Weekend Content

On Friday night as the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing hit the news, takes started flying in every direction and the election run-up got a jump start, any other topics flew right off the radar screen.

Many outlets posted obituaries and long articles on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, immediately followed by the political ramifications. Politico quickly reported Leader McConnell’s vow to hold a vote on a nominee before the election, completely reversing his position from the Merrick Garland fiasco, and proving himself to be as hypocritical as his opponents often allege.

The Guardian reported that a statue of RBG will be put up in Brooklyn, her home borough, which has to be the most positive news story about a statue in decades.

Just as I’m writing, The Hill put out a story stating that Susan Collins (R-Maine) does not think a justice should be nominated before the election. This bodes poorly for McConnell, but might ultimately be meaningless.

I’ll be writing a post outlining various potential scenarios regarding her replacement later this week.

On the Covid-19 front, The Daily Beast reports that Trump now admits there will be no vaccine before April, putting to bed the miracle vaccine theory of Trump’s potential re-election.

That’s it for the weekend.

Weekend Content

This is (hopefully) the first in a series I’m tentatively calling “Weekend Content”. The idea is basically a collection of high quality articles, videos, podcasts, and other assorted media that from the prior week, for the long content-free weekends that tend to happen in the news.

A short but interesting article over at Engadget about NASA’s offer to buy moon dirt from private companies, further expanding the private space exploration market.

Reporting by Tal Axelrod at The Hill about Senate Democrats introducing legislation in an attempt to potentially sanction Russia over allegations of Russia paying out bounties to insurgents to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan.

From last week, but since I wasn’t posting yet, here is an excellent episode of Chris Hayes’ Why IS This Happening? podcast on the growth of the modern conservative movement and its rise to power in the mid-to-late 20th century.

And finally, the unintentionally hilarious tweet of the week is brought to us by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who absolutely didn’t sit on his hands for months while the Democrats passed the HEROES Act: