Defying the medical consensus and heedless of the risks, the president announces he’s taking hydroxychloroquine.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Trump’s announcement that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine echoes his handling of the pandemic: poisoning the entire body politic with chaos, misinformation, and distrust," writes @GrahamDavidA.
Underinvestment in America’s public health infrastructure and governmental red tape have hindered the country’s response to the coronavirus.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The 'blue' faction knows that a better-funded government is necessary to solve important problems. The 'red' faction knows that getting the government out of the way is necessary to solve important problems," writes @conor64.
The Atlantic: Ideas"All our lives, introverts have known there was something wrong with large parties. We just couldn’t quite put our finger on what it was, and even if we could, we would have probably kept it to ourselves," Andrew Ferguson writes.
People who now advocate that we “choose the economy” are not being honest about the consequences of that decision.
The Atlantic: Ideas"If we commit to strict social distancing now, we can radically curtail the number of new cases and buy time—time to put in place the measures we need to contain the pandemic in a less economically destructive way," @Yascha_Mounk writes
The shutdowns happened remarkably quickly, but the process of resuming our lives will be far more muddled.
The Atlantic: Ideas"Whether social distancing is working will be clearer in a month than it is now, but even then we will not know to a moral certainty when adults can safely go back to the office and children can go back to school," @juliettekayyem writes.
I led the agency for six years. It must keep doing its important work of protecting consumers.
The Atlantic: IdeasImportant cases about the structure of the federal government come along only from time to time. When they do, the politics of these cases can create strange bedfellows," @RichCordray writes.
Our health-care professionals are fighting for us, but we’re not giving them the equipment they need to succeed.
The Atlantic: IdeasFrontline health-care providers are desperately short on N95 masks and other personal protective equipment. “It's like going to war with a butter knife,” one physician told @WajahatAli.
Those seeking to support Trump’s party line need an excuse for their months of denial and deception—and they’ve found it.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The Trump party line swaps new lies for old. Whereas once the ideological enforcers called concern over the virus a hoax, now they say it’s a hoax to remember that they said it was a hoax," @davidfrum writes
Francis Collins speaks about the coronavirus, his faith, and an unusual friendship.
The Atlantic: Ideas"There are estimates that if nothing goes right and if we fail to flatten the curve and if health systems are overwhelmed," @NIHDirector told @Peter_Wehner, "we might see the deaths of as many as a million and a half people in the United States.”
The damage at the State Department is worse than you imagine—but also more reparable.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The State Department needs to not just rebuild but rebuild differently—honest about the fact that the United States is no longer the only big kid on the geopolitical block," William J. Burns writes.
The president will likely lose his cases against The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. But he may inflict extraordinary damage nevertheless.
The Atlantic: IdeasThe president will likely lose his cases against The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. But he will inflict extraordinary damage in the process, write @jgeltzer and @neal_katyal.
Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.
The Atlantic: Ideas"The coronavirus could spread with frightening rapidity, overburdening our health-care system and claiming lives, until we adopt serious forms of social distancing," @Yascha_Mounk writes
Joe Biden’s big Super Tuesday win shows how his party’s voters differ from the discontented Republicans of 2016.
The Atlantic: IdeasBernie Sanders and Donald Trump "are operating in radically different partisan environments," @PeterBeinart writes. "Four years ago, many Republicans wanted to blow up their party. Last night, Democrats demonstrated that they do not."