Thursday, 8 Jun 2023

Analysis & Comment

Your Thursday Briefing

Flooding deepens the misery of Ukraine’s war zone Flooding along more than 50 miles of the Dnipro River after the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine has led to vast devastation in a region ravaged and depopulated by war. Water supplies have been contaminated, crops have been drowned and thousands of people have […]

Opinion | Biden’s Age, and His Achievements

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Spry Diplomat With a Stiff Gait: Aging Leader’s Complex Reality” (front page, June 4): Joe Biden on a bad day is better than 99 percent of Americans on a good one. He adroitly defeated the greatest human threat to U.S. democracy since Benedict Arnold, spearheaded a largely […]

Opinion | What Economics and Hamlet Have in Common

In high school I memorized a scene from “Hamlet” in which the gloomy prince tries to persuade his mother to leave the usurper king, the brother of Hamlet’s murdered father. “Assume a virtue, if you have it not,” Hamlet implores Gertrude. And a few lines later: “Refrain tonight, / And that shall lend a kind […]

Opinion | Nurturing Our Relationships in a Digital World

In the first two installments of this three-part series on the role of technology in our lives, I addressed practical questions: How do we help kids navigate a technological world? How do we discern what technology to adopt? There are also fundamental philosophical questions that new technology raises that often go unaddressed: How does technology […]

Opinion | Congress Is Turning Climate Gaslighting Into Law

Late on Saturday, as members of Congress scrambled to strike a deal for legislation that would raise the nation’s debt ceiling, they agreed to a total non sequitur in the text they would release the next day. Following a series of late-in-the-game interventions by lobbyists and energy executives, the draft bill declared the construction and […]

Opinion | Getting Screened Early for Breast Cancer

More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Earlier Screening, Yes. Overtreatment, No,” by Mehra Golshan (Opinion guest essay, May 18): When I was 44, my routine annual screening mammogram detected a distortion that turned out to be a highly aggressive and dangerous form of breast cancer. Fortunately, because I was screened annually, it was […]

Opinion | Let the Wild World Run Wild

NASHVILLE — Though it is still more than three weeks from the summer solstice, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer, and already it is hot here. Every day now, temperatures rise well into the 80s, sometimes as high as 90 degrees. At both a global and a local level, the life-obliterating fallout […]

Opinion | The Right Is All Wrong About Masculinity

There is a certain irony in discussions of masculinity. The group that is most convinced of a crisis of masculinity, the American right, is also busy emasculating itself before our eyes. It correctly perceives that young men are facing an identity crisis, yet it is modeling precisely the wrong response. The release of the Missouri […]

Opinion | Unemployment Is Low, But So Is the National Mood

Every year the Federal Reserve takes a financial snapshot of America. It tells us how people are making ends meet, or not. Whether they’re (still) living with their parents, if they’ve saved money for retirement, whether they wish they had chosen a different major in college and so on. Last year’s Survey of Household Economics […]

Opinion | My A.I. Lover

Three women reflect on the complexities of their relationships with their A.I. companions. Three women reflect on the complexities of their relationships with their A.I. companions. null Supported by Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share. Ms. Liang’s films […]