50 op-eds that told the story of 2020

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We thought it would never end. But finally…it did, and here we all are, saying goodbye to 2020. There is no denying how unrelentingly rough it was — a jam-packed carnival of disaster. But it wasn’t all bad — no, really. There was much heartache and misery, but also great heroism and courage. The year that tested all humanity gave humanity a chance to show its brilliance, resilience and dignity.

Come take a deep breath and revisit the commentary of 2020 with us — the lows and highs, the painful setbacks and the stubborn march toward progress. Where we were, and how far we’ve come. One more look back before we all buckle up for 2021.

Frida Ghitis: This is the bombshell Trump’s team didn’t want revealed

Frida Ghitis

January 3
    The praise or condemnation President Donald Trump is drawing for the latest US actions in the Middle East in no way diminishes the power of the legal bombshell that just exploded in the United States with new evidence of his behavior regarding Ukraine.
    Newly revealed documents paint an incriminating picture, showing administration officials anxiously struggling to follow orders from Trump himself despite concerns that the order could go against the national security interests of the United States and warnings from the Pentagon that it could be illegal.
    Read more here.

    Peggy Drexler: Why does Meghan get all the blame?

    Peggy Drexler

    January 11
    Isn’t this what Britons wanted? From the moment Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement, the media has blasted and belittled her, hardly ever forgetting to identify her as a divorced American actress with a black mother…They ran her out of town and now they’re mad she’s leaving.
    Read more here.

    Madeleine Blais: The miracle Kobe Bryant saw

    Madeleine Blais

    January 31
    It is hard to look at the photos of Gianna, gazing at the father, feeling safe in his embrace, and knowing that she is no longer here to inherit his mantle. It is hard to look at the photos of Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa and his three other daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri, and know that he will not be there to champion them in their future pursuits.
    Read more here.

    Sonia Moghe: The Oscars ad that hits home for me is one you won’t see

    Sonia Moghe

    February 9
    By stifling these realistic images of what the postpartum experience is like, we are making women feel inadequate if they aren’t functioning normally and feeling well-put-together immediately after bringing a new human into the world. We are telling them they should be able to smile through the pain. What does it say to women giving birth — or the partners who watch them struggle — that an ad that offers them self-care products to cope with one of the most difficult times of many women’s lives is “too graphic” for family viewers?
    This is, after all, what many people go through to make their families in the first place.
    Read more here.

    James Phillips: I’m an emergency doctor. I expect to get coronavirus

    James Phillips

    March 3
    As an emergency physician at an urban hospital in Washington, DC, this is personal. My colleagues and I will be on the front lines as American emergency agencies will soon likely experience a large and sustained surge of patients with Covid-19 concerns. The public should find comfort that health experts have been preparing for weeks. There is, however, still much work to be done.
    I will likely become infected in the next few months.
    Read more here.

    Michael D’Antonio: America has learned a lot about Trump during coronavirus crisis

    Michael D'Antonio

    March 14
    The level of crisis the country faces under this pandemic is new, and Trump’s performance has been abysmal — and familiar. For example, tests are not widely available in part because the administration declined to use a World Health Organization testing regime, choosing instead to develop its own, which has not worked as well as expected, according to an investigation from ProPublica. This fateful decision, which squandered precious time, helps explain why other countries have been better at tracking the virus, and tracking is essential to limiting outbreaks.
    Read more here.

    Kent Sepkowitz: Why South Korea has so few coronavirus deaths while Italy has so many

    Kent Sepkowitz

    March 17
    Why does Korea, the poster child of testing, have so few deaths while Italy and its late-to-the-table testing program have so many? Is it only because more testing brings mild cases into the “infected” group, diluting the statistical impact of the handful of the very ill?
    Doubtful. For now, it is because of vast differences in the affected patients. Soon and increasingly, it also will be due to overwhelmed hospitals and doctors and nurses.
    Read more here.

    Elliot Williams: Donald Trump’s single greatest accomplishment as president

    Elliot Williams

    March 18
    Nobody knows how much damage coronavirus will cause. But one thing is clear: the crisis has tested President Donald Trump — and he has proven to be an astonishing success in a way no president ever has before.
    But let’s be clear: his success isn’t at leading a desperate nation. Instead, coronavirus has exposed the real success of the President’s unyielding assault on the media during his time in office.
    Read more here.

    Vicky Ward: How the very rich are different in the Covid-19 fight

    Vicky Ward

    April 5
    Many don’t realize they may be in a bubble of false security as the number of coronavirus infections spreads out into suburban and rural Long Island — including Suffolk County, home of the Hamptons — and other areas where the country’s extremely wealthy have second homes.
    One hedge fund billionaire is at his ranch in Texas; another is isolating from other family members on a compound in Martha’s Vineyard; a couple is in a villa on Harbour Island, Bahamas; an individual rented a yacht on the Long Island Sound … and so on.
    Read more here.

    Kate Maltby: What Shakespeare can – and can’t – teach us about Covid-19

    Kate Maltby

    April 8
    This is typical of literature written in times of infectious epidemic: AIDS literature, too, dwells heavily on the role of luck in infection and survival, and on the nature of survivor’s guilt. Covid-19 literature will likely be the same. Covid-19 may be obviously fatal to the weak or elderly, but a fit young person’s risk of death can still hinge on an unlikely chance encounter, or a randomly severe incidence. Now, in the developed world of 2020, going to the wrong party can again potentially kill people.
    Read more here.

    Tom Lake: Alone in her room for 38 days, she didn’t want to ask for help

    Tom Lake

    April 17
    It had been more than five weeks since Susanne Sener’s last real conversation with a real person without the aid of technology. (She had briefly seen a person when she dropped off her dog in a veterinarian’s parking lot.) Even for a woman accustomed to solitude, this was a long time. Normally she would have driven to the office in Colorado Springs four days a week, would have shopped for groceries and visited friends, but now she did her technical writing from home and survived on the boring food supply in her spacious freezer. The mountain woman was safe from the virus, but she found herself craving fresh produce.
    Read more here.

    John Avlon: Cab driver. Harvard dad. Covid victim.

    John Avlon

    The numbers alone can numb us: in New York City now, there are more deaths in a single day than murders in the past year; to date we’ve lost more than four times the number of people the city lost in the attacks of 9/11. These numbers, of course, have names. They leave behind families who mourn them and stories that deserve to be told.
    One of those stories belongs to Mohammed Jafor.
    He was an immigrant and a father. He drove a yellow cab to get his kids the best education our country can offer. He did everything right to achieve the American dream. And he died on April 1st — leaving his three children orphaned in an apartment near Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.
    Read more here.

    Michael Osterholm in conversation with Peter Bergen: We’re only in the second inning of the pandemic

    Michael Osterholm

    April 21
    The CDC’s absence in this pandemic in the United States has been, I think, a tragedy. Yes, we’re all well aware of the fact that there were problems with the rollout of testing early on. But there are some of the best minds in the business in the areas of preparedness and pandemic response at the CDC, and their inaction in coordinating all of these modeling activities in a way that we can synthesize them is really unfortunate. If I could urge any one thing happen today in the federal response, it would be to give the CDC a much more important role at the table than it currently has.
    Read more here.

    Catherine Pearlman: Hey. Wear the damn mask

    Catherine Pearlman

    May 5
    It’s hard to pinpoint how many of us are clueless and careless — maybe half of those who go outside? A third? Some other fraction? — but it’s certainly way too many.
    The lack of empathy is jarring. We need a shift.
    We need our leaders — all of them — to get the message out loud and clear. If you are away from the closed system of your home, the message should say, you must wear a mask. That means, too, employers mandating that workers of all kinds mask up. Do they want the disease spread to subside; do they want business and the economy to eventually come back — or don’t they?
    Read more here.

    Cedric Alexander: Video of George Floyd feels like a monstrous rerun

    Cedric L. Alexander

    May 28
    Six years ago, in 2014, another black man, Eric Garner, pleaded with police officers in New York City who held him in a chokehold, saying “I can’t breathe.” His alleged crime? Selling “loosies” — individual cigarettes — to passersby.
    What happened in 2014 and 2020 do share a common root. It is a catastrophic failure of training and an unconscionable failure of culture. Both are derelictions of leadership. Daniel Pantaleo, the then-NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Garner, was fired after a disciplinary trial. He is suing New York City over his termination.
    Garner’s words — echoed so wrenchingly by Floyd — became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
    Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey on Monday said what should be self-evident to all: “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”
    Read more here.

    Allison Hope: Pride is a feeling, not a parade

    Allison Hope

    May 31
    This year is different. Covid-19 is forcing us all, and as a result, Pride itself, to stay home. There will be no big parades this year. There will be no crowds spilling out of the gay bars; no fundraisers for the LGBTQ nonprofits on the piers on Manhattan’s west side; no spectators elbow-to-elbow — strangers becoming friends, friends becoming lovers. There will be no young gay or transgender person getting on a plane from their Midwestern town where they aren’t out to come to New York, the place where they can be fully themselves for the first time. There will be no adrenaline rush from the sound of one million people who have your back. There will be no Larry Kramer, the activist icon who co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP and who just passed away. There will be no glitter.
    All is not lost. And yet, we lose something, however intangible, when we can’t gather.
    Read more here.

    James Meredith: I am George Floyd

    James Meredith

    June 18
    Today, black and brown people are inspiring the world with their strength, determination, and willingness to see the struggle through to total victory.
    I believe that this global uprising will never stop, and it will move into every heart, home and community on Earth, until the day when all people are treated with the dignity, respect and love that God intends for us. I believe that on that day, white supremacy will finally be buried forever.
    Read more here.

    Yaffa Fredrick and the voices of ‘Generation Resilient’: A generation hit by three soul-crushing crises

    Yaffa Fredrick

    June 25
    In a moment when the country is reckoning with ways to dismantle institutionalized racism, debt relief could be an ideal place to take concrete action.
    The pandemic poses a risk not just for recent graduates, but for the many students who must return to school this fall. And since Covid-19 will likely be an issue come September, teachers must consider how they design lesson plans for their students — taking into account the challenges of the spring semester.
    Read more here.

    What Goya just signaled to Latinos

    Ed Morales

    July 10
    While they fit into a pattern of the 26% of Latino voters who support Trump, [Goya Chief Executive Robert] Unanue’s comments seem perplexing to the majority of Latino voters in the US. Trump has been enraging US Latinos going back to the dawn of his campaign, when he attacked immigrants from Mexico and Central America as criminals and rapists, as well as his callous indifference to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. In Trump’s extreme version of Republicanism, scapegoating Latinos have engendered a climate of uneasiness and at times fear, all in the service of being meat for his xenophobic base of support.
    Read more here

    Jeff Yang: The Problem with ‘the letter’

    Jeff Yang

    July 10
    As thousands die from coronavirus, these signatories are expressing concern over viral hashtags. As the streets fill with protesters shouting “Black Lives Matter,” they’re metaphorically shouting “Our Words Matter.” As society becomes increasingly aware of the devastating impact of police brutality, these signatories have chosen to shift attention to an imaginary political correctness police.
    Read more here.

    Ray Halbritter: The terrible R-word that football needed to lose

    Ray Halbritter

    July 13
    The NFL and the team finally made the right call, for which they should be commended. Make no mistake, today is a win for the NFL. While long overdue, this is ultimately a good decision for the Washington team, the NFL, our country — and not just Native peoples — since it closes a painful chapter of denigration and disrespect toward people of color.
    Future generations of Native youth will no longer be subjected to this offensive and harmful slur every Sunday during football season.
    Read more here.

    Nicole Austin-Hillery: John Lewis’ answer to my question guides me to this day

    Nicole Austin-Hillery

    July 20
    Mr. Lewis had a way of putting you at ease and making you feel like nothing was more important at that moment than sitting and talking with you. And that is just what we did.
    There was no question too small or obvious for him to answer. He gave me more time than anyone of his stature would have been expected to allow and I savored every story, every parable and every lesson he shared.
    Read more here.

    Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates: We can’t leave adolescent girls behind in Covid-19 response

    Michelle Obama

    Melinda Gates

    August 7
    Even before Covid-19 struck, more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide were not in school, according to UNESCO. Now, due to ripple effects from the pandemic, the Malala Fund predicts an additional 20 million girls of secondary school age could remain out of school — not just this year, but possibly forever.
    It’s not only girls’ education that’s at risk. It’s their safety and security, too. During a crisis like this one, adolescent girls face a heightened threat of physical and sexual violence, early and forced marriage, and unintended pregnancy on top of sustained economic hardship.
    Read more here.

    Dean Obeidallah: Joe Biden just destroyed one of Trump’s biggest attack lines

    Dean Obeidallah

    August 9
    Almost on cue Saturday afternoon, around the same time Biden was on his bicycle, Trump tweeted out from the posh confines of his country club one of his go-to attack lines against the former VP, calling him “Sleepy Joe Biden.”
    The irony was delicious. There’s Biden briskly riding a bicycle while Trump is at his private country club, where the only exercise he seems to get is getting in and out of his golf cart. Yet Trump is calling Biden “Sleepy.” Sometimes comedy writes itself. But in this case Twitter helped as the hashtag “Trump Can’t ride a Bike” got traction online, with one anti-Trumper juxtaposing video footage of Biden riding his bicycle with Trump struggling to walk down a ramp after delivering the commencement address in June at West Point.
    Read more here.

    Kate Clarke Lemay: The untold story of women who risked their lives to do good – and get their rights

    Kate Clarke Lemay

    August 16
    As in 2020, the year 1918 was shaped both by global pandemic and protest. As Americans today process a momentous anniversary — the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote — against the current backdrop of Covid-19’s devastating effects, the story of the suffragist doctors is a timely reminder of the honor and respect still due to too many forgotten American women.
    Read more here.

    KaYesu Machayo: What I fear about remote learning

    KaYesu Machayo

    August 20
    My education feels like it is under attack, and my dreams seemingly are evaporating before my eyes. I wish I could go back to campus in the fall, and I wish even more that my fate weren’t so influenced by my race, gender or socioeconomic status.
    I have peers across the country whose families and communities haven’t been touched by the pandemic or school closures in the same way that low-income, Black, and Latinx families have.
    Read more here.

    Nancy Altman: Social Security could come to a screeching halt

    September 1
    Trump has shown himself willing to attack numerous fundamental institutions. He has attacked the US Postal Service, which the Constitution explicitly lists as an enumerated power of Congress. He has attacked the free press and our elections. Does anyone believe he wouldn’t take our Social Security system hostage to attain a radical reform?
    Adding insult to injury, it is easy to imagine that Donald Trump will host a Rose Garden signing ceremony for legislation ending Social Security as we know it.
    Read more here.

    Jane Greenway Carr and CNN Opinion readers: How we spent our summer not-vacations

    Jane Greenway Carr

    September 5
    I know that some people have made the best of this time and accomplished great things. I wish I can say I am one of those people. But I do feel that there are also many people who are struggling with their everyday lives as well. Those who feel guilty for complaining, while they remain healthy with a roof over their heads and a steady income. We suffer even though we know we shouldn’t. These people need a voice. I hope I have somehow given them a voice. — Arlene Lobell, Frisco, Texas
    Read more here.

    Joe Lockhart: Kayleigh McEnany has crossed a line

    Joe Lockhart

    September 10
    Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced her moment of reckoning in the briefing room on Wednesday, when reporters confronted her about the recordings, released by veteran journalist Bob Woodward, in which President Trump acknowledged in early February that the coronavirus was airborne and deadlier than the flu, even as he publicly dismissed concerns about the virus and called it the Democrats’ “new hoax.” In March, Trump told Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the dangers of the virus, saying, “I always wanted to play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” McEnany failed on an epic scale in her response.
    Read more here.

    Peniel Joseph: NFL’s racial justice efforts fall far short

    Peniel Joseph

    September 11
    This year’s Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake have hastened a long overdue national reckoning on Black citizenship and dignity.
    For the NFL, this meant ending the willful ignorance that allowed commissioner Roger Goodell to stand by while powerful owners like Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys conflated peaceful protest against the killing of African Americans by law enforcement with disrespecting the American flag (he has recently adjusted his stance somewhat). This latest awakening looks performative at best, and the motions the league is going through are simply not enough.
    Read more here.

    Scott Jennings: Trump’s town hall didn’t go well

    Scott Jennings

    September 16
    On the issues, Trump probably had his best political moment when talking about bringing the troops home from the Middle East. And he definitively denied the anonymously sourced story in The Atlantic that claimed he said awful things about American soldiers wounded or killed in battle. He also had a nice retort that will appeal to his kind of voters when he said: “It’s a big battlefield and I have a lot of forces against me. Sometimes you don’t have time to be totally, as you would say presidential — you have to get things done.” This message will drive the elites crazy and thrill those who hate the elites immensely.
    Read more here.

    Tess Taylor: Why we left California and just kept driving east

    Tess Taylor

    September 18
    We had a hard month in a bad year in a series of bad years. We just knew that where we live every year has become more exhausting, more smoky. And we were simply so fatigued by this year’s version of the horror show that we drove half across the country to a place where we knew that we could reliably inhale and exhale.
    Read more here.

    Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson: How RBG went from a ‘moderate’ choice to a fiery dissenter

    Renee Knake Jefferson

    Hannah Brenner Johnson

    September 25
    It is appalling that less than 4% of the justices serving on our Supreme Court have been women and that women still do not comprise an equal number of judges sitting on lower federal courts.
    When President Barack Obama greeted RBG at Justice Elena Kagan’s swearing-in, he asked her: “Are you happy that I brought you two women?” Ginsburg replied, “Yes, but I’ll be happier when you bring me five more.” We will be happier too, seeing more women selected for the Supreme Court and positions of power across all professions.
    Read more here.

    Robert Redford: The big question I want answered

    Robert Redford

    October 11
    Maybe it’s too much to suggest, at the peak of a presidential campaign, that we have a serious discussion about burning rainforests or understaffed long-term care facilities. Complex problems don’t make great campaign issues. They don’t rally your base; they don’t get people to the polls (or the post office). But these are not subjects that are going to patiently wait their turn, that are going to hang back in line until we’re ready to talk about them.
    For all these reasons, it’s my hope that this November will provide a hard reset — of our national direction, most of all, but also our national attention.
    Read more here.

    John D. Sutter: The 8-year-old who fears adults can’t be trusted to fix the climate crisis

    John Sutter-Profile-Image

    October 23
    Noah, I agree we adults of the world aren’t doing right by you or your future. I share your mother’s concerns about what the weight of the world that’s sitting on your shoulders could do to you. (“I worry about him and all kids,” Green told me recently by phone. “I worry about them getting depressed about [the climate crisis] and giving up on it — feeling hopeless.”) It’s not fair that climate change has become the burden of the young simply because your generation will live on this planet far longer than mine or your mom’s. There’s more we all can do.
    Read more here.

    Garry Kasparov: Win or lose, with Trump, prepare for the unimaginable

    Garry Kasparov

    October 31
    Autocrats are aware of the consequences they might face for the damage they do, but they believe they can avoid those consequences by staying in power, forever if necessary. Trump might have been indicted several times over were he not protected by his office, and a sense of impunity tends to make one sloppy.
    Trump no doubt believes that he has more to lose by leaving office than by fighting — lawlessly or not — to stay. The oligarchs and thugs he so admires surely agree. They won’t easily let go of such a lucrative investment — one of their own kind in the Oval Office.
    Read more here.

    David Gergen: The single most important quality a president must have

    David Gergen

    November 2
    A president cannot get big things done here at home unless he can marshal the support of a sizable majority of the people. Sure, recent presidents have exercised power more frequently through executive orders, but those aren’t lasting in their impact: The next president can easily reverse them, as Trump has demonstrated. Nor can a president easily persuade other advanced nations to embrace controversial policies unless they believe he is a reliable friend.
    Indeed, I believe that the restoration of trust should be the single highest priority of our next president. Everything else will flow from there.
    Read more here.

    David Axelrod: Why Donald Trump lost

    David Axelrod

    November 7
    Autopsies examining why Trump became the first president in 28 years to lose reelection may list Covid-19 as the proximate cause. But that is only part of the story.
    Like the patient with chronic disease, Trump’s political demise wasn’t caused by the coronavirus but by the underlying and familiar deficiencies of character and leadership of America’s first reality show president.
    Donald Trump defeated Donald Trump.
    Read more here.

    Kate Andersen Brower: ‘The club’ of former presidents will never be the same

    Kate Brower

    November 7
    Joe Biden will face the vexing and — given Trump’s uniquely compromised stature — unprecedented decision of whether to allow his predecessor to receive intelligence updates, which has long been standard operating procedure. Trump’s unusually close relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, even as the intelligence community says that Russia continues to interfere in our elections, makes continued access a potential cause for concern.
    Traditionally, presidents allow their predecessors to be briefed because former presidents often meet with foreign leaders. That access can be limited or cut off entirely. It is totally the sitting president’s prerogative.
    Read more here.

    Luvvie Ajayi, Kamau Bell, Penn Jillette and other leading voices: After bitterly divided election, what’s next for America?

    November 9
    Half the country voted for Trump. These people did not buy a pig in a poke like in 2016, these were people who knew what they were voting for and voted anyway. It’s appalling and horrifying, but these people are not monsters. These people are our neighbors and our relatives. These people are us, and we need someone who can teach us to love them again.
    Joe started saying the right things already, but he has to go all the way. Please, Joe, make me embarrassed to say anything bad about Trump supporters. Please fill all our hearts with love for each other. Please. – Penn Jillette
    Read more here.

    Richard L. Eldredge: To my family who chose Trump over me: Was it worth it?

    Richard L. Eldredge

    November 10
    We had allowed a complete stranger to vaporize our family. A bond that spans The Beatles and swing sets, Frisbee tournaments in the street, sitting front row together at “E.T.,” late-night cruises in your car while blasting Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album and me nervously pinning on your boutonniere on the day of your wedding.
    So, here we are now, on the series finale of “The Apprentice: White House Edition,” after millions of citizens in the single largest election in American history have united to say, “You’re Fired.” As he now shuffles his sad shell off the national stage, what happens to us and our family?
    Read more here.

    Roxanne Jones: Kamala Harris shows Black women they have the power to change the world

    Roxanne Jones

    November 10
    Our ability to adapt is why we have survived, and often thrived, in America’s unwelcoming White spaces. And it is why I, and millions of other people around the world, rejoice that Kamala Harris is the first Black woman ever elected vice president in the United States.
    Yes, Harris struggled at the start, but she rejected the safe chameleon strategy. Harris found the strength to embrace her true self and ascend to the nation’s second-highest seat of power. Black women, like me, understand the courage this type of transformation takes.
    Read more here.

    Sara Stewart: This Netflix hit is now our universal escape hatch

    Sara Stewart

    November 13
    “The Queen’s Gambit” is giving us something else we’ve been sorely lacking: Literal and functional escapism. As Beth’s star rises on the chess circuit, she attends chess competitions in increasingly glamorous locales — 1960s Las Vegas is pretty fabulous, but it pales in comparison to her trips to Paris and Moscow. Remember trips? And hotel rooms? Maybe few of us have been to Russia, but I think we can all wax nostalgic about what it was like to arrive in an exciting new place.
    Read more here.

    Nicole Hemmer: What the Greatest Generation had that the Covid generation lacks

    November 18
    Holidays sharpened the sense of deprivation and the desire to stop sacrificing, at least for a day. Early signs that Thanksgiving would be particularly contested emerged during the Depression in 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt, hoping to give the economy a much-needed boost, moved Thanksgiving up a week to extend the Christmas shopping season. Americans revolted. Republicans derided the change as “Franksgiving” and only half the states acknowledged the new date, rejecting what they saw as government intrusion on a sacrosanct tradition.
    Little did they suspect that within a few years, the war would dramatically remake Thanksgiving, making traditions both more desirable and more difficult to sustain.
    Read more here.

    Jill Filipovic: At Thanksgiving, an America of obscene contrasts

    Jill Filipovic

    November 24
    This year, many American families will find gratitude harder to summon heading into the holidays. Unemployment, widespread hunger and unchecked sickness and death are weighing heavily.
    The President doesn’t seem too worried — and neither does Wall Street. The Dow went above 30,000 on Tuesday, and then Trump popped out before the cameras to crow about the market’s success. It was brief — just one minute — but obscene. There is perhaps no greater example of the distortions wrought by the President’s reliance on the markets as indicators for American financial well-being than this: A record-high Dow, while record numbers of Americans are hungry.
    Read more here.

    Joe and Jill Biden: Our most important Thanksgiving tradition

    The Biden family poses for a picture on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

    November 26
    We are grateful for the frontline workers who have never stopped showing up over these long and confusing months, making sure our food is harvested and shipped, keeping our grocery stores stocked, picking up our trash, and keeping our cities and towns safe.
    We are grateful for the health care workers who put in long shifts and isolate themselves from their loved ones, the nurses who comfort and help people say one last goodbye, and the doctors who fight for every breath.
    Read more here.

    Elizabeth Leiba: The story I had to share after Kyle Rittenhouse posted $ 2 million bail

    Elizabeth Leiba

    November 29
    Sitting in the back seat of a police car, the strangest thoughts went through my head: Handcuffs are heavier than they look on TV. If someone isn’t deemed a threat, their hands are cuffed in the front. There are no door handles on the inside of the back seat of a police car and the windows are tinted so you can see out, but no one can see your shame as you sit inside.
    I stared down at my cuffed wrists, hands in my lap, as the officers stood outside filling out the arrest report and chatting casually. They laughed at some inside joke. I was numb. This seemed like a dream.
    Read more here.

    Gabbie Riley: The day I woke up to find my industry had vanished.

    Gabbie Riley

    December 3
    I’m in sales for the hotel industry … or at least I was. On Sunday, March 8, I was heading to California from Minnesota, where, because of the freezing weather, I was in need of a dose of warmth and vitamin D. Little did I know then that a blissful Sunday brunch in Santa Monica would be my last dose of travel for the rest of 2020.
    By Tuesday, Coachella had postponed its festival. By Wednesday, the NBA announced that it was suspending its season and the MLB announced that spring training and the beginning of the season were suspended. My specialty in hotel sales was in sports and entertainment. A triple threat of industries pulling the emergency brake.
    Read more here.

    Robert Alexander: Mike Pence is going to put the seal on Donald Trump’s defeat

    Robert Alexander

    December 4
    It’s important to remember that electors are human beings who are chosen at state party conventions or by state party committees, often as a reward for their work on behalf of the party (the Constitution states that “no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States” should be appointed). Electors are expected to be loyal to the party’s ticket, and while there is no federal law requiring them to follow the will of the people in their state, 33 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring pledges from their electors and 14 states provide a means to replace an elector who attempts to vote contrary to expectations
    Read more here.

    John Bare: Love, death and pie: My last moments with my wife

    John Bare

    December 11
    When I would stop at a country store near Davidson on the pretense of buying organic eggs and artisan cheese, Betsy would put in her order and wait. The first things in my basket were ginger cookies and fried pies. Betsy would unwrap a fried pie and eat it on the drive home.
      Now, I cry in the car. And I cry in the grocery store, at work, on the phone, in my doctor’s office. I have cried writing, painting, sculpting, sending emails and pruning shrubs. I have cried in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts and Montana. I am aggregating votes in the Electoral College of Crying.
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