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  • The Slow-Fingered President

    President Donald Trump has warned his Twitter followers three times as often about the threat from mail-in ballots as he has urged them to protect themselves from the threat of COVID-19. Since March, when the stay-at-home orders started, he has written a little over a…
  • The American Government Gave Up on Reality

    Alexander Hamilton and his colleagues wrote 85 separate essays to make their case that Americans should take a risk and ratify the 1787 Constitution. Three sentences into the very first of those Federalist Papers, Hamilton made clear that he knew full well the stakes of…
  • Ivanka Trump Agrees to Take Coronavirus Vaccine

    President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House advisor, Ivanka Trump, said she is willing to appear on “The View” talk show and take a coronavirus vaccination on-air after co-host Joy Behar expressed skepticism over the progress of vaccine development being overseen by the Trump administration’s…
  • Listen: Plasma and Immunity

    The writer F. T. Kola had COVID-19 in March, and she’s still dealing with the aftermath. She returns to the podcast Social Distance to ask about whether she should donate plasma, and if she should worry about “reinfection.” Also on this episode: Atlantic senior editor…
  • The ‘Emergency Use’ Loophole

    On Sunday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an “emergency use authorization” for blood plasma to treat COVID-19. The decision was well within the agency’s remit but nevertheless generated instant controversy. President Donald Trump had just attacked the “deep state” at the FDA for holding…