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The Coronavirus Makes Politics Look Small

If the worst fears are realized, the scale of the health and economic challenges posed by the coronavirus may well dwarf Brexit. Although the hardest of Brexits available, in which Britain and the EU fail to agree on a trade deal by the end of the year, is forecast to cause a recession, the mainstream view is that most other scenarios largely involve bargains of greater British autonomy in exchange for lower rates of economic growth. Take one example: On Monday, The Guardian published a story claiming that Britain leaving the Erasmus student-exchange program would “blow a hole” in its economy. What size hole, one might ask? About £243 million, or $315 million, a year—a tiny fraction of Britain’s £2.8 trillion economy. Equally, the British government estimates that the economic benefit of a trade deal with the United States—the big prize after Brexit—would amount to just

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Coronavirus Outbreaks Prompt Travel Restrictions For U.S. Military Abroad : NPR

Korean soldiers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus on a shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, last week. U.S. military stationed in South Korea and Italy have been ordered not to travel because of the outbreak.

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Korean soldiers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus on a shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, last week. U.S. military stationed in South Korea and Italy have been ordered not to travel because of the outbreak.

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A South Korean contract construction worker working at the U.S. military garrison Camp Walker in Daegu — the South Korean city hardest hit by the the coronavirus outbreak — on Monday became the eighth person linked to the U.S. military in that nation to be diagnosed with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

“The problem that we found with case number 8 is

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Habits that can lead to a healthy heart

The lifestyle choices you make, including choices about what you eat and how much you exercise, can all make a difference to your heart health. When you take steps to keep your heart healthy — such as getting exercise most days of the week or drinking alcohol in moderation — you’re taking steps that will also be good for your overall health. Your health care team is ready to step in if you need help managing a condition that affects your heart.

Make heart-healthy choices

To take care of your heart, take care of the whole you. The same healthy basics that reduce your risk of other diseases also help to keep your heart strong and help it to heal if you have heart disease.

Eat right for your heart. Heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins (such as fish, beans, chicken, nuts and low-fat dairy), and whole grains will

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The Atlantic April 2020 Issue: The Commons


The Miseducation of the American Boy

Peggy Orenstein wrote about why boys crack up at rape jokes, think having a girlfriend is “gay,” and still can’t cry—and why we need to give them new and better models of masculinity (January/February).


To the extent that “toxic masculinity” is real, most men—clearly not all men—age out of it as they mature. Also, the kind of masculinity Peggy Orenstein describes is much less evident in other groups of teenage boys. Ms. Orenstein’s sample skewed almost entirely to young, white athletes. But had she spoken with members of the debate team, for instance, or the drama club, or the school band, she might have opened a window to a very different landscape.

Harold G. Knutson
Chicago, Ill.


While Orenstein brings up some good points, the fact that her sense of humor, life experiences, and perspective differ so much from those of a teenage boy

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Trump Visits CDC After Coronovirus Fears Throw Plans Into Chaos : NPR

At the CDC, President Trump holds a picture of the coronavirus as top health officials take him on a tour of a lab where tests are developed.

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At the CDC, President Trump holds a picture of the coronavirus as top health officials take him on a tour of a lab where tests are developed.

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President Trump on Friday stopped in at the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency marshaling the response to coronavirus — a major political test for his administration.

The trip itself was almost derailed by coronavirus fears, and mixed signals about what was happening created an on-again, off-again drama that played out in front of television cameras. The chaotic impression clashed with the White House quest to

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