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It used to be scarce and hard-earned, but suddenly family time is abundant in the era of shelter-in-place, Erica Pandey writes.
The long view: While cooped-up families may now be powerfully sick of day-to-day whining and bickering, sociologists say that — historically speaking — enduring hardship together can build stronger connections.
We'll see. The N.Y. Post finds a different reality in the city:
But several families tell us they're growing closer as they're forced to ride out the pandemic as a clan.
The challenge: Forcing multiple generations to live in the same space can test our patience. Some families have devised creative solutions:
Please remember: While millions of Americans are enjoying a family renaissance, others are living through the worst of times.
In a letter to the Hill revealed at 10 p.m. last night, President Trump said he's firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, who alerted Congress to the complaint that triggered impeachment.
Behind the scenes: Sources close to President Trump expect him to fire more inspectors general across his government, Jonathan Swan reports.
Between the lines: The move, to take effect in 30 days, comes amid a broader initiative to purge the administration of officials seen as disloyal to the president, Alayna Treene notes.
P.S. Trump yesterday nominated Brian Miller, senior White House associate counsel, as special inspector general for pandemic recovery at the Treasury Department.
"The U.S. must protect its citizens from disease while starting the urgent work of planning for a new epoch," Henry Kissinger, 96, writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed:
Nations cohere and flourish on the belief that their institutions can foresee calamity, arrest its impact and restore stability. When the Covid-19 pandemic is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed. ...
The U.S. administration has done a solid job in avoiding immediate catastrophe. The ultimate test will be whether the virus’s spread can be arrested and then reversed in a manner and at a scale that maintains public confidence in Americans’ ability to govern themselves.
"The crisis effort, however vast and necessary, must not crowd out the urgent task of launching a parallel enterprise for the transition to the post-coronavirus order," Kissinger continues:
Leaders are dealing with the crisis on a largely national basis, but the virus’s society-dissolving effects do not recognize borders. While the assault on human health will — hopefully — be temporary, the political and economic upheaval it has unleashed could last for generations.
A global retreat ... will cause the social contract to disintegrate both domestically and internationally. ...
We went on from the Battle of the Bulge [1944-45] into a world of growing prosperity and enhanced human dignity. Now, we live an epochal period. The historic challenge for leaders is to manage the crisis while building the future. Failure could set the world on fire.
A fallow deer at Dagnam Park in East London peers around a tree at a passersby as it stands in a patch of woodland outside homes on a housing estate.
Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, AP reports.
By the numbers: Figures released by the Census Bureau this week show that 47% of the foreign-born population that arrived in the U.S. from 2010 to 2019 had a bachelor's degree or higher.
We've reported this before, but reminding you: Immigration from Latin America has been declining for more than a decade.
In fact, in the past several years, more Mexicans living in the U.S. went back than came north across the border.
Around the world, linked by video, more than 100 people sing "Come, Come Whoever You Are. Then, laughing together, "Kookaburra," the Australian nursery rhyme. And then, in Hebrew, "Hinei Matov."
The chorus is hosted from the Brooklyn home of Casper ter Kuile, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and the author of the upcoming book, "The Power of Ritual."
A tweet launched the chorus: "If I hosted a Zoom singing circle tomorrow at 1pm ET, teaching a few simple songs/rounds, who would be into that?" he asked. "Reply if you're game!"
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