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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Across the Nation, Changing of the Guard at City Halls

New mayors will be elected this year in New York, Seattle, Boston and other cities. Given problems with budgets and crime, why would anyone want the job?

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  February 26, 2021
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Donald Trump Has Earned Membership in the President’s Club, the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. What Does It Mean?

When a president leaves the White House, he enters one of the most elite clubs. A book by two of America’s leading journalists looks at what binds these individuals together, given their personalities and politics.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 26, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Lawmaker Proposes to Ban AI and Its Discriminatory Impact

In response to reports detailing AI tech's disproportionate effect on communities of color, Washington state Sen. Bob Hasegawa introduced a bill to ban AI tech and regulate automated decision systems.

By Katya Maruri, Government Technology  |  February 26, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Health-Care Exchange Special Enrollment Window Varies

With the feds leading the way, states are reopening their health-care exchanges to uninsured and eligible residents as part of the latest COVID relief plan. But not all enrollment windows are the same.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  February 25, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

To Improve Urban Mobility, Ensure Coordinated Transportation

A new report by the Transportation Research Board points toward more seamless and coordinated connections among all forms of shared mobility, such as buses, bikes, trains, scooters and more.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  February 25, 2021
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Virginia’s Giant Wind Farm Will Need Lots of Technicians

With an offshore wind turbine complex under construction, the state has set up a unique training school for future technicians, who are learning their trade in an old mill town in need of revitalization.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  February 24, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Does Every State Really Need a Big Biden Bailout?

The president's plan would send tens of billions in unrestricted aid to states, including those holding up well. Aid from Washington should target preserving basic services and fighting the pandemic.

By Michael Hendrix, Manhattan Institute  |  February 24, 2021
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The number of new EV school buses that the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools Board of Education has ordered, the largest single order of EV buses by any school district in the nation. The new buses will be implemented across the next four years.

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The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

A few of them have worked out well. Most of them have been failures. But the idea of building new ones has never died, and there are signs of still another incarnation.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  February 23, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

The Need for Increased Cybersecurity Against QR Code Abuse

QR code use is growing as a convenient input mechanism to make mobile transactions more efficient. But Qshing, or QR code abuse, is also becoming a cyberthreat.

By Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  February 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How State Policies Are Worsening Our Doctor Shortage

Licensing requirements preventing physicians from practicing across state borders have been relaxed during the pandemic. Utah's approach points the way to a more sensible permanent licensing regime.

By Jacob James Rich, Reason Foundation  |  February 22, 2021
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Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: A Tale of Two Revolutions

The printing press and social media democratized communication in their respective times. They both turned the order of things on its head — for good, for ill, and forever.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 19, 2021
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Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: A Tale of Two Revolutions

The printing press and social media democratized communication in their respective times. They both turned the order of things on its head — for good, for ill, and forever.

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