Leaders can make rules in a pandemic, but it takes everyone’s compliance for them to work.
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A new study finds egalitarian nations have had fewer COVID-19 deaths than individualistic ones like the US, a new study finds. But women's leadership may have something to do with their success, too.
Trump addresses a crowd in Dalton, Georgia, on Jan. 4, the night before the state’s U.S. Senate runoff.
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The president's language sounded less presidential and more inflammatory in the weeks leading up to the riots.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani alleges election fraud during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington.
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When it comes to election fraud claims, watch what the lawyers do, not what the politicians say.
Activity in the San Ardo oil field near Salinas, California, has been linked to earthquakes.
California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.
Children in the live audience of ‘Howdy Doody’ were seated in what was known as the peanut gallery.
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Remember the 'peanut gallery' from the 'Howdy Doody' show? That term, like many others we commonly use, has surprisingly controversial origins.
Judges can intervene in elections, but the Supreme Court really prefers not to.
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The GOP is hoping the ghosts of Florida past will tilt the race in Trump's favor. But Joe Biden's apparent electoral lead in numerous key states may insulate his win from such legal challenges.
A Texas limit of one ballot drop-off box per county has been challenged in state and federal courts.
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State constitutions and laws protect voting rights, and state courts may be more receptive to efforts to protect Americans' right to vote.
The CDC has put out several conflicting messages of late, giving rise to concerns about trust.
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The CDC has released conflicting messages on masks and transmission of the coronavirus. A scholar explains the nature of trust and why institutions need to be careful.
Make sure you know when your ballot is arriving, and whether it’s been accepted for counting back at your election office.
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In 44 states and the District of Columbia, voters can keep an eye on where their ballot is through systems that track when a ballot is requested by, sent to and returned by the voter.
Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018.
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Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
The Boeing 737 MAX is expected to take to the skies again following a review of the MCAS system which was responsible for two crashes in 2019.
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The Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded since 2019 following two fatal crashes, is expected to be cleared to fly again. An aviation law expert proposes a way to improve the certification process.
The coronavirus forced the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary to break with tradition.
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Updates to the Oxford English Dictionary provide a fascinating glimpse into how language changes in the face of rapid and unprecedented social and economic disruption.
A painting made by French street artist Christian Guemy in tribute to the members of those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015.
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The French satirical magazine republished the controversial caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. An expert says satire has often been a subject of condemnation.
The CDC order may offer some tenants breathing room.
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The CDC's sweeping eviction moratorium leaves more questions than answers – as well as concerns that it merely pushes the problem into winter.
The news helps people navigate a complex and changing pandemic world. But they may not always remember what they need to.
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Journalists use real people's stories to 'humanize' the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic's greatest threats.
La Ciudad de Mexico, 20 de mayo, 2018.
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La capital del país nació en un lago, el cual después fue secado, y sus ríos, entubados. Esto, a pesar de haber ocurrido hace bastantes años, representa graves problemas para las personas.
Eviction moratoriums have already begun to expire.
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Millions of Americans may be at risk of losing their homes in coming months as eviction moratoriums expire and courts resume a process that heavily favors landlords.
Situated on a plateau and surrounded by mountains, Mexico City – seen here in a haze on May 20, 2018 – is a ‘bowl’ that traps smog and dust.
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The Aztecs had a shining city on a lake, with canals, causeways and aqueducts – until the Spanish came. Mexico City is still suffering the consequences of their bad public health decisions.
Oh come on, you could tell it was sarcasm … right?
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Because sarcasm is often difficult to discern and improperly used, it can operate as a linguistic mulligan. But deploy the excuse too much, and you might raise some eyebrows.
Wisconsin voters had to wait in line in April, wearing masks, because they could not vote by mail.
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In many states, any voter can ask for an absentee ballot and mail it in – but in others, there are stricter rules about who can vote by mail.