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Unemployment claims are surging across the nation and the Secret Service recently confirmed there are scammers trying to add your name to the list of consumers collecting benefits. 

Joe Biden still has time to do the smart thing and name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo his running mate. The top two reasons would be Cuomo's proven competence managing his state's coronavirus crisis and a strong personality unafraid of that other son of Queens, President Donald Trump.

President Trump is conducting a concerted and calculated campaign to undermine every institution in the American political system that can hold him and his political allies accountable for their actions. His list of targets is long: judges and journalists, intelligence analysts and inspector…

I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present.

"It's scary going to work," White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett told CBS. "I think that I'd be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing."

Joe Biden has not been loudly beating up on President Donald Trump for his pathetic performance during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has already killed over 80,000 Americans and cratered the economy. And the United States has become an object of international pity.

Last year seems a lifetime ago, but even then, cash was no longer king. The greenback had already lost its premier role as Americans' medium of exchange in dollar terms. Plastic card and digital transactions had taken over. And that's how stores, restaurants and other businesses seemed to want it.

No surprise that Americans have spent much of their lockdown watching TV — nor that one of the most-watched shows has been "The Golden Girls." First aired in 1985, the sitcom portrays four older women, three widows and one divorcee, sharing a house in Miami.

As of April 30, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 61,500 Americans in two months and induced the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

I've been teaching at George Washington University for almost 30 years, and conducting classes online for the last six weeks or so. And while the sample size is still quite small, I think it's possible to reach several tentative data-driven conclusions.

One of the few good things that's happened during the coronavirus pandemic is that we've learned how many capable governors and mayors there are across America, of both political parties, who have stepped in to mitigate the terrible harm caused by Boss Trump's ignorance and impulsivity.

I live in Los Angeles County, where new coronavirus cases are showing up as fast as anywhere in the country. We're on lockdown. We were the first state to be told to stay in place. Until this week, we were actually able to take some comfort in that, because we lagged so far behind New York i…

When Germany let smaller stores reopen, the expected didn't happen. Officials thought that shoppers would burst out of their five-week lockdown and spend, spend, spend. They were wrong.

The most pressing problem facing Americans today is how and when states and local areas reopen after the coronavirus lockdowns. President Trump, stressing the terrible economic damage the lockdowns have done, has (mostly) pressed for reopening sooner rather than later. He has released detail…

Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new depression, up for a confrontation and Cold War with China?

MONTREAL -- Chalk up another victim to the coronavirus that has swept across the globe: the decades-old amity that tied Canada to the United States in cross-border marriages and commercial relationships, that deepened during World War II, that took the form of three landmark 20th-century fre…

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Recently, the following was seen on a sign being held by a 70ish year old woman: “Compassion: Help, would you let your Mom or Dad be on the street homeless?”  I don’t know this lady’s story. I do know that she should not be sleeping on the street. I meet teenagers who are living on the stree…

"Surreal" is a word people have been using a lot in the last month or so, under the new coronavirus reality. The word can be used to touch upon the terrifying and the life-endangering, as well as the merely inconvenient.

"War is the health of the state," wrote the progressive Randolph Bourne during the First World War, after which he succumbed to the Spanish flu.

President Trump has said many misguided and misleading things since the coronavirus started strangling America. Remember this brilliant prediction? "It's going to disappear," he said back in February. "One day, it's like a miracle -- it will disappear."

There will be no graduation festivities this spring at dozens of American colleges and universities, including Ohio State, Brigham Young, Howard, Swarthmore, Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Yale. That means this year's graduates and their closest relatives and friends will not have the benefit of…

After the Great Pandemic has passed and we emerge from Great Depression II, what will be America's mission in the world?

The Brooklyn Hospital Center, now treating a flood of COVID-19 patients, has performed in national crises for over 150 years. During the Civil War, poet Walt Whitman spent time there, tending to rows of wounded and dying Union soldiers.

Calvin Coolidge's stance at the Boston Police Strike of 1919 catapulted him to national prominence, to his party's vice presidential nomination a year later, and eventually to the presidency. Herbert Hoover's achievement in feeding starving Europeans after World War I gave him the heroic sta…

We used to worry about a country where people were bowling alone. Now we have ample reason to worry about going bowling at all.

Voters in Wisconsin have scored a major victory for democracy. Yes, the Democratic Party benefited from their effort, but that's not the main point. The real winner was the American system itself.

Possibly you recall the "information superhighway." As The New York Times explained way back in 1993, "one of the technologies Vice President Al Gore is pushing is the information superhighway, which will link everyone at home or office to everything else -- movies and television shows, shop…

A friend closed in his northern Italian apartment for almost six weeks emailed me saying that his wife says he looks like a "clochard." That's French for street bum. This from a man who once was a walking advertisement for fine Italian tailoring.

My first non-waitressing job was counting candy bars in the basement of a Sears/Roebuck warehouse in Boston. Within weeks, having demonstrated my great prowess, I moved on to Twinkies, Ring Dings and my absolutely favorites, Coffee Cakes.

Easter may not have brought America the victory in the war against the coronavirus pandemic that President Donald Trump anticipated. But during Holy Week, we may have reached our Saratoga moment, our turning point.

As a community, we have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic storm for another week.  Because of the precautions being taken, we as a community are far better off than other areas in our state and our nation.  That doesn’t mean that we can let our guard down just yet.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nati…

These are difficult times with the Governor’s orders due to the risk of COVID 19. To stay at home and social distancing is tough to do. Many of the businesses we frequented are closed or have reduced services to take-out and delivery. Some have closed their doors until further notice. Parks,…

Some of us are obsessed right now with President Trump. Some are drawn to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York. Others are preoccupied with Dr. Anthony Fauci. I can't stop thinking about Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.

The polls show Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race. Looking at the last 10 surveys in the RealClearPolitics average of polls matching Trump vs. Biden, Biden is leading in every one of them -- by anywhere from 3 to 10 points. Biden's average lead, in those 10 polls, is 5.5…

As was only fitting on St. Patrick's Day, my brother Tommy and I congratulated each other on our hardy Irish peasant genes. Centuries of living on dirt floors with pigs, we smugly agreed, have rendered us Micks immune from contagion.

Among the works that first brought Henry Kissinger to academic acclaim was "A World Restored," his 1950s book about how the greatest diplomats of Europe met at the Congress of Vienna to restore order to a continent shattered by the Napoleonic Wars.

Hospitals struggling to treat waves of very sick people now face a new threat: millions of uninsured Americans pounding at their gates. How can the hospitals afford to treat them, even if they have the beds?

When I was a kid, my mother and sister used to castigate me for being too emotional (I cried), not tough enough. "Susie just can't handle hard things," the two of them would smugly agree.

We're all thoroughly sick of bad news about the pandemic: rising infection and mortality rates, shortages of essential medical equipment, a president who cares more about his TV ratings than the citizens he's supposed to be protecting. So this column is entirely about good news: the countles…

There have been a few moments in recent weeks when the new reality of the coronavirus epidemic hit me in special ways. One of them was when Amazon put books on the bottom of its priority list. Bookish type that I am, that is what Amazon is for me: books. And I've rediscovered the bookstores …

One thing we're learning, in our collective sorrow, is how many mayors and governors of both parties there are across America who are infinitely more capable of responding to a crisis than anybody in the White House. New York's Andrew Cuomo, Ohio's Mike DeWine and others have earned justifia…

How nervous are some Democrats about Joe Biden's chances against President Trump this November? Nervous enough to entertain the notion that another Democrat -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- might swoop in and save the day.

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