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Homelessness in America had already reached crisis levels before the pandemic began.

The Second Impeachment Of Donald Trump

Jan 14, 2021

At a rally, President Donald Trump charged a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol Building where Congress was certifying electoral votes from the 2020 election in which he was defeated. Hundreds of them did.

In America, Who Gets Policed And How?

Jan 12, 2021

Following the attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists on Jan. 6, questions about law enforcement’s response hang heavy in the minds and mouths of those who remember the Summer of 2020.

When protesters gathered in Washington D.C. to demonstrate against police brutality against Black Americans following the killing of George Floyd, they were met with an organized and militarized police force equipped with batons and pepper spray.

The Future And Feasibility Of Ranked-Choice Voting

Jan 12, 2021

By now, many Americans are used to the idea that they can vote for one candidate for a seat and when all is said and done, the candidate with the most votes the first time around wins. There is another way. Some municipalities and states in the U.S. have been experimenting with a system proponents say makes more sense: ranked-choice voting.

The Future Of Mental Healthcare, After The Pandemic

Jan 11, 2021

Many Americans are worried, anxious and lonely these days. The pandemic has isolated us from loved ones and significantly reduced the activities we can perform or participate in.

Five people are dead after pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked the United States Capitol. Now, it’s up to the country’s elected leaders to steer what some Americans fear is a sinking ship.

America Has Two COVID-19 Vaccines. Now What?

Jan 5, 2021

After months of research, news coverage and anticipation, health officials are injecting people in the United States with two approved COVID-19 vaccines, made by pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna.

Who Is Us: Defining American Identity

Jan 4, 2021

It’s no secret that the United States is a nation divided. Political polarization and one of the most divisive presidencies in modern history have seen the rifts in American society deepen significantly.

Who Is Us?,” a research project from the Aspen Institute and the Democracy Fund, centers on the idea that severe fragmentation of American society is a direct threat to our democracy.

It’s going to be a big week here in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence will preside over a session of Congress that will address a narrow question laid out in the Constitution and the Electoral

The presidential election is over, but the fight for control of Congress is still ongoing in Georgia. Georgia’s GOP Senators didn’t win enough of the state’s votes to declare victory outright in November. Incumbent Republican Sens.

The Pandemic And Politics In 2021

Dec 31, 2020

We all have a lot of hopes for 2021. It could be the year the United States bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic. We could start to heal after the devastating losses it caused. But there are still so many unknowns.

The 2020 News Roundup

Dec 31, 2020

Ah, a review of the news in 2020. We know what you’re thinking. How will we talk about everything that happened during this wild, devastating, powerful year in just one show?

2020 began with an assassination — specifically, the American assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. His death set off a flurry of anxiety about Iranian retaliation and the potential for World War III. But another crisis quickly emerged.

The Hit List: Best Music Of 2020 Edition

Dec 23, 2020

This year may have been the worst but for many people, pop culture and music provided a much-needed respite.

Experts say there’s still a lot we don’t know about the new variant of coronavirus that scientists in the United Kingdom say they’ve discovered.

Bark And Woof: What Our Dogs Say About Us

Dec 23, 2020

Did you adopt a pet during the pandemic?

Star Wars: The Future Awaits?

Dec 22, 2020

How much is too much?

Disney recently unveiled a line of new Star Wars projects for the company’s streaming service, Disney Plus. The announcement came after the second season of “The Mandalorian,” the streaming service’s popular marquee program recently aired.

Ina Garten On Cooking For The Holidays In A Pandemic

Dec 22, 2020

The holidays are different this year. Public tree lighting ceremonies will have to wait. Maybe you shipped a gift instead of packing into a store and hand-delivering it. And many aren’t seeing family and friends in the normal way. And as we isolate, you might be forgoing your regular holiday dinner.

Esperanza spent most of November in her room alone. A frontline worker at a restaurant in Pueblo, Colorado, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and needed to isolate herself, away from her children and her husband.

What Is A Stimulus Check For?

Dec 21, 2020

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress sent $1200 stimulus checks to many Americans as a part of the CARES Act.

Now, we have a deal on a second COVID relief package. And for a time, it seemed like stimulus checks, both in presence and size, were one of the reasons why Republicans, Democrats and the White House couldn’t agree on passing a second coronavirus relief bill.