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Donald Trump wanted to unbutton his shirt to reveal a Superman logo after being discharged from hospital following his treatment for COVID, a new book claims. The bizarre October 2020 plan, which was ultimately abandoned, is detailed in Maggie Haberman’s book Confidence Man, out Tuesday. The former president was allegedly inspired by his love of wrestling and memories of singer James Brown throwing off his cape onstage. “[H]e would be wheeled out of Walter Reed in a chair and, once outdoors, he would dramatically stand up, then open his button-down dress shirt to reveal [a] Superman logo beneath it,” Haberman writes. “(Trump was so serious about it that he called the campaign headquarters to instruct an aide, Max Miller, to procure the Superman shirts; Miller was sent to a Virginia big-box store.)”Read it at Axios
Despite the screeching U-turn on income tax, the PM still needs to regain the confidence of her backbenchers
Infilmpact and ODA Film have set a new feature documentary about the ongoing invasion in Ukraine titled “The War Behind Closed Doors.” The project is officially supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency (USFA). “The War Behind Closed Doors” tells the story of March 31, 2002, when Ukrainian armed forces liberated Kyiv from the Russian invaders. But the initial joy of victory was quickly followed by horror after seeing what was left of small towns in the Kyiv region. “The whole world was shocked by what it saw: bullet-ridden cars, the bodies of local residents lying face down in the street, and obliterated...
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 14, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. Congress gets an official API. The United States’ legislative branch now has an official API, the Library of Congress announced last week. It provides structured data on legislators, bills, bill summaries, amendments, committee reports, appointee nominations, international treaties, and more. To use the service, you’ll need to sign up for a free API key. Read more: Some context from the Congressional Data Coalition. Related: The Government Publishing Office’s bulk data on bills and bill summaries (DIP 2020.08.26) and ProPublica’s Congress API. [h/t Jackie Kazil]
Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng rode out extraordinary financial turmoil and drastic poll slumps for the Tories – even going as far as doubling down on their plans to cut income tax for the richest.But, as the prospect of a Tory rebellion loomed and senior critics spoke out, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have now performed an astonishing U-turn.Here is a timeline of how they set out their strategy, insisted it was the right one for the nation amid chaos and then announced they will be backing down.We get it, and we have listened. pic.twitter.com/lOfwHTUo76— Kwasi Kwarteng (@KwasiKwarteng) October 3,...
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 7, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. LGBTQ+ rights. Equaldex tracks LGBTQ+ rights around the world, categorizing the liberties and restrictions that relate to more than a dozen issues, such as same-sex marriage, blood donation, military service, employment discrimination, and the right to change one’s legal gender. The collaboratively edited database provides an API to retrieve those categorizations and contextual notes by country and/or U.S. state. The project also keeps tabs on developments that alter those rights and public opinion polling. [h/t Giuseppe Sollazzo]
Meta Faces Mounting Questions from Congress on Health Data Privacy As Hospitals Remove Facebook Tracker
Meta is facing mounting questions about its access to sensitive medical data following a Markup investigation that found the company’s pixel tracking tool collecting details about patients’ doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and health conditions on hospital websites. During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on...
Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries helping crack the genome of extinct human ancestors.The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet said on Monday that Dr Pääbo’s pioneering research achieved the “seemingly impossible”, helping crack the genomes of extinct hominins, including Neanderthals, and thereby shedding light on human evolution.Dr Pääbo’s body of work spanning decades has given rise to an entirely new scientific discipline called paleogenomics.This field of research has unraveled the genetic differences distinguishing modern-day humans from extinct hominins, shedding more light on what makes us uniquely human.The...
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Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 28, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. FDA inspections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s inspections dashboard lists 264,000-plus assessments of facilities (primarily those manufacturing food, drugs, and other FDA-regulated products) and 227,000-plus problems the inspectors found. The fields include the facility owner, location, product type, inspection completion date, and outcomes. The records, which go back to fiscal year 2009, can be bulk-downloaded from the dashboard and queried via an API. They come with certain caveats; they exclude, for instance, “inspections waiting for a final enforcement action” and those conducted by state (rather than federal) inspectors. Related: More compliance-related data dashboards from the FDA.