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Tuesday headlines: Spread well

The third wave of the novel coronavirus in the United States is officially worse than the last two. / TIME


"If we took aggressive steps right now, we could potentially forestall the worst of it, but we're not going to do that." The US is close to having “exponential spread” in some areas. / CNN


Kashgar, China, recently had a coronavirus outbreak. Within two days, 4.5 million people were tested. / The Washington Post


A study finds that antibodies against the coronavirus declined rapidly in the British population during the summer. / Reuters


The Department of Health and Human Services halts its $250 million ad campaign about the virus, scrapping a special vaccine deal for Santa Claus performers. / The Wall Street Journal


HHS, assailed by pandemic-linked pressures, is seeing a “mass exodus” of employees. / POLITICO


Related: “How Trump Became the Pro-Infection Candidate.” / The New Yorker


Election officials report finding handwritten thank you notes included with mail-in ballots. / The Washington Post


The mayor of a tiny Russian village was running unopposed, so he nominated the city hall's cleaning lady as his opponent. She won. / The New York Times


Trump intends to fire the heads of the FBI, CIA, and the Pentagon if he wins re-election. / Axios


Just over one month after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Senate votes almost entirely along party lines to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett. / Vox


Dahlia Lithwick: This is what it feels like to live under minority rule (the powerlessness is the point). / Slate


Interviews with 11 women—including Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar, and Condoleezza Rice—about "the privileges and pressures that come with being a political 'first.'" / Harper’s Bazaar


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents a tribute to Rep. John Lewis. / The Root


Among the leading purveyors of right-wing misinformation? The obscure Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong. / The New York Times


Protesters in Nigeria want Beyoncé to be a little more like Rihanna. / BBC News


Honduras is the fiftieth country to sign an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. Not included in the 50: China, Russia, the US. / The Guardian


An excerpt from President Obama’s new memoir. / The New Yorker


Driven by strong winds, a pair of fires sweep through Los Angeles, forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. / The Los Angeles Times


During the pandemic, demand is high for appliance repair workers. The few schools that train them are booked solid. / The Washington Post


See also: Profiles of caretakers of Britain's small islands. / The New York Times


The iPhone 12 Pro is so expensive in India that you can fly to Dubai to buy it, return, and still save money. / India Today


"The pictures do not tell the full story." A mysterious 3D home tour in Kentucky is the best accidental video game of 2020. / AV Club


RIP, Jerry Jeff Walker. / The Morning News