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NY AG James: @ Eighteen million fake comments, half a million fake letters (net neutrality)



https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/1390309703847227393

Jill Biden surprises 2021's Teacher of the Year in emotional meeting: "It's so beautiful"

A Nevada special education teacher is having her hard work and dedication celebrated in a big way — after being named 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana Urtubey was personally congratulated by fellow educator and first lady Dr. Jill Biden.

"I'm so excited because, you know, Juliana is our National Teacher of the Year, and I'm so proud today to be an educator," Biden said exclusively on "CBS This Morning." "Look at Juliana — I mean, she is just the epitome of a great teacher, a great educator."

Dr. Biden surprised Urtubey in Nevada Thursday with a bouquet of flowers and a certificate to thank her for her contribution to the country's education.

Urtubey, who has called Dr. Biden her hero in the past, was shocked and emotional when she encountered the first lady.

"I was obviously elated. I mean, it's so amazing. And I'm so grateful for a change of tone of positivity, of focusing on education to get our students what they need. It's so beautiful," she said.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jill-biden-2021-teacher-of-the-year-juliana-urtubey/


https://twitter.com/CBSThisMorning/status/1390281013323091969
So refreshing...

Club for Growth: Elise Stefanik is NOT a good spokesperson for the House Republican Conference.

Elise Stefanik is NOT a good spokesperson for the House Republican Conference. She is a liberal with a 35% CFGF lifetime rating, 4th worst in the House GOP. House Republicans should find a conservative to lead messaging and win back the House Majority.


https://twitter.com/thomasjterence/status/1390070606998032386

Brian Kilmeade can't let a positive thing said about Biden--from a 6th grader--go unchallenged.

https://twitter.com/SawyerHackett/status/1389946105325096962

Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban

The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump on Tuesday launched a communications platform, which will eventually give him the ability to communicate directly with his followers, after months of being banned from sites like Twitter and Facebook.

The platform, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" appears on www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk.

The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos.

The technology appears to be powered by Campaign Nucleus— the "digital ecosystem made for efficiently managing political campaigns and organizations," created by his former campaign manager, Brad Parscale.

The space allows Trump to post, and allows followers to share the former president’s posts to Twitter and Facebook, however, the new platform does not have a feature to allow users to "reply" or engage with Trump’s posts.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-launches-new-communications-platform-months-after-twitter-facebook-ban


https://twitter.com/Scout_Finch/status/1389678344296353799

Yamiche Alcindor Is Named Host of 'Washington Week' on PBS

Source: NYT

Last month, when Yamiche Alcindor learned she would become the next moderator of the PBS current-affairs show “Washington Week,” she immediately felt the emotion of the moment.

“I basically instantly cried,” Ms. Alcindor recalled, “thinking about Gwen.”

“Washington Week,” a calm redoubt in the shouty battleground of political television, is most closely associated with its longtime moderator Gwen Ifill, the pioneering journalist who broke barriers as a Black woman in the Washington press corps.

Before her death in 2016, Ms. Ifill also became a mentor to Ms. Alcindor, the White House correspondent at “PBS NewsHour.” Starting with the episode on Friday, Ms. Alcindor, 34, will take Ms. Ifill’s old chair at the helm of “Washington Week.” She succeeds Robert Costa, a reporter for The Washington Post who took over in 2017 and left the show this year.

PBS and WETA-TV, the Washington affiliate that produces the program, announced the appointment of Ms. Alcindor on Tuesday.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/business/media/yamiche-alcindor-washington-week-pbs.html



https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/1389537317141028865

Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a 'thoughtful disruptor'

Olympic gold medalist and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for governor of California, released a campaign ad on Tuesday branding herself as a “thoughtful disruptor.”

“The American Dream grew up here. Yet, career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream. It’s been locked away, closed, shuttered, left in the dark, burned down,” Jenner said.

“The government is now involved in every part of our lives. They’ve taken our money, our jobs, and our freedom. California needs a disruptor—a thoughtful disruptor,” she continued.

https://twitter.com/Caitlyn_Jenner/status/1389569889799610369

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/551646-caitlyn-jenner-california-needs-a-thoughtful-disruptor

Scotland could become the world's first 'rewilding nation'. How did they get here?

Over the last 50 years, two-thirds of the world’s wildlife has been lost. Around 40 per cent of plant species are threatened with extinction and scientists say we may be losing them faster than they can find, name and study them.

Our world exists in a balance and, with so many species lost or disappearing, that balance is under threat. Restoring this natural mosaic of interrelated species is vital to the future health of the planet and our own, say experts.

Tree planting schemes, active conservation efforts, and high tech carbon capture solutions all look to help tackle biodiversity loss and the climate crisis.

But a growing number of people believe that the only way to bring back what we’ve lost is through trusting natural environments to recover themselves- a process called rewilding. For some, it can be a contentious issue with worries about the reintroduction of apex predators like wolves and the Eurasian Lynx.

The progressive conservation movement, however, has found particular resonance with one European nation.

https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/04/26/scotland-could-become-the-world-s-first-rewilding-nation-how-did-they-get-here

Reaching 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe

Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.

Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term “herd immunity” came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives.

Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.

Instead, they are coming to the conclusion that rather than making a long-promised exit, the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will continue to circulate in the United States for years to come, still causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers.

How much smaller is uncertain and depends in part on how much of the nation, and the world, becomes vaccinated and how the coronavirus evolves. It is already clear, however, that the virus is changing too quickly, new variants are spreading too easily and vaccination is proceeding too slowly for herd immunity to be within reach anytime soon.

Continued immunizations, especially for people at highest risk because of age, exposure or health status, will be crucial to limiting the severity of outbreaks, if not their frequency, experts believe.

“The virus is unlikely to go away,” said Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta. “But we want to do all we can to check that it’s likely to become a mild infection.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/health/covid-herd-immunity-vaccine.html


https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1389202101054623746

Dexter is coming back to Showtime:

https://twitter.com/Showtime/status/1387798837092257797
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