The U.S. government funded a significant portion of the R&D behind the Moderna vaccine.
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Moderna claims its scientists alone invented the mRNA sequence used to produce its COVID-19 vaccine. The US government, which helped fund the drug, disagrees.
Would a default mean an end to the dollar’s position as the go-to trading currency?
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An economist explains why defaulting on the national debt would result in economic crisis.
Misinformation on social media is hindering efforts to vaccinate people against the coronavirus.
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Combating vaccine misinformation on social media requires blocking sources of misinformation – and giving researchers access to data about how misinformation spreads.
The new government report describes 144 sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena.
A new nine-page report, requested by Congress, doesn’t say what the 144 UFO sightings from 2004 to 2021 are, but does say that the government wants to learn more.
Some UFO sightings appear to demonstrate ‘advanced technology’. The Pentagon has confirmed some threaten flight safety, and potentially national security.
Wind turbines and fighter jets both rely on imported critical minerals.
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Right now, the nation is almost entirely dependent on other countries for minerals that are used in everything from wind turbines to strike fighters and satellites.
A Cherokee Census card from 1904.
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When the Cherokee Supreme Court ruled that tribal elected officials no longer had to be Cherokee “by blood,” it was the latest chapter in a long-running fight over who controls tribal citizenship.
The National Guard joined forces with FEMA to launch a mass vaccination site in Los Angeles.
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Developing a national disaster response plan for the pandemic was only step one.
Trump put a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office when he was president.
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For decades, presidents beginning with Andrew Jackson routinely replaced large swaths of the government workforce, often requiring them to pay fees to political parties in exchange for their jobs.
It’s the biggest monopolisation case since a 1998 lawsuit against Microsoft. But it may be several years before a settlement of any kind is reached.
If there’s a question about who is in charge, the government isn’t totally rudderless.
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The country is not completely rudderless, even if many senior officials are quarantining to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
American thinker John Dewey in 1946.
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Though many in the US are disoriented and disheartened by the lack of an effective federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, American thinker John Dewey would not have been surprised.
Franklin D Roosevelt signs bill that will lead to Gold Reserve Act 1934.
You’ve heard of compulsory purchase orders for houses, but few realise it has sometimes happened with the world’s favourite precious metal.
Pence and Trump attend a coronavirus task force briefing.
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The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
Some U.S. workplaces can be dangerous.
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A reduction in OSHA inspectors may lead to a reduction in workplace safety.
House Democrats have more tools up their sleeves than impeachment alone.
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The Constitution provides Congress with plenty of tools to hold the White House to account. So what moves does the legislative branch have left?
Abortion rights advocates wear pink shirts while opponents wear red at a public hearing in Boston.
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The Hyde Amendment bans federal abortion funding for most people.
Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in late November 2016, after Trump won the presidential election.
A former congressional staffer says withholding damning evidence from Congress and using civilians to carry out presidential or intelligence agency agendas links the Ukraine crisis to other scandals.
An impeachment inquiry was launched about President Trump’s dealings with the Ukraine on Tuesday.
The conflict between Congress and President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine’s president is just the latest version of a long-running struggle for power between the two branches of government.
Amal Clooney speaks during a Security Council meeting on sexual violence at United Nations headquarters last week while Nadia Murad Basee Taha, right, listens.
A UN resolution to punish those who use rape as a weapon of war and to help those who survive such atrocities may not happen due to U.S. opposition