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Trump’s latest betrayal strengthens the case for impeachment

The president’s willingness to take campaign help from Russia in 2020 is another disturbing sign of his unfitness for office.


Tweets of the Week: Trump at the Olive Garden, #MeToo Advice, and Praise for Papi

A look back at the week in 280 characters.


Readers React: ‘This sounds nice, but it ignores a huge upcoming phenomenon: the “birth dearth”’

Can we really recruit more rural students to colleges and universities?


Big Number

That’s a lot of pictures.


50 Words

Breakfast on the beach.

Ideas | Peg Tyre

How to survive in an AI world

While American schools move away from a humanities-centered education — and embrace science and math — Japan is tacking in the opposite direction. Who’s right?

A rendering of Scape’s proposed development — small apartments at modest rents — in the Fenway.


Finally — the tiny apartments that millennials need

For years, I’ve been calling for the compact, affordable, amenity-rich apartments that could solve our housing crisis. Now, they could be on the way.

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RuPaul, I owe you an amen

Historically, drag is entertainment by men for men, with queens coopting an exaggerated male view of femalehood to uproarious laughter. Was it okay to chuckle at an all-too-easy version of womanhood, one that denied the complexity of the female conundrum?


By the number: Put down the bottled water

If you are what you eat, then every single one of us is a little bit plastic.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

Godzilla takes on Fenway

The truth is, we have a history of falling for unstoppable titans of one kind or another.


Readers react: ‘His calling for Trump’s impeachment has brought him a great deal of press’

Is Justin Amash a profile in courage?


By the number: 400,000

The secret funders of a popular women’s fertility app.


Tweets of the week: Mueller announcement, aliens, and Rocket Mansplaining

A look back at the week in 280 characters.

Ideas | Robert Tsai

Mueller was right to play it cool

If Robert Mueller struck an overtly oppositional stance against AG Barr, his superior, he would undermine his team’s two-year investigation by imperiling its integrity.

Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

Knitting hard facts into soft yarn

In a precarious time for truth, with a president who makes stuff up, and national leaders ignoring science, maybe knitting can help.

FILE - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, cash is fanned out from a wallet in North Andover, Mass. Only 33% of American adults follow a budget, according to an October 2017 survey of Americans from NerdWallet . The time and effort involved are often cited as the reasons, but trying and failing is also a barrier. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

opinion | malia lazu

Going corporate for a cause

Good banking also depends on recognizing the systems that have historically taken advantage of communities, and searching for new models that lead to investment in all neighborhoods.

A long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest.

Ideas | Casey Lyons

The fatal Mount Everest obsession

On Everest this year, it’s the things that went right that paved the way to calamity.

particles of charcoal splatted on white background

Ideas | Katherine Eban

These pills could kill you

In the US, 90 percent of drugs are generics and nearly all are manufactured abroad. Many of them aren’t what they claim to be.


By the numbers: From dust to dirt

Now there’s a more environmentally friendly way to say goodbye to your loved ones.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

Are you okay?

A.J.B. Lane envisions the downfall of beloved symbols.

Protesters held signs at the entrance to the Fore River Bridge, in Weymouth.

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

In Weymouth, echoes of Flint

Four undeveloped acres on a peninsula in the northern part of Weymouth have become a battlefield, pitting environmental activists against a massive energy company.

Stephen Mattin (left) and his grandson, Ronan Mattin, 9. (Courtesy of Stephen Mattin)

Ideas | Anthony Rudel

Hope for the future of classical music performance

The classical music business needs to break down the rules and make concert-going a more contemporary experience.

Ideas | S.I. Rosenbaum

The case for legalizing sex work

The best way to fight human trafficking is bring professional sex work into the daylight.

Ideas | Darci Marriott

Sex work by the numbers

When sex work is criminalized, those who choose to work in the industry put themselves at risk.


Tweets of the Week: Troops to the Middle East and taxing the rich

A look back at the week in 280 characters.

Ideas | Sage Stossel

Visting President Trump’s Washington, D.C.

It was a disconcerting time to be introducing a kid to America’s seat of government.

Ideas | Bruce Cannon Gibney

The modern presidency enables tyranny

Over the past century, American presidents from both parties have grabbed power and kept it, concentrating tremendous authority in the office, so much so that it threatens democratic principles.

Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

The Mother’s Day cards you really need

This Mother’s Day, make sure you give your mom thanks for the important things in life.


By the numbers: How many solo moms in the US?

Nearly a quarter of American mothers, or about one in four, are solo moms, according to Pew Research Center.

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Ideas | David C. Barker and Morgan Marietta

The roots of America’s divergent views go much deeper

Can a country move ahead when its citizens hold dueling facts?

Ideas | Julie Suratt

The death of the school dance

The school dance was a melting pot of social cliques — nerds, jocks, artists, stoners, musicians, theater geeks. You never knew who you might see there, and that made it fun.

KYANGWALI, UGANDA - APRIL 06: A baby girl from Uganda suffering with cholera lies in a ward in the Kasonga Cholera Treatment Unit in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement on April 6, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda. According to the UNHCR almost 70,000 people have arrived in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of 2018 as they escape violence in the Ituri province. The majority of refugees are arriving by boat across Lake Albert, which lies between the two countries. With refugee settlements in Uganda almost at maximum capacity there are plans for new settlements to be built to deal with the continuing influx of people. A cholera outbreak in the settlements has left at least 42 dead and many hundreds severely affected. The World Food Programme anticipates providing food and nutrition for up to 1.6 million refugees this year. Fighting in DRC between the Hema and Lendu communities has seen villages being burnt and dozens killed in the fresh outbreak of violence. (Photo by )

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

A world-changing forum at MIT

MIT’s Solvers are collaborating to tackle the planet’s most difficult problems.

Ideas | Darci Marriott

How much is your flight harming the planet?

As we enter the travel season, millions of Americans will be taking the air. What’s the damage?

Ideas | Sage Stossel

This month’s forecast: cloudy with a chance of bad news

What to expect from May.

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Lost someone to Fox News? Science says they may be addicted to anger

We are angrier than ever before. Is there a scientific explanation for why fury is so intoxicating?

Ideas | Julie Scelfo

Will black women save us . . . again?

The heart and soul of the Democratic Party is the country’s 23 million black women, and any candidate of any complexion who ignores their power does so at his or her own peril.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

The impeachment flow chart

Let this handy decision tree help you make up your mind on whether to impeach President Trump.

Ideas | Anthony Flint

We’re redesigning our streetscape — but what if we’re getting it all wrong?

Making room for bicyclists and pedestrians is great. But how to prepare for driverless cars, trackless trams, and everything else that may come?

Ideas | Darci Marriott

How you can be a better eco-warrior

Being an eco-conscious warrior is more difficult than most may realize. Here are some things to think about while trying live a greener life.

Ningiukulu Teevee Uunnijut (Relaxing After a Meal), 2018 Stonecut on Paper 39 x 49.3 cm Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts

Ideas | Bathsheba Demuth

How the warming Arctic is creating a worldwide transformation

The shifting, decreasing shape of the ice has changed the face of the seasons. It has altered something as basic as how people feed themselves.

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 22: A child's toy and plastic packaging are seen in a pile of recyclables at the San Francisco Recycling Center April 22, 2008 in San Francisco, California. To Coincide with Earth Day, San Francisco recycling companies, Sunset Scavenger Co. and Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling Co., have started accepting rigid plastics as part of their curbside recycling program. Customers will now be able to recycle rigid plastics such as plastic toys, paint buckets, clamshell containers and plant containers which in the past could not be properly processed. The San Francisco recycling center processes approximately 750 tons of recyclables a day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ideas | Amy Crawford

Boxes, pouches, cartons, and envelopes — oh my!

How do we balance the quick and easy fulfillment of our needs and desires against what’s good for the planet?

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. According to a person interviewed by Mueller's team, in response to news from then Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Robert Mueller had been appointed as a Special Counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump said

Ideas | Robert Tsai

Obstruction of justice? The damage runs much deeper than that.

Trump’s attorney general has laid out a theory of executive power that could haunt the country for a long time.

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

Notre Dame’s long and storied history speaks for itself

Standing at the city’s “Point Zero,” the official marker from which distances are measured in Paris, she is both the symbolic heart and literal heart of the city. But she is so much more.


Why we like to look and look at Lori Loughlin

Hint: It’s not her good hair.

This picture taken on April 18, 2019, shows the southern side of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, three days after a fire devastated the landmark in the centre of the French capital. - France paid a daylong tribute on April 18, 2019 to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church's famed rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged landmark. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)


Tweets of the Week: Notre Dame, youth vote, and the Mueller Report

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.