The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale
The mall never celebrates Christmas directly, only the white space around it. A tree goes up at the end of November, ushering in the pre-Christmas sales that begin with Black Friday and don’t let up until Christmas Eve. On Christmas itself, the mall is usually closed. Out of this fold in American spacetime, the new…
How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt
Charitable giving is a hallmark of the holiday season, but this year, do-gooders aren’t just dropping off clothes for the needy and sending food to soup kitchens. They’re paying off student lunch debt — a growing problem in the nation’s schools. To eat the lunches provided by school cafeterias, students not enrolled in federally subsidized…
Watch: the original cast of Hamilton reunites to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors
Do you have time off work this week? Are you technically working but your office is a wasteland and you really might as well blast some YouTube videos because no one is there to notice or care? Then here is a present, just for you: Nine years after making its first public appearance at the…
Trump’s lawyers cite government shutdown to win delay in major lawsuit
President Donald Trump is using the government shutdown to try to force Democrats to fund his Mexican border wall. But there is another, more personal benefit for the president that he probably won’t be mentioning anytime soon: An important appeal in the lawsuit over foreign payments to his Washington, DC, hotel and other businesses has…
3 big takeaways from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018
A year ago, we were tallying the damages from a record year of weather and climate-related disasters: a triple whammy of major hurricanes, including Hurricane Maria, and several huge wildfires and floods. All told, it came out to about $306 billion, making it the most expensive year for disasters in US history. This year’s tally?…