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Congress should cancel its Thanksgiving recess and pass another stimulus bill

Congress should cancel its Thanksgiving recess and pass another stimulus bill

12 million Americans are about to lose unemployment insurance. Congress is on recess.Millions of people have had to put their lives on pause and make enormous sacrifices throughout the pandemic — including, now, .If regular people have to skip their holiday with loved ones, then Congress and the White House should cancel theirs, too, and get to work on crafting and passing legislation to help those people ride out the rest of the crisis.Welcome to the 2020 holiday season. Public officials, scientists, and the media are pleading with Americans to to prevent further spread of Covid-19 . The...

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Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler has tested positive for the coronavirus

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler has tested positive for the coronavirus

Loeffler, running to keep her seat in a competitive special election, plans to quarantine.Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has tested positive for the coronavirus amid her campaign to retain her Senate seat in a special election against .Loeffler reportedly ; according to her campaign, she received an additional inconclusive test result Saturday, and is asymptomatic. She is currently quarantining. If she follows guidelines, she will need to refrain from interacting with others — including holding in-person campaign events — for at least nine more days, a significant setback given is fast...

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Trump lashes out at fellow Republicans as his legal challenges to election results fail

Trump lashes out at fellow Republicans as his legal challenges to election results fail

The president called some RINOs, as his legal strategy was criticized by friends and foes alike.President Donald Trump battled members of his own party this weekend, as his critics — and even some allies — called upon him to accept the results of the presidential election.Following his loss of a major lawsuit on Saturday, several prominent Republican leaders gave interviews on Sunday suggesting that it was time for Trump to consider conceding.Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who has been critical of Trump in the past, said on CNN’s State of the Union that Trump’s behavior has been...

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A Republican judge just tore into Trump’s election lawyers for their incompetence

A Republican judge just tore into Trump’s election lawyers for their incompetence

Trump’s lawyers asked a judge to disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters. It ended badly for Trump.Last Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared in federal court for the first time in 30 years, representing the Trump campaign in its efforts to prevent Pennsylvania from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in that state.It was a . The one-time mayor and senior federal prosecutor struggled to articulate what, exactly, was the basis of Trump’s legal claims. And he admitted that he was unfamiliar with basic legal terms such as “,” one of the rudimentary vocabulary...

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Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Big California donors want to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat with a woman of color

Will Gov. Gavin Newsom listen?Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Some of California’s biggest political donors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to choose a woman of color to fill the seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.Given how rare it has been for a Senate seat in the country’s largest state to become vacant, California leaders have been hard at work ever since Harris was chosen for the Democratic ticket this summer. And now the lobbying is becoming more public.On Monday, about 150 of the state’s biggest women donors will ratchet up the...

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Why restaurants are open and schools are closed

Why restaurants are open and schools are closed

Money..Public health experts have been repeating this same refrain since the summer, when many states and cities reopened businesses like bars, restaurants, and gyms — all areas where the coronavirus is thought to spread readily — without a clear plan to reopen school buildings. And the call has only gotten louder in recent weeks as cases skyrocket in a third viral wave and officials close schools while keeping indoor dining open.For example, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on November 18 that in the city in response to rising cases — but gyms and reduced-capacity indoor dining...

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A Trump official is still blocking Biden’s presidential transition. House Democrats want answers.

A Trump official is still blocking Biden’s presidential transition. House Democrats want answers.

Top Democrats asked GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to brief them.Top House Democrats want answers about the status of the .On Thursday, House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Appropriations Committee Chair Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), along with two other senior Democrats, Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL), that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy brief them by Monday on the delay in declaring President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.The GSA must officially “ascertain” Biden as the next president in order for the transition to...

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BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti on why he bought HuffPost and why the New York Times can’t be "the paper of record"

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti on why he bought HuffPost and why the New York Times can’t be "the paper of record"

The Times’s subscription business is booming. But the BuzzFeed CEO has a critique.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Jonah Peretti co-founded the Huffington Post, then left to start BuzzFeed. Now he’s running both companies: BuzzFeed is picking up HuffPost from Verizon, the phone company that thought it wanted to be in the media business and then .I talked to Peretti about the rationale for the deal (scale, scale, scale), whether he can guarantee that all HuffPost employees will keep their jobs (no), (he won’t say), and whether he wants to buy more...

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Trump’s lawsuits challenging the election have turned into a clown show

Trump’s lawsuits challenging the election have turned into a clown show

Republican officials aren’t just losing. They are embarrassing themselves.On Tuesday, former New York mayor and Trump consigliere Rudy Giuliani made his . It did not go well. As election law professor during the hearing, “I’ve never seen worse lawyering in an election law case in my life.”Giuliani, who served as the lead federal prosecutor in Manhattan for much of the 1980s, was once a very distinguished attorney. But there are good reasons why a lawyer who hasn’t litigated a federal case in nearly three decades should be cautious about trying to relive their glory days. The are 140 pages...

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Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it. 

Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it. 

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×Covid-19 policies haven’t helped the people most affected by the virus — except in Vermont.In the middle of March, while many Americans were panic-buying milk and toilet paper, had other...

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Congress is forcing cities to defund the police, firefighters, and schools

Congress is forcing cities to defund the police, firefighters, and schools

Cities that had barely recovered from the Great Recession face huge budget shortfalls yet again.America’s mayors are begging for help.Unless Congress passes a coronavirus relief package, cities and towns across the country are going to struggle “to keep the lights on” and perform basic services like responding to 911 calls, Joe Buscaino, president of the National League of Cities and president pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council, .In May, the National League of Cities (NLC) that US cities are facing a $360 billion revenue shortfall over the next three years. And since then, there’s...

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Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it.

Social distancing is a luxury many can’t afford. Vermont actually did something about it.

In the middle of March, while many Americans were panic-buying milk and toilet paper, had other things on his mind: how to safely house the dozens of people who rely on his organization for a bed to sleep in every night.The executive director of the social service agency in White River Junction, Vermont, had read the reports that the new coronavirus could easily circulate among people living in close proximity — retirement homes, prisons, or homeless shelters like his.So he contacted the state to ask for advice. “‘Don’t worry,’” he recalls an official telling him. ‘“We’ve entered into...

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Big electric trucks and buses are coming. Here’s how to speed up the transition.

Big electric trucks and buses are coming. Here’s how to speed up the transition.

Financing, policy, and private sector tools can fund vehicle costs and new charging infrastructure.There’s a growing consensus in the climate change community that the key to transitioning the US economy from fossil fuels is to — shift the electricity grid over to carbon-free power and shift other big polluting sectors like transportation and heating over to electricity.When it comes to transportation, electrification is going to be tricky. Not long ago, the consensus was that the cost and power limitations of batteries would make it difficult to fully electrify anything larger than...

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The future of commercial space travel is almost here with the latest SpaceX launch

The future of commercial space travel is almost here with the latest SpaceX launch

Elon Musk’s private space company has now successfully launched two crewed flights into orbital space.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Elon Musk’s SpaceX just launched the first operational crewed flight into orbital space, following up on its successful test flight several months ago and bringing us one step closer to private commercial space travel.SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Crew-1 capsule, seated on top of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, on Sunday night with four astronauts on board — three from NASA and one from Japan’s JAXA — for a return flight to...

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How to fix the presidency after Trump

How to fix the presidency after Trump

A plan for reforming the nation’s highest office beyond 2020.The framers of the Constitution thought long and hard about the risks of imbuing the presidency with too much power.But for all their concerns, most of them assumed that, in the words of , future presidents would be constrained by a “sense of responsibility” and would exercise such awesome power with “scrupulousness and caution.” The “dread of being accused of weakness or connivance,” Hamilton wrote, would “beget equal circumspection.”After four years of Trump, I think we can say that Hamilton’s optimism was misplaced. The current...

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What are the ethics of using gene-editing kits like CRISPR?

What are the ethics of using gene-editing kits like CRISPR?

The first episode of our new technology podcast Reset focuses on DIY gene editing.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.is a biophysicist who made headlines in 2017 when he tried to edit his genome live onstage at a conference. Using the to modify his DNA, Zayner whipped out a syringe and injected it into his arm. The whole thing was livestreamed on Facebook.But a year before that, host (then a science reporter at The Verge) watched Zayner perform a “full-body microbiome transplant” in a California hotel room. His goal was to fix gut issues and take...

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The disturbing GOP attempt to block certification of Biden’s Michigan win, explained

The disturbing GOP attempt to block certification of Biden’s Michigan win, explained

Republicans in Wayne County initially prevented vote totals from being certified — but then backed down.Republican officials in Wayne County, Michigan, made a stunning move to block the certification of their presidential election results Tuesday — but backed down a few hours later amid intense criticism.Wayne County is the largest county in the state, it includes the city of Detroit (where the the population is Black), and it votes heavily for Democrats. As with all Michigan counties, its election results go to a bipartisan board of canvassers for certification that has two Democrats and...

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A federal court has blocked the Trump administration from deporting unaccompanied children

A federal court has blocked the Trump administration from deporting unaccompanied children

Thousands of children have been expelled amid the pandemic.A federal court has blocked the Trump administration from continuing to deport unaccompanied migrant children under a program that allowed immigration officials to summarily expel asylum seekers arriving at the southern border on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.At least have already been deported under the policy, often with little if any notice to their parents or legal counsel and even if they show no symptoms of the virus. Others have been held in hotels along the border for extended periods of time under the program.That’s in...

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Vox poll: 73 percent of Republican voters are questioning Biden’s victory

Vox poll: 73 percent of Republican voters are questioning Biden’s victory

A majority of likely Republican voters also agree with Trump’s decision not to concede — for now.President Donald Trump’s unfounded allegations of voter fraud and unwillingness to concede the election are seriously affecting how some Republicans are interpreting the results., 73 percent of likely Republican voters say that the allegations of voter fraud have made them question Joe Biden’s victory, a statement that 44 percent of all likely voters agreed with as well. Similarly, 75 percent of likely Republican voters said they believed voter fraud took place during the election that...

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Lindsey Graham’s controversial call with Georgia’s secretary of state, explained

Lindsey Graham’s controversial call with Georgia’s secretary of state, explained

Amid Trump’s effort to challenge the election, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger went public about a call from Graham.President Donald Trump is trying to overturn the results of the presidential election through lawsuits and bluster. And amid all this, a question has arisen about whether Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of his close allies, tried to get Georgia’s secretary of state to throw out vast numbers of legally cast mail ballots — something that could theoretically flip a state Joe Biden won to Trump.The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, claims Graham came close...

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A young Ugandan climate activist’s challenge to Joe Biden

A young Ugandan climate activist’s challenge to Joe Biden

“We are going to hold him accountable if he doesn’t fulfill [his] promises.”For 24-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, climate change is not an abstract concept — it’s personal. She witnesses the impact of it on her country every day.“I have seen it in my country, I have seen how the changing weather patterns have destroyed homes, have destroyed farms, destroyed businesses, and left people with nothing,” Nakate said. “And that is what I want to change.”In January 2018, after educating herself about the seriousness of the environmental issues facing her community, Nakate began...

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How shifting from meat-heavy to plant-based diets can help allay the climate crisis

How shifting from meat-heavy to plant-based diets can help allay the climate crisis

A new study shows that moving to a plant-based diet is critical, but governments have been slow to act.Many of the massive wildfires that have the Amazon this summer and in recent years can be linked to dinner plates in and other countries around the world. Cattle ranchers have been using to tame the rainforest into pastureland to meet rising global , a strategy that spells disaster for climate change and biodiversity.These fires are but the latest distress signal from a deeply unsustainable global food system. Emissions are embedded in every part of the food supply chain, from...

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Inside the behind-the-scenes fight to convince Joe Biden about Silicon Valley

Inside the behind-the-scenes fight to convince Joe Biden about Silicon Valley

Who will have a seat at the table?Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.When it comes to Silicon Valley, Joe Biden is something of a blank slate. And for Silicon Valley, that means Joe Biden is something of an opportunity.So Big Tech reformers and Big Tech allies are gearing up for a spirited fight in the coming months over the types of people who will staff the Biden administration. Those personnel decisions will offer some of the first revelations into how exactly the president-elect will regulate the tech industry and its titans, a high-stakes...

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The Supreme Court will hear a new attack on unions. The implications are profound.

The Supreme Court will hear a new attack on unions. The implications are profound.

A case targeting union organizers could endanger basic government functions such as fire inspection and workplace safety.The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear , a case targeting a 45-year-old California regulation that allows union organizers to briefly enter agricultural workplaces to speak to farmworkers. But the case has implications that stretch well beyond labor organizing. Among other things, Cedar Point could potentially allow businesses to deny entry to health inspectors and other government officials who ensure that those businesses are being operated safely.The...

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Why Trump and Mitch McConnell are pushing through Fed nominee Judy Shelton

Why Trump and Mitch McConnell are pushing through Fed nominee Judy Shelton

Who is Judy Shelton? Trump’s controversial Fed pick, explained.Back in 2017, she would “love” to be chair of the Federal Reserve but recognized it was unlikely given she was “sort of tagged with this gold bug idea.” Three years later, Shelton isn’t headed for the chairmanship, but she is poised to potentially join the Fed’s seven-member board of governors.Turns out Republicans might not have as many reservations about Shelton as she does herself. Well, at least not all of them.President Donald Trump has nominated Shelton, who advised his 2016 campaign and most recently served as United...

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