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<em>The Atlantic</em><em> Daily</em>: A Playlist for Partying Alone

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When the coronavirus rolled in, our culture’s many, many songs about hitting the town and hooking up started to seem infected, rather than just infectiously catchy. Others, though, became weirdly relevant. Pop has a long tradition of celebrating solitude—though mostly in the context of breakups, not pandemics. Whatever the circumstance for the listener’s aloneness, a song with empowering lyrics, thumping rhythms, and an occasional willingness to embrace what snobs might call “cheesy” can help spark a one-person (or one-household) dance party.

Below are some choice cuts sung by independent women—women just do these songs better—to help you thrive and not just survive this long weekend. Follow along on Spotify here.

A Playlist for Partying Alone

DUA LIPA, “DON’T START NOW”

While other pop stars postponed their album releases because of the pandemic, this Grammys Best New Artist winner dropped hers early. Smart call: Her lyrics designating when and when not to make romantic contact now sound like sexy social-distancing guidelines.

ROBYN, “DANCING ON MY OWN”

This is the modern masterpiece about dancing stag, with heavy seasonings of sadness sharpening the sweet.

GLORIA GAYNOR, “I WILL SURVIVE”

Pop’s other declarations of independence are largely indebted to this disco novella, but the original never gets old …

DESTINY’S CHILD, “SURVIVOR”

… and neither does Gaynor’s 2000s pop-R&B godchild, which makes the listener feel as though they’ve sold 9 million albums.

STEVIE NICKS, “STAND BACK”

Groove to Nicks’s slurry vocals and Prince’s glinting keyboards while outside the grocery store, standing in a li-i-ine.

ARI LENNOX, “NEW APARTMENT”

This is a hilariously specific slow jam about the joys of having one’s own space. Maybe skip the spoken outro in which some brutal truth breaks the reverie.

GARBAGE, “ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS”

The ’90s made it okay to admit to cherishing our bad moods, and in 2020, we’ve rarely needed that freedom more.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “SOLO”

Hot off this coy bubblegum wizard’s new album comes some sing-along therapy for nights spent alone.

JILL SCOTT, “ONE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER”

Slow down to take in Scott’s solitude-vindicating math, which might be more arithmetically sound than the calculations being performed at the CDC.

COURTNEY BARNETT, “NOBODY REALLY CARES IF YOU DON’T GO TO THE PARTY”

Hey, indie-rock homebodies, your manifestos aren’t bummers anymore! As Barnett jauntily lists the pros and cons of socializing, you might start to appreciate the lack of FOMO-related dilemmas these days.

CHER, “SONG FOR THE LONELY”

Yes, this capital-A Anthem sounds best when blasted from a Pride float, but Cher wrote it to give listeners experiencing isolation of any kind a personal parade on demand.

DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES, “SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER”

Okay, now it’s time to pine for human contact. Note that Ross’s pining treats the thought of reunion as a when, not an if: an important distinction in dark times.

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There are just six states that Cook currently rates as true toss-ups (plus Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District; Nebraska is one of two states that assigns Electoral College votes to individual House districts). Trump won all these toss-up states in 2016: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina. The Midwestern trifecta of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin is an area where Democrats historically had solidly won presidential elections from the early 1990s, until Trump came along. Of the three, election forecasters believe Michigan and Pennsylvania are likelier to go blue in 2020 than Wisconsin. Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto/Getty Images Biden supporters and campaign staffers cheer after a campaign event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 10. The RealClearPolitics average of head-to-head state polls shows Biden up 6.5 percent in Pennsylvania, 5.5 percent in Michigan, and a smaller 2.7 percent lead in Wisconsin. (In the rapidly diversifyingSun Belt states, Biden has a 4 percent lead in Arizona, a 3.3 percent lead in Florida, and Trump has a 1 percent lead in North Carolina.) Biden winning the three Rust Belt states will take a combination of strong African American turnout in cities like Philadelphia and Detroit, suburban voters, and working-class white voters where Democrats can get them. While Biden is strong with African Americans overall, Trump’s campaign is doing outreach that could cut into that lead. “We should take the Trump efforts with black men and younger black men seriously,” said Addisu Demissie, former campaign manager for Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential run. “When you’re talking about margins in the tens of thousands in some of these states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida, that could be the difference. On the margins, any constituency matters.” Polls so far show Trump still has a pretty strong hold on working-class white men nationwide, which he won by nearly 50 points in 2017. This is the core of Trump’s base, and they have largely remained loyal. Still, there is the potential for some movement among white non-college-educated women, who Trump carried by 27 points in 2016. “There seems to be a bit more movement, you can peel a few more of them off,” said Monmouth University Polling Director Patrick Murray, adding that Biden is “certainly going to lose men in that group by a huge margin.” Winning back working-class areas with Democratic roots and a heavy union presence in 2020 “isn’t rocket science,” said Rep. Conor Lamb, the Pennsylvania Democrat whose long-shot win in a 2018 House special election in western Pennsylvania was a sign of life for the party there. “You can win a lot of votes in these areas, but you’ve got to fight for them.” “We should take the Trump efforts with black men and younger black men seriously” When Lamb was first running in the special election, he met plenty of voters who felt left behind by the Democratic Party. “They just kind of felt ignored in a general sense,” Lamb told Vox. Although Clinton had poured resources into Pennsylvania, voters in rural areas outside of Pittsburgh where steel and coal-mining jobs were disappearing didn’t feel it. Many voted for Trump. This year, Lamb said his constituents aren’t interested in hearing Democrats bash Trump as much as they are in issues that hit their pocketbooks, like the cost of prescription drugs, support for Medicare and Social Security, and well-paying jobs in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. Ties to organized labor in Pennsylvania and Michigan are still strong; less so in Wisconsin after state Republicans there passed a bill to gut unions. “One of my messages to the Biden campaign has been and will be, it’s important to talk about who we are, what we are for, without mentioning the president,” Lamb said. “People want to know, ‘what are you going to do for me.’” Rep. Haley Stevens, a moderate Democrat elected to Michigan’s heavily suburban 11th Congressional District outside Detroit, similarly said voters in her communities are tired of the constant partisan bickering in Washington, DC. It also happens the district had the 10th highest turnout in 2018, nationwide. It could see even greater turnout this year. “We have a lot of people very eager to see the drama stop and see DC get to work for them,” Stevens said. Biden needs to win over retirees to win Florida, the retiree state The southern coastal swing state is key to any candidate’s victory on election night. It was crucial to Trump’s Electoral College win in 2016, when the Republican candidate over-performed Mitt Romney in white and rural exurban counties. Clinton did well in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but Trump’s performance in the corridor along Interstate 4, around Tampa and St. Petersburg, was too much for Democrats to overcome. They don’t want to make the same mistake twice. Biden is currently leading Florida by 3.3 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. That’s causing some politicos who had written Florida off as a solid Trump win to rethink its competitiveness. If history is any indicator, the election there could be very tight; the last two presidential elections in the state were decided by less than a point. “I’ve never understood why people didn’t think Florida was going to be in play,” said Florida Democratic strategist Steve Schale, Obama’s Florida state director in 2008. 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A Presidential Pardon by Other Means
There was an easy way for President Trump to make the case against Michael Flynn go away.The Constitution gives the president “Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States,” and Trump hasn’t been shy about using the power in flamboyant ways. The man who pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio while the criminal case against the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff was still pending clearly has no compunction about cutting a criminal case short using the power. The man who has dangled the possibility of pardons in cases arising out of the Russia investigation, including Flynn’s, doesn’t have scruples either about using it in matters which involve him directly. And Trump has made clear on numerous occasions that, at least in his view, Flynn deserves clemency; he has described him repeatedly as a good man destroyed by an investigation aimed at bringing down Trump himself.[David A. Graham: Why Michael Flynn is walking free]A pardon would have been simple, wholly and unambiguously within Trump’s authority, and decisive, ending the case with a stroke of the presidential pen.But Trump did not pardon Flynn. Instead, the president—or, rather, his attorney general—took a different approach. The Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr, made an unusual request to the judge hearing Flynn’s case: The department sought to drop the prosecution, wiping away Flynn’s guilty plea. There has been no indication that Trump himself had any direct involvement in the decision, but he clearly approves of it. “Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA,” he tweeted after it was announced. “Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come! Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!”The move has been, to put it mildly, controversial. There are plenty of good-faith critiques made by civil libertarians and defense attorneys about the federal government’s approach to criminal investigations and plea bargains. Those critiques do precious little to explain the Justice Department’s decision regarding Flynn. For one thing, the government’s brief requesting that the judge dismiss the case is laughably shoddy on almost every level. For another, it’s far from clear that there is any precedent for the federal government dropping a case against a defendant who has pleaded guilty without the government admitting to any violation of the defendant’s rights or newly discovered evidence of innocence.The question is why Trump went this route, which has so far bought the department not a quick dismissal but a continuing headache. Rather than simply grant the government’s motion to dismiss, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan instead tapped another retired judge to present the case against dropping the prosecution—essentially requesting him to make the arguments that the Justice Department isn’t bothering to present. In response, Flynn’s legal team turned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, demanding that the appeals court order Sullivan to grant the government’s motion to dismiss. The appeals court has now asked the judge to explain his reluctance to scotch Flynn’s case, and invited the Justice Department to weigh in as well. Sullivan has retained counsel to represent him before the appeals court. And meanwhile, the prosecution remains on the books. Why buy all this trouble when a pardon was so easy?[Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: What Judge Sullivan should do]We will not know the answer to this question unless and until the Trump White House papers become public. But Trump has clearly been quicker to threaten the use of pardons in cases that involve him directly than he has actually been to issue them. The reason, we suspect, is that the pardon—while an exceptionally powerful instrument—is imperfectly sculpted for the particular corrupt purpose that Trump is engaged in with respect to the Russia cases.For one thing, the pardon makes the president personally accountable for the outcome. It quite literally takes place as a result of Trump’s personal signature. What’s more, pardoning Flynn does not really clear him of wrongdoing but, rather, overrules the judgment of his guilt by presidential fiat; the power of clemency, as Alexander Hamilton described it, is designed to serve as a granting of “exceptions” to the law, not a shaping of the law itself. As such, it does not validate any of Trump’s conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation: that the FBI was out to get Flynn from the beginning, that Flynn was railroaded as part of a deep state plot to bring down Trump. A pardon merely relieves Flynn of the consequences of his criminality.By contrast, the Justice Department’s move to drop the prosecution—despite the legal mess it has created in the short term—has certain advantages. For one thing, the president’s hands are not on the matter. He can claim, perhaps even truthfully, that he left the whole thing to Barr and that dropping the case was Barr’s call based on the supposed outrageousness of the investigation that led to it. Leave aside, for a moment, that anyone who read any of the president’s tweets or heard any of his rally speeches has heard him calling for this action. This is not merely a king’s plaintive pining for someone to rid him of a meddlesome priest. This is a king giving speech after speech and tweeting multiple times a day that the priest needs to be killed—and just in case that isn’t clear enough, emphasizing in each speech that by killed he means dead. But that said, it’s perfectly possible that Trump never had a conversation with Barr in which he told him specifically how he wanted the case handled. Barr may well be able to say, quite honestly, that he’s never discussed the matter with the president—that this was his decision, not Trump’s.In other words, doing it this way makes the outcome a product of the criminal-justice system, not an overruling of it. It makes it a reconsideration of the Flynn case by the apparatus of justice itself, not a jettisoning of the apparatus through the granting of “exceptions.”And critically, that apparatus includes the courts. The case, after all, cannot be dismissed without the “leave of court.” And Sullivan’s insistence on hearing the matter briefed before granting his leave has triggered early recourse to the court of appeals. The result is that while Trump’s fingerprints on the matter are smudged, the dismissal of the Flynn case—if and when it comes—will have clear fingerprints of at least one, and maybe several, federal judges.[Peter M. Shane: Flynn’s new argument is constitutional nonsense]The cost of dispatching with Flynn’s case this way are high. However odious a pardon of Flynn would have been—and it would have been odious—the pardon power was designed, in part, to be a political tool. Hamilton suggested that a president might dispense mercy for utilitarian goals like “restor[ing] the tranquillity of the commonwealth” after an insurgency. To achieve the same result without using the pardon power, by contrast, the Trump administration has had to corrupt the justice system—which has political elements, to be sure, but is supposed also to administer justice impartially. It has had to misdescribe its own investigation. It has had to misdescribe the law. And it has had to whitewash the defendant’s conduct. And if the Justice Department now gets its way, the courts will, however reluctantly, have to give their imprimatur—their “leave,” in the language of the relevant rule—to Flynn’s good fortune.There is something to be said for Sullivan’s refusal to snap to attention and play his assigned part in this charade. Yes, he may be forced to by higher judicial authority. And yes, he is testing the limits of his own power as a judge to supervise the inherently executive function of deciding whom to prosecute. But it was not Sullivan who invoked his jurisdiction here. It was the executive branch. And it was not Sullivan who wrote a rule that says the executive branch needs his permission before turning on a dime and dismissing a case against a man who has pleaded guilty and admitted the relevant facts before the judge’s own eyes in response to his own questions.It is not a crazy thing for a judge to take his time and hear some opposing arguments before acceding to a Justice Department brief that turns both the facts of the case and the law on their heads. And it is not a crazy thing for a judge to resist the Justice Department’s turning him into an instrument of a presidential pardon by other means.
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The world sacrificed its elderly in the race to protect hospitals. The result was a catastrophe in nursing homes
Three months ago, as the novel coronavirus began to gain a foothold in countries across Europe, officials in the UK said they were still confident that the risk to the British public remained low.
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China's 'Bat Woman' from Wuhan Institute of Virology Says Known Viruses 'Just the Tip of the Iceberg' in Threat Humans Face
Shi Zhengli said scientists around the world must collaborate to defeat germs like the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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newsweek.com
Grimes says she and Elon Musk changed baby's name
"Did you change the baby name because of Californian laws ? What is the baby's new name?" a fan wrote, prompting a reply from Grimes.
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cbsnews.com
NBA Doesn't Want to Be 'Taking Tests Away From Citizens Who Need It,' Says Dallas Owner Mark Cuban
Over half of the NBA franchises have returned to training and the season is expected to resume at some point in late July.
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newsweek.com
Trump and friends: Where European countries come down on Huawei
Deadline to beef up 5G security rules shows which capitals tally with US administration on Chinese gear.
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politico.com
Op-Ed: Distance learning? Even my students will tell you that's not the future
Magic happens in a physical classroom, not through online platforms popularized during the coronavirus quarantine.
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latimes.com
The Story of Two Uncles From Mexico
A family is fighting to have their relatives buried in their home country. With the pandemic, that has become an almost impossible task.
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nytimes.com
Judicial machine chugs along in Senate amid coronavirus pandemic
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's focus on nominees during the coronavirus crisis has rankled his Democratic colleagues.
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cbsnews.com
‘What we’re building can’t be taken away,’ Stephen Smith says of his run for West Virginia governor
"Never in American history, certainly not in West Virginia history, has a politician been the answer."
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washingtonpost.com
Op-Ed: Why democracies do better at surviving pandemics
In the coronvirus crisis, authoritarian governments have shown the brittleness of their power while democracies have revealed their innate resilience.
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latimes.com
Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s biggest star. She has no idea why.
She's amassed more than 56 million followers, danced with J Lo and helped out Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine — all while finishing sophomore year of high school.
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washingtonpost.com
Letters to the Editor: Why it's reasonable for liquor stores but not churches to be deemed 'essential'
Hundreds of people gather at the same time in a church, allowing the coronavirus to spread easily. The same isn't true for liquor stores.
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: How rejecting the SAT and ACT injects more bias into UC's application process
If the UC system is going to introduce its own test, how does that help students who want to apply to UC and non-UC schools?
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Opening schools is reckless without a plan to handle a surge in Kawasaki-like disease cases
A physician warns that pediatric ICU capacity needs to be expanded significantly before schools can reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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latimes.com
Dr. Rashid Chotani: Coronavirus vaccine at warp speed – Will it be ready in 2020?
President Trump's Operation Warp Speed aims to have a completed vaccine for the novel coronavirus by the end of 2020. 
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foxnews.com
Editorial: 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. As a nation, it's time to mourn and honor them
100,000 might be just a number, but it's a staggering amount of loss. America needs to find some way to mourn the dead, even as the pandemic still rages.
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latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Not all local leaders can be trusted to reopen responsibly. Look at Orange County
A resident of Orange County worries that giving local authorities more say in lifting coronavirus restrictions puts lives at risk.
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latimes.com