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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

To Put Voters First Again, Amend the Constitution

It's the only way to undo the damage the Supreme Court did when it overturned laws regulating the raising and spending of campaign money. It has bipartisan support, and states should lead the way.

By Bill Kilmartin, Costas Panagopoulos and Jeff Clements, Massachusetts Citizens Commission  |  January 12, 2021
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COVID Vaccine Delays Cause Resident Concern About Process

The first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution has been slow in some states and has resulted in confusion on the part of residents, causing concern among officials about the rest of the process.

By Jim McKay, Emergency Management  |  January 12, 2021
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Combating Conspiracy Theories Requires a Unified Front

Preventing political violence, similar to what happened in the U.S. Capitol last week, will require active, collective efforts in combating conspiracy theories.

By Lynn Hulsey, Springfield News-Sun  |  January 11, 2021
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Don’t Let Right-Wing Extremists Hijack Our National Narrative

A white-supremacist mob's attack on the Capitol diverted attention from some dramatic electoral victories, a rejection of authoritarianism and the continuing need to confront racism and inequality.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  January 11, 2021
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What Government Programs Should Measure: How Well They Help People

We need to give the public servants who manage safety-net systems the technology tools and incentives to track critical outcomes and meet people where they are.

By Amanda Renteria, Robin Carnahan, Tomicah Tillemann and Trooper Sanders  |  January 11, 2021
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Social Media Responds, Platforms Place Bans on Trump

After the storming of the Capitol last week, several social media platforms have enacted bans on President Trump’s accounts; Twitter suspended Trump for 12 hours, while Facebook blocked him through Inauguration Day.

By Roland Li and Chase DiFeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle  |  January 8, 2021
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The False Sense That We’ve Beaten COVID-19

Some think the rollout of vaccines means we've turned the corner, but things are likely to get worse before they get better. Public officials have a role, and messaging is more important than ever.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  January 8, 2021
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Hawaii Launches App to Slow Down Rise in COVID Cases

The state health department reported pandemic-related fatalities have risen to nearly 300 with more than 22,000 cases. The state hopes 15 percent of the population will download the mobile alert tool.

By Nina Wu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  January 7, 2021
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Pro-Trump Rallies Shut Down State Capitols During D.C. Attack

For months, protesters have been targeting government buildings and even the homes of public officials, with some making death threats. Their actions reflect a growing acceptance for political violence.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 7, 2021
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New York Counties Want to Take Over Vaccine Distributions

The state’s vaccination rollout has been far from perfect. Local officials have asked Gov. Cuomo to allow county leaders to activate their vaccination plans that have been carefully crafted and prepped.

By Brendan J. Lyons, Times Union  |  January 6, 2021
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West Virginia Jails Are Overcrowded, Making COVID Worse

The state’s regional jails have had more than 800 inmates test positive for COVID-19, due in part to over capacity by 1,300 inmates, making virus control extremely difficult.

By Lacie Pierson, The Charleston Gazette-Mail  |  January 6, 2021
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