obstruction

In a farewell letter to Congress on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urged lawmakers to reject President-elect Joe Biden’s education agenda, while imploring them to shield Trump administration policies that Biden has promised to eliminate.

In farewell, DeVos urges Congress to reject Biden’s policies | PBS NewsHour

In other words, she would like lawmakers to ignore the will of a majority of the American electorate because she’s afraid of public education.

sick leave

The new sick leave provision prevented 400 coronavirus cases per day per state in the U.S., according to the paper from researchers at Cornell University and KOF Swiss Economic Institute in Zurich. That roughly translates to 15,000 cases prevented in the United States, or one prevented COVID-19 case for every 1,300 workers. The researchers did not look at mortality rates.

Paid Sick Leave Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Cases, Study Finds | HuffPost

Now do Literally Every Other Communicable Disease.

traitors

It’s not often that you see a US senator declare that “we’re not a democracy,” let alone to paint that as a good thing. Yet that’s exactly what Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) did in a pair of tweets spanning Wednesday night and Thursday morning, arguing that “democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are.”

Sen. Mike Lee’s tweets against “democracy,” explained – Vox

No other way to frame this.

minority

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement seems likely to join the ranks of these “minority justices.” Even if President Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, wins the support of every Republican senator, including moderate holdouts like Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, all those senators combined received 13 million fewer votes than their colleagues across the aisle.

Supreme Court heads to undemocratic milestone with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination – Vox

threat

Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he’s indebted to.

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump’s reported personal debt | PBS NewsHour

Let’s stop focusing on the tax shenanigans, though they’re certainly important. Even more pressing is that this kind of situation would automatically disqualify most people from an entry-level government job because they’d be seen as susceptible to corruption.

a bad deal with sears

As we discuss state budgets running dry because of pandemic-related drops in business revenue and taxes, this story explores a big reason so many coffers were so bare to begin with.

Source: The Sears Headquarters Deal Cost Taxpayers $500 Million. 30 Years Later, There’s Little to Show for It. — ProPublica

Also, why this was a bad deal for Hoffman Estates, which now has a massive entertainment complex to manage.