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Derek Thompson

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The Pandemic Mistake America Can’t Repeat

More, better, and faster testing might have averted the worst of what America faced in 2020.

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What’s Behind South Korea’s COVID-19 Exceptionalism?

Seven weeks ago, South Korea and the U.S. had the same number of virus deaths. Today, South Korea has fewer than 300, and the U.S. has more than 70,000.

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America Is Acting Like a Failed State

The Trump administration has failed to perform the most basic function of a state: to accurately assess a threat to the country.