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Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

All 50 states their economies, at least partially, after shutting down businesses and gatherings in response to the .But a Vox analysis suggests that most states haven’t made the preparations needed to contain future waves of the pandemic — putting themselves at risk for a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths should they continue to reopen.Experts told me states need three things to be ready to reopen. State leaders, from the governor to the legislature to health departments, need to ensure the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer spreading unabated. They need the testing capacity to track and...

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Trump’s White House banner claims "America leads the world in testing." That’s wrong.

Trump’s White House banner claims "America leads the world in testing." That’s wrong.

Other countries are still doing much better with Covid-19 testing.As President Donald Trump spoke at the Rose Garden on Tuesday about coronavirus testing, a banner behind him made a bold claim: “AMERICA LEADS THE WORLD IN TESTING.”That claim, however, is very misleading.It’s true that the US leads the world in total number of tests, in large part because it’s a big country and has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths globally. But when controlling for population, America is behind several countries in terms of Covid-19 testing: As of May 9, the US testing rate is roughly 26 per...

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May 11
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Why America’s coronavirus testing barely improved in April

Why America’s coronavirus testing barely improved in April

America still has a big testing problem.In the past week, the situation seems to have improved. Daily testing numbers have gone up. President Donald Trump , and then , that the US will do 5 million Covid-19 tests a day “very soon.” The White House that the US has the machines to conduct more than 2 million tests a day. Labs they have unused capacity.These developments would be crucial to ending social distancing. All of the to do so, including , rely on much more testing to track and contain the coronavirus outbreak. On the low end, the plans call for 500,000 tests a day. On the high end,...

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May 1
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Why New York has 14 times as many coronavirus deaths as California

Why New York has 14 times as many coronavirus deaths as California

As the coronavirus started to spread in the US, California, not New York, might have seemed a likelier place for the to peak.California, the nation’s most populous state, was among the first to report cases. The in the US was reported in California on February 26; the state reported its on March 4. New York lagged by days, reporting its on March 3 and on March 14.But as of April 13, the state has seen — while New York state has .Experts say it’s too early to definitively say why California is faring so much better than New York. One factor, though, is that California simply acted more...

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Apr 7
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Virginia just decriminalized marijuana

Virginia just decriminalized marijuana

The state is the 27th to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.Virginia is .On Sunday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) he signed a bill that will eliminate jail time for simple marijuana possession, leaving only a civil penalty with a fine in place for the first offense. Northam decriminalization was a priority for him, and the newly elected Democratic-controlled legislature his lead.This is not full . Under decriminalization, penalties carrying jail or prison time are removed, but lower-level penalties, like a fine, remain in place and sales remain illegal. Under legalization, all penalties for...

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Apr 13
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Another way coronavirus will make Americans’ lives worse in the long term: More guns

Another way coronavirus will make Americans’ lives worse in the long term: More guns

America’s gun problem stands to get a little worse after all of this ends. The coronavirus pandemic is leading people to buy way, way more guns — and that will likely translate into more gun violence in the long term. Based on newly released FBI data, March was a record month for background checks in the US. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) carried out roughly 3.7 million background checks in March — 12 percent higher than the previous record of 3.3 million in December 2015, Daniel Nass reported for the Trace. This doesn’t tell us the exact number of gun...

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Apr 2
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Trump’s latest coronavirus press briefing was a disastrous failure in leadership

Trump’s latest coronavirus press briefing was a disastrous failure in leadership

We need clear guidance during a national crisis. Trump is failing.In times of national crisis, the country is supposed to rely on the president to provide clear messages to guide them through new problems. But as America continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump is failing.That was very clear at Thursday’s daily coronavirus press briefing, as Trump went on long, boastful rants, talked about unrelated topics, and joked about kicking journalists out of daily press briefings. At times, it was unclear what Trump was talking about at all.While discussing some of the...

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Mar 19
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The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response was years in the making

The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response was years in the making

President Donald Trump’s failure to respond to the didn’t begin with the administration’s experts say are needed to tackle the crisis. It didn’t start with Trump’s downplaying the crisis even as it’s worsened.It began in April 2018 — more than a year and a half before the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, sickened enough people in China that authorities realized they were dealing with a new disease.The Trump administration, with John Bolton newly at the helm of the White House National Security Council, began dismantling the team in charge of pandemic response, and in...

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A new, big review of the evidence found that Alcoholics Anonymous works — for some

A new, big review of the evidence found that Alcoholics Anonymous works — for some

The 12-step approach doesn’t work for everyone, but it can be as effective as other forms of treatment for some people.Addiction treatment based on Alcoholics Anonymous works as well as or better than scientifically proven treatments for alcohol addiction, according to a by Cochrane, an organization renowned for its analyses of scientific research.The review does not mean that AA and treatments that use the 12 steps, which are derived from AA, work for everyone with alcohol addiction. But it shows that, at least for some people, AA and 12-step treatments work as well as alternative...

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Mar 11
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Voter turnout surged in Super Tuesday states that ditched caucuses

Voter turnout surged in Super Tuesday states that ditched caucuses

One simple trick for getting a lot more people to vote.If you’re looking for an argument against caucuses (beyond ), look no further than the results of Super Tuesday’s primary elections.Between 2016 and 2020, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah all switched from caucuses, in which people meet and debate before publicly aligning themselves in groups with the candidate they support, to primary elections, in which people simply vote in private as they do in general elections.In all four caucus-ditching states, turnout surged dramatically from 2016 to 2020:One other way to look at it: In...

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Wash your damn hands

Wash your damn hands

It’s one of the best ways to prevent Covid-19 — and you’re probably doing it wrong. Germany’s Ministry of Health launched a campaign on February 6 to teach children and adults how to wash their hands correctly and thoroughly in order to prevent transmission of Covid-19 and other diseases. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images With Covid-19 cases in nearly 50 countries, and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level, there’s never been a better time to brush up on one of the easiest ways to avoid the spread of infectious disease: proper, consistent...

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Fred Guttenberg, Parkland shooting victim’s father, was escorted out of State of the Union

Fred Guttenberg, Parkland shooting victim’s father, was escorted out of State of the Union

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a teen girl killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting, was escorted out of the State of the Union on Tuesday after protesting President Donald Trump’s inaction on gun violence. Guttenberg’s protest came shortly after Trump vowed his opposition to stricter gun laws. “Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another constitutional right that is under siege all across our country,” Trump said. “So long as I am president I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” Guttenberg reportedly shouted that...

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5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

5 winners and 3 losers from Election Day 2019

It’s not Election Day 2020 yet, but on Tuesday we got the next best thing. Voters all over the country headed to the polls to decide local and state elections. The headline-grabbing contest was Democrat Andy Beshear beating Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race — a state President Donald Trump won by a whopping 30 percent in 2016. Some caveats: Bevin was among the most unpopular governors in the country, and other Republican leaders in the state outperformed him on Tuesday. But Beshear’s win was still a big loss for Trump, who campaigned in Kentucky just a...

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Democratic presidential candidates are holding a 6-hour forum on gun violence

Democratic presidential candidates are holding a 6-hour forum on gun violence

MSNBC, along with gun control advocacy groups March for Our Lives and Giffords, will host a six-hour gun violence forum with the 10 leading 2020 Democratic The audience will be made up of 300 people who obtained tickets. MSNBC Live anchor Craig Melvin will field most of the questions, but some will also come from Giffords and March for Our Lives, asked by gun violence survivors and policy advocates. As mass shootings like El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have received more attention, gun violence and policy have become more central to the 2020 campaigns. Before the debates, Democratic...

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I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.

I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.

On November 17, 2017, right after the Vox Media editorial staff started a push to unionize, I sent out my worst tweets of all time. “I am against #VoxUnion,” I wrote in one of the tweets. I wrote in another, “Vox Media is a generous company (unusually so for digital media), and some people want to take advantage of that.” “I am generally fine with and even supportive of unions,” I concluded. “Just not this one.” I wasn’t convinced, based on my experience, that we needed a union to ensure the company treated us well. And I was worried that “lazy” or bad workers could take advantage of...

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America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states

America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states

America’s prisoners are going on strike. The demonstrations are planned to take place from August 21 to September 9, which marks the anniversary of the bloody uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. During this time, inmates across the US plan to refuse to work and, in some cases, refuse to eat to draw attention to poor prison conditions and what many view as exploitative labor practices in American correctional facilities. “Prisoners want to be valued as contributors to our society,” Amani Sawari, a spokesperson for the protests, told me. “Every single field and...

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