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We’re nearing the first anniversary of pandemic life. Let’s hope it’s our last. (Vox)

Governor Kate Brown wants all Oregon schools open by April 19. (Willamette Week)

California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall because he didn’t just stand back and let everyone die from COVID-19. That’s somehow a winning political strategy in South Dakota and Florida. (Los Angeles Times)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is standing up for Newsom. (Politico)

The Des Moines Register reporter, Andrea Sahouri, is standing trial after police pepper-sprayed her while she was covering a Black Lives Matter protest last spring. I guess her screams hurt the cops’ baby ears. (NPR)

Derek Chauvin, who actually committed a crime, stands trial for killing George Floyd last May. Jury selection is delayed while it’s determined whether prosecutors can also charged Chauvin with an additional murder charge. He deserves conviction for every one. (The Cut)


Russia has launched a disinformation campaign designed to convince Americans not to take COVID-19 vaccines. This seems like a Cobra plot from G.I. Joe. It’s like they want us dead or something. (Wall Street Journal)

Between remote work and limited tourism, fewer people are riding the New York subway now. That’s still no excuse for putting your bag on the seat next to you. (The New York Times)

Before the pandemic, New York City's subways were the city's most popular mode of transit. There were nearly 1.7 billion turnstile swipes in 2019. But last March, ridership fell 90 percent and has only recovered to a third of what it was before the pandemic.

There are likely some recent openings in Burger King’s social media department if you’re looking. (Washington Post)

President Joe Biden has rehung the official portraits of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The one-term loser had taken them down out of spite. Imagine George W. Bush making you feel inferior. (CNN)

Writer Jeet Heer thinks Democrats should show more love for Senator Joe Manchin. Look, I’m grateful that Joe Manchin is the 50th Democratic seat and not the 50th GOP one, but I think publications should find women and LGBTQ+ writers to defend his votes instead of a men. He’s pretty solid on male-centric issues. (The Nation)

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed some voter suppression bullshit into law Monday. The Republican bill reduced the early voting period from 29 days to 20 and shortened the time that voting sites are open by an hour. You can’t have “fraud” if no one’s voting. (NBC News)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that fully vaccinated people can now safely gather together indoors. No masks are required, unless it’s one of those Eye Wide Shut gatherings. The password is “Johnson & Johnson.” (Associated Press)

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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."

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