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FILE - In this April 15, 2007, file photo, Dr. Judea Pearl, father of American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, speaks in Miami Beach, Fla. A Pakistani court on Thursday, April 2, 2020, overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Stifling a miscarriage of justice

The murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 was a sadistic, disgusting, bigoted act. Pearl, on assignment in Pakistan, was abducted and held for several days, before being beheaded. The act was filmed and distributed widely on the Internet.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski concedes the Democratic primary election to Progressive Marie Newman during a press conference at his election headquarters in Oak Lawn, Ill., Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The Democrats' pup tent

It went largely unreported by most of the media, eclipsed by the "all-coronavirus-all-the-time" reportage, but the Democrats recently kicked someone out of their quickly shrinking "big tent."

Time for infrastructure week

The job numbers are in and they don't look good. Nearly 7 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, a total exceeding most projections and setting sad historic records. The week before more than 3 million had. As the coronavirus increases its havoc across the country -- medical consensus has it that we have yet to reach "peak" infection -- the economy will continue to crater in ways we haven't witnessed since the Great Depression.

FILE - This Monday, July 10, 2017 file photo shows different shaped glasses of wine in Sonoma, Calif. According to a large genetic study released on Thursday, April 4, 2019,  drinking alcohol raises the risk of high blood pressure and stroke, debunking previous claims that moderate drinking was protective. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

What's that about never letting a crisis go to waste?

Liquor sales have risen 55 percent since the onset of the coronavirus crisis. This does not mean, as some have suggested, that Americans are getting tanked more -- at least not necessarily. It's more likely that the same impulse that pushed Americans to stock up on hand sanitizer and toilet paper has transferred to booze as well. If you're not going to want to leave the house for weeks or even months on end, you might as well stock up.

President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pestilence and politics

The world has been upended by disease, and leadership has become a matter of life and death. Coronavirus infections globally have skyrocketed in recent days, and the United States now bears the largest reported share, though it's likely that China's are grimmer still.

A gas station's pump gas prices Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Ridgeland, Miss. Earlier this week, U.S. gasoline prices had dropped to their lowest levels in four years, and they are almost sure to go lower as oil prices plunge. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gas prices tank

Talk about being all dressed up with nowhere to go. Oil prices have collapsed worldwide as demand has cratered and Saudi Arabia has refused to curtail production. The upshot? Gas cheaper than it's been in years: In the nation's capital, never a particularly affordable area, local outlets are now offering regular unleaded at below $2 a gallon.

Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns pause for rest before loading bodies into a refrigerated container truck functioning as a makeshift morgue, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The COVID-smoking connection

Public health officials and puritans of every stripe have long had to contend with one basic fact of human nature: We like drinking and smoking. Indeed, humans have been distilling alcohol since, quite literally, the beginning of recorded history. (Those slaves who built the pyramids of Egypt, while having a tough go of it, at least got to lubricate their labors with copious amounts of beer.)

Remember North Korea?

You could almost hear world leaders saying, "not now, we're busy!" Even as the coronavirus crisis intensifies around the world, North Korea's Stalinist regime continues its belligerent antics.

Ejaz Tarar stands next to his makeshift sign keeping customers six feet apart while cleaning the inside of the Food Mart in Newton County on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Newborn. The store laid down tape to mark six foot barriers for customers. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

A viral threat to liberty

Americans are an independent lot by nature, and they instinctively resist unbridled expansion of government power -- except in times of crisis. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, gave birth to the Department of Homeland Security, which citizens rightly welcomed to the fight against terrorism. Now a different sort of enemy threatens the nation in the form of the coronavirus, which is filling up morgues with its victims. Strategies for containing the pandemic are going, well, viral, bringing the colossal power of U.S. brains and brawn to bear against the peril. With them, though, come edicts that suddenly weaken constitutional liberties in a manner that would never be acceptable in normal times. Americans must demand their liberty back when the danger subsides.

Based on his fiery presence, some wonder if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could become a Democratic presidential hopeful. (Associated Press)

Democrats agonistes

One of the unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been, for all practical purposes, suspension of the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration will announce Thursday, March 26, 2020, indictments against Maduro and members of his inner circle for effectively converting Venezuela's state into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File) **FILE**

Maduro in the dock

Add international drug dealer to a resume that already includes bus driver and dictator. Nicolas Maduro, the ruinously corrupt and inept left-wing leader of Venezuela was indicted Thursday on some extraordinarily serious charges.

The statues of, from left, Hal Newhouser, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg and Ty Cobb stand in left field inside Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Detroit. The start of the regular season, which was set to start on Thursday in Cleveland and on Monday in Detroit, is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Casey's not at bat

Thursday was supposed to be one of the year's happiest days -- baseball's Opening Day. But like this year's NBA season, school year, Olympics and millions of other events once scheduled and now postponed indefinitely (including, we're sad to say, the release of Lady Gaga's new album), baseball has been scuttled. For how long, we do not know. Even if baseball does get going eventually, this season will be the first since 1994 -- the year of the ill-fated players' strike -- that teams and fans have not enjoyed a full season of 162 games.

People stand at a distant from each other as they wait to enter a COVID-19 testing site at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Coping with coronavirus

For millions trapped at home by state-ordered lockdowns, coping with coronavirus means endless hours of TV and video games, and, as we said, no baseball. Just beyond the windowsill, though, spring beckons with its seasonal explosion of fresh color. A morning meditation on the back porch with a song-bird serenade isn't going to provoke the ire of some finger-wagging governor. Where citizens are still allowed to roam freely -- keeping a respectful six feet of distance from others -- a hike through the park makes it easy to forget coronavirus cares. That's because even while death is visited upon human civilization, the world of nature is coming alive.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses Russian citizens on the State Television channels in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The coronavirus does not play politics

As of this writing, just about 60,000 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus, and our death toll has surpassed 900. Given the current, inadequate resources to track and account for the virus' spread, we should -- as government functionaries at both the state and federal level remind -- expect infection rates are actually much greater than what has hitherto been reported. What this implies for the mortality rate we don't need to spell out.

Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg waits to speak at a news conference on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Little Havana, a neighborhood in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

'Do as we say ...'

Anyone who's followed the political career of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows he's a great one for telling other people what to do and how to live. An ex-smoker, he declared war on cigarettes and banned the "Big Gulp" and other large, carry-out soft drinks because he believed they contributed to obesity, raising the cost of public health initiatives. And, despite spending millions on efforts to keep everyday Americans from exercising their Second Amendment rights, he's usually accompanied by an armed security detail.

In this Sunday, March 15, 2020, photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. What might be the final showdown between the two very different Democratic candidates takes place Tuesday, March 17, 2020, during Florida's presidential primary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's border blunders in an age of contagion

Change that happens day by day is to be expected. The world shifting on its axis practically overnight is not. Just as Joe Biden has apparently hit paydirt on his third try for the top of the Democratic Party's presidential ticket, the nation he hopes to lead looks like an episode of "The Twilight Zone." The coronavirus that is putting American lives in peril is also shredding the trendy notion that borders are losing their relevance, which the candidate has adopted in his winning cause. The requirements of presidential leadership have recalibrated, and progressive policies that sacrifice national security for gauzy globalism are now trash.

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

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.

A worker stands in an empty restaurant as food rests in refrigerators due to a directive from city leadership to limit dining options to take-away only, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Keeping the economy going

No one with any sense would deny the coronavirus spread has had a deleterious effect on the U.S. economy. The panic selling on Wall Street has caused the gains created by Trump administration policies on taxes and regulation to be largely erased. Mortgage interests are creeping up despite the Fed dropping the rate at which it loans money to financial institutions to as close to zero as it can go. And people are preparing for massive layoffs, and days if not weeks without paychecks, as the push toward voluntary isolation moves forward.

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, a masked paramilitary policeman stands guard alone at a deserted Tiananmen Gate following the coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing. China on Wednesday, Feb. 19 said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed by the government to be racist and slanderous. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China has much to hide

Apart from the obvious, there isn't much more to be said about this week's banishment of American journalists from China. On Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry demanded the credentials of American citizens working for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times and seems poised to take similar measures against Time magazine and the Voice of America.

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