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On Memorial Day this year, we may be keeping social distance from one another, but that cannot detract from the sense of closeness, the sense of community and the sense of shared sacrifice that we feel for one another on a day when we come face-to-face with the human cost of freedom.

The office, for the foreseeable future, is dead. Google and Facebook are telling employees they can work remotely until 2021. Twitter is allowing employees to work from home “forever.” Last week, my colleague Matthew Haag wrote a thoroughly depressing story in which the chief executive of Ha…

The more I read and hear about what offices will be like as they reopen, the more dystopian it sounds: empty desks, no meetings, everyone keeping their distance. I miss the thrum and hum of the workplace, but the need to maintain social distancing means reopening won’t bring that back.

For anyone with a memory that stretches back to 2016, it is positively bizarre to see Republicans claiming that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is a martyr. It’s obvious why: To distract from President Trump’s spectacular failure on the coronavirus pandemic, they are att…

Our democracy is under fire thanks to corrupt officials at the highest echelons of our government — including members of the Obama administration — we’re now learning conspired with former FBI Director James Comey and other “deep state” operatives to stop Donald Trump from getting elected. A…

The Supreme Court justices have a chance Friday to rectify some wrongs as they consider petitions for the court to accept 11 cases arising from lower court decisions involving plaintiffs seeking redress for violations of their civil rights. In 10 of the cases — in all but one, the government…

In his seminal work about the rise and fall of black reconstruction, W.E.B. Du Bois described in chilling detail the use of lynching two decades after the Civil War’s conclusion to control black citizenship. Black people could expect to be subjected to lynching because “they were radical; th…

Have you ever been hungry? Truly hungry? Not the hunger one gets in anticipation of a meal, but the kind that pinches the stomach when you know no food is forthcoming. It is the kind of pang you take to bed with you, the kind that greets you when you rise. It is a bitter physical deprivation…

Democrats in Congress are planning to release their own stimulus plan, one that will finally allow them to go on the offensive against nickel-and-diming Republicans. In contrast to previous rounds of legislation, it will likely be a wish list of Democratic priorities, including financial aid…

Liberals never let a crisis go to waste, and sadly for America’s landlords and real estate developers, the current pandemic is no exception.

Throughout the Trump era, the media have hated President Trump for both coming and going. They condemned him for not having “formal” press briefings. Now they condemn him for having them.

The coronavirus pandemic has torn the veil off a long-obscured and frightening reality: Our economies are unconscionably fragile, propped up by low-wage jobs, and our health systems are tissue-thin. As companies go bankrupt and workers are laid off by the millions, it seems likely that most …

The recent bizarre collapse in oil prices reflects a world largely shut at home. People are no longer driving much or flying at all. Factories are silent. The supply hasn’t changed radically in the past month. It’s the demand that has crumbled.

Earlier this week, the price of oil futures collapsed catastrophically. In fact, the prices collapsed into negative territory in the near term. This bizarre situation, prompted by a lack of consumer demand and a lack of storage facilities, led the irrepressible Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,…

As our national lockdown drags on, Americans seem less and less inclined to move swiftly toward societal reopening. Perhaps that’s due to the consistent media focus on the risks. Perhaps it’s also due to the psychological comfort of the status quo: When we’ve been made to feel safe in our ho…

When I was a kid, my mother and sister used to castigate me for being too emotional (I cried), not tough enough. “Susie just can’t handle hard things,” the two of them would smugly agree.

Until now, I have been reluctant to label Donald Trump the worst president in U.S. history. As a historian, I know how important it is to allow the passage of time to gain a sense of perspective. Some presidents who seemed awful to contemporaries (Harry Truman) or simply lackluster (Dwight E…

Last week, the United States reached a grim milestone when the number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 2,977 — the number killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Now that a viral 9/11 has befallen our nation, we need to ask: Why does it always seem to take a tragedy…

Have you had “the talk”? The one where you explain to your dog about social distancing? It’s not an easy conversation to have, I know. At first, I thought maybe I’d buy a book about it and leave it out so my dog could find it. That way my dog could digest the facts when she was ready.

When President Trump spoke last week with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a video conference meeting of G-20 leaders, they agreed to tamp down their war of words over the novel coronavirus — but the truce is temporary. The Chinese Communist Party’s brazen campaign of lies and distortion i…

The coronavirus epidemic that’s crashing the U.S. economy, putting lives at risk and derailing our entire way of life should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. government must stop being reliant on China and other foreign nations for prescription drugs, medical supplies, or any supply cha…

When historians tally up the many missteps policymakers have made in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the senseless and unscientific push for the general public to avoid wearing masks should be near the top. The evidence not only fails to support the push, it also contradicts it.

Like plenty of other Americans stuck in their homes these days, I find myself riveted to President Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings.

The extra-large pack of journalists who equate liberalism and professionalism in their work cannot stand that Fox News exists. They believe everything elected Republicans do should be “fact-checked.” For Democrats, the elite media offer damage control; for Republicans, only damage.

Three members of Congress had tested positive for the new coronavirus as of Sunday. Imagine if 250 members of the House or 55 members of the Senate contract the disease and are hospitalized or quarantined. Or if members return home but are unable to make it back to the Capitol because of tra…