Commentary: US economy needs to reset, not restart

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The disproportionate COVID-19-related death rates and job losses suffered by communities of color in the United States are a stark reminder of the glaring systemic inequities baked into our economy.

Getting back to "normal" will only serve to deepen these disparities. Instead, we need a top-to-bottom shift in our economy that puts the health, ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Will schools open, be more normal in the fall? Or will COVID-19 disrupt another year?

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Last week, our family gathered around the computer to watch our eldest daughter "graduate" from preschool.

It was the bittersweet and well-intended culmination of her school's effort to keep students connected after an abrupt and disappointing end to the semester.

Her teacher cried. And after my daughter realized, for perhaps the first time ...Read more

Commentary: A fight over unemployment benefits is brewing as businesses reopen. Here's what you need to know

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A complaint circulating among business owners is that they're having trouble restarting because the workers they laid off during the pandemic aren't willing to come off of unemployment.

The blame, they say, lies with the $2.2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that Congress passed in late March, which increased ...Read more

Commentary: For an accessible Supreme Court, we need to keep the livestream alive

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A lively debate is occurring about which pandemic-related emergency measures should be made permanent once things return to normal. Work from home? Online college classes? Televisits with the family doctor? Zoom cocktail parties?

My candidate: livestreaming of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, which occurred for the first time this ...Read more

Commentary: Nonprofits under siege

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These past few months have taken a serious toll on every American; especially those who recently lost their jobs and are struggling to find work, keep food on the table for their families, and do everything possible to avoid becoming sick themselves.

The coronavirus has attached its tentacles to almost every aspect of our lives and has placed ...Read more

Virginia Heffernan: Grab your sanitizer and face masks — it's Republican dirty trick season

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Grab your swimsuits, soggy face masks and social distancing yardsticks. It's beach time in a plague year!

In the intoxicating swirl of corn dogs, benzodiazepines and blank terror -- I mean fun in the sun -- don't forget to mark another great American occasion, one we get to enjoy only once every four years: Dirty Tricks Season.

That's right, ...Read more

Martin Schram: Seven days in May – quiet days speak loudly to us all

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This was the week when despairing global leaders -- with an urgency unlike anything since World War II -- looked to the modern era's Leader of the Free World hoping to find leadership, resources and maybe even an inspiring way to win our war against a rampaging pandemic.

But no. The present occupant of the office once called the free world's ...Read more

Commentary: Does Biden take black voters for granted? His latest gaffe makes it seem that way

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If Joe Biden is counting on African American votes to win the White House in November, he may want to reboot his outreach strategy.

During a radio interview Friday morning with Charlamagne tha God on the nationally syndicated, "The Breakfast Club," Biden said that "if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain'...Read more

David Zurawik: It's the chorus of survivors that matters most in Netflix docuseries on Jeffrey Epstein. Let their voices ring

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I am not a great fan of true-crime docuseries. I believe their ability to draw large audiences for premium cable and streaming services has resulted in making it harder for nonfiction filmmakers to get funding for productions dealing with less sensational, more complicated stories about such matters as growing economic disparity, racism and ...Read more

Commentary: While the US rushes to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, here's what science tells us

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If there is a silver lining to the flawed U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is this: The relatively high number of new cases being diagnosed daily -- upward of 20,000 -- will make it easier to test new vaccines.

To determine whether a vaccine prevents disease, the study's subjects need to be exposed to the pathogen as it circulates ...Read more

Editorial: 'Stand your ground' laws are lethal

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Information is still emerging about the case of Ahmaud Arbery -- the unarmed 25-year-old slain in a quiet Georgia street -- but what is known is disturbing. Two men eventually arrested in the killing told police that Arbery was running down the road, and that they thought he was a burglar and shot him in self-defense. Before state officials ...Read more

Eli Lake: Trump is right to close US skies to Russian spies

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President Donald Trump is preparing to exit his second arms-control treaty with Russia since taking the oath of office, and the opposition is already in high dudgeon. "This is insane," tweeted former CIA director Michael Hayden. "Another shortsighted Trump move to abandon a treaty that includes many close allies," tweeted Samantha Power, former ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Coronavirus inspires new conspiracy theories from 'Plandemic' to Bill Gates to Obamagate

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Another virus is infecting the world in the wake of COVID-19 and it is hitting the United States with particular virulence.

A plague of conspiracy theories is attacking scientific facts about the pandemic, and replacing them with fake theories that will undermine efforts to tame it. Social media permits such misinformation to spread online, ...Read more

Dan Rodricks: Class of 2020: Congratulations, but first an apology

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Dear class of 2020: On behalf of boomers everywhere, I want to apologize for the mess that awaits you -- the deadly coronavirus and the resulting economic crisis with massive unemployment. When you started your senior year last fall, who could have predicted this would happen?

Actually, scientists did. The U.S. military did. Our government's ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Obama, Cuomo, Trump and the virus

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They don't know what they are doing. That's what President Barack Obama said about U.S. leaders in charge of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He was giving online speeches at commencement events around the country with discomforting rhetoric, but was nicer than usual. He mentioned no names.

The suspicion is that he mostly had President ...Read more

Will Bunch: Was fired State Department IG about to blow open the defining scandal of Trump's presidency?

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There's a powerful case to be made that the coronavirus crisis -- with its mounting evidence that earlier and more aggressive U.S. intervention in March could have saved thousands of lives -- isn't the first or only time that people have died needlessly because of Donald Trump's unfitness for the presidency.

For more than two years, civilians ...Read more

Editorial: More Americans are at high risk of COVID-19 complications than you think

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In the early days of the stay-at-home orders, one of the arguments used to press for a quick and nearly full reopening of the country was that COVID-19 wasn't that dangerous. Why be so upset about the novel coronavirus, some critics asked, when flu kills more people? That talking point was squashed when, within three months of the pandemic's ...Read more

Editorial: As acting intelligence chair, Rubio can be the 'Trump whisperer' on foreign policy

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Florida's senior U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio should make the most of his talents as "Trump whisperer." He could help elevate the country's stature in the eyes of a disappointed world.

This week, Republican leaders tapped Rubio to be acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress.

His predecessor...Read more

Point: The ideas Bernie Sanders fought for are more relevant than ever

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Fight for someone you don't know. Health care is a human right. Billionaires should not exist. People over profit. Not me, us.

To Bernie Sanders, these sayings weren't just applause lines or bumper stickers. They're his life's work.

With his campaign suspended, the Vermont senator's presidential ambitions appear to have ended. Yet as a global ...Read more

Counterpoint: Americans rejected Sanders' socialist vision

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Needless to say, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to predict how historians will write about contemporary political figures. However, it sure seems that some, if not most historians, have a proclivity to rewrite history when it comes to certain leaders with whom they share common political views. Case in point, Che Guevara is almost ...Read more


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