5 cose da sapere per febbraio 18: Texas, Covid-19, immigrazione, Limbaugh, Facebook

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1. Texas

    Stunning images show the aftermath of power outages

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    Texas has another day of misery ahead. A winter storm has severely strained power facilities in the state and left millions in the cold and dark for days. Families are huddling in homes or cars without heat. Parts of the state have fuel shortages. And water — whether it’s too much or too little, high pressure or low pressure — is posing a whole other set of problems. As residents suffer, officials are pointing fingers: the power operator, wind turbines (falsamente) and the Green New Deal (bafflingly) have all been targets of blame. But while the reality is complicated, the roots of the current situation lie in Texasdecision to isolate its energy grid from the rest of the country. Nel frattempo, other parts of the country are facing bad weather too.

    2. Coronavirus

    Fauci on why you should still wear a mask after vaccine

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    Covid-19 variants are threatening to cause another surge of infections in the US, making it more important than ever to continue practicing tried-and-true safety measures. The good news is that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear to protect against some of the more concerning variants. The bad news is despite President Joe Biden recently saying that the US would have enough vaccines for every American by the end of July, actually vaccinating all those people will likely take longer. In another sobering development, the CDC reports US life expectancy dropped a full year in the first half of 2020 — and even more for Black and Hispanic Americans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, experts say that Covid-19 was a significant factor contributing to the decline.

    3. Immigrazione

    What Biden has said he'll do about immigration

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    The White House announced a sweeping immigration bill today that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already in the country and provide a faster track for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. But it faces a tough battle in Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just a five-vote margin, while Senate Democrats would need some Republican support to cross the 60 vote threshold needed to pass the measure (they currently only hold 50 posti a sedere). Ci sono, tuttavia, già multiple standalone bills in Congress aimed at revising smaller pieces of the country’s immigration system. How to move forward is now up to Congress.

    4. Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 dopo la battaglia con il cancro

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    Rush Limbaugh, the conservative media icon who for decades used his perch as the king of talk radio to shape the politics of both the GOP and nation, è morto a 70 dopo una battaglia contro il cancro. He was a deeply polarizing figure in both life and death, and people started arguing over his legacy immediately. Right-wing media outlets and personalities described Limbaugh as a trailblazer who paved the way for Fox News and alternative media. His critics derided him for precisely the same reasons, pointing to his penchant for peddling conspiracy theories and rhetoric that mocked and demonized marginalized people. Amarlo o odiarlo, one thing is clear, writes CNN’s Chris Cillizza: Without Limbaugh, there might never have been a President Donald Trump.

    5. Facebook

    Facebook blocks news sharing in Australia in response to government proposal

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    Australians who get their news from Facebook will have to go elsewhere for the headlines. Facebook said on Wednesday that it was blocking people and publishers in Australia from sharing and viewing news from local and foreign outlets. The pages of fire services, charities and politicians inadvertently got swept up in the ban, pure. It all stems from proposed legislation Down Under that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for contenta move that regulators in other countries could follow. Facebook argues the legislation unfairly punishes them and would break how the internet works. Google, anche se, appears to be going the opposite wayrather than leaving Australia, it seems to be deepening relationships with publishers there.

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    Prince Philip has been admitted to the hospital
    A comedian handed out $ 13,000 raised by fans to waitstaff at a bar
    It’s always a good time to perform a random act of kindness.
    Demi Lovato gets personal in a trailer for a new documentary
    The singer revealed some harrowing new details about the aftermath of her near fatal overdose three years ago.
    Researchers have a new theory on what wiped out the dinosaurs
    Massive holes have been mysteriously forming in the Siberian tundra for years, and scientists have finally figured out why

    PROFILES IN PERSEVERANCE

    February is Black History Month, and every day we’re highlighting Black pioneers in American history. Learn more here.

    Gil Scott-Heron, poet and spoken-word performer, 1949-2011
    Scott-Heron’s songs in the ’70s helped lay the foundation for rap music. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably come across one of his poetic turns of phrase — vale a dire, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.A darling of the cultural left wing, Scott-Heron never achieved mainstream popularity. But his social and political critique still figures in pop culture and protest movements around the world.

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    68
    That’s how many years Joe Ligon, believed to be the oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer in the US, spent behind bars. He was incarcerated in 1953 all'età di 15 and was released from prison last week.

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    If people start with Wall Street-speak, I’m going to stop them and ask them to rephrase in words everyone will understand.
    Congresswoman Maxine Waters, on how she plans to cut through market jargon during a hearing scheduled today to investigate the GameStop trading frenzy.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

    More winter weather for Texas through New England

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    AND FINALLY

      No place like Antarctica
      There’s something about the vastness and majesty found at the southern end of the planet that just puts things in perspective. (Click here to view.)

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