Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Air is political. Research indicates race is the biggest predictor of whether a person lives near a heavily polluted area. Covid-19 is especially lethal for patients with respiratory problems.Now researchers are studying whether air pollution makes Covid-19 illnesses more severe. They are especially concerned with so-called sacrifice zones, areas with pervasive exposure to toxic emissions.…

Trump’s New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Trump’s New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Amid the constant onslaught of troubling headlines that is daily life under the Trump administration, it’s hard to know what’s more dangerous: The confirmation of John Ratcliffe to be the director of national intelligence—or what comes after it?Perhaps the clearest sign that three-term Texas congressman Ratcliffe is manifestly unqualified to serve as the nation’s director…