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‘Something Terrible Has Happened’

This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault. When the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy this year, it created a final window for claims of sexual abuse against the organization’s leaders. Within nine months, nearly 100,000 victims filed suits — that far eclipses the number of sexual-abuse allegations that the Roman Catholic Church faced…

Biden’s Cabinet Picks, Part 2: Antony Blinken

What kind of foreign policy is possible for the United States after four years of isolationism under President Trump? Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of state, has an interventionist streak, but some vestiges of Trump-era foreign policy will be hard to upend. If confirmed, Mr. Blinken faces the challenge of making the…

Biden’s Cabinet Picks, Part 1: Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, who is poised to become secretary of the Treasury, will immediately have her work cut out for her. The U.S. economy is in a precarious state and Congress is consumed by partisan politics. Ms. Yellen, however, is no stranger to crisis. She has already held the government’s other top economic jobs — including…

When and How You’ll Get a Vaccine

For Americans, months of collective isolation and fear could soon be winding down. A coronavirus vaccine may be just weeks away. According to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development, the first Americans could receive the vaccine in mid-December. With the vaccine within reach, we turn to…

A Day at the Food Pantry

On a day early this fall, Nikita Stewart, who covers social services for The New York Times, and the Daily producers Annie Brown and Stella Tan spent a day at Council of Peoples Organization, a food pantry in Brooklyn, speaking to its workers and clients. As with many other pantries in the city, it has…

A Failed Attempt to Overturn the Election

Pressure and litigation appear to have been the pillars of President Trump’s response to his general election loss. His team filed a litany of court cases in battleground states. In some, such as Georgia and Michigan, the president and his allies took an even more bullish approach, attempting to use their influence to bear down…

New York City’s 3 Percent Problem

This week New York City’s public schools will close their doors and students will once again undertake online instruction. The shutdown was triggered when 3 percent of coronavirus tests in the city came back positive over seven days. There are questions, however, around this number being used as a trigger — some health officials maintain…

The Sunday Read: ‘Man to Man’

For years, Wil S. Hylton had been drawn to his cousin’s strength and violence. He was pulled in by the archetype that he embodied and was envious of the power he seemed to command. Wil describes his relative’s violence as “ambient” and “endemic,” but he was sure it wouldn’t turn on him. Until a few…

When the Pandemic Came to Rural Wisconsin

When the pandemic struck, Patty Schachtner, in her capacity as both a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and chief medical officer for St. Croix County, tried to remain one step ahead. It was an approach criticized by many in her conservative community.  She was preparing for the worst-case scenario. And now it has arrived…

The Pandemic Economy in 7 Numbers

There are several figures that tell the story of the American economy right now. Some are surprisingly positive — the housing market is booming — while others paint a more dire picture. Using seven key numbers, we look at the sectors that have been affected most profoundly and consider what the path to recovery might…