What We’re Following
Delayed Gratification: Confused about the recounts ongoing for the Senate and agricultural-commissioner races in Florida? First, know that recounts, however painful, are a legitimate part of the electoral process, and it’s rare that recounts reverse the initial result—though such reversals have happened. Speaking of things that are ongoing: Democratic candidates have been flipping some seats in red districts across the U.S. all this week.
Backlash Backlash: Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “very nice” outfit suddenly became a controversy this week. The controversy itself was tedious and predictable, but in this incident, there was a lesson about newcomers to old halls of power. Elsewhere in D.C., protestors arrived at the doorstep of Tucker Carlson’s home last week—“corrosive methods” that crossed a line, Peter Beinart argues.
What’s in a Kilo?: A huge change is coming for the kilogram. Scientists from dozens of countries around the world agreed on a new method for defining this humble unit of measurement, updating it for the 21st century. Here’s the history of the bitter class struggle behind how the kilogram got its weight.
Read, Watch, and Listen: The phenomenon of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, which trace a tumultuous female friendship through the decades, comes to HBO in a strikingly faithful adaptation. How is Mariah Carey’s first new album in four years? And if you’ll be on the road this coming week, here are some fitting book recommendations to accompany you during your travels.