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A Tropical Paradise Is Brewing a Storm in a Tea Cup

The Maldives and Sri Lanka, both highly tourism-dependent tropical islands, have seen the pandemic devastate their economies and finances. Government debt this year is expected to linger above 100% of gross domestic product in the two small Indian Ocean nations.

Boris Johnson Rearranges His Cabinet. It Could Use a Redesign.

Reshuffle is the right word for it — as in, take a deck of cards and mix it around.

Pay Americans $1,000 Each to Get Vaccinated

I’m a strong supporter of getting a vaccination for Covid-19. (I’ve had two plus my booster.) And I agree that getting shots into the arms of most of the 70 to 75 million US adults who remain unvaccinated is a matter of public urgency.