Do you trust his gut? Photo: Alex Brandon/AP/Shutterstock Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, Brian Kemp's plan to reopen Georgia's economy, and the removal of a federal vaccine scientist. Despite pushback from public health experts, local employers, mayors, and even Fox News , Georgia governor Brian Kemp has announced that some businesses in his state will begin to reopen tomorrow , and Tennessee, Ohio, and South Carolina will follow soon after . What's the benefit to a governor like Kemp in making this decision now? Having stolen an election from Stacey Abrams by disenfranchising black voters, Kemp clearly believes he can get away with anything. The only certain beneficiaries of his edict will be the owners and employees of funeral homes. Even before tomorrow's reopening, Georgia ranks second in deaths per capita, behind Louisiana , among the thirteen states of the South. It ranks 40th among the states per capita in coronavirus testing. While federal guidelines ask that states achieve a sustained two-week decline in infections before lifting any restrictions , Georgia is doing so with infections on the rise. Then again, no one ever… Read full this story
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