Opinion | The Twilight of the Anti-Trump Idols

Throughout the Trump presidency and especially in the Covid era, there was a quest for figures that could be held up as embodiments of everything that Trump’s opposition wanted to restore: reason, technical competence, idealism. Over time these figures took…

Opinion | What Makes You Think 2021 Will Be Better?

I’m not a Debbie Downer. Far from it. I’m usually an optimist who pushes for hope in the most dire of circumstances. However, when I hear friends talk about how the new year and Joe Biden’s presidency will answer our…

Your Friday Briefing

Britain and the U.S. spar over the coronavirus vaccine. By Natasha Frost Good morning. We’re covering “vaccine nationalism” in Britain and the U.S., the release of three human rights workers in Egypt and Singapore’s cruises to nowhere. A trans-Atlantic spat…

Opinion | Quarantine May Negatively Affect Kids’ Immune Systems

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is unwittingly conducting what amounts to the largest immunological experiment in history on our own children. We have been keeping children inside, relentlessly sanitizing their living spaces and their hands and largely isolating them.…

Your Friday Briefing

An Australian unit’s “disgraceful” conduct in Afghanistan. By Carole Landry and Dani Blum Good morning. We’re covering Japan’s third wave of coronavirus, a grim report on an elite Australian unit that served in Afghanistan and the fall of an Indian…

Opinion | Save America’s Restaurants

American cities have sought to keep restaurants in business during the coronavirus pandemic by allowing indoor dining. With the virus spreading out of control across large swaths of the country, continuing to allow it risks an even greater public health…

Your Tuesday Briefing

Yoshihide Suga, TikTok, Venus: Here’s what you need to know. By Carole Landry Good morning. We’re covering the challenges facing Japan’s next prime minister, an upcoming test for the proposed deal between TikTok and Oracle and a cool reception in…