The Vaccination Imperative

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Dr. Leana Wen, former Baltimore Health Commissioner, nails what must happen immediately on the COVID vaccination front. Read her no nonsense Washington Post oped, but the gist is: Use It or Lose It. Wen argues that the Feds should give states and local governments guidance on getting vaccinations into people’s arms.

Auchincloss on Testing and Schools

Auchincloss Calls for More Testing to Get Schools Open -- But More than that Needed

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Newly elected and sworn in (today) U.S. House of Representatives Member Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) penned this oped in today’s Boston Globe calling for massive expansion of COVID testing to get schools reopened, but his proposal needs some other legs to stand on.

Fauci Sees Light at End of Tunnel

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Happy New Year! Cliches can set in fast, but the declaration that everyone is glad to be done with 2020 is one with which I wholeheartedly agree. It’s hard to imagine 2021 being worse, so let’s toast the law of averages that eventually things must improve.

A Coronavirus Economic Plan That Doesn’t Forget People

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My friend and fellow TWN Notetaker Richard Vague has recently been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to be Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Banking and Securities. Vague recently wrote this letter to a US Senator on what would be needed to deal with the economic shock of the cororavirus crisis.

Is Japan’s GDP drop a fluke?

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With all the (completely justified) focus on the coronavirus, we’ve overlooked Japan’s alarming GDP report. Japan just reported a drop in GDP of 6.3% on an annualized basis for the December 2019. Japan’s GDP growth has been notoriously soft ever since its financial crisis of

Will the Coronavirus Go Global?

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Six days ago, I moderated a smart and informed conversation on Al Jazeera English’s The Bottom Line on what we knew (then) about the novel coronavirus. We are about six hundred further deaths and many thousands more reported official infections since what was the case then.

Is the Fed Too Large?

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There’s been great controversy about the Federal Reserve’s intervention in markets during and after the Global Financial Crisis, especially the so-called quantitative easing (QE) in which the Fed became a much more active buyer of Treasury Securities as a way of providing more liquidity and support to the banking system and the econ

Hope for the New Decade?

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I was recently invited to participate in the first Oxford Union debate of 2020. The Oxford Union debates were founded in 1823 and have featured presidents and prime ministers.