Category: Politics

Key Official Missing in Action: North Carolina Treasurer, Sole Fiduciary of Its Pension, Has Covid-19 but State Refuses to Say More

Public officials in mission critical roles don’t have the privilege of playing the personal privacy game. Their ability to perform their duties is of critical importance to citizens in their jurisdiction. For instance, when Boris Johnson was diagnosed with Covid-19, the Government made a statement, claiming he had a mild case and would continue working […]

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Women in ICE custody plead for release amid pandemic

The women detained at the for-profit jail in the small, rural town of Jena, Louisiana, hail from all corners of Latin America. Some are asylum-seekers who fled repressive regimes. Others are lawful U.S. permanent residents who were picked up by immigration authorities after serving time in prison. Some are mothers and even grandmothers.  Right now, […]

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The looming collapse of private health insurance

The week ending on March 21 had the greatest explosion of new unemployment claims in American history, with 3.3 million people filing for benefits — surpassing the previous weekly record by a factor of nearly five. Now we have data for the week ending March 28, which more than doubled the prior week’s record. Given […]

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5 brutally funny cartoons about Trump’s TV ratings boast

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Social distancing is going to get darker

Illustrated | iStock April 3, 2020 ADVERTISEMENT Sign Up for Our free email newsletters If the sort of things that most of us are seeing on social media and in our favorite publications is any indication, life under lockdown or shelter-in-place or whatever we are now calling the unilateral suspension of civilization across roughly half […]

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The misleading certainty of the coronavirus graphic

On Thursday morning, The New York Times published a map. Using anonymous cellphone data from millions of Americans, the map showed a county-by-county breakdown of “when average distance traveled first fell below two miles” since social distancing was advised to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The conclusion felt obvious: As one Times reporter […]

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Ben Carson: Donald Trump’s ‘Courageous’ Coronavirus Response Doesn’t Get Enough Credit

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday complained to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that President Donald Trump is not receiving enough credit for being “incredibly courageous” in his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Carson, who is a member of the federal coronavirus task force, cited Trump’s February decision to stop foreign nationals who have recently […]

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Jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli has died of coronavirus

Stephen Colbert said he is, unfortunately, getting used to taping his Late Show from home, but it is the very least he can do during the COVID-19 outbreak. Also unfortunately, Republican governors in 11 states still haven’t issued stay-at-home orders, “but some Republicans are coming around,” he said, pointing to Florida’s Ron DeSantis, persuaded to […]

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Stephen Colbert interviews ‘Joe Exotic’ of Tiger King fame, chides governors undermining social distancing

Stephen Colbert said he is, unfortunately, getting used to taping his Late Show from home, but it is the very least he can do during the COVID-19 outbreak. Also unfortunately, Republican governors in 11 states still haven’t issued stay-at-home orders, “but some Republicans are coming around,” he said, pointing to Florida’s Ron DeSantis, persuaded to […]

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Program ended by Trump administration last year helped labs detect viruses that could turn into pandemics

After being turned away from ports in South America, Holland America’s Zaandam cruise ship was allowed to dock at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Thursday afternoon. Nine people on board the ship have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Holland America’s owner, Carnival Corp., said there are 45 passengers who are mildly sick, […]

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Dr. Fauci: ‘I Don’t Understand’ Why The Entire Country Isn’t Under Stay-At-Home Orders

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he doesn’t know why the United States hasn’t instituted a nationwide stay-at-home order amid the spread of COVID-19, saying the country “really should be” doing so to protect American lives. “I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci, one of the leading scientific voices behind […]

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