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And now, here are the headlines.
• A 25-year-old Nevada man is the first person confirmed to have been reinfected with COVID-19, meaning he's contracted the virus two separate times—and the second time was "more severe." This means that contracting the coronavirus once doesn't necessarily mean you're immune to it moving forward.
• It's now day two of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. You can watch along here. So far, Barrett has upheld her originalist beliefs by saying that the Constitution's "meaning doesn't change over time." That assertion is surely music to conservatives' ears—and a big warning flag for those of us who believe that perhaps our founding fathers didn't get everything right.
• In case you missed it: On the eve of Indigenous People's Day, hundreds of protesters gathered in Portland for a night of rage against the shitty treatment Indigenous people have gotten for centuries in this country. They expressed that rage by toppling statues and smashing windows.
• A man suspected of arson that sparked a wildfire in southern Oregon now faces new charges—for causing the deaths of eight animals in the fire. He also faces charges for arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
• Johnson & Johnson is halting a COVID-19 vaccine trial, after one participant experienced an "unexplained illness." So much for getting a vaccine before the election!
• And speaking of vaccines:
Come spring, Americans may have their choice of several so-so vaccines — with no way of knowing which one is best. https://t.co/L4xVjYEGHK— NYT Science (@NYTScience) October 13, 2020
• It's really too bad that vaccine won't be ready anytime soon, considering our president continues to flout expert health advice (and common sense) by holding large, in-person campaign rallies. There's already evidence to suggest that these rallies are super-spreader events. (Remember when Trump was in the hospital? The good old days!)
• Down in California, the state Republican Party is in trouble for setting up fake ballot boxes. The GOP says their intention was merely to help with collecting ballots and then turning them over to election authorities—but Gov. Gavin Newsom says the unofficial ballot boxes "aren’t just misleading, they are illegal.” State legal authorities seem to agree. Good thing Oregon set up a reliable vote-by-mail system decades ago, so we don't have to worry about this stuff!
• Megan Thee Stallion speaking truth in the New York Times:
In Opinion— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 13, 2020
"It’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase 'Protect Black women' is controversial," writes Megan Thee Stallion. "We deserve to be protected as human beings." https://t.co/sCxjGpvHQ0