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.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back:
Will your neighborhood school open on schedule in the fall? The answer should vary by location, but some headline-grabbing declarations are prolonging the uncertainty for families and students.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wilson County Schools budget needs a makeover
At one level, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision to fire the department’s inspector general tells us nothing we didn’t already know. Even before Pompeo enabled the smearing and sidelining of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch last year, he had made it clear that he would tol…
On March 24, President Donald Trump said he wanted the country and the economy “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Four and a half months into the year of the killer virus, it is disheartening to realize we are making the same mistakes in dealing with one of history’s worst pandemics that we made in 1918, 102 years ago.
“We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression.
My laboratory staff and I work to find solutions for metastatic breast cancer and chronic inflammatory disease.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
States that are reopening their economies even as cases of COVID-19 are still rising are threatening their own residents and the whole country. But they are also running into two challenges that all states will face: Employees don’t want to return to work if they fear exposure to coronavirus…
School board needs to look more closely before cutting teachers
Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his campaign and his party are moving to lay blame for the 80,000 U.S. dead at the feet of the Communist Party of China and, by extension, its longtime General Secretary, President Xi Jinping.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Editorial cartoon for May 12, 2020
Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, all the intended performers were escorted into the Oval Office, wearing their royal blue or aqua nurses’ scrubs. They were carefully and colorfully arranged in a wide telegenic semicircle behind President Donald Trump’s historic Resolute Desk.
After Pearl Harbor, FDR declared that his role of “Dr. New Deal” had been superseded, replaced by his new role, “Dr. Win the War.”
The TV was turned on to a news show and I was fooling around with something else and thought I heard the newscaster say, “Coming up next, the ‘murder hornet,’ now president in the United States for the first time.” I puzzled over it for a minute and realized she had actually said, “now prese…
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Where Barack Obama achieved notoriety for “leading from behind,” Joe Biden, these last two months, has been leading from the basement.
Sunday was World Press Freedom Day, a date set by the United Nations to celebrate freedom of the press and the defense of media from attacks on their independence.
By Michael Bloomberg and Gina McCarthy
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Editorial cartoon for April 30, 2020
Each morning during these most unusual of times, I find an inbox filled with messages from both my medical colleagues and well-informed laypeople attaching articles or links to webpages referencing the latest “breakthroughs” in the fight against the coronavirus.
Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China?
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that social distancing would probably continue through the summer.