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Republicans’ opening bid on infrastructure is about a quarter of the size of Biden’s plan

Senate Republicans unveiled a counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure proposal on April 22. | Getty Images The GOP’s new, much narrower infrastructure counteroffer, explained. Senate Republicans have unveiled their $568 billion infrastructure counterproposal. While it sets a substantial amount of money toward fixing roads and bridges, it’s...

We now have a solution to Covid-19 hot spots. Let’s use it.

A group of teenagers serving as “Covid-19 student ambassadors” joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to receive a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Ford Field on April 6, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. | Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images There’s no reason to let cities or states suffer when the US has the vaccines. As America beats back Covid-19, it’s likely going...

5 things to know about the brand new US climate commitment

President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the United States’ new commitment to curb greenhouse gases. | White House It’s the most ambitious target to date, but it still may not be big enough to atone for our outsize emissions. The United States has an aggressive new commitment for fighting climate change: cutting its greenhouse gas emissions...

The Senate strongly condemns anti-Asian hate crimes by passing new bill 

Young participants are seen holding a placard near NYC City Hall during Stop Asian Hate demonstration to show support to Asian community in New York City. | Ryan Rahman/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images In a surprisingly bipartisan vote, lawmakers passed legislation to improve hate crime tracking. The Senate — in an overwhelmingly bipartisan...

The new rom-com Together Together explores the romance of platonic friendship

Ed Helms and Patti Harrison in Together Together. | Bleecker Street Director Nikole Beckwith says there are “different ways to be the object of someone’s affection.” I get ornery about romantic comedies. Not because I don’t like them; not because I’m particularly cranky about romance. I just find myself wishing there were more movies about...

I could have been Ma’Khia Bryant

An activist holds a placard protesting the police killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, during a demonstration on April 21 in Columbus, Ohio. | Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Like Ma’Khia Bryant, I was exposed violence at a young age. I needed help, not bullets. I held my breath for weeks awaiting the verdict in the Derek...

Why do we care how smart animals are?

Our author’s encounter with an urban duck had her questioning just what we value in animals. | Tim Graham/Getty Images Intelligence plays a role in how we treat them. Maybe it shouldn’t.  Part of The Animals Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world. One year ago, just before...

We now have a solution to Covid-19 hotspots. Let’s use it.

A group of teenagers serving as “Covid-19 student ambassadors” joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to receive a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Ford Field on April 6, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. | Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images There’s no reason to let cities or states suffer when the US has the vaccines. As America beats back Covid-19, it’s likely going...

How climate became the centerpiece of Biden’s economic agenda

New Yorkers with the Sunrise Movement take action In Brooklyn for an economic recovery and infrastructure package prioritizing climate, care, jobs, and justice, calling on Congress to pass the THRIVE Act on April 7, 2021, in New York City. | Noam Galai/Getty Images for Green New Deal Network The politics and urgency around climate change...

The Supreme Court’s “cursing cheerleader” case could reshape students’ First Amendment rights

iStock/Getty Images A case about a high school student acting like a high school student raises difficult First Amendment questions. The facts of Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a case that the Supreme Court will hear next Wednesday, involve the kind of conflict between an authority-flouting student and overzealous school officials...

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