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Trying to Stop the Election Attacks: Scrutineers, Part VI

Reading Time: 19 minutesA recent Public Service Announcement from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that cybercriminals may circulate false election results. The PSA encourages the public only to trust election results coming from local and state election offices.

How One Simple Administrative Problem Could Impact Election Outcomes: Scrutineers Series, Part III

Reading Time: 17 minutesIn a year when 50 percent of voters or more are expected to vote by mail in the general election, a little-known issue could require millions to vote by provisional ballots.In this episode of the Scrutineers Series, Emily Levy interviews long-time election protection activist Mimi Kennedy, who is currently working on nationwide research for vot

US Restrictions Threaten Admissions, Careers for Chinese STEM Students

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe moment that college student Kecheng Du saw a tweet from President Trump saying only “China!,” he feared that his plans for advanced studies in the US might go up in smoke. 

No One Wants Schools Shut Down.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLiving in the time of COVID-19 is like being on a slow-moving train and seeing the tracks ahead on fire. We cannot get off the train. We cannot make the train stop. We cannot put the fire out. We are stuck, watching the flames get ever closer to us at an excruciatingly measured pace. We know soon they will consume us. But we don’t know what to do about it.

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...

In Politics, K-Pop Fans Turn Up the Volume

Reading Time: 5 minutesOn June 12, 16-year-old Claire Hanley posted a video on TikTok that has spurred teams of domestic and international cyber operatives who could affect the 2020 presidential election. No, they are neither Russians nor bots.

More Red States Mulling Green Light for Medicaid Expansion

Reading Time: 6 minutesAnd then there were . That is the number of states that have refused to adopt an expanded Medicaid option available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ‘Plague’ of Fascism Infecting Trump’s America

Reading Time: 8 minutesAs Tulsa imposes nightly curfews in advance of Saturday’s much-ballyhooed Trump campaign rally, the president is once again threatening force against dissent and blurring any distinction between peaceful and violent protest.Trump took to

Has Trump Backer and Education Czar Betsy DeVos Gone Too Far?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs teachers and administrators struggle to reinvent how they teach students this September, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s recent policy decisions have only made the situation worse — ensuring that public schools will have greater budget shortfalls than before, right when they need more help.The $3 trillion stimulus bill Congress passed in late Marc

Public’s Voice Needed, Even in a Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs these words are being written, the clock is ticking on comment periods on a number of crucial proposals from the Trump administration — rule changes that could jeopardize public health and safety, and the environment. 

Is Trump’s Dam Breaking?

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s a small thing that may not get a huge amount of attention, but it seems significant. A writer for an iconic, conservative news and opinion publication has leveled a new charge at Trump, based on revelations over the Ukraine affair and the role of operative Lev Parnas.Writing

The Back Story to the ‘Afghanistan Papers’

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell that is already being called “the new Pentagon Papers.” It is based on a three-year investigation of what US officials really knew and thought of the US’s 18-year war in Afghanistan — versus what they were telling the public. 

How the World Views Trump, Impeachment and the 2020 Election

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs the impeachment of President Donald Trump and the forthcoming presidential election monopolizes the American conversation, WhoWhatWhy launches a weekly series looking at how the world views these historic events. This week Trump was in London for the 70th anniversary summit of NATO.

Who is William Barr? Attorney General’s Unknown Past

Reading Time: 16 minutesIf you want to understand William Barr, President Donald Trump’s strikingly partisan and loyal attorney general who has continually assured Trump that his desired actions are perfectly legal, then you have to understand William Barr, the person.

Subscriber Podcast #36 – The LAPD’s Hollywood Office

Just like many federal agencies the Los Angeles Police Department have a dedicated entertainment liaison office for dealing with Hollywood....