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How MLMs took advantage of the pandemic

Florida’s mysterious Covid-19 surge

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How to make your job search suck a little less

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The redistricting wars

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John Mulaney was performing a role all along

America is still stuck in the world 9/11 built

Michael K. Williams was more than just Omar from The Wire. He elevated Black identity onscreen.

Corporate America still isn’t sure what to say about abortion

America needs to decide how much Covid-19 risk it will tolerate

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic

The evidence for violence interrupters doesn’t support the hype

The Jeopardy hosting saga has become a cautionary morality tale

One Good Thing: This Chinese dance show is the only thing I care about

Should vaccinated people worry about long Covid?

Pandemic unemployment insurance is ending at maybe the worst possible time

One Good Thing: An unsung drama of the 2010s you should stream right now

Adam Serwer on the all-American politics of cruelty

How California’s bizarre recall system could elect a Republican governor

The history of US intervention in Afghanistan, from the Cold War to 9/11

Some companies are mandating vaccines — but not for front-line workers

Why Biden was so set on withdrawing from Afghanistan

Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters

Nothing changes on The White Lotus. That’s the point.

The Suicide Squad puts its director on a path to become the Gen X Clint Eastwood

Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the “defund the police” era

What’s in the new infrastructure bill — and why it’s a big deal

Gaming culture is toxic. A major lawsuit might finally change it.

Marty Baron on truth, democracy, and the press in an age of distrust

Biden’s reconciliation bill would be a very big deal

M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, HBO’s The White Lotus, and the existential terror of right now

Why it matters that Tucker Carlson is broadcasting from Hungary this week

The anti-American right

Breakthrough cases aren’t the cause of the US Covid-19 surge

America isn’t panicking about inflation

What empty offices mean for America’s cities — and workers

How much worse can the coronavirus get?

Why school lunches feel like they’re frozen in time