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2021 mayoral race
2021 mayoral race
Very Few People Voted in the Mayoral Primary This Weekend
Judging by the paltry early-voting numbers so far, interest in the race is not sky-high.
the national interest
the national interest
GOP Senator: Democracy, Majority Rule Aren’t What Our Country Stands For
Rand Paul gets a little too honest about his beliefs.
covid-19
covid-19
We’re Probably Getting a Fourth COVID Vaccine
Novavax says its shot is safe, 90 percent effective, and will be put up for emergency-use authorization in the U.S.
politics
politics
‘We Have to Do What It Takes to Protect Our Delicate Democracy’
Texas lawmakers may leave the state to save voting rights.
foreign interests
foreign interests
Can Biden Make America Lead the Free World Again?
His Europe trip is meant to reassure allies that the U.S. is back in the business of global leadership, but long-term credibility will be a hard sell.
nyc mayoral race
nyc mayoral race
Eric Adams Criticized for Proposing 400-Kid Zoom Classes, Year-round School
His resurfaced idea, for a “full-year school year … using the new technology of remote learning” with huge Zoom classes, wasn’t received well.
department of justice
department of justice
Trump DOJ Even Seized Records of Top White House Lawyer in Hunt for Leaks
The latest abuse of power scandal within the Trump administration is a reminder of the chaos within the last White House.
international affairs
international affairs
Netanyahu Ousted As Prime Minister of Israel
Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as the country’s new leader, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year reign, but the new governing coalition remains fragile.
sin city
sin city
Las Vegas Is Back, But I’m Not
What it’s like to return to normalcy when everyone else is already there.

The Great Resignation?

More Americans are quitting their jobs than at any other time in at least two decades, adding to the struggle many companies face trying to keep up with the economic recovery. The wave of resignations marks a sharp turn from the darkest days of the pandemic, when many workers craved job security while weathering a national health and economic crisis. In April, the share of U.S. workers leaving jobs was 2.7%, according to the Labor Department, a jump from 1.6% a year earlier to the highest level since at least 2000. …


Several factors are driving the job turnover. Many people are spurning a return to business as usual, preferring the flexibility of remote work or reluctant to be in an office before the virus is vanquished. Others are burned out from extra pandemic workloads and stress, while some are looking for higher pay to make up for a spouse’s job loss or used the past year to reconsider their career path and shift gears.

ideas
ideas
The Delusions of the Radical Centrist
Why Michael Lind’s iconoclastic brand of populist politics fails to convince.
2022 midterms
2022 midterms
Brian Kemp May Be Outfoxing Donald Trump
Despite Trump’s vows of vengeance against the Georgia governor, he cannot find a top-tier candidate to run against him.
covid-19
covid-19
The Implications of the Lab-Leak Hypothesis
The epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch explains the risks of the virus research done at the Wuhan Institute.

A whale of a tale

Licensed commercial lobster divers literally pluck lobsters off the sandy bottom, and as [Michael] Packard, 56, dove down Friday morning, he saw schools of sand lances and stripers swimming by. The ocean food chain was in full evidence, but about 10 feet from the bottom Packard suddenly knew what it truly felt like to be part of that chain. In something truly biblical, Packard was swallowed whole by a humpback whale.


“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard recalled Friday afternoon following his release from Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. “I could sense I was moving, and I could feel the whale squeezing with the muscles in his mouth.”

the national interest
the national interest
Biden’s Biggest Danger is Congressional Democrats Afraid to Tax the Rich
Behind the scenes, Democrats are knifing the administration’s legacy.
awards
awards
Darnella Frazier, Who Filmed George Floyd’s Murder, Gets Pulitzer Nod
The Pulitzer board awarded her a special citation, saying her video showed ”the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
politics
politics
Merrick Garland Unveils Plan B for Protecting Voting Rights
As new congressional legislation stalls, the Justice Department will utilize the powers it already possesses to fight voter-suppression measures.
explainer
explainer
What’s Driving the Surge in Ransomware Attacks?
From gas to meat, hackers keep disrupting large sectors of the economy. Here’s why the attacks are getting easier and what’s being done to stop them.
nyc mayoral race
nyc mayoral race
Maya Wiley and Eric Adams Trade Jabs Over Cops and Guns
During the most recent NYC mayoral debate, Wiley declined to say whether she would disarm NYPD officers. Adams called her answer “alarming.”
covid vaccines
covid vaccines
Johnson & Johnson Must Toss 60 Million Vaccine Doses Made at Troubled Plant
Only ten million J&J doses produced by Emergent BioSolutions’ Baltimore facility have been cleared for use.
2021 california recall election
2021 california recall election
Why Recall Fever Is Sweeping California
Easy rules, intense reaction to COVID-19 restrictions, and a Republican Party with nothing better to do have all fueled a wave of recall drives.
poltiics
poltiics
Will Women Be Required to Register for the Military Draft?
After the Supreme Court dodged the question, Congress could move to include women — or abolish registration altogether for the first time since 1940.
department of justice
department of justice
Trump DOJ Seized Adam Schiff’s Records in Search for Leaks
Prosecutors seized metadata of the top House Intelligence Democrat, Eric Swalwell, and a minor in a failed hunt to find those leaking to reporters.
side effects
side effects
CDC Flags Rare Cases of Heart Swelling in Young People After COVID Jab
Reported myocarditis cases make up a tiny fraction of the nearly 130 million Americans who have had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
intelligencer chats
intelligencer chats
Why It’s So Hard to Hire Restaurant Workers Right Now
For one thing, the pandemic allowed servers, cooks, and others to reevaluate their place in a precarious industry.

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inequality
inequality
The Limits of Wealth-Tax Populism
Safeguarding democracy from inequality will require much more than soaking the superrich.
nyc mayoral race
nyc mayoral race
Key Moments From the Third NYC Mayoral Debate
Highlights from a shorter and arguably more contentious contest.