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Donald Trump arrives to speak the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House last Saturday.

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus – but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions. By Ed Pilkington and Tom McCarthy, The Guardian — When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in…

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Chuck Schumer

Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump the Keys to the Country

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

The Senate coronavirus bill is shocking. By Zach Carter, Huffpost — The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to on Tuesday can only be described as an outrage. It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence of unprecedented economic inequality and corporate control over our politics that will resonate for a generation. It represents a transfer of wealth and power to the super rich from the rest of us,…

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Medicine

Would Joe and Donald Support Using Cuba Coronavirus Medicine?

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Ted Glick — The issue of Cuba came up again Sunday in the context of the Democratic Presidential debate. Joe Biden attacked Bernie Sanders because Sanders had said publicly in a 60 Minutes interview February 24 that although he was critical of what he called Cuba’s “authoritarian” government, they had done positive things as far as literacy and health care. A Telemundo reporter asked Biden what he thought about…

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CARICOM logo

CARICOM says ‘it is clear there are forces that do not want to see the votes recounted’

By News & Current Affairs

-warns that any gov’t sworn in without a credible vote count would lack legitimacy. Reported by Stabroek News — CARICOM today expressed regret at the forced withdrawal of a mission to recount votes at the March 2nd general elections and it said that it is clear that there are forces here who do not want the votes recounted for whatever reason. A statement issued by CARICOM follows: The Caribbean Community…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Corona Confusion and March Madness

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other. Madness is replete this March, but it isn’t on the basketball courts. The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or “direct contact” is spreading all over the world. It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our…

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Joe Biden’s Running Mate Should Be a Woman of Color

By Editors' Choice

Joe Biden’s Running Mate Should Be a Woman of Color Such as Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams or Val Demings, Strategists Say. By James Walker, Newsweek — Joe Biden would do well to pick a woman of color as his running mate if he becomes the Democratic Party nominee, strategists said. The former vice president must avoid picking another white male, or a candidate who appeals to groups that already favor…

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A protester wearing a "Black Lives Matter" earring chants slogans as she marches in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, during a protest against the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California, U.S. March 28, 2018.

‘This is how you change politics’: How black activism is shaping 2020

By Editors' Choice

Black organizers continue to play a significant role in informing and driving policy within the Democratic Party. By Candice Norwood, PBS — In 2014, Kayla Reed was working as a pharmacy technician in St. Louis, Missouri, when news broke that an 18-year-old African American man named Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson. Brown’s death came amid other highly publicized killings of black people…

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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Reached Out to Black Voters. Why Didn’t It Work?

By Commentaries/Opinions

The democratic socialist champions underrepresented groups. So far they’ve voted, en masse, for his rival. By Adam Harris, The Atlantic — Two years ago, Bernie Sanders journeyed south to trace the history of a past revolution, and to imagine a new one. On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., thousands of people gathered on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, for a rally…

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Fox Business Network

Fox hosts Varney and Bartiromo look to Joe Biden to calm the stock market

By News & Current Affairs

By Justin Baragona, The Daily Beast — With the stock market experiencing record-setting drops on Monday morning that prompted trading to briefly halt, pro-Trump Fox Business Network hosts Stuart Varney and Maria Bartiromo turned their eyes to… uh… Joe Biden to boost the stocks. During Monday morning’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co., the eponymous host wondered aloud whether the markets—plunging due to fear and uncertainty surrounding a coronavirus outbreak—could “see a bounce” in the…

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