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District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Virginia | May 14, 2021

States and Companies Won’t Commit to CDC Guidelines Granting More Freedom

District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Virginia | May 14, 2021

While it’s encouraging that the CDC caught up with the science enough to acknowledge that “if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected,” and thus has relaxed mask mandates.

That being said, Reagan acknowledged in her reporting that “Fully vaccinated individuals are still required to abide by local, state, and federal mask-wearing mandates.”

Of course, but if you still wear a mask after you’ve been fully vaccinated, that really should be your only reason for doing so.

It’s frustrating, then, that Thursday night’s most recent live update from the New York Times’ reporting on the CDC’s announcement would be that “C.D.C. Guidance Prompts Caution in Some States.” From the NYT reporting, with added emphasis:

On Thursday, the governors of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina,  and Virginia, and the mayors of New York City and Washington, D.C., all Democrats, said they were taking the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under advisement before adopting it. In deference to local authorities, the C.D.C. said vaccinated people must continue to abide by existing state, local, or tribal laws and regulations, and follow local rules for businesses and workplaces…

(Excerpts from Townhall)

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Massachusetts | May 4, 2021

A Total of Seven Harvard Professors Identify as Conservative, Survey Finds

Massachusetts | May 4, 2021

Two years ago, student leaders at the Harvard Crimson campus newspaper called on faculty to hire more conservatives in the wake of a survey that found only 1.6 percent of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences identify as conservative or very conservative.

It’s 2021, and nothing much has changed.

The Crimson’s latest survey of faculty found just seven professors identify as “somewhat” or “very conservative,” roughly 3 percent of survey respondents.

In both surveys, the vast majority of professors say they are “liberal” or “very liberal.”

The spread is so striking that the Crimson recently reported on right-leaning professors as an “endangered species” at the Ivy League institution.

“While the University has made a concerted effort across the past decade to promote gender and racial diversity among its faculty, Harvard has not made any explicit attempts to bolster representation from across the ideological spectrum,” the campus newspaper reported.

The article points out that this trend can be found across higher education. But Harvard has a longstanding reputation as the best university in the nation…

(Excerpt from The Virginia Star)

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Massachusetts, Virginia | May 2, 2021

Over 100 American Colleges Demand Students Get Vaccinated

Massachusetts, Virginia | May 2, 2021

As American schools begin the process of slowly reopening at all academic levels, over 100 colleges and universities are implementing the strictest requirements by demanding that all students receive a coronavirus vaccine before returning to school, according to CNN.

In the beginning of April, only about 14 campuses had announced such a policy. But by the end of the month, that number had increased exponentially. Only a handful of the schools have included possible exemptions for various medical, religious, or personal reasons. The majority of schools demanding such mandatory vaccinations are private schools.

The University of Massachusetts at Lowell put out a statement declaring that the university “will require all residential and commuter students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the beginning of the fall semester to live, learn, or visit any UMass Lowell campus or property.” The University of Portland not only made such conditions a requirement for students, but for all faculty as well…

(Excerpts from The Virginia Star)

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District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Democrats to propose plan to expand Supreme Court

District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York | April 15, 2021

Several House Democrats are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

Supporters of the proposal plan to hold a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building. They include U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler and Mondaire Jones, both of New York, and Hank Johnson of Georgia.

Given Democrats’ control of the White House and  Senate, the legislation could allow the party to supersede the court’s current conservative majority by “packing” the Court with liberal justices…

(Excerpts From Fox News)

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Massachusetts | April 12, 2021

Colleges Debating Requirement of COVID-19 Vaccine on Students

Massachusetts | April 12, 2021

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should — or legally can — require it.

Universities including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern recently told students they must get vaccinated before returning to campus next fall. They hope to achieve herd immunity on campus, which they say would allow them to loosen spacing restrictions in classrooms and dorms.

But some colleges are leaving the decision to students, and others believe they can’t legally require vaccinations. At Virginia Tech, officials determined that they can’t because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only allowed the emergency use of the vaccines and hasn’t given them its full approval…

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis this month banned all businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccination. The order raises questions about Nova Southeastern University’s plan to require students and staff to get vaccinated. The college’s president said he’s still confident in the plan, but he also promised to “respect the laws of our state and all federal directives.”

The governor of Texas, the country’s second-largest state, issued a similar order….

(Excerpts from AP)

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