POLITICS & POLICY

Freeway interchange in Los Angeles, Calif. (Eric Thayer/Reuters) This ‘stimulus’ bill will bury America more deeply in debt, fail to stimulate economic growth, and likely be squandered by politicians. The free-falling economy is bringing Washington, D.C., together in bipartisan calls for a massive infrastructure stimulus bill. President Trump tweeted that “With interest rates for the
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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a statement of interest supporting the Temple Baptist Church of Greenville, Miss. whose congregants were fined for attending a drive-in Easter service
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President Donald Trump takes questions as he addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, April 13, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) President Trump on Tuesday announced he would halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization pending a review of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “Today I’m instructing my administration to halt
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Although no government is better than China’s at making troublesome people disappear, a strange leniency has been accorded vendors at the country’s live-animal meat markets, who by most accounts gave us the pandemic and yet, reports the Daily Mail, have lately been allowed to set up shop again. China’s … Read More
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Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese Communist Party, at a party meeting on October 18, 2017 (China Daily via Reuters) Bloomberg editors and news executives prevented reporters from following up on an award-winning 2012 investigation into China’s wealthy elite over concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could retaliate by kicking the outlet out of the
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Travelers line up outside the Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, China, were lifted, April 8, 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters) From ‘antibody’ to ‘Wuhan,’ old terms take on new meaning. Antibody badges = surely a German import Antibody tests = It seems that nobody tests. AOC = See, emissions went down during shelter
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Although no government is better than China’s at making troublesome people disappear, a strange leniency has been accorded vendors at the country’s live-animal meat markets, who by most accounts gave us the pandemic and yet, reports the Daily Mail, have lately been allowed to set up shop again. China’s … Read More
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A health worker in protective gear waits to hand out self-testing kits in a parking lot of Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak, April 8, 2020. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) We’re fighting an epidemic of untruths pushed by unscrupulous reporters. California is touchy, and yet still remains confused, about incomplete data showing that
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer reacts after declaring victory in Detroit, Mich., November 6, 2018. (Jeff Kowalsky/Reuters) We should be preserving our laws and our freedom in times of crisis. It’s reasonable to assume that the vast majority of Americans process news and data, and calculate that self-quarantining, wearing masks, and social distancing make sense
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President Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 10, 2020. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign on Monday reported raising $212 million in the first quarter of 2020. Fundraising increased 36 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019, despite a drop in fundraising in March following the onset
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A registered nurse walks out of a hospital during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 1, 2020. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Doctors aren’t the only ones who can help fight coronavirus. Federal and state governments are stepping up to support their health-care workforces during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the most significant public-health challenge to face
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with supporters in Henderson, Nev., February 14, 2020. (Gage Skidmore) Klein argues that Biden should push for a more ambitious public option than the one already in his platform: It would help him appeal to supporters of Bernie Sanders while also addressing the concerns Americans are increasingly going to
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The abortion clinics that sought a wholesale exemption from the Texas governor’s executive order, GA-09, postponing non-essential medical procedures through April 21 did not ask the Supreme Court to review the strong decision that the Fifth Circuit issued against them on Tuesday, April 7. But they now appear poised to ask the Court to intervene
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The Wall St. Bull on a nearly empty Broadway in the New York financial district as the coronavirus outbreak continues, March 23, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Coronavirus fears hit stocks hard, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding nearly 11,000 points, or 38 percent, from the February peak of 29,423. As of today the markets have
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, August 10, 2019. (Gage Skidmore) The Vox founder wishes Elizabeth Warren were in charge. Why? Alternate history is fascinating to many. The often seemingly arbitrary procession of events that leads up to the present offers endless possibilities for wondering about “if
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A worker piles up a shipment containing personal protective equipment (PPE) as the spread of the coronavirus continues in Bari, Italy, April 7, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters) The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Wednesday that the nation’s federal stockpile was deploying nearly all of its remaining personal protective equipment (PPE), confirming a Congressional report
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders announces that he is suspending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in a livestream broadcast from his home in Burlington, Vt., April 8, 2020. (Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign/Reuters) As he bows out of what will presumably be his final White House run, the Democratic Party appears to be
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the coronavirus in Geneva, Switzerland, February 24, 2020. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters) Since its inception 112 years ago almost to the day, the World Health Organization (WHO)  has been credited with the eradication of smallpox and the near eradication of other devastating illnesses, including leprosy
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Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an executive order Tuesday to ensure that illegal immigrants and refugees in the city are able to access the city’s coronavirus relief benefits. “This order is more than just an official decree, it is a statement of our values as a city and as
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