Author: Scott Lemieux

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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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Social Distancing Works

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On March 30, 2020
It takes time, and it’s hard, and it need to be sustained for a significant period, but it’s effective: The Seattle area, home of the first known coronavirus case in the United States and the place where the virus claimed 37 of its first 50 victims, is now seeing evidence that strict containment strategies, imposed […]
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Denialism as an ethos

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On March 28, 2020
Krugman is worth reading on why COVID-19 denial has dominated the Republican Party even though it’s not even in the self-interest of the party’s most powerful forces. (As Justin Wolfers puts it, the problem with framing the question as “the economy” vs. “aggressive containment measures” is that “Without faith that you aren’t going to die […]

The Broadband Gap

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On March 28, 2020

This is one of the important points raised in an excellent article about how the shutdown affects people of different classes very differently: In March, the federal government broadened its coverage

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