Tonight’s news dump felt different to me, as if Trump has realized that he is in trouble in the upcoming election, and rather than trying to court the independent voters he needs to win reelection honestly, is focusing instead on doing all he can to protect himself from indictments and to charge up his base. First, though, while there is much political news, the biggest story remains the coronavirus. Today the US had more than 68,000 ...
- July 8, 2020
For months, dubious reports have circulated about “COVID-19 parties” where attendees ante into a pot and the winner is the first person to contract the virus. So far, reliable evidence of such events is scant — with one big exception. Trump is holding COVID-19 parties in plain sight. The participants are betting their health and that of innocent victims. But only Trump can win the pot.
- July 7, 2020
It is becoming clearer that there are currently two different versions of America. The White House and Trump supporters are trying to pretend that the world Trump continually tweets about is real, while the rest of the country is proving that reality doesn’t much care about the fictions Trump is peddling.
- July 7, 2020
Only after the work of covering the disaster is done will news outlets perhaps take a moment to examine why all this is happening—why these disasters are occurring, again and again, all over the world, with increased frequency and ferocity.
- July 1, 2020
Friday's White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing was filled with wildly false claims about the administration’s supposed success in dealing with COVID-19. With only about 4% of the world’s population, America accounts for more than 25% of worldwide COVID-19 infections and deaths.