The Poetic Justice of Amanda Gorman’s Estée Lauder Contract

There was a moment, starting on Jan. 20, 2021, as the 23-year-old poet Amanda Gorman stood on the steps of the Capitol in her sunny yellow coat, reading her work “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration, when the viewing country seemed to go into a collective swoon.

The wooing and offers rained down soon after: Would she be the face of this product? The spokeswoman for that one? Would she marry her image and fame to a big brand?

A mere month or so later, she told Vogue for a May cover story, she had turned down about

Afghanistan Live Updates: Pentagon Says Working With Taliban Against ISIS-K Is ‘Possible’

a group that remains on terrorist watch lists around the world, even as it prepares to name a new Afghan government — amid a steadily worsening situation for the people of Afghanistan.

In recent weeks, the United States cooperated with the group to ensure the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the Kabul airport, and defense officials have said there is a possibility the threat posed by the militant group Islamic State Khorasan could require future cooperation.

A growing humanitarian and economic crisis may push even more Afghans to seek a way out. Prices for the most basic …

Afghanistan Live Updates: Pentagon Says Working With Taliban Against ISIS-K Is ‘Possible’

a group that remains on terrorist watch lists around the world, even as it prepares to name a new Afghan government — amid a steadily worsening situation for the people of Afghanistan.

In recent weeks, the United States cooperated with the group to ensure the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the Kabul airport, and defense officials have said there is a possibility the threat posed by the militant group Islamic State Khorasan could require future cooperation.

A growing humanitarian and economic crisis may push even more Afghans to seek a way out. Prices for the most basic …

New York declared a state of emergency as dangerous flash floods and tornadoes have been unleashed across the region

Commuters walk into a flooded subway station in New York on September 2.
Commuters walk into a flooded subway station in New York on September 2. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

The governors of New York and New Jersey said improvements in infrastructure are needed after areas of the states experienced widespread, deadly flooding that upended transit systems. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said officials need to look ahead to anticipate storms as the climate crisis produces stronger storms.

“As it relates to our infrastructure, our resiliency, our whole mindset, the playbook that we use, we’ve got to leap forward and get out of ahead of this. Any infrastructure money we get, I bet you a lot of it will be put