Trumpian Leadership

The formula: promote an image until the jig is up.

President Trump at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Trump at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump Knew COVID Was Far More Dangerous Than He Was Telling the Public

The President admits that he intentionally downplayed the threat posed by the epidemic.

Majority of Under-30 Adults Live with Parents

Already-high rates have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Backlash of Non-Parents

Are those with kids getting over?

Birx: Wear a Mask ‘Even with Family’

Confusing advice is unlikely to be heeded.

US Tops 6 Million COVID-19 Cases

Yet another grim milestone.

President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Friday, July 10, 2020, en route to Miami International Airport in Miami

Gaslighter-in-Chief

Why roll with the facts when you can confuse your supporters with conspiracy theories?

A Quote and a 2,000 Word Rebuttal

A stark contrast.

Medicine Should not be Political

Or, more accurately, the president should not use false hope to try and bolster his political image.

Latin America and Covid-19

The pandemic is having serious effects in the region, and they will persist for some time.

So Much Winning

Policy failures by the US government have neutered US passports for the foreseeable future.

Back to the Question of Excess Death

More evidence that we are under-counting deaths due to Covid-19.

Three Memos and a Little EO

To mix cultural references: less than meets the eye.

US Tops 5 Million COVID-19 Cases

Yet another grim milestone.

People Getting Sick Have Left the House

A completely unsurprising finding.

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing H.R. 1957- The Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing H.R. 1957- The Great American Outdoors Act Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

America’s Exceptional Failure

Our response to Covid-19 has been exceptional in all the wrong ways.

Trump and his Charts

A clip from Trump’s Axios interview shows a man who really does not understand what is going on.

Some Funerals Are More Equal than Others

The rules are different if you’re famous.

Stupidity Was The Other Plague We Mismanaged

Having failed to prevent or contain it, aggressive stupidity is now washing over us.

Herman Cain Dead from Covid-19

The one-time candidate for the GOP presidential nomination is dead at 74.

Masks Biggest Factor in US Coronavirus Debacle

We were much slower and have higher non-conformity than countries that have it under control.

Casinos Open, Churches Closed

A bizarre but possibly correct ruling by the Supreme Court.

Credit Where Credit is Due

Partial credit at best, however.

Toxic Hand Sanitizer!

Apparently, we’re not supposed to drink the stuff.

Daily Covid Deaths Back to Four Digits

Deaths are on the rise.

DC Area Schools Not Opening

The lousy hybrid option has been scrapped in favor of a worthless virtual one.

White House Coronavirus Update Briefing President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force, delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during a coronavirus update briefing Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) White House Coronavirus Update Briefing President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House COVID-19 Coronavirus task force, delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during a coronavirus update briefing Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

No, This is not a Pivot

Trump and virus politics.

A Timeline of Denial and Incompetence

A non-exhaustive tour of Trump’s utterances on the pandemic since January.

The Continued Politicization of Masks

If you are wondering why masks are political, look no further than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Rose Parade, Virginia Football Canceled

Despite hope for a vaccine, officials are canceling large events months in advance.

NPR Hit Hard by Pandemic

Telecommuting has taken a bite out of an industry built on commuting.

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Republicans Refuse to Wear Masks

A majority of Americans of every sex, race, education, income, or region do the right thing. With one exception.

Another Example of Lack of Leadership

Ongoing ambiguity is not helpful.

Covid-19 Deaths Rising

The trend line shifted this week.

PAC-12 Goes Conference-Only

Another small step toward canceling the fall sports calendar.

It’s Not ‘Absurd’ that Colleges are Charging Full Tuition

Online instruction is an inferior product. But it’s more expensive to deliver.

Tulsa Covid Outbreak

A result of the Trump rally?

Ivy League Suspends Sports

The hopes of football in the fall are fading fast.

US Tops 3 Million COVID-19 Cases

Another avoidable milestone.

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Has COVID-19

The president of the country with the second most cases and fatalities has tested positive.

Famous People Got Loans!

The Paycheck Protection Program protected some interesting paychecks.

Why are Masks Political?

Leadership matters (as does culture).

Schools, Daycare, and COVID-19

The emotional and economic impact of the pandemic is hitting women especially hard.

Pediatricians Urge In-Person School

Contra the CDC, the AAP says getting kids to class outweighs the modest risk of their catching COVID-19.

Remember Sweden?

One of these things is not like the others.

U.S. Declared COVID Victory Too Soon

Europe has the disease under control while it’s still spreading like wildfire here.

President Donald J. Trump boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., just after midnight Sunday, June 21, 2020, for his flight back to the White House following his trip to Tulsa, Okla. President Donald J. Trump boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., just after midnight Sunday, June 21, 2020, for his flight back to the White House following his trip to Tulsa, Okla.

Trump to Ignore New Jersey Quarantine Order

A case where the rules probably shouldn’t apply to the President.

Schools Remain Key to Reopening

Parents can’t homeschool their kids and hold down jobs indefinitely.

Virginia Cracking Down on Workplace Safety, Filling OSHA Void

The Commonwealth is the first state in the nation to issue regulations.