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When is the right time to wave the green flag? Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

Who’s in charge of lifting lockdowns?

Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.
State police officers during a “Reopen Virginia” rally around Capitol Square in Richmond on April 22, 2020. Getty/Ryan M. Kelly / AFP

Are we living in a dystopia?

'Dystopia' is a term that's gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not a synonym for 'a bad time,' and a government's poor handling of a crisis does not constitute dystopia.
On April 13, the president said he had the authority to order the states to reopen the economy. Getty/Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Trump versus the states: What federalism means for the coronavirus response

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, President Trump has made inconsistent statements about who is responsible for key aspects of the nation’s response to the pandemic. The Constitution has the answer.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The limits of Canada’s federal emergency law during the coronavirus pandemic

Given the structural limitations of Canadian federalism, the use of the Emergencies Act during the coronavirus pandemic could cause conflict between provincial and federal governments.
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand? Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple

Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple. The Conversation119 MB (download)
Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Steller sea lions in the eastern Pacific are an Endangered Species Act success story. David B. Ledig/USFWS

Saving endangered species: 5 essential reads

The Trump administration is changing implementation of the Endangered Species Act in ways that conservationists say would reduce protection for some of America's most threatened wildlife.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s notion of “medemer” could have united Ethiopians, but seems to have failed. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

Ethiopia needs a new rallying point instead of recycling its painful past

Politicians, activists and media outlets continue to deconstruct old narratives and perpetuate new grievances. Nobody, however, is as busy reconstructing a new, inclusive story.

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