“When a meter maid car is out overnight, it’s people’s time to vent their frustrations,” one longtime San Francisco owner said. So owners break out the paint to stand out.

“People get out of your way because you’re driving a meter maid car,” Jennifer Devine said. Photo: Carolyn Fong for The New York Times

The chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan exposed the shortcomings of views within the foreign policy establishment, also known as ‘The Blob’

Jake Sullivan, right, President Biden’s national security advisor, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, center, could be considered part of the Blob, despite backing the Afghanistan withdrawal. Photo: Tom Brenner for The New York Times


The Jan. 6 attack was a moment of national and political crisis. For those present that day, it was also a deeply personal trauma.

Captain Carneysha Mendoza commander of the Capitol Police’s Civil Disturbance Unit and an Army veteran, in Washington, July 20, 2021. Photo: Jason Andrew/The New York Times


As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul

Illustration: Erik Carter/The New York Times


Just weeks into the new year, schools are struggling to fill jobs. Low pay, few benefits and erratic schedules are keeping workers away.

School bus drivers in San Antonio have been forced to drive multiple routes, leaving students to wait for long periods. Photo: Matthew Busch for The New York Times


A week before President Biden’s plan is to roll out, scientists are at odds about whether extra coronavirus shots are needed and for whom

Photo: Steven Cornfield


The story of Ginkgo Bioworks shows the challenges and progress in the emerging field of synthetic biology

The synthetic biology labs of Ginkgo Bioworks, which plans to go public on Friday. Photo: Simon Simard for The New York Times


Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, apologized for “inexcusable” failures in the investigation of Lawrence G. Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of women and girls

United States Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney testifies before a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool via The New York Times


After “Game of Thrones,” many said the blockbuster series was dead. Maybe not — but the future of TV epics may look more like the movies’ recent past.

The post-“Game of Thrones” question remains: Can any one program bring together a mass audience? Illustration: Golden Cosmos/The New York Times


When government benefits are taken into account, a smaller share of the population was living in poverty in 2020 even as the pandemic eliminated millions of jobs

Graphic: The New York Times

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