Opinion | Pastor, Can White Evangelicalism Be Saved?

Welcome to the latest in my occasional series of conversations about Christianity. Here’s my interview with the Rev. Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian pastor, author and justice activist. KRISTOF: Merry Christmas, Jim! You’re an evangelical Christian, but a progressive one. So how, literally, do you take Christmas? Do you believe…

Opinion | Accountability After Trump

After any major national disaster or failure of government, it’s essential to study what happened and why, if for no other reason than to enact laws and policies aimed at preventing the same thing from happening again. From the Warren Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to…

Opinion | When You Can’t Just ‘Trust the Science’

One of many regrettable features of the Trump era is the way that the president’s lies and conspiracy theories have seemed to vindicate some of his opponents’ most fatuous slogans. I have in mind, in particular, the claim that has echoed through the liberal side of coronavirus-era debates — that…

Opinion | The People Who Actually Had a Pretty Great Year

In late spring, after almost two months of pandemic-induced shutdown, Dr. Anita Kulkarni was finally allowed to reopen her plastic surgery practice near Dupont Circle in northwest Washington. “It was like I had opened a floodgate,” she said. “I had 40 appointments, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. It was…

Opinion | The Texas Lawsuit and the Age of Dreampolitik

When it comes to Donald Trump’s efforts to claim victory in the 2020 presidential election, there are two Republican Parties. One G.O.P. has behaved entirely normally, certifying elections, rejecting frivolous claims and conspiratorial lawsuits, declining to indulge the conceit that state legislatures might substitute their votes for the electoral outcome.…

Opinion | Al Gore: I Have Hope on the Climate Crisis. America Must Lead.

­­­­­ This weekend marks two anniversaries that, for me, point a way forward through the accumulated wreckage of the past year. The first is personal. Twenty years ago, I ended my presidential campaign after the Supreme Court abruptly decided the 2000 election. As the incumbent vice president, my duty then…

Opinion | The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Solve Everything

This should be a season of hope: We will shortly be getting a highly effective coronavirus vaccine, and the pandemic should wind down in the coming months. Yet this is the most wretched holiday season of my life. Consider: More Americans have died from Covid-19 in nine months than in…

Opinion | The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Solve Everything

This should be a season of hope: We will shortly be getting a highly effective coronavirus vaccine, and the pandemic should wind down in the coming months. Yet this is the most wretched holiday season of my life. Consider: More Americans have died from Covid-19 in nine months than in…

Opinion | Why Do So Many Americans Think the Election Was Stolen?

There have been few surprises this past month in how Donald Trump has dealt with the reality of his electoral defeat. Anyone familiar with his career could have predicted that he would claim to have been cheated out of victory. Anyone watching how he wielded power (or, more often, didn’t)…