Americans Suffer Whiplash as Leaders Struggle With Changing Virus
Public health reversals on the pandemic have sown confusion as the Delta variant upends what people thought they knew about how to stay safe.
The crisis President Biden once thought was under control is changing faster than the U.S. can adapt, leaving Americans angry, exhausted and skeptical.
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Mask Mandates Are Returning in Many Places. N.Y.C. Is Holding Back.
Louisiana and San Francisco brought back indoor mask requirements, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wanted New Yorkers to focus on vaccinations.
The U.S. finally hit President Biden’s 70 percent vaccination goal. Catch up on Covid-19 news.
Germany will begin offering vaccine booster shots in September to people considered potentially vulnerable.
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New cases85,866+142%
New deaths341+27%
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14-day change
New cases586,262+13%
New deaths9,476+20%
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Adam Ondra Can Climb Anything, but Is a Medal Out of Reach?
Ondra is the world’s most accomplished climber, but a controversial decision by Olympic organizers may block his path.
The springy track surface at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo is already producing records.
Mondo Duplantis, an American pole-vaulter, is one of Sweden’s most beloved athletes.
Latest Medal Count  ›
TOTAL
United States
22271766
China
29181663
Russian athletes
12211750
Britain
13121237
Japan
1861034
$1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Pours Money Into Long-Delayed Needs
The sprawling, 2,702-page bill includes historic investments in traditional projects as well as broadband expansion and funds for some climate projects.
After the eviction moratorium expired, the White House sought to limit the effects, urging states to protect renters.
Donald Trump plans to fight the release of his tax returns to Congress, a lawyer for the former president said.
White House to Keep Using Public Health Rule to Turn Away Migrants
Citing new concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, President Biden’s administration will continue to rely for now on a Trump-era policy.
Cuomo Grilled for 11 Hours in Sexual Harassment Inquiry
The investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office could determine Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political future.
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The 25 Most Significant Works of Postwar Architecture
A pod of architects, journalists and designers made a list of the most influential, enduring buildings erected — or cleverly updated — since World War II.
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ELISABETH ROSENTHAL AND GLENN KRAMON
Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance.
PAULINE BOCK
France Brought in Vaccine Passports. People Are Not Happy.
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MAX SARINSKY
Stop the Hidden-Fee Rip-off
ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN
I No Longer Want to Shop
PAUL KRUGMAN
‘Freedom,’ Florida and the Delta Variant Disaster
MARGARET RENKL
The South Must Teach Its Children the Truth
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KAI EIDE AND TADAMICHI YAMAMOTO
We Cannot Stand By and Watch Afghanistan Collapse
‘SWAY’
Is Ken Burns Taking Up Too Much Space? He Doesn’t Think So.
JESSICA VALENTI
Unvaxxed, Unmasked and Putting Our Kids at Risk
GAIL COLLINS AND BRET STEPHENS
The Acrobatics Aren’t Confined to the Olympics
MICHELLE COTTLE
Nobody Wants to Live in a Nursing Home. Something’s Got to Give.
New Twists in the Long Pandemic
ROSS DOUTHAT
How Strong Is Trump’s Grip on the G.O.P.?
JONATHAN HAIDT AND JEAN M. TWENGE
This Is Our Chance to Pull Teenagers Out of the Smartphone Trap
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‘Wicked’ Hits the Road, Carrying the Hopes of Broadway Tours
The production, which starts Tuesday in Dallas, is the first Broadway tour back onstage, a test as theaters seek to rebound from the pandemic shutdown.
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