2020 Mar 21 - 7:24am
The post Health Care Workers and COVID 19 appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
Tags: coronavirus, Health Care
2020 Mar 21 - 4:08am
At The Nation, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian has a provocative piece that imagines how future historians may come to write the story of the Covid-19 pandemic. The speculative history takes the form of a “best-case” scenario that serves as both a challenge and a salve, an inspirational fantasy to help balance out the more easily imagined dystopias with a tantalizing vision of a civilization transformed. In Abrahamian’s telling, every aspect of society...
Tags: coronavirus, pandemic
2020 Mar 21 - 3:43am
Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions. As the head of the intelligence committee, Burr, a North Carolina Republican, has access to the government’s most highly...
Tags: coronavirus, Richard Burr, Stock Market, US Congress, US Senate
2020 Mar 21 - 12:05am
The post Social Distancing USA appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
Tags: coronavirus, United States
2020 Mar 20 - 12:52pm
There is no dearth of examples suggesting that President Donald Trump lives in an alternate reality. But his belief that the coronavirus “came out of nowhere” and “blindsided the world”—even though public health experts had been warning about the next pandemic for years—may be the reason why the United States is so unprepared to deal with the crisis. In 2018, he weakened the country’s ability to respond to pandemics when he decided to dismantle...
Tags: articles, coronavirus, donald trump, US Elections
2020 Mar 20 - 6:32am
The specter of plague haunts our world, and it brings with it not only the ghouls of disease and death but vast economic and social uncertainty of a sort only the most elderly among us remembers (the Great Depression and World War II). My father is 90 and when I called him a child of the depression once, he pointed out to me that as someone born in 1929, he really didn’t come to political consciousness until the Depression had ended. He was too...
Tags: articles, coronavirus, mental health, wellbeing
2020 Mar 20 - 5:56am
On Tuesday, I cast a joyless vote for the very much politically doomed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Illinois primary, in an elementary school where hushed whispers and fearful glances had replaced the normal din of an election day. There was no one standing just outside the perimeter hustling me to vote for this or that candidate. There were no throngs of voters with whom to share that elusory joy in exercising your basic democratic rights...
Tags: Bernie Sanders, Health Care, US Elections, US Health Care, US Senate
2020 Mar 20 - 3:17am
Republican senators on Wednesday teamed up to kill an amendment introduced by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray that would have expanded paid sick leave to millions of U.S. workers left out of a bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Every Republican present for the vote, 51 in total, voted against the amendment while every Senate Democrat voted in favor. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) were the only senators who did not vote on...
Tags: coronavirus, US Senate
2020 Mar 20 - 1:00am
The post Quarantine Bridge appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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2020 Mar 20 - 12:12am
As the novel coronavirus spreads through the U.S. during presidential primaries, election and government officials are scrambling to figure out how to allow voters to cast their ballots safely ― or postpone primaries altogether. Managing in-person voting during an unprecedented pandemic has forced authorities to overcome new virus-related hurdles: providing sufficient cleaning supplies to polling places, moving polling places out of nursing...
Tags: articles, coronavirus, Interview, US Elections
2020 Mar 19 - 10:10pm
While the world is consumed with the terrifying coronavirus pandemic, on March 19 the Trump administration will be marking the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by ramping up the conflict there. After an Iran-aligned militia allegedly struck a U.S. base near Baghdad on March 11, the U.S. military carried out retaliatory strikes against five of the militia’s weapons factories and announced it is sending two more aircraft carriers to...
Tags: articles, Iraq, iraq us war, iraq war, Military, us invasion
2020 Mar 19 - 7:00pm
There is nothing like a global pandemic to unleash the forces of racism in society. In the United States, with a virulently racist administration already in power before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we might not even notice the offensive rhetoric and policy emanating from President Donald Trump, given how much he has normalized xenophobia. But it bears identifying, for if ever there was a need for solidarity among Americans, it is now.  For a...
Tags: Columns, coronavirus, donald trump, Racism