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Thursday headlines: That Onion life.

The new book from John Bolton accuses Donald Trump of “obstruction of justice as a way of life.” For example, asking China to help him win reelection. 

“The thing is, there's not a Republican in the Senate who didn't know all this already. They chose party over the Constitution and over the country itself.”

All that said, the book sounds terrible, “a stew of superfluous detail.”

Maggie Haberman’s latest story suggests Trump, in self-destruct mode since the coronavirus, doesn’t want reelection anyway. 

With the White House in full denial about COVID-19, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta goes on a Twitter spree. 

Between the coronavirus and videotaped killings of Black people, the health of African-Americans nationwide is at risk.

In the UK, Lloyd’s of London and pub chain Greene King apologize for their links to slavery.

The former Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks is charged with felony murder.

The Aunt Jemima brand, acknowledging its racist past, gets canceled, something long overdue. Reviews are underway for Uncle Ben, Mrs. Butterworth, and Cream of Wheat.

See also: Life imitates The Onion.

The new coronavirus is so prevalent in Haiti, a top authority on public health says there's no need to test anymore.

Two new novels set in East Asia are preoccupied with acts of self-possession “in the face of uncertain economic circumstances.”

"This is the best time in your life to accumulate as much knowledge as possible." Some advice for ambitious teenagers under lockdown.

(FYI, some newsletters we like that supplied links today: Drawing Links; Wake Up to Politics; Vox Sentences. Meanwhile, a lawyer for Fox says Tucker Carlson doesn't have an obligation to investigate the truth of statements before making them on his show, and his audience doesn't expect him to report facts.)

In India, virtual pets can be adopted for about $40 a month, a growing trend during the pandemic.

Related: Boston Dynamics’ creepy robot dog is now for sale, just $75,000. Also, disposable urinals, so hot right now. Not to mention edible notepads paired with coffee-flavored pens?

Wild animals have been roaming city streets recently. Rotterdam just got a giant fox, from artist Florentijn Hofman.

An interview with photographer Chris Dorley-Brown about shooting London during lockdown. Some other art we like: Jamaica Dyer’s pandemic comics; paintings by Nigerian artist Silas Onoja.

There are more than 1,700 symbols of the Confederacy in public spaces across the US.

"There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published." Archives of the Green Book.

Designers and producers explain how Insecure got the different looks of Black Los Angeles so right.

Unrelated: How "minimalism" and "farmhouse" took over contemporary design.

Understanding the "magical negro" trope in cinema illuminates our COVID-era exploitation of essential workers.

Remember when Sesame Street had counting videos with vocals by the Pointer Sisters?

A painting of hell from 1515 prompts white people to ask, "Who was this tribe and what is my relation to it?"

Unrelated/related: Jon Stewart is back.