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A Crime by Any Name

A Crime by Any Name

T in the press were hard to believe.Detainees described that “it was difficult to move in any direction without jostling and being jostled.” The water provided them was foul, “of a dark color, and an ordinary glass would collect a thick sediment.” The “authorities never removed any filth.” A detainee wrote that the “only shelter from the sun and rain and night dews, was what we could make by stretching over us our coats or scraps of blanket.” As for the food, “Our ration was in quality a starving one, it being either too foul to be touched or too raw to be digested.”Such were the conditions...

July 3, 2019
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The Media Erased Latinos From the Story

The Media Erased Latinos From the Story

I’ve been a professional journalist for 20 years. But this week, the media failed Latinos in America during what was perhaps our darkest hour in my lifetime.On Monday, days after a deadly attack on Latino shoppers at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump gave a statement calling for unity and condemning white supremacy, a message he’s delivered after other mass-casualty gun massacres. On the same day, the El Paso police identified the dead.Rodriguez. Anchondo. Benavides. Garcia. Velazquez. Regalado. Hernández. De Alba. Campos. Flores. Juarez. Marquez. Legarrega. Loya. Manzano....

August 17, 2019
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Another Allegation—And Trump’s Allies Just Don't Care

Another Allegation—And Trump’s Allies Just Don't Care

Updated on June 28, 2019, at 12:09 p.m. ET“What was she, like, the 28th or something?” one former White House official pondered to me. In a separate conversation, another offered a different guess: “Twenty-two? Twenty-three?”They were talking about E. Jean Carroll, the longtime Elle advice columnist who, for the first time last week, publicly accused Donald Trump of assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than 20 years ago. And what they were trying to do was locate the latest number of women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct. (The answer: .)For these...

June 29, 2019
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Bill Gates: The Pandemic Has Erased Years of Progress

Bill Gates: The Pandemic Has Erased Years of Progress

In April 2018, about two near certainties—that the world would eventually face a serious pandemic and that it was not prepared for one. Even then, Gates acknowledged that this was the rare scenario that punctured his trademark optimism about global progress. “My general narrative is: Hey, we’re making great progress and we just need to accelerate it,” he told me. “Here, I’m bringing more of: Hey, you thought this was bad? [You should] really feel bad.”Two years after that conversation, COVID-19 has infected at least 31 million people around the world. The confirmed death toll is nearing 1...

September 24, 2020
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Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students That They Do Not Belong

Elite Colleges Constantly Tell Low-Income Students That They Do Not Belong

Last Tuesday, the Justice Department charged 50 people with involvement in an elaborate scheme to purchase spots in some of the country’s top schools. The tactics described in the indictment were complex and multipronged, requiring multiple steps of deception and bribery by parents and their co-conspirators to secure their children’s admission to the schools of their choice. The plot purportedly included , to make it seem as if students played sports that they did not actually play, and pretending that students in an effort to exploit affirmative-action programs. The alleged scheme was led...

March 22, 2019
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The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts

The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts

This article was updated at 7:35 p.m. ET on December 23, 2019W in August, people lined up on the street in New York City to get copies. Since then, the project—a historical analysis of how slavery shaped American political, social, and economic institutions—has spawned a podcast, a high-school curriculum, and an . For Nikole Hannah-Jones, the reporter who conceived of the project, the response has been deeply gratifying.To hear more feature stories, or “They had not seen this type of demand for a print product of The New York Times, they said, since 2008, when people wanted copies of...

December 28, 2019
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An Epidemic of Disbelief

An Epidemic of Disbelief

Updated at 11:17 a.m. ET on July 22, 2019.This article is part of our project “,” which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.into the decrepit warehouse in Detroit and surveyed the chaos: Thousands of cardboard boxes and large plastic bags were piled haphazardly throughout the cavernous space. The air inside was hot and musty. Spada, an assistant prosecutor, saw that some of the windows were open, others broken, exposing the room to the summer heat. Above the boxes, birds glided in slow, swooping circles.It was August...

July 22, 2019
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What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever

What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever

The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Conservatism Conference, an opportunity for people who may never have punched a time clock to declare their eternal enmity toward elites and to attempt to offer contemporary conservative nationalism the intellectual framework that has so far proved elusive.Yoram Hazony, the Israeli scholar who organized the conference, explicitly rejected white nationalism, barring several well-known adherents from attending, . But despite Hazony’s efforts, the insistence that “nationalism” is, at its...

July 22, 2019
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Instagram Is Full of Conspiracy Theories and Extremism

Instagram Is Full of Conspiracy Theories and Extremism

When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017, he’d never heard of the before. But the post piqued his interest, and he wanted to know more. So he did what your average teenager would do: He followed several accounts related to it on Instagram, searched for information on YouTube, and read up on it on forums.A year and a half later, Alex, who asked to use a pseudonym, runs his own Gen Z–focused QAnon Instagram account, through which he educates his generation about the “I was just noticing a lack in younger people...

March 22, 2019
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The Bipartisan Fight for Quieter Oceans

The Bipartisan Fight for Quieter Oceans

Updated on July 5 at 2:10 p.m. ETLast night, to celebrate the fourth of July, the air over the U.S. filled with fireworks. The noise they created was extremely loud and, mercifully, brief. But imagine having to listen to even louder explosions once every ten seconds, for days or weeks on end. Starting this fall, that may be the new reality for whales, fish, and other marine life off the eastern seaboard, if the Trump administration’s plans go ahead.Following the president’s executive order to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is set to...

July 6, 2017
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