Supercreator Daily: Prayers up for Miami 🙏🏾
99 people are still missing after an overnight collapse of a Florida condo. Plus: Biden cuts a deal on infrastructure and Instagram will now let you post from your computer.
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Terrible news out of Miami: At least one person died after the overnight collapse of a 12-story residential building north of Miami, Florida. At press time, 99 people were not yet located with 53 now accounted for. Officials were unsure of how many people were in the building at the time of the collapse.
“It looks like a bomb went off,” a resident said of the aftermath on the Today show. “But we’re pretty sure a bomb didn’t go off. Another resident told an ABC News reporter that “the whole building shook like an earthquake.”
“This is the incredible, unimaginable situation that none of us could have ever predicted,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a news conference at the scene. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said TV images fail to capture the true devastation on the ground. “It is really, really traumatic to see the collapse of a massive structure like that.”
In an essay for the Miami Herald, columnist Fabiola Santiago called for auditing and stricter oversight of older Florida structures, pointing to the Florida International Bridge pedestrian bridge collapse in 2018 as an example of the lessons to be learned from rigorous investigations.
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It’s Thursday, June 24. Here’s what you need to know this evening:
President Joe Biden announced a deal on a $1 trillion infrastructure package but progressive Democrats plan to block it unless another bill that includes their legislative priorities is passed alongside it. [Ayelet Sheffey / Business Insider]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended an eviction moratorium for “one final month” that to expire next week so the Biden administration can take steps to stabilize housing for those facing eviction and foreclosure. [Pam Fessler / NPR]
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection after GOP senators blocked an independent and bipartisan commission last month. [Mariam Khan / ABC News]
A group of 60 Democratic members of Congress asked the Biden administration to extend a pause for at least six months on federal student loan payments that’s set to expire in October. [Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News]
2021 is on pace to be America’s deadliest year of gun violence in the last two decades, according to the Gun Violence Archive. [CBS News]
The average life expectancy at birth in the US decreased 1.9 years, widening the gap between America and its peers to nearly five years. [Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News]
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Cameras in Courtroom Act, which would require video recording of Supreme Court oral arguments and opinion announcements. [Library of Congress]
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will visit Howard University tomorrow to tour the HBCU’s COVID-19 community vaccine clinic and encourage students and members of the public to get vaccinated. [US Department of Education]
San Francisco will require all 35,000 city employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus — or face termination — once a vaccine receives full approval from the FDA. [Erin Allday / The San Francisco Chronicle]
Snap signed a multi-year partnership with Universal Music Group to enable people to search for and include music from the largest record label group in their content. [Ashley Carman / The Verge]
YouTube hosted a live-streamed small-business shopping event today to attract more entrepreneurs and shoppers to the video app and persuade small businesses to advertise on its website. [Nico Grant / Bloomberg]
“Light” podcast listeners — those who listen to a podcast one to three times a month — now make up nearly half of all podcast listeners in May 2021, up 10 percent compared to August 2018. [Sara Guaglione / Digiday]
Instagram rolled out functionality to create and publish posts from its website directly on your computer. [Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac]
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Sarah Archer at Vox on how COVID-19 revealed the myth of bedroom privacy:
This was more or less the status quo until the Covid-19 pandemic, when suddenly people in nearly every kind of household configuration found their relationship to personal space, home, work, and the outside world transformed. The change was especially acute for families with two working parents and school-age children who needed quiet places for remote school or work, which meant seclusion from the noise of the household and a suitably professional backdrop. What if the living room is noisy, but the bedroom offers no vantage point without visible evidence of intimate life — laundry, ephemera, stacks of sheets and towels, toiletries, or prescription bottles? The traditional 20th-century party trick of making living rooms and dining rooms “presentable” for company by simply moving clutter into the bedroom or hall closet didn’t work when the entire house was on display over video chat. Both digitally and physically, we were putting on our rouge in front of the whole world — or at least the whole office.
Ed Kilgore at Intelligencer on why the Democrats’ stalled voting rights push was still worth it:
Whether or not new federal voting-rights legislation can be enacted before the 2022 midterms, Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration — from the president and vice-president on down — owe their counterparts in Republican-controlled states loud and active support when voting rights are compromised or election administration is subverted. The idea that such matters are entirely up the states contradicts every bit of voting rights legislation and litigation pursued since the high tide of the civil-rights movement.
Aside from state legislative fights and litigation ongoing right now, voting rights and related issues such as partisan gerrymandering and neutral election administration are going to be red-hot midterm issues in many parts of the country, with fateful consequences. A coordinated Democratic message from the president down to state legislative candidates is the most effective way to wage this very national fight.
Thomas B. Edsall at The New York Times on if education is no longer the “great equalizer”:
From 1976 to 2016 the white high school completion rate rose from 86.4 percent to 94.5 percent, the Black completion rate from 73.5 percent to 92.2 percent, and the Hispanic completion rate rose from 60.3 percent to 89.1 percent. The graduation rate of whites entering four-year colleges from 1996 to 2012 rose from 33.7 to 43.7 percent, for African Americans it rose from 19.5 to 23.8 percent and for Hispanics it rose from 22.8 to 34.1 percent.
But these very gains appear to have also contributed to the widening disparity in income between those with different levels of academic attainment, in part because of the very different rates of income growth for men and women with high school degrees, college degrees and graduate or professional degrees.
Education lifts all boats, but not by equal amounts.
Marion Renault at The New Republic on why being vaccinated is everyone’s business:
When public figures decide to opt out of using that influence to protect the health and safety of society during a global crisis, we have the right to call it what it is: antisocial. “Part of the unwritten agreement is their lives are open to the public in some ways,” Hershfield said. “When a celebrity prefers to not speak up, it sends a message. The silence is saying something.”
For one, it suggests the equivocator is either vaccinated and wants to hide it or is unvaccinated and doesn’t want to own up. In either scenario, dodging the question clearly signals that vaccination status is somehow worthy of secrecy—and that talking openly about it is somehow taboo.
Emilia Petrarca at The Cut on dating apps and anti-capitalism:
Tinder has tried to keep up with users’ growing desire to affiliate with progressive causes, adding “Black Lives Matter,” “LGBTQ+ Rights,” and “Feminism” as tags you can list as your “passions” beyond just “Activism” and “Politics.” Hinge, meanwhile, still limits your political affiliation to just three options: liberal, moderate, and conservative. (And to weed out profiles with any of the above political leanings, it’ll cost you a small monthly fee.) For many people on the left, these buckets are embarrassingly simplistic. What if you identify as a democratic socialist, or an anarcho-communist, or an Obama-loving technocrat? As the progressive camp has grown more fractured over time, dating profiles have only gotten more granular. To signal where, exactly, on the spectrum they fall, people now resort to a kind of online shorthand, which can take the form of a socialist rose emoji, or a slogan, or a string of acronyms. The irony, of course, is that reducing these political ideas to fit in a dating profile has also allowed them to become rote. Now, you’ll find “anti-capitalist” listed alongside a person’s astrological sign, Myers-Briggs personality-test result, and vaccine brand. “Hatred of capitalism is widespread enough now that making it one of your main points of potential connection with someone is sort of like saying, ‘I’m really into electronic music,’ ” said another friend, unimpressed.
Spencer Kornhaber at The Atlantic on Britney Spears:
Yesterday finally dispelled all mystery about how Spears feels about the conservatorship. “The people who did that to me should not be able to walk away so easily,” she said toward the beginning of her remarks. She went on to describe being intimidated into working when she didn’t want to, being put on lithium that she didn’t want to take, and being sent to a rehab facility that she found to be grueling and humiliating. She spared few details about the frequency and context of her visitations with therapists and doctors. Bafflingly (and damningly for her lawyer, Samuel Ingham III), she said she had been unaware that she could petition for the conservatorship to end. Throughout her speech, a clear narrative and message came through: She felt she’d been exploited, and she wanted it to stop.
Spears’s words amounted to confession, condemnation, and testimony—but crucially, they were also a spectacle. Many of Spears’s conservatorship hearings have been sealed from public view, but the star’s lawyer has successfully advocated for the shroud of secrecy to be lifted. It is now clear why: Denied personal autonomy, Spears must have realized that the best leverage she has is her own voice and her own fame. At one point during the hearing, she asked the judge to approve her giving an interview to the media, then she revised the statement and said that she realized her testimony in the hearing would fulfill that purpose. “I have the right to use my voice,” she said. “It’s not fair they’re telling … lies about me openly … My own family doing interviews, and talking about the situation and making me feel so stupid. And I can’t say one thing.”
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