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America has tuned out the coronavirus at the peak of its destruction

America has tuned out the coronavirus at the peak of its destruction

The U.S. is now averaging nearly 250,000 new coronavirus cases per day — a crisis of staggering proportions, even though many Americans have tuned it out.The big picture: It's not even sufficient to say the pandemic is “still going on,” as if it’s a fire that hasn’t finished burning out. The pandemic is raging. Its deadliest and most dangerous days are happening right now. And it keeps getting worse.Everywhere you look, day-to-day vigilance is fading.But at the same time Americans are taking the virus less seriously, it is becoming more serious.What’s next: This will keep getting worse...

January 14, 2021
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Trump's stock market performance falls short of Obama's

Trump's stock market performance falls short of Obama's

President Trump has presided over a stock market surge since taking office in 2017, but he's been outpaced by three of his four predecessors.By the numbers: The S&P 500 grew by 44.5% since Trump's inauguration through the end of October 2020. This comes up short of former President Obama's 66.1% through the comparable time period, but well above the -15.8% for former President George W. Bush.Context: Obama took office in the midst of an economic recession, so much of his S&P 500 performance was a rebound from the depths. Trump inherited a bull market that continued to rampage, outside of a...

November 1, 2020
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Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the South

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the South

Several Southern states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases, moving them further away from an important target for safely reopening parts of their economies.Why it matters: The Trump administration's reopening guidelines call for a consistent decline in new cases before proceeding with the process — and some states are proceeding even without clearing that threshold.Between the lines: The total number of cases is an important piece of the puzzle — but it's only one piece.Yes, but: Some of the states whose new cases are increasing in this analysis — including Arkansas, North Carolina...

May 21, 2020
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Most states are slowly making progress against the coronavirus

Most states are slowly making progress against the coronavirus

Most states are showing advances on two of the key criteria for being able to safely reopen parts of their economies: They’re testing more people and finding fewer infections.Why it matters: The U.S. has to get the existing outbreak under control before we can even think about easing up on social distancing and managing the ensuing risk of new outbreaks. At this moment, most of the country seems to be moving in the right direction.This analysis compares states’ performance on two important metrics from the Trump administration’s : their total caseloads, and the percentage of all coronavirus...

May 16, 2020
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