable and confident president


Peter Nicholas /Atlantic:

Biden doesn’t speak for a reason

Yes, he wants to avoid blundering, but he doesn’t want to be a chairman in the face either.

We forget that Biden and his team are also making a strategic bet. Limiting your exposure to the press and, by extension, the public is not just a defensive ploy to avoid an embarrassing blunder. It’s a conscious calculation that people don’t need – or want – to hear from the president hour by hour, that they will be happy if he can get the economy going and end the pandemic. After all, Americans just had a president who walked into their lives and refused to leave, grabbed the megaphone and didn’t let go. Biden does not wish to resurrect the presidency in front of Donald Trump.

“People don’t knock on the door and say, ‘Why isn’t he in my living room every day? Why can’t I see this big face looking at me and promoting itself in some way? Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster, told me. “People are happy to see Joe Biden when they see him. But they are happy that they don’t see him every day.

Michael A. Cohen /USA today:

Block fire: Senators have no excuse for inaction on guns. Tell them to save lives.

We have learned to live with preventable gun violence for too long. Too many Americans have died in vain from this scourge. We need action, not desperation.

It doesn’t have to be like this. With Congress and the White House controlled by a Democratic Party that fully supports gun control efforts, now is the time for the Senate to vote from the top down on gun laws that could actually save guns. lives.

The background check is not a panacea for ending the daily carnage of gun violence in America, which takes around 40,000 lives per year. But as Shannon Watts, the founder of the gun safety group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told me, “Background checks are the most effective way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. and ultimately reduce gun violence. . They are the basis of a holistic gun safety system. “

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Rich Thau /Rampart:

This is what Trump-Biden voters think of the Republican Party

Spoiler: It’s not very pleasant.

I wasn’t asking them to describe a specific person, but rather to “pretend that the attributes you associate with the Republican Party are encapsulated in one person.”

The answers given by these Trump-Biden voters were interesting and could shed light on how four years of Donald Trump affected perceptions of the party. The first group consisted of five independents and a Democrat. Their responses were:

  • Stubborn
  • Conservative
  • Unreliable
  • Selfish
  • Glutton
  • Ultra-capitalist
  • With a closed mind
  • Ultra-religious
  • Anti-immigrant
  • Hypocritical

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Guardian:

Asian Americans saw the biggest increase in severe hate online in 2020, report says

Survey finds Asian and Black Americans have experienced significant increase in bullying, while LGBTQ + respondents face the highest rate

An investigation released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-hate speech organization founded in 1913, found that in 2020, Asian Americans saw the biggest increase in hatred and harassment online. severe year over year compared to other groups, with 17% reporting experiencing sexual harassment, stalking, physical threats, crushing, doxing or sustained harassment, compared to 11% Last year.

The publication of the investigation comes as the Asian-American community grapples with an increase in real-world violence, most recently the murders of six Asian women. job in massage parlors in Georgia, and a 75-year-old Hong Kong man who died after being robbed and assaulted by a police man said he had a history of victimizing older asian people. Stop AAPI Hate, a group dedicated to tracking crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, documented 3,800 hate-related incidents targeting Asian Americans in 2020.

“Unsurprisingly, after a year in which national figures, including the president himself, have regularly branded China and the Chinese people as a scapegoat for spreading the coronavirus, Asian Americans have experienced increased levels of harassment online, just like they did offline, ”said Jonathan Greenblatt, general manager of the Anti-Defamation League.

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Brookings:

How should local leaders use their US bailout funding?

For many cities and counties, the state and local American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are not just a $ 350 billion lifeline; they represent the biggest positive fiscal shock to their budgets in decades. Now a rush is underway to determine how best to deploy the money. Decisions made in the coming weeks – and over the next year on the second round of funding – will determine whether cities will only benefit from a brief stimulus or whether they embark on a new trajectory of inclusive economic growth.

The stakes are high. The money has to move fast and be deployed intelligently and fairly. In 10 years, we could go back to this period and ask: Which places have just spent their money and which places have invested it?

Based on our fieldwork in Northeast Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama, we believe elected officials – and the civic, business, philanthropic and community stakeholder networks around them – should embrace a three-pronged approach to using their ARP funding: stabilize, strategize and organize.

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Daniel McGraw /The rampart:

Joe Biden just fixed Obamacare’s ‘subsidy cliff’

The US bailout isn’t just about COVID relief. It also fixes one of Obamacare’s lingering issues.

The subsidy cliff is why many middle-class Americans thought Obamacare was good for the less well off, but left them out in the cold.

In the Affordable Care Act, as originally enacted, public subsidies for the purchase of health care in the private market were not part of the plan for people above 400 percent of the level of health care. federal poverty. Translation: No help for people earning $ 51,000 and over; couples earning $ 68,960 or more; or a family of four earning over $ 104,800.

The American Rescue Plan caps any health care payment at 8.5% of income and makes up the difference with a federal grant. Which will mean significant reductions in healthcare costs for middle-class Americans over the next two years. This will likely culminate with Biden pushing this policy to become a permanent fixture in 2023.

And the Republicans daring to oppose it.

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Paul Davidson /USA today:

‘I don’t want to be the one to give it to people’: Many Americans won’t eat out, won’t fly until COVID-19 herd immunity arrives

A growing share of Americans would feel safe resuming activities like eating out or flying a few weeks after their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but 25% to 30% would wait for the country to achieve herd immunity , according to a Harris Poll for USA TODAY.

Their attitudes bode well for what is expected to be a historically robust recovery from the coronavirus recession. But the large share of people who prefer to wait until at least 70% of the population is immune could mean a less roaring launch towards the rebound, as some activities move towards the end of summer and drop from mid-summer. ‘year.

There is no doubt that Americans who have been largely confined to their homes over the past year are eager to go wild.

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