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American Democracy May Be Dying

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If you aren’t terrified both by Covid-19 and by its economic consequences, you haven’t been paying attention.Even though social distancing may be slowing the disease’s spread, tens of thousands more Americans will surely die in the months ahead (and official a... More »

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The Pandemic of Fear and Agony

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Dear Friends,Last week I asked you to tell me about your mental health — how you are faring in this hard time. I don’t know what I expected; maybe some jaunty stories about families pulling together in a crisis. What you sent gutted me. There have been over 5,... More »

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Trump Hates Having Too Many Voters

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So. It’s all settled. Joe Biden versus Donald Trump. We’ve got the candidates for the 2020 presidential race, people. Now all we have to do is make sure we have an election.Aren’t you a little worried about this? The huge mess in Wisconsin this week showed wha... More »

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Focus the Covid-19 Fight in Black Cities

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This is less of a newspaper column for general readers than an open letter to public health officials in America — a missive, really: Figure out if majority-black cities are suffering more than others, and if so focus a significant part of your fight against t... More »

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The Unholy Alliance of Trump and Dr. Oz

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This article is part of Frank Bruni’s free newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it every Wednesday.Of course President Trump is getting advice about the pandemic from Mehmet Oz, and of course Dr. Oz is eager to provide it. They’re a match made in rating... More »

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What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet

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In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden declared that he would nominate a woman as his vice-presidential running mate. That felt right at the time. But times have changed. Biden needs to go much, much further: At the Democratic convention he needs to name not... More »

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In the Fog of Coronavirus, There Are No Experts

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Since the election of Donald Trump, the American media has become invested in the idea that the modern information landscape is defined by a great struggle between truth and falsehood, facts and misinformation, the real news and the fake. In this drama, there ... More »

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Will We Flunk Pandemic Economics?

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Just a month ago Donald Trump was still insisting that Covid-19 was a trivial issue, comparing it to the “common flu.” And he dismissed economic concerns; after all, during flu season, “nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on.”But pandemics come at you ... More »

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Has Anyone Found Trump’s Soul? Anyone?

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Do you remember President George W. Bush’s remarks at Ground Zero in Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks? I can still hear him speaking of national grief and national pride. This was before all the awful judgment calls and fatal mistakes, and it doe... More »

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Social Distancing Is a Privilege

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People like to say that the coronavirus is no respecter of race, class or country, that the disease Covid-19 is mindless and will infect anybody it can.In theory, that is true. But, in practice, in the real world, this virus behaves like others, screeching lik... More »

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The Road to Semi-Normal

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There will be three stages to the coronavirus era. The stage we’re in now is the period of emergency, when stores are shuttered, church services suspended, even playgrounds closed. The stage we aspire to reach, the stage with reliable treatments and ready vacc... More »

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What’s Next in the War on Covid-19?

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In the world war against the coronavirus, there’s both very good news and very bad news.To understand what lies ahead, epidemiologists study the places battered first. Here are lessons from the front lines:First, we have a toolbox that works. Even for countrie... More »

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