While Everyone In DC Talks About Ukraine, There’s An Actual War Going On

NOVOOLEKSANDRIVKA, Ukraine — When he’s not engaged in gun battles with Russian-led forces on Ukraine’s eastern front line, Stas, a scruffy 26-year-old soldier, likes to cozy up in his bunker and brush up on his English skills by watching Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live. He cracks up at Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of President Donald Trump.

Watching political satire on American TV — when he’s able to get a strong enough signal on the battlefield to access YouTube — is also how Stas learned that Trump had frozen $391 million in US security aid meant for the Ukrainian armed forces over the summer. The news made him angry. The fighting was hot at the time, and he and his fellow soldiers were stuck with mostly crappy, old gear.

“Look at this.

Doomsdays that didn’t happen

If you were alive back in 1999, the term Y2K brings about snickers of recollection … or, perhaps, repressed memories of sitting in cold basement eating equally cold spam. As for younger readers, who probably feel like this is some weird old person’s inside joke nobody wants to talk about, here’s the deal: back in the […]

If the United States Doesn’t Make The Rules, China Will

People take pictures during the opening ceremony for the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Sci-Tech Innovation Board in Shanghai on July 22, 2019. STR/AFP via Getty Images On Oct. 4, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. In that moment, Morey placed in jeopardy the NBA’s success in cultivating […]

What It’s Really Like to Be a Hallmark Holiday Writer

Courtesy Barbara Henske The path to writing and romance For many, the schmaltzy seasonal fare that fills the Hallmark Channel’s programming slate between Halloween and New Year’s Eve is as much a part of getting in the holiday spirit as baking cookies, decorating the tree, sipping eggnog, and listening to carols. This year’s batch of […]

Doomsdays that didn’t happen

If you were alive back in 1999, the term Y2K brings about snickers of recollection … or, perhaps, repressed memories of sitting in cold basement eating equally cold spam. As for younger readers, who probably feel like this is some weird old person’s inside joke nobody wants to talk about, here’s the deal: back in the […]

Jobs Are Plentiful. Big Pay Raises Aren’t.

Image At a Wendy’s in Miami last month.Credit…Joe Raedle/Getty Images There are three basic stories that employment data have been telling us in the last few months. The October numbers, released Friday, confirm two of them and undermine the third. The first story: Jobs are plentiful and unemployment low. Most everyone who wants a job […]

The Fed’s View on Inflation Is Quietly Shifting. Here’s Why.

WASHINGTON — In the summer of 1999, the Federal Reserve chair, Alan Greenspan, had a strange conundrum on his hands. Unemployment was low and companies were profitable. International risks that had prompted the central bank to cut interest rates three times in 1998 had faded from view. Yet inflation, which the Fed is charged with […]

What to Watch For in the October Jobs Report

The General Motors strike will cast a shadow over the coming jobs report. But the outlook was darkening even without it. The Labor Department will release its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment and wage growth at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the report to show that employers added about 85,000 jobs in […]

Britain Hasn’t Named 39 Dead in a Truck. But in Vietnam, They Know.

YEN THANH, Vietnam — Across the village, the altar tables have already been set up. In Buddhist and Catholic households alike, families have not waited for the final word on whether their daughters, sons, brothers and sisters are among the 39 people found dead last week in a refrigerated truck container in an industrial park […]