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The wild and irresistibly saucy tale of the curry con man

J. Ranji Smile served Indian food and tall tales to a hungry American public. Was he the first "celebrity chef" or a crook? The truth is complicated.

“We’ve made it so complicated”: Vaccine campaigns are failing to reach the most vulnerable

Local health clinics and community groups are just as important as mass vaccination sites in the rollout.

A single Trump judge is already sabotaging Biden’s efforts to slow deportations

Biden is likely to spend his presidency fighting Republican judges who block his policies for legally dubious reasons.

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The Black-white life expectancy gap grew in 2020 — but it can be reversed

Closing the gap starts with better access to health care.

Coming soon to Twitter: Tweets you have to pay for

Twitter, a notoriously public platform, is building a walled garden.

The future of the middle class depends on student loan forgiveness

Canceling debt is what’s needed to ensure a solid, equitable middle class.

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The case for Covid-19 optimism

Vox’s German Lopez explains why he feels optimistic about the end of the pandemic even though 500,000 Americans have died, the virus is mutating, and it’s going to take a long time to vaccinate the world.

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Black Americans have disproportionately suffered from pollution. It’s time for a new policy.

Marrying civil rights and environmental protections could close the gap on health disparities caused by industrial polluters.

Biden launched airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria to “send a message”

To all the clothes I’ve loved before

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s dehumanizing attack on Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender daughter, explained

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Rethinking Policy for Black America

Systemic racism is baked into every aspect of American life. These policies can help dismantle inequities in education, housing, health, policing, and more.

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Why Facebook reversed its news ban in Australia

A Columbia professor argues against our drug puritanism

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Biden just partially lifted Trump’s pandemic-related restrictions on legal immigration

One Good Thing: Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia is so much more than a Gilmore Girls rip-off

How Biden can rein in the Big Meat monopoly

Biden’s controversial decision to reopen temporary shelters for migrant children, explained

3 popular policies Democrats can use to fight climate change and boost the economy

Rochester police won’t face charges in Daniel Prude’s death

How bad is your state’s Covid-19 outbreak?

FDA advisers to meet this week on Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine

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QAnon believers think Trump will be inaugurated again on March 4

“I feel like my ancestry is the story of America”


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Vox's Emily Stewart sits down with Matt and Dara to unpack some of the lesser-analyzed aspects of the Covid relief bill

Ghana is the first country to receive vaccines from the global Covax initiative

Poll: 61% of likely voters support Democrats’ gradual minimum wage hike

GOP opposition to the Iran deal is threatening to sink a Biden Pentagon nominee

The wellness industry is coming for your mattress

How to convince a NIMBY to build more housing

What’s your “fair share” of carbon emissions? You’re probably blowing way past it.

Why some like Apple’s new privacy labels, despite their flaws

Why Ted Lasso became the hit that put AppleTV+ on the map

India’s vaccination campaign is unlike any other


The boxing film that was banned around the world

The complicated case of Allen v. Farrow, in one timeline

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As Times Square sits idle, so do Mickey and Elmo

Life was never easy for New York’s costumed performers. What happens when the tourists disappear?

Black and Latino communities are being left behind in the vaccine rollout

The future of QAnon, explained by 8 experts

The scientist who’s been right about Covid-19 vaccines predicts what’s next

Joe Manchin voted for controversial Trump nominees but is undecided on Biden’s

Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media

Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney are proposing a $10 minimum wage

Senate Republicans say Interior pick Deb Haaland has “radical views” on Big Oil