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Tuesday headlines: Blame of thrones.

Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator under President Trump, says most deaths in the US could have been prevented. / The Washington Post

The CDC director warns of "impending doom" as Covid cases tick upward in the United States. / The Week

Senate Minority Leader McConnell urges Republican men to shrug off their reluctance and get vaccinated. Meanwhile, the NRA retroactively approves its bankruptcy plan. / The Hill, The Washington Free Beacon

Johnson & Johnson will provide up to 400 million doses to African Union countries. / The Associated Press

Patients in intensive care in France are close to numbers reached last autumn. / The Guardian

A new study says the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 90% effective in preventing infection. Even the first dose is 80% effective. / STAT

Nine questions about the humanitarian crisis on the border, answered. / Vox

Jonathan Blitzer: "Biden and the Blame Game at the Border." / The New Yorker

A Black girl's event for a book about being a better white person triggers a whole bunch of white people. / The Root

Alice Spawls: Men are far more likely to be killed than women; trans men and women more likely to face harm. "But many women live in fear of the person they share a bed with." / The London Review of Books

By the year 2100, world population growth could be practically zero. Tyler Cowen makes the argument for more babies. / Bloomberg

Notes and pictures from a father-daughter bikepacking trip in the southern New Mexican desert. / The Radavist

Faced with Chinese industrial policy, governments are trying to manage their own supply chains of minerals and rare-earth metals. / The Economist

Since the Paris Agreement, the world's 60 largest banks have financed fossil fuel projects to the tune of $3.8 trillion. / Rainforest Action Network

US rent has increased 175% faster than household income over the past 20 years. /

Jimmy Fallon's Gramercy Park triplex is up for sale, complete with saloon. / Uncrate

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