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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.

Saturday, May 23, 2020
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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:

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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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…

Saturday, May 16, 2020
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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.

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“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.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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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…

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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
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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.

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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
Thursday, April 30, 2020
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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.

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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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020