Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

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

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So Farlan, Zealan, Nathan, Rogena and Keylan Knapp, RIP. Other kids had a broad path through life; you were on a tightrope with no safety net. We can do better. Here's my column:

But then his girlfriend found him, dead from a heroin overdose. He was a man of intelligence and charm, gone--a reminder of so much talent in America that is unrealized. If we want to bolster US competitiveness, forget about trade negotiations -- invest in Americans left behind.

@JacksonDiehl  notes that "Pompeo’s pandemic performance ensures his place among the worst secretaries of state ever"

Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines It's unconscionable that we send health care workers into battle without adequate personal protective equipment.

Congratulations to my former win-a-trip winner, @MitchKSmith , who has just been promoted to be a national correspondent for the @nytimes  and @NYTNational . We're lucky to have him.

Good explainer with Peter Piot, who knows his viruses and epidemics, about Covid-19:

‘I Didn’t Know Whether to Mourn or to Celebrate’: An Afghan Reporter’s Girlhood Education I'm proud to call Fatima Faizi an colleague! @nytimes 


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.

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:

Hmm, Nikki Haley should examine poverty in America. She'd find that 3 million US kids live in "extreme poverty"--less than $2 per person/ day, the same standard for extreme poverty in Congo or S Sudan. Some US kids have worms and other parasites. Happy to take Haley to show her.

Donald Trump "is intensely loyal...he will never let you down." --his third wife

An Arizona Senate candidate says he's pro-gun because he once fended off a gunman with a gun kept under his bed. Turns out the "attacker" was his mom, and he shot her dead; he was charged with murdering her and his sister, but not convicted.

A Florida man tested negative for coronavirus but was billed $3,270--so many will avoid testing. We need universal health coverage: It protects all of us. Same for paid sick leave: You want a sick person to stagger to work to prepare your food? My column

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Journalists know: When leaders go berserk, furiously denying there's anything going on, blaming others--that's when you're getting close.

So it seems that the result of Trump's assassination of Soleimani will be: The ouster of US forces in Iraq; a possible regrouping of ISIS; a reprieve for the Iranian regime from protests; inability to support US forces in Syria -- and we haven't even gotten to the retaliation.