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22 Feb, 4 tweets, 2 min read
Some personal news…. we’re recasting how we report on race and identity and how that intersects with American policy and politics.

Say hello to The Recast, our latest newsletter offering fresh insights and new voices that challenge “business as usual.”
In 2020 we saw racial inequities laid bare, from policing to the pandemic. We saw the essential role voters of color played in the presidential election. And we saw the historic election of a woman of color as vice president.
There are so many more stories to tell. We hope you join us in exploring all of them through new lenses.

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