Moderna and Pfizer are Clear Winners vs Johnson & Johnson

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended a preference of Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots over Johnson & Johnson variable, as Johnson & Johnson continues to struggle with the blood clotting issue, which has since seen nine deaths and several dozen cases of other complications with regards to the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Out of the nine deaths associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 7 of the patients did have underlying health concerns. The other two aren’t clear. Dozens fell sick, and they are also under investigation.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine appeal had to do with it being a single dose vaccine with no special storage requirement. However, it is certainly less appealing due to its lower effectiveness and higher risk in terms of the blood clot issue. Only about 17 million have administered the Johnson & Johnson dosage, whereas the 470 million of the Pfizer and Moderna have been administered.

As Johnson & Johnson did advertise its easy use as one of its main advantages, this will make vaccinating homeless or prisoners more difficult, as their positions are more difficult to reach, and transportation of the other alternatives are harder.

Because of this weakness in Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC, which tends to hold back on having a preferential recommendation, has done so in this case.

Johnson & Johnson continues to remain firm on the quality of their vaccines, but it may become a very special-use vaccine rather than a nationwide one.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

First Korean-American Woman Confirmed to U.S. Court of Appeals

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the appointment of Lucy H. Koh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the first Korean-American woman to be serving as a federal appellate judge in U.S. history.

Pres. Biden announced the appointment in September 2021. Most recently, Judge Koh served as a federal judge for the Northern District of California and previously served as California Superior Court Judge for Santa Clara County.

The Asian American community praised this confirmation.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

Northam proposes $250 rebate for taxpayers and gets rid of grocery tax

State of Virginia has seen record financial reserves of nearly $4 billion. Governor Northam is now proposing $250 tax rebates for all individual tax filers in Virginia and eliminating the Commonwealth grocery tax. Northam justified his proposal by claiming that he wanted all Virginians to benefit from the Commonwealth’s strong economic growth, which showed a record surplus of $2.6 billion this year. Northam also emphasized that the lower and middle-income families will see greatest benefit with the $250 rebate and the end of the 1.5% grocery tax.

Northam had called for the end of grocery taxes in 2017. However, he had not made this possible until now. Youngkin, who is to become the next Governor, also campaigned for these reforms.

The nearly $4 billion reserve surplus is nearly 17 percent of the state revenue and is attributed to better than expected revenue growth, federal pandemic assistance and cautious spending. Northam also called for 10% raise for public school teachers, investment in public safety, and millions of dollars for historically black colleges and universities among many others in his 2022 proposed budget.

Youngkin’s transitional aide has expressed generally positive views on Northam’s moves, but also called it “a step in the right direction but not entirely fulfilling.”

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

Supreme Court Commission: Everyone wants Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices

A bipartisan panel comprised of legal scholars prepared and submitted to the White House the final report, which described public support for imposing term limits but not for adding justices.

The current Supreme Court is comprised of 6 conservatives and 3 liberals, three of them having selected during the Trump era. The Commission was unanimous in its support for imposing term limits.

As to whether the Court should be expanded for more seats, this is more split. For example, retired federal judge Nancy Gertner voiced concerns about the Court being effectively packed by one party and remaining unchanged for years if not decades. Constitutional Law expert Laurence Tribe also voiced concerns of the same kind, although he had originally thought the Court need not be expanded.

Of course, there are those that oppose this as well. For example, Thomas B. Griffith, recently retired from U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., saw no issues with the current make up and argued that partisan politics should not sacrifice the federal judiciary.

Whether the Biden administration would actually take any action on these matters is not yet clear. Reforms were called for during the Obama administration but was unsuccessful due to the Republican-controlled Senate.

Just last week, the liberal members of the Court warned that overturning the long precedence of Roe v. Wade would greatly impact the reputation of the Court and make many Americans distrust the institution, especially given the change would be coming after the Court changed membership.

Either way, majority of Americans agree: the Supreme Court should have term limits.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

Cold Front Moving into Greater Washington Area; Snow on the Way

After issuing a wind advisory for today, the area is seeing a cold front moving into the Washington, D.C. region. Temperatures on Tuesday are not expected to go much higher above 40 degrees. Wednesday, there is a high possibility of snow up to 1″ even before Denver this year.

Snow is expected to fall earlier in the day if it does and will likely cause some commute concerns. While it is not yet clear whether snow will actually stick to the ground, slick spots are still possible, especially towards the north and west. Best chance for snow is between 8 and 11 AM.

Areas above Fairfax, Rockville, and Manassas may see some accumulation, but it is not clear that there will actually be any accumulation. Snow will likely stop falling by the midday and later, so it might not hinder commute back home.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

Government Shutdown Eminent

The House passed a bipartisan bill to fund the government into February of next year, but the Republicans in the Senate are currently revolting against Pres. Biden’s vaccine policies and threatening not to pass the stopgap budget bill.

The stopgap funding bill passed 221-212, as lawmakers attempt to prevent a shutdown which will surely occur at midnight Friday if it is not signed by the Senate and the President.

However, Senate Republicans are using Pres. Biden and the vaccine mandate as an excuse not to vote for the funding bill. Senate Republicans are attempting to bargain for defunding of vaccine and testing policies for federal funding. That being said, the actual leaders of both parties have not stated whether they would be willing to allow such amendment.

This could lead to a short-term shutdown this weekend, although both parties have claimed they do not want this; however, if House votes are anything to go by, which includes the fact that most members voted along party lines, it might be that the Republican party for the most part does not care if the government shuts down.

Biden has promised that a shutdown would not occur, but with a 24-hour deadline, it is unclear whether that would actually happen.

The bill itself is supported by both party members. However, Senate members like Ted Cruz seems highly invested in not letting it pass.

These political tactics at the cost of many American government workers is honestly quite annoying if not harmful. A government that does not work for its people seems to be what most Americans are okay with these days, and that’s sad to watch.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

American Cities See Crimes Rise since 2004

Washington D.C. saw its 200th homicide this year, which is the highest threshold for homicide since 2003. A man was shot at a gas station in Southeast Washington just after 10:15 PM. The victim was identified as Dawann Saunders. He was just 30 years old.

Homicide had been falling until 2012 and staggered until 2021, when the homicide rate rose past 2004 levels. However, this trend is not isolated to Washington, D.C.; 29 cities all saw a rise in crime compared with September data from last year, according to Council on Criminal Justice.

FBI reported that killings have increased 30 percent since 2020 across the country. Baltimore for example, saw more than 300 killings for the 7th year, homicides in Philadelphia reached 497 on Monday, which is 13 percent higher than this time last year.

At the moment, reason for the killings is unclear. And as cities are dealing with the shift in priority of seeing crime as a public health emergency rather than police intervention event, it is currently difficult to tell exactly what the correct line of action might be.

D.C. police union attributes the rise in homicides to changes in policing after the 2020 social unrest after the murder of George Floyd. Activists claim that these new policing limitations are preventing police brutality, but critics believe that this limitation is preventing effective crime minimization.

There are also 200 less D.C. officers than last year, as more than half of the 417 members left since June 2020 and did so before being eligible for retirement.

Unfortunately, the rise of gun violence is still concentrated in high-risk groups, and the data continues to confirm this. DC is trying multiple methods such as introducing programs to schools, diverting calls from the police on certain mental health concerns, boosting job trainings for people and investing in housing.

The results seen in DC if improved, could be a model for the rest of the country to follow. Most seem to agree however, that police alone should not be the only ones keeping peace in the city.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

 

Driver of the SUV that killed 5 in Wisconsin Parade Charged with Homicide

On Sunday, an SUV driver mowed through the middle of a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Driver Darrell E. Brooks Jr. drove through a parade killing 5 and injuring at least 48 injured.

The man was seen at an alleged altercation that included a knife but quickly sped away in the red SUV when the police arrived. He was seen to be acting alone according to the police, and was the only one arrested.

His act has led to the death of Tamara Durand, age 52, Jane Kulich, age 52, LeAnna Owen, age 71, Virginia Sorenson, age 79, and Wilhelm Hospel, age 81.

The County District Attorney’s Office expects to file the charges by Tuesday afternoon.

The FBI is assisting the local authorities in the investigation.

Darrell Brooks Jr. had a criminal record even prior to Sunday, including domestic abuse, violent behavior, and even an allegation that he used a vehicle as a weapon before the parade even occurred. He was in jail because of it and released on bail just the week before.

On Monday evening, a candlelight vigil was held to honor the dead.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

A Loudoun CO stabbing suspect stopped by the victim’s house prior to Sunday murder

On Sunday early in the morning around 4:30 AM, a man kicked the door and broke into a luxury home, killed a man, and injured his fiance in their own house in Leesburg, VA. The suspect stopped by the house several times prior to the incident. According to the Loudoun County sheriff’s office,

The suspect, Melvin H. Wasike (22) from Fairfax County is charged with fatally stabbing Michael Fadely (46) and severely injuring his fiance. Wasike approached Mr. Fadely’s house on Saturday and the deputy stopped him to leave and Wasike told the sheriff that he was looking for someone.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy and the homeowner checked the perimeter of the house and other security measures to make sure the house was secured late Saturday. However, Wasike broke into Fadely’s house with the intention to kill the owner of the home, according to WTOP news.

Authorities had served a search warrant at Wasike’s family’s home Sunday afternoon, Wasike called 911 to turn himself but hung up the call, and turn off his phone. The sheriff’s investigation has started from his phone and found his vehicle in the area of Foxden Lane, and took him into custody without further incidents.

Wasike’s father said to NBC Washington which is affiliated with WTOP, his son has been suffering from a mental disorder for a long time. Wasike is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond.

Fadely’s father said his son was a good man, and that he has taken care of who is needy. He mentioned on the news that his son and the suspect did not know each other.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.

Price increase of 6.2% since last October

The largest price increase in the past 30 years has been seen, with a price increase of 6.2% in October versus October of last year. Gasoline prices are up 49.6 percent, and the higher energy costs are pushing prices of all other goods equally, according to Washington Post.

The shortages and higher prices had been limited to certain industries, but it is now overtaking other industries such as shelter, food, and new vehicles.

In fact, the price increase has tied with the biggest one-month increase since the Great Recession. Only airlines and alcohol saw price decrease.

In fact, the pandemic cannot be blamed as the sole reason for the increase, as those that were “short” had been replenished.

The Biden Administration has promised that it would get the inflation under control, although the $2 trillion spending bill for infrastructure does not seem to be helping to assuage those fears.

Even items such as eggs or meat are seeing sharp increases. Rent continues to rise, and while the wages are rising, not rising fast enough to catch up to the inflation.

Households and businesses are struggling, as some stated that the prices change on its way to the end user. This can be a problem if the households begin to behave as if inflation is likely to be a long term haul.

Coree ILBO copyright (c) 2013-2021, All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in whole, or part without the express written permission.