Saturday’s news links – Nov. 21, 2020

Some Texas Elections Suggest Voters Aren’t Afraid of Defunding Police The Appeal

Trump’s Attempts to Overturn the Election Are Unparalleled in U.S. History NYTimes

The Disastrous Idea That Won’t Go Away Atlantic

Trump might be tempted to order a military attack on Iran

How Postal Workers Saved the Election Labor Notes

Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship TheHill

Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx protest a lack of protective equipment, Nov. 19, 2020.

#COVID-19

At New York’s Hospitals, Staff Brace for Another COVID Wave: ‘We Know What’s Coming’ THE CITY

Another Study Finds Covid-19 Can Spread On Long Airline Flights Forbes

Fear of Flying Is a COVID-Era Conundrum KHN

Pfizer vaccine: what an ‘efficacy rate above 90%’ really means The Conversation

Despite now offering $15 minimum wage, Amazon still a top employer of SNAP recipients in many states The Counter

Food Insecurity In NYC Rises Precipitously With No Federal Help In Sight Gothamist

If Biden Wants to Be Like F.D.R., He Needs the Left Jamelle Bouie

Radical agitation helped bring Social Security and much of the New Deal into being. …

On Feb. 10, 1931, four years before Senator Robert Wagner of New York and Representative David Lewis of Maryland introduced President Roosevelt’s social security legislation to Congress, tens of thousands of Americans nationwide took to the streets at the height of the Great Depression to march for unemployment assistance and food aid. Organized by a then-burgeoning Communist Party, demonstrations ranged from peaceful protests to tense confrontations with law enforcement. In Boston, noted The New York Times in a contemporaneous report, “Two hundred Communists and sympathizers and about as many police staged a series of fights and scuffles along the Boston Common.” In St. Paul, Minn., “Communist-led demonstrators jammed their way into the House chamber of the Minnesota Legislature and held possession for more than two hours while they demanded relief for the unemployed.”

In New York City, similarly, “nearly 4,000 men, women and children heard half a dozen speakers call upon the government to grant unemployment insurance, stop evictions and to furnish free food, heat and light to the unemployed.”

A Stock Market Bubble? It’s More Like a Fire Wall Street Journal

Argentina

Feminist groups rally in support of the new abortion bill in Argentina Peoples Dispatch

‘Watershed moment’: Argentina’s president introduces bill to legalise abortion Independent

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