Links 10/16/20

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Links for you. Science:

Scientists have a powerful new tool for controlling the coronavirus: Its own genetic code. The United States, home to the world’s biggest outbreak, has failed to tap the technique’s full potential. (excellent, must-read)
A multinational listeriosis outbreak and the importance of sharing genomic data
What Does It Mean If a Vaccine Is ‘Successful’? The pharma companies are all using different playbooks to test their Covid-19 shots, so the first team to claim victory may not have the best formula.
7 looming questions about the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine
What’s Special About Bat Viruses? What We Don’t Know Could Hurt Us

Other:

I Called Everyone in Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Boo. What I learned about rich people, conspiracy, “genius,” Ghislaine, stand-up comedy, and evil from 2,000 phone calls.
Republicans’ Galling Bad Faith About the Supreme Court
Sheldon Whitehouse breaking down the dark money apparatus that spearheads the Federalist Society and Supreme Court nominations like that of Amy Coney Barrett. (I rarely link to videos, but the three videos in the thread are worth watching, both for Whitehouse’s arguments and the facial expressions of Republicans who are very uncomfortable)
Oh, Now You Believe in Norms
Former CDC Director On How To Restore Faith In Agency
The Republican Party is objectively pro-coronavirus
Researchers gave thousands of dollars to homeless people. The results defied stereotypes.
In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote
Indonesia aims to start administering coronavirus vaccines in early November
Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis
A.O.C.’s Mistake in Pulling Out of a Rabin Memorial
Barrett’s Evasions Show Why Expanding the Court Is Necessary
Bill Barr Buries Report That Exonerates Obama
The Iron Law of Institutions: Explaining why McConnell and Pelosi are resistant to stimulus.
Sheldon Whitehouse Made the Case That Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination Is a Bag Job
How to Make Sense of the Polls
Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists: ‘Be not afraid of the accusations that you’re a voter suppressor’
Amy Coney Barrett’s Answer on This Climate Change Question Is Completely Disqualifying. She Will Be Confirmed.
Nothing Can Get Maggie Off Her Bullshit
Sheldon Whitehouse Also Reminded Us the Bill of Rights Doesn’t Stop After Two Amendments
How Amy Coney Barrett played a role in Bush v. Gore — and helped the Republican Party defend mail ballots

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