Posted on May 12, 2021, 12:01 pm
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Your Friday Briefing

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire.

Opinion: Listen to ‘The Argument’

John McWhorter and Michelle Goldberg on the new culture war over critical race theory..

Listen to ‘The Modern Love Podcast’

After 25 years, returning to the place she had left him.

State Revenues Pour In, Raising Pressure on Biden to Divert Federal Aid
  • Many states that faced devastating shortfalls now find themselves flush with tax revenues because of a rebounding economy and a soaring stock market.
  • The unexpectedly rosy picture has some pushing President Biden to repurpose federal aid to help fund a potential bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Covid News: C.D.C. Chief Urges Caution for Unvaccinated Ahead of Memorial Day

Despite gains against the virus, the C.D.C. director said the large segment of Americans who aren’t vaccinated must remain careful.

President Biden faces balancing a compassionate migrant policy while managing a surge of people at the border.

Naomi Osaka Quits French Open, Citing Concerns for Her Mental Health

The star has been in a high-stakes standoff with the most powerful officials in tennis over the impact of news conferences on players’ well-being.

Naomi Osaka acknowledged the crowd after defeating Patricia Maria Tig in her first round match at the French Open on Sunday. Pete Kiehart for The New York Times

How a Police Chief in Wyoming’s Ranchlands Lost Her War on Drugs

A campaign over meth, money and accountability cost law enforcement officers their jobs. Now their lawsuits are prying open their town’s secrets.

From India, Brazil and Beyond: Pandemic Refugees at the U.S. Border

Fleeing virus-devastated economies, migrants are traveling long distances to reach the country. The Arizona desert has become a favorite crossing point.

The cyberattack on JBS could upset the nation’s meat markets and raises new questions about the vulnerability of critical American businesses.

U.S. Says No Evidence of Alien Spacecraft, but Can’t Rule It Out, Either
A new report concedes that much about the aerial phenomena observed by Navy pilots in recent years remains difficult to explain.

After Dramatic Walkout, a New Fight Looms Over Voting Rights in Texas

After Democrats killed a G.O.P.-sponsored bill to restrict voting in the state, Republicans pledged to pass it in a special legislative session.

Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, Cruises in New Mexico House Race
Ms. Stansbury won a landslide victory in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland..

Moderna Applies to F.D.A. for Full Vaccine Authorization
Approval would allow the company to market the shot to consumers and could help raise public confidence in the vaccine. Catch up on Covid-19 news..

Alexis Goldstein
These Invisible Whales Could Sink the Economy

Peter S. Canellos
Separate but Equal, the Court Said. One Voice Dissented.

Michelle Goldberg
How Republicans Could Steal the 2024 Election

A Divide Over the C.D.C.’s Revised Rules on Masks

Linsey Marr, Juliet Morrison and Caitlin Rivers
So … When Should I Wear a Mask Now?

Only Fans Isn’t Just Porn 😉

Despite all assertions that the site isn’t powered by its sexual content, the platform is synonymous with porn. What is it really?