U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as virus raged

From the White House to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, political and institutional failures cascaded through the system, and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost.

Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Communications show scientists’ alarm at slow initial response by U.S.

Lab scientists expressed dismay at the Trump administration’s failure to move quickly and at bureaucratic demands that delayed testing.

White House scrambles to scoop up medical supplies worldwide, angering Canada, Germany

German officials even accused the U.S. of piracy over a shipment of masks officials claimed was diverted to the U.S. in Thailand.
Lauren and Mike Derse, owners of two toy stores in Massachusetts, said they had no choice but to lay off their entire staff. (Nathan Klima for The Post)
Lauren and Mike Derse, owners of two toy stores in Massachusetts, said they had no choice but to lay off their entire staff. (Nathan Klima for The Post)

Retailers furloughed nearly 1 million workers. But the industry’s troubles are just beginning.

Analysts say at least 15,000 stores, including some well-known brands, are likely to close permanently.
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Trump is trying to undermine the government’s independent watchdogs — again

The president’s announcement that he is putting the intelligence community’s inspector general on leave comes one week after Trump’s claim of “presidential supervision” over the pandemic recovery watchdog, an ominous attempt to limit independent oversight of administration actions. Allowing vacancies is one way to do that.

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