More Tree Canopy Can Stop Climate Change from Killing Vulnerable Americans

Critics of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act have singled out for mockery two words in the two-thousand-plus-page, roughly two-trillion-dollar legislation. Seizing on the words “tree equity,” FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group, told its more than four million Facebook followers, “The Democrats want YOU American Taxpayers to shell out $3 BILLION for ‘non-racist’ trees.” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted, “Dems’ far-left spending bill exposed: $2.5 BILLION of American taxpayer money for ‘tree equity.

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Editorial: After all the sacrifices in 2020, a little Thanksgiving joy in 2021

A year and a half ago, I wrote about hugging in the age of COVID-19. My then-22-year-old daughter had come home to see the pandemic through with me. We went through elaborate rituals to keep safe, even from each other, since she’d taken a flight home. Among the rules: We didn’t hug or come within six feet of each other until the requisite 14 days had passed from her flight. And then we added a few days for good measure.
By that time, hugging felt like a long-unmet need — and a luxury at the same time.

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Column: Why ‘King Richard’ brought me to tears

My stepfather used to play the numbers.
He worked for Ford, including double shifts whenever offered, but he still struggled at times to keep the lights on. To keep the heat on. To feed the three children under his roof. So, he played the numbers, hoping for a lifeline that ultimately never came.
My siblings and I didn’t really know how poor we were, of course. It’s not unusual for kids living in poverty to be unaware of the hell their parents or guardians were catching.

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Column: Why ‘King Richard’ brought me to tears

My stepfather used to play the numbers.
He worked for Ford, including double shifts whenever offered, but he still struggled at times to keep the lights on. To keep the heat on. To feed the three children under his roof. So, he played the numbers, hoping for a lifeline that ultimately never came.
My siblings and I didn’t really know how poor we were, of course. It’s not unusual for kids living in poverty to be unaware of the hell their parents or guardians were catching.

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Classical education critical for preserving Constitution

OPINION:

Editor’s note: This is one in a series examining the Constitution and Federalist Papers in today’s America.
The Constitution sometimes seems out of sync with the spirit of our times. This is troubling for those of us who value individual rights, federalism and institutional safeguards against tyranny.
There are many causes for this, including warped understandings of the nature of a written constitution, general civic illiteracy and the increasing influence of progressive and Marxist ideas in our educational system.

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The University of North Korea: An Insider’s Account

Having worked as a university professor in the United States for over 30 years, I have had more than my share of run-ins with the politically correct campus crackpots. Evidently, my holding a number of lefty political views confers incomplete immunity to their predations. I would like to share my insights about this insanity with outsiders to academia.
To begin with, the real hellions in the woke mob generally come from privileged backgrounds. Almost all of them are white, and none come from the working class.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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A guide to the must-read 2021 National Book Award winners and finalists

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 25 books for the National Book Award. A celebration of the best of American literature, the nominations span fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young adult books. And every year since 2014, we at Vox read them all to help our readers figure out which ones they might want to check out. Here are our thoughts on the 2021 nominees and winners.

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