The Democratic and Republican Platforms on Cybersecurity

As concerns about election security abound, here is an article listing both platforms along with relevant documents that inform the conversation.

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Ballot Box Locations in New Jersey

Want to drop off your vote in a ballot box? Then use this handy guide.

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Tracking Early Voting by State

With so many more people voting by mail-in ballot, it is sometimes hard to keep up with the figures; however, there is a handy reference that can help – U.S. Elections Project.

Using data obtained from each state, this site shows the level of activity with early voting. Since there is no nation-wide template for reporting early voting, each state presents its information in its own way, some states providing a great deal of information while others offer sparse documentation. For example, Alaska reports the number of ballots requested and the number returned while New Jersey breaks down the information by party affiliation, rate of return, and frequency of distribution.

Thirty-nine states are represented here; surprisingly New York is not listed. I recommend reading the accompanying analyses for insights into this process.

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Biographies and Selected Poems of 2020 Nobel Laureate Louise Gluck

You can sample some of her work here and here. A 2015 interview can be read here; additional interviews as well as readings by her are also available.

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National Security Reports – September 2020 Update

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Presidential Debates from 1960 to the Present Are Online

You can watch videos of the presidential and vice presidential debates since 1960 courtesy of C-SPAN. Many of the videos are accompanied by searchable transcripts as well.

A point of interest – there were no presidential debates in 1964, 1968, and 1972.

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Most Challenged or Banned Books of the Last Decade

The American Library Association, for banned Books Week, released its list of the most challenged/banned books of the past ten years. Singled out for their putative harmful/disrespectful content, these books run the gamut of genres. How many have you read?

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Everything You Need to Know About the MLB Post- Season Playoffs

In excruciating detail, this ESPN piece epitomizes TMI.

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Biographies and Selected Writings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Here is a listing of some of her articles and opinions; additional information is contained here.

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How A Supreme Court Justice Is Chosen

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg

View almost 400 videos of her courtesy of C-SPAN and peruse Essays in Honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Harvard Law Review, 2013). You can also read her numerous opinions and dissents.

Tributes can be found here.

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How Will the COVID Vaccine(s) Be Distributed?

Who gets it first? Will there be a listing of priority groups? These and other questions are addressed in this preliminary report from the National Academies – Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. This document reviews the efficacy of previous mass inoculations, various scenarios for its allocation/distribution, and the establishment of a foundational framework. Each chapter is supplemented by copious references.

Here is a rebuttal opinion, offering a different set of options.

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National Security Reports – August 2020 Update

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Reopening Schools in New Jersey

EducatingNJ is a one-stop news site focusing on K-college level instruction in the age of COVID. Timely, informative articles, lists of school districts planning to reopen online, and other relevant writings are found here.

The education section of NJ Spotlight offers valuable information as well.

As of September 4, here is a listing of what school districts are planning for the resumption of instruction.

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Here Is a List of the New Jersey School Districts Going Online Only

As of this writing, this is the list of districts (139 at last count) that will be going virtual starting in September.

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International Responses to COVID-19

Many NGOs and governmental agencies have compiled comparisons of how various countries have responded to the COVID crisis. This informative CRS report – COVID-19 International Responses: Resources for Comparison with U.S. Policies – guides you to many relevant sites of relevance.

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What Are the Reopening Plans for the Nation’s 15 Largest School Districts?

As of this writing, only one district is offering in-person only education; all the other districts are offering modified/hybrid models. Of course, these plans may be altered as COVID-19 surges continue; this feature will be regularly updated as districts change their respective approaches to dealing with this pandemic.

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National Security Reports – July 2020 Update

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Historic Accounts of Epidemics

This collection from Harvard – Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics – contains hundreds of items spanning the 15th to the early 20th centuries. You will find here works dealing with yellow fever, small pox, plague, and other diseases that have beset mankind.

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Heads of Big Tech Firms Testify Before Congress

The five-hour hearing, along with a transcript, can be found here courtesy of C-SPAN.

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