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The Story of Kyrsten Sinema

As congressional Democrats dramatically scale back the most ambitious social spending bill since the 1960s, they’re placing much of the blame on moderates who have demanded changes. One senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, has played an outsized role in shaping the bill — but has remained quiet about why. Today, we explore what brought her…

Why Spending Too Little Could Backfire on Democrats

When Democrats first set out to expand the social safety net, they envisioned a piece of legislation as transformational as what the party has achieved in the 1960s. In the process, they hoped that they’d win back the working-class voters the party had since lost. But now that they’re on the brink of reaching a…

A Threat to China’s Economy

Every once in a while a company grows so big and messy that governments fear what would happen to the broader economy if it were to fail. In China, Evergrande, a sprawling real estate developer, is that company. Evergrande has the distinction of being the world’s most debt-saddled property developer and has been on life…

The Sunday Read: ‘Who Is the Bad Art Friend?’

On June 24, 2015, Dawn Dorland, an essayist and aspiring novelist, did perhaps the kindest, most consequential thing she might ever do in her life. She donated one of her kidneys — and elected to do it in a slightly unusual and particularly altruistic way. As a so-called nondirected donation, her kidney was not meant…

Qaddafi’s Son is Alive, and He Wants to Take Back Libya

Before the Arab Spring, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was establishing himself as a serious figure internationally. Then, the Arab Spring came to Libya. His father and brothers were killed and Seif himself was captured by rebels and taken to the western mountains of Libya. For years,…

A Showdown in Chicago

Chicago is in the midst of a crime wave — but there is also a question about whether police officers will show up for work. That’s because of a showdown between the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, and the police union over a coronavirus vaccine mandate. Some 30,000 city workers are subject to the mandate, but no…

What’s Next for Biden’s Climate Plan?

The Clean Electricity Program has been at the heart of President Biden’s climate agenda since he took office. But passage was always going to come down to a single senator: Joe Manchin of West Virginia. With Mr. Manchin’s support now extremely unlikely, where does that leave American climate policy? Guest: Coral Davenport, a correspondent covering…

The Life and Career of Colin Powell

Colin Powell, who in four decades of public service helped shape U.S. national security, died on Monday. He was 84. Despite a stellar career, Mr. Powell had expressed a fear that he would be remembered for a single event: his role in leading his country to war in Iraq. We look back on the achievements…

Why Are All Eyes on the Virginia Governor’s Race?

In 2020, Virginia epitomized the way in which Democrats took the White House and Congress — by turning moderate and swing counties. But President Biden’s poll numbers have been waning, and in the coming race for governor, Republicans see an opportunity. Guest: Lisa Lerer, a national political correspondent for The New York Times.  Love listening…

The Sunday Read: ‘Laurie Anderson Has a Message for Us Humans’

When the Hirshhorn Museum told Laurie Anderson that it wanted to put on a big, lavish retrospective of her work, she said no. For one thing, she was busy and has been for roughly 50 years. Over the course of her incessant career, Ms. Anderson has done just about everything a creative person can do….