As of Election Day 2020, 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where adults can legally buy cannabis. Here’s what we know about the drug.

Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during a tour of his company’s facility in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. Photo: Jason Redmond/Reuters

By Erin Brodwin and Julia Naftulin

Marijuana’s official designation in the US as a Schedule 1 drug — something with “no currently accepted medical use” — means it has been pretty tough to study.

That remains the case, despite the fact that, at a state level, the drug is increasingly accessible for the general public.

As of Election Day 2020, when Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota gave the green light to marijuana…


Experts agree: This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But it’s possible that in the months ahead we’ll devise bright new ways to fight back.

A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
Experts agree: The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Andrew Dunn, Aria Bendix, and Hilary Brueck

As the pandemic approaches its second year, the coronavirus has morphed into a tougher foe.

Several mutations that scientists have identified in rapidly spreading variants are particularly worrisome. They raise concerns that these strains will be more contagious or be able to at least partly evade protection provided by vaccines and by prior infections.

Let’s be clear: No one knows how the next phase of the pandemic…


Rudy Giuliani’s pathetic press conference underscored how little President Trump has to back his claims of election fraud. It was also hilarious.

Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image

By Linette Lopez

On Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — representing the President of the United States — took to television to decry the outcome of the 2020 election, spout conspiracy theories, and echo disproven lies.

One of his equally glassy-eyed fellows claimed that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a man who died in 2013 — helped rig the 2020 election.

Giuliani sweat so profusely that his hair dye ran down his face. He…


For years attempts to make it a permanent federal holiday have been repeatedly shut down by political debates.

Demonstrators arrive at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during a Juneteenth march in Washington, DC on June 19, 2020.
Demonstrators arrive at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during a Juneteenth march in Washington, DC on June 19, 2020.
Demonstrators arrive at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during a Juneteenth march in Washington, DC on June 19, 2020.
Demonstrators arrive at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during a Juneteenth march in Washington, DC on June 19, 2020. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

By Ashley Davis

To many Black Americans, Juneteenth holds far more historical and cultural significance than other official holidays. Often called Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a symbol of both generational trauma and progress in America from its long history of slavery.

Although 47 states and the District of Columbia already recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, efforts at federal recognition have stalled in Congress year after year, until now.

After years of pushback from Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin…


Fifty-seven percent of workers in the US and Canada reported high stress in 2020, with women and younger workers feeling more stress than their peers.

An individual working at a laptop.
An individual working at a laptop.
An individual working at a laptop.
In the US and Canada, employed women and workers under 40 reported more stress than their peers. Photo: Stelios Kirtselis/Getty Images

By Sarah Jackson

After a grueling year of work amid a pandemic, American workers are some of the most stressed in the world, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup’s “State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report” found that workers in the US and Canada reported the highest levels of daily stress in the world last year, with 57% percent of US and Canadian workers experiencing high day-to-day stress.

Between the two countries, Canadian workers…


Issa Rae’s Stanford University speech called on graduates to approach “every opportunity as a VIP — as someone who belongs and deserves to be here.”

Issa Rae.
Issa Rae.
Issa Rae.
Issa Rae. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

By Rachel Gillett , Richard Feloni , and Erin McDowell

Many commencement speeches are forgettable, filled with the same clichéd advice. However, some are so good — so inspiring and poignant — that they stick with us forever.

In these trying times when we could all use a little inspiration, we put together a list of the best pieces of advice from the greatest speeches of all time.

Here are 18 of the most valuable…


A report from the Institute for Policy Studies finds the wealthy remain that way through strategic charitable giving and family offices and trusts.

America’s wealthiest family dynasties have held onto and grown their fortunes for decades. Photo: Crystal Cox/Business Insider

By Juliana Kaplan

America’s richest family dynasties had a lucrative pandemic year.

The top 10 richest saw their net worths grew by a median 25%, while family dynasties’ wealth grew at a rate 10 times greater than that of a typical family, according to a new report from the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

The thing is many of these are true dynasties, with wealth dating back much further than relatively recent upstart billionaires like Mark…


Booster shots may not be necessary for another one to five years — but companies are preparing to distribute them before the end of 2021 anyway.

A graphic featuring two vaccine syringes.
A graphic featuring two vaccine syringes.
A graphic featuring two vaccine syringes.
In either case, boosters probably won’t require the same urgency as initial vaccines do. Photo: Marianne Ayala/Insider

By Aria Bendix, Hilary Brueck, and Andrew Dunn

The next vaccine race is underway — this time for booster shots.

Leading vaccine developers, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax, are sizing up the market for boosters — an additional jab to boost protection for those already vaccinated against COVID-19. These drug companies have also crafted new versions of their shots, customized to fight some of the most concerning variants the world has seen.

Meanwhile, researchers…


Strategies innovated by Bellingcat investigators will help you know what you can trust on the internet.

From geo-location to reverse image search, these tips will help you know what you can trust. Photo: Rafe Swan/Getty Images

By Sam Fellman

The Bellingcat journalism cooperative has revealed how Syria’s regime used chemical weapons against its population, how Russian-backed forces shot down a passenger jet, even the identities of Russian assassins.

Their small staff and citizen journalists were often one step ahead of global media organizations and even law enforcement investigations — and much of the time only using images, videos, and information on social media.

One of their key tenets is, “what people mean to show is not all they are revealing.”…


Now a Fox News commentator, McEnany was Trump’s final press secretary from April 2020 to January 2021.

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing on December 15, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

By Oma Seddiq and Grace Panetta

Kayleigh McEnany recently claimed that she never lied in her role as former President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary — but a look at her tenure shows the opposite.

“As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied. I sourced my information,” McEnany told a crowd at a conservative summit on Sunday.

Shortly after her comments, critics pointed…

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