Friday, September 24, 2021

The sad, predictable limits of America’s “economic recovery”

jozefmicic/Getty Images/iStockphotoOfficially, the Covid-19 recession lasted just two months. So why are so many still suffering? Part of the Recovery Issue of The Highlight, our home for ambitious stories that explain our world. Cassie Norris is stuck in what can feel like...

Democrats desperately need to cut drug prices

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Joe Biden need to get Democrats onboard with a plan to cut prescription drug prices as part of their budget reconciliation bill. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDemocrats can’t do much on health care if they don’t cut prescription...

Gabby Petito’s disappearance, and why it was absolutely everywhere, explained

A makeshift memorial dedicated to missing woman Gabby Petito on September 20, 2021, near city hall in North Port, Florida. | Octavio Jones/Getty ImagesWeb sleuthing was a tricky true crime hobby. Then Gabby Petito went missing. The entire internet was looking for her. In the...

At the UN, Biden is still trying to convince the world America is back

President Joe Biden departs after concluding his address to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21 at UN headquarters in New York City. | Eduardo Munoz/Getty ImagesBut the test isn’t whether America is back — it’s whether it can...

Jeff Bezos commits $1 billion to conservation as Amazon destroys the world

Billionaire Jeff Bezos walks on the tarmac near the Blue Origin rocket that took him to space on July 20. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe former Amazon CEO said his recent trip to space further inspired him to protect the planet. Jeff Bezos is...

Welcome to the Recovery Issue of the Highlight

Adam Simpson for VoxIn extraordinary times, we ask: What does it truly mean to recover? If you think too hard about a word for too long, it can start to lose all meaning. “Spoon” and “parking,” for example, are reduced to gibberish after...

What it’s like to seek an abortion in Texas right now

Texas recently passed SB 8, a law that bans nearly all abortions after six weeks, before many people know they are pregnant. | Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty ImagesA new law bans nearly all abortions in the state. Here’s what that looks like. One Texas patient who...

The US isn’t ready for clean energy

Making clean energy isn’t enough. We also have to move it. In the near future, the energy made in the US is going to be much greener. The country’s current goal is for solar plants alone to make nearly half of US electricity by...

What would a healthy social media platform even look like?

Getty Images/iStockphotoFacebook is under fire, again. But perhaps its problems are more fundamental. Reading the findings from the Wall Street Journal’s massive, three-part investigation into Facebook — that the platform makes people angry and depressed, and that the company exempts a huge class...

One Good Thing: Reservation Dogs is groundbreaking. It’s also incredibly funny.

The central quartet from Reservation Dogs strides through their little town, looking pretty fantastic. | FXFX’s series, now available on Hulu, is the rare TV comedy that knows what it is from its first scene. It’s really rare for a TV comedy to know...

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Chinese FM says economic sanctions on Afghanistan must end

China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the various unilateral sanctions or restrictions on Afghanistan should be lifted as soon as possible. Economic...

Asad Umar stresses need to ramp up security as Chinese investment in Pakistan rises

Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar stressed on Thursday the need to increase security for projects backed by the Chinese,...

Pakistan records 58 more corona deaths, 2,357 fresh infections

Pakistan has registered 58 more COVID-19-related deaths across the country during the past 24 hours,  on Thursday. According to the National Command and Operation Centre...

Afghanistan says wants to host Pakistan for ODI series

Newly appointed Afghanistan cricket chairman Azizullah Fazli said on Wednesday he would visit Pakistan later this week to invite the side for a one-day...

Afghan Taliban want to address General Assembly: UN

Who should represent Afghanistan at the United Nations this month? It’s a complex question with plenty of political implications. The Taliban, the country’s new rulers...

Those who take advantage of corrupt system are against EVM: PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan says that those who take advantage of corrupt systems are the ones who are opposing the electronic voting machine (EVM)...