Top Democrats, Alleging Cover-Up, Seek Testimony on Secret Service Texts

The leaders of two House committees told the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that they had developed “grave new concerns over your lack of transparency and independence.”

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Readers Respond to the February 2022 Issue

Letters to the editor from the February 2022 issue of Scientific American

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Readers Respond to the January 2022 Issue

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Readers Respond to the December 2021 Issue

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President Moon Exchanges Farewell Letters With Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in, who is barred from seeking re-election after his five-year term, and the North’s leader had warm parting words amid a diplomatic stalemate.

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Attention, High Schoolers

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U.T. Austin Acquires Archives That Give Insight Into the 1960s

The papers of Richard Goodwin, a speechwriter to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and his wife Doris Kearns Goodwin, a presidential historian, shed light on decision-making at crucial moments in American history.

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Imran Khan Defiantly Refuses to Resign as Pakistan’s Leader

Prime Minister Khan, who faces the prospect of being removed from office by Parliament, accused the United States of mounting a conspiracy to topple his government.

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Ginni Thomas’s Texts, and the Limits of Chief Justice Roberts’s Power

His title notwithstanding, the chief justice cannot force a colleague’s recusal. If Justice Clarence Thomas is to disqualify himself, it will be his decision.

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Readers Respond to the November 2021 Issue

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Recreating a Family’s Lost Holocaust History, Step by Step

During the pandemic lockdown, when solitude dredged up the regret of missed opportunities, one writer hiked over the Pyrenees Mountains to better understand her father.

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Readers Respond to the October 2021 Issue

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Colleagues Who Backed Harvard Professor Retract Support Amid Harassment Claims

The retraction came after three female graduate students filed a lawsuit accusing the university of ignoring allegations that an anthropology professor had sexually harassed students for years.

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Decoding Dickens’s Secret Notes to Himself, One Symbol at a Time

A letter Charles Dickens wrote in his mystifying style of shorthand had gone unread for over a century. Computer programmers helped scholars decode it.

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Readers Respond to the September 2021 Issue

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How European Royals Once Shared Their Most Important Secrets

Recent research highlights the use of letterlocking techniques by Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de’ Medici and Mary Queen of Scots.

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A Soldier Sent a Letter to His Mom in 1945. It Was Just Delivered.

A letter from a 22-year-old U.S. Army sergeant serving in Germany was finally delivered last month to his widow in Woburn, Mass.

#letters, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #woburn-mass, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Ethics Adviser Rebukes Boris Johnson Over Downing Street Decorations

The adviser said it was “plainly unsatisfactory” that he was not told that Mr. Johnson had petitioned a prominent donor to arrange financing for the makeover of his apartment.

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Readers Respond to the August 2021 Issue

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You Love That House, but Should You Write a Love Letter?

A common practice in real estate is coming under new scrutiny because of concerns about discrimination. And one state has made it illegal.

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Unvaccinated, and Hospitalized With Covid

Readers discuss the strain Covid puts on hospitals. Also: Calling for a carbon tax; how overturning Roe could backfire; writing “real” letters.

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Cherished Words From Sondheim, Theater’s Encourager-in-Chief

He wrote great shows, but Stephen Sondheim was also a mentor, a teacher and an audience regular. And, oh, the thrill of getting one of his typewritten notes.

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There’s a Cure for the Anxiety of Email: It Starts With a Pen

I didn’t keep my resolution to handwrite a letter each day of this year, but I learned plenty from trying.

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Readers Respond to the July 2021 Issue

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U.S. Military Jury Condemns Terrorist’s Torture and Urges Clemency

Seven senior officers rebuked the government’s treatment of an admitted terrorist in a handwritten letter from the jury room at Guantánamo Bay.

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My Real Estate Secret Weapon Didn’t Work. Or Did It?

Buyers’ letters are controversial — and not necessarily very effective. But when you keep losing bidding wars, it helps to at least name the future you want.

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Sam Anthony, Facing Death, Found the Courage to Find His Father

After struggling with cancer for years, Sam Anthony was running out of time. Before he died, he found the courage to mail a letter that he had long been afraid to send.

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Who Is the Bad Art Friend?

Art often draws inspiration from life — but what happens when it’s your life? Inside the curious case of Dawn Dorland v. Sonya Larson.

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Whistle-Blower Says Facebook ‘Chooses Profits Over Safety’

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, revealed that she had provided internal company documents to journalists and others.

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Readers Respond to the June 2021 Issue

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Marie Antoinette’s Letters to Her Dear Swedish Count, Now Uncensored

Researchers used an X-ray technique to resurface the redacted text of letters exchanged between the queen and her dear friend Axel von Fersen.

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Readers Respond to the May 2021 Issue

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R. Kelly Pressed Victims to Write Letters Absolving Him, Prosecutors Say

Many of Mr. Kelly’s accusers say he pressured them to write letters that said he was innocent of the sexual abuse that they now say he committed.

#kelly-r, #letters, #nxivm, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #sex-crimes

How Reader Comments Build Connections at The Times

Reader responses add an extra dimension to Times articles, and a lot more.

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Readers Respond to the April 2021 Issue

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Readers Respond to the March 2021 Issue

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Readers Respond to the February 2021 Issue

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He Is Senegalese and French, With Nothing to Reconcile

David Diop, an International Booker Prize finalist for his novel “At Night All Blood Is Black,” is among the writers whose work is helping France face its history with Africa.

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Postal Service, Facing Steep Losses, Seeks to Increase Prices

Under the proposal, the price of a first-class stamp would increase for the first time since January 2019, to 58 cents from 55 cents.

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Reading Dan Frank, Book Editor and ‘Champion of the Unexampled’

Alan Lightman, Janna Levin and others recall the editor who shaped their work and a literary genre. Plus, more reading recommendations in the Friday edition of the Science Times newsletter.

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Readers Respond to the January 2021 Issue

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Business Coalitions to Speak Out Against Voting Restrictions in Texas

Companies including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Unilever are set to call for expanded voting access in the state after weeks of silence from national businesses on Republicans’ voting bills there.

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Readers Respond to the December 2020 Issue

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High Schoolers: Let’s Hear From You

We’d like to hear student opinions about what’s in the news. Write a letter to the editor in response to a recent article, and yours may be chosen for publication.

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

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‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

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Readers Respond to the November 2020 Issue

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New Technique Unfolds Centuries of Secrets in Locked Letters

M.I.T. researchers have devised a virtual-reality technique that lets them read old letters that were mailed not in envelopes but in the writing paper itself after being folded into elaborate enclosures.

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Salvaged From 1941 Shipwreck, Letters Reveal Wartime Love and Sacrifice

For over 70 years, the letters lay undisturbed in the wreckage of the S.S. Gairsoppa, sheltered from the ravages of ocean currents by well-positioned mail bags. Now, conservators are piecing together these undelivered messages from the past.

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Show Thanks With A Gratitude Letter

Concerned about a friend or a loved one who may be feeling the winter doldrums? Try writing them a gratitude letter.

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