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America Drank Away Its Children’s Future

America Drank Away Its Children’s Future 1 America Drank Away Its Children’s Future
A brief history of the past four months in America:Experts: Don’t rush to reopen, this isn’t over.Donald Trump: LIBERATE!Covid-19: Wheee!Trump officials: Here’s our opposition research on Anthony Fauci.And we’re now faced with an agonizing choice: Do we reopen schools, creating risks of a further viral explosion, or...Read More

The Deadly Delusions of Mad King Donald

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling more and more as if we’re all trapped on the Titanic — except that this time around the captain is a madman who insists on steering straight for the iceberg. And his crew is too cowardly to contradict him,...Read More

How America Lost the War on Covid-19

How America Lost the War on Covid-19 3 How America Lost the War on Covid-19
When did America start losing its war against the coronavirus? How did we find ourselves international pariahs, not even allowed to travel to Europe?I’d suggest that the turning point was way back on April 17, the day that Donald Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” followed by “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”...Read More

Trump’s Virus Is Spreading, and His Economy Is Stalling

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Just over two weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by Vice President Mike Pence titled “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave.’” The article was supposed to reassure the nation.What it provided, instead, was a clear illustration of the delusions and magical thinking that...Read More

World War C

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Thinking about the course of the Covid-19 pandemic in America, I found myself remembering Sam Smith’s history of the march to war in Iraq, told entirely in official lies. So here’s a modest attempt to do the same for the coronavirus, with statements from officials and right-wing...Read More

Obamacare Versus the G.O.P. Zombies

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Covid-19 cases are surging in states that took Donald Trump’s advice and reopened for business too soon. This new surge — is it OK now to call it a second wave? — is, on average, hitting people younger than the initial surge in the Northeast did. Perhaps...Read More

America Didn’t Give Up on Covid-19. Republicans Did.

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Earlier this year much of America went through hell as the nation struggled to deal with Covid-19. More than 120,000 Americans have now died; more than 20 million have lost their jobs.But it’s looking as if all those sacrifices were in vain. We never really got the...Read More

A Plague of Willful Ignorance

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In the early 20th century the American South was ravaged by pellagra, a nasty disease that produced the “four Ds” — dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and death. At first, pellagra’s nature was uncertain, but by 1915 Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a Hungarian immigrant employed by the federal government, had...Read More

Tulsa and the Many Sins of Racism

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When Trump campaign officials scheduled a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, they sent what looked like a signal of approval to white supremacists. For June 19 is Juneteenth, a day celebrated by African-Americans to mark the end of slavery. And Tulsa was the site of...Read More

Market Madness in the Pandemic

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After all these years, Hertz is No. 1 again. Not in market share: The car-rental company is a distant second to Enterprise. But Hertz has become Exhibit #1 of the madness that has been sweeping the stock market in these times of Covid-19 — a madness that...Read More