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American fascism isn’t going away

The Republican establishment’s long dalliance with the conspiracist right

President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.

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Stories from a Lost Year

2020 was a hard, hard year. Here are the stories of people who lived through it.

The Lost Year: Exercise in quarantine, keeping a business alive, and the unusual intimacy of Zoom

A year in the life of a mail carrier (the year is 2020)

"It feels like I’ve never stopped playing Russian roulette because I never stopped working."

The Lost Year: Making your workplace Covid-19-safe — when you’re an escort

"I haven’t contracted Covid yet. I’ve been lucky, because my bubble is probably huge."

Here are the 9 most interesting conversations I had in 2020

The Lost Year: A new baby who didn’t know your face for days because you were wearing a mask

"I love just looking at his face when he sees there are other people in the world!"

The Lost Year: Chronic pain, an unusual love story, and reassurance via pickle

"There are certain ways — and maybe it’s not cool to say this — in which quarantine has been helpful."

The Lost Year: Falling for your mailman in lockdown (but not getting the ending you wanted)

"I asked him, ‘How’s everything going? How can we help?’ And I accidentally told him that I loved him."

The Lost Year: A new dress, new self-acceptance, and a sudden onset of the soul

"That day, for the first time, I saw myself. And I knew I was trans. Holy shit."

The Lost Year: A sudden crisis, online sex work, and a better understanding of privilege

"Online sex work has amplified the loneliness for some customers. I’m talking to them because they’re paying."

The Lost Year: Marriage, kids, 2 jobs, maskless customers, and #BlackLivesMatter in the rural South

"The first couple weeks, I sucked at life. I sucked at everything."

The Lost Year: A woman, an injured baby pig, and a series of revelations

"It’s easier to believe everything is holy lying under the stars with friends and a pig sleeping in the crook of your arm."

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How the Supreme Court revived Jim Crow voter suppression tactics

A living rain: How one planetary scientist imagines life on Venus

What America can learn from the fall of the Roman Republic

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: An expert on antifa explains the group

Why Buddhism is true

What we get wrong about misogyny

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

Why humans are cruel

A divorce lawyer’s guide to staying together

Bullshit jobs: why they exist and why you might have one

How the baby boomers, not millennials, screwed America

Did Joker deserve all the discourse?

Julián Castro’s quiet moral radicalism

Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggle

Mosquitoes might be humanity’s greatest foe. Should we get rid of them?

How slavery became America’s first big business

Is Big Tech addictive? A debate with Nir Eyal.

An expert on human blind spots gives advice on how to think

Fast-food restaurants represent the best and worst of America

Kyle Kashuv on his Harvard crisis: “I wish I could take it back. I can’t.”

He lost his ROTC scholarship when he came out. Decades later, he’s still paying back student debt.

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pass her plans

Philanthropy is undergoing a massive backlash. A new book argues it’s gone too far.

White identity politics is about more than racism

Why coders want to optimize the world