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1. The mess in Texas.
A water crisis is the state’s latest disaster after the massive winter storm that ravaged much of the United States. Officials urge millions of affected residents to boil water as utilities suffer from frozen wells and treatment plants that run on emergency power, and hospitals carry water to flush toilets and use bottled water for most others.
“Water should only be used to sustain life at this point,” officials from Kyle, Texas said in an advisory.
And while the power goes to all but about half a million Texas customers, desperately needed food bank supplies are dwindling sharply. President Biden has now declared emergencies in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
2. A plan for undocumented immigrants.
Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would fulfill one of President Biden’s campaign promises: to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Under the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, immigrants could live and work in the country for five years after passing background checks and paying taxes, then applying for green cards. They could apply for citizenship after three more years.
It is an almost complete reversal of the immigration policy pushed by the previous administration.
SeparatelyThe Native Americans are also urging Mr. Biden to adopt a far-reaching agenda to address endemic poverty in their communities.
“Our roads, our bridges, our water pipes, our power lines: here in the Navajo Nation, 30 to 40 percent of our people have no running water, 30 to 40 percent of our people do not have running water. ‘have no electricity,’ said Jonathan Nez, the President of the Nation, above.
3. Life expectancy in the United States has declined the most since World War II, and the decline was most marked for the black population.
Overall, in the first six months of 2020 affected by the pandemic, according to a federal government report, life expectancy has dropped by one year to 77.8.
For black Americans, the drop was 2.7 years, a number that cut 20 years of earnings. The once narrowed gap between the life expectancy of black and white Americans is now six years, its largest since 1998.
“I knew this was going to be important, but when I saw those numbers I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” said the federal researcher who produced the report.
4. Roaring Kitty went to Washington.
The registered stock broker who helped drive GameStop’s share price higher during a two-week trading frenzy testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Known outside of Reddit as Keith Gill, he said he is a firm believer in the video game retailer’s fortune and has never charged for his advice to buy his shares. [Watch.]
Other key players also testified. Vlad Tenev, managing director of online brokerage firm Robinhood, has faced the most questions, which allows users to invest even small amounts of money in stocks. He apologized for halting some trading with his clients during the height of the frenzy and insisted Robinhood did not favor powerful trading partners who had bet against the action.
“We do not respond to hedge funds,” Tenev said in his defense. “We serve the millions of small investors who use our platform every day to invest.”
5. The many facets of unemployment.
“It’s hard to walk away from the fact that week after week we keep hoping for better and it’s like a punch,” an economist said after today’s report on jobless claims no. has not improved compared to the previous week.
Vice President Kamala Harris, above, sounded the alarm on “a national emergency”: An estimated 2.5 million women lost their jobs or left the workforce during the pandemic. [Watch.]
Some policymakers are reconsidering an approach used during the Great Depression: asking the federal government to provide jobs to anyone who wants them. Polls indicate Democratic and Republican voters are open to the idea.
Meanwhile, Walmart is raising the wages of 425,000 of its 1.5 million employees in the United States, framing the move as an investment in online grocery pickup and delivery, parts of its business. the fastest growing. However, the company’s minimum wage will remain below $ 15 an hour.
6. NASA has landed a new rover on Mars.
Cheers erupted in the control room of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California, as Perseverance landed safely on the Red Planet seven anguished minutes after entering the planet’s thin atmosphere. Above, French President Emmanuel Macron watched the NASA computer simulation from Paris.
Perseverance carries a four-pound helicopter called Ingenuity that will attempt something unprecedented: controlled flight over another world.
Both will search for fossil chemical signatures of ancient microbes. Although largely of the same design as the Curiosity rover, Perseverance features a more advanced set of instruments, including sophisticated cameras, lasers capable of analyzing the chemical composition of rocks, and ground-penetrating radar.
7. The French government announced that he would investigate universities, looking for “Islamo-leftist” ideas that “corrupt society”.
This reflects accusations by some government ministers that some leftist intellectuals justify Islamism and even terrorism. The country’s Conference of University Presidents rejects “Islamo-leftism” as a “pseudo-notion” popularized by the far right, and this week criticized the government for “gossiping”.
Above, a protest in Paris last Sunday calling on the government to drop a bill aimed at eradicating Islamist extremism.
8. Bowel control for the gatekeepers of opportunity.
When more than 300 very poor high school students were enrolled in a Harvard poetry class and graded to the same standards as admitted freshmen, 89% passed – 63% with As and Bs.
One was Di’Zhon Chase, above, from Gallup, NM, who had planned to attend state college, but entered Columbia University instead.
The program that brings underserved high school students into Ivy League classrooms is run by a New York-based nonprofit, the National Education Equity Lab, and the results challenge the long-standing position. date of the higher education elite: these students are under-represented top universities because they are not prepared.
“Our nation’s talent is evenly distributed; the opportunity is not, ”said Leslie Cornfeld, Founder and CEO of Equity Lab.
9. Can cloning save endangered species?
The existence of the above creature suggests the answer could be yes. Nicknamed Elizabeth Ann, she is the clone of a rare wild black-footed ferret whose cells were banked in 1988.
The species once burrowed throughout the American West, but its numbers declined during the 20th century as the main food source, prairie dogs, was decimated by poisoning, plague, and loss of habitat.
The Fish and Wildlife Service captured a few ferrets in an uncontaminated population found in 1981, and all black-footed ferrets alive today belong to this line – with the exception of Elizabeth Ann. She and her future cloned siblings offer their non-cloned peers the prospect of offspring with greater genetic diversity, which confers resilience and protection against inbreeding disorders.
10. And finally, stories to pass on.
Toni Morrison, who died in 2019, would have turned 90 today. As a writer, she bent language to her will, incorporating elements of mythology, folklore, and music to explore a deeply American desire for freedom and adventure. To celebrate her life, writer Veronica Chambers, who is also the editor of Narrative Projects at The Times, created a guide to help you introduce her work to you – or remind you of its power if you’ve read it a long time ago.
“One of the greatest joys of Toni Morrison’s job is knowing that you will never get it all on first reading,” Veronica writes. But, she adds, “What a joy to try!”
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