That Recruitment Letter From Harvard Probably Doesn’t Mean Much

Especially if you’re African-American, according to a new study.A working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research argues that Harvard intentionally draws applications from African-Americans who effectively have no chance of getting in.Credit…Cody O’Loughlin for The New York TimesNov. 29, 2019The message, emailed to more than 100,000 high school students, was seductive and flattering:…

How Advocates of Reproductive Justice Found Their Spotlight

The hotel ballroom is packed when the spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin takes the stage on a Saturday morning in late October. At least 1,100 mostly women and nonbinary people of color have filled the vast space in the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in anticipation of her performance and of Stacey Abrams’ keynote address, which will…

Battlefields: Recent Books in Military History

NonfictionEugene BullardCredit…US Air ForcePublished Nov. 5, 2019Updated Nov. 7, 2019Watching the recent resurgence of white supremacism in America, I have come to think that much of what I was taught about our history is wrong. For example, Reconstruction did not collapse because of its inherent faults, as my high school teachers said. Rather, it was…

The Pork Chops You’ll Make Again and Again

EatPork chops in lemon-caper sauce.Credit…Sarah Anne Ward for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Paola Andrea.There are precious few feelings as nice as the one that comes from falling in love with a cookbook — with its aesthetics and point of view, with its larder and stories, above all with the…

Booker Rises, Biden Stays Afloat and Nobody Wants to Dwell on Impeachment. 10 Takeaways From the November Debate

For two hours on Wednesday night, America’s regularly-scheduled politics programming switched subjects. Rather than focusing on chaotic impeachment inquiry hearings in Washington, all eyes were on the 10 Democratic candidates who qualified for the November Democratic debate in Atlanta to make their case in a setting that remains ever-important for keeping their campaigns alive. While…

‘Our Nation Is Being Torn Apart. Truth Is Questioned.’

Fiona Hill’s warnings challenge Trump to keep America safe from Moscow’s efforts to destabilize democracy and snare influence around the globe. By Jeffrey A. StaceyDr. Stacey is a former State Department official and is working on a book titled “Rise of the East, End of the West?”Nov. 23, 2019Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council…