Weekend Reads 12/5/20

Biden says he will join former presidents and publicly get coronavirus vaccine

“I’d be happy to do that,” Biden said. He went on to refer to the nation's top infectious disease expert, saying, “When Dr. [Anthony] Fauci says we have a vaccine that is safe, that's the moment in which I will stand before the public and say that.”

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A Sign for You

All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel."

Matthew 1:22-23, NRSV

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Weekend Reads 11/28/20

AstraZeneca’s best COVID vaccine result was a fluke. Experts have questions

Pooling results from trials in the United Kingdom and another in Brazil, the researchers found the two-full-dose regimen was 62 percent effective at preventing COVID-19—a good, but not great result. The half-dose/full-dose regimen, on the other hand, appeared 90 percent effective—a rather impressive result.

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The First Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective

It all started when Tisquantum's entire tribe was wiped out by a plague.

Tisquantum was a member of the Patuxet tribe of the Wampanoag Confederacy when English traders reached their land (now the state of Massachusetts) in 1614, under the command of John Smith.

Smith had previously had interactions with the Powhatan tribe near Jamestown, in what is now Virginia. Smith would later claim that, while exploring the land around Jamestown, he had been captured by Powhatan and would have been executed but for the intervention of the chief's teenaged daughter Pocahontas.

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Reuniting the States

President-elect Joe Biden has called for a time of healing and has pledged to be a unifier. That's not an easy task in a nation as divided as this one, but Biden is in a position few recent president-elects have been, a position that affords him a better opportunity to achieve this goal: His party is not in full control of the Congress. Not since George H.W. Bush took office in 1988 has a president begun his first term with the Senate in the hands of the opposition party.

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Weekend Reads 11/14/20

Trump's last-ditch US election lawsuits not going well for president, experts say

“It could be reflex. On most people, if you hit their patellar tendon with a small rubber mallet, you get a knee jerk. With Trump, it’s possible that if you hit his patellar tendon with a small rubber mallet, you get a lawsuit,” said Justin Levitt, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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Weekend Reads 11/7/20

Realignment or Speed Bump: The Battle for the Suburbs in 2020 and Beyond

These voters "don't have outright hatred for Trump," said Hickey, but they are desperate for a return to normalcy. The words heard the most from these voters were things like "leadership," "calm," and "recovery."

As Blizzard described it, "the economy was not enough to get them beyond the style and the personality" of Trump that they disliked.

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Weekend Reads 10/31/20

Why Many Americans Don't Vote

But who does — and doesn’t — vote is complex. Most Americans don’t fall neatly into any one category. Instead, as we found in our new poll with Ipsos, most are like Brown. They vote inconsistently, or at moments when they feel like their vote has a chance to make a difference, or when the stakes of not voting are just too high, which is how many Americans describe this upcoming election.

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Grooming Your Wife?

I'd really like to believe this is a satire website, but its entirely humorless tone suggests it's not. It appears to be actually advocating something that it claims are "biblical gender roles".

In a recent post, the site author responds to a young husband named Robert who sent an email because he is having trouble disciplining his wife.

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