Headlines Edition

Monday Headlines: The surge.

Last week, the US added one million new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to more than 11 million confirmed infections. / Reuters

North Dakota alters course, issuing a statewide mask mandate, as New Mexico and Oregon enter partial lockdowns. / NBC News

"Even transmission from surfaces may pose a higher risk now, because lower humidity levels may improve the survivability of the virus." Why winter may exacerbate the surge. / The Atlantic

According to a survey, nearly 40% of US residents plan to participate in gatherings of more than 10 people over the holidays, despite COVID-19 warnings. / UPI

"The effect of knowing people who survived it may lead people to misread Covid as not being as bad as it is." / The New York Times

Moderna releases early data from its vaccine, which so far is 94.5% effective against the coronavirus. / CNN

Related: Questions and answers about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. / STAT

"The 'Olivia at School' set includes a login for Google Classroom and the old family iPad that won’t hold a charge and needs to be plugged in to work." Meet Olivia! The COVID-19-era American Girl doll. / McSweeney's

Biden's percentage of the vote—which continues to rise—is the highest for a challenger to beat an incumbent since FDR beat Hoover in 1932. / The Nation

The Trump campaign's lawsuits to stop the election results from being certified have an almost perfect record so far: winning one case and losing at least a dozen. / POLITICO

Related: Trump spent the weekend fueling conspiracy theories and tweeting wild claims about compromised voting machines. / VICE

"There’s no one moment when a country crosses from a democracy into an autocracy." How to stop a power grab. / The New Yorker

Following the "Million MAGA March" in DC, violence erupted among protesters and counter-protesters, with at least one person stabbed. / BuzzFeed News

"The Mil­lion MAGA March in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Sat­ur­day did not have a mil­lion peo­ple, but it had a mil­lion flags." / In These Times

Ruling the acting Dept. of Homeland Security Chad Wolf was unlawfully appointed, a federal judge invalidated Wolf's suspension of DACA protections. / NBC News

More than 82,000 people have now filed sex-abuse claims against the Boy Scouts of America—more accusations than have been filed against the Catholic Church. / The New York Times