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Wednesday, May 06, 金殿国际棋牌-首页
Political pollsters often use a caveat that their audiences often ignore: “If the election were today …”
The Department of Education just released results of the quadrennial National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in U.S. history, civics and geography given in 2018 to thousands of American eighth-graders. Scores declined in geography and history; results in civics are unchanged since 2014.
Tuesday, May 05, 金殿国际棋牌-首页
Set aside for the moment how quickly and to what extent North Carolina and other states should reopen our economies. Set aside partisan wrangling ahead of the 金殿国际棋牌-首页 elections. Set aside the sweeping ideological claims about how COVID-19 “proves” everyone’s preexisting beliefs about the proper size and scope of government.
There are many moments in the Trump presidency when it appeared he would crash and burn like an ordinary politician. Each time he survived, even thrived, his approval ratings hovering in the mid-40s, even rising occasionally to the high 40s, though never reaching a failsafe 50 percent.
Sunday, May 03, 金殿国际棋牌-首页
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.
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 detailed guidelines for officials in the states to consult when deciding when to reopen.
Being a medical doctor is a very fulfilling career — having the ability to save a life, prevent chronic disease and empower a community one person at a time. Physicians, nurses and EMTs all work toward learning an enormous amount of knowledge in service to humanity, but sometimes knowing too much seems worse than not knowing anything at all.
Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a military historian and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written two articles relevant to today’s society. Last October he published, “Members of Previous Generations Now Seem Like Giants,” and he recently wrote, “Is America a Roaring Giant or Crying Baby?”
If Donald Trump were president in 1941, we would have lost World War II. This is a statement rooted in the historical knowledge of what it took for FDR to ramp up the country’s industrial base to produce the necessary weaponry, and how he rallied the American people for a war that was thrust upon them when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
At an April 23 press conference, Gov. Roy Cooper gave a reasonable explanation of what led him to institute North Carolina’s statewide stay-at-金殿国际棋牌-首页 order nearly a month earlier. His secretary of health and human services, Dr. Mandy Cohen, gave a reasonable explanation of the metrics the administration is tracking — and why a decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is not necessary to begin a phased reopening of North Carolina’s battered economy.
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks.
If you are like me, your email has been flooded with stories about COVID-19 lately. Most articles use faceless data like unemployment figures, infection rates and economic losses to paint a sobering picture of an unpredictable global health crisis with an uncertain outcome. One story, however, had a face. It was an article about a Lenoir County high school student traveling three miles every day to access WiFi so he could complete online assignments because he did not have broadband at 金殿国际棋牌-首页.
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."
Every evening at 7 people in New York City stop whatever they’re doing to cheer from the rooftops in a show and shout of gratitude to the corona warriors, our health care workers who put their lives on the line for patients infected with the coronavirus.
One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost. That’s in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff. In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation if they want to stay in business. It’s an entirely different story for politicians running the government where any benefit, however minuscule, is often deemed to be worth any cost, however large.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column arguing that while a stay-at-金殿国际棋牌-首页 order might be justified as an initial response to an immediate and poorly understood public-health threat, it wasn’t “sustainable” for more than a few weeks.