Teachers’ patience. “ … Reminder: no fart machines.”
I teach funny, resilient 8th graders.
High school, even in a pandemic.
Survived first semester of online university.
Six years later, wife completes PhD.
Out of prison with great job.
Rediscovering myself by reading the Bible.
Stole my car, not my books.
Tried. Failed. Failed worse. Kept going.
To be a United States citizen.
Americans waited in line to vote.
Thanks for voting, Americans. — Immigrant scientist.
Gritty becoming an icon for democracy.
Once again, my Black vote matters.
God, family, freedom, Trump, health, USA.
Trump is our best president ever.
Vaccines are coming. Thank you, Trump.
Vaccine is coming, Trump is going.
Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter.
Biden won the election — thank God.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia.
Paris Climate Agreement returns in January.
The first female Vice President, baby.
The women who came before me.
Democracy triumphed. Now pass the stuffing.
Aunt’s Jell-O salad not gonna happen.
Solitary Thanksgiving means no turkey. LOBSTER.
Alone, spouses thankful for tiny turkey.
Daughter lovingly uninviting me for Thanksgiving.
Zoom Thanksgiving beats an ICU Christmas.
Thankful for sweet potato pie, y’all.
Red or white, and occasionally rosé.
The many people who deliver food.
My restaurant colleagues, who never quit.
248 cocktail hours with my mom.
Empty calendar means frequent dinners together.
There’s really more kindness than hate.
We’re falling in love over FaceTime.
Fell in love six feet apart.
I have someone I can hug.
Even after I cheated, she stayed.
The freedom of filing for divorce.
Lost job. Lost boyfriend. Found happiness.
I might marry Coronavirus Boy Toy.
Gayer than ever, very in love.
Postponed wedding, having a baby instead.
Fell in love at age 75.
I proposed and she said yes.
Will you marry me, Taylor Hollenkamp?
THE LATEST NEWS
A line for testing in Los Angeles.Bryan Denton for The New York Times
The autumn coronavirus wave that began in the Midwest has now spread to Baltimore, Los Angeles, Phoenix and many other cities.
Daily deaths in the U.S. have exceeded 1,600 in recent days, more than double the level of one month ago.
The Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 vote, barred restrictions on religious services in New York that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had imposed. Justice Amy Coney Barrett played a decisive role.
In an emotional speech, President-elect Joe Biden urged Americans to see it as their patriotic duty to fight the pandemic together by taking the proper precautions. “We need to remember we’re at war with the virus, not with one another, not with each other,” he said.
AstraZeneca has acknowledged a mistake in the vaccine dosage it gave to some participants. Experts said the error as well as data irregularities have eroded their confidence in the reliability of the results.
Layoffs are rising again and Americans’ incomes are falling — the latest signs that the resurgent pandemic and waning government aid are hurting the economy.
OTHER BIG STORIES
Michael Flynn arriving for his sentencing in 2018.Tom Brenner for The New York Times
President Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.
The Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, most likely killing the project. Opponents of the mine said it would have irreversibly harmed salmon breeding grounds.
Penguin Random House, the largest book publisher in the U.S., has struck a deal to buy Simon & Schuster, the third largest. U.S. authorities could still try to halt the sale over antitrust concerns.
Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, sold at least $1 million worth of stock in the financial company Cardlytics weeks before it announced disappointing results and its share price tumbled.
Back to nature: Meet the world’s only known toxic rodent: the African crested rat. It can bring an elephant to its knees with poison borrowed from plants.
From Opinion: Pope Francis recalls the nurses who saved his life after he was hospitalized at age 21. He argues that to come out of the pandemic stronger, we need to let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.
Fans mourn Maradona in Buenos Aires.Magali Druscovich/Reuters
Lives Lived: Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer star with otherworldly footwork, has died at 60. (Here’s a clip of his most celebrated goal, against England in the 1986 World Cup.)
And a programming note: I’m taking the rest of today off. But tomorrow’s newsletter will still arrive in your inbox, thanks to my colleague Claire Moses in London, where today is just another Thursday.
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