Paul Krugman: The Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis

Paul Krugman: The Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis

Plus John Nichols on elections and Amy Wilentz on the Kushners and coronavirus.

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Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize–winning economist, says we don’t have an easy way of responding to the economic threats posed by the coronavirus, and Trump’s preoccupation with the stock market is a big mistake. Krugman’s new book is Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future.

Also: We’ll talk about the Republican senators who say paid sick leave for people with the coronavirus will “make workers lazy”—that’s what Ron Johnson says. He represents Wisconsin, and we’ll talk about that with our man in Madison, John Nichols. John also examines everything that went wrong with Tuesday’s elections, and talks about what we must do to ensure that there’s no postponement of the November election.

And we’ll also talk about the Kushners and the coronavirus: Jared has been working in some unusual ways, and there’s also virus news about Ivanka and Don Junior. Amy Wilentz reports—she’s our Chief Jared Correspondent.

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