Archiviomarzo 2020

Letters to the Editor

To the Sports Editor: Re “Glory to Georgia, in a Northern Accent,” Jan. 8: You reported that the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” originally implored, “Let us die to make men free.” But it’s important to note that Americans no longer buy that counterproductive martial fatalism. As Gen. George S. Patton famously put it: “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the...

What the Sharing Economy Really Delivers: Entitlement

Not long ago a friend told me how she had come to end her relationship with WeWork, the entrepreneurial-class fun house that at recent count had been rolled out in 59 cities around the world. A playwright and producer, she had been renting office space at a WeWork location in Brooklyn when one night a little over a year ago, she showed up after a rehearsal to get some rewriting done and found a...

Justice Department Dismisses Corruption Case Against Menendez

The Department of Justice on Wednesday dismissed all the remaining charges against Senator Robert Menendez, a decision that underscores how a 2016 Supreme Court ruling has significantly raised the bar for prosecutors who try to pursue corruption cases against elected officials. The motion to dismiss comes less than two weeks after prosecutors said they were intent on retrying Mr. Menendez, a New...

Doctor, I’m Going Blind. Why Won’t You Talk to Me?

Years ago, when my nephew was a toddler, I was crouching in the kitchen, searching for something in the floor cabinet. After finding what I needed, I quickly straightened and cracked the top of my head on the opened upper cabinet door. Ouch! My little nephew ran up to me, rubbed his own head in empathy and hugged me in an attempt to comfort me. He didn’t yet have words to express his distress at...

Hip-Hop With an Irish Lilt

DUBLIN — The Irish are renowned for their way with words. But the nation of bardic poetry, James Joyce and W. B. Yeats has proved a latecomer to the wordiest of music genres, hip-hop. “It’s always been corny to rap and be from Dublin,” Rejjie Snow said in an interview in his dressing-room in the Olympia Theater, a plush 19th-century concert hall in the Irish capital. “I don’t know why. Maybe it’s...

On a Disney Cruise, It’s a Stressful World (After All)

Even before we left dock in Miami, I started to get the feeling that our “4-Night Bahamian Cruise” on the Disney Magic was not going to go as smoothly as I had expected. The self-serve soft-serve machines near Goofy’s Pool had run out of ice cream. I asked a uniformed crew member when we could expect the machines to be refilled. Slightly alarmed, she told me she would look into it. While sipping...

The Reference Section

All people have things they don’t know, and one place you are sure to meet up with those things is in a crossword puzzle. We’re here to help you solve, so Wordplay runs articles about topics that come up often in crossword puzzles. Whether it’s the name of a famous family in baseball (Alou) or the Greek Muse of love poetry (Erato), we’ll help you learn more about these entries and show you ways...

Opinion | Tom Brokaw: You Can Find the Entire World Inside Your Hospital

President Trump is vowing to return to two of his favorite goals in 2018: a crackdown on immigration and the dissolution of the Affordable Care Act. When congressional Republicans passed the sweeping tax bill in December, they eliminated the A.C.A.’s health care mandate. But President Trump wants to knock out the entire program. As I have learned in the past four years, immigration and health...

Thiel Makes a Bid for Gawker.com, a Site He Helped Bankrupt

Peter Thiel, the technology billionaire, submitted a bid this week to purchase Gawker.com, the remaining unsold property from the Gawker Media gossip empire that was nearly destroyed in 2016 by a lawsuit largely bankrolled by Mr. Thiel. If approved, the acquisition could be the last step in a yearslong effort by Mr. Thiel to finish an independent journalism outfit that angered him in 2007 when it...

Russia, E.P.A., Laura Ingraham: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Russia hits back • With the dispute over the attack on a former Russian spy in Britain, tensions between Moscow and the West are at their highest in decades. On Thursday, the Kremlin announced that it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, after the U.S...

Military Ordered to Notify A.C.L.U. Before Transferring American ISIS Suspect

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration must give lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union 72 hours notice before transferring a United States citizen imprisoned in Iraq as an enemy combatant for more than four months, a federal judge has ruled. The man, whose name has not been released, was captured by a Syrian militia in September and turned over to American forces as a suspected Islamic...

Why I Can’t Quit You, Hoops

All the girls in the Harlem tenement building I grew up in wore a pair. My older sister and I had rail-thin large ones. Sometimes I would take them off and wear them as bracelets. We slept in them, our hoop earrings. I fell in love with hoops after seeing the fly ladies, like Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige, in music videos wearing them. My best friend’s sister, Priscilla, who lived a few floors...

Americans Are Staying Home More. That’s Saving Energy.

Despite what you may have learned as a child, sloth isn’t always a sin. A new study in the journal Joule suggests that the spread of technologies enabling Americans to spend more time working remotely, shopping online — and, yes, watching Netflix and chilling — has a side benefit of reducing energy use, and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions. But the findings also highlight how tricky it can...

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and ‘Gifted’

Emma Stone plays the star athlete to Steve Carell’s “male chauvinist pig” in “Battle of the Sexes.” And Chris Evans is a de-facto father in "Gifted.” What’s Streaming BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017) on iTunes and Amazon. When this film came out last year, audiences unfamiliar with the actual 1973 exhibition tennis match in which Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old feminist tennis star, faced off...

Opinion | A Better Single-Payer Plan

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First: What does Mueller know? You should have low expectations for how much new information Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation will still uncover, writes Politico’s Blake Hounshell. No, you should have high expectations, writes Vox’s Matthew Yglesias. A form of flattery. Why are...

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