Missouri governor: It’s OK if kids get virus since ‘they’re going to get over it’ (The American Independent)

The American Independent: Missouri governor: It’s OK if kids get virus since ‘they’re going to get over it’. “Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson said that he supports reopening schools, admitting that children ‘will’ get COVID-19 but said it acceptable because ‘they’re going to get over it.'”

Dayton Daily News: Lawmaker asks if ‘colored population’ not washing their hands as well as others behind COVID rates

Dayton Daily News: Lawmaker asks if ‘colored population’ not washing their hands as well as others behind COVID rates. “During a hearing on whether to declare racism a public health crisis, state Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, asked if ‘the colored population’ is hit harder by the coronavirus because perhaps they don’t wash their hands as well as other groups. Huffman, an emergency room physician, asked a witness before the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday why COVID-19 is hitting African Americans harder than white people.”

Coronavirus in Chicago: How the mayor of the nation’s 3rd-largest city is waging her biggest fight (USA Today)

USA Today: Coronavirus in Chicago: How the mayor of the nation’s 3rd-largest city is waging her biggest fight. “Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced Chicago’s first-ever citywide celebration of graduating seniors via a video of herself dancing posted to TikTok – the most recent in a series of viral social media posts that Lightfoot’s office has used to encourage residents to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak. More than than 22,000 Chicagoans have been infected; 962 have died. In an exclusive one-on-one interview with USA TODAY, the Chicago mayor talked about the challenges of battling COVID-19 on the political front lines – and her personal experience of the outbreak.”

Techdirt: Texas Senator Pushing A Bill That Would Allow The State To Sue Twitter For Banning Conservatives

Techdirt: Texas Senator Pushing A Bill That Would Allow The State To Sue Twitter For Banning Conservatives. “…a member of the Texas Senate has decided he’s going to force social media platforms to be neutral. Bryan Hughes has crafted a bill that would allow the state’s attorney general to sue Twitter, etc. for booting people off their platforms. There’s a big ‘if’ in the bill that pretty much ensures it will never be enforced, even if it somehow manages to survive a Constitutional challenge.”

Ars Technica: Senators ask Facebook why it tricked kids into spending parents’ money

Ars Technica: Senators ask Facebook why it tricked kids into spending parents’ money. “Two Democratic senators have asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain why the social network apparently ‘manipulated children into spending their parents’ money without permission’ while playing games on Facebook.”

WaPo: Google’s top news link for ‘final election results’ goes to a fake news site with false numbers

Remember when I mentioned Google News goofily indexing a story about it giving away its own search engine? There’s is more weirdness in Google News. “If you head to Google to learn the final results of the presidential election, the search engine helpfully walks through the final electoral vote tallies and number of seats won by each party in the House and Senate. Under that, Google lists some related news articles. At the top this morning, with an accompanying photo: a story arguing that Donald Trump won both the popular and electoral votes.” Maybe Google will consider actually releasing a source list for Google News one day…

New Twitter Bot Allows Arizona Voters to Track “Dark Money”

Residents of Arizona have a new tool to track “dark money” spending. “Earlier this year, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that loosens regulations on anonymous campaign donations, or so-called dark money. Proponents called it an extension of free speech, but many others are concerned about how it could affect the political landscape. Now, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting has created a new tool that will monitor dark money filings with the Secretary of State’s Office.”

Geotarging Facebook Ads for Political Lobbying

Not surprising, but definitely disturbing: A senator using geotargeted Facebook ads for political lobbying. “…if you were targeting a workplace with a one-mile long campus, like Facebook itself, you could be guaranteed to show an ad only to people in its buildings. But the Department of Interior takes up just one city block. So when [Alaska senator Lisa] Murkowski targeted the Interior Department’s address, she was actually targeting not just that building, but all the people and buildings in a half-mile radius….”