Opinion | To Reduce Racial Inequality, Raise the Minimum Wage

After a summer of protests over the killing of George Floyd broadened into a wider reckoning on racial injustice, corporate America and the political establishment unleashed a flurry of promises to combat systemic racism. Diversity initiatives have been launched; high-profile companies in several sectors have settled on the advancement of a few people of color […]

Opinion | Why Does Trump Win With White Men?

The term “gender gap” has a clinical sound to it, like it’s an intrinsic condition of our politics. But it did not always exist, and with each recent election cycle, it has become more extreme. If we look more closely at it, the gender gap probably deserves another name: It’s the white male gap. Or […]

Opinion | A Photographer’s American Road Trip

These past four years, I’ve been on a photographic road trip of the United States. It often seems that there are two Americas, left and right, looking at the same place from radically different and irreconcilable perspectives. This week I found myself on the grounds of the White House. It was a drizzly, dreary morning. […]

COMMENTARY: How this U.S. election compares to other tumultuous votes

Sharp-eyed 20/20 vision has been hard to maintain in the maelstrom of 2020, with daily fears and passions often clouding analysis. Here’s one helpful tool on one high-profile event; as the American presidential campaign concludes, a measure of depth and context can be applied to the chaos by comparing the Donald Trump-Joe Biden battle to […]

Opinion | To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers

It started with my spice cabinet. I’d been in a quarantine cooking rut, and while searching online for different things to do with the various jars and tins at my disposal, I found myself on the Wikipedia page for Sichuan pepper. Not a shocker. Wikipedia is frequently the first or second result of a Google […]

The Final Debate

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Biden and Trump meet in their final debate, and we break it down for you. Last night’s presidential debate felt much more normal than this year’s first one. The candidates interrupted each other only occasionally rather than constantly. They argued about big policy […]

Opinion | The Case Against Google

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Democrats and Republicans in Washington make common cause on few issues these days, but recently they have found a common enemy: Google. On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit accusing the tech behemoth […]

Michael Klein's SPAC Churchill Capital Corp V upsizes IPO

(Reuters) – Churchill Capital Corp V CCV_u.N, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by former Citigroup banker Michael Klein, upsized its initial public offering to $400 million on Thursday. The blank-check company said it now looks to sell 40 million units at $10 per unit, according to a regulatory filing. Each unit consists of […]

Opinion | How to Break the Hold of Conspiracy Theories

Lately, I have been putting an embarrassing amount of thought into notions like jinxes and knocking on wood. The polls for Joe Biden look good, but in 2020, any hint of optimism feels dangerously naïve, and my brain has been working overtime in search of potential doom. I have become consumed with an alarming possibility: […]

Opinion | She’s Evangelical, ‘Pro-Life’ and Voting for Biden

A granddaughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, Jerushah Duford is a committed evangelical Christian who describes herself as “pro-life.” For most of her life, she voted Republican. Yet this year, she is voting for Joe Biden and is encouraging fellow Christians to distance themselves from a president who she says is trying “to hijack our […]