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Republican House Rep. Ron Wright of Texas is the first member of Congress to die from COVID-19. (Dallas News)

Increasing the minimum wage to the cigar-lighting-money level of $15 an hour would reduce poverty but also increase the federal debt, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. (PBS)

Republicans never cared much about the federal debt when giving tax cuts to billionaires. (Reuters)

Yeah, people are considering selling $76,000 Birkenstocks. I think we can afford a $15 minimum wage. (New York Times)

Were you curious how Senate reconciliation works? Well, you’re gonna find out anyway. (NBC News)


Arizona Republicans are proactively working to steal the next election. We won’t let them. (Mother Jones)

Philip Bump analyzes the many, many flaws in the one term loser’s impeachment defense. (Washington Post)

This bit is interesting:

It's possible that Trump learned about the [Electoral College] vote-counting only because he saw an ad created by the Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans. That ad aired Dec. 10 and prominently featured then-Vice President Mike Pence's role in confirming the final electoral-vote count. Trump was reportedly furious when he saw the spot and was soon insisting that Pence could simply stand in the way of the final vote counting. (He couldn't.)

Oh, great, did the Lincoln Project remind the insurrectionist in chief about his last coup shot?

The House’s impeachment brief is compelling and damning. Please take a moment to read. (The Nation)

The Virginia legislature is moving forward with bills legalizing cannabis, abolishing the death penalty, and guaranteeing five-day paid leave for essential workers. George W. Bush won the commonwealth twice, but since Barack Obama first flipped it in 2008, Virginia has gradually shifted to the left. Huzzah! (DCist.com)

Reihan Salam, president of the Manhattan Institute, wonders the COVID-19 pandemic has made the US educational system more pluralistic. (The Atlantic)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive for COVID-19. This isn't over yet. (CNN)

Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported the lowest daily COVID-19 case count since October 19. That’s good news. (Oregonian)

Meanwhile, my home state of South Carolina reported a confirmed COVID-19 death toll of 522 people over seven days. It jumps to 624 if you also add “probable" coronavirus deaths, which you should. Those people didn’t just slip in the shower. (The Herald)

Everyday Music, a great record store in my old Capitol Hill, Seattle, neighborhood, is closing permanently in June. The rent is still damn high even during a pandemic. (Seattle Times)

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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He's on the board of the Portland Playhouse theater and writes for the immersive theater Cafe Nordo in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now for his latest Nordo collaboration, "Curiouser and Curiouser," an adaptation of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." It promises to feel like an actual evening with SER (for good or for ill).

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