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Why Facebook failed its civil rights audit

Mark Zuckerberg testifies about how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019. | Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The new, deeply critical report highlights the tension between free expression and hate speech on the social network....

The appeal and futility of mask meltdown videos

The chicken statue in front of the Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Family Restaurant and Bakery on May 28, 2020.  | Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Shaming people who don’t wear face masks is popular, but it won’t really change anyone’s mind. They all start in the middle. The videos, blurry and shaky, look like the beginning...

The Supreme Court just dealt a huge blow to Congress’s power to investigate Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to Chief Justice John Roberts during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Court holds that there are special rules for the president. The Supreme Court handed down two decisions on Thursday concerning...

How “abolish ICE” helped bring abolitionist ideas into the mainstream

Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on August 16, 2018, to call for the abolition of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the defunding of local police. | Scott Olson/Getty Images Both “abolish the police” and “abolish ICE” have reframed the conversation around criminal justice reform. Before thousands of people took to the...

The story behind this iconic Olympics protest

Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s 1968 US national anthem protest, explained. The image of sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City is an enduring image of silent protest. But the key to understanding it goes beyond the black-gloved fists. All three medal winners, including...

Some brand names have long perpetuated racism. Black Lives Matter is changing that.

Protesters against the name of NFL football team the Washington Redskins march before a 2014 game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. On July 3, 2020, the team announced it would review its name “in light of recent events around our country.” | Adam Bettcher/Getty Images From Aunt Jemima to the Washington Redskins, a racist history is primed to...

Joe Biden’s surprisingly visionary housing plan, explained

Alex Wong/Getty Images Cut child poverty by a third, break down racial segregation, and stabilize the economy. Joe Biden has a housing policy agenda that is ambitious, technically sound, and politically feasible, and that would — if implemented — be life-changing for millions of low-income and housing-insecure households. According to original...

I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen.

Gov. Mifflin High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 2020. | Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Six questions about the safety of kids, teachers, and families, answered. Covid-19 is upending our lives and forcing us to make complex decisions with little information and conflicting guidance from authorities. Summer,...

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders joined forces to craft a bold, progressive agenda

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders greet each other with an elbow bump as they arrive for the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Where Biden and Sanders’s policy-focused...

I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen.

The sign for Gov. Mifflin High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania, on May 1, 2020. | Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Six questions about the safety of kids, teachers, and families, answered. Covid-19 is upending our lives and forcing us to make complex decisions with little information and conflicting guidance from authorities....

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