Daily cartoon and live briefing: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Today in the eyes of the editorial staff: Students return to Flagler County schools for the first day of the spring semester, amid an unprecedented rise in covid infections and a dearth of safety guidelines. The district is not enforcing different protocols than those that were in place in the fall semester, nor is the state sending out different guidelines than those in place last year, as the DeSantis administration continues. adopt a standstill approach to the pandemic. The omicron variant is believed to be less fatal than the delta variant, leading to cold-like illnesses, when symptomatic, although hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. They were at 27 at AdventHealth Palm Coast on Monday, up from 20 in five days. The Palm Coast Code Enforcement Council Meet at 10 a.m. at the town hall. Now this:

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“Linda Greenhouse’s new book on the Supreme Court opens in October 2020, with the drama of the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett by Donald Trump. By right, it should have started in 2009, when Barack Obama was president, Democrats controlled the Senate, and Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – her second cancer diagnosis in a decade. Ginsburg lived another 11 years, dramatically beating the odds even after a third diagnosis in 2018. But in retrospect, nothing is clearer that she should have quit promptly after learning she has cancer that has a rate average five-year survival rate of 10%. . Ginsburg, who, as Greenhouse notes, was sometimes referred to as the Thurgood Marshall of the women’s rights movement, played Russian roulette with the future of abortion and civil rights. If the majority of judges overrule Roe v. Wade during the current term of the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s death in 2020 will be the most immediate cause. Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate of course played a key role in blocking the appointment of then-judge Merrick Garland towards the end of Obama’s term, and then confirming justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Barrett. The vacancy created by Ginsburg’s death, however, was the pivotal moment for a court upon which Chief Justice John Roberts had migrated to the center in the interest of preserving the institutional legitimacy of the court.

– From a review by Noah Feldman on “Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court” by Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times, November 8 2021.

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