Category: National News
Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years
The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 years I have closely followed the post-9/11 conflicts for the Costs of […]
One of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorite cases originated in Mississippi
The mammoth New York Times obituary highlighting the career and accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited “one of her favorite cases” as M.L.B. v S.L.J. — an obscure case that originated in chancery court in rural Benton County in north Mississippi. Ginsburg, who recently died after serving on the Supreme Court since 1993 where […]
How he did it: Reporter discovers pattern of Saudi students fleeing US amid charges
Annually, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to a stellar investigative report that has had a direct impact on government, politics and policy at the national, state or local levels. Six reporting teams were chosen as finalists for the 2020 prize, which carries a $10,000 […]
Internal Memo Shows Trump Administration Expects Drastic Drop in Demand for U.S. Visas for Years to Come
The Trump administration is predicting years of dramatically reduced international demand for U.S. visas, and planning for drastic budget cuts to visa services worldwide as a result, according to an internal memo seen by ProPublica. The projections made by the U.S. State Department in a memo signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday […]
What Happens to New Jersey Officers Charged With Official Misconduct? We Gathered the Cases to Find Out.
As police accountability draws increased public attention around the country, we asked the question: What happens to police officers whose misconduct leads to criminal charges? New Jersey law calls for a mandatory minimum jail sentence when officers are convicted of official misconduct, the criminal charge for public corruption. Guidelines written by the state attorney general’s […]
A Real Vaccine Before the Election? It’d Take a Miracle.
Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any potential vaccine would have to clear a slew of scientific and bureaucratic hurdles in record time. In short, it would take a miracle. We talked to companies, regulators, scientific advisers and […]
New unemployment claims fall below 1 million for second straight week
(The Center Square) – About 884,000 U.S. workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, the second consecutive week that new claims fell below the million mark and the third time in about a month. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that the number of new claims filed in the week ending Sept. […]
The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one?
Most sailors know an anchor weighing just a fraction of the boat’s weight will help her stay put. If so, the CBC is sending a message that to steady the good ship The National, it needs not one or two, but four anchors. Monday’s debut of the revamped The National newscast has audiences wondering if four anchors are four […]
More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent shutdown order
“Why does he continue unilaterally acting like a king?” Woodfill, former chair of the Harris County Republican Party, said of Abbott in an interview. “He’s sentencing bar owners to bankruptcy.” Announcing the shutdown Friday, Abbott said the actions of his executive order “are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.” Dozens […]
WHAT’S BEHIND COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES?
“The work on conspiracy theories surprises me every day because I’m troubled by the general lack of trust in so many institutions – political and health institutions – that have been trusted for a long time,” says Dr Robin Canniford, Senior Lecturer in Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the […]