May 8, 2020

The disasters that come next

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History Dept.

No, the Covid Fight Isn’t Like WWII—And That’s Bad News

Everyone’s favorite comparison should leave us pessimistic.

By Jeff Greenfield

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the friday cover

Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here’s What They’re Worried About Next.

Nine disasters we still aren’t ready for.

By Garrett M. Graff

Susan Collins illustration, with photos of Trump, Kavanaugh and protesters


The Women of Maine vs. Susan Collins

The senior senator faces an especially difficult reelection challenge. Did she change or did her voters?

By Kathryn Miles

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Letter to Washington

‘This is a Time for Survival’

A restaurant owner in small-town Michigan wonders whether the government is as much of a threat as the coronavirus itself.

By Tim Alberta

A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she passes a propaganda mural reading "Be an extraordinary Chinese"


What’s Behind China’s New Behavior in Europe

In ramping up diplomatic pressure, China is trying to control the narrative of the pandemic.

By Janka Oertel

Joe Biden


Everyone Deserves to Live Under the Biden Standard

There have been voices on the left who believe Reade, but generally the note has been one of skepticism about her allegation.

By Rich Lowry

A checkpoint entry to Graham County, NC


The Mountain County That Went into Coronavirus Lockdown

When rural America confronts the pandemic, it faces a different set of challenges.

By Melba Newsome

An ICE detainee is cuffed for medical transport at the Stewart Detention Center, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Lumpkin, Ga.


‘Like Petri Dishes for the Virus’: ICE Detention Centers Threaten the Rural South

While Americans are sheltering in place, the federal government is shuffling hundreds of immigrant detainees between U.S. towns, putting vulnerable communities at risk.

By Gaby Del Valle and Jack Herrera

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‘Not the World’s Number One’: Chinese Social Media Piles On the U.S.

The verdict is in: China has outperformed, while the once-respected American system has disastrously faltered.

By David Wertime

Donald Trump

Washington and the World

The World Order Is Dead. Here’s How to Build a New One for a Post-Coronavirus Era.

U.S. and world leaders have a chance to craft an international system that works for this era. But they have to avoid the mistakes of the past.

By Edward Fishman

Marilyn Buck

History Dept.

The Dark History of America’s First Female Terrorist Group

The women of May 19th bombed the U.S. Capitol and plotted Henry Kissinger’s murder. But they’ve been long forgotten.

By William Rosenau

'It’s going to be a big, gigantic, gargantuan fight'

Lobbyists for multiple industries are gearing up to claim a slice of the next — and possibly last — trillion-dollar relief pie.

The 2024 election test arrives early for Mike Pence

The vice president’s allies are watching two tracks for Pence as he battles the pandemic: one for Trump in 2020 and another for his own potential bid.

The Southern Democrat with the power to shut down Trump's convention

Up for reelection this fall, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has to decide whether to allow Trump's coronation to proceed amid a pandemic.

'We're going to fill it': Republicans ready for any Supreme Court vacancy

GOP senators denied Obama a seat on the high court. They'll deliver for Trump.

There’s a Rental Crisis Coming. Here’s How to Avoid It.

To follow a “stay at home” order, renters need to have a home.

By Yuliya Panfil and Tim Robustelli