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What Do College Students Think of Their Schools’ Reopening Plans?

Bowdoin College, in Maine, plans to reduce the number of students on campus for the fall semester and to transition to remote learning after Thanksgiving break.Photograph by Robert F. Bukaty / AP / ShutterstockAfter months of hemming, hawing, hand-wringing, and collecting student deposits, residential colleges and universities have started announcing...

The Roger Stone Case Shows Why Trump Is Worse Than Nixon

The commuting of the prison sentence of Roger Stone is a consummate act of corruption and cronyism.Photograph by Mark Peterson / ReduxOn March 21, 1973, President Richard Nixon and John Dean, the White House counsel, conferred in the Oval Office about ways to keep the Watergate scandal from consuming the Administration. The two men weighed the possibility...

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“Do You Think You’re Not Involved?” The Racial Reckoning of “Blood at the Root”

The civil-rights activist Hosea Williams, in overalls, leading a unity march near Cumming, Georgia—the Forsyth County seat—on January 18, 1987.Photograph by Gene Blythe / APNearly fifteen years ago, the poets Natasha Trethewey and Patrick Phillips were sharing a taxi in New York City when they began talking about their shared Southern origins. She was...

How Can the Press Best Serve a Democratic Society?

Illustration by Golden CosmosHenry R. Luce, the publisher of Time Inc., first proposed engaging a panel of scholars on the state of the American press in December of 1942. He suggested the idea to his friend Robert Maynard Hutchins, a legal and educational philosopher who, just over a decade earlier, at the age of thirty, had become the president of...

A Preview of How a Biden White House Might Make Policy

“Unity task forces,” intended to avoid the divisions that plagued the Democrats in 2016, could offer clues to how a Joe Biden Administration would operate.Photograph by Tom Brenner / ReutersIn April, Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden during a split-screen, live-streamed video event, bringing the Democratic Party’s Presidential-primary race effectively...

How Two Waves of Coronavirus Cases Swept Through the Texas Panhandle

The first wave of the coronavirus in Texas centered on meatpacking plants, such as the JBS facility in Cactus.Photograph by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / GettyWhen Boutsady Muongkhot went to get tested for COVID-19, he didn’t feel sick. His daughter had told him to do it. Muongkhot, who is seventy-one, is the youngest of ten children born in...

President Winning-by-Losing Is, in Fact, Losing

The problem for the President now is that, although his willful inversion of reality may work as a coping mechanism, it is wildly unsuited as a formula for governance.Photograph by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / GettySoon after the Supreme Court ruled, on Thursday morning, against Donald Trump’s effort to stop a Manhattan prosecutor from obtaining...

The Supreme Court Teaches Trump the Limits of His Presidency

In a pair of rulings on Thursday, the Court showed that Trump has not entirely disfigured the Presidency, nor erased the limits that the Constitution places on it.Photograph by Craig Hudson / Bloomberg / GettyIn two linked decisions handed down on Thursday morning, both decided by a vote of 7–2, the Supreme Court made it clear to Donald Trump that the...

Why Mexico’s Left-of-Center President Went to Dinner with Donald Trump

Perhaps wishing it were so, Mexico’s President thanked Trump for being “increasingly respectful” toward Mexicans living in the U.S.Photograph by Kevin Lamarque / ReutersOver breakfast one morning in the spring of 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke to me of his plans to transform Mexico. He was running for the Mexican Presidency, and we were in...

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