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How to Get Away with Murder

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In 2020 Election
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On September 20, 2020
More than 200,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. If the United States was governed by a barely competent and vaguely public-spirited administration, the country might have suffered somewhere in the range of 20,000-40,000 deaths. The president, with the able assistance of his sociopathic son in law, has already – with no end in sight – […]
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There are a variety of forces pushing the United States toward the exit for global hegemony, but none is quite so frustrating as the Trump administration’s simple abdication from exercising leadership. Trump is doing his best to get the United States out of the game of providing international public and club goods. As Stephen Wertheim […]
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Daniel McDowell, Aditi Sahasrabuddhe and Kindred Winecoff have a terrific explainer on what the Fed is doing in the face of growing global economic crisis. They focus on four points: The Fed quickly moved into crisis-fighting mode; Reaching for ‘swap lines’ suggests global financial threats; Domestic and international considerations motivate these actions; and The Fed’s […]
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The New York Times rightfully points out that the first of what I am sure are going to many stimulus/relief bills has some problems. The biggest is that the sick leave provisions are pathetic and exclude both small and large employers. Yeah, I’d say that’s a real problem. But while mentioning that the real reason […]

A Medical Katrina

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On March 13, 2020

If there’s one voice we need to hear from on COVID-19, it is that of Mike Davis, the great writer about disasters and inequality. His take is bracing. A year from now we may look back in admirat

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