Why America’s police look like soldiers

Why are the police bringing military assault rifles to protests? And where did they get them?

Vox | June 25, 2020

Across the country, Americans protesting racial injustice and police brutality – the overwhelming majority of them peacefully – have been met by police forces that look more like an army. Officers have shown up to protests with riot gear, armored trucks, and military rifles. This is what America’s police now look like, and it’s the result of a decades-long buildup of military equipment among the country’s police departments. It began as a Reagan-era program to give police departments more resources to fight the War on Drugs, and has escalated ever since. Today, the idea of a militarized police force is baked into how American police see themselves.

How coronavirus spreads outdoors vs. indoors

Can a runner give you Covid-19?

Vox | May 28, 2020

If you want to stay totally safe from Covid-19, and eliminate the risk of either getting it or transmitting it, you have to stay home. But as the weather gets warmer, public places start to open up, and many places enter their fourth month of life under coronavirus, that’s becoming less and less realistic.

At the same time, we know that coronavirus can be transmitted through the air — and that raises some pretty big questions. Is it safe to go the beach? What about a park? Is a heavy-breathing runner going to infect you as they pass you? In short: How do you go outside safely?

Coronavirus is not the flu. It’s worse.

Send this to anyone who still thinks Covid-19 is basically the same as the flu.

Vox | April 1, 2020

Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has similar symptoms to the flu. They also spread in similar ways. So it’s natural to want to compare the two. But Covid-19 is very different, in ways that make it much more dangerous. And understanding how is key to understanding why we have to take it so seriously.

The rise and fall of Rudy Giuliani, explained

How did America’s Mayor wind up at the center of Trump’s impeachment scandal?

Vox | December 28, 2019

Rudy Giuliani started his career as a superstar prosecutor and a crime-fighting mayor. Then he led New York City back from the attacks of September 11th, and it made him a beloved national figure. But today’s Giuliani is something different: He’s the guy willing to say anything to defend Donald Trump on TV, a central figure in the scandal that got the president impeached, and he’s under investigation by the US attorney’s office he once led. How did Rudy Giuliani get here?

What the US gets wrong about minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage doesn’t have to be so hard.

Vox | August 15, 2019

The American federal minimum wage hasn’t gone up in a decade. That’s the longest wait since the US first set a minimum wage in 1938. Today, Congress is debating whether they should raise it again. But the fact that Congress has to debate it at all is… kind of weird.

In the US, unlike in other developed countries, the minimum wage is a political issue. That means it gets raised irregularly and unpredictably. And that causes a bunch of problems for American workers and businesses.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Who Has Better Florida Ground Game—and Will It Matter?


Wall Street Journal |November 1, 2016
In Florida, Democrats put a lot of effort into getting out the vote. But some in the Trump camp question whether a ground game matters in an era of such high-profile candidates. WSJ looks at the differing strategies in this key swing state. Photo: Getty.

Check out the other stories I did while in Florida:

Trump, Clinton Vie for the Haitian Vote in Florida

Trump, Clinton Fight for Must-Win Florida