Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Oregon farmboy turned NY Times columnist, author with my wife, @WuDunn, of Half the Sky

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Very interesting piece by my @nytopinion  colleague @ezraklein  on how Biden is able to dial down the rhetoric, giving him space to dial up the policy:

Maybe there'll be some situations where we have to keep schools closed. But it's ridiculous that we prioritize serving drinks in bars, not serving kids in schools.

Sure, it's hard to keep schools open. But private schools, including strapped Catholic schools, have done so, and there's little sign that teachers have elevated infection rates compared to other occupations, or that schools are contributing significantly to the pandemic.

So if we hold Republicans' feet to the fire for bungling Covid-19 management and masking last year, let's also hold Democrats' feet to the fire for not doing more to reopen schools. Lots of data in the column: Please read.

My column argues that it's not a done deal that MBS becomes king. Saudi Arabia has had six crown princes in the last decade. If Biden had made clear to King Salman the cost to Saudi Arabia of sticking with a Mad Prince, we might have had a seventh.

In the post-Trump era, how to reach people who are wrong: That's my new column, drawing on 's new book, "Think @adammgrantin '>Ag @AdamMGrantin ," and on research from social psychology about what changes minds. See if I persuade you!

My column draws on the work of @AdamMGrant  to look at how biases shape our political views -- and impair our ability to persuade others. It's a call in the post-Trump era for intellectual humility.

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‘She Is a Hero’: In Myanmar’s Protests, Women Are on the Front Lines by @hkbeech 

In Oregon, Scientists Find a Virus Variant With a Worrying Mutation


When all 57 Buffalo police officers on the emergency response team resign because two were suspended for knocking down a 75-year-old man and sending him to the hospital, this seems like an opportunity to find 57 new police officers who don't approve of assaulting senior citizens.

This is a police force begging to be defunded.

A hospital in Seattle area has sent out a note to staff, shared with me, suspending elective surgery and warning that "our local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy." The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.

Reminds me of a press conference I attended -- in North Korea.

Ventilators may soon be worth their weight in gold, and other countries are frantically placing orders. But a US company that makes ventilators says it could increase production five fold -- but the US hasn't placed an order:

Did women leaders handle Covid-19 better than male leaders? I crunched data & found that the death rate in female-led nations was 1/5 that of male-led nations. If the US had the death rate of female-led countries, the US would have saved 102,000 lives.

While a single mom in the US gets $1,200 in Covid relief, the GOP plan provides that a millionaire real estate developer gets an average of $1.6 million -- and Trump and Kushner will probably be beneficiaries. My column on more socialism for the rich.

And if we stopped issuing death certificates, Americans would live forever.