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Covid: Parents on whether schools in England should reopen or stay shut - channel 4

Covid: Parents on whether schools in England should reopen or stay shut

Sammie McFarland, whose 14-year-old daughter has had Covid and is still unwell, is the founder of Long Covid Kids, a group of parents who are worried about the long-term impact of the virus on their children and believe schools aren't safe to reopen.
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‘There’s no such thing as spending too much’ public money to save economies, says economist Mariana Mazzucato - channel 4

‘There’s no such thing as spending too much’ public money to save economies, says economist Mariana Mazzucato

Does the future lie in destroying capitalism or in saving it? That's the question posed by the economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato in her latest book.
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Keon Lincoln’s mother says she heard gunfire that killed him - channel 4

Keon Lincoln’s mother says she heard gunfire that killed him

The mother of a teenage boy who died after an attack by a group of youths says she heard the gunfire which killed him. 
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US House to formally deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate - channel 4

US House to formally deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate

Within the next few hours, the US House will formally deliver the article of impeachment charging Donald Trump with "high crimes and misdemeanours" for inciting the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. 
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First ‘sex for rent’ charges following documentary investigating landlords - metro

First ‘sex for rent’ charges following documentary investigating landlords

This is the first time a landlord will be charged for allegedly asking for sex in exchange for accomodation.
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Italian PM Conte to resign in bid to form new coalition government – cabinet office - rt

Italian PM Conte to resign in bid to form new coalition government – cabinet office

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will tender his resignation to the president on Tuesday after first informing ministers, the government's cabinet office has said. Conte is expected to then try and form a new government.
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Campaign launched to encourage ethnic minorities to take Covid vaccine - channel 4

Campaign launched to encourage ethnic minorities to take Covid vaccine

A group of celebrities led by the actor Adil Ray have launched a campaign urging people from minority ethnic communities to get the Covid vaccine.
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Paramedic’s frustrations and fears working on Covid frontline - channel 4

Paramedic’s frustrations and fears working on Covid frontline

We've been hearing from one paramedic in South Wales about a life of frustrations and fear, and dealing with a deadly virus that, even now, many people don't take seriously.
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Covid patients monitored at home using app - channel 4

Covid patients monitored at home using app

With hospital wards brimming to full, the NHS is piloting a new virtual scheme that monitors patients from home.
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Facebook BLOCKS Israeli PM Netanyahu’s chatbot over ‘offending post’

Facebook has suspended a chatbot used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which asked unvaccinated seniors to give it their phone number for a potential ‘surprise’ call from the PM.
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Tory MPs pressure Johnson to set out England schools reopening timetable - channel 4

Tory MPs pressure Johnson to set out England schools reopening timetable

There are no plans for that to happen before half-term in February, but many Tory MPs are dismayed at the prospect of it carrying on until Easter.  
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Up to one in six children in England have mental health problem in pandemic - channel 4

Up to one in six children in England have mental health problem in pandemic

They can't go to school, they can't see friends. Their exams are up in the air. University, a job, a future, none of it seems remotely possible in any normal way. 
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COVID Has Made the Wealth Gap Even Worse Than We Thought  - vice

COVID Has Made the Wealth Gap Even Worse Than We Thought

Earth’s top 10 billionaires watched as their collective wealth increased by $540 billion between March 18 and the end of December.
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‘Stupendously large black holes’ would offer insight into early universe and could help unravel dark matter mystery

Fresh research has suggested the existence of black holes that are even more gigantic than anything previously envisioned. The boffins behind the breakthrough have dubbed the extraordinary objects ‘stupendously large black holes’.
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Tech workers of the world, unite! Google employees from 10 countries form historic global union… but can’t actually negotiate yet - rt

Tech workers of the world, unite! Google employees from 10 countries form historic global union… but can’t actually negotiate yet

After making history earlier this month with a hundreds-strong North American union, employees of Google and its parent company Alphabet have taken their union organizing global, bringing together workers from 10 countries.
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Tiger euthanized after health deteriorated in Covid-19 outbreak at Swedish zoo - rt

Tiger euthanized after health deteriorated in Covid-19 outbreak at Swedish zoo

A tiger, two lions and a member of staff at a zoo in Sweden tested positive for Covid-19, the country's National Veterinary Institute (SVA) said. One of the cats was put down after suffering neurological and breathing issues.
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Robotics company plans to flood pandemic-battered economy with androids to ‘keep people safe’ - rt

Robotics company plans to flood pandemic-battered economy with androids to ‘keep people safe’

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, makers of the viral sensation humanoid robot Sophia, have announced plans to mass-produce robots by the end of 2021 for use in multiple sectors in the pandemic economy.
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Tacoma Cop Placed On Paid Leave After Driving Into Crowd - vice

Tacoma Cop Placed On Paid Leave After Driving Into Crowd

“He just ran like three people over,” a bystander says in one of several videos of the incident.
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Drugmakers to be required to register Covid-19 vaccine exports over supply concerns – EU official - rt

Drugmakers to be required to register Covid-19 vaccine exports over supply concerns – EU official

The EU is set to introduce a rule requiring drug manufacturers to register exports of their Covid-19 vaccines to third parties, after AstraZeneca warned supply issues will impact its ability to meet demand.
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Long overdue? New service Counterweight provides counsel to those facing social justice-fueled ‘cancellation’

A well-known British intellectual has launched an organisation whose stated mission is to provide resources and guidance to those facing ‘cancellation’ in the workplace or elsewhere, eliciting cheers as well as groans.
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The Amy Coney Barrett Abortion Arms Race Is On

The Amy Coney Barrett Abortion Arms Race Is On

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It’s been less than a month since Amy Coney Barrett joined the Supreme Court, but at least one state is already gearing up to give the conservative darling a chance to take down legalized abortion in the United States.

An Arkansas legislator filed a bill last week that would ban almost all abortions in the state, in direct defiance of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. And he wasn’t even subtle about it.

“It is time for the United States Supreme Court to redress and correct the grave injustice and the crime against humanity which is being perpetuated by their decisions in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey,” reads the bill, which was introduced by Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert and name-checked some of the other most consequential Supreme Court abortion cases. “It is the intent of this subchapter to ensure that abortion in Arkansas is abolished and protect the lives of unborn children.”

The bill would ban all abortions, except in cases where they are needed to save the life of a pregnant woman, remove an ectopic pregnancy, remove a miscarried fetus, or “save the life or preserve the health of the unborn child.” There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

If someone performs an abortion or attempts to do so, they could face fines of up to $100,000 or be imprisoned for up to a decade.

“This is the trigger,” Rapert told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “This is a direct response to the 60 million-plus innocent babies who have had their lives taken.”

Barrett’s late-October ascension to the nation’s highest court hands the conservatives on the bench a comfortable 6-3 majority, and as a devout Catholic, she has repeatedly indicated that she personally does not support abortion. While she tried to stress in her Senate confirmation hearing that her personal views wouldn’t impact her judicial rulings, her broad refusal to comment on Supreme Court reproductive rights cases still raised some eyebrows. Barrett even declined to say whether Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court case that paved the way for Roe by legalizing birth control for married couples, was correctly decided.

The Arkansas bill is likely incendiary in other ways: It draws a line between Roe and some of the Supreme Court’s most infamous, racist decisions—Dred Scott v. Sanford and Plessy v. Ferguson, where the justices decided, respectively, that Black Americans weren’t citizens and that “separate but equal” segregation was just fine. These types of comparisons are not uncommon among anti-abortion activists, who have spent decades entwining their ideology with the fight for racial equality.

So far, the Arkansas bill has just one other sponsor. But Rapert has a track record of successfully pushing for abortion restrictions: He championed a law that would ban abortions in Arkansas if and when Roe is overturned, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Nine other states have similar “trigger laws” on the books, which would ban abortion in the event of Roe’s fall, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion restrictions. 

“Since 1973, 57 abortion restrictions have been enacted in Arkansas alone, making it one of the most hostile states for abortion rights in the country,” Elizabeth Nash, interim associate director of state issues for the Guttmacher Institute, told VICE News in an email. “Each new attempted restriction is part of this longstanding effort to legislate abortion out of existence and prevent pregnant people from getting care they need and deserve.”

After Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed in 2018, a flurry of states moved to pass bills—since halted by court challenges—that would ban almost all abortions. Now that the conservative majority is even more entrenched, supporters of abortion rights fear that even more states will start taking a hard-line approach to dismantling abortion access. 

Since Barrett’s confirmation, legislators in at least one other state, Texas, have also introduced a bill to ban almost all abortions. Under that bill, someone who performs an abortion could be prosecuted for homicide unless the abortion was performed due to a medical emergency.

But abortion foes might not need to wait for either of these bills to become law and make their way up through the court system to the Supreme Court. Over the last several weeks, the justices have repeatedly planned to discuss whether to formally take up a case about a Mississippi abortion restriction that sought to ban the procedure after just 15 weeks of pregnancy. Although that law is not in effect, it’s a direct challenge to Roe, which legalizes abortion up until the point of fetal viability (generally dated at about 24 weeks of pregnancy). 

The justices, however, have now rescheduled their discussion of the ban seven times. It’s not clear when, or if, the justices will ever actually agree to officially take the case.

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