You have to read this entire article about a Michigan County momentarily balking at certifying election results to suss out the real story: the two Republicans on the Wayne County, MI Board of Canvassers threw a tantrum over "unbalanced absentee ballot polling books" which were no more unbalanced than they were in any previous elections, hoping to create a big "voter fraud" drama -- and only relented when poll workers and voters gave them a big bowl of what-for. So democracy still works -- if we make it work.
Our FBI finds that folks committed more hate crimes in 2019 than in any of the previous 10 years. I've always been a bit suspicious whenever I'm told "hate crimes are on the rise," but the FBI's findings are likely accurate -- we did have a black President for most of that time, which some folks clearly never got over, among them the racist white President who followed. I find this data more useful than, say, comparing hate crimes now to hate crimes in the 1990s, when police departments weren't even convinced of the necessity of reporting hate crimes (let alone the 1930s, when hate crimes were far worse, I'm sure, and also not considered crimes).
How can President-elect Biden "Score a Major Foreign Policy Victory on Day One of His Presidency," per Thomas Knapp at Counterpunch? By re-entering the Iran nuclear deal, that's how -- and he won't need permission from Great and Awesome and Bountiful One True American President Mitch McConnell, because the Iran deal is part of the U.N. Charter and our Senate ratified the Charter long ago. He wants Iran to do more before re-entering, which I guess looks tough, but really isn't -- the Iran deal already has enough accountability mechanisms, and aren't we tired of "looking tough" yet?
Candidates Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro supported or promoted fare badly in Brazil's local elections. As in other nations, mayoral and city council elections represent a sort of midterm referendum on Brazil's President, so I guess these results prove that you can only go so far acting like a complete asshole. I know another asshole who's learning that lesson presently -- well, insofar as he actually learns lessons.
Finally, in a peripherally-related note, our poor wittle baby of a Pwesident is all upset that he won't get the cwedit for the COVID vaccines that may hit the market in a few months. Prick spent four years taking credit for things he never did and now he fumes he won't get credit for the vaccine, which he also didn't do? Jesus Mary and Joseph we can't be rid of him fast enough. Let him soil his diapers at Mar-a-Lago.