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Emily, John and David discuss the Senate obstruction that may be ahead; delegating deplatforming; and GameStop.

Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Democrats Should Act as if They Won the Election

Tom Wilson and Kate Starbird for The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review: “Cross-Platform Disinformation Campaigns: Lessons Learned and Next Steps” 

Matt Levine for Bloomberg: “GameStop is Just a Game

David Leonhardt for the New York Times: “Underselling the Vaccine

Andy Rose for CNN: “Health Workers, Stuck in the Snow, Administer Coronavirus Vaccine to Stranded Drivers

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 

Emily: A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet; Matt Stieb for New York Magazine: “The Fyre Festival of Vaccine Rollouts

John: Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

David: David Blight’s Open Yale Course: “HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877”; Dessa’s “Who’s Yellen Now?

Listener chatter from Ghael Fobes @GhaelFobes: a Twitter thread of animals interrupting wildlife photographers by @JoaquimCampa

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Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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