U.S. COVID-19 statistics are about to look better—even though the reality is almost certainly getting worse. It’s time to hibernate.
Metro power comes with huge political and cultural drawbacks.
The polarization of place and the depolarization of race are the stories of the moment.
An hour-by-hour guide to remaining patient, prepared, and epistemically humble throughout tonight (and tomorrow morning)
An interview with the mathematician Jordan Ellenberg about politics, election forecasting, and how to think about the future like a pro
Why the 2020 election won’t be a 2016 sequel
What we can learn from other countries to avoid the worst-case scenario
Three possible explanations for why he only paid $750.
While in-person voting looks safer than expected, mail-in voting looks more dangerous—not because of fraud, but because of human error and partisan politics.
The White House memo declaring New York City, Portland, and Seattle “anarchist jurisdictions” isn’t federalism; it’s half-baked feudalism.
The Democratic nominee has a Latino-voter problem.
He is stuck in a Pollyannaish fantasy of his own making.
The White House’s new science adviser says: nothing. The science disagrees.
Visionary responses to catastrophes have changed city life for the better.
COVID-19 transmission would go down if we spoke less, or less loudly, in public spaces. Why aren’t more people saying so?
Three predictions for what the future might look like
People are power scrubbing their way to a false sense of security.
A new study from King’s College London inspired a raft of headlines suggesting that immunity might vanish in months. The truth is a lot more complicated—and, thankfully, less dire.
The current housing crisis could get messy quickly, but fixing it shouldn’t be complicated, if Congress intervenes.
The gap between soaring cases and falling deaths is being weaponized by the right to claim a hollow victory in the face of shameless failure. What’s really going on?