The New York Times • Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby, Robert Gebeloff • April 17 • nytimes.com
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters
A Times analysis found that willingness to receive a vaccine and actual vaccination rates to date were both lower, on average, in counties that voted red in the 2020 presidential election.
Slate • Shannon Palus • April 17 • slate.com
It’s About Time for Us to Stop Wearing Masks Outside
The rules need to change with the pandemic.
The Washington Post • Matt Viser • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
Hunter Biden’s emergence shadows his father’s presidency
Hunter Biden spent two years as a silent character in an explosive narrative at the center of the presidential campaign. Now he’s emerging to tell a story of deep addiction, with the ever-present danger of a relapse that could endanger his health — and his father’s work.
The New York Times • Andrew E. Kramer • April 16 • nytimes.com
In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t Be Missed
Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.
The Washington Post • Margaret Sullivan • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
Perspective | I’ve worked for two billionaires. Here’s my advice for rich people who want to buy a newspaper.
As wealthy maybe-benefactors eye our struggling industry, let’s hope they enter with eyes open.
The Washington Post • Rachel Siegel • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy’s most powerful person
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell says the recovery is far from over. The bleak reality is made clear outside his window on his drive to work.
CNN • Daniella Diaz, CNN • April 17 • cnn.com
Marjorie Taylor Greene scraps planned launch of controversial 'America First' caucus amid blowback from GOP
Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is scrapping the planned launch of her "America First" caucus after receiving blowback from leaders in her own party, despite confirming through a spokesperson on Friday that the caucus would launch.
POLITICO • Jack Shafer • April 16 • politico.com
Opinion | How Substack Revealed the Real Value of Writers’ Unfiltered Thoughts
Turns out gatekeepers aren’t so helpful if you want to make a ton of money as a journalist.
Fox News • Audrey Conklin • April 16 • foxnews.com
Trump-era NSA appointee resigns after Biden admin placed him on monthslong administrative leave
Trump appointee and National Security Agency General Counsel Michael Ellis on Friday announced his resignation.
The Washington Post • Josh Dawsey • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel comes under pressure to show more independence from Trump
Some party committee members want the GOP to create some distance from the former president — or at least grapple with the fact that Republicans lost the White House, Senate and House during his administration.
The Wall Street Journal • Andy Pasztor • April 16 • wsj.com
The Airline Safety Revolution
No commercial airline in the U.S. has had a fatal crash since 2009. Here’s the story of the industry insiders who came together to build new systems and to allay the worst fears of air travelers
The Washington Post • Amy B Wang, Colby Itkowitz • April 16 • washingtonpost.com
Trump loyalists start ‘America First Caucus’ to promote U.S. as ‘uniquely Anglo-Saxon’
Reports of the caucus and its stated goals drew condemnation from Democrats and some Republicans for promoting nativist rhetoric and policies.
The Washington Post • Lisa Rein • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
Many veterans don’t trust coronavirus vaccines. For a VA crew in the rural West, that means changing minds, one by one.
Faced with rampant skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine in rural areas, the Department of Veterans Affairs has set out on a labor-intensive effort to offer it to former servicemembers. What VA is learning suggests challenges ahead in getting the nation to herd immunity.
The Washington Post • Paul Farhi • April 15 • washingtonpost.com
The GOP’s big bulk book-buying machine is boosting Republicans on the bestseller lists
The practice has raised ethical concerns. Now, a complaint about Ted Cruz’s own campaign buying his books has triggered questions about self-enrichment.
MSNBC • Kevin M. Kruse • April 17 • msnbc.com
Why we can’t underestimate the white nationalist caucus taking shape in Congress
The ‘America First Caucus’ continues the country’s long history of white nationalism.
The Virginian-Pilot • Gary Harki • April 17 • pilotonline.com
Not a speed trap, a race trap: Black Virginians say they’ve been racially profiled in and around Windsor for decades
Former VSU students and faculty give accounts of being targeted while driving between Suffolk and Petersburg.
The Washington Post • Peter Marks • April 17 • washingtonpost.com
Broadway producer Scott Rudin steps aside amid accusations of abusive behavior going back decades, apologizes for pain he caused
As he cedes control, a string of hits will be left in the hands of others.
The New Yorker • Eric Lach • April 17 • newyorker.com
Andrew Cuomo, Matt Gaetz, and the New “Never Resign” School of Politics
In recent years, many politicians have seemed to realize that remaining in office is often the best path out of a scandal—for their own sake if no one else’s.
The New York Times • Maureen Dowd • April 17 • nytimes.com
Opinion | Biden Ditches the Generals, Finally
Another casualty in the graveyard of empires.
The Atlantic • Will Stancil • April 17 • theatlantic.com
Left-Behind Suburbs Are a Civil-Rights Battleground
Communities like Brooklyn Center, Minnesota—where police killed Daunte Wright—are perfectly tailored to produce inequality, discrimination, and conflict.