A comparison of Texas and California suggests that legal edicts matter less than The New York Times thinks.
Using obscure laws to prevent people from helping each other is obscene.
Now officials in Chicago and New York are reconsidering their rules.
Recent upward trends in cases and deaths seem to reflect virus transmission tied to holiday gatherings.
Vaccine booster doses currently being reserved will be released immediately to inoculate more Americans.
New York Bill Would Let the State Put People in Detention if Deemed a 'Significant Threat to Public Health'
The legislation gives the government wide latitude to detain those who might have a contagious disease.
The New York governor says hospitals have to increase vaccinations—but there's a catch.
The incessant urge to make COVID-19 infection a morality play is corroding our humanity and distracting us from solutions.
A growing number of states are enshrining eviction moratoriums into laws that won't expire until well into next year.
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A 71-year-old therapist comes out of the "chemical closet" to promote MDMA as a means of self-discovery
The idea is looking less like a Get Out of Jail Free card and more like a hall pass.
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The government must move quickly to approve a one-dose regimen for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
Ramp up the vaccinations now!
It's not clear how long those hopeful trends will continue.
Centralization makes sense only if you ignore differences in local conditions—and trust the feds to make the right choices.
Fortunately, 2020 is nearly at an end. Unfortunately, its events will leave one hell of a mark on the years to come.
The story of why pain relievers took root in Appalachia begins decades before the introduction of OxyContin.
A year into the pandemic, politicians still have not digested the dangers of careless public health measures.
The evidence is limited and mixed, but data from New York, Minnesota, and California suggest that restaurants there account for a small share of infections.
Thanks to poor management and massive rates of incarceration, people are dying both inside and outside prisons.
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California Judge Blocks Enforcement of State and Local Bans on Restaurant Dining in San Diego County
The decision says the government failed to present any evidence of virus transmission in restaurants that follow COVID-19 precautions.
SCOTUS Declines To Let Kentucky Religious Schools Reopen Without Addressing the Constitutionality of Closing Them
The justices emphasized that K-12 schools are currently scheduled to reopen after winter break.
Pandemic chaos is driving families to flee government institutions in search of education that better suits their needs.
Individually and in organized groups, people are pushing back against lockdown orders.
Authoritarian-minded officials have found opportunity in public health fears.
Under punitive federalism, localities refuse dictates from above while state and federal officials retaliate.
California's Health Secretary Concedes There Is No Empirical Basis for the State's Ban on Outdoor Dining
The ban is "not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining," Mark Ghaly says, but part of the effort to keep people from leaving home.
San Mateo County Health Officer Scott Morrow, who supported last spring's stay-at-home orders, airs his misgivings about reviving that policy.
Courts ignore constitutional guarantees while defendants awaiting trial languish in jail.
It is likely to be approved for distribution by the end of the week.
The National Bureau of Economic Research finds that U.S. media coverage of the pandemic is far bleaker than in other countries.
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Circumstances change and the world may grow more complicated, but authoritarians never vary from their demand for more power over our lives.
Paul Krugman Thinks Holding Religious Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Like 'Dumping Neurotoxins Into Public Reservoirs'
The New York Times columnist misconstrues the issues at stake in the challenge to New York's restrictions on houses of worship.
SCOTUS Blocks New York's COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship, Saying They Are Not 'Narrowly Tailored'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described his policy as a "fear-driven response," cut by a "hatchet" rather than a "scalpel."
By arbitrarily foreclosing relatively safe social and recreational options, politicians encourage defiance, resentment, and riskier substitutes.
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If governments stand in the way of vaccine production and distribution for the world market, the costs will be high in lives and in wealth.
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