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Tuesday, January 12 2021


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One of my colleagues was talking about how she had instructed her staff to wear just regular casual clothes in case they needed to blend in with the crowd at any point, and she herself was wearing black pants and a black turtleneck because she wanted to fit in if she needed to. And when I saw that description, I thought to myself … that’s not an option for me. That’s not an option…

That’s US House member Pramila Jayapal who broke down in the midst of an interview with The Cut—where she described her experience of the siege on the Capitol building. She offers a stark reminder that a horde of angry white people posed a far greater threat to women of colour inside.

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The Supreme Court wades into farmer standoff

The TLDR: The Court charged head-first into the government vs farmers faceoff with a vengeance—threatening to issue an immediate stay on the new farm laws, and institute a committee to resolve the stalemate. But the farmer unions said ‘Thanks, but no thanks!’, and the government challenged the court’s authority to intervene in legislative matters. Here’s a quick explainer on the latest twist in this mahabharat.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The maha-yudh vs Donald Trump
  • The vaccines are rolling out the door
  • Google cracks down on lending apps
  • Cancer cells can hibernate
  • Indian cricket has a big day


A list of curious facts

  • Did you know there is such a thing as ‘hate-wearing’ clothes?
  • Swinhoe’s softshell turtle is the most endangered turtle in the world
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