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The travel ban that wasn't

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Now that President Donald Trump has surrendered the United States to the coronavirus -- without much available testing, except for himself and his White House cronies -- the toll of illness and death is sure to explode. As America counts the cost of their horrific incompetence, in the midst of his reelection campaign, the president will trumpet ...Read more

Bless their hearts

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Nothing angers Andrew Cuomo more than the notion that taxpayers in "red states" should resent or resist assistance for "blue states" struggling against the coronavirus. Hearing that message from Senate Republicans provoked the Democratic New York governor to remind the nation several times of the gross disparity between what his state remits to ...Read more

There is nobody else to blame

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When he isn't watching Fox News or tweeting insults at his perceived enemies, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time hunting scapegoats. Always preoccupied with escaping responsibility, Trump's lifelong delinquency is suddenly a matter of life and death, as coronavirus claims thousands of American lives on his presidential watch. And as it ...Read more

Correcting Trump's lies in real tme

From the Left / Joe Conason /

For weeks now, the nation's broadcasters have faced a moral dilemma every time President Donald Trump mounts the White House podium to deliver his "coronavirus briefing." While ordinary journalistic standards compel coverage of any president's remarks -- especially during a national crisis -- this president's relentless utterance of falsehoods, ...Read more

We need a 9/11 commission to probe coronavirus

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Americans are now living -- and many, many are dying -- with the consequences of a truly historic governmental failure. The administration of President Donald Trump, which bears all the responsibility it is trying to escape, has collapsed in the face of a global pandemic that scientists have long warned would someday arrive. Now it is here, ...Read more

The virtues of Andrew Cuomo

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Every day, as the novel coronavirus spreads lethally across the nation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is conducting a televised master class in government that has drawn a wide and admiring audience. Lauded for his elevated and candid leadership, he is underlining the absence of any such qualities in the president of the United States right when ...Read more

Trump fails. Biden steps up

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Is Joe Biden president yet?

Biden certainly sounded like the commander in chief on Thursday morning when he addressed the pandemic crisis in a sobering televised speech. Calmly yet firmly, he called the American people to action, proposed a substantive and detailed plan to mitigate the new coronavirus outbreak, and promised to protect the ...Read more

What a sane government would do

From the Left / Joe Conason /

As the new coronavirus casts a frightening shadow across the nation and the world, it is glaringly obvious how poorly prepared we are for the pandemic -- despite many warnings we should have heeded over the past two decades. Perhaps we will again escape without catastrophic consequences, although that is by no means certain.

If we do, it will ...Read more


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