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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Glass Hotel'

Near the beginning of "The Glass Hotel" Emily St. John Mandel introduces Paul, who is studying finance at the University of Toronto. He'd prefer to study musical composition, but "His mother was unwilling to entertain the idea of an impractical degree, for which after several expensive rounds of rehab he couldn't easily blame her."

From left, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sit together in the front row before President Barack Obama spoke about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance in this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

America does not need a director of national intelligence

We need a U.S. intelligence community that is nimble, innovative and willing to take risks. Eliminating the ODNI and its gargantuan bureaucracy will go a long way toward fixing the damage that this huge, ineffective and politicized leviathan has done to our national security.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, pauses before a news conference as an 11th-hour Republican rescue mission to keep President Donald Trump from a Senate defeat on his signature issue of building barriers along the southwest border seems near collapse, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Lee is the chief sponsor of a bill limiting future emergency declarations by the president. His bill is supported by other Republican senators. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Civil liberties hang in coronavirus balance

- The Washington Times

It's times like these -- times of national crisis, times of national coronavirus emergency -- that civil rights, constitutional rights, God-given individual rights become most vulnerable, most tested. It's times like these, though, they also become most necessary.

Nurse practitioner April Sweeney takes a sample from a patient, Friday, March 20, 2020, at the drive-through testing site at the AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion, in Millcreek Township, near Erie, Pa. . Saint Vincent Hospital officials expected to test up to 40 patients daily at the site, which opened Friday.   The samples will be tested for flu strains before they're tested for COVID-19, a new coronavirus. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)  **FILE**

Health professionals deserve daily thanks, prayers in fight against coronavirus

- Associated Press

America's health professionals are the brave soldiers on the front lines of a cruel illness that threatens our lives, our liberty and our livelihoods. They are our domestic heroes, every bit at risk as the medic on the battlefield, and they deserve our thanks and daily prayers.

People queue at ticket machines at Heathrow airport in London, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

United States must fight against any internationally mandated "coronavirus economy'

We now see proof that the retrenchment embodied by the current "coronavirus economy" could become legally mandated, with no recovery permitted but only worsening, in the name of climate change. While extreme, this is actually unfolding, and the United States ignores the warnings at its peril.

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump never actually banned flights from China or Europe. Why?

- The Washington Times

On Saturday, Italy announced that 793 people had died that day from COVID-19, the coronavirus that originated in China that has rapidly spread across the world. That was up from 627 deaths that had occurred on Friday and 427 on Thursday. The death toll is now well over 5,000 in that country alone.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A Burr in the GOP's saddle

If Richard Burr decides to give up this whole being a senator thing, he might pitch himself as a television host for the stock-market-obsessed television network CNBC. Mr. Burr, a Republican senator from North Carolina who chairs the Intelligence Committee, made some startlingly prescient market moves before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, which has seen U.S. indices drop some 30 percent. Unless the man is in secret possession of Warren Buffett-levels of financial genius, his moves were just a little too prescient, we suspect.

A bottle of Broad Branch Distillery's Whiskey Wash Hand Sanitizer sits on a barrel on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The distillery is creating hand sanitizer, which is available for free to the public, in reaction to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

The private sector steps up again

If America is to get through the COVID-19 crisis in good shape, it will largely be because of the private sector. We've already praised those organizations that — at great risk to themselves — shut down significant portions of their operations to protect public health.

Prosecute for insider trading

Once again, the powerful ruling class proves that it is shamelessly sneaky in using the classified intelligence its receives on world events to selfishly save its stock portfolios from a looming crisis — a perk the average American is denied ("Sens. Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler sold stock before steep market losses from coronavirus," Web, March 19).

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