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Many Americans have long had limited opportunities for recreation. Think of them before you complain.

Illustration: Derek Abella

The president’s savior complex was central to my annual list of geopolitical forecasts

Photo illustration: Paul Spella; image sources: Getty Images (1), Reuters (1), Shutterstock (4)

It’s the year reality and conspiracy theories crashed into each other

Keanu Reeves as Neo in “The Matrix.” Photo: Warner Bros.

We’ve had to learn that in the pandemic, time means something new

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How I Got Through This

His name is Alfie, he is 16 years old, and he is my whole world

Photo illustration; source images courtesy of the author

If you were lucky enough to find yourself in a place where you could drastically change your life, why wouldn’t you do that?

Young people on train wearing face masks.
Young people on train wearing face masks.
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Data showed a sharp increase in hate crimes, and 2020 could prove worse

People hold crosses honoring those killed in the 2019 Walmart shooting which left 23 people dead in a racist attack targeting Latinos. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Power Trip

Joe Biden has been absolutely everywhere this fall. But the big question remains: Will he run?

Illustration: Julia Kuo

As Sanders gears up for a possible 2020 run, his supporters are already turning his Democratic competitors into villains

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