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Friday - November 20, 2020

Trump’s Legal Team Sets a Precedent for Lowering the Bar

(nytimes.com)
.⁦@MarkLeibovich⁩: “President Trump, who said there would be so much winning in his White House that Americans would grow tired of it, is of a different mind-set these days. He is not, apparently, tired of losing.” via
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Rahm Emanuel under consideration to become Biden's transportation secretary

(cnn.com)
Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of a Black teenager, Laquan McDonald, while he was Mayor of Chicago. That he's being considered for a cabinet position is completely outrageous and, honestly, very hurtful. via

This Was Always the Plan

(gfile.thedispatch.com)
In today's G-file, @JonahDispatch is on righteous fire. The sheer stupid incompetence of Trump's attempt to steal the election does not excuse the malice of the effort: via
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Trump Campaign Lawyer Admits to Judge: Our Search for Evidence of Fraud Produced Obvious Lies and ‘Spam’

(lawandcrime.com)
ICYMI: A supercut of an Arizona judge examining the electronic form-letter affidavit collection process used by the Trump campaign to support one since-dismissed case. It yielded lies and "spam." Spoiler alert: He didn't let in the dodgy affidavits: via

TikTok Mansions Are Publicly Traded Now

(nytimes.com)
Wild. Companies going public as penny stocks using a rev share business model on content creators living in TikTok mansions. Who wrote the script for this? via

Iowa’s Covid Wave and the Limits of Personal Responsibility

(wired.com)
Moral psychology tells us that people want to be responsible, or at least not be seen by others as causing harm. An effective coronavirus public health response could tap into that. But only if people are given clear rules to follow. My latest for @WIRED: via
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How the Covid-19 pandemic has been curtailed in Cherokee Nation - STAT

(statnews.com)
My story today: How the ⁦@CherokeeNation⁩ is beating back #Covid with a team of public health officials, a chief who listens to them - and a mask mandate in a state that refuses to enact one. via

Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

(bloomberg.com)
People have been EXTREMELY SWEET to us today about this and I want to open some kind of widebeam channel to the literally hundreds of people inside the project who make it all possible seven days a week. via
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More GOP Senators Have COVID Than Have Acknowledged That Joe Biden Won

(huffpost.com)
Just an incredible milestone for the United States Senate: more Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19 than have accepted Joe Biden as the president-elect. via
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Report: You Were Lonely Before The Pandemic Started, And You’ll Be Lonely After It Ends

(theonion.com)
Report: You Were Lonely Before The Pandemic Started, And You’ll Be Lonely After It Ends https://t.co/… via
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🚨ALERT: VICTORY IN ARIZONA

(democracydocket.com)
🚨BREAKING: Sharpiegate III DISMISSED. Reminder, this was a lawsuit filed by two Republican voters who claim they were unable to have their vote counted. Trump and his allies are now 2-33 in post election litigation. via

The Moral Calculus of COVID-19

(kottke.org)
If you read the problematic NYT column yesterday about decision-making around Thanksgiving, or even if you didn’t, I urge you to read this @tcarmody essay, which illuminates the deep issues so clearly and beautifully. Stay to the end. via

TikTok Mansions Are Publicly Traded Now

(nytimes.com)
Wondering how and why a Chinese healthcare company that operated a 105 bed hospital in Wuhan purchased a network of TikTok mansions in L.A.? I've got a story for you! via

How ViacomCBS produced its first TikTok-focused reality show during a pandemic, which was filmed in an NBA-style bubble

(businessinsider.com)
A group of TikTok stars lived inside an NBA-style "bubble" for 10 days while filming a new reality show for AwesomenessTV. I spoke to the production team at the ViacomCBS-owned studio to learn more. via

Senior Correspondent, Policy & The Weeds Host

(boards.greenhouse.io)
I am deeply grateful to @ezraklein and @laurenwilliams, whose vision and leadership built this place and changed my life. I also have huge ambitions for Vox's policy coverage in 2021 and beyond. Come help us build the next phase. via

Trump lawyers to avoid Michigan lawmaker meeting after COVID exposure

(axios.com)
The main legal “conundrum” being, I take it, that they have no evidence or valid legal claims of any sort. via
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https://media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/files/201910604.pdf

(media.ca11.uscourts.gov)
🚨11th Circuit rules that bans on anti-LGBTQ "conversion therapy" violate the First Amendment. 2–1 decision, both judges in the majority appointed by Trump. A really awful and frightening decision. via

New Public

(newpublic.org)
One reason we started New_ Public: to convene, amplify, and create momentum around the growing movement of people calling for digital spaces that support the public good. We're not the first to come up with this idea, and we're not alone. #WeAreNew_Public via

I Thought I'd Get to See My Mom Again. Then the Pandemic Hit

(time.com)
icymi, I wrote about my mom's birthday and her death, pandemic grief, our strange long-distance mourning rituals, and what it means to love and miss and lose people in 2020: via

Why Is The Obscure B-Side “Harness Your Hopes” Pavement’s Top Song On Spotify? It’s Complicated.

(stereogum.com)
Why is an obscure Pavement B-side their top song on Spotify?: autoplaying recommendations created unexpected hits out of algorithmically-similar songs via

Episode 153: The Max Headroom Incident (11.20.2020)

(thisiscriminal.com)
The Max Headroom Incident: Criminal digs into the 33-year-old unsolved mystery of pirate television via

Q&A with Ed Yong: “It’s like staring into the abyss, and the abyss is shouting LOL HOAX into your mentions.” 

(deezlinks.substack.com)
so many parts of this Q&A with @edyong209 that gave me a bracing sense of hope, but I also really loved this acknowledgement of everything it takes to be put in a position where one can produce great, definitive journalism via

Who’s in the Crossword?

(pudding.cool)
The Pudding looks at representation in crossword puzzle clues: USA Today's crossword editor is pushing for more modern and inclusive puzzle design via

Cloaked Man On White Steed Sick Of People Asking Him For Tidings From The North

(theonion.com)
Cloaked Man On White Steed Sick Of People Asking Him For Tidings From The North … via

Don’t Eat Inside a Restaurant

(theatlantic.com)
Twitter loves to vilify those making choices that people who read news online all day view as intolerably selfish, but when you actually ask people why they’re doing those things, you mostly just find people who are trying their best and confused. via

When Electricity Shutoffs in a Pandemic Become an Election Issue

(theappeal.org)
just checking in that everyone in Georgia knows that, aside from Perdue & Loeffler, there's a third GOP incumbent on the January 5 ballot who participated in shutting off people's electricity during the pandemic via

Hospitals Know What’s Coming

(theatlantic.com)
When hospitals get overwhelmed, as is now happening, it’s not just COVID-19 patients who will die from lack of care. It’s folks with other treatable problems too. (See below) When people take risks with the pandemic, everything else also becomes riskier. via

Trump’s Clown Coup Crisis

(newyorker.com)
Just because Trump's clown coup will likely fail doesn't mean it's not a crisis... My @newyorker column on a terrible week for America: via

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

(wired.com)
The media's penchant for anecdote over data and contextual reporting strikes again. The tale of the South Dakota nurse. My latest for @WIRED via

A Holocaust Survivor Lifts Neighbors in Dark Times

(nytimes.com)
One of the few good things to come out of the pandemic for me has been to connect to my neighbors in a way that often evades correspondents, transient lives & all. And so that's how I came to know the incredible story of the amazing Mr. Gronowski. #Thread via

Virginia chemistry teacher asked students to insert ‘neon . . . neck’ to describe how George Floyd died

(washingtonpost.com)
A Virginia chemistry teacher set students a question asking, “George Floyd couldn’t breathe because a police officer put his ____ George’s neck." The answer was the element "neon." After horrified students spoke up, the teacher was suspended: via

Opinion | We Owe One Another Student Loan Forgiveness

(nytimes.com)
“Here’s the thing about anger. We only seem to prioritize one kind — anger in reaction to progress. And we never seem to acknowledge the anger rising out of oppression, marginalization, & under representation” — @rgay via