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(Martin Satí for The Washington Post)

The pandemic upended the present. But it’s given us a chance to remake the future.

Human agency will decide whether the post-virus world is one of chaos, cold war or cooperation.
By almost any measure, the 2020 election is an outlier.
The doomsday devices cured the insanity of industrial war by replacing it with another brand of madness, predicated on mutually assured destruction.
One man, six presidents and the fragile truce between politics and science.
The speaker of the house is making sure that it will be easier for those who come after her to find their way. And to go even further.
It’s up to the American public to decide whether we are going to resist Putin’s game or play it for him.
Democrats are part of a diverse party. They should thrive on it, not worry about it.
Collins and Murkowski were under pressure on Kavanaugh from the start. Then Christine Blasey Ford testified.
The decade has been dead for 50 years this January. It’s long past time to bury it for good.
  • Nov 14, 2019
The rise of nationalism around the globe may be reflected in the outcome of Israeli elections on Tuesday.
There's almost no evidence linking Toforest Johnson to the death of William Hardy. But prosecutors kept insisting the impossible.
"Conservatives for decades have felt bullied by the left, and the default response was to roll over and take it.”
We've become more like the Britain we rebelled against than we might think.
  • Jul 2, 2019
Progressives want to dilute the concept of individualism, but that’s antithetical to America’s premise.
Vox blazed across the Internet, dividing its country. Now it’s in parliament.
Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge. And we have no idea how to confront it.
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The stench of colonialism mars these bird names. They must be changed.

Having a species named after you is an honor. Not everyone deserves it.
  • Aug 4
Getting rid of racism and colonialism leaves room for positive change.
Numbers can help put American racism in perspective: The United States is a vastly different country, depending on the color of your skin.
David sets a bad example of operating a slingshot while nude.
A brief chronology of the violence against African Americans, from the last words of Eric Garner to George Floyd.
If we can resuscitate the Bee, perhaps we can promulgate a path forward to rejuvenate other beloved elements of communal life.
  • May 7
We asked writers and illustrators from eight countries what MeToo means for them. Here are their answers.
  • May 8
The president has turned his coronavirus briefings into an odd variety show.
Fresh ideas are needed for dealing with this crisis. Here's a running list.
  • Jun 18
A few takeaways from the bizarre experience of going through a pandemic.
What happens to love during a pandemic?
African Americans played a decisive role in South Carolina's Democratic primary, but black residents say their concerns extend far beyond beating Donald Trump.
This is how much plastic I used to make one cup of coffee during a recent hotel stay.
Inhumane conditions and overcrowding represent some of the biggest threats.
  • Feb 20, 2020
Including you, green thumb recycler.
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes’s live takes on the impeachment process.
Some states have more cows than people. Here's what that tells us about representation.
How did we get to this point? A simple — and illustrated — guide to the impeachment mess.
We may think we have put 1989 behind us. But that remarkable year has left an enduring imprint on Europe — and the rest of the world.
Taking hostages has become a tool of diplomacy.
The holiday tears down borders and asserts the joyful fluidity of being alive.
  • Oct 31, 2019
The quests that animated the Saudi journalist’s life cannot be so easily defeated.
  • Sep 30, 2019
Nearly two years have passed since officers shot nine times at an unarmed man after a minor accident. There remains no explanation for why they did it.
The real solution to the Amazon fires lies far from the forest.
Hong Kong's "Lennon Walls" lift the voices of protest.
Former first lady Michelle Obama writes: "For me and for so many others, Morrison was that first crack in the levee."
  • Aug 9, 2019
“With gun violence comes post-traumatic stress disorder. What are we going to do about that?”
Three decades after the crackdown, Beijing is still terrified of the movement and what it stood for.
  • May 30, 2019
Pride celebrations and the corporations that sponsor them are deeply intertwined, with far-reaching consequences.
  • Jun 21, 2019
A collection of memories from the past and lessons for the future from the people who lived through the movement, as told through a nine-episode podcast series.
The shooting of 15-year-old Bobby Moore revealed a horror show of misconduct, cover-up and cascading institutional failure at the Little Rock Police Department.
  • Nov 2, 2018
Twelve years later, past and present residents of Arlington, Tex., are still reckoning with Amber Wyatt’s story.
  • Sep 19, 2018
One is American. The other is Iranian. This short film shows what happens when the U.S. government keeps you from your spouse.
Those who oppose reforms say nothing can be done. That’s demonstrably wrong.
We present the highlights: Year One of the Trump administration, as told by those who are (or were) part of it.
  • Jan 16, 2018
We asked 16 leaders what one change could help stop sexual harassment in their fields.
  • Dec 8, 2017
When the filmmaker started his new series, he had no idea it would coincide with the most divisive era since Vietnam.
  • Sep 14, 2017
The police story is one of the elemental dramas of American popular culture.
  • Oct 24, 2016

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