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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Charles Dickens, writing about the inequality and social turmoil leading to the French Revolution, noted, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

So it is today, with the horrific COVID-19 killer both ravaging the globe and intensifying the inequality that was already rending social unity. Consider the experiences of one especially hard-hit group in our country: Native Americans. The Navajo Nation alone has become one of the worst of America's COVID hotspots, with a higher death rate than all but four states. Yet, in an example of the worst of times, Trump & Co. delayed disbursement of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds that Congress had set aside for tribal governments. The disease raged through Indian Country for six crucial weeks while Trump officials sat on the money. People died.

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

President Donald Trump served up his most strident attack yet on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the immunologist who quickly became the public's favorite administration official for being able to deliver solid, science-based analysis on the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday Trump slammed Fauci for urging caution on re-opening schools, especially in light of a new, mysterious, COVID-19-based inflammatory syndrome that has afflicted about 100 children, and led to the deaths of several. This new disease "affects blood vessels and organs and has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock."

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