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It feels like only yesterday that this time last year, all our lives were upended with the impositions of lockdowns. Alas, we are still no closer to truthfully finding out the origins of the virus. But worry not, in the latest issue of The Spectator, Sean Thomas explains how he would write “Covid: The Thriller.” While this may be a work of fiction, it is still more plausible than anything the World Health Organization tells us.
Though conservatives would like to believe that the Democrats are constantly in disarray with their infighting, the last week has shown that the opposite is true. As the Democrats pushed through a $1.9 trillion stimulus package through Congress, it shows that the party is united more than ever behind the most left-wing agenda in decades. Meanwhile, it is the GOP which finds itself in a shambolic state, obsessing over culture wars and loyalty to former President Donald Trump instead of being a serious voice in opposition. Unless the GOP can fix its messaging and formulate a consistent strategy, a progressive agenda will only steamroll through, as the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal notes.
Last week completed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fall from media sainthood to persona non grata as he faces an impeachment investigation and calls to resign from figures such as Chuck Schumer and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. The governor has shown his adamance to stay in office by refusing to quit, so much so that he even blamed “cancel culture” while denying any wrongdoing (how the tables turn). However, despite mounting pressure, Cuomo is likely to survive the scandal since he is a liberal Democrat in a one-party state, writes Kyle Smith at National Review.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rode to power on an oil boom and promised economic prosperity in the early 2000s. He then cemented his popularity by sending tanks into Georgia and annexing the Crimean Peninsula, thus shoring up nationalist sentiments. With the poisoning and subsequent jailing of de facto opposition leader Alexei Navalny—and the suppression of mass protests surrounding that—Putin’s third act as a full-blown autocrat is well underway. As his popularity declines and a younger generation of Russians grow dissatisfied with his rule, Henry Foy at the Financial Times details the predicament the Russian President finds himself in.
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