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Why scientists are more worried about the Covid-19 variant discovered in South Africa

The major concern is that Covid-19 mutations could undercut the effectiveness of the vaccines. | Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty ImagesThe variant carries mutations that may weaken the effect of vaccines. On January 15, US public health officials warned that a more...

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VoxPresident Joe Biden has promised a lot of policy action in his first 100 days. This is how you can keep up. Big news: Vox is bringing back the Weeds newsletter — just in time to cover the beginning of President Joe Biden’s administration. You can and should sign up...

What Biden’s acting FCC chair says about his vision for the agency

President Biden’s FCC could help more Americans than ever access and afford the internet. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe FCC can bring back net neutrality and help Americans stay connected during the pandemic — if everything goes its way now. President Biden has...

Joe Biden will use the Defense Production Act in his anti-coronavirus effort

Joe Biden at a memorial for victims of the coronavirus pandemic on the eve of his inauguration in Washington, DC. | Michael M. Santiago/Getty ImagesThe goal is to help Biden make enough vaccines for at least 100 million people in his first 100 days. President Joe...

How Trump could theoretically get his Facebook back

Donald Trump was banned from posting on Facebook in the final weeks of his presidency. | Pete Marovich/Getty ImagesFacebook asked its independent oversight board to decide if it made the right call when it indefinitely suspended Trump. There’s a chance — even if it’s...

Most college athletes can’t accept brand sponsorships or deals. That could soon change.

For decades, college athletes couldn’t profit from their name, image, or likeness. A pending NCAA rule could allow them to monetize their personal brands. | Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesA pending NCAA rule would allow athletes to profit from their...

Tech platforms banned Trump. Now what?

Deplatforming Trump won’t stop the big lie. Former President Donald Trump has now been kicked off of social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to Shopify. But the misinformation he spread on those platforms lives on. His suspension followed a violent...

The uneasy comforts of Joe Biden’s inauguration TV special

Joe Biden and Jill Biden watch the inaugural fireworks from the White House’s Truman Balcony. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images“Celebrating America” captured two versions of the US, separated by razor wire. Celebrating America, the 90-minute concert/telethon/plea for...

What we learn about the middle class by studying the rich

Anne Helen Petersen talks to sociologist Rachel Sherman about class, inequality and what it means to be a “good” rich person. Do you think of yourself as middle class? If the answer is yes, then I’d ask ... why? Are you middle class because of your actual income? Or...

How will Trump handle life without Twitter and Facebook? Ask Alex Jones.

Eric Thayer/Getty ImagesWhat happens when the former leader of the free world gets deplatformed? We’re going to find out. Donald Trump is out of the White House. And he’s been kicked off of the world’s biggest tech platforms. Now what? We don’t yet have any idea what...

Biden will pause deportations for 100 days

A Guatemalan migrant deported from the United States, hugs with a relative upon his arrival outside the Air Force Base in Guatemala City on January 6, 2021.  | ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP via Getty ImagesBiden is delivering on a key campaign promise on immigration policy. The...

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7 key moments from Joe Biden’s inauguration special

President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden watch fireworks from the White House alongside family members. | Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesJoe Biden’s inauguration special attempted a return to normalcy. While President Joe Biden’s inauguration was unlike any...

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The US is back in the international climate game

President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders, including one on the Paris climate agreement, in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.  | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBiden signed an executive order...

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Joe Biden’s unique Inauguration Day, in photos

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. | Andrew Harnik/APBiden’s inauguration was marked by Covid-19 restrictions and high-security measures. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on the steps of the US Capitol on...

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