U.S.

September, 2020

  • 25 September

    Votes Cast in November Will Shape Congress Through 2030

    In presidential election years, the public is obviously focused on the race for the White House, but the decisions voters make in state legislative races affect the partisan composition of Congress for years to come. Without changes in who draws district lines, the U.S. is likely to enter another decade in which congressional elections are shaped not by everyday voters but by those who hold the power.

  • 23 September

    How a Judge Could Decide the Presidential Election

    If Ginsburg’s seat is not filled before the election – and, as a constitutional scholar, I believe there are compelling reasons it should not be – then an eight-justice court could split 4-4 in the imaginary case of Biden v. Trump. Such a decision could look to citizens like party politics dressed in black robes rather than an exercise in constitutional reason.

  • 7 September

    Labor Day Celebrates Earning a Living, But Remember What Work Really Means

    Labor Day isn’t just about earning money but an occasion to celebrate an essential human capacity.

August, 2020

  • 19 August

    Biden’s Long Foreign-Policy Record Signals How He’ll Reverse Trump

    Biden goes way back with a number of world leaders, among them Chinese President Xi Jinping. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images   Even without a flashy virtual Democratic National Convention to formally introduce his presidential campaign, Joe Biden would be well known worldwide. He was President Barack Obama’s second-in-command for eight years and sat on the Senate Foreign Relations …

  • 16 August

    VP Pick Kamala Harris Stands on Many Women’s Shoulders

    Before vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, before presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, there was Bella Abzug. A firebrand, she served three terms in the House of Representatives before giving up her seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate. President Jimmy Carter then appointed her to head the commission planning Houston’s 1977 National Women’s Conference.

  • 4 August

    Video: Who Controls Pandemic Data?

    When the Trump administration ordered hospitals to report COVID-19 data to the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they had been doing, it provoked worries and criticism from public health experts.

July, 2020

  • 5 July

    How to Manage Plant Pests and Diseases in Your Victory Garden

    A general rule of thumb is to follow a consistent daily watering regimen – preferably first thing in the morning – and to avoid over-watering, which can encourage root pathogens in soil.

June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Where Next for Globalization After the Crisis?

    The crisis is unlikely to put a stop to globalization: rather, coronavirus is the starting point for a reconfiguration of the global system.

  • 18 June

    Supreme Court Ruling on Dreamers Sends a Clear Message to the White House

    From the beginning, this case was not about whether the president has the authority to rescind DACA. All of the parties involved agreed that he does. Rather, the question was whether under U.S. law, the executive branch has to give complete and accurate reasons for its actions.

  • 10 June

    Militias Evaluate Beliefs, Action as Trump Threatens Soldiers in the Streets

    There is no monolithic militia in the US with a single ideological perspective, and groups are still figuring out their own responses to these ongoing events. Dismissing their current silence as merely hypocritical or racist misses nuance that will be crucial for understanding potential threats and other outcomes from this shift.