Vector in Chief

Trump’s narcissism, mendacity, bullying, and malignant incompetence were obvious before the coronavirus crisis and they have been magnified rather than moderated in his surreal response to a catastrophe whose full gravity he failed to accept until March 31, when it had become horribly undeniable.
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The Brilliant Plodder

We can’t stop reading and talking about Darwin, 138 years after his death, because the great theory of which he was co-conceiver and chief propounder was so big and startling and forceful, yet so unfinished when he died in 1882, that there’s always more work to do. We’re still trying to figure out how evolution by natural selection applies to every aspect of life on Earth, from virulence in coronaviruses to human social behavior.
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Bigger Brother
Once your behavior is known, to the extent that it can be predicted, it—you—can also be manipulated.
Stuck
The occupation gnaws at the nation’s moral and democratic fiber. Still, Israelis believe that withdrawal would be even more dangerous.

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Left Behind
While poverty in America is all too real, it’s not the only reason for the epidemic of deaths of despair.

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A Very Hot Year
The warmth we’ve added to the atmosphere—the heat equivalent, each day, of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs—is already producing truly dire effects, decades or even centuries ahead of schedule.
Serfs of Academe
Pursuing a life in academia has become more like trying to become a professional athlete or a star musician than a doctor, a lawyer, or even a typical service sector worker.

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Whatever He Wants
Republican senators are now quite openly behaving as courtiers. It is impertinent for courtiers even to go through the motions of putting the monarch on trial.

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