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The national flags of some NATO countries fly during an Air Force exercise in Germany on June 11, 2024. Marcus Brandt/picture alliance via Getty Images

Joining NATO binds countries to defend each other – but this commitment is not set in stone

NATO’s treaty has loopholes that give member countries, including the US, power over whether or not they want to intervene in a particular conflict.
Donald Trump appointed Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve. If returned to the White House, he may seek to replace him. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Central banks face threats to their independence − and that isn’t good news for sound economic stewardship (or battling inflation)

Monetary policy can be wielded as a tool to boost an economy around election time, which explains why politicians want to have a say on it.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, center, of the North Carolina Supreme Court swears in state presidential electors to cast their votes on Dec. 14, 2020. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

2020’s ‘fake elector’ schemes will be harder to try in 2024 – but not impossible

In the 2020 presidential election, groups of self-appointed electors in seven states met to cast votes for Donald Trump, even though Joe Biden had carried their states. Could that happen again?
Asylum-seekers at the Rio Grande near the U.S.-Mexico border in Matamoros, Mexico, on May 11, 2023. Alfredo Estrella/AFP via Getty Images

Life on the US-Mexico border is chaotic. An immigration scholar explains why − and it’s not for the reasons that some GOP lawmakers claim

When a COVID-19-era policy was set to expire in May 2023, Republican officials predicted that the US-Mexico border would be overrun with migrants. That didn’t happen.
Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York on May 30, 2024, after being found guilty on 34 felony counts. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Trump’s rhetoric after his felony conviction is designed to distract, stoke fear and ease the way for an anti-democratic strongman

Donald Trump’s reaction to his conviction provides a textbook case of demagoguery – which erodes democratic institutions and can prime an audience for violence. His followers went right along.
A New York disciplinary authority found that Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani ‘communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements’ and ordered him suspended from practicing law. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Trump’s lawyers in lawsuits claiming he won in 2020 are getting punished for abusing courts and making unsupported claims and false statements

Federal judges and bar associations have meted out punishment to the many attorneys who filed meritless lawsuits claiming – without evidence – that the 2020 presidential election results were invalid.
Donald Trump arrives in a Manhattan court to hear the jury’s verdict. Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images

Trump’s guilty verdict is not the end of the matter

By focusing on the facts, the public can avoid being distracted by baseless allegations about the Trump verdict that undermine institutions designed to ensure – not weaponize – justice.

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