Tag: United States

Why Are U.S. Covid Cases Falling? And Will the Trend Last?

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The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants

Other experts argue there are benefits of legalization. Opening a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million people, seven to eight million of whom participate in the labor force, is tantamount to “an economic stimulus,” according to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at the University of California, Davis. Between 2005 and 2015, new immigrants accounted […]

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How to Reform the Senate Filibuster

In the beginning, from 1789 to 1806, debate in the Senate could be ended at any time by majority vote. In 1806, the Senate abolished that rule, leaving no way to cut off debate. This decision gave birth to the filibuster to delay or block legislative action. This involved a senator holding the floor continuously, […]

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Made in the U.S.A.: Socialism for the Rich. Capitalism for the Rest.

In the 1980s, “only 2 percent of publicly traded companies in the U.S. were considered ‘zombies,’ a term used by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) for companies that, over the previous three years, had not earned enough profit to make even the interest payments on their debt,” Sharma wrote. “The zombie minority started to […]

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Biden to Reopen Affordable Care Act Health Plans, Because Pandemic

Photo: Doug Mills (Getty Images) Using his pen, also known as the undoer of all things Trump, President Joe Biden is set to sign executive actions as early as Thursday that will reopen “federal marketplaces selling Affordable Care Act health plans and to lower recent barriers to joining Medicaid.” According to the Washington Post, this […]

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We Can Improve Health Care. It Just Takes Compromise.

President Biden says he will draw on his decades-long experience in the Senate to bridge partisan divides in Washington. Health care may stress-test his deal-making prowess. Mr. Biden is right: There is an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation on expanding coverage and controlling costs — but only if the parties set aside ideological ambitions to make […]

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How to Pay for College (and Not Lose Your Shirt)

These stunning disparities result from collective choices. As Lieber rightly notes, falling state appropriations “account for nearly 80 percent of the price hike at public universities.” At the same time, the tax-exempt status enjoyed by private universities, which allows endowments to grow tax-free and makes alumni donations tax-deductible, amounts to a vast and growing public […]

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Helping Kids Is a Very Good Idea

Some things about American politics are completely predictable, even in a time of insurrection and QAnon craziness. Anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade knew that as soon as a Democrat took the White House, Republicans would instantly do another 180-degree turn on budget deficits. Remember, the G.O.P. went from hyperventilating about […]

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As Virus Grows Stealthier, Vaccine Makers Reconsider Battle Plans

As the coronavirus assumes contagious new forms around the world, two drug makers reported on Monday that their vaccines, while still effective, offer less protection against one variant and began revising plans to turn back a shape-shifting pathogen that has killed more than two million people. The news underscored a realization by scientific experts that […]

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Parler and the Far Right’s Ever-Evolving Digital Ecosystem

Since the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol in Washington, right-wing extremists on social media continue to glorify violence, draw new adherents and forge fresh plans for mayhem. This ominous activity presents an urgent threat to the security and social cohesion of the United States. But there is another, less obvious takeaway: Experts know — […]

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We Don’t Need Another War on Terror

Adama Bah was just 16 years old when FBI agents stormed her family’s Harlem apartment in 2005 and arrested her, falsely accusing her of being a potential suicide bomber. She was held for six weeks in a youth detention facility before being released with no charges. This was post-9/11 America, when ordinary Muslims were routinely […]

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Federal Law Enforcement Might Let Some Capitol Attackers Get Away Without Charges for Insurrection

Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta (Getty Images) It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise, yet it’s still very disturbing to hear that federal law enforcement officials are considering not even charging some of the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a violent attempt to stop the rightful certification of […]

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America’s Other Front Line

As a case manager for a nonprofit that serves older adults, veterans and adults with disabilities in Texas, I’ve seen social services move online as a way to more efficiently get assistance to people without exposing them to the virus. And yet, this only exacerbates the digital divide. Many of my clients don’t even have […]

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Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right

BERLIN — When insurrectionists stormed the Capitol in Washington this month, far-right extremists across the Atlantic cheered. Jürgen Elsässer, the editor of Germany’s most prominent far-right magazine, was watching live from his couch. “We were following it like a soccer match,” he said. Four months earlier, Mr. Elsässer had attended a march in Berlin, where […]

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s Bail Terms Amended After Footage of Him at Bar Flashing ‘White Power’ Signs

Photo: Antioch Police Department (AP) A judge in Wisconsin has amended Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond conditions to bar the 18-year-old from drinking or associating with known white supremacists and other bigots. Rittenhouse is out on $2 million bail, and has been charged with the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Anthony Huber and 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and the […]

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Joe Biden’s Catholic Moment

And, of course, invocations of Pope Francis. A decade ago it was a commonplace to regard liberal Catholicism as a tradition in decline. Its period of maximal influence, the late 1960s and 1970s, had been an era of institutional crisis for the church, which gave way to the conservative pontificates of John Paul II and […]

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Capitol Rioters to Trump: ‘I Literally Beg Your Pardon and You Just Gon’ Do Me Like This?’

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) As America recovers from the act of domestic terrorism committed against the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, some participants have expressed regret for…*snickers*…I’m sorry, let me start again. It turns out not everyone who took part in the violence in D.C. is still proud of…*snickers again*…My apologies, guys, one more […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Richard Petty

Illustration: Oscar Bustamante (Getty Images) Clapback MailbagEach Friday, we select the best (or worst) emails, tweets, DMs and comments from our readers and respond to them in the The Root’s Clapback Mailbag. Facts are evil. Nothing is as malicious and divisive to white people as when Black people start talking about actual reality. Because of […]

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Justin Trudeau to Get Biden’s First Official Call to a Foreign Leader

TORONTO — We’re friends again! That was the prevailing mood in Canada this week after the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. After four years of being insulted, threatened, dismissed and slapped by the Trump administration, shellshocked Canadians felt the once-familiar warmth of their neighbor and closest ally, the United States. Of […]

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Kremlin Welcomes Biden’s Offer to Extend Nuclear Treaty

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed the Biden administration’s offer to extend a nuclear disarmament treaty that is set to expire next month, signaling, as had been expected, that Russia intends to cooperate with the United States on nuclear security despite President Biden’s pledges to otherwise pursue a harder line with Moscow than his […]

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Falling, but Variants Could Erase Progress

CHICAGO — In recent days, coronavirus cases have been dropping steadily across the United States, with hospitalizations falling in concert. But health officials are growing increasingly concerned that quickly circulating variants of the virus could cause new surges of cases faster than the country is managing to distribute Covid-19 vaccines. Public health experts likened the […]

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Biden’s Executive Orders

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What Has Gone Wrong Between Iran and the United States?

The same concern for Christianity led to the arrival of American Presbyterian missionaries in Iran at the end of the 19th century. They went there not to convert Muslims, but to provide “spiritual enlightenment” to the Armenian, Assyrian and Chaldean Christians who lived in Iran but whose Christianity was deemed to be “twisted and degenerate.” […]

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Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes

An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections in residents who were exposed to the virus, even the frail older people who are most vulnerable, […]

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F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.

It’s what many people with H.I.V. have long awaited: monthly injections to keep the virus in check, instead of the three drugs daily they now must take. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a combination of two monthly shots for treatment of H.I.V. in patients in stable condition. The treatment is called Cabenuva. […]

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Rand Paul Thinks Joe Biden Called Republicans Racists and Liars. He Didn’t, But If He Did, Where’s the Lie?

Photo: Greg Nash (Getty Images) I’m going to begin with a confession: I didn’t watch much of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Not because I wasn’t excited that not-Trump was officially being sworn into office, it’s just…Look, I was playing video games, OK? Whatever, I follow the news all day for a living. (I did watch […]

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One Martini, Ice Cold, With a Blanket and a Scarf

In winters past, Del Pedro, an owner of Tooker Alley in Brooklyn, responded to snowfall by inviting a group of friends to drink martinis in the bar’s frigid backyard. Called the Polar Bear Martini Club, the gatherings were a wry gesture of hearty determination tossed into the teeth of inclement weather. But what was once […]

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Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections in residents who were exposed to the virus, even the frail older people who are most vulnerable, […]

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Biden Is Already Draining the Swamp, Fires 3 of Trump’s Worst Appointees

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) One of former President Shitbag Von Nunu’s best traits was that he was notoriously bad at the mundane shit. Instead of hiring people who were qualified in their respective fields, Von Nunu placed an emphasis on loyalty over everything. In turn, he put people who didn’t know what the fuck […]

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The Inauguration of Joe Biden

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Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Capuchin monkeys are small, boisterous and smelly. They “soak their hands and feet in urine to leave a scent,” according to the World Wildlife Federation. They are also smart. Researchers have said that the capuchin monkeys exhibit a level of intelligence, smartly selecting effective tools to help them crack open palm nuts for eating. After […]

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