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…


Majorie Taylor Greene’s success is a story of how the wealthy and radical prevail in one of the nation’s most conservative districts.

Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Insider

By Ashley Collman

For a freshman Republican representing a small, rural district in Georgia, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has garnered an outsize reputation.

In just over a month in Congress, Democrats have slammed her ties to the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement, journalists resurfaced old social-media posts supporting violence against liberals, and the House voted to remove her from committee assignments.

In the heat of Greene’s scandals, Insider spoke to Republican and Democratic organizers in her district on how she…


You’ll need to be worth $4.4 million to be considered in the top 1% in the US, but both Switzerland and Monaco have higher wealth requirements.

Inside a private jet.
Inside a private jet.
Inside a private jet. Photo: Marin Tomas/Getty Images

By Fatma Khaled

Curious to know what the cutoff is to be in the wealthiest 1%? The new annual Wealth Report from Knight Frank breaks the numbers down for the US and other countries around the world.

An individual in the US needs a net wealth of $4.4 million to be among the richest 1% in the world, according to the Knight Frank 2021 Wealth Report. …


The nation could now distribute 500 million doses by the end of June — enough to vaccinate all of its adult population.

A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson’s study to test a coronavirus vaccine.
A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson’s study to test a coronavirus vaccine.
A clinical trial volunteer participates in Johnson & Johnson’s study to test a coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Janssen

By Aria Bendix

A shot for every American. Political leaders and vaccine manufacturers have endeavored to meet this goal since the start of the pandemic, and it could finally become a reality this summer.

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration will vote Friday on whether to recommend Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus shot for emergency authorization. An FDA review on Wednesday showed the shot is safe and effective against COVID-19.

If J&J’s shot gets the…


Donald Trump has fought hard to keep his personal tax returns, and the Trump Organization’s a secret. The Supreme Court just let prosecutors get them.

Donald Trump in his Trump Tower office in 2012.
Donald Trump in his Trump Tower office in 2012.
Donald Trump in his Trump Tower office in 2012. Photo: Diane Bondareff/Invision/AP

By Jacob Shamsian

This week, the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge from Donald Trump to keep his tax returns secret.

The ruling cleared the way for Manhattan prosecutors — who have been pursuing them for years — to finally get their hands on financial documents belonging to the former president and his companies.

Trump’s tax returns have become the subject of mystique over the past five years, as he became the first major-party nominee…


People with obesity may be able to get a vaccine, but reluctant since BMI is a poor indicator of health or the stigma holds them back. Don’t let it.

A scale.
A scale.
If your BMI makes you vaccine eligible, don’t let shame hold you back. Photo: Crystal Cox/Business Insider

By Anna Medaris Miller

The other day, Clare Rager texted five of her girlfriends.

“I’m going to be eligible for the vaccine purely because of my body weight, and no other reason,” she wrote. “Do you think it’s a terrible thing for me to do, to get in there and get a vaccine?”

Rager is a lawyer who works entirely from home, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. …


A starting group of 360 inventors, young families, and senior citizens will test out tech like self-driving cars and smart homes.

Individuals walking around the city.
Individuals walking around the city.
The “Woven City” will eventually be home to 2,000 Toyota employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, and scientists, according to the company. Photo: Toyota

By Katie Warren

Toyota Motor Corporation started construction this week on a 175-acre smart city at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, about 62 miles from Tokyo, the company announced Tuesday.

The city, which Toyota has dubbed the “Woven City,” is expected to function as a testing ground for technologies like robotics, smart homes, and artificial intelligence. A starting population of about 360 inventors, senior citizens, and families with young children will test and develop these technologies.

These residents…


Don’t be fooled: in terms of policy, there’s not much difference between the “moderate” GOP and people like Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a “Trump Won” face mask.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a “Trump Won” face mask.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a “Trump Won” face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House to take her oath of office on opening day of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021. Photo: Erin Scott/Pool via AP

By Eoin Higgins

In the wake of the Capitol riots, the myth of the reasonable Republican is on life support.

After suburban voters abandoned the Trump-led GOP in November and the QAnon wing of the party continued to grab power, the supposedly moderate wing of the Republican party has decided the best way to keep the caucus together and try and win moving forward is to elevate the institutional personalities that lend their agenda credibility.

These…


Forgiving $10,000 isn’t enough. Biden needs to forgive all student loan debt so my kids can have a better future.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

By Emily Withnall

Money to move out was at the top of my oldest teen’s Christmas list this year. Alex is a senior in high school and should be applying to college. But due to my own crippling student loan debt, my kids’ choices are limited. For now, Alex is choosing not to attend college for the foreseeable future. This choice hurts.

I don’t have the resources to give Alex money to move out. Instead, on Christmas morning, I looked…

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