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It's hard to celebrate the Fourth of July this year

In 1975, PBS aired an episode of the documentary series Bill Moyers Journal called "Rosedale: The Way It Is", about the firebombings of black families' homes in Rosedale, then a predominantly white area of Queens, New York. A disturbing two-minute clip from the documentary — in which a mob of white children and teens verbally and physically abuse a group of Black children who were biking throug...

The 16 best movies about America from the past 10 years

What does it mean to make a great movie about America in the 21st century? It requires more than just depicting an episode of our shared history — such a movie needs to touch upon, in some way, what my colleague Damon Linker has called this country's "moral and historical complexity." It must refrain, above all else, from being "a purified object of imagined perfection." There are many terrific...

What's driving the Facebook ad boycott?

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: Facebook is urgently trying to contain the damage from an ad boycott that "numbers more than 300 advertisers," said Tiffany Hsu and Mike Isaac at The New York Times . The boycott, which demands that Facebook curb hate speech on its platforms, was started by civil rights organizations and other advocacy gro...

Do you still need your miles?

Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web: A bad year to turn 60 "Anyone turning 60 this year could face a lifelong reduction in Social Security benefits," said Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times . Wage indexing is used to calculate a person's benefits, taking into account average monthly earnings over the course of a career. That then gets...

Washington Redskins will 'review' team name after pressure from sponsors

Just one day after a major sponsor of the Washington Redskins issued a rebuke of the football team's controversial name, the franchise announced it will "review" the moniker. FedEx, "a Fortune 100 company that for more than two decades has tied its brand to that of the team," as The Washington Post reports , made the request on Thursday after investors worth more than $620 billion in assets urg...

Which states will be the next coronavirus hotspots?

As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the U.S., overwhelming hospitals and bringing state-wide reopening plans to a halt, many might be wondering where the next hotspots will be. Unfortunately, that's somewhat hard to predict, as "the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend," The Associated Press reports . But we can make some educated guesse...

The GOP is reportedly eyeing Tucker Carlson for a 2024 presidential run

Tucker Carlson for president? It's not inconceivable. According to Politico , a number of Republican Party insiders are hoping the Fox News host will "parlay his TV perch into a run for president in 2024," believing he could be the next-generation leader of Trumpism. It's undeniable that Carlson has a massive platform from which he could make his pitch. As Politico reports, Tucker Carlson Tonig...

The risk of catching coronavirus has started to 'frazzle' some Secret Service agents

As President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence continue to host events in areas hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, the Secret Service agents assigned to look after them are starting to fear for their own health and safety, The Washington Post reports . "The heightened risk of agents getting sick" while preparing for rallies in states like Arizona and Oklahoma "has begun to frazzle agents and...

Trump to start July 4th weekend at Mount Rushmore celebration amid coronavirus surge

President Trump will start the three-day Independence Day weekend at Mount Rushmore, where 7,500 people are expected to attend a fireworks display Friday, The Associated Press reports . South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a Trump ally, said masks will be optional at the event, and social distancing won't be required. That prompted objections from local officials, including the Republi...

10 things you need to know today: July 3, 2020

1. The United States confirmed 55,220 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, another single-day record. More than 10,000 of those cases were in Florida . Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) became the latest to issue a statewide order requiring people in most counties to wear masks to bring surging coronavirus infections under control. Abbott ordered face coverings for anyone inside a business or other buil...

The week's best photojournalism

A boy pushes a cart as a truck sprays disinfectant on a Hebron street. | ( REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma ) Lawmakers from Taiwan's ruling party scuffle with lawmakers from the opposition party in Taipei. | ( REUTERS/Ann Wang ) A vendor peers from behind the door of his clothing shop in Buenos Aires. | ( AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko ) A maintenance worker paints a room in a Havana hotel. | ( AP Photo/Isma...

The Baby-Sitters Club shatters one of the most pernicious myths about teenage girls

Thanks to some quarantine cleaning, I now know exactly what I was doing on Monday, September 30, 1991. While going through a dresser drawer, I stumbled upon the diary I kept during elementary school, last cracked open years ago. A gift from a friend for my seventh birthday, one of its earliest entries was me channeling a literary hero. (Full disclosure: I actually dated the entry Monday, Septem...

The scandal of the Declaration

July 4, 1776, is not the date on which the colonies achieved their independence from Great Britain; that was September 3, 1783. It is not the date on which the war began; that was April 19, 1775. It is certainly not the date that we became the United States — that wouldn't be until the adoption of the Constitution, which was created on September 17, 1787, was ratified by a sufficient number of ...

Republicans have found their excuse to leave Americans in the lurch

The June jobs report is out, and Republicans are again declaring victory. Payrolls grew by 4.8 million in June , according to government surveys, and the official unemployment rate fell to "only" 11.1 percent. " HISTORIC JOBS NUMBERS! " President Trump tweeted. The Washington Post 's Jeff Stein reports that in response, Republicans are starting to coalesce around a second round of economic resc...

America's daily coronavirus case count surpasses 55,000

The United States hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic Thursday, recording 55,220 new daily cases, according to The Washington Post . Georgia and Florida both set single-day records — Georgia reported 3,472 new daily cases, while Florida recorded a staggering 10,109 cases Thursday, up more than 3,500 from Wednesday's record-breaking total. "It's the 25th consecutive day that F...
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