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Tips for Handling Isolation? Talk to an Astronaut

Talk about living for months in a confined environment. Three retired NASA astronauts with a great deal of experience in living in isolation give us their tips for surmounting what is for some a daunting prospect. At least we can breathe fresh air. (And the air is noticeably cleaner in areas where people aren’t travelling to work.)

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CRS Reports on COVID-19

The Congressional Research Service, the think tank of the Library of Congress, has generated numerous reports on COVID-19 in response to inquiries by both staff and legislators in Congress. The reports touch on many topics of pertinent interest, such as: COVID-19 Economic Stimulus: Business Payroll Tax Cuts; COVID-19 and Direct Payments to Individuals: Historical Precedents; COVID-19 and the Cruise Ship Industry; COVID-19 and Broadband: Potential Implications for the Digital Divide; and The Defense Production Act (DPA) and COVID-19: Key Authorities and Policy Considerations. These are just a few of the recent documents made available.

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A Literature Review of COVID-19

This review from the American Chemical Society details publication patterns, top-cited articles, and a plethora of other features that discuss this disease.

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What Are States Doing About COVID-19?

As every state now has at least one case of COVID-19, these two sites will greatly assist you in ascertaining what other states are proposing/undertaking: NCSL Coronavius (COVID-19) Resources (National Conference of State Legislatures) containing valuable links to pending legislation in all the states; and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know (National Governors Association) giving one access to executive orders and other public pronouncements arranged by state.

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Up-To-Date Statistics on COVID-19

For those who want the most current figures on COVID-19: the number of confirmed cases, the countries/regions where the disease is (there were so many cruise ship cases that “cruise ship” is listed in this country enumeration), number of deaths, number of recoveries, please utilize this site courtesy of Johns Hopkins University.

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Under What Rules Does the Senate Operate Impeachment Trials?

There are a set of rules – 26 in total -under which the Senate carries out its mandate for an impeachment trial. A more understandable explanation for the process is found here; you can also find an informative primer at this site.

 

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Congressional “Debate” Over Impeachment

The term “debate” is a misnomer. What actually occurred is that members of the House could briefly express their opinions and then allow the next legislator to state her/his opinions. If you want to read what the various speakers said, you have recourse to today’s Congressional Record, starting at page H12135; a video of this 12-hour proceeding can be found at C-SPAN.

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