Morning Belz, Jan. 25
Dominion files $1.3bn lawsuit against Giuliani — CNN
Chicago Teachers Union steadfast in wanting to stay remote — Tribune
Hey! Hiking the minimum wage is just broadly popular — Noah Smith
Navalny: This is Putin’s secret palace — Deutsche Welle
3000 arrested at protest demanding Navalny’s release — AP
Intriguing parenting tips — Jeff Kaufman
Border wall facts and analysis — CityLab
In Memphis, they say it’s a pandemic baby boom — Commercial Appeal
In case you missed it, here is our video from Inauguration Day. I think the sentiment in the opening clip, the montage showing just how locked-down the whole day was, and the sage-burner’s squabble with the angry military veteran are worth the price of admission. Please, as usual, watch and share and subscribe. One person whose opinion I respect said he thought the transition from the woman at the beginning to the upbeat music under the military montage had the effect of mocking her. It’s too late to un-ring that bell, but that was not my intent. To her point, the day was “stolen” in the sense that D.C. was locked down, because of the recklessness and irresponsibility of Trump and his supporters. The music behind the montage was the “Washington Post March” performed by the U.S. Marine Band. That song, played by that band, was on the program at the ceremony last Wednesday, which is why I used it.
“When it comes to memes or virality, it’s kind of crazy to try to make sense of it; you probably needed an education in sociology or psychology, which I don’t have. But that said, it’s not a great photo, but it is a nice moment. I took the picture for a reason, it’s a good slice of life. It trades on who this man is. I think why it’s successful has very little to do with my actual picture, but more to do with Bernie Sanders and his followers and his well-defined image that can carry something like this.” — Brendan Smialowski, the photographer who shot that picture of Sanders at the inauguration, Esquire
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