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Herd immunity is still key in the fight against Covid-19

9 August 2020 11:09 am

Open or close? Open the schools and close the pubs? Open bowling alleys but not skating rinks? Allow open restaurants…

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Why are black Americans likelier to die of COVID than Latinos?

9 August 2020 4:34 am

Only part of the dramatic racial differences in age-adjusted COVID-19 death rates can be explained by racial differences. The remainder reflects a substantially lower black…

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Meet Gen Z GOP, a group of confused liberals

9 August 2020 4:06 am

Meet the hip new Republican youth group: ‘Gen Z GOP’. Media outlets welcomed the group with open arms. NeverTrumper Bill…

Will HSBC protect its pro-democracy staff in Hong Kong?

8 August 2020 5:00 pm

Noel Quinn, the chief executive of HSBC, declines to say whether his bank will disown pro-democracy staff who fall foul…

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What’s on the agenda?

8 August 2020 7:47 am

Donald Trump has been tight-lipped about his second-term agenda, preferring to speak about the past accomplishments of his administration when…

Spain's bizarre mask policies

8 August 2020 1:48 am

Spain has a reputation for having some of the strictest policies on masks in Europe, with the public even encouraged…

What's up with Macron's Lawrence of Arabia stunt?

8 August 2020 12:40 am

President Macron neither lacks chutzpah nor a lust for drama. His walkabout yesterday amid the devastation of Lebanon’s Beirut, following…

Evening Standard sacks nearly half its journalists after Covid crunch

7 August 2020 11:00 pm

Last Friday, Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, was celebrating his nomination for a peerage. But…

Palmerston's retirement leaves Larry as top cat

7 August 2020 9:33 pm

Power struggles at the heart of government continued today, with a key member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announcing…

The real Covid-19 threat

7 August 2020 4:00 pm

Daniel Kahneman called it anchoring; I call it tunnel vision. It’s when we depend too heavily on our pre-existing ideas…

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Hidin’ Biden’s basement convention

7 August 2020 3:45 am

Not everyone appreciates the extent to which the Democrats pushing Joe Biden for president are students of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.…

Cancelling Kindergarten Cop is a step too far

6 August 2020 9:58 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s late-Eighties to early-Nineties comedies have not gone down in history as great triumphs. Films like Junior and Twins…

Jbiden ohn Podesta speaks on stage at former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night event

Top Democrats contemplate civil war if Biden loses

6 August 2020 9:09 pm

The chattering caste of Washington DC has spent much of the summer obsessed with the idea that Donald Trump will…

Facebook is wrong to censor Donald Trump

6 August 2020 9:01 pm

Donald Trump has hardly covered himself in glory in his latest public responses to the pandemic. His calamitous interview with…

Can Douglas Ross stop Scexit?

6 August 2020 8:43 pm

Douglas Ross is the new leader of the Scottish Conservatives and since his predecessor lasted all of 167 days, best…

Pakistan has transformed into a covid-19 success story

6 August 2020 7:07 pm

As the covid-19 pandemic rages on, Pakistan is emerging as an unheralded, and unlikely, success story. Despite having the fifth…

Europe is finally coming to terms with Brexit

6 August 2020 4:00 pm

An article in the Dutch, left-leaning newspaper Het Parool led with the headline ‘Despite Brexit, multinationals prefer London over Amsterdam…

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Trump campaign misses the mark with latest Biden attack

6 August 2020 7:19 am

Former vice president Joe Biden handed the Trump campaign an interview gaffe for the ages on Wednesday. When asked if…

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Who does Trump want?

6 August 2020 3:45 am

Joe Biden has reportedly narrowed his vice-presidential search, with Sen. Kamala Harris and former national security adviser Susan Rice taking…

No bread, no heat, no hope: Life in Lebanon after the Beirut blast

6 August 2020 3:19 am

Once again, crisis comes to Lebanon. Once again, people are dying young in the Middle East. Last night an explosion…

Has Sweden been vindicated?

6 August 2020 2:56 am

Sweden has released growth figures for the second quarter – a contraction of 8.6 per cent – and two narratives…

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President Trump should bend — but not break — Big Tech

6 August 2020 1:47 am

Americans’ increasing focus on this fall’s elections has awakened in me a tinge of nostalgia for the good old days…

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Trump’s Burkean moment

5 August 2020 9:50 pm

President Trump surprised some on Saturday when he shared a video from Business Insider explaining that billionaires have amassed half-a-trillion…

Has Trump’s Covid-19 response really been so dire?

5 August 2020 6:25 pm

The sight of Donald Trump fumbling with charts during his interview on HBO this Monday has provided much ammunition for…

Should a coronavirus vaccine be compulsory?

5 August 2020 6:24 pm

The mandatory introduction of face masks in shops and a ban on families and friends from different households meeting in…