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Who has four legs, floppy ears and a knack for influencing national politics? That's Alvin — Alvin the Beagle, to you.
01/23/2021
How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher in a Democratic Senate

Who has four legs, floppy ears and a knack for influencing national politics?

That's Alvin — Alvin the Beagle, to you.

Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia’s first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.

From the frozen streets of Siberia to the grand plazas of Moscow and St. Petersburg, tens of thousands of Russians ralli...
01/23/2021
Navalny Protests: Live Updates as Mass Rallies Sweep Across Russia

From the frozen streets of Siberia to the grand plazas of Moscow and St. Petersburg, tens of thousands of Russians rallied in support of jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.

The poisoning and arrest of Aleksei A. Navalny set off nationwide protests, beginning in the Far East, where people braved temperatures of minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands gathered in central Moscow, planning to march to the Kremlin as riot police officers detained scores of demonstrators.

“I always thought I wasn’t afraid of death. But I found out during the epidemic that I’m terrified of it.”One year after...
01/23/2021
Voices From China’s Covid-19 Crisis: ‘If I Survive This, What Will I Do?’

“I always thought I wasn’t afraid of death. But I found out during the epidemic that I’m terrified of it.”

One year after China locked down their city, Wuhan residents tell their stories in their own words.

One year after China locked down Wuhan, six people describe how they found courage in adversity, calm amid grief, and meaning in chaos.

A major Houston hospital system said it is nearly out of vaccines, one of several places in the U.S. where supplies are ...
01/23/2021
New Pandemic Plight: Hospitals Are Running Out of Vaccines

A major Houston hospital system said it is nearly out of vaccines, one of several places in the U.S. where supplies are falling short of expectations, leading to canceled appointments and deep frustration.

Health officials are frustrated that available doses are going unused while the virus is killing thousands of people each day. Many vaccine appointments have been canceled.

“My father was still gone. Her husband was still gone,” Merissa Nathan Gerson writes in Modern Love. “And in his absence...
01/23/2021
My Unlikely Pandemic Dream Partner

“My father was still gone. Her husband was still gone,” Merissa Nathan Gerson writes in Modern Love. “And in his absence, with no one else around, my mother and I fell in love with caring for one another.”

We loathed each other quietly, until we made space for grief and good food.

Breaking News: Larry King has died at 87. In five decades on radio and TV, he interviewed presidents, psychics, movie st...
01/23/2021
Larry King, Breezy Interviewer of the Famous and Infamous, Dies at 87

Breaking News: Larry King has died at 87. In five decades on radio and TV, he interviewed presidents, psychics, movie stars and swindlers — anyone with a story to tell.

Over five decades, he chatted with an estimated 50,000 people from all walks of life, from presidents and pundits to swindlers and U.F.O. “experts.”

A New York Times reporter caught the coronavirus during the New York City outbreak last April. But the acute phase of th...
01/23/2021
My ‘Long Covid’ Nightmare: Still Sick After 6 Months

A New York Times reporter caught the coronavirus during the New York City outbreak last April. But the acute phase of the illness was just the beginning.

A Times reporter caught the coronavirus during the New York City outbreak last April. But the acute phase of the illness was just the beginning.

“Anyone looking for lessons about China in the coming years needs to understand the consequences of what happened in 202...
01/23/2021
How Beijing Turned China’s Covid-19 Tragedy to Its Advantage

“Anyone looking for lessons about China in the coming years needs to understand the consequences of what happened in 2020. The tragedy showed Beijing has the ability to control what people in China see, hear and think to a degree that surpasses even what pessimists believed.”

The Communist Party’s success in reclaiming the narrative has proved to the world its ability to rally the people to its side, no matter how stumbling its actions might be.

Russia is scrambling to stop young people from protesting for Aleksei Navalny. But it's struggling to rein in TikTok, wh...
01/23/2021
Russia Scrambles to Keep Young People Away From Navalny Protests

Russia is scrambling to stop young people from protesting for Aleksei Navalny. But it's struggling to rein in TikTok, where in one viral clip, a young woman is giving people tips on how to sound like an American – "I'm gonna call my lawyer!" — if detained.

Schools have scheduled exams and officials asked families to engage in nonpolitical activities like walks in the woods in an effort to keep young people away from demonstrations set for Saturday.

The evidence on the fatality rate is worrisome but not yet solid, scientists said. It contrasts with news that Britain i...
01/23/2021
New Virus Variant May Be Somewhat Deadlier, U.K. Warns

The evidence on the fatality rate is worrisome but not yet solid, scientists said. It contrasts with news that Britain is vaccinating its people at a promising pace.

The evidence on the fatality rate is worrisome but not yet solid, scientists said. It contrasts with news that Britain is vaccinating its people at a promising pace.

Some activists say that Donald Trump's pardons, the favors to cronies and the attempts to limit excessive sentences, ref...
01/23/2021
Trump’s Pardon Process Was a Mix of Mercy and Favoritism

Some activists say that Donald Trump's pardons, the favors to cronies and the attempts to limit excessive sentences, reflect a deeply flawed process.

The former president doled out pardons to political allies and friends, but he also helped people serving harsh sentences.

Where has nature stashed the equivalent of 10 billion suns? One possibility is that the black hole is there but has gone...
01/23/2021
Missing: One Black Hole With 10 Billion Solar Masses

Where has nature stashed the equivalent of 10 billion suns? One possibility is that the black hole is there but has gone silent, having temporarily run out of anything to eat. But another provocative possibility is that the black hole was thrown out of the galaxy altogether.

One of the biggest galaxies in the universe seems to lack its dark centerpiece.

Some relatives of those killed in the Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 said they were outraged that prosecutors had a deal...
01/23/2021
Warehouse Tenant Pleads Guilty in Ghost Ship Fire That Killed 36

Some relatives of those killed in the Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 said they were outraged that prosecutors had a deal with the defendant that they said would allow him to avoid additional time behind bars.

Some relatives of those killed in the Oakland warehouse fire in 2016 said they were outraged that prosecutors had a deal with the defendant that they said would allow him to avoid additional time behind bars.

In a call with the chief of the National Guard Bureau, President Biden asked what he could do about the situation. The t...
01/23/2021
Biden Joins Public Outcry After Guard Soldiers Seen Resting in a Parking Garage

In a call with the chief of the National Guard Bureau, President Biden asked what he could do about the situation. The two men also talked about Biden’s personal connection to the Guard; Biden’s son, Beau, who died in 2015, served as a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard.

Photographs of Guard soldiers resting on the concrete floor of a parking garage prompted swift condemnation and apologies from members of Congress.

What the White House did not mention is that Jonathan Braun, a drug smuggler, still faces both criminal and civil invest...
01/23/2021
Trump’s Last-Minute Pardon Frees Man Still Facing Accusations of Violence

What the White House did not mention is that Jonathan Braun, a drug smuggler, still faces both criminal and civil investigations in an entirely separate matter, and has a history of violence and threatening people.

Jonathan Braun’s 10-year sentence for running a drug ring was commuted by the departing president. The White House did not mention that he faces separate accusations of violence and threats.

President Biden's promise to administer 100 million vaccines in 100 days is no longer a lofty goal. Here's how the campa...
01/23/2021
How the U.S. Could Double Vaccination Pace With Existing Supply

President Biden's promise to administer 100 million vaccines in 100 days is no longer a lofty goal. Here's how the campaign could play out.

Federal data shows that the country is administering about one million doses a day and that it has enough vaccine to increase that number significantly.

Double-masking is a sensible and easy way to lower your risk when you have to spend more time around others — in a taxi,...
01/23/2021
Two Masks Are the New Masks

Double-masking is a sensible and easy way to lower your risk when you have to spend more time around others — in a taxi, on a train or plane, or at an inauguration.

Double-masking is a sensible and easy way to lower your risk when you have to spend more time around others — in a taxi, on a train or plane, or at an inauguration.

“I feel extremely bad that I’m portrayed as some kind of money-grubbing ambulance chaser,” Rudy Giuliani said.
01/23/2021
Giuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election.

“I feel extremely bad that I’m portrayed as some kind of money-grubbing ambulance chaser,” Rudy Giuliani said.

AdvertisementContinue reading the main storyLive Updates: Senate Leaders Strike Deal to Delay Impeachment Trial as Biden Issues Orders to Address Pandemic’s Economic Fallout as SenateGiuliani concedes that an associate did ask for $20,000 a day to help Trump post-election.Jan. 22, 2021, 8:35 p.m. ...

President Biden called the chief of the National Guard Bureau to apologize and ask what he could do. Jill Biden visited ...
01/23/2021
Biden apologizes after some National Guard troops were told to sleep in a parking garage.

President Biden called the chief of the National Guard Bureau to apologize and ask what he could do. Jill Biden visited some of the troops, thanking them and handing out cookies. “The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens,” she said, noting that their son Beau, who died in 2015, was a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

Three Republican governors have called for their troops to return home, though many were already leaving Washington after the inauguration.

The Chinese government has pressed people across the country to race into the future, and play down, if not forget, the ...
01/23/2021
A Year Later, the First Post-Pandemic City

The Chinese government has pressed people across the country to race into the future, and play down, if not forget, the deaths and hardship of the pandemic.

But in Wuhan, scars remain.

A year ago, Wuhan offered a warning about the coronavirus. Now, it heralds a world where relief at the recovery conceals the emotional aftershocks.

You can’t buy Senator Bernie Sanders’s mittens, but you can make them yourself.
01/23/2021
The Art of the Reverse Knit

You can’t buy Senator Bernie Sanders’s mittens, but you can make them yourself.

Crafters in search of Harry Styles’s colorful cardigan and Bernie Sanders’s inauguration mittens are designing their own patterns.

Pfizer will ship fewer vaccine vials after successfully lobbying the U.S. government to count — and pay for — “extra” do...
01/22/2021
Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

Pfizer will ship fewer vaccine vials after successfully lobbying the U.S. government to count — and pay for — “extra” doses found in the vials.

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

Coronavirus case numbers in the U.S. have finally started to drop — but fast-spreading variants are threatening to undo ...
01/22/2021
The State of the Virus: Cases Begin to Drop

Coronavirus case numbers in the U.S. have finally started to drop — but fast-spreading variants are threatening to undo that progress.

A look at this week’s news from the team tracking the coronavirus.

Public health experts say they’re wondering how much worse New York City’s coronavirus data needs to get before official...
01/22/2021
54 ZIP Codes in N.Y.C. Have Positive Test Rates Over 10%

Public health experts say they’re wondering how much worse New York City’s coronavirus data needs to get before officials consider new restrictions: “I worry about the focus on vaccines, rather than what’s happening with the virus.”

As the focus turns to vaccinations, the virus continues to spread, leaving health experts to wonder if officials will mull new steps and restrictions.

Representative Cori Bush and the musician FKA twigs have described how manipulative, isolating behavior had trapped them...
01/22/2021
What Defines Domestic Abuse? Survivors Say It’s More Than Assault

Representative Cori Bush and the musician FKA twigs have described how manipulative, isolating behavior had trapped them in abusive relationships. Now lawmakers like Bush want to make such conduct, known as “coercive control,” criminal.

The Congresswoman Cori Bush and the musician FKA twigs describe how manipulative, isolating conduct known as “coercive control” helped trap them in abusive relationships. Lawmakers are starting to listen.

Canadians welcome a renewed relationship with the U.S. after years of insults and threats from the Trump administration....
01/22/2021
Justin Trudeau to Get Biden’s First Official Call to a Foreign Leader

Canadians welcome a renewed relationship with the U.S. after years of insults and threats from the Trump administration. “We have so much alignment," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. "Not just me and President Biden, but Canadians and President Biden.”

Canadians welcome a renewed relationship with the United States after tolerating four years of insults and threats from the Trump administration.

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