Experts agree: This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But it’s possible that in the months ahead we’ll devise bright new ways to fight back.

A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
Experts agree: The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Andrew Dunn, Aria Bendix, and Hilary Brueck

As the pandemic approaches its second year, the coronavirus has morphed into a tougher foe.

Several mutations that scientists have identified in rapidly spreading variants are particularly worrisome. They raise concerns that these strains will be more contagious or be able to at least partly evade protection provided by vaccines and by prior infections.

Let’s be clear: No one knows how the next phase of the pandemic…


Rudy Giuliani’s pathetic press conference underscored how little President Trump has to back his claims of election fraud. It was also hilarious.

Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image

By Linette Lopez

On Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — representing the President of the United States — took to television to decry the outcome of the 2020 election, spout conspiracy theories, and echo disproven lies.

One of his equally glassy-eyed fellows claimed that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a man who died in 2013 — helped rig the 2020 election.

Giuliani sweat so profusely that his hair dye ran down his face. He…


A healthier economy means more demand and higher prices for thinks like houses and healthcare. This inflation doesn’t mean the US is overheating.

Two individuals at the grocery store.
Two individuals at the grocery store.
Some things are about to get way more expensive for Americans. Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

By Hillary Hoffower and Ben Winck

Experts are growing increasingly hopeful the US economy will rebound in 2021, but there’s a price to pay for that. The price of most things, actually.

A vaccine rollout, a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, and the lift in spending from December’s smaller stimulus paint a promising picture of a roaring, reopened America with lively restaurants, indoor dancing, and crowded stadiums. The economy is set for “stellar” growth as the pandemic subsides…


George Bush’s Chief Information Officer offers some advice to Biden about countering the biggest national threat to democracy: misinformation.

President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden.
President Joe Biden holds his phone as he arrives at Atlanta International Airport on October 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

By Theresa Payton

Whether it’s the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the outcome of the 2020 elections, or the violence that followed in its wake, misinformation is shaking the foundations of America’s public institutions.

An entire ecosystem of social media and “news” outlets is building and spreading an alternate reality for Americans. In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden said, “We must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.” …


The strategy for many chains appears to be replicating competitors’ successes to win over customers.

McDonald’s just launched its own new crispy chicken sandwich to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-A.
McDonald’s just launched its own new crispy chicken sandwich to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-A.
McDonald’s just launched its own new crispy chicken sandwich to compete with Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. Photo: Erin McDowell/Insider

By Erin McDowell

For fast-food chains working tirelessly to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a strong customer base and an even stronger financial position, one thing is for certain: The bird is the word.

From Chick-fil-A to Taco Bell and McDonald’s, new chicken offerings have been a focus for every brand, even if they’re not typically chicken restaurants. In the past year alone, seven fast-food chains have experimented with or released a new chicken product, and more specifically, chicken sandwiches.

The chicken sandwich war has gotten increasingly competitive since the launch of Popeyes’ famous fried chicken sandwich

When Popeyes introduced a…


Education and health became status symbols with the rise of “discreet wealth” in the 2000s. They’ve also far outpaced the rate of inflation.

An individual wearing sunglasses.
An individual wearing sunglasses.
The elite have turned towards investing in education and health as a means to flaunt their riches. Photo: AFP Contributor/Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower

Showing off wealth is no longer the way to signify having wealth.

Flashing a Louis Vuitton handbag or a multimillion-dollar Bugatti have long been standard status symbols for the elite, but the ultrawealthy have increasingly turned to intangible investments such as security and health to discreetly flaunt their wealth instead. An unlikely reflection of this transformation is the recent history of inflation in the US economy.

Consider American Enterprise Institute’s famous inflation chart, which…


America’s student visa policy is in need of an overhaul. A better, streamlined policy would work wonders for our prosperity.

A lonely university student takes a socially distanced exam in Belgium.
A lonely university student takes a socially distanced exam in Belgium.
A lonely university student takes a socially distanced exam in Belgium. Photo: Eric Lalmand/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images

By Christopher Richardson

Moderna’s CEO, Stephane Bancel, has been one of the leaders combating the COVID-19 crisis. While Bancel’s company has drawn headlines for the development of their COVID vaccine, few know though that Bancel was once an international student.

And Bancel is not alone, immigrants who were once international students have been the backbone in our fight against COVID-19. …


Money doesn’t work very hard in a checking account — moving it could help it grow faster, earn more interest, and work harder.

An individual at an ATM.
An individual at an ATM.
Money in your checking account isn’t just tempting to spend — it’s not growing. Photo: Hirurg/Getty Images

By Liz Knueven

Everyone loves seeing a big balance in their checking account — but how big is too big?

Keeping too much in your checking account isn’t ideal, for two reasons: First, such easy access means you might be tempted to spend it. Plus, checking accounts don’t earn much interest (if any), so your money won’t grow there. …


Daric Cottingham says even at an HBCU, as a journalism student, he felt he had a target on his back for being openly gay and fem.

Daric Cottingham is a journalist originally from Texas who moved to Los Angeles in 2019.
Daric Cottingham is a journalist originally from Texas who moved to Los Angeles in 2019.
Daric Cottingham is a journalist originally from Texas who moved to Los Angeles in 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Daric Cottingham

By Daric L. Cottingham

“You’ve got to work twice as hard” echoed throughout my childhood. Like many Black people who’ve heard that exact phrase, it means we have to do more to be seen as equals to our white counterparts.

When I came out, at 17, I received the extended version of this phrase, because I have “more targets on my back” being Black and gay. For a time, I still saw the world…


School districts in many states still don’t have the funding to ensure a safe environment for teachers and staff.

Elementary-school students walk to classes in Godley, Texas, on August 5.
Elementary-school students walk to classes in Godley, Texas, on August 5.
Elementary-school students walk to classes in Godley, Texas, on August 5. Photo: LM Otero/AP

By Aria Bendix

By now, research clearly supports the idea that schools can safely resume in-person learning in the US.

A January study of 11 school districts in North Carolina identified just 32 coronavirus infections in schools over nine weeks. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected minimal transmission among K-12 schools in Wood County, Wisconsin.

In an opinion article last month, CDC researchers called for reopening schools, with a few ground rules: Masks should be worn…

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