COVID guidelines have changed a lot over the past few years as the pandemic has ebbed and flowed.
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The constantly changing COVID-19 rules can be frustrating. But this pandemic is like no other public health crisis in history. It is better to think of the virus and US responses the way we think about hurricanes.
The Richardson Independent School District in Texas is among the many districts across the state defying the governor’s mask mandate ban to require masks for students.
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If it sounds like the law is all over the place on school mask mandates, that’s because it is. The nation’s schools are subject to a complex web of local, state and federal laws.
Joe Biden has signed dozens of executive orders during his first 100 days in office, many of them reversing Trump-era policies.
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Since the Roosevelt administration, it’s become standard to look for accomplishments in a presidency’s early months.
President Biden’s proposed changes in health care include more than revamping our COVID-19 response.
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The president is calling for sweeping changes in health care policy. Tens of millions of Americans could be affected.
Pro-Trump rioters trying to enter Capitol building. A recent poll showed that up to one-fifth of Americans supported the assault on the Capitol.
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To repair the public’s dwindling trust in the federal government, politicians must recommit to the impartial cooperation that bolsters political institutions.
Modern presidents, including Trump and Obama, have issued far fewer executive orders than their predecessors before World War II.
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Executive orders aren’t as unilateral as they seem. Here’s how government keeps them in check.
Fast electric vehicle charging stations at a rest stop on Interstate 95 in Maryland.
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Joe Biden has sweeping plans for a clean energy revolution. Congress will be a big speed bump, but it can’t block everything.
The Biden administration can make significant changes in health care for Americans.
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From expanding children’s coverage to reducing surprise bills, Biden and lawmakers may be able to broaden health care access.
President-elect Joe Biden opposes proposals to allow uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, which the Trump administration supports.
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The Trump administration has used executive orders, deregulation and delays to reduce environmental regulation. Biden administration officials will use many of the same tools to undo their work.
Two detainees at Guantanamo are among those who told ICC investigators they were tortured at CIA ‘black sites’ in Afghanistan in 2003 and 2004.
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The court prosecutes genocide, torture and grave wartime abuses worldwide. Trump’s executive order imposes on its lawyers and judges the kind of sanctions usually used on foreign terrorists.
The U.S. Supreme Court building, completed in 1935, is considered a neoclassical masterpiece.
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Federal building guidelines say that ‘development of an official style must be avoided’ – which is exactly what a leaked executive order is trying to do.
Will this help the thousands of Americans who need a kidney transplant get one in time?
The need for organs to transplant far exceeds the supply.
The U.S. may be ahead for now, but not by much.
A recent executive order from President Trump won’t do much to help the US stay ahead of Chinese innovation and investment in AI.
Immigrant rights supporters in Miami.
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Scholars have you covered on all sides of the ‘Dreamers’ issue, with solid research to boot.
Unraveling Obamacare will be easier than fixing the nation’s insurance problems.
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In most markets, diversity and choice foster robust competition. In health insurance they could lead to fragmentation and market failure.
The executive government in Australia has more power than most people realise, especially when it comes to immigration.
Under US law, the president must publish all of their executive orders for public view. The Australian government is under no such obligation.
Who enforces regulations that bar churches from engaging in politics?
President Trump claims that churches suffer from the over-regulation of their political speech. In reality, oversight is lax for religious groups and secular tax-exempt nonprofits alike.
Community health workers like these visit patients’ homes in Malawi to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
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All recent Republican presidents have cut off foreign aid tied to abortion. Trump’s expansive version of those restrictions endangers billions slated for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Locking down the federal government.
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President Trump’s new executive order on cybersecurity signals some significant new federal cybersecurity efforts.
Though many of Thomas Jefferson’s educational policies were never passed during his lifetime, they became the foundation of federal education today.
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Trump has ordered a task force to look into the federal government’s role in schools. Where does this executive order fit in the country’s long history of federal versus state educational policies?