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Thursday headlines: Kiss list

The New England Journal of Medicine condemns the White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and calls for Trump to be voted out of office. / The New England Journal of Medicine

Dexamethasone, the steroid being administered to the president as part of his kitchen-sink treatment for COVID-19, makes musicians and mountain climbers feel invincible. / The Morning News

The group Covid Survivors for Change sets up 20,000 chairs in DC to represent more than 200,000 Americans who have died. / Washingtonian

Last night’s debate was a dissection of the administration’s handling of the pandemic, with Harris labeling it “the greatest failure of any presidential administration.” / The Associated Press

Among impressions were yet more frustration with the moderator, relief over Trump’s absence, and predictable “likeability” comments from right-wing dudes, even though Harris’s favorability rose after the debate (not so for Pence). / POLITICO, The Nation, Slate, Twitter

“Kamala Harris’ sterling debate was for every woman who’s been talked over by a man.” / The Los Angeles Times

See also: Reviews of the fly that sat on Pence’s head for two minutes. / The New York Times

Inside a dress rehearsal in Iowa for the November election. / The Center for Public Integrity

“How sexist, racist attacks on Kamala Harris have spread online—a case study.” / The Washington Post

Judge Amy Coney Barrett recently served as a "handmaid" in a conservative Christian group that teaches biblical views of gender roles. / The Washington Post

California's Prop 22, "perhaps the most consequential labor decision in decades," would cement gig workers' second-class status. / The American Prospect

Since George Floyd's murder in the Spring, there have been votes or decisions to protect 28 Confederate monuments. / NPR

The white St. Louis couple charged in July with brandishing weapons at protesters were reportedly indicted by a grand jury. / NPR

Six takeaways from an investigation into the widespread use—and abuse—of dogs in police departments across the US. / The Marshall Project

Despite the drop in traffic during the pandemic, work zone crashes and fatalities have spiked in some states. / Stateline

Four ideas for post-Covid cities (multipurpose neighborhoods, bicycle superhighways), visualized. / The Guardian

Tyler Cowen: Society is getting better and worse at the same time. / Bloomberg

The “Kiss List” documents artist Galen Beebe’s 48 first kisses—“who, what, where, when, and why I kissed how I did." / The Kiss List

If you liked David Attenborough in his new “witness statement” on Netflix, here’s Carl Sagan in “The Violent Universe,” produced by the BBC in 1969. / The Morning News

Nathan Apodaca, whose Fleetwood Mac juice vibe made the world happy (including Mick Fleetwood), received a new truck full of juice. / Tik Tok, Complex

The rise and fall of Vanilla Ice, as told by Vanilla Ice. “He had a charisma that you don’t see very often.” / The Ringer

Today is the first day of the Super Rooster! A Tournament of Books featuring 16 years of champions, presented by Bookshop. / The Tournament of Books