Reporter @ProPublica. FULFILLMENT: Winning and Losing in One-Click America. Fall 2021 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. alec.macgillis@propublica.org

Baltimore via Pittsfield, Mass
Joined December 2011
Here we are: publication day for FULFILLMENT: Winning & Losing in One-Click America. I've been working on the book for 3 yrs, but it stretches much further back. It grew out of years of reporting across the country and being overwhelmed by the regional disparities on display.🧵
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22.8 million people in Afghanistan—many of them children—facing starvation At some point, it becomes reasonable to wonder whether global public health is too monomaniacally focused on one problem Let’s worry about this as much as we worry about Omicron. nytimes.com/2021/12/04/world…
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Your weekend @PKCapitol: The citadel of democracy is now more like a citadel - only the privileged enter. 21 months after pandemic started, 11 months after attack, public still not welcome in Capitol. Even as Kennedy Center, other venues reopen safely. washingtonpost.com/powerpost…
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Freddy Grey happened in 2015 and the patrol deterrent effectively quit in protest over the Mosby indictments. And a shit SAO office had already halved the number of murder prosecutions, gutting that essential deterrent. Don’t bring your weakass, non-causation shit into my house.
Replying to @AoDespair
In MD you are required to get a handgun qualification license to purchase or handle a handgun. This was passed as part of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. Murders started increasing in Baltimore in 2014 and the bottom dropped out of public order in 2015. Can't license a right.
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I think sometimes the Great Resignation can be conflated with the burnout crisis. But if you juxtapose the BLS and Gallup data, the big quit is concentrated among lower-wage service work and the burnout crisis is disproportionately white-collar professionals.
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Just met with a prospective babysitter, and was once again reminded of how much has been stolen from young people. If you don't regularly interact with anyone <25, It would be easy to forget how much they've lost.
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“The relatively low number of COVID-19 pneumonia hospitalizations in the general, high care and ICU wards constitutes a very different picture compared to the beginning of previous waves.” More data needed, but this is encouraging.
A more sanguine perspective from Gauteng, the epicenter of Omicron samrc.ac.za/news/tshwane-dis… by @MRCza @fareedabdullah0 via @PeterHotez
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Current state of the pandemic and the latest science: my 5 year old son’s winter concert had to be held outdoors in 37 degree weather while masked of course. We are so far beyond parody at this point that I’m left speechless.
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Actual hell
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I’m semi-shocked the WaPo ran this quote We’re 10 months into this admin & this is the 3rd round of beltway exposes really cutting into Harris Idk if this reflects Biden-world trying to scapegoat her or putting landmines around the idea of her top of ticket ‘24...? But yikes
Replying to @jameshohmann
One former Kamala Harris staffer puts it this way: “With Kamala, you have to put up with a constant amount of soul-destroying criticism and also her own lack of confidence. So you’re constantly sort of propping up a bully and it’s not really clear why.”
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I’m trying to imagine the reaction if Rep Omar did this on Eid
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Staffers who have worked for Kamala Harris say one of her consistent problems is that she refuses to wade into briefing materials prepared by staff members, then berates employees when she appears unprepared because she wouldn’t do the necessary prep work. washingtonpost.com/politics/…
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One of the frustrations in writing about politics is that the explanation for America’s political dysfunction is rather straightforward — a constitutional structure weighted against progress — but that answer is so unsatisfying there’s a constant search for a deeper explanation
Beutler's post also makes me wish we had better political reporting on why things are stuck as they are. Thus far, the only explanations for the Dems' behavior are corporate money, the black box that is Manchinema, and lack of will. None of which are particularly clarifying.
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It's more complicated than that. @ericuman & I found that the FDA has absolutely been sitting on useful rapid tests, and deterring others from even applying. But EU/UK govts spent billions to make tests free, so of COURSE the ones for sale are cheaper. propublica.org/article/heres…
Once again, the problem is that tests are $23 at the store in the U.S. instead of $1 at the store like they are in Europe because in America the FDA blocked firms who wanted to sell better cheaper tests from doing so. This is a competition problem.
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Truly one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed in a long time. A Congressman, in a bid to overturn Roe V Wade and deny American women reproductive rights. Publicly referred to them as “Earthen vessels, sanctified by Almighty God.” Give me strength.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn
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Why I have absolutely zero sympathy when people complain about the aesthetics of flex posts. They’re literally saving people’s lives on a daily basis.
If the hood is too tall on your truck to see a 6 foot tall man in a crosswalk, it shouldn't be allowed on the road. A week ago this intersection would have allowed the truck to turn at 4x this speed, and this man would be dead instead of walking away unharmed.
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Valiant effort being made by a vast field of solar panels south of Fulda. Meanwhile, here's how green Germany is making its electricity on this typical December day.
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It's official. UAW members have won the right to directly elect their top officers. Now it's up to the members -- not a single ruling clique riddled with corruption -- to decide the future of one of the country's most iconic unions.
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