How ‘Forza Horizon 5’ Became the Perfect Game for the COVID Era

Plenty of games received the “perfect game for the COVID era” title in the last two years. Nintendo’s timely Animal Crossing: New Horizons, InnerSloth’s mobile juggernaut Among Us, and PlayStation’s transportive samurai opus Ghost of Tsushima. Now, Microsoft has entered the fray with the latest edition in its storied racing imprint, Forza Horizon 5.
Critically and commercially, the reviews for Forza Horizon 5 sparkling. With more than four million players sprinting across its recreation of Mexico on the first day, Playground Games hits every mark.

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Allowing foreign citizens to vote in US elections is a rotten idea

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Approximately 808,000 “non-citizens” may vote in future New York City elections, if the City Council welcomes them to do so, as early as December. These potential new members of the electorate would include green card holders and those with certain work permits. 
This is a rotten idea. However, love or hate it, everyone at least should debate this concept with maximum precision. 
These 808,000 potential new voters are not non-citizens. The computer on which I write these words is a non-citizen.

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Challenging Georgia on Latino Voting Rights

Sergio Botello immigrated to Hall County, Georgia, from Mexico almost 30 years ago and recently became a citizen. His English is limited, and so when he was finally able to register to vote, he feared making unintentional mistakes that might attract the attention of county voting officials. He could not find sample ballots in Spanish, and he also lacked information about the issues and the candidates in his native language.

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When Real Life Feels More Like Science Fiction

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Biden just made one of the best decisions of his presidency

On Monday morning, President Biden made the most important hiring decision of his first term, at least so far as the economy is concerned: He announced that he would be reappointing Jerome “Jay” Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve. Lael Brainard, a fellow Fed board member widely rumored to be the runner-up for Powell’s job, would be tapped as his vice chair.
The Fed is perhaps the most underappreciated policymaking body in Washington.

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Lauded the Success of China’s ‘Really Strict’ Lockdowns

A little over a year ago, Rochelle Walensky—then a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, now the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—gave an interview to WBUR in which she noted the purported successes of lockdown policies in authoritarian countries.
“To give you a sense of what lockdowns were able to do in other countries—and, I mean, really strict lockdowns—in China, their death rate is three per million,” she said, lamenting that the death rates in comparatively lax Sweden and the U.S. were much higher.

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Op-Ed: Continuing Trump’s pretext to block asylum claims, Biden defies the law and good politics

The so-called Title 42 border closure, which uses the COVID-19 pandemic to justify immediate expulsion or deportation of people fleeing persecution and torture, has always been heartless and illegal. So why is the Biden administration indefinitely continuing this most egregious and unlawful of Trump’s immigration policies? Recent reports confirm that it’s in part because the White House doesn’t want the political repercussions of ending it.
That craven position would be a flimsy defense in court. It’s also simply bad politics.
Biden continues to be accused of advocating open borders.

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Our Blind Faith in the Military Will Destroy Us

Military personnel carry flags onto the field prior to an NFL game on November 12, 2017, in Denver. (Jack Dempsey / AP Photo)

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The dark Trumptopia we inhabit is the world science fiction warned us about

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Who knew that Martians, inside monstrous tripodal machines taller than many buildings, actually ululated, that they made eerily haunting “ulla, ulla, ulla, ulla” sounds? Well, let me tell you that they do — or rather did when they were devastating London.
I know that because I recently reread H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel War of the Worlds, while revisiting an early moment in my own life.

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