Warning: What follows is some bleak news coated in heavy, HEAVY cheese. But hey, it's the holiday season!
'Twas the week before Xmas and here at OptOut, we've sorted the news for you to check out. We've picked our top stories, the news of the day. Be warned it's not great for your holiday.
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With that, we begin: Here's a piece of our own. We exposed some dark money whose budget has grown. The Brownstone Institute peddles misinfo and fear, but that didn't stop the cashflow last year. Tax records reveal it brought in quite a haul from groups that keep donors secret from us all.
From there we can pivot to a video must-see. On the Majority Report was the good Naomi. She has a new book on her antivax doppleganger. She talks right-wing extremism, this interview was a banger.
Next up is States Newsroom with something we all should hear. A Census Bureau plan is causing much fear. Proposed question changes could undercount the disabled. With long-term implications if the scheme is not tabled.
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Following up, we've got Skipped History, to expose old Saint Nick and his checkered story.
But that's in the past, Santa's different today. So do not feel bad enjoying the holiday. But do not lose sight as schools let out, attacks on public education are all about. We go to the The Nation for a piece on the fight and the dark money "moms" on the far right.
The assault on institutions is not only for schools. Far right legal groups want to change rules. What The Lever reported is bad for our nation, they're sending judges on luxury vacation.
Undermining the Dems is a goal of the right, so the House is preparing for an impeachment fight. The evidence is thin and we're all sure to tire. A New Republic piece says it might just backfire.
Unfortunately now, we must look overseas, to the worst kind of horrors and catastrophes. CounterPunch had a warning for President Joe, rethink backing Bibi before voters say 'No.'
To cheerier matters, we cannot yet turn. COVID is surging, and we haven't learned. There's blame to go 'round, but in WhoWhatWhy, is a good rundown of how so many have died.
Knowing who to blame, is part of the equation. But we're still seeing rises in hospitalizations. Take a look at this piece, from Iowa Capital Dispatch. Realize that SARS, you don't have to catch.
With that we remind you, if you're going away; if you're to see your loved ones for the holiday. We have some advice to keep you safe and alive. It's really quite simple: HEPA filters, vaccines, and (K)N95s.
Thank you for reading our Xmas newsletter. We hope by next year, things look a lot better.
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