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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.
Protesters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 20 call for the governor to lift restrictions meant to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

What are the ‘reopen’ protesters really saying?

A scholar of social participation finds shared themes across protests in many states, not all of which fit common popular or media narratives about the events.
Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, addresses a crowd on April 19, 2020, in Olympia, Washington, insisting the state lift restrictions put in place to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Why are white supremacists protesting to ‘reopen’ the US economy?

Militant far-right groups are always looking to appear legitimate and to recruit more Americans to their causes.

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