What to Do About Killings by the Police

To the Editor: Re “Minnesota Police Kill Another Man as Tensions Build” (front page, April 13): President Biden is right to call for an investigation into the policing crisis. It should be done at the federal level. Whether the crisis is rooted

Tressie McMillan Cottom on the Moral Panics of Our Moment

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ Prepping for a conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom is intimidating. McMillan Cottom is a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a 2020 MacArthur fellow, co-host of the podcast “Hear to Slay,” and the

Coronavirus Variants Don’t Need to Be Scary

News about emerging coronavirus variants can sound scary to a public not accustomed to genomic jargon. But viruses undergo mutations frequently, both within infected people and as they travel from one person to another. That’s why it’s important to remember this (modified)

An NDA Was Designed to Keep Me Quiet

Companies don’t need NDAs to keep their proprietary information safe; that information is already protected through the use of confidentiality agreements employees must sign when they are hired. The most valuable portions of separation agreements are the “release of claims” clauses that

What Bidenism Owes to Trumpism

Because he’s a Democrat, there’s no anti-tax pledge to fall afoul of, so he can do all this while promising explicitly to raise taxes on the rich. But he’s also ditched the deficit anxieties of past Democratic administrations, he’s got a full-employment

We Need an Infrastructure Package for Nature

We were driving through Long Island’s sprawling road system in a borrowed electric car when we heard the news about President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure package. All around us the bric-a-brac of a fast-vanishing age littered the landscape. Gas stations, dead

The Economy That Allows You to Get Your Job Done Is Broken

It’s not just the very young, people with disabilities, or the elderly who win here. This infrastructure act would offer a long-overdue pay raise for direct care workers, who, like child care workers, are disproportionately women and workers of color. They are

The Biden Boom Is Already Wild

It was amazing how quickly it happened. For almost five years — from Donald Trump’s rise in the 2016 Republican primaries to the Jan. 6 insurrection following his defeat — the lurid spectacle of our national politics sucked up most of the

America Needs to Empower Workers Again

Labor activists hoped that the unionization vote at Amazon’s Bessemer, Ala., warehouse would be a turning point, a reversal in the decades-long trend of union decline. What the vote showed, instead, was the continuing effectiveness of the tactics employers have repeatedly used