Olympians are crying out about their mental health challenges
Pursuing an Olympic dream has always seemed reserved for physical outliers, for those who can wring from their already extraordinary bodies more strength, more speed, more stamina. But as we head into what amounts to the Mental Health Olympics, here's to the notion that tending to the mind is more important than training the body it leads.
Democrats will need to blow up the legislative calendar if they want to get Biden's agenda passed
Democratic leaders are reluctant to say it out loud, but circumstances are about to dictate that they blow up the legislative calendar to build more time in Washington if they want to approve President Biden's ambitious agenda.
Biden struggles to sell democracy abroad when it faces challenges at home
As President Joe Biden hopscotched across Europe this past week on his first trip abroad, his most prominent message, repeated everywhere, was the need for democracy to prevail over autocracy in what he cast as the existential challenge of the 21st century. Biden's message was complicated by the turmoil in the country he leads.
‘Protected them to death’: Elder-care COVID rules under fire
Family members and advocates question the need for tight restrictions at this stage of the pandemic, when the risk is comparatively low. They say the measures are now just prolonging older people’s isolation and accelerating their mental and physical decline.
California unveils system to provide digital COVID-19 vaccine records
While everyone who’s been inoculated for COVID-19 should have received a white paper card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailing where and when they got their shots, state officials said an electronic option will give residents an alternative.
Bidens’ older dog, Champ, has died; German Shepherd was 13
“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement posted to the president’s official Twitter account.
Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus
The 95-year-old queen, a keen racing fan and racehorse owner, has attended Ascot almost every year of her seven-decade reign. She was absent last year, when the event was held without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Video of police officer kneeling on neck of Black 14-year-old boy prompts outrage in Montreal
A video showing a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck of a Black teen - nearly a year after the city called for a ban on the use of neck restraints - has sparked outrage and comparisons to the death of George Floyd.
Some vaccine experts having second thoughts about rushing to inoculate kids
From the earliest days of the pandemic, doctors and public health officials have seen widespread vaccination as the most effective way to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. But a growing contingent of medical experts is now questioning whether that conventional wisdom ought to apply to children.
Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible
The IRS offers no formal guidance on ransomware payments, but multiple tax experts interviewed by The Associated Press said deductions are usually allowed under law and established guidance. It’s a “silver lining” to ransomware victims, as some tax lawyers and accountants put it.