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Coronavirus: The debate over reopening America’s schools

Coronavirus: The debate over reopening America’s schools

As back-to-school season approaches and the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, the debate surrounding whether or not to reopen US schools in the fall is heating up. Some are arguing that reopening schools is essential for economic recovery, for working parents, and for children’s learning, while others are worried about the safety risks when…
The “free speech debate” isn’t really about free speech

The “free speech debate” isn’t really about free speech

For weeks now, the American intellectual elite has seemed to be engaged in a bitter war over free speech. I say “seems” because the conflict is not really about free speech — at least not when you take a closer look. The most recent flashpoints in this conflict are two high-profile departures from big publications,…
The debate over “airborne” coronavirus spread, explained

The debate over “airborne” coronavirus spread, explained

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization has stressed that, primarily, Covid-19 spreads through very close personal contact. The virus-laden droplets exhaled from a sick person’s mouth and nose, the thinking goes, are heavy, and fall to the ground before they can get much farther than 6 feet. But as the pandemic…
The debate about whether expanded unemployment insurance is too generous, explained

The debate about whether expanded unemployment insurance is too generous, explained

Fran, a nursing aide in Georgia, has lost all but two clients amid the coronavirus crisis. She’s an essential worker, but the pay isn’t good — $8 to $12 an hour, depending on the client. Her husband was laid off from his factory job at the start of the month because of the economic shutdown,…
The debate around remote voting in the House, explained

The debate around remote voting in the House, explained

A push for proxy voting in the US House of Representatives during the age of coronavirus has been postponed — for now. After an outcry from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a planned Thursday vote on a resolution to allow remote voting-by-proxy proposed by House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern. Had the resolution passed,…
The debate over a post office bailout, explained

The debate over a post office bailout, explained

The US Postal Service, like many American businesses, is suffering from sharply declining demand due to the coronavirus crisis: Last week, members of Congress were informed that it will “run out of cash” in September without federal assistance. Congressional Democrats have largely been amenable to this request, adding USPS funding to their list of priorities…
The debate over ending social distancing to save the economy, explained

The debate over ending social distancing to save the economy, explained

“America will again, and soon, be open for business,” President Donald Trump said on Monday. “Very soon. A lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner. We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” The cure, in this case, is social distancing, and the mass economic…
The next Democratic debate will feature a much smaller stage

The next Democratic debate will feature a much smaller stage

Believe it or not, there are still more Democratic debates: After three in quick succession in February, the next debate — No. 11 — will take place on Sunday, March 15, in Phoenix, Arizona. The debate will be co-hosted by CNN and Univision and is two days ahead of a busy election night, when Arizona,…
The crucial debate Democrats almost had in South Carolina

The crucial debate Democrats almost had in South Carolina

The Democratic presidential debates, like all presidential debates, have mostly taken place in an alternative universe where the president’s powers are absolute, and so the argument revolves entirely around electability, differences between the proposed agendas of the candidates running to win the White House, and decades-old votes that supposedly reveal their true values. But at…
It looks like the debate may have given Elizabeth Warren a slight boost in Nevada

It looks like the debate may have given Elizabeth Warren a slight boost in...

It sure looks like Elizabeth Warren’s fiery debate performance last week translated to a slight bump at the Nevada caucuses. According to early Washington Post entrance polls, Warren performed better among voters who decided in the last few days, compared to those who had decided prior to that. Of the late breaking voters, 19 percent…

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