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(07/08/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: August 7, 2020: On Deadline

COVID-19 Update: August 7, 2020: On Deadline

The self-imposed deadline for an agreement on the pandemic stimulus bill arrives, and it looks like Congress will have to cool its heels in DC, because the parties remain far apart. The economy shows more troubling signs. And the ...More

(06/08/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, August 6, 2020: Behind Closed Doors

COVID-19 Update, August 6, 2020: Behind Closed Doors

Congressional negotiations over the stimulus bill continue, but progress is elusive, and nobody seems to know what is happening in the room with Mark Meadows, Steven Mnuchin, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. A Friday deadline looms, and ...More

(05/08/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, August 5, 2020: Waiting for Stimulus

COVID-19 Update, August 5, 2020: Waiting for Stimulus

Negotiations continue for a stimulus bill; we hear that progress if being made, if slowly, with enhanced unemployment as the biggest bone of contention. Meanwhile, infections rise up in some places and decline in others, deaths continue ...More

(04/08/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, August 4, 2020: Holding Patterns

COVID-19 Update, August 4, 2020: Holding Patterns

There's no agreement on a stimulus bill. Schools are reopening -- bumpily at best -- or they aren't but the president insists they must. And, in a shocking interview, he reveals how little he understands about the pandemic. Today, real ...More

(03/08/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: August 3, 2020: The Comeback

COVID-19 Update: August 3, 2020: The Comeback

Despite faint rays of hope, the pandemic rages through the US and elsewhere. Here, the government seems paralyzed as hopes are pinned on the development of the vaccine in the foreseeable future. Congressional negotiations for new ...More

(31/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 31, 2020: Take Action Now, Part II

COVID-19 Update: July 31, 2020: Take Action Now, Part II

It's time to act again. As you know, negotiations are stalled on the new COVID-19 relief bill and the clock has run out on current unemployment benefits. Congress has adjourned for a long weekend, and there is considerable infighting on ...More

(30/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 30, 2020: Songs for the New Depression

COVID-19 Update: July 30, 2020: Songs for the New Depression

The title of an old Bette Midler album comes to mind. Maybe it's the catastrophic drop in the country's GDP. Or maybe it's Congress' inability to pass a relief bill. Then again, it might be the president floating the idea of postponing ...More

(29/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 29, 2020: It's the Economy, Stupid

COVID-19 Update, July 29, 2020: It's the Economy, Stupid

Congress struggles to unite over a relief bill. The president pushes a video that claims masks are useless and hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19; it stars a doctor notorious for insisting that gynecological problems are caused by ...More

(28/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: Rumor Has It

COVID-19 Update: Rumor Has It

As the political parties remain far apart on a stimulus bill, the president returns to hydroxychloroquine, spreading baseless rumors that it is a proven cure for COVID-19 and Anthony Fauci worked to suppress it. It's another day in the ...More

(27/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 27, 2020: Without a Net

COVID-19 Update: July 27, 2020: Without a Net

Negotiations for a new stimulus bill stall, and the funding runs out. Senator Mitch McConnell says the GOP will be need weeks to come up with a bill. A storm of criticism follows. Today, the party is ready to make an announcement, which ...More

(24/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 24: Three New Yorks

COVID-19 Update: July 24: Three New Yorks

The title above is Dr. Deborah Birx's characterization of the pandemic in Florida, California, and Texas She, of course, means New York three months ago: tinyurl.com/y469wcop. It's a three-alarm ...More

(23/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 23, 2020: Groundhog Day

COVID-19 Update, July 23, 2020: Groundhog Day

Today's title is a reference to a comment made by a frustrated public health administrator (see link below) but it could stand in for the entire pandemic in the US: Each day, cases go up, equipment runs low, the economy falters, and ...More

(22/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 22, 2020: Getting Worse Before Getting Better

COVID-19 Update, July 22, 2020: Getting Worse Before Getting Better

As several unwanted milestones are reached, the president offers a nod to reality. The next stimulus is bill is bogged down because Republicans can't agree on what to ask for. And everybody pins their hopes on a fast and effective ...More

(21/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 21: Let's Make a Deal

COVID-19 Update, July 21: Let's Make a Deal

The pandemic continues unabated. The president returns to daily briefings. And negotiations begin in Congress on the all-important relief bill. The next couple of weeks are going to be busy, with implications for us all. ...More

(20/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 20, 2020: Flying Blind

COVID-19 Update: July 20, 2020: Flying Blind

The pandemic rages throughout most of the US. The president, in a controversial interview, displays little interest in and no ownership of the situation. Indeed, he is trying to block new funding for testing and contact tracing. As the ...More

(17/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 17, 2020: Take Action Now

COVID-19 Update: July 17, 2020: Take Action Now

As the stories below make clear, the pandemic in the US is not getting better. The live events industry remains at a standstill, with the livelihoods of thousands under existential threat. As you read this, a new relief bill is being ...More

(16/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 16, 2020: Reality Bites

COVID-19 Update, July 16, 2020: Reality Bites

There's good news on the vaccine front. The president seems to be backing down from attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci. A stimulus bill is in the works. The reality is, however that we still have a long way to go before normality -- or ...More

(15/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 15, 2020: A New Hope

COVID-19 Update, July 15, 2020: A New Hope

There's good news today: The vaccine being testing by Moderna shows real promise: tinyurl.com/y7f7yl9k. Unsurprisingly, shares of Moderna stock soar: cnb ...More

(14/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update: July 14, 2020: Shutdown: the Sequel

COVID-19 Update: July 14, 2020: Shutdown: the Sequel

Despite the White House's assertions to the contrary, the pandemic continues unchecked, sending large parts of the country back in the direction of lockdown. Those that don't are faced with overcrowded hospitals and stressed medical ...More

(13/07/2020)

-COVID-19 Update, July 13, 2020: The War on Science

COVID-19 Update, July 13, 2020: The War on Science

Given the events of the weekend, it would seem that the Trump Administration has declared war on science, with results detailed below.
On Friday, the number of new coronavirus cases in the US hits 70,000 for the first time: More

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