If you want to influence the media in a constructive way, a good thing to do is pester reporters to cover topics that you think are interesting or worthy of more attention. People want to write things the audience is curious about.
Relatedly if you are interested in questions like “what are Joe Biden’s ideas about what he’d like to do as president?” or if you think someone in your life might be interested in such things, @voxdotcom believes this is an important topic to cover.

Beyond the preexisting conditions thing, here’s @dylanlscott on how Biden plans to expand on the Affordable Care Act.

Or maybe you’re into child care, something that hasn’t been much of a focus of the campaign but where Biden has a big plan.

You may have heard Trump say that Biden is going to team up with @CoryBooker to destroy the suburbs.

Here’s what that housing plan actually is.


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19 Oct
Argument here is people (mostly rich people) fled New York this spring and seeded outbreaks all around the country.

Underscores to me that “lockdown” as the term was initially used is not something America ever tried.
When the concept of “lockdown” was introduced in Italy, for example, what it meant was primarily travel restrictions — you were locked in place. Image
In China, too, “lockdown” meant you couldn’t leave Wuhan. Image
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17 Oct
Author of this paper says it shows there is no “quick fix” for housing problems but it seems to clearly support the view that if you upzone in affluent areas that will work.
The point of zoning reform isn’t that the dynamic of new building on the gentrification frontier is good, it’s that it’s *bad* and regulation should allow new building where land prices are highest (i.e. where rich people live).
Talking about “submarkets” doesn’t really complicate this analysis — that’s the whole point!

Of course even if you improve housing policy you’re still left with the fact that poor people need more money — so give them money.

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17 Oct
If you’re a single issue “don’t want the president’s son doing shady business deals” voter, you should vote for Joe Biden.

I think it’s totally fine for people to say the topic of family members may foreign business dealings is the issue they care about in 2020 but anyone doing that owes us an explanation of why this topic supports Trump.

There was a nice little burst of reporting on Eric and Don Jr.’s corruption last fall, but it’s sort of “old news” now and people don’t talk about it since nobody stole their laptops but you can compare the two candidates’ records.

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16 Oct
This is a great @brianbeutler essay but it really just boils down to one simple idea:

If Democrats defy the rigged maps to obtain concurrent majorities in the House & Senate and put Joe Biden in the White House, they should go govern the country.

It sounds incredibly simple (because it is) but a lot of Democrats, especially older ones, simply don’t have that instinct.

Their desire is to serve as something like honest brokers between progressive activists and hypothetical reasonable Republicans.
That was the whole point of the Affordable Care Act’s design for example.

Then embarassingly the Reasonable Republicans didn’t show up, so they ended up passing a on a party-line vote a bill that not only catered to industry concerns but arbitrary deficit targets etc.
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16 Oct
This Biden town hall is making a strong case that his presidency will be a ratings disaster — a lot of somewhat longwinded, detailed answers to policy questions.
Biden, meanwhile, is saying that we are making progress on vaccines it’s hard to say how long it will take to get one licensed and available. so we’ll have to see what happens while working on logistics and distribution.
Will Biden mandate a vaccine?

His answer is that it will depend on the factual situation that occurs in the future.
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15 Oct
My guarantee to you is that these cabinet forecasts will 100 percent come true or your money back

I should also add that while I have heard some fun ~informed speculation~ about Secretary of Education, nobody actually in a position to know anything has told me anything so if you know what’s up you should tell me.

(and nobody cares about Commerce)
Important thing a former senior Commerce Department official told me once: “when I got the job, I figured the work would have a lot to do with commerce but it was mostly dealing with the Census.”
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