Not now, but soon?

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Masked shoppers leave the S. Congress H-E-B on March 3 in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded a mask mandate, but he cautioned Texans to keep wearing them for their own safety. Photo by Reuters

Texas is done with Covid, but is Covid done with Texas? Some states are rushing to lift restrictions while others are being more deliberate, saying they’ll do so in late March or April. Is this return to normal coming too soon or not soon enough? Meanwhile, lawmakers are making changes to the Covid relief package. Some upper-middle earners won’t get relief checks, but that’s less than a one-percent cut from the $1.9 trillion package. Is the money going to the right places? And is it too much in an economy that’s already propelled by the return of social activity? Finally, this week featured controversies about Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potatohead, and whether it’s okay to call people “neanderthals.” Is the uptick in silly news stories a sign that nature is healing?

Credits

Hosts:
Christine Emba, Josh Barro, Megan McArdle

Producer:
Sara Fay