Analysis & Comment

Opinion | The 2020 Election: What’s Your Prediction?

Readers, take out your crystal ball and write the script for what you think (not wish) will happen on Election Day and in its aftermath. Possible plot elements: Will the same candidate win the popular vote and the Electoral College? Will there be challenges and chaos? Will courts get involved? We plan to publish a […]

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Opinion | This Winter, Pay Bars to Close

If we really want to stem the spread of the coronavirus as winter looms and we wait for a vaccine, here’s an idea: The government should pay bars, many restaurants and event venues to close for some months. That may sound radical, but it makes scientific sense and even has a political precedent. We pay […]

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Your Monday Briefing

Determined Thai protesters showed up despite transit blocks. By Carole Landry Good morning. We’re covering the growing defiance of protesters in Thailand, Jacinda Ardern’s landslide victory in New Zealand and a special section from The Times editorial board on Donald Trump. Thai ban fails to end protests In the latest of months of demonstrations, tens […]

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Amy Coney Barrett, Vaccines, Election Polls: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day. By Victoria Shannon and Judith Levitt (Want to get this newsletter in your inbox? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all the Democrats will vote no.” Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the deeply divided […]

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COMMENTARY: How Black classical musicians are building communities to support each other

Music has been significant for many during COVID-19 isolation, and in these same months, Black musicians have amplified the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement. While pop or hip hop music are genres whose agility and responsiveness make them natural sites for popular commentary, this threatens to neglect other arenas of music-making. Some arts […]

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Campaign rallies, Trump properties, Hurricane Delta: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories. By Carole Landry and Judith Levitt (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead 1. President Trump resumed holding big, public events a little more than a week after testing positive for […]

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Opinion | Don’t Give Up on America

What does it mean to love a country? I have spent most of my life studying American history and literature because of a deep if sometimes difficult affinity I would call love. Deeper, though, is a feeling like a love of family, a hope that whoever by whatever accident or choice falls under the definition […]

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Opinion | Reality Bursts the Trumpworld Bubble

WASHINGTON — Fate leads the willing, Seneca said, while the unwilling get dragged. For his entire life, Donald Trump has stayed one step ahead of disaster, plying his gift for holding reality at bay. He conjured his own threadbare reality, about success, about virility, about imbroglios with women, even about the height of Trump Tower. […]

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Opinion | Get Well, Mr. President

May President Trump and the first lady recover swiftly after testing positive for the coronavirus. For their sake — and for the sake of the nation. The president’s health is a matter of national security. That’s one reason it’s been so frustrating to watch as Mr. Trump has flouted basic public health guidelines and the […]

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Opinion | Whose Islam? The New Battle for Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the major warring parties in Afghanistan sit down for peace talks in Doha, Qatar, an old, unresolved debate is emerging as the central question: What should be the role of Islam in Afghanistan? A humid seaside resort on the Persian Gulf, where the delegates are gathered, has become the unlikely venue […]