Wednesday News: One down, one to go

WARNOCK DEFEATS LOEFFLER IN GEORGIA U.S. SENATE RUNOFF: A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Raphael Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue. The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The candidates were locked in a tight race and it was too early to call a winner. Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points. If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20.
https://www.wral.com/warnock-makes-history-with-senate-win-as-dems-near-majority/19459309/

Tuesday News: Rats de la peste

NC YOUNG REPUBLICANS HOLD SUPERSPREADER X-MAS WITH CAWTHORN: North Carolina’s Republicans continued in December to defy the governor’s order as well as public health recommendations by gathering without masks at a large holiday party featuring new Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn. The N.C. Federation of Young Republicans held a Christmas party on Dec. 18 in Carthage, according to 171 photographs posted on Facebook on Dec. 24. Like the GOP’s other gatherings in December, including one on Dec. 5, the people in attendance did not wear masks, shared microphones, shook hands and posed for photos with their arms around one another. Those are practices health officials discourage as the coronavirus pandemic surges to new highs.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article248203420.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

This is a very big day in American politics. But just in case you've been living under a rock:

Relapse pandemic: Substance abuse treatment is failing due to COVID

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Jackie Ré, who runs a substance-use disorder facility in New Jersey, gathered the 12 female residents of her center in the living room on March 27 and told them that the coronavirus outbreak had forced the center to limit contact with the outside world.

There was an immediate outcry: The women already felt disconnected and didn’t want their sense of isolation exacerbated, Ms. Ré said. Within the next six months, nine left the program at Haley House in Blairstown against staff advice, and all but one relapsed.

Routine is important. Group therapy is important. Family visitation is important. Field trips are important. Intimate conversations are important. Take away any one of those things and rehabilitation is jeopardized. Take away all of them, and rehabilitation is virtually impossible:

Monday News: Six thousand, nine hundred ten

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NC'S NEW CASE COUNTS TOP 9,000, OVER 3,500 HOSPITALIZED: At least 564,924 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 6,910 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 6,487 new COVID-19 cases, down from 9,365 reported the day before and the record 9,527 reported Friday. A record 3,576 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Sunday. As of Friday, the latest day for which data are available, 13.6% of COVID-19 tests were positive. A national projection model from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts 1,100 more people may die from the coronavirus in North Carolina during the first three weeks of January.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article248248540.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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ENOUGH CLOWNING, WASHINGTON NEEDS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT PANDEMIC RELIEF: It was the middle of May – more than seven months ago – that the House of Representatives passed a bill to provide an additional wave of COVID-19 relief to provide more stimulus for the economy and to help state and local governments, millions of unemployed workers and their families. The Senate, since receiving the bill in May, did nothing for months – no hearings on the bill; no alternative legislation; no concern for the plight of the nation’s workers and families. All the American people got was partisan posturing as U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, complained of a so-called “blue-state bailout” for state and local governments. The final passage and signing of the relief bill was the apotheosis of dysfunction that has plagued Washington amid the reign of President Trump and McConnell’s rule of the Senate.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/editorial-enough-clowning-washington-needs-to-get-serious-about-pan...

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