A country learns about itself in a crisis, and one revelation in the coronavirus emergency is that we can't make our own penicillin.
The first patient successfully treated with the antibiotic was a woman suffering from sepsis in a Connecticut hospital in 1942. Her treatment took up half the country's supply. Yet in short order we figured out ...Read more
When President Donald Trump announced a restriction on travel from Europe in a mid-March Oval Office address, European Union officials erupted in outrage.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, issued a joint statement with the president of the European Council thundering, "The coronavirus is a global crisis, not ...Read more
On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
On Jan. 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in America lit up with praise for the epic, nay historic, ...Read more
What William McKinley was to the front-porch campaign, Joe Biden is to the basement campaign.
Sidelined and confined to his house by the dictates of coronavirus social distancing, the former vice president has been limited to intermittent appearances from a makeshift studio in his basement. They have been awkward and low-energy, but that doesn'...Read more
Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice.
The nationwide coronavirus shutdowns over the past two weeks have ground parts of the country to a halt. We have probably never before in our history seen so much economic activity vaporize so quickly -- within days or even hours. The Great Depression...Read more
A specter haunts progressive America -- the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world's coronavirus problem.
At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry "a bunch of crooks," who are telling themselves in the midst of the epidemic, "Wow, what an opportunity to make a...Read more
A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States.
Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of it magically disappearing, despite being a nationalist who has long emphasized the importance of...Read more