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The yr 2021 has appeared like a cavalcade of disasters, from the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January sixth by means of the resurgence of COVID-19. Calamities are catnip for the media, however the yr has proven some indicators of promise. This week, 4 New Yorker writers focus on the political tales that give them hope. Jane Mayer explores the Biden Administration’s accomplishments, and why they is likely to be undervalued. John Cassidy makes a case for a powerful economic system in 2022. Bill McKibben explains how the joy over more and more cheap renewable vitality crosses occasion traces. And Evan Osnos, inspecting how pessimism can skew political reporting, gives a approach for combatting poisonous political polarization.