THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Cuomo in Context: His Career and Personality Set the Stage for Scandals

After years of leading through intimidation, New York's Democratic governor faces sexual harassment allegations and charges of covering up thousands of deaths.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Americans Need Better Internet. States Can Help Pave the Way.

Lawmakers should ensure that cumbersome state and local regulations and review processes don't prevent providers from building out and upgrading the infrastructure that high-speed, reliable connectivity requires.

By Jeffrey Westling, R Street Institute  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How the Texas Electricity System Produced Low-Cost Power but Left Residents Out in the Cold

The Texas electric power market is designed to give energy companies incentive to sell electricity at the lowest possible cost. That focus helps explain why it collapsed during a historic cold wave.

By Theodore J. Kury, University of Florida  |  March 1, 2021
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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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Future in Context

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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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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$1.8 billion

The amount of a bill that Texas’ Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc. received from ERCOT after the mass power outages caused by the winter storm last month. Brazos is the state’s largest and oldest electric power co-op and has filed for bankruptcy.

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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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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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 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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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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