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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, gave their foundation $15 billion right before their divorce became final. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty ImagesLudovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

The 50 biggest US donors gave or pledged nearly $28 billion in 2021 – Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates account for $15 billion of that total

Three scholars weigh in regarding the priorities of these wealthy American donors, who gave less to social service and racial justice groups than in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, left, speaks with Michael Bloomberg, who has given the school more than $3.3 billion. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Alumni gratitude and support for causes are behind donations of $50 million or more to colleges and universities

In some cases, big donors are supporting higher education to support a philanthropic strategy that includes racial and economic justice.
Most people vote for the candidate they think is the most electable. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Why do some people think that Bernie Sanders isn’t electable and Joe Biden is? Does anyone really know what makes one candidate seem electable while another doesn’t?
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Super Tuesday. Ronen Tivony/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Biden’s resurrection was unprecedented – and well-timed

Joe Biden’s swift return as a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination was a dramatic shift never seen before in the modern history of Democratic presidential primaries.
Voting machine operator David Schaefer, right, helps voter Kaitron Gordon with her ballot on Tennessee’s Super Tuesday primary in Nashville after deadly overnight tornadoes delayed the start of voting. AP/Mark Humphrey

Super Tuesday results show how Latino voters, moderate Democrats and Trump supporters are shaping the election

As the race for the Democratic nomination narrows to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, what does it all mean for November? We asked three scholars to closely analyze the Super Tuesday results.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie speaks during a campaign event in Spartanburg, S.C., on Feb. 27, 2020. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Bernie Sanders: Making socialism cool again

Bernie Sanders is effectively indicting the political economic structure in which the super-rich have amassed extraordinary sums of wealth at the expense of everyone else — and our shared planet.
A 2012 training session between two New York police officers demonstrated a way stop-and-frisk encounters could be handled. AP Photo/Colleen Long

Stop-and-frisk’ can work, under careful supervision

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for his city’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ police strategy. Two criminologists argue it isn’t necessarily inherently racist – though New York’s program was.
Michael Bloomberg gave Johns Hopkins $1.8 billion in 2018. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

The downside of doing good with a market mindset

When the only fixes getting funded are designed to leave the status quo intact, the results of philanthropy inevitably fall short.
Climate crusaders: President Macron, right, with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg after a June 2 meeting at the Elysee Palace, following the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement. Christophe Petit Tesson/Reuters

Cities rally around the Paris deal, a reminder that global problems can have local solutions

International problems and local policies are integrally interwoven, whether the nationalists in Washington like it or not.
Public display in Montevideo, Uruguay, of the toxins found in tobacco. REUTERS/Pablo la Rosa

Philip Morris gets its ash kicked in Uruguay; where will it next blow smoke?

Uruguay fights tobacco more strongly than many countries 100 times its size – including the U.S. It recently won a battle against Philip Morris. Should others follow the example of this tiny nation?

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