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Weekend Reads 2/1/20

New coronavirus from China: Everything you need to know

These viruses are common amongst animals worldwide, but only a handful of them are known to affect humans. Rarely, coronaviruses can evolve and spread from animals to humans. This is what happened with the coronaviruses known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-Cov), both of which are known to cause more severe symptoms.

Democrats launch massive battleground plan led by Obama general

The group will seek to open offices in smaller and mid-size cities, eventually branching into rural areas. Its leaders will adapt its strategy to each state's circumstances. In Wisconsin, Tewes said, they’ll emphasize digital-based organizing because it's a need in the state. But in Arizona, still an emerging battleground, they’ll emphasize training for workers who don't have as much experience in getting out the vote in a presidential campaign.

As sea levels rise, little of the United States will be unaffected

Well over a third of the United States' population lives in counties that are currently on the coast, and over 10 million currently live on land that will be lost to a sea-level rise of 1.8 meters. They'll have to go somewhere—and people who might otherwise move to the coast will have to find some place else to relocate. All of which will change the dynamics of the typical relocation of people within the US.

School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn't About 'Choice,' It's About Coerced Support for Religion 

This case was never about discrimination; it’s about government-compelled support of religion. Montana’s neo-voucher program violated the religious freedom of every Montana citizen. The Montana Supreme Court righted this wrong and the U.S. Supreme Court should agree. Citizens of every religion and of no religion were coerced into subsidizing religious education with which they fundamentally disagree. This certainly meets Jefferson’s standard of “sinful and tyrannical.”

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