Category: Politics

What it takes to get an abortion during the coronavirus pandemic

When Paige Alexandria found out she was pregnant, she wanted a medication abortion. But she lived in Austin in 2016, three years after Texas passed abortion restrictions that drove more than half the state’s clinics out of business. While many clinics were still open in Austin, they were so busy serving patients from other parts of the state that Alexandria couldn’t get an appointment for three weeks. Alexandria called the clinic every day, hoping someone would cancel so she could get an earlier appointment. “For any person who is pregnant when they don’t want to be,” she told Vox, “every ... Read more

Reinventing the Sound of Protest

Irreversible Entanglements. (Photo by Bob Sweeney) On November 20, 2014, Brooklyn resident Akai Gurley was getting his hair braided in his seventh-floor apartment in an East New York housing project. He was there with a friend, Melissa Butler; later that night, they decided to leave the building for a while. They waited for the elevator, but it was broken—as was often the case in the Louis Pink Houses—so they decided to take the stairs. On the floor above, two members of the New York Police Department, Officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau, were patrolling the stairwells and hallways to catch ... Read more

The Life and Death of Juan Sanabria, One of New York City’s First Coronavirus Victims

At 860 Grand Concourse, a residential apartment building in the Bronx, the doorman’s post is just inside the front door, on a landing between two flights of stairs. One of them leads up to the offices of a dentist and a lawyer, who, along with several physicians, rent commercial space. The other leads past two pairs of gold-painted columns into the main lobby, where an elevator services seven floors with a hundred and eleven apartments. Tuesday through Saturday, between eight in the morning and five in the evening, tenants coming up or down from the lobby could expect a greeting ... Read more

Gov’t Finally Takes Over, Arrests Pastor for Holding Church Service in Violation of COVID Rules

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s never a particularly popular man among the conservative set, but there’s a line between progressivism and Constitution-baiting. De Blasio crossed it and then some, saying that not only would places of worship face fines but could be shuttered for good. At a Friday news conference, de Blasio said that if churches don’t respond to fines, authorities “will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.” “No faith tradition endorses anything that endangers the members of that faith. So, the NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department, everyone has ... Read more

Coronavirus: Biden doubts Democratic convention go ahead as planned

2020 candidate Joe Biden said on MSNBC Tuesday evening it’s “hard to envision” the Democratic National Convention going ahead as planned in July when cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise. But he believes elections can take place during pandemics if alternative methods are used — like “drive-in voting.” The big picture: President Trump said earlier Tuesday projections indicated COVID-19 could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans. The virus has killed more than 4,000 people and infected almost 190,000 others as of Wednesday morning, per Johns Hopkins data. What he’s saying: During his interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, the former vice president ... Read more

COVID-19 in Red States: The Politics Daily

But as the virus spills into more red states, Republican governors must figure out how to navigate his shifting moods. (That hasn’t stopped the president from taking credit for any positive development and parroting false news of progress to his base.) The federal government can only do so much to enforce national restrictions, even if an aggressive one would help slow the pandemic’s spread. If the president wanted to enact a nationwide lockdown, akin to those in China, India and the UK, the way the federal government is designed prevents him from being able to do so. On the economic ... Read more

Corona Challenge: Germany Reaching the Upper Limit of Testing Capacity

By Matthias Bartsch, Jan Friedmann, Matthias Gebauer, Annette Großbongardt, Hubert Gude, Julia Jüttner and Miriam Olbrisch When Sascha Stoltenow held a training course back in March, the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, had already made an appearance in his life. The only problem was that Stoltenow didn’t know it yet. Four days later, back in his hometown of Wiesbaden, the communications consultant learned that the Hamburg Academy had to be closed temporarily because someone there had tested positive for the virus. One phone call later, Stoltenow realized: “I had direct contact with the infected person.” The next day, the 50-year-old Stoltenow felt ... Read more

Covid-19 Shows America’s Class Divide Is Untenable

A model presents a creation by Marine Serre at a fashion show on February 26, 2019. (Francois Guillot / AFP via Getty Images) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and ... Read more

A Chaotic Week for Pregnant Women in New York City

Early on Sunday, March 22nd, Lauren Pelz got a text from a friend who’d heard that the NewYork-Presbyterian (N.Y.P.) hospital network had decided to bar partners from accompanying women in labor, due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. It was the day before Pelz was scheduled to be induced to deliver her second child at N.Y.P. Lower Manhattan Hospital. She searched the hospital’s Web site and Twitter feed for news about the change in policy, but found nothing. She tried calling her obstetrician but couldn’t reach her. Hours later, her husband, Matthew, got through to someone on the hospital ... Read more

CNN’s Don Lemon Furious His Network Continues To Broadcast White House Coronavirus Briefing

Americans’ prime source for unfiltered information about the battle against the coronavirus should be muzzled, according to CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon and fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo were discussing live coverage of the coronavirus task force’s daily briefings Monday when Lemon said that coverage is a mistake, claiming that President Donald Trump uses the briefings to lie to the American people. “I have said, I don’t think you should really listen to what he says,” Lemon said. “You should listen to what the experts say. “I’m not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry ... Read more