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David Leonhardt: How Trump is making the coronavirus worse now

At a private New York meeting in October 1940, William Knudsen made a desperate plea to the automobile industry’s top executives. Knudsen himself had been the president of General Motors until a...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt: A complete list of every time Trump tried to play down the coronavirus

President Donald Trump made his first public comments about the coronavirus on Jan. 22, in a television interview from Davos with CNBC’s Joe Kernen. The first American case had been announced the...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt: F.D.R. got it. Most Democrats don’t. Warren does.

In January 1937, near the end of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term as president, Life magazine published a map of the United States spread over two full pages. The headline read: “What President...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt: Big business is overcharging you

When Thomas Philippon moved to Boston from his native France 20 years ago, he was a graduate student on a budget, and he was happy to discover how cheap American telephone use was. In those days of...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt: The climate is more important than health care

When Bill Clinton became president, his top legislative priority was health care. When Barack Obama became president, he first had to prevent a depression, but then he too turned to health care....

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

How words become weapons, forms of cowardice

You could always slight the very rich by calling them moneybags, robber barons, fat cats or plutocrats. Billionaire was a neutral word, grounded in math: Such a person could spend $10 million a...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

Who wants to play Monopoly? America, do you?

The popular telling of the Boston Tea Party gets something wrong. The colonists were not responding to a tax increase. They were responding to the Tea Act of 1773, which granted a tea monopoly in...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

Polis, Ocasio-Cortez are wrong on student debt

Democrats won’t be able to do much policy-making over the next two years, because of President Donald Trump and the Republican Senate. But they can use their House majority to do more than...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

The Supreme Court is coming apart at the seams

The Supreme Court is an unusual institution because it somehow manages to be both majestic and intimate. The court is housed in a marble temple with soaring columns, and it has made some of the...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

We’re measuring the economy completely wrong

Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the official economic statistics – the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets – say the U.S. economy is fully recovered....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

Leonhardt: Republicans should heed McCain’s last message

John McCain was no moderate. He won Barry Goldwater’s Arizona seat in 1986 and was, for the most part, a fitting heir to Goldwater. McCain supported a smaller federal government, a hawkish foreign...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

Leonhardt: How Trump lost his re-election in 2020

Donald Trump, who spent much of the past four years as a historically unpopular president, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. His approval rating hasn’t approached 50 percent since he took...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | COLUMN: David Leonhardt

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