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What’s our plan, Mr. President?

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3 possible futures for the pandemic (and a scary projection)

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Dave Rubin is out of ideas

Dave Rubin, the YouTube talk show host with an audience that rivals many cable news shows, is probably best known as the “Why I Left the Left” guy. His debut book, “Don’t Burn This Book,” promises to give “you the tools you need to think for yourself.” But the book […]
Dave Rubin is out of ideas
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The US coronavirus response is still one of the worst in the world

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The US coronavirus response is still one of the worst in the world
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Everyone has to accept that Tesla is worth $150 billion precisely because Elon Musk doesn’t behave like any other CEO in the business

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attacked coronavirus-pandemic shelter-in-place orders, demanding a restoration of “freedom.” Tesla’s factory in California has been shut down since March. The company managed an unexpected profit in the first quarter, but its ambitions for a 500,000-vehicle year are in doubt. Markets don’t care what Musk says – […]
Everyone has to accept that Tesla is worth $150 billion precisely because Elon Musk doesn’t behave like any other CEO in the business
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Coronavirus hero Cuomo helped create New York’s disaster

Compared with the Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and President Donald Trump, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has become the face of coronavirus competence in government, but he’s a big part of the reason the crisis in New York grew to such devastating proportions. Cuomo acknowledges wishing he “blew […]
Coronavirus hero Cuomo helped create New York’s disaster
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Biden’s smart to lay low, but he should pick his running mate now

Joe Biden’s “stay out of Trump’s way while he destroys himself” strategy is smart, for now. Biden’s drawn on a string of good luck despite running an uninspired campaign: The primary is over early without a prolonged Democratic civil war, and the Republican president is flailing with his disastrous coronavirus […]
Biden’s smart to lay low, but he should pick his running mate now
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INSIDER TODAY: What’s the right balance?

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INSIDER TODAY: What’s the right balance?
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The ADL’s extremism statistics make it seem like ultraright-wing violence in the US is more common than it actually is

The Anti-Defamation League’s statistics about extremism have been cited as authoritative by much of the press, including its most publicized claim that nearly three-quarters of extremist killings in the US over the past decade have been committed by “right-wing extremists,” a category that includes white nationalists. But if you define […]
The ADL’s extremism statistics make it seem like ultraright-wing violence in the US is more common than it actually is
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Face it, no one in Washington wants to fix the small business loan program

Americans are upset that big corporations are taking money from the Paycheck Protection Program, a government fund meant to help small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic. But no one in Washington can explain how that happened. Democrats blame Republicans, and Republicans blame the Treasury – but new legislation to add […]
Face it, no one in Washington wants to fix the small business loan program
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INSIDER TODAY: Is it smart to start reopening?

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The hypocrisy of the anti-lockdown protests

Many Trump supporters are mad as hell about stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and they’re taking to the streets to express their American right to protest. They suddenly have a very different attitude about the right to stage disruptive protests. When their political enemies were protesting […]
The hypocrisy of the anti-lockdown protests
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I am personally planning a return to ‘normal’ in Fall…2021

People are already talking about reopening the US economy, but it may be too early to expect things to get back to “normal.” To get to that point, a vaccine probably needs to be developed, mass produced, and distributed. That could take until Fall 2021 at the earliest. We may […]
I am personally planning a return to ‘normal’ in Fall…2021
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Democrats finally have a plan that could help us find a coronavirus ‘normal’

Democrats have a plan to give monthly $US2,000 checks to every American over 16 who makes less than $US130,000 until unemployment is back to pre-coronavirus levels. Finally! A proposal that recognises that this pandemic will significantly depress economic activity even after we’re out of lockdown. Thanks to high unemployment, continued […]
Democrats finally have a plan that could help us find a coronavirus ‘normal’
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INSIDER TODAY: When will life go back to normal again?

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As some red-state leaders wake up to the dangers of the coronavirus, they reveal either their ignorance or their continued dishonesty in the face of a pandemic

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia issued a statewide shelter-in-place order on Wednesday. In doing so, he said he didn’t know “until the last 24 hours” that asymptomatic carriers could infect others, but reported cases of it date back as far as February. Some red-state leaders haven’t been heeding warnings […]
As some red-state leaders wake up to the dangers of the coronavirus, they reveal either their ignorance or their continued dishonesty in the face of a pandemic
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A governor ordered the state police and National Guard to hunt for New Yorkers because of coronavirus fears. It’s a frightening sign of what’s to come during the pandemic.

On Saturday, military police of the National Guard – armed, camouflaged, and clad in flak-jackets – went door to door in Rhode Island where cars with New York licence plates, or no plates at all, were parked. Pandemic or no pandemic, the Fourth Amendment has something to say about that. […]
A governor ordered the state police and National Guard to hunt for New Yorkers because of coronavirus fears. It’s a frightening sign of what’s to come during the pandemic.
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Coronavirus aid should be based on need, not on Trump’s fragile ego

President Donald Trump just survived an impeachment over demanding a quid pro quo from a foreign leader. He’s followed that up by implying governors in coronavirus-stricken states need to be nice to him to receive federal aid. A president should never be able to make such a threat. Congress should […]
Coronavirus aid should be based on need, not on Trump’s fragile ego
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Trump has left governors and mayors to support some of the most vulnerable Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. But if New York City is any indication, it won’t work.

President Donald Trump has announced his support for a bailout of the airline industry. But thus far, the federal government has taken no action to ensure state and local governments can continue to support their nonprofit human-services organisations. These nonprofits provide critical services to impoverished children and families, people with […]
Trump has left governors and mayors to support some of the most vulnerable Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. But if New York City is any indication, it won’t work.
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OK, airlines, here are your bailout terms!

US airlines are seeking at least $US54 billion from the government to deal with the economic havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic. These same airlines have also received a huge tax cut and spent heavily on stock buybacks in recent years. Therefore, any bailout should come with some terms. This […]
OK, airlines, here are your bailout terms!
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More of the US should shut down immediately

The US is finally starting to take its response to the coronavirus pandemic seriously. To slow the spread of the disease, more of the US should follow New York City’s lead and go under lockdown. This means closing schools, restaurants, and bars as well as limiting travel and working from […]
More of the US should shut down immediately
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Trump’s most die-hard media supporters are proving that owning the libs is more important to them than the lives of their fellow Americans during the coronavirus pandemic

To all of Donald Trump’s most hardcore media supporters, the novel coronavirus pandemic is not the final step in a grand conspiracy against you or your dear leader. You are spreading misinformation to an enormous audience, misinformation that could put lives in danger. Feel free to “own the libs” all […]
Trump’s most die-hard media supporters are proving that owning the libs is more important to them than the lives of their fellow Americans during the coronavirus pandemic
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Chuck Schumer blasting conservative Supreme Court justices is more proof that Democrats are trying, and failing, to copy Trump’s bluster

When Chuck Schumer said Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh “won’t know what hit” them this week, he was channeling Trump’s schoolyard-bully persona. In play-acting like Trump, Schumer launched yet another partisan “civility” conversation but buried his real message in noise. “If you can’t beat Trump, act like […]
Chuck Schumer blasting conservative Supreme Court justices is more proof that Democrats are trying, and failing, to copy Trump’s bluster
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The fundamental problem with Bloomberg is that he believes billionaire nonsense

Michael Bloomberg has a history of believing the kind of nonsense that billionaires tell themselves to make their complicated business dealings and powerful impact on society simpler to rationalize. The nonsense Bloomberg has believed ranges from blaming the financial crisis on poor people to insisting Chinese President Xi Jinping is […]
The fundamental problem with Bloomberg is that he believes billionaire nonsense
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Drop out, Joe Biden. New Hampshire proves you are done.

Joe Biden has been the nominal frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic race since launching his campaign last April. But he just got pasted in Iowa and New Hampshire, states he expected to lose but not this badly. Biden’s pitch to voters has been that he has the unique “electability” to […]
Drop out, Joe Biden. New Hampshire proves you are done.
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Trump doesn’t really respect members of the military. He uses them as props.

President Donald Trump loves military parades and quoting from the film “Patton,” but when it comes to actually treating military personnel and their families with respect, he’s got a mixed record. He’s insulted war heroes and their parents, lambasted generals as “dopes and babies,” and blithely dismissed the symptoms of […]
Trump doesn’t really respect members of the military. He uses them as props.
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Trump just exposed a dirty secret in Davos

This year the Davos crowd of business executives tepidly accepted President Trump, and that acceptance exposed a dirty secret. For all the CEO talk about the benefits of free-market capitalism and open societies, the people of corporate Davos have shown they’re willing to set those values aside if the economy […]
Trump just exposed a dirty secret in Davos
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Trump’s trade deal with China looks designed to implode

Trump’s trade deal with China is so weak it looks like it’s designed to implode. The language in the deal leaves a lot of room for argument, it’s not hard to leave and, the enforcement mechanism turns every dispute into a game of political football. Plus, no one in Washington […]
Trump’s trade deal with China looks designed to implode
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The vaping panic is looking eerily like the start of a new drug war

The vaping “epidemic” is really a classic moral panic fuelled by sensationalistic media reports that ignored evidence and exacerbated by opportunistic politicians. Legal nicotine vapes almost certainly had nothing to do with the spate of vaping-related illnesses last year, and the increase in teen vaping corresponds with a massive historic […]
The vaping panic is looking eerily like the start of a new drug war
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Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan is a nightmare for the country’s justice system — and the ousted Nissan exec may now be looking to put that system on trial

Former Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Chairman Carlos Ghosn has fled Japan, where he had been awaiting trial after a 2018 arrest on allegations of financial malfeasance. In a statement, Ghosn confirmed that he was in Lebanon, where he is a citizen. Lebanon doesn’t permit its citizens to be extradited to Japan, so Ghosn’s […]
Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan is a nightmare for the country’s justice system — and the ousted Nissan exec may now be looking to put that system on trial
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I was once an ambassador, and I believe that the Trump administration’s ambassadors have wrecked a once important part of America’s foreign policy

President Barack Obama appointed Rufus Gifford to be the US ambassador to Denmark; he served from 2013 to 2017. There’s been a critical rethinking of the role of politically important ambassadors. President Donald Trump’s ambassadors have been consistently inadequate, Gifford says, including his own successor. Gifford says it’s time to […]
I was once an ambassador, and I believe that the Trump administration’s ambassadors have wrecked a once important part of America’s foreign policy
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China’s next gambit to save its economy will export dystopia worldwide

The detention camps where the Chinese government has interned more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs serves a dual purpose. It not only oppresses what the Chinese government considers a troublesome minority on its western frontier but also serves as a lab for the development of surveillance technology by Chinese companies. […]
China’s next gambit to save its economy will export dystopia worldwide
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Why the Cybertruck is a breakthrough for Tesla and designer Franz von Holzhausen

Tesla’sCybertruck has provoked a polarising reaction to its exotic design. The electric-car company’s first pickup truck is radical, but it also signals artistic growth for the designer Franz von Holzhausen. Von Holzhausen has created a beautiful and durable design language for Tesla vehicles, but he was falling into an aesthetic […]
Why the Cybertruck is a breakthrough for Tesla and designer Franz von Holzhausen