Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Boston’s Refusal to Fly Christian Flag

The court seemed poised to rule that the city, which has approved many other requests to raise flags at its City Hall, violated a Christian group’s free speech rights.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hallward-driemeier-douglas, #kagan-elena, #religion-state-relations, #united-states

Examining the Spike in Murders

The effects are felt unequally across the U.S.

#firearms, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

North Korea Launches 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles

The recent missile activity has raised tensions in the region at a sensitive time, and has prompted the United States to call for more sanctions on the North.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #security-council-un, #south-korea, #united-states

This Isn’t the Presidency Biden Imagined for Himself

The problems the president is facing are an almost perfect inversion of the problems Obama faced.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #democratic-party, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Some Colleges Loosen Rules for a Virus That Won’t Go Away

There is talk about moving from ‘containment to management,’ with fewer restrictions as spring semester progresses.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #masks, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion

If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Census Memo Cites ‘Unprecedented’ Meddling by Trump Administration

Newly released documents show that top career officials at the Census Bureau had drafted a list of complaints about political interference in the 2020 count.

#brennan-center-for-justice, #census, #census-bureau, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #population, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

OSHA Can Do More to Protect Americans From Covid-19

The Supreme Court’s decision on vaccine mandates leaves the door open for a new strategy to protect workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

For Coronavirus Testing, the Nose May Not Always Be Best

As Omicron spreads, some experts are calling for a switch to saliva-based tests, which may detect infections days earlier than nasal swabs do.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #nose, #tests-medical, #throat, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Leading Bookseller’s Private Collection Goes Up for Sale

Christie’s will auction the personal Americana collection of William Reese, which carries an estimate of $12 million to $18 million.

#americana, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #reese-william-s, #united-states

The Life and Legacy of Sidney Poitier

How the first Black man to win an Oscar transformed not only American cinema, but also America itself.

#actors-and-actresses, #audio-positive-nostalgic, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #poitier-sidney, #united-states

How Parents With Young Children Are Coping With Work-Life Imbalance

Facing an uncontrolled surge of virus cases, parents of children under 5 are again forced to wrestle with child care crises as the rest of the world appears eager to move on.

#anxiety-and-stress, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #work-life-balance

OPEC Plus and Other Oil Producers Aren’t Keeping Up With Demand

OPEC Plus, the United States and others have been slow to ramp up output, lagging production goals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #saudi-arabia, #united-states

Two High-Powered Black Attorneys Confront a Justice System’s Flaws

“Just Pursuit,” by Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, and “The Rage of Innocence,” by Kristin Henning, a longtime juvenile defense lawyer, detail the moral quandaries and bias they encountered in their work.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #coates-laura, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #henning-kristin-1970, #just-pursuit-a-black-prosecutors-fight-for-fairness-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-rage-of-innocence-how-america-criminalizes-black-youth-book, #united-states, #youth

New Virus Cases Begin to Slow in U.S. Cities Where Omicron Hit First

Reports of infections are falling in Cleveland, Newark and Washington, suggesting that a national peak may be approaching.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #united-states

America Is Falling Apart at the Seams

Why are so many of us behaving so badly?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #education-k-12, #firearms, #hate-crimes, #loneliness, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states, #yglesias-matthew

Rockets Possibly Fired by Pro-Iran Assailants Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias.

#baghdad-iraq, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #iran, #iraq, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

We Need to Think the Unthinkable About Our Country

It’s plausible that the United States as we know it could disintegrate. Institutions need to consider worst-case scenarios — to help avoid them. 

#bush-george-w, #dr-strangelove-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-bomb-movie, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #schelling-thomas-c, #secession-and-independence-movements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Death of High School Hockey Player Renews Debate on Neck Guards

Canada and Sweden mandate neck protection for amateurs, but U.S.A. Hockey only recommends players wear neck guards. Teddy Balkind’s death could change that.

#accidents-and-safety, #balkind-teddy-2005-22, #connecticut, #hockey-ice, #interscholastic-athletics, #national-hockey-league, #neck, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #sports-injuries, #united-states, #usa-hockey

Is Gruyère Still Gruyère if It Doesn’t Come From Gruyères?

A federal judge says yes, siding with U.S. cheese producers who say gruyère can be produced anywhere, not just in Switzerland and France.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cheese, #delicatessens, #ellis-ts-iii, #european-union, #france, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labeling-and-labels-product, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #switzerland, #united-states

Russia and the U.S. Face Off Over Ukraine

Can Moscow be deterred from carrying out an invasion?

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions

To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles. 

#air-pollution, #buses, #california, #canada, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #environmental-defense-fund, #environmental-protection-agency, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #germany, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organized-labor, #quebec-province-canada, #respiratory-diseases, #states-us, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc

Let’s Not Invent a Civil War

It’s possible to worry about America’s divisions without falling into perpetual alarmism.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #marche-stephen, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #remnick-david, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #the-next-civil-war-dispatches-from-the-american-future-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #walter-barbara-f, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

What Putin Really Wants From the Ukraine Crisis

He wants to break NATO’s back. And he might succeed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Chris Hayes on How Biden Can Have a Better 2022

The political journalist discusses the Biden administration’s successes and failures with the economy, pandemic response and climate change.

#audio-neutral-informative, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #hayes-chris-1979, #inflation-economics, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S.-Russia Talks Have Echoes of the Cold War

The Cold War echoes of the negotiations unfolding this week in a series of meetings between Russia and the West are a reminder that there is nothing permanent about Europe’s security arrangements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Disruption, Dismay, Dissent: Americans Grapple With Omicron

The variant is spreading fast. For some, it is causing milder illness. But its distinct qualities have left Americans making a new set of calculations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #education-k-12, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #united-states

Left Out of High-Level Talks, Ukraine Tries Other Diplomatic Channels

While the United States and NATO speak with Russia this week, the Ukrainian government has been sidelined and is instead quietly pursuing separate negotiations with Moscow.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

How Biden and Boris Johnson Reached the Same Place on Virus Policy

Two different leaders with differing approaches landed on a policy of coexisting with the virus. Analysts say they had little choice.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #england, #johnson-boris, #luntz-frank-i, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sturgeon-nicola, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal Rental Assistance Is Running Out, With Tenants Still in Need

An announcement from the Treasury Department on Friday revealed that there was less money available for renters than some states had hoped.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evictions, #landlords, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #treasury-department, #united-states

Five People in the U.S. Died From Rabies in 2021, the Highest Number in a Decade

Three of the deaths involved direct contact with bats, the C.D.C. said.

#bats, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #deaths-fatalities, #rabies, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Jan. 6, Part 3: The State of American Democracy

Could the nation’s election system sustain another attack?

#audio-neutral-informative, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

North Korea Says It Will Skip Beijing Olympics Because of the Pandemic

The country also blamed “hostile forces” for its decision not to send a delegation to China, its closest ally.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #olympic-games-2022, #south-korea, #united-states

Ex-United Flight Attendant Used Dead Child’s Identity, Officials Say

Ricardo Cesar Guedes used the name of a boy who died in a car accident in 1979 to get his airline job and a U.S. passport, according to a criminal complaint.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airport-security, #bush-george-intercontinental-airport, #frauds-and-swindling, #houston-tex, #identity-theft, #passports, #united-airlines, #united-states

Will America Descend Into Another Civil War?

It’s hard to imagine. But so is democracy’s salvation.

#books-and-literature, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #how-civil-wars-start-and-how-to-stop-them-book, #marche-stephen, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #the-next-civil-war-dispatches-from-the-american-future-book, #united-states, #walter-barbara-f, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Women’s Periods May Be Late After Coronavirus Vaccination, Study Suggests

An analysis of thousands of menstrual records offers support for anecdotal reports of erratic cycles after shots.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #menstruation, #obstetricsgynecology-journal, #oregon-health-and-science-university, #reproduction-biological, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

Will ‘Forever Boosting’ Beat the Coronavirus?

Everyone should get a booster shot. In the long run, though, doses every few months aren’t a viable public health strategy, scientists say.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #israel, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

That Expensive Bourbon You Bought May Be a Fake

Counterfeiting — filling luxury bottles with cheap liquor — has hit American whiskey hard as sky-high prices raise the payoff for scammers.

#bourbon-whiskey, #collectors-and-collections, #counterfeit-merchandise, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #luxury-goods-and-services, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states, #whiskey

Here’s When We Expect Omicron to Peak

An epidemic modeler explains why cases of the variant will peak in the U.S. in January.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #united-states

How the Omicron Wave Will Be Different

An epidemic modeler explains why cases of the variant will peak in the U.S. in January.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #united-states

Is Covid Causing Decision Fatigue? Share Your Story.

We want to hear from you.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hospitals, #internal-open-access, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Jan. 6, Part 1: ‘The Herd Mentality’

Inside an F.B.I. interview with one of the Capitol rioters.

#audio-neutral-immersive, #audio-neutral-suspenseful, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Gunfire Is Killing More American Children

Toddlers are discovering guns under piles of clothes and between couch cushions. Teenagers are obtaining untraceable ghost guns made from kits. Middle school students are carrying handguns for protection.

#children-and-childhood, #firearms, #gun-control, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #united-states, #youth

The Impact of Jan. 6 Is Still Rippling Throughout the World

The attack on Congress marked a significant decline in American global power and influence.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

The Best Defense Against Another Jan. 6

The United States needs a public health approach to effectively counter mainstream domestic extremism. 

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Toyota Topped G.M. in U.S. Car Sales in 2021

After struggling to produce cars because of a global computer chip shortage, automakers are trying to move quickly to making electric vehicles.

#automobiles, #company-reports, #computer-chips, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #japan, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #stockpiling, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

Covid Vaccinations Do Not Lead to Pre-term Births, Study Says

Women who were vaccinated while pregnant were at no greater risk of delivering prematurely, nor of having small babies.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harvard-pilgrim-health-care, #healthpartners-institute, #kaiser-permanente, #premature-babies, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university

American Girl Debuts Chinese American Doll in Response to Anti-Asian Sentiment

The company said it created the doll, named Corinne Tan, to teach children to stand against racism.

#american-girl-inc, #asian-americans, #aspen-colo, #children-and-childhood, #chinese-americans, #colorado, #discrimination, #dolls, #hate-crimes, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity, #shang-wendy-wan-long, #toys, #united-states

An Investigation Into Flawed Prenatal Tests

How screenings for chromosomal abnormalities that promised “peace of mind” instead caused anguish and confusion.

#audio-neutral-informative, #down-syndrome, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tests-medical, #united-states

Imagine It’s 2024, and Republicans Are Declaring Trump President

Too many Americans are willing to believe in election lies, and their leaders eager to cater to that mistaken conviction.

#democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud