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Pathogen’s Genome Yields Clues/Hints about Past/Future

Small errors incorporated into the genome when a pathogen copies itself offer clues to reconstruct chains of transmission and learn about epidemic dynamics along the way.

Unemployment Falls to 4.2% Economy Adds 210,000 Jobs

The rise in the index of aggregate hours would be equivalent to more than 630,000 jobs with no changes in workweeks. Drop in unemployment in Novembers were largest for the groups that face labor market discrimination.

Can Seattle’s Minimum Wage Crusader Survive Her Recall?

Kshama Sawant brought an uncommon passion to a successful stint on the City Council. It may now be her undoing.

Congress Eyes Changes to Electoral Count Law

Members of the special House committee investigating the Capitol riot are among those arguing for an overhaul of a more than century-old statute enacted to address disputed elections.

World Chess Championship: Two Wins for Defending Champ!

Game 8, defending champion a commanding lead in the match, thrashing Nepomniachtchi in 46 relentless moves over four hours. Game 6, longest game in Chess Championship history, queen and bishop verses rooks and knight.

American Views on Abortion

About six-in-ten Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

The Canonization of Saint John Coltrane

The intensity of the jazz legend’s music has always inspired passion, but in the 1960s, one group of devotees was so stirred they founded a church in his name.

Over 1.5 Million Bolivians March to Defend Democracy

Over 1.5 million workers, women, students and peasants from across Bolivia joined the rally in the capital and expressed their approval of the national government of the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party.

If Trump Voters Lived in Germany,

A recent global poll, which came to my attention via the Liberal Patriot, framed the political choice facing the public in an interesting way. It asked which position comes closest to the poll taker’s own belief.

The Wealthy Purchase Art and Undermine the Arts

Aren't museums the rich donate to bringing art to the people? In fact, these days, the rich aren’t taking art to the people. They’re taking art from the people and plopping it into storage vaults that the world’s wealthy use to dodge sales taxes.
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Culture

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Classmates

Jodi Hottel Voyeur
California poet Jodi Hottel discovered her changing identity after her Japanese American family was shipped to an internment camp during World War II.

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Utopia’s Settler Colonialism Problem

Jessica Namakkal Los Angeles Review of Books
Whatever their promises, one problem with Utopias is that the creators of such communities tend to bring with them the values and habits they thought they were leaving behind. Reviewer Namakkal discusses a book about one such settlement.

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Tucker Carlson, Your Boss’s Favorite “Populist”

Branko Marcetic Jacobin
Tucker Carlson likes to style himself a populist. But every time there’s a fight over something that might actually make life easier for working-class people, he never misses the opportunity to take the side of big business and the rich.

Labor

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Hospitals Are Using the Nursing Shortage to Stiff Health Care Workers

Heather Rust Jacobin
Rather than materially address the underlying issues of the nursing shortage crisis, health care providers are exploiting it in order to further consolidate power at the top of industry hierarchies — and break the power of organized labor below.

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Class Struggle Unionism

Alex Riccio Organizing Work
Alex Riccio argues Joe Burns’ latest book is powerfully inspiring but short on details.

Friday nite video

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West Side Story | Steven Spielberg

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

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Dopesick | Hulu Trailer

From Executive Producer Danny Strong and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history.

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Jeanine Pirro Cold Open | SNL

Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) discusses the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and welcomes Donald Trump (James Austin Johnson) to discuss Biden’s Build Back Better infrastructure bill.

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Bolivian Andean Music | KAMAQ

Live music from the heights of Bolivia. Tupac Katari nation interpretation by the Bolivian group KAMAQ.