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Initial unemployment claims fell to 498,000 last week, down more than 90,000 from the previous week and well below analyst estimates of 527,000. It also marks the first time the figure has fallen below 500,000 since the pandemic began, though claims remain significantly higher than the prepandemic average of about 250,000.

The drop in new jobless claims mirrors the decline in reported COVID-19 cases in the US. The rolling average of new cases sits near 46,000 per day (see data), its lowest level in seven months. After a steep decline early in the year, reported deaths have plateaued between 650 and 700 per day, with the country’s total at 580,064 as of this writing.

About 57% of US adults have received at least one vaccine dose, with 42% fully vaccinated. Officials worry supply is beginning to outpace demand in many places — the US is averaging roughly 2 million doses administered per day, down by one-third over the past month. See how your state is doing here.

Almost one-in-five Americans say they either won’t receive a shot or will only if required, while another 15% say they are waiting to see. Find a breakdown of vaccine preferences here.

Fake Public Comments

A high-profile 2017 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back net neutrality rules was marred by an overwhelming number of fake public comments, a New York state investigation concluded yesterday. More than 22 million responses were received during the FCC’s public comment period, by far the highest in the agency’s history. The recent probe revealed roughly 80% of those comments were likely fabricated.

Net neutrality refers to the idea that internet service providers should treat all data equally, without favoring or charging more for different websites (see breakdown). In principle, large websites like YouTube or Netflix would be allowed to pay for preferential treatment, creating internet “fast lanes.”

Investigators concluded nearly 8.5 million comments were fraudulently submitted in favor of repeal using real identities without owners’ knowledge, an effort led by a broadband industry trade group. Separately, 7.7 million pro-net neutrality comments were linked to a single 19-year-old college student using automated software. It is unclear how the probe will affect current rules.

Teacher of the Year

A Las Vegas special education instructor was named Teacher of the Year yesterday, beating out finalists from Utah, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Juliana Urtubey, whose classes range from prekindergarten to fifth grade, becomes the first Nevadan to be selected and the first Latina educator since 2005. Having spent 11 years in the classroom, Urtubey exemplified the flexibility and creativity required to serve students amid the pandemic, the award committee noted, in particular those with learning differences.

The selection is more than an award — winners typically spend a year away from the classroom advocating for teachers across the country. First lady Dr. Jill Biden made a surprise visit to Urtubey’s class shortly after the announcement (watch here).

See each of the state-level winners here.


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Politics & World Affairs

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robert massimi

robert massimi


Drama critic for Nimbus Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and New York Lifestyles Magazine. Producer, editor and writer.