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It’s important to check in with loved ones during this difficult time. We are continuing to practice social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we should practice emotional distancing. No one should feel alone while we work towards defeating this virus.

How many police officers does it take to arrest a homeless black man for stealing food from a grocery store? 12. 6 cars. Guns were drawn. I yelled "Happy Thanksgiving" to them while shaking my head as I passed them in the parking lot.

We have 1 more week to submit comments on the @USACEHQ  proposed plan for the Yazoo Backwater Area Pumps. It’s important that as many of us as possible provide pro-pumps comments to offset the out-of-state forces fighting the pumps. I voiced my support today. #FinishThePumps  Read:

We're not involved in this event, but many of you may be interested in it. The third Naturally Latinos Conference, presented by Audubon Naturalist Society, will be held virtually from Wednesday, 12/2, to Friday, 12/4. Information and registration at

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This is the session that you do not want to miss! On Thursday December 10th @ 7PM EST the @Allofus  Fireside Chat is diving into the impact older adults have on the research program! @NHCOA  @FiftyForward  #JoinAllOfUs  #NHMAFiresideChat 

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I'm over the moon to share the cover of my first short story collection, FILTHY ANIMALS. It comes out next June from my beloved @riverheadbooks . Please consider preordering:

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Register for NCMEC’s FREE virtual training! "Protecting Children from Exploitation & Trafficking: Risk Factors, Recognition & Response" Open to law enforcement & child service professionals. TCOLE /CEU credit available. Visit 💛 #NeverStop 

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GOOD NEWS: Last week, a federal court ruled that a jury was right in holding Smithfield responsible for creating a nuisance for a community in the vicinity of a pig growing facility in North Carolina.

The career of Marian Wright Edelman — who was this year's recipient of the ABA’s Thurgood Marshall Award — draws an illuminating throughline between the fervent activism of the 1960s and the fight that must still continue today:

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There's a few terms for the experience of being stuck job or relationship you hate but can't leave because of debt or health insurance; one of them is "American"


Scoops of the Day

Sometimes I just...fucking...AMAZE myself.

There have been over 12 million coronavirus cases in the United States. For your safety and the safety of those around you, please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask. We will get through this together.

Today, we honor and remember #JordanDavis  who was killed in 2012 for simply existing as a Black boy. We send our love to his mother & family, and vow to cont. honoring his memory by fighting for a fair and balanced criminal justice system that values Black lives. #RestinPower 

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This painting by the multi-talented Jack Bender (LOST, UNDER THE DOME, MR. MERCEDES). It explains perfectly why Trump won't--can't--give up, even though it's hurting his country.

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honestly don't know how anyone's getting through this pandemic without a dog

LAW & ORDER: VAMPIRE SQUAD. I tell ya, it has to happen.

“If Congress doesn't act immediately, 12 mil Americans will see all of their benefits expire the day after Xmas. Meanwhile, the only thing GOP is interested in is confirming right-wing judges & trying to delegitimize the election. Pathetic.” - @SenSanders 

The best part of LAW & ORDER: VAMPIRE SQUAD would be the stake-outs. Stake-outs, geddit?

“We cannot allow children to be condemned to sexual exploitation online when we have the ability and the tools available to curtail this abuse.” – @MissingKidsCEO  Sign the petition and help us put #ChildSafetyFirst  💛 #NeverStop 

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Trans & Non-Binary people have existed for thousands of years. We have defied societal expectations & found a way to survive through literally all of time. 💗🏳️‍🌈💗We keep fighting for equality.


Scoops of the Week

Enough is enough. Trump lost and a smooth, peaceful transition is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. @USGSA  and @GSAEmily  need to acknowledge Joe Biden as President-Elect so we can start moving our nation forward.

There's a big difference between "want" and "need."   Donald Trump wants to have won the election. Americans need COVID relief.   See the difference?

A note from abroad: Realizing now that I've been 5 days out of US that many folks back home don't realize how other countries might be living with the 'Rona. Here is what it was like to come to Taiwan. I think we could maybe learn a coupla things... /1 #COVID 

#MISSING! 14-year-old Rainen was last seen on October 1, 2020 in Washougal, #Washington .

Californians, spread the word: open enrollment to sign up for health insurance has begun and is available through January 31. While our country continues to fight COVID-19, it’s essential everyone has health coverage. Visit to get covered now.

Mitch McTraitor sent Congress off on vacation and refuses to pass a relief bill. Trump is alternately golfing, crying into his cheeseburgers, and trying to bluster away millions of votes against him. We're just... on our own with this. And dying by the hundred thousand.

I’m grateful for all of the health care workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Your commitment to our country is honorable– thank you.

It has been painful—downright unbearable—to watch this president and his enablers try to systematically tear down our democracy with falsehoods and unfounded, illogical conspiracies.

The United States has surpassed 250,000 coronavirus deaths. This is devastating– I am keeping all those who’ve lost a loved one to this deadly pandemic in my heart.

With the holidays coming up, it’s important we remain vigilant against this virus. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. It can save lives.