Topic: Current Affairs

Mark Cuban on America’s Future: 5G, Health Care, and Biden’s Presidency

In the first episode of Decoder with Nilay Patel, Mark Cuban talks 5G, health care, and Joe Biden’s presidency.

John Fetterman, National Hero

John Fetterman has become a symbol of Pennsylvania’s resistance to Trump’s anti-democratic moves, writes Richard Hall

The Big Lessons From History

In 1918 humans had never viewed a virus under a microscope. But “wear a mask and keep your distance” they understood better than we do today.

The President's Daily Brief and Presidents-Elect: A Primer

Why isn't the intelligence community sharing the President's Daily Brief with Biden?

China Pushes for QR Code Based Global Travel System

QR codes - bar codes that can be read by mobile phones - have been used in China during the pandemic.

What the U.S. Election Meltdown Looks Like to Other Countries

Observers with a view from abroad tell us how dysfunctional the U.S. political system looks to everyone else.

Taiwan Protesters March Against US Pork Imports

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei in Taiwan.

Only One Factory in North America Still Makes Washboards, and They Are Flying Off of Shelves

Sales of the antique tools have boosted since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with people wanting to avoid a trip to the laundromat

Why the Race to Find Covid-19 Vaccines Is Far From Over

Despite the promising news from Pfizer and Moderna, other efforts – which may be even more effective – continue around the world

A Look Back at the AP’s Role in Counting Votes

The Associated Press will count the nation’s vote in real time Tuesday and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections — as it has for more than 170 years. The way...

Twitter Will Hand @POTUS to Biden on Inauguration Day, Even if Trump Doesn’t Concede

“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

US Poll Chaos Is a Boon for the Enemies of Democracy the Whole World Over

While Democrats and Republicans squabble in Washington, injustice and violence reigns from Palestine to Mozambique

Inside the UK’s Illegal Rave Scene, Flourishing in Lockdown

Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

Cruise Ship 2.0: Setting Sail Into the New Normal

US Election: Being With Trump the Day He Lost

How the president who has never wavered dealt with defeat after four years in the White House.

Drugs for the People

What many people who head out to fill a prescription at their local pharmacy might not realize is how much their treatment depends these days on events in India and China.

How America's Global Image Has Peaked and Waned Through History

America has proudly clung to its pioneer identity, which for a long time provided a unique spirit of hope to the world. But—is that now holding it back?

YouGov Voter Fraud Survey

We asked our YouGov Chat users to dig deeper and tell us how much fraud they think occurred in the election – and why. You can join the conversation here.

Investigated: Suicide Solution Forum

How much is the site to blame?

Rape, Abuses in Palm Oil Fields Linked to Top Beauty Brands

Photos Binsar Bakkara | Text Margie Mason and Robin McDowell

The New Yorker & The Economist Covers This Week

Will Davos Become the Next COVID Casualty?

Swapping Swiss Alps soirees for virtual “greenrooms” presents a serious challenge to the World Economic Forum, as it tries to keep its power broker members—and the media—from jumping ship. Still,...

Boeing Played Russian Roulette With People’s Lives

After being grounded for more than a year and a half, Boeing’s 737 Max has been cleared to fly once again. Boeing insists it has learned hard lessons from two deadly crashes - but families of...

Beirut Port Explosion Forensic Report

The explosions that ripped through the port of Beirut in 2020 devastated the city, leaving as many as 300,000 homeless. Following calls by city residents and survivors for an independent...

With Vaccines, the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic Is in Sight

A year of scientific uncertainty is over. Two vaccines look like they will work, and more should follow.

Length of Election Night By Year

Exonerated by Viral Video

Social media video proved important in freeing protesters wrongly arrested in Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement.

Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

A majority of Americans favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms, but today's 57% is down significantly from 64% a year ago.

The British Government's First Disaster of 2021? A Food Shortage

The UK relies on fresh produce from mainland Europe. But port logjams loom, and we appear to have run out of storage space, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

Photos: The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War

After six weeks of armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, a peace agreement, a handover of disputed territories, and mourning

Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Could Catch Many States Off Guard

State plans reveal that officials don’t know how they’ll deal with storage and transport of Pfizer's vaccine.

Ivanka Trump Was My Best Friend. Now She’s MAGA Royalty

We met at an all-girls school on the Upper East Side and were inseparable for more than a decade. Gradually, though, our differences divided us—“Why would you tell me to read a book about fucking...

How the Kitchen Became Political: A Short History of the "Dinner-Table Issue"

Popularized amid heated debates around health-care reform in the 1990s, the catchphrase lives on in 2020.

Anti-Capitalist Teens Are Sharing Shoplifting Tips on TikTok

Gen Z are sharing their stealing tips to punish chain stores and "problematic" businesses.

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020

7 of the Biggest Heists in History That Left Police Baffled

Before the $100 million Antwerp Diamond heist of 2003, the 1963 robbery of an English train was one of the most lucrative grafts in history.

An Oral History of How CNN Journalists Survived Election 2020

It took office naps, rousing renditions of Motownphilly, and a whole lot of coffee.

The Silenced Majority — Can America Still Afford Democracy?

Can America still afford democracy?

The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime

Adrian Hong says he leads a group of “freedom fighters” conducting a revolution. Has the U.S. already betrayed them?

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