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FILE- In this Sunday, March 15, 2020 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Unstoppable Joe

Tuesday's party balloting in three populous states went heavily for the former vice president, who has ridden quickening momentum from also-ran to leader of the pack. The most recent results were hardly a surprise: The Real Clear Politics polling average showed Mr. Biden up 56.7 percent to 33.8 percent over Bernie Sanders prior to the balloting, and the FiveThirtyEight election forecast put the odds of a Biden ticket at better than 99-1.

A sign advises hand-washing in a bathroom at St. Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Only about 100 people filled a sprawling sanctuary that seats more than a thousand at the church because of coronavirus fears. Pastor William Watley told congregants he would follow officials' guidance on whether to continue services after Sunday, calling for prayer during the epidemic. (Jeff Amy/Associated Press)

News you can use

By the time you read this, you will have likely already felt the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic in some facet of your life. You are likely confined, for all intents and purposes, to an increasingly smaller radius that will, if we hit the point feared by many health care professionals, keep you pegged to your property except for occasional trips to the grocery store.

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When deceit goes viral

The coronavirus isn't the only disease that endangers the health of the nation. Though it threatens to sweep everything that came before it into the dustbin of memory, the virus had a precursor that insidiously infected the U.S. justice system. When Americans rise from their sick bed in due course, they should renew their insistence in discovering who is responsible for the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. Unless the sordid details are exposed of how trusted officials trampled on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in an effort to unseat President Trump, there will be no assurance that it could not happen again.

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Building is seen in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Proposed FISA reforms aren't reforms

There's still a lot we don't know about the FBI's investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. What we do know, however, should give all of us pause. False information was used to secure the ability to employ electronic surveillance on at least one relatively junior campaign official which may have created a chain of information, obtained surreptitiously, leading to the candidate himself.

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The phantom flight bans

Which brings us to another private sector action. President Trump has boasted repeatedly that he "stopped flights from China." In an address to the nation Wednesday night from the Oval Office, he added that he was now banning flights from many European countries for a period of 30 days as well.

The seats are empty at the Amway Center in Orlando, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The NBA has suspended its season until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.  (Stephen M. Dowell /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The private sector steps up

Americans have always been suspicious of centralized power and this healthy aversion has usually served us well. We didn't become the freest, most dynamic country in the world by funneling power to Washington. We have thrived because of our healthy respect for individualism and enterprise.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The other race for the cure

If only there were a vaccine for it. And the same goes for the coronavirus, as well. Like the dreaded disease, socialism threatens to infect the Democratic Party, thanks to the persistence of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his pursuit of the presidency. Owing to the success of former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday's mini-match, though, the danger has eased that a plague of utopian promises would spread rapidly enough to carry off the nation. Only Americans with compromised patriotism should be disappointed.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Do we really know Joe Biden?

If you were planning to cast a presidential vote this November in order to restore dignity to the White House, or install a statesmanlike temperament in the Oval Office, you might wish to reconsider your interest in Joe Biden.

 In this March 13, 2019, file photo, David Byrne takes part in the "Reasons To Be Cheerful" featured session during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local emergency that effectively canceled the annual event. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File) ** FILE **

Taking coronavirus seriously

Americans are a sunny people, optimistic by nature and by virtue of experience. But just because things usually work out for the best for our unusually blessed country doesn't mean that we shouldn't take big problems seriously. Consider COVID-19, the mysterious coronavirus that emerged from central China late last year and that has been marching around the globe.

People watch from a boat as the The Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge Monday, March 9, 2020, in this view from Sausalito, Calif. The cruise ship carrying at least 21 people infected with the coronavirus has passed under the bridge as federal and state officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people on the ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco. Personnel covered head to toe in protective gear Monday woke up passengers on the Grand Princess to check whether they were sick. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Finding false virtue in the virus

If one man's trash is another man's treasure, then one man's curse could be another man's cure. While much of humanity shudders with fear of the deadly coronavirus, not everyone is. That's because a pandemic that slows civilization's activities means less damage to the global climate. For some environmental extremists, events that visit tragedy upon human beings are viewed as propitious for the planet. It doesn't take a doctor to conclude that looking for the bright side of suffering is itself a sickness.

Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., confirms his state's first case of coronavirus in this file photo from a news conference Friday, March 6, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Brian Witte) ** FILE **

Coronavirus and government secrecy

Thursday evening, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced — via press conference and official release — that three residents of Montgomery County, near Washington, had tested positive for coronavirus contracted while overseas. He also declared the Free State was now itself in a state of emergency. After Mr. Hogan made his remarks, Fran Phillips, deputy secretary for public health services in Maryland, took over and then fielded questions.

Former Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden speaks during a press conference at the Union League Club after her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, received presidential endorsement Friday, March 6, 2020, from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and other members of the Illinois congressional delegation. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The doctor is in

Jill Biden has a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Delaware, and she never lets the American people forget it. Mrs. Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, insists on being referred to as "Dr." Biden. Her Twitter handle is @DrBiden. The press has largely acquiesced: Even though it has persistent trouble referring to actual pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson as "Dr." Ben Carson, it is rare indeed to ever see a reference to Jill Biden without "Dr." preceding her name.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Joe Biden, meet John Kerry

In 2004, the Democrats had a presidential candidate from Vermont who had energy, activism, the support of the young and a cause — ending the Iraq War — bolstering him. But in the end, the party establishment determined that this candidate, despite his obvious appeal, was "unelectable." Instead, they opted for a doddering, senior figure who was judged to be more palatable to Middle America.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with her husband Bruce Mann's hand on her shoulder, speaks to the media outside her home, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass., after she dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Warren abandons her quixotic bid

Nevertheless, she persisted. Through embarrassing losses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, at one time considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, continued her by then quixotic bid. She managed to stagger to Super Tuesday, where she managed to finish no better than third place in any of the 14 contests. Indeed, Ms. Warren came in third in her home state, Massachusetts, behind both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A race for the ages

"The future ain't what it used to be." Whether meant as the wisdom of the ages or a wisecrack, words commonly ascribed to master of the malaprop Yogi Berra never seem to grow stale. Ten days ago, the future of the Democratic Party was all Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden appeared used up. Then Super Tuesday happened: Uncle Joe climbed out of the political crypt and back into the party's contest for president. Moderation has ambushed socialism, but it's too early to cheer: The party is still solidly planted in left field.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs his wife Sara after first exit poll results for the Israeli elections at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins, but for how long?

Three times in the past 11 months the voters of Israel have gone to the polls to elect a new government. And although the returns are not yet final, it's reasonable to guess that this week they have finally succeeded. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party seems close to achieving a working majority in parliament. Indeed, even if Likud falls a seat or two short in the Knesset, it is likely that its improvement since last October's balloting will prompt a few defections from other parties.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking during a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020, at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Pausing the socialist surge

An ocean wave is relentless — until it hits a seawall and dissolves into spray and foam. Similarly, political momentum surges forward with an air of inevitability. If it meets a competing force, though, momentum lives or dies on the currents of public opinion. "Unstoppable" Bernie Sanders has collided with Joe Biden, and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination swirls with uncertainty, for now. That's a good thing — it gives Americans a moment to ignore momentum and ponder the consequences of drowning liberty in a sea of socialism.

Trader David O'Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Stocks sank again after another wild day, extending a rout that left Wall Street with its worst week since October 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stock market surprise

So far, the coronavirus has been relatively contained — in the United States, at least. What hasn't been contained has been the carnage on Wall Street. Stock market indices just suffered their worst fall in value since the 2008 financial crisis.

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