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.”

The Verge: FBI used geofence warrant in Seattle after BLM protest attack, new documents show

The Verge: FBI used geofence warrant in Seattle after BLM protest attack, new documents show. “While the building sustained little damage, the attack spurred widespread national interest: Seattle police initially posted a $1,000 reward for information, and the FBI later offered up to $20,000 for any tips that would help identify the people involved. But documents unsealed on February 3rd show that, before offering the reward for information, the FBI also used a controversial search technique known as a geofence warrant to request information from Google about all Android devices that had passed through the area before and after the attack.”

New York Times: Census Memo Cites ‘Unprecedented’ Meddling by Trump Administration

New York Times: Census Memo Cites ‘Unprecedented’ Meddling by Trump Administration. “A newly disclosed memorandum citing ‘unprecedented’ meddling by the Trump administration in the 2020 census and circulated among top Census Bureau officials indicates how strongly they sought to resist efforts by the administration to manipulate the count for Republican political gain.”

Nature: How to protect US science from political meddling after Trump

Nature: How to protect US science from political meddling after Trump. “US federal agencies need to strengthen the policies that protect science used in government decision-making. They should also create a scientific-integrity council spanning many agencies, to help address political meddling by government officials. Those are some of the top conclusions of a long-awaited report from a task force convened by US President Joe Biden’s administration, in the wake of four years of science — and scientists — being undermined under former president Donald Trump.”

The Guardian: More than 1,000 US public figures aided Trump’s effort to overturn election

The Guardian: More than 1,000 US public figures aided Trump’s effort to overturn election. “The finding that 1,011 individuals in the public realm played a role in election subversion around the 2020 presidential race comes from a new pro-democracy initiative that launched on Wednesday. The Insurrection Index seeks to identify all those who supported Trump in his bid to hold on to power despite losing the election, in the hope that they can be held accountable and prevented from inflicting further damage to the democratic infrastructure of the country.”

Esquire: It’s a Miracle Anyone Survived Trump’s Meat-Headed Covid Response

Esquire: It’s a Miracle Anyone Survived Trump’s Meat-Headed Covid Response. “One of the least important problems with El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago is that he is a complete political maladroit who surrounded himself with other complete political maladroits. Not to be crass, but the pandemic was a golden opportunity for him to demonstrate smart, tough political leadership and, not incidentally, guarantee his election to a second term. Not only did this not occur to him, apparently, it didn’t occur to anyone around him, either.”