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This is the coronavirus’ staggering toll in the US

This is the coronavirus’ staggering toll in the US

How do you calculate the cost of an American tragedy? It’s difficult to comprehend just how drastically the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life in the US when its effects are so wide-reaching. Unemployment has soared to levels not seen in decades. The virus is ravaging African American and Latino communities. And daily life as we…MORE

Why do Republicans in Congress oppose vote-by-proxy?

Like other workplaces around the world, Congress is trying to adapt amid the pandemic. House Democrats have proposed what is a major — temporary — change to Congress’ rarely changed rules: Vote-by-proxy. The change allows one member in Washington to vote on behalf of up to 10 other lawmakers who are not, allowing them to…MORE

House sends Uyghur human rights bill to Trump’s desk

House sends Uyghur human rights bill to Trump’s desk

Lawmakers in the House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for internment camps in the region of Xinjiang, where up to 2 million ethnic Muslims have been forcibly detained. The legislation, titled the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, condemns the Chinese Communist Party for the detention centers and recommends…MORE

Larry Kramer, trailblazing AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, trailblazing AIDS activist, dies at 84

In the early 1980s, a little understood disease called AIDS was stigmatized as society turned its head away from the hundreds of gay men it was killing. But then Larry Kramer published his essay “1,112 and Counting.” “If this article doesn’t rouse you to anger, fury, rage and action, gay men have no future on…MORE

The realities of being a black birdwatcher

Dudley Edmondson has long had to deal with people calling the police on him while out in nature. As a black birdwatcher and professional nature photographer, his presence with a camera can arouse suspicion among white people. He has had people accuse him of being drunk, or on drugs, or taking photos of people’s homes…MORE