Opinion journalism can rile people up – or it can bring them together.
The best op-ed pages operate like a town square, allowing readers to discuss and debate issues important to their communities and beyond. But many now focus on divisive national political issues.
The U.S. Capitol remains on lockdown, defended by the National Guard.
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New members are joining and some are leaving – as right-wing groups reorganize, scholars of the movement foresee increased polarization, with a risk of more violence.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to the press after the House voted to remove her from committee assignments.
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When far-right and far-left politicians get most of the media attention, it hurts democracy.
Hurricane Harvey showed the racial disparities in flood damage outside Houston’s 100-year flood zones.
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New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government’s flood maps indicate.
Waivers don’t automatically mean students give up rights.
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A legal expert explores the limitations of COVID-19 liability waivers some colleges are asking students to sign.
Smoke billowed from the fire at a chlorine plant in Westlake, Louisiana, after Hurricane Laura moved through on Aug. 27.
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A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.
A member of the far-right Boogaloo Bois group walks next to protestors in Charlotte, N.C., on May 29, 2020.
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They're not really protesting – they're hoping to find an opportunity to spark violence and trigger a war between black and white Americans.
Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, addresses a crowd on April 19, 2020, in Olympia, Washington, insisting the state lift restrictions put in place to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.
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Militant far-right groups are always looking to appear legitimate and to recruit more Americans to their causes.
Eskom and Iscor were formed to feed the railway network’s need for cheap electricity and steel.
Though formed by the state, Eskom and Iscor enjoyed very little state support in their infancy. To survive, they had to cooperate with the private sector companies they were meant to compete with.
Ray Stannard Baker joins Woodrow Wilson at the lectern in front of Congress.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her job, and two media scholars reflect on the career of the very first press secretary – a model of openness who respected news reporters.
Local newspapers keep readers’ interest on local politics.
American politics has gotten more partisan in the last 50 years. One of the reasons: the closing of local newspapers.
Mangrove forest in Pichavaram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Mangrove forests along the world’s tropical and subtropical coasts store enormous quantities of ‘blue’ carbon – especially in river delta zones, where soil builds up quickly.
Gavin McInnes speaks on stage with members of the Proud Boys.
Law enforcement’s historical tendency to treat crimes committed by white power groups as isolated incidents has allowed them to flourish.
A street sign sticks up from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence in Nichols, South Carolina, September 21, 2018.
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Hurricanes frequently move inland in the southeast US, causing widespread river flooding, but emergency plans focus on protecting people in coastal communities.
Flooding in Kinston, North Carolina during Tropical Storm Florence, September 14, 2018.
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Widespread flooding in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence shows the need for better advance planning in inland areas of the south and mid-Atlantic, especially near rivers.
Bolshevik leaders Nikolai Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
Forged documents were used by the US government 100 years ago to justify hostile actions against Russia. All but one US newspaper accepted the government’s propaganda. The lessons for today are stark.
Farm near Seven Springs, North Carolina, surrounded by water on Oct. 25, 1999, nearly six weeks after Hurricane Floyd.
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Hurricanes in the southern US have caused widespread damage inland in recent decades, mainly through river flooding. But evacuations and stormproofing focus almost entirely on keeping people safe on the coasts.
Demographers struggle to measure unintended fertility.
It’s very difficult to measure whether a conception was intended. But those data are vital to understanding women’s choices.
California and the Trump administration are going different directions on mileage standards.
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Law scholars from California unpack the legal questions raised by the Trump administration’s plan to roll back mileage standards and revoke California’s ability to set more stringent rules.
Members of the tea party movement seen rallying outside the Capitol in 2013.
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The tax agency, as it happens, singled out both conservative and liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. But the myth that it picked on the tea party movement hasn’t gone away.