New York Times: White House Restores Arts Commission Dissolved Under Trump

New York Times: White House Restores Arts Commission Dissolved Under Trump .”President Biden on Friday issued an executive order re-establishing the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an advisory board that was dissolved five years ago after its members resigned in protest over President Donald J. Trump’s reaction to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.”

Washington Post: Where did the covid aid money go?

Washington Post: Where did the covid aid money go?. “t was the largest burst of emergency spending in U.S. history: two years, six laws and more than $5 trillion intended to break the deadly grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The money spared the U.S. economy from ruin and put vaccines into millions of arms, but it also invited unprecedented levels of fraud, abuse and opportunism. In a year-long investigation, The Washington Post is following the covid money trail to figure out what happened to all that cash. Here are our key findings.”

Scribbled notes, classified materials and golf carts: Here’s how the millions of White House documents and artifacts should be archived (USA Today)

USA Today: Scribbled notes, classified materials and golf carts: Here’s how the millions of White House documents and artifacts should be archived. “Until the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration, former presidents owned their records, although some worked with the National Archives to create presidential libraries. But when Richard Nixon, after resigning, wanted to destroy the White House tapes that incriminated him in the cover-up of the Watergate complex burglary, Congress passed a law giving control over presidential records to the National Archives at the end of an administration.”

Route Fifty: Millions Still Lack Broadband Despite 5-year $44B Government Effort

Route Fifty: Millions Still Lack Broadband Despite 5-year $44B Government Effort. “Despite tens of billions of dollars in funding and numerous efforts to improve internet availability across America, millions of Americans still lack broadband internet, according to a new audit from the Government Accountability Office. Released May 31, the audit posits reasons why the federal government’s broadband efforts haven’t been more successful.”

NPR: These 14 states had significant miscounts in the 2020 census

NPR: These 14 states had significant miscounts in the 2020 census. “For the 2020 census, all states were not counted equally well for population numbers used to allocate political representation and federal funding over the next decade, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday. A follow-up survey the bureau conducted to measure the national tally’s accuracy found significant net undercount rates in six states: Arkansas (5.04%), Florida (3.48%), Illinois (1.97%), Mississippi (4.11%), Tennessee (4.78%) and Texas (1.92%).”

Associated Press: Next release of 2020 census data postponed until next year

Associated Press: Next release of 2020 census data postponed until next year . “The next release of detailed data about U.S. residents from the 2020 census will be postponed until next year because the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it needs more time to crunch the numbers, including implementing a controversial method used to protect participants’ identities. The delays leave government budget-makers, city planners and researchers in a lurch because the detailed data are used for planning future growth, locating schools or firehouses and research.”

New York Times: Trump Officials Awarded $700 Million Pandemic Loan Despite Objections

New York Times: Trump Officials Awarded $700 Million Pandemic Loan Despite Objections. “The report, released by the Democratic staff of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, describes the role of corporate lobbyists during the early months of the pandemic in helping to secure government funds as trillions of dollars of relief money were being pumped into the economy. It also suggests that senior officials such as Steven Mnuchin, the former Treasury secretary, and Mark T. Esper, the former defense secretary, intervened to ensure that the trucking company, Yellow Corporation, received special treatment despite concerns about its eligibility to receive relief funds.”

WIRED: The Census Is Broken. Can AI Fix It?

WIRED: The Census Is Broken. Can AI Fix It?. “The once-a-decade endeavor informs the distribution of federal tax dollars and apportions members of the House of Representatives for each state, potentially redrawing the political map. According to emails obtained through a records request, Trump administration officials interfered in the population count to produce outcomes beneficial to Republicans, but problems with the census go back much further.”

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths. “Last week, after reporting from the Guardian on mortality rates among children, the CDC corrected a ‘coding logic error’ that had inadvertently added more than 72,000 Covid deaths of all ages to the data tracker, one of the most publicly accessible sources for Covid data. The agency briefly noted the change in a footnote, although the note did not explain how the error occurred or how long it was in effect.”

New York Times: 2020 Census Undercounted Hispanic, Black and Native American Residents

New York Times: 2020 Census Undercounted Hispanic, Black and Native American Residents. “Saddled with daunting logistical and political obstacles, the 2020 census seriously undercounted the number of Hispanic, Black and Native American residents even though its overall population count was largely accurate, the Census Bureau said on Thursday. At the same time, the census overcounted white and Asian American residents, the bureau said.”

Washington Post: Archives asks Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records

Washington Post: Archives asks Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records. “The National Archives and Records Administration has asked the Justice Department to examine Donald Trump’s handling of White House records, sparking discussions among federal law enforcement officials about whether they should investigate the former president for a possible crime, according to two people familiar with the matter.”