The Biblical narratives of good versus evil are influencing political rhetoric.
Apocalyptic thinking undermines democracy because it delegitimizes political opponents, turning them into enemies of God.
Rioters are tear-gassed as they storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Almost eight years before the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, nearly one-third of Americans surveyed – and 44% of Republicans – said armed rebellion might soon be necessary in the US to protect liberties.
A ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ flag waves near the U.S. Capitol ahead of a House vote on the infrastructure bill.
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As political parties spar, insults and catchphrases are adopted, appropriated and reappropriated in a dizzying verbal arms race.
You know they’re waiting, just anticipating … for CBO figures they don’t yet possess.
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Five Democrats are refusing to vote on a signature bill until the Congressional Budget Office delivers its full cost estimate. For a small agency, the CBO can hold a lot of legislative sway.
At least 13 former Trump administration officials, including Jared Kushner and Kayleigh McEnany, pictured here, violated the Hatch Act, according to a new federal investigation released Nov. 9, 2021.
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More than a dozen Trump administration officials are said to have violated a federal law that bars federal employees from political campaigning. They weren’t the first to have run afoul of the law.
Would a default mean an end to the dollar’s position as the go-to trading currency?
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An economist explains why defaulting on the national debt would result in economic crisis.
Red sky at night, federal workers take fright?
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Congress is working on a spending bill to avert another government shutdown. Scholars explain what’s in store if they fail.
Another door closes on federal police reform.
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Months of bipartisan talks in Congress aimed at reaching consensus over policing reforms have ended with no agreement. Two policing scholars argue that federal efforts are better placed focusing on supporting local measures.
Protesters at an anti-vaccine rally in Pennsylvania in August 2021.
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Republicans are four times as likely as Democrats to say they’re not going to get the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s behind the polarization of who trusts or denies science?
Gavin Newsom’s victory could provide a national strategy for Democrats.
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The state’s Democratic governor held off an attempt to oust him by some margin. His victory provides a pathway for the national party, and a reminder of the mobilizing power of the state.
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.
Political leanings and community features predicted support of COVID-19 mitigation measures.
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Multiple factors determined whether or not individual Americans adopted COVID-19 safety measures, according to statistical analysis of public opinion data.
Rep. Liz Cheney talks to reporters after House Republicans voted to remove her as conference chair on May 12, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
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To be politically successful, coalitions need to be unified. But that pressure to unify can spell trouble for groups – as today’s GOP demonstrates.
Will new election laws being proposed and passed in states limit people’s opportunity to vote?
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Are the election law changes proposed in statehouses across the country really as bad as some say? An election law scholar cuts through the yelling to take a sober look at the new voting landscape.
Gas taxes have long been used to pay for roads and bridges.
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A bipartisan group of senators proposed the gas tax should be indexed to inflation to help pay for new infrastructure spending, an approach Biden calls ‘regressive.’
Biden supporters in Philadelphia celebrate when his win – with a much smaller margin than predicted by polls – was projected by news outlets on Nov. 7, 2020.
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Stung by their failure to accurately predict the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, pollsters collectively went off to figure out what went wrong. They have yet to figure out what or why.
QAnon demonstrators protest during a rally to reopen California and against stay-at-home directives on May 1, 2020, in San Diego.
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The followers of QAnon gained national notoriety for their support of former President Donald Trump. But QAnon members are influencing the GOP at the state and local levels, too.
The logos may have been printed too soon.
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Usually, companies use this power to secure financial benefits for themselves, such as tax or regulation relief. But increasingly, they’re using it for social causes as well.
After mass shootings, there are more calls for gun control. Here’s one in Boulder, Colo., where 10 people died in a shooting.
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After mass shootings, politicians in Washington have failed to pass new gun control legislation, despite public pressure. But laws are being passed at the state level, largely to loosen restrictions.
Monterey Mushrooms, an agricultural employer in California, teamed up with its union and the local county to get its workers vaccinated.
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Surveys suggest people trust companies more than government and the media, showing they have an important role in helping end the pandemic.