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Pandemic funding gives states a unique opportunity to encourage schools to try new ideas; they also should gather intelligence about the most successful experiments. Granting schools some flexibility from the pressure of standardized tests would help foster experimentation.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the weaknesses of the U.S. broadband infrastructure — a problem that hit schoolchildren especially hard. Millions of them had to struggle through online learning with little internet access, or none at all.

U.S. troops prepare to leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of combat. Washington’s ability to influence events will only diminish once the formal withdrawal is complete. Biden must be clear about how bad things could get while doing his best to mitigate the inevitable damage.

I have good news. This image of a hopelessly broken American political system is basically false. What I call the Secret Congress is working away on legislation that flourishes, avoiding the polarization and zero-sum thinking that engulfs any high-profile political fight.

Vaccine passports are meant to be temporary. As populations are inoculated and COVID-19 fades, the world will be able to operate without them. In the meantime, they can encourage vaccination and enable businesses to come back to life quickly and safely.

President Joe Biden, a longtime critic of U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, can’t be eager to preside over the 20th anniversary of what is already America’s longest war. But if he’s to secure U.S. interests and give Afghans a chance at achieving peace, he won’t have much choice.

Almost two years ago, Attorney General William Barr came to office with long experience, a reputation for competence and an expansive view of presidential power. As Barr leaves office this month, it’s increasingly clear how much damage has been done.

What would happen if Facebook disappeared tomorrow? Would people suddenly be unable to communicate online? Would the economy screech to a halt? Would anyone be deprived of a good, service or piece of information that was somehow crucial to their existence?

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It’s fine to say, “Dear, ask your Uncle Al about his work as a CPA.” But it’s best to be more systematic. Bloomberg, the world’s largest business news organization, and its fabulous weekly magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, feature countless companies you and your child have probably never heard of, and those firms have jobs you’ve likely never imagined. Make it a monthly conversation (you can save up a few articles on interesting employers) to discuss what each of you has read.

Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the presidential election. Ideally, that question would now be closed, and all attention would turn to the new administration’s agenda. But for the next short while, things aren’t quite that simple.

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Surges in dog and cat adoptions have been reported across the country, and the news service Bloomberg posted the recent headline: "Newest shortage in New York: The city is running out of foster dogs."

Vote blue, no matter who. That’s the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant. But here’s the question some African Americans are now asking: What if the “who” is Michael Bloomberg? What if the former New York City mayor is the man chosen to contend against Donald Trump? Shall we vote blue if all it offers is the chance to replace a stupid racist with a smarter one?

If it’s really true, as the Salvation Army claims, that it’s “the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population” — and given what is certainly true, that the group is among the largest providers of social services in the world — maybe we should let its work be the touchstone of its value. It should be possible, in this season of giving thanks, to be grateful that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, and at the same time to be grateful for the find work done by the Salvation Army and other religious charities.

It didn’t take long during the second day of public impeachment hearings, in which the House Intelligence Committee is questioning former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, to get not one, not two, but three examples of how President Donald Trump undermines those who try to defend him.

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