A surge in demand for tests is overwhelming lab-services companies, creating new backlogs and delays.
Yoni AppelbaumAs the coronavirus again explodes, it’s outstripping the testing capacity we’ve managed to build—and that’s going to have some fairly awful consequences.
The latest from @alexismadrigal and @yayitsrob is essential as always
Trump is reliving a defining moment in his presidency—and enacting the lessons he took from it.
Yoni AppelbaumAfter Charlottesville, Trump delivered a statement condemning racism and trying to heal the nation. Watching its reception, he turned to aides: “This is fucking your fault,” he said. “That’s the last time I do that.”
Terrific read from @jonkarl
The president is having a difficult time deploying his traditional culture-war playbook against Biden.
Yoni Appelbaum"Biden’s strength, particularly with older black voters, seemed to stem … from voters’ perception that his background makes him ideally suited to halt Trumpism before it turns into the kind of decades-long backlash that followed the civil-rights movement”
The pandemic exposed hazardous conditions—and employees’ limited ability to improve them.
Yoni Appelbaum“Months into the pandemic, millions of low-wage workers are still facing an impossible choice: their lives or their livelihood. But it need not be this way.”
@AnnieLowrey is absolutely essential right now
At least four major factors are terrifying economists and weighing on the recovery.
Yoni Appelbaum"A fiscal cliff for families. Rolling business failures. A budget crisis for state and local governments. Each is bad enough … But the last element is … the catastrophe of the American government’s management of the novel-coronavirus pandemic.”
“I don’t know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship.”
Yoni Appelbaum“I believe that our current president is a threat to our democracy … I don’t know if our democracy could stand another four years of his custodianship,"
@springsteen tells @nytdavidbrooks
Yoni Appelbaum"I did believe that our country, buttressed by institutions, was resilient, strong, and prepared to fight back against the worst to come, if in fact the worst did come.
But even I’m losing faith.”
Black and white are both historically created racial identities—and whatever rule applies to one should apply to the other.
Yoni Appelbaum"When we ignore the dialectical relation between the labels “black” and “white,” we treat a bloodstained product of history as a neutral, objective fact about the world,” writes @KAnthonyAppiah
The former national security adviser accuses the president of putting his reelection above everything else—endorsing the persecution of China’s Uighur minority.
Yoni Appelbaum“[Bolton’s book] shows the scale and depth of Trump’s depravity and corruption—even to the point of allegedly encouraging concentration camps for a persecuted minority,” writes @GrahamDavidA
The desperation of American workers in the aftermath of the coronavirus was the product of a series of policy decisions and missed opportunities.
Yoni AppelbaumAdam Serwer went to talk with the thousands waiting in the food lines in San Antonio. Most had been working, and had never lined up before. Why were their lives so precarious, despite a decade of economic growth?
The country’s law-enforcement and public-health systems are flunking 2020’s test.
Yoni Appelbaum“Our orientation toward militarized over-policing and our slow-footed response to fast-moving pandemics both stem from an inability to adapt our safekeeping institutions to the realities of the 21st century,” writes @DKThomp