Morning Belz, Dec. 18
Are you proud to be an American?
U.S. to blacklist more Chinese firms, ratcheting up trade war — Reuters
“Fact checks” aren’t the answer to fighting falsehoods — Nieman Lab
Proud to be American? Most progressive activists aren’t — Zaid Jilani
Big drop in COVID cases in North Dakota nursing homes — Fargo Forum
Opinion: Delay 2nd dose, get more people 1st dose of vaccine — NYT
Haaland will be first cabinet secretary of indigenous descent — NYT
FWIW, Hoover’s vice president descended from the Kaw Nation — Wikipedia
Tyler Cowen’s 3 best non-fiction books of 2020 — Marginal Revolution
Headed to the beltline in Atlanta near Grant Park, probably on Monday, in search of Bernie Bros to interview about the Georgia runoffs. If you haven’t already, please go to the Scuffed News YouTube channel and subscribe. And if you’re feeling extra magnanimous, and understand Reddit, please go here and upvote the post. I’d love for that Waffle House video to get a little more traction and I think that subreddit is a good place to catch a few hundred eyeballs. Thanks much! Have a great weekend.
“This guy had been overindulging in recreational chemicals, and it was 3 or 3:30 in the morning, and I told him only an idiot from California would be calling someone in Minneapolis at 3:30 in the morning. He hung up and he called back, and ‘Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, calm down,’ so on like that. So I carefully explained that I wasn’t who he thought I was.” – MN state economist Tom Stinson, explaining the calls he would get for Tommy Stinson, bassist for the Replacements
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