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Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College

A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm. An investigation found no evidence of bias. But the incident will not fade away. NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute, a Black student at Smith College, recounted a distressing American tale: She was eating lunch in a dorm lounge when a janitor and a campus..

Recall Talk Grows for Newsom in California as Governors Are Under Siege

Fellow Democrats have defended Gov. Gavin Newsom, lavishly praising his handling of the pandemic. But conservatives say his shutdowns have been destructive. SACRAMENTO — Long before Orrin Heatlie filed papers to recall Gavin Newsom, he knew the odds were against unseating the suave ex-mayor of San Francisco who ascended to become California’s gover..

Nashville Bomber Anthony Warner Was a Conspiracy Theorist

Anthony Warner, who was obsessed with an outlandish tale about lizard aliens and other plots, had been planning for months. NASHVILLE — Crystal Deck was opening presents on Christmas morning at her brother’s home when she heard the news that an enormous explosion had ripped through the historic heart of Nashville. She knew instantly that the bomber..

Southern Baptists Expel 2 Churches Over Sex Abuse and 2 for L.G.B.T.Q. Inclusion

In a fiery speech, the denomination’s president decried “fissures and failures and fleshly idolatries.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted on Tuesday to expel four of its member churches, ousting two for policies that “affirm homosexual behavior” and the others for employing pastors who are convicted sex offenders. “The las..

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Will Lower Flags for Rush Limbaugh

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, wanted to honor his late friend. Before it became clear the order would not be statewide, the state’s top Democratic official said she would not comply. MIAMI — Even in death, Rush Limbaugh sent political partisans to their fighting corners. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican who was close with Mr. Limbaugh,..

It’s not ‘kids in cages,’ Biden White House insists, saying it uses ‘facilities’ with...

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has recast the reopening of one of ex-president Trump’s infamous migrant detention centers as a temporary fix for the pandemic, arguing that not locking kids up would be “inhumane.” Psaki was skewered by reporters on Tuesday after the Biden administration reopened a migrant detention facility that had been clo..

Four board members of Texas grid operator RESIGN over blackouts during deadly winter storm

The Texas electric utility is shedding board members ahead of the state probe into the blackouts that left more than four million people without power during a severe winter storm, which claimed an estimated 80 lives and counting. Chairwoman Sally Talberg, vice chair Peter Cramton, finance and audit chair Terry Bulger and human resources and gover..

‘Blacklist’ site asks people to report everyone who voted for Trump to ‘unmask’ them

Conservatives are up in arms over a website that is asking people to report any acquaintance who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. “This is insane. The Founders are rolling over in their graves,” RealClearPolitics cofounder Tim Bevan tweeted on Tuesday, including a link to the site in a subsequent tweet. According to screen..

DOJ Ramps Up Investigation Into George Floyd’s Death

As the state murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, approaches, the federal government has accelerated its own investigation. A new federal grand jury has been empaneled in Minneapolis and the Justice Department has called new witnesses as part of its investigation of Derek Chauvin, the former police..

A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont

PAWLET, Vt. — Fear has gradually spread in the town of Pawlet. In the hills west of town — which is where the trouble started — the houses are remote, separated by wind-scoured stretches of cropland. Those people are the most jittery. Some of them have installed cameras with infrared lights so they could pick up figures that might be moving in the ..

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