Headlines edition

Monday headlines: Careful not perfect

The White House is about to unveil a billion-dollar PR campaign aimed at convincing every American to get vaccinated. / STAT

A large Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing skepticism. / The Washington Post

Congress has its own supply of coronavirus vaccine, but 25% of the House is holding out. / Axios

Brazil plunges into its deadliest chapter of the pandemic. New variants are blamed as France, Germany, and Poland see infection rates surge. Meanwhile, Italians rush to get haircuts before lockdown resumes. / The Guardian, Bloomberg

Yo-Yo Ma performs for people under observation at a vaccination site in the Berkshires. / Instagram

Covid-19’s big public health lesson: Ask people to be careful, not perfect. / Vox

Brain scientists extrapolate on what the pandemic is doing to our minds. / The Atlantic

See also: Surviving a year without touch. / GEN

Ten years of war in Syria have destroyed a country and killed hundreds of thousands: a summary. / The Economy

In Myanmar, security forces killed dozens of protesters over the weekend. / CBS News

In London, the police face criticism for actions at a vigil for Sarah Everard—whose kidnapper and murderer may be a police officer. / The Guardian, BBC News 

The US has about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than it had previously disclosed—complicating the debate as the Biden White House mulls over sticking with the Trump/Taliban withdrawal deal. / The New York Times

More than 50 days into his term, Biden has yet to hold a news conference since taking office. Both allies and critics wonder why. / The Washington Post

Things that Biden probably doesn’t want to talk about: Cuomo, the border crisis, the filibuster. / Wake Up to Politics

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and six other tech barons made more than $360 billion during the pandemic. / The Washington Post

Caitlin Flanagan: Why should public-school parents—why should anyone—be expected to support private schools? / The Atlantic

“When two years had passed and my feelings for Omar still weren’t resolved, I didn’t tell my friends. I told a supercomputer.” A love story written with machine learning. / The Pudding

See also: “I didn’t last two years in the journalism business without writing a story that disappointed my mom.” / BuzzFeed News

For the first time at the Grammys, the top four prizes were won by solo women performers, and Beyoncé became the most decorated woman in Grammy history. / The Associated Press

Today in the Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes®, Rachelle Hampton decides between Shuggie Bain and Telephone. / The Tournament of Books