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Southern Exceptionalism

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On April 2, 2020
Here are the large counties in which there was relatively frequent travel last Friday despite the escalating pandemic: The vast majority are Southern, and all are in red states except for the two California counties that are near the bottom of the list and presumably have a disproportionate number of essential agricultural workers with long […]

Local control!

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Ron DeSantis has acted quickly…to ensure that no locality does too much to protect people living within their jurisdictions: Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order W

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MAGA all the way down

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On April 2, 2020
If you take him at face value, Brian Kemp was too busy coming up with ways to stop African-Americans from voting to learn even the most basic facts about the historic pandemic he’s responsible for protecting his citizens from: Imagine a loved one dying because your governor was too lazy to read the news any […]

Riverboat Don

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On April 2, 2020

Sometimes you just gotta roll the bones: A Trump adviser working with White House officials on messaging for the pandemic response said Trump “took a gamble” that warmer weather would caus

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Failson-in-law Jared Kushner is de facto head of the coronavirus response in between other responsibilities bringing peace to the middle ease and getting tenants evicted, which evidently explains a lot: Jared Kushner, who’s often been in competition with Trump’s chiefs of staff, continues to be the central West Wing player, leading a shadow coronavirus task force […]
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The interaction between Donald Trump’s non-existent competence and attention span and the pathologies of contemporary conservative ideology is having deadly results in state after state: Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump spent weeks in denial, snapped suddenly into taking the threat seriously, reverted to denialism, and has, for the moment, toggled back to serious concern. […]
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