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Coronavirus 4th of July

| Ah, the 4th of July, the centerpiece of the summer. Time to fire up the grill and have friends over to enjoy idle talk, good food, and adult beverages. Then, when dark approaches, head for a red, white, and blue pyrotechnic extravaganza.  more

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Reality pierces the Trump bubble

| It was supposed to be Trump's triumphant return to the campaign trail where he would soak up the adulation of a packed arena full of adoring, cheering fans. It would confirm the story being told by the White House — the coronavirus had been vanquished, the economy was recovering, and everything under the Decisive Leadership of Donald Trump was getting back to normal, just in time for the November election.  more

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A cellphone video sparks a movement

| Cellphone cameras are chronicling the world, and the potential power of what they capture has been demonstrated far and wide over the past two weeks.  more

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Happy birthday 77

| A year ago today, I was looking forward to my 76th birthday, hoping it would be better than my 75th year.  more

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I alone can open it

| Yesterday's coronavirus briefing from the White House was anything but a briefing. It was a pity party, a recitation of grievances, ranting and raving with a generous helping of campaign propaganda thrown in.  more

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A very stable genius