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America’s plan to save small business in the pandemic was flawed from the start

America’s plan to save small business in the pandemic was flawed from the start

Months after Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in an attempt to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, people are still confused, and even angry, over the ambitious, unprecedented experiment. Take what happened with Mark Fisher Fitness (MFF), an LGBTQ-friendly boutique fitness studio based in New York. Because it got a PPP loan…
America still doesn’t have enough N95 masks

America still doesn’t have enough N95 masks

In the early weeks of the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to buy N95 masks. These masks, unlike surgical masks or cloth masks, are tight-fitting and filter airborne particles that can carry the virus, making them a key source of protection for health care workers, some of whom have died after being exposed to Covid-19…
In Trump’s America, It’s No Surprise That The Supreme Court Is Giving Us Whiplash

In Trump’s America, It’s No Surprise That The Supreme Court Is Giving Us Whiplash

Still, even if you think the current Supreme Court is a confusing mess, just wait, because there's a good chance things will get even more chaotic. With a second Trump term now less and less certain, conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are allegedly considering announcing their retirements, which would potentially give Trump the…
America’s looming housing catastrophe, explained

America’s looming housing catastrophe, explained

America’s health crisis began just as Joaquín H. was recovering from his own. He got sick, suddenly, at the end of January. He spent most of February in and out of the hospital, major surgery along the way. As he recuperated in bed, scrolling the internet, he watched the coronavirus emergency grow larger, and closer…
Why America’s police look like soldiers

Why America’s police look like soldiers

Across the country, Americans protesting racial injustice and police brutality — the overwhelming majority of them peacefully — have been met by police forces that look more like an army. Officers have shown up to protests with riot gear, armored trucks, and military rifles. And this isn’t new: The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014…
One of America’s worst acts of racial violence was in Tulsa. Now, it’s the site of Trump’s first rally in months.

One of America’s worst acts of racial violence was in Tulsa. Now, it’s the...

Mass demonstrations have erupted across the country in reaction to George Floyd’s death and in protest of systemic racism and police violence. During this period of unrest, America just marked the anniversary of one of its worst incidents of racial violence — and President Donald Trump is headed to the site of the incident for…
America Is Facing A Third Amendment Crisis

America Is Facing A Third Amendment Crisis

People have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns about how necessary the Third Amendment has become in present times, with members of the military looking for places to stay. Utah Senator Mike Lee tweeted, “Just heard that Mayor Bowser is kicking the Utah National Guard out of all DC hotels tomorrow. More than 1200…
America at the breaking point

America at the breaking point

In the early years of the Trump era, I was often asked if American politics had been this bad before. I always said the same thing. It has been so much worse. Think of the 1960s. John F. Kennedy Jr. and Malcolm X were assassinated within two years of each other. Martin Luther King Jr.…
Is America too libertarian to deal with the coronavirus?

Is America too libertarian to deal with the coronavirus?

America’s public health experts are working hard to map out a plan to combat the coronavirus in America. And there are indeed many proposals — from academic centers, from think tanks, and from the government. While the plans differ, nearly all of them rely on some combination of surveillance, mass testing, isolation, and contact tracing.…
Hulu’s Mrs. America is a cautionary tale of the underdog

Hulu’s Mrs. America is a cautionary tale of the underdog

A few weeks ago, for no particular reason, I decided to watch the “Best of the 1980s” edition of Siskel & Ebert. (It’s on YouTube.) Each host agreed on just about all of the movies the other had picked, even if said movies weren’t on both of their lists. But toward the episode’s end, Gene…

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