California Rejected 100,000 Mail-in Ballots Because of Mistakes

Military’s COVID-19 Cases Growing at Alarming Rate ; Some Trees May ‘Social Distance’ to Avoid Disease ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “More than 100,000 mail-in ballots were rejected by California election officials during the March presidential primary, according to data obtained by The Associated Press that highlights a glaring gap in the state's effort to ensure every vote is counted.” Photo credit: Lars Plougmann / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Global Brands Benefit From Systematic Exploitation of Uyghur Muslims (Russ)

The author writes, “Big, well-known global companies in the field of clothing, technology and automotive sectors like Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon, GAP, H&M, Nike, Jack & Jones, Sharp, Siemens, Skechers, ASUS, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, BMW, Volkswagen, Sony, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Victoria’s Secret, Vivo, among others, are using Uyghur Muslims as ‘forced labour’ in their factories in China. According to the report, these minority labour forces in China are being supplied in a systematic way under the revived and exploitative government-led labour transfer scheme to Chinese factories outside the Xinjiang province.”

Military’s COVID-19 Cases Growing at Twice the Nationwide Rate (Mili)

From the Military Times: “More than 4,100 service members have tested positive for coronavirus since July 1, according to the Defense Department’s latest statistics, a rise of about 33 percent in the last 10 days.”

School Officials in Frantic Scramble to Plan — and Pay for — Reopening (Judy)

The author writes, “President Trump made headlines last week when he threatened to withhold funding from districts that do not open their doors and bring students back in person for the fall term. But with less than 1 percent of the March congressional relief package going to K-12 schools, educators and their unions say that without more federal funding, opening schools will be dangerous in some places and impossible in others.”

Kemp Extends Order Deploying 1,000 National Guard Troops to Atlanta (Chris C.)

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Gov. Brian Kemp extended an order Monday that deployed 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta, the latest in a series of escalating tensions with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over safety and public health. Kemp called out the troops earlier this month despite opposition from Bottoms, who has urged the governor to focus state resources on responding to soaring numbers of coronavirus cases in Georgia. The extension keeps them in place through July 27.”

How Bankruptcy Made Stockton Defund Police, Rethink Safety (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Even with fewer officers, crime here has fallen and the department currently has a clearance rate on homicides of about 80%.”

Joe Biden Has His Eye on Karen Bass (Bethany)

The author writes, “The Biden campaign has been trying to decide whether to pick a running mate who satisfies the left or one who represents the racial and ethnic diversity of his party, since Biden himself does neither. Here’s where another argument for Bass kicks in: She shows that Biden doesn’t have to choose.”

Some Trees May ‘Social Distance’ to Avoid Disease (Mili)

The author writes, “Crown shyness … has been documented in forests around the world. From the mangroves of Costa Rica to the towering Borneo camphor trees of Malaysia, gaps in the greenery abound. But scientists still don’t fully understand why the tops of trees so often refuse to touch. … Some trees may have learned to stop growing at their tips entirely.”

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