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  • This week, the United States experienced its worst week yet for new coronavirus cases.
  • Stephen Miller outlined the Trump administration's anti-immigration goals for a second term: "limiting asylum grants, punishing and outlawing so-called sanctuary cities, expanding the so-called travel ban with tougher screening for visa applicants and slapping new limits on work visas."
  • It isn't just Boomers who have been lured into the QAnon delusion—their kids are also picking up these inane conspiracy theories, and teachers are being forced to debunk it at school.
  • The McRib is rolling out nationally for the first time since 2012.
  • Are long voter lines a sign of a robust democracy or evidence of voter suppression?
  • If you can stomach it, here's an oral history of Election Day four years ago as told by several key reporters and anchors at MSNBC.
  • The NY Post reports on a hair-brained scheme in which some New Yorkers allegedly wanted to vote twice by shaving their heads.
  • In an apparent attempt to top her previous tweets this week which became a meme, Kim Kardashian West revealed that for her birthday this year, "Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad."
  • Cops in Philadelphia have been accused of yanking a Black toddler from the back of a car—after busting all of the windows and violently arresting and injuring his mother, who was later released without charges—and then using a photo of a cop holding the child as propaganda.
  • It's new music Friday: check out Elvis Costello's excellent, varied new album Hey Clockface; Oneohtrix Point Never's latest Magic Oneohtrix Point Never, a mix of atmospheric, abstract tracks and more pop fare; Tierra Whack's typically colorful and wonderful new music video for "Dora;" and Helado Negro was joined by Flock of Dimes and Devendra Banhart on a cover of Neil Young's classic "Lotta Love."
  • And finally, the slobbering masses beseech you to throw the ball: