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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

‘Tucked Away’ no more

On Independence Day this year, I confess I’m not sure what there is to celebrate about us.

Alan Chartock: School of scoundrels

Jared Kushner: Continuing the theme of familial conflict of interest, here is the spawn of a convicted criminal who is married to the daughter of the president of the United States.

Truth and COVID consequences

When it comes to COVID-19, there is a compelling need to see what might have gone wrong and how we can make the necessary changes in the present and the days to come - learning on the fly, then expeditiously and with expertise, making the most appropriate course corrections.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Very Stable Genius’ — not

In retrospect, humiliating Sessions seems petty compared to reassuring the American public that anyone can get a test whenever they need for a virus that can kill them, when, in fact, they can’t get a test because this very stable genius had already presided over the mass firing of the very people who know most about viruses, and had already cut the budgets of every agency we’d normally rely on to combat the disease.

Alan Chartock: Democracy in decline

I have no doubt that some judges will do just about anything to please Trump.

Ducks & rows           

This virus calls us to view our world’s global disarray.

Could everyone have a seat at the table?

I keep having this dream that all the Democratic candidates – perhaps including those who have dropped out along the way – would go away together for an extended retreat.

LEONARD QUART: A few takes on the state of America and New York City

I know it’s self-evident, but what strikes me is how differently we treat idols of the popular culture, and famous writers who die.

POEM: Of Toads & Men

“How in the world can these senators walk around here upright when they have no backbone?”

Mourn, My Beloved Country

I know that someday soon this alternate universe of good is bad and bad is good will reverse itself again. (It will, won’t it?)

Alan Chartock: Adam Schiff — a Congressman with courage

Let’s face it: The American republican democracy is at a potential turning point.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Crime in Progress,’ an attempt to set the record straight, offers other side of story

I found it refreshing that Simpson is honest enough to admit Fusion didn’t appreciate the great stakes involved, and I credit him with acknowledging the integrity of Christopher Steele, a man who’s been unfairly vilified. More than anyone else, he is the hero of this story.

CONNECTIONS: Allure of an oligarchy

Whether pro-Trump or anti-, everyone is curious: What makes Donald Trump so compelling? All have observed lawyers contradict precedent, politicians contradict their own earlier statements,...

Alan Chartock: On being Jewish

In truth, some Jews run counter to the mythology. Nevertheless, there are some cultural norms that exist among Jews.

Alan Chartock: I Publius

If she goes soft on someone who commits a crime by not following the norms of being DA, she leaves herself in a tough spot when it comes to re-election.

LEONARD QUART: On politics and films

I’m struck by how different the very personal and deeply felt Akerman film is from the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated “Joker.”

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.