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America Has Lost 200,000 Lives — How Many More Must Die?

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

As an editor, I've long had mixed feelings about the journalistic tradition of marking particular chronological or numerical milestones. No one wanted to avoid the “Sept. 11: One Year Later" package — and I was eager to do it given the six previous years I'd spent directing global coverage of al-Qaida — but the annual stories seemed far more forced by Sept. 11, 2005.

More recently, we've seen stories like “World War I: A Century Later" or “The 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II." They're often illuminating, but they don't have deeper meaning than stories that might have been published on the 99th or 74th anniversary of those events.

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Thousands Of Poorly Protected Postal Workers Sick With Covid-19

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica

For months, one postal worker had been doing all she could to protect herself from COVID-19. She wore a mask long before it was required at her plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. She avoided the lunch room, where she saw little social distancing, and ate in her car.

The stakes felt especially high. Her husband, a postal worker in the same facility, was at high risk because his immune system is compromised by a condition unrelated to the coronavirus. And the 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service knew that her job, operating a machine that sorts mail by ZIP code, would be vital to processing the flood of mail-in ballots expected this fall.

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Trump Attacks His Own CDC Director Over Vaccines

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

As the administration faced doubts about the integrity of its approval process for a coronavirus vaccine, President Donald Trump went on the attack Wednesday against CDC Director Robert Redfield's claims on the topic in a congressional hearing.

Trump contradicted Redfield's remarks about the timeline for distributing the vaccine, saying one should be approved in October or November and distributed rapidly and widely thereafter. He also disputed Redfield's claim that a mask could be more protective against catching the coronavirus than a vaccine.

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Trump’s Sociopathic Slur Against ‘Blue States’ Sparks Fury

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In a briefing featuring his galling contradiction of the CDC director's claims about vaccine development, President Donald Trump also made a startlingly callous comment about the deaths of his fellow Americans.

Referring to the COVID-19 death count in the United States, Trump claimed: "If you take the blue states out, we're at a level I don't think anybody in the world would be at."

It was yet more evidence that Trump isn't concerned about the deaths of his political opponents, and that he's incapable of feeling true empathy for those who have been affected by the virus. He only cares about boosting his own ego and personal standing, so he twists the numbers around however he thinks will reflect best on him.

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