By many metrics 2020 was an awful year. But don’t forget: Americans reclaimed democracy, ousted a would-be dictator, stood up en masse against bigotry, and learned we could quickly and willingly adapt our lifestyle to a national security crisis. These aren’t small achievements.

The awfulness of 2020 has become one…

Emergency doctors on Twitter have crowd-sourced and are now testing a groundbreaking new hypothesis that could change the way we treat the virus — it may cause altitude sickness, not pneumonia. But can they keep conspiracy theorists from giving it a life of its own?

Wide awake at 3:13 a.m…

Charli Carpenter

Charli is a political scientist who writes for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The American Prospect and many more. / @charlicarpenter

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