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Why Boris Johnson Won’t Clash With Joe Biden

Why Boris Johnson Won’t Clash With Joe Biden

Commentators and politicians around the world have frequently compared the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with U.S. President Donald Trump, noting their shared casual relationships with the truth as well as populist and nativist proclivities. The perceived similarities between the two leaders even proved a rare point of consensus between the candidates in the recent U.S. presidential election: President-elect Joe Biden to Johnson as Trump’s “physical and emotional clone,” while Trump Johnson “Britain Trump.”The U.S. election—according to this school of thought and (quickly denied)...

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The coronavirus and Trump’s diseased credibility

The coronavirus and Trump’s diseased credibility

On Tuesday, Nancy Messonnier—director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—called a media briefing. She warned Americans that the spread of the coronavirus known as covid-19 is a matter not of if, but of when. According to Politico, the White House was “livid” with Messonnier and scrambled to establish a reassuring counter narrative. Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, went on CNBC to say the United States had contained the virus; on Twitter, President Trump insisted that all is well,...

February 28, 2020
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China, conspiracy theories, and the murky coronavirus origin story

China, conspiracy theories, and the murky coronavirus origin story

Yesterday, Josh Rogin, of the Washington Post, published a column that appeared in the paper’s Global Opinions section, but contained bombshell new reporting. Per Rogin, in early 2018, officials from the US Embassy in Beijing repeatedly visited a laboratory in Wuhan where researchers were studying coronaviruses in bats, and their possible transmissibility to humans. Embassy staff were so concerned about safety issues they said they’d observed on their visits that they sent two warnings back to the State Department, urging the US government to give the lab support. In the first of the...

April 16, 2020
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