The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have widened the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans on health care.
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States led by Republican governors generally had higher COVID-19 case and death rates in 2020.
Most U.S. pandemic policies are not helping those most vulnerable to dying from both COVID-19 and pandemic-driven unemployment, including Blacks, the less educated and the poor.
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Most pandemic policies have benefited those already best off in US society and ignored people for whom neither mass shutdowns nor reopening offer relief.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past boarded up shop windows in Vancouver on March 25, 2020.
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Canadians are living under a states of emergency, coping with a limping economy and social distancing as well as the stress of the pandemic itself. Many might be asking: when will it end?
Father and child stand outside closed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Jan. 2, 2019.
The government shutdown provided a short-term version of what some activists have long wanted: A government small enough so that you could 'drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.'
Donald Trump prepares to give the 2018 US State of the Union address.
Trump is not the first US president to talk about border security, but he is the only one to make it an "urgent national crisis". Here is a handy deconstruction of President Trump's rhetorical strategy.
Wall Street traders aren’t the only ones who rely on government economic data.
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The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
What will it take for the president and speaker to shake hands again?
Two labor negotiation experts explain how a 2015 dispute that seemed intractable got resolved, with important lessons for the partial government shutdown.
Aaron Rowe of the Architect of the Capitol’s office, which is not affected by the partial government shutdown, shovels snow left by a winter storm on the U.S. Capitol’s plaza.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
U.S. federal government employees, contract workers and other demonstrators march during a ‘Rally to End the Shutdown’ in D.C. on Jan. 10.
The current government shutdown is now the longest in American history, affecting about 800,000 federal employees.
Ongoing wildlife studies are one kind of federally funded research that’s sidelined during a shutdown.
Setting aside personal hardships for workers who don't see a paycheck during the shutdown, the research enterprise itself loses out, too. And unlike back pay, this lost time can never be made up.
Families are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown.
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Because many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, the loss of even one can be a big financial blow for a family.
Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown.
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The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.