Morning Belz, Jan. 4
What is the China threat? It’s ideological — Palladium Magazine
David Shor, the canceled former Obama aide, on politics — Intelligencer
“Tankies,” a term you didn’t know you needed to know — Noah Smith
Transcript of that call between Trump and Raffensperger — NYT
18-yr-old girl, apparently in perfect health, dies of COVID — WGN
Weed demand soared in the year of work-from-home — Willamette Week
Bitcoin retreats Monday after spectacular rise Sunday — Bloomberg
Israel has already vaccinated a million people — BBC
Headed to a Trump/Perdue/Loeffler “victory rally” this evening at the airport just outside Dalton, Georgia, the carpet capital of the world. We’ll interview people there and make a video from the rally. The goal is to avoid court-room style arguments about election procedure and get to the root of things with people. Some of my (mostly Gen X) friends and family have expressed unease with the Trumpiness of Scuffed News, and I want you to know I hear you, but the reality is that this is a big and fascinating part of American life right now, and people are interested in it. Trumpiness will continue to be a focus of the show, probably long after the man himself has left office. Happy New Year!
“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.” — David Hume, “A Treatise of Human Nature,” 1739
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