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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Politicians Like Andrew Cuomo Refuse to Resign

Gov. Cuomo wouldn't be the first politician to ride out a political storm. If he does manage to survive, it might suggest the #MeToo movement has lost some of its sting.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Homeless, Mentally Ill and Behind Bars

The homeless suffer from mental illness at far higher rates than the general population. Too often, we put them in jail, which just makes things worse. We need to start with criminal justice reform.

By Timothy Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition  |  March 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Misinformation, Disinformation and What Government Can Do About Them

Government organizations should proactively support and lead with good cybersecurity practices, and they can help the public by spreading the word about how to spot dangerous lies.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  March 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Why Do Chief Security Officers Have Such High Job Turnover?

In both public and private organizations, chief information security officers have shorter tenures than CIOs. Why do cybersecurity heads so quickly leave jobs — or get forced out?

By Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  March 9, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Nation’s Infrastructure Report Card Improves Slightly

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our airports, roads, bridges and drinking water a C- in its latest report card, calling it a modest improvement. But the bill on progress is a long way from being paid off.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  March 8, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

History Matters: Debates About Monuments Reflect Current Divisions

As represented by statues and school names, American history has long overlooked the flaws of mostly dead white males. Taking down their monuments risks a different kind of simplification.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 8, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Minority Businesses Need Help in the Pandemic. Government Can Provide It.

The pandemic has devastated small businesses that employ millions of Americans. Public officials can tap the expertise of strategic partners to give these companies a chance to survive — and thrive.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  March 8, 2021
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20,000

The number of homes that can be powered on a hot summer day by a 100 megawatt battery that Tesla subsidiary Gambit Energy Storage LLC is building in Angleton, Texas.

Future in Context

Guy Fawkes and the Plot to Blow Up the United States Capitol

The preparations for President Biden’s as-yet-unscheduled State of the Union address are haunted by a 400-year-old conspiracy to decapitate the British government. What can we learn from the Gunpowder Plot?

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  March 5, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Judges, Not Lawmakers, Should Rule on Disputed Elections

State legislatures and Congress are ill-suited — and too partisan — for the task of weighing evidence when elections are contested. Judicial supervision of these disputes is the norm in most democracies.

By Kevin Johnson, Election Reformers Network  |  March 5, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

From Washington to Trump: What Is Dereliction of Duty?

When presidents take the oath of office, they are expected to protect America against attack. But what about pandemics and economic depressions? Here’s a brief history of how presidents have handled different threats.

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  March 4, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Important Role of Public Affairs TV in Volatile Times

C-SPAN and its state-level equivalents have been around for decades, quietly transmitting the minutia of government. But with statehouses still in lockdown, public affairs television is more significant than ever.

By Paul W. Taylor, Editor  |  March 4, 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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