Democracy Dies in Darkness
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The line outside the San Jose courthouse for Elizabeth Holmes’s trial Nov. 30. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)
The trial for the former CEO of the failed blood-testing start-up Theranos has become a circus of spectators at the San Jose courthouse. The line to get one of the limited seats often stretches to more than 50 people before 7 a.m., winding past the courthouse gates.
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In the mid-19th century, hundreds of thousands of new Americans found homes in buildings such as this one, preserved as a museum.
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(Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Fred Hiatt1955-2021
Over the course of his tenure on the editorial page, as an editorial writer, columnist and editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt wrote hundreds of signed columns and even more unsigned editorials. His topics ranged broadly, but if there was one theme that dominated, it was his fierce commitment to protecting human rights and safeguarding democracy, at home and abroad.
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The campaign against the 1936 “Nazi Olympics” included civil rights groups, college presidents, newspapers, labor organizations, politicians and others, but Germany still got the propaganda win it had been seeking.
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Manatees feed at a care center in Tampa. (AFP/Getty Images)
More than 1,000 Florida manatees — about 15 percent of the state’s population — have died this year, many from starvation as their food sources disappear.
A healthy snowpack this winter could help replenish water levels during the spring melt season but, if snowpack is limited, deficits will deepen.
The U.S. climate envoy said no government in the world can fund clean energy at the scale necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but the private sector could help fill that gap in investment.
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Ed Hatz of Lakewood, Calif., poses as Santa at the 84th annual Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich.
For those who don’t play video games, buying a gift for a gamer can be a risky proposition. While everyone may want one of the new-generation consoles, we’re going to focus on some less expensive, easier to find ideas.
For many who spent more than $800 on the calendar, opening the doors resulted in limited luxuries and a lot of disappointment.
The Cornell University law professor, an outspoken critic of Wall Street banks, had been in line to oversee them as comptroller of the currency. Omarova had faced pushback from Republicans as well as moderate Democrats.
For all of his bluster on the subject, when his life was on the line, hydroxychloroquine was apparently not part of the picture.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the World War II Memorial on Tuesday. (Reuters)
The president and first lady Jill Biden also paid tribute to the late senator Robert J. Dole, who was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service in the war.
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Ariana DeBose in “West Side Story.” (Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Studios)
Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s remake of the 1961 musical reclaims a flawed masterpiece.
“Learwife,” by J.R. Thorp examines one of the more mysterious aspects of Shakespeare’s play.
A posthumously published story collection by the best-selling author of “The Shadow of the Wind” blends the familiar with a new perspective.
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