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March 9, 2020
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IU eye doctor says pink eye can be early symptom of coronavirus

An Indiana University optometrist says conjunctivitis can be an early symptom of COVID-19, even when no other symptoms are present. Dr. Christopher Clark says doctors at the IU Optometry Clinic are looking for upticks in viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. He says those cases tend to be milder, meaning people are less likely to go to the hospital. "They're people who aren't going into the hospital, so they are going to be missed by traditional means," Clark says. "So they might be spreading the virus further into the community."

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The New York Times

Pence, a loyalist tapped for coronavirus effort, adds to Trump's mixed messages

Mr. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, has no public health expertise, and is remembered in his home state for slow-walking a decision to approve the distribution of clean needles for intravenous drug users, which he initially opposed on moral grounds. His decision is cited as a main reason that an H.I.V. crisis in a rural community ballooned to epidemic proportions. "When it comes to a public health emergency, I would question whether or not he has the capacity to really listen to the experts in making informed decisions rather than grappling with his own personal beliefs," said Dr. Carrie Lawrence, an assistant research scientist at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.

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Exhibit A: Science advisers' critiques of EPA rules

(EPA) is under the gun not only to protect its rules from getting struck down in the courts but also to prevent potential resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, said Indiana University (McKinney School of Law) professor Janet McCabe, who served as acting head of EPA's air office under Obama. The statute, which was used successfully only once before the Trump administration, allows rules to be rescinded with a simple majority in the House and Senate. Once a rule is revoked, a substantially similar regulation cannot be introduced to replace it. "The more impactful the rule," McCabe said, "the more likely it is that someone would seek to use the CRA."

The Guardian

'We still have darkness': the town where an HIV outbreak occurred under Mike Pence

Public health experts who offered recommendations on combatting the HIV outbreak in Indiana have questioned whether Pence can put evidence ahead of his own beliefs. In combatting Covid-19 "we need a leader who is not only data-driven, but somebody who understands evidence -- and somebody who can communicate it. Neither one of those things is in Mike Pence's skillset," said Beth Meyerson, the co-director of Indiana University's Rural Center for Aids/STD Prevention. Carrie Lawrence, the associate director of the center, said the Austin HIV outbreak showed that when Pence has to make a public health decision "his go to is his ideology or faith instead of going to the data or the evidence".


What does it mean that Nazis are comfortable waving swastikas at a Sanders rally?

While an undercurrent of anti-Semitism has been a factor of American life for generations now, the past few years have seen a noticeable uptick in public displays of overt hatred of Jews -- one that, while not necessarily directly caused by the ascendency of Donald Trump, certainly corresponds with his rise in political life. "I don't think it would make sense to see Trump and Trump alone as the fountainhead for an uprise in anti-Semitism," explains Professor Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University. "But, there are groups -- they showed up of course in Charlottesville, Virginia, before that they showed up, only a few weeks after he was voted in, at the rally in Washington, D.C. -- feeling license to raise their arms in Nazi-like salutes. I don't see (Trump) as an ideological anti-Semite, but he certainly has degraded political discourse in America," Rosenfeld continues. "And that's allowed a whole range of people to feel at license to say things that they would have thought twice and three times in the past from saying publicly."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Sheila Kennedy: Legislators like to remind us who's boss

Written by Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Indiana is so gerrymandered that control of our Legislature remains firmly in the hands of Republicans who represent more rural parts of the state. It is this urban/rural divide -- not the red/blue one -- that explains the General Assembly's persistent anti-Indianapolis bias. The animus was there back when the city was firmly Republican, and it persists despite the fact that we are Indiana's primary economic driver; thus, measures detrimental to Indianapolis hurt the whole state.

The Indianapolis Star

The Market Street divide: Indianapolis Democrats, state Republicans clash over proper rule

When it comes to preemption legislation -- laws that forbid municipalities from enacting ordinances -- Indiana is actually part of a more recent nationwide trend. Such legislation has risen across the nation in recent years, experts suggest. And those states have typically been Republican-controlled. "It's a reflection of this general phenomenon in our politics in the United States right now of sort of Republican-dominated state legislatures in states with Democratically controlled urban areas," said William Blomquist, a political science professor at IUPUI. "Those Democratically controlled urban areas -- those local governments -- sort of do their thing and the state legislature swats it down."

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