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Joe Biden, a real live human president, will acknowledge Wednesday that 400,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. (The New York Times)

Mr. Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their families plan to participate in the lighting of 400 lights to illuminate the perimeter of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in their first stop in the city ahead of Wednesday's inauguration, the committee said.

Each light is meant to represent approximately 1,000 Americans who will have perished related to the virus at the time of his swearing-in.

While conservatives whine about Twitter "censorship,” Florida puts the hammer down on data analyst Rebekah Jones, who dared reveal the truth about how the state handled the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tampa Bay Times)

Dominion Voting Systems might just sue the stuffings out of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his “false and conspiratorial” claims. (Washington Post)

Ivanka Trump isn’t going away and you can’t make her. How will she shamelessly reinvent herself next? We really don’t care, do you? Yes, we promise that’s the last time we’ll make that reference. (The Daily Beast)

Biden has picked Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Regulators mount up! (NPR)

Melanie Trump breaks a longstanding tradition and doesn’t invite her successor, Jill Biden, to the White House. The not-quite-first lady is classless to the end.


Melania Trump is hot garbage, but national treasure Laura Benanti remains the true #BeBest Melon. That’s the only Melania Trump I’ll miss. Now someone get this lady a sitcom! (CNN)

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to Black Lives Matter, Black activism fuels white paranoia. (The Atlantic)

Legal experts continue to insist that Trump can’t pardon himself because that’s gross. But he’ll probably do it anyway. (VOX)

The Justice Department has promised Trump that Joe Biden won’t get his hands on Trump White House records. This seems the opposite of legal. (Business Insider)

A harrowing, but important, first-hand account of the January 6 siege on the Capitol from Massachusetts lawmakers. (Boston Globe)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle blew up in woman’s London flat. You can’t make this up. (New York Post)

Frenchwoman Jeanne Pouchain isn’t dead or resting. She’s very much alive, but the authorities don’t believe her. (Seattle Times)

Hey, Marvel Comics fans! I'm recapping the new WandaVision series on Disney Plus. The first two episodes were a lot of fun. (The AV Club)

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Stephen Robinson

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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