Even if Trump were the kind of guy who could learn from his mistakes, it’s too late.
Republicans have sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others.
Doing what was necessary to bring the coronavirus under control would have been annoying, but entirely feasible.
Trump has, with his words and actions — notably his refusal to wear a mask — encouraged and empowered America’s anti-rational streak.
The Trump team sees stock prices as the ultimate measure of policy success.
A bit of good news is all too likely to encourage the usual suspects to end that life support too soon, with dire effects just a few months from now.
Weigh carefully the costs of deaths and illness against economic benefits of reopening.
Everybody makes mistakes, and nobody likes admitting having been wrong. But facing up to past mistakes is a crucial aspect of leadership.
Virus denial could backfire badly on Republicans in a matter of months.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on workers. The economy has plunged so quickly that official statistics can’t keep up, but the available data suggest that tens of millions of Americans ha...
COVID-19 has killed tens of thousands of Americans, and will clearly kill many more. The lockdown needed to contain the coronavirus is causing an economic slump several times as deep as the Great...
One thing the coronavirus has thrown into sharp relief is the centrality of quackery — confident pronouncements on technical subjects by people who have no idea what they’re talking about —...
What just happened in Wisconsin scares me more than either disease or depression.
Just a month ago President Donald Trump was still insisting that COVID-19 was a trivial issue, comparing it to the “common flu.” And he dismissed economic concerns; after all, during flu seas...
The economic contraction we’re experiencing is the fastest on record, by a large margin; we’ve probably lost as many jobs over the past two weeks as we did in the whole of the Great Recession...
Decades of science denial on multiple fronts set the stage for the virus denial that paralyzed U.S. policy during the crucial early weeks of the current pandemic.
Sanders, however, despite his last-minute attempts to link himself to Obama, is committed to a strategy of maximalism, without compromise.
It’s just the latest battle in a long-running war on truth, on the very idea that there exists an inconvenient objective reality.
Maybe Trump — and America — will be lucky, and this won’t be as bad as it might be. But anyone feeling confident right now isn’t paying attention.
What’s driving the U.S. economy now is the very deficit spending Republicans pretended to be horrified by during the Obama years.