.@anniegowen on how COVID has ravaged Mitchell, SD.

"Restaurants were packed. Big weddings and funerals went on as planned.

Then people started dying. The wife of the former bank president. A state legislator. The guy whose family owned the bike shop." washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/12…
"The anti-mask forces sat with naked faces, defying the mayor’s order. One by one, they got up to air their grievances. They wept. They swore. They cited junk science: Positivity defeats the virus. So does a healthy lifestyle, eating wild-caught sardines,..
pasture-raised beef liver and drinking raw organic kombucha. A young mother stood up and compared anti-maskers to Jews persecuted in the Holocaust: “The bare face is the new yellow star of Nazi Germany,” she said."
"The growth he had been so carefully recording had exploded in recent weeks, with 359 cases Oct. 1 to 1,912 that morning.

The positivity rate at two local testing sites — a key indicator of the virus’s hold on a community — would soar to 49% near the end of [November]."

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Holy shit ⁦@BrianKempGA⁩ stole the damn election.

Of the more than 300,000 names that were purged from the rolls, the study discovered that 198,351 Georgia voters were wrongly purged, a 63.3% error rate. hillreporter.com/the-georgia-ac…
* @BrianKempGA beat @staceyabrams by about 55,000 votes.
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Holy crap. Three years ago Kushner's stake in Cadre was worth $5 million. He just sold it for $25-50 million after it benefitted from Opportunity Zone tax breaks that Kushner pushed for. syracuse.com/us-news/2020/0…
A short thread on Kushner's sale of Cadre:
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Yesterday, Trump pardoned Edward Gallagher over Pentagon objections:
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And Gallagher was just one of three Trump pardoned.
One murdered two civilians.
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And Gallagher who had been demoted.
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This is just going to keep getting worse for Trump folks.
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Trump fired Coats by tweet on July 28th. The Zelensky call was July 25th. And Trump refused to promote his highly-respected deputy Sue Gordon -- pushing an unqualified Congressional supporter instead.
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