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The U.S.’s Long History of Mistreating Haitian Migrants

Haitian migrants line up to receive food at a shelter in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuña.Photograph by Pedro Pardo / AFP / Getty ImagesThis past week, while looking at the heart-wrenching images of Haitian migrants—packed by the thousands under the Del Rio International Bridge, in Texas, or crossing at shallow points of the Rio Grande, or being...

On the Internet, We’re Always Famous

Illustration by Jeffrey KamThe fennec fox is the smallest fox on earth and cute as a button. It has mischievous dark eyes, a small black nose, and impish six-inch ears—each several times larger than its head. The fennec is native to the Sahara, where its comically oversized auricles play two key roles: they keep the fox cool in the baking sun (blood...

It’s Too Early to Consign Joe Biden to the Ash Heap of History

The Biden Presidency, on both the foreign and domestic fronts, remains a jumble of aspirations—and retains a haze of uncertainty about how to achieve them.Photograph by Stefani Reynolds / Bloomberg / GettyIs Joe Biden’s Presidency actually “dead,” “failed,” and all but “over,” as you have surely heard by now? The Republicans and their conservative allies...

What COVID Booster Shots Can and Can’t Do

The F.D.A. approved Pfizer boosters for a limited subset of the population; on Thursday, a C.D.C. panel issued recommendations in line with the agency’s authorization.Source photograph by Frederic J. Brown / AFP / GettyIn August, the White House introduced an ambitious plan to start providing booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to all American adults....

Could the Teen Magazine Rise Again?

The magazine Rookie was founded, by Tavi Gevinson, shown here in 2013, at a time when Instagram was nascent and traditional teen magazines were struggling.Photograph by Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times / GettyWhen Casey Lewis was a teen-ager, in the early two-thousands, she would arrive home from school every day eager to find the latest issue...

My Family Was a COVID Cluster

Illustration by Angie WangA few weeks ago, just after returning from a brief reporting trip to Baton Rouge, I went with my wife, Heather, and our two children on a late-summer vacation to a small house we’d rented in the Catskills. The house had caught our eye: it was a tiny place, a sort of architectural bento box that suggested the delineation of...

When a Child Is Hospitalized with COVID

The best data we have suggest that the pediatric death rate from the Delta variant is similar to that from earlier ones—that is, exceedingly rare.Photograph by Christophe Ena / APSometime long ago—in early 2020—an infection-prevention specialist came to morning report to review personal protective equipment with the pediatricians at the hospital in...

Why Is R. Kelly Standing Trial Alone?

It remains unclear why two of R. Kelly’s alleged associates, who were indicted in a federal case against him in Illinois, were not indicted at the Brooklyn courthouse (above).Photograph by Richard Levine / AlamyAfter five weeks of arguments and testimony at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, the trial of the R. & B. star R. Kelly will soon come...

Amid Skepticism, Biden Vows a New Era of Global Collaboration

Joe Biden made his début at the elegant green-marble rostrum of the United Nations this week, as the coronavirus infected more than half a million people each day worldwide, as wildfires and floods aggravated by climate change ravaged the Earth, and as the U.S. struggled to prevent a new cold war with China. In lofty language, the President tried to...

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