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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, is getting a lot of attention lately. 

Sen. Cory Booker is having a busy 2020.

The Democrat from New Jersey ran for president. He has a Senate election in two weeks and is involved in the confirmation hearing of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. He pressed Coney Barrett during her initial hearings, asking about her views on race in the criminal justice system.

Daniel Gade is a Republican running for a Senate seat in Virginia in his first bid for public office.

Students are back in the classroom in New York City, And while parents, teachers and students might be worried about the potential for the COVID-19 virus to spread quickly in the halls, the first results we have from testing show only a few positive cases: only 28 positives out of 16,348 staff members and students.

Is ‘Latinx’ The Future Of Latino Identity?

Oct 20, 2020

Despite the fact that “Latinx” is mostly used by young people, it’s far from new. And the confusion surrounding its use isn’t exactly fresh either.

According to its proponents, the letter “x,” which replaces the gendered ending of the designation, allows a member of the Latinx community to identify without adhering to a binary definition of gender.

With theaters and venues remaining largely closed, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the performing arts and live events industry. It’s forced some venues to close permanently, while others struggle to make ends meet. Some have turned to virtual performances or legislation that would support their businesses. And dance companies are no different.

The Vote In The Exurbs Isn’t As Red As It Looks

Oct 19, 2020

Exurbs sit on the fringe of major metropolitan areas, in the space between suburban and rural America. They are inhabited mostly by white residents who are generally well educated and relatively wealthy. 

The Young Activists Fighting For Change In 2020

Oct 19, 2020

Events like the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School and the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have galvanized a new generation of young activists to begin working for a brighter future for all Americans.

What In-Person Voting Looks Like From The Ground

Oct 19, 2020

More than 27 million Americans have already voted in the election, according to the U.S. Elections Project, a turnout-tracking database run by University of Florida political scientist Michael McDonald. Some voted in person in early voting states. But despite voters turning out in record numbers, elections officials are still preparing for a rocky month come November.

The News Roundup — International

Oct 16, 2020

Despite an announced ban on attending a pro-democracy protest in Bangkok, Thailand, thousands of Thai citizens are publicly expressing their opposition to the Thai government. The country’s prime minister declared a state of emergency and authorities arrested more than 20 people on Oct. 15, including protest leaders calling for governmental reforms.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Oct 16, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration is allowed to end counting in the 2020 census early despite originally being planned to finish at the end of the month. Oct. 15 marked the end of this decade’s count.

We’re finding out more about the plot by a Michigan militia to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The Census Is Ending Early. Now What?

Oct 15, 2020

The last time we talked about the census, we weren’t sure when it would end. But now we know when it can end.

October 15, 11:59 p.m. HST.

From NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang:

…the Supreme Court approved a request to suspend a lower court order that extended the count’s schedule.

In the months since schools made the switch from in-person to virtual classrooms, students and teachers have had to adapt to the limitations of remote learning. But while some school activities are a little more clear cut, many are left wondering what’s happening with student discipline.

The group charged with allegedly trying to kidnap Michigan’s governor, also talked about taking similar action against Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia.

Earlier this year, the president singled out both, while urging his supporters to “liberate” these states.

#SaveTheChildren doesn’t mean what it used to mean. That’s because social media companies have recently tried to crack down in on accounts and pages linked to the dangerous conspiracy known as QAnon.

Since it first premiered over fifty years ago, Star Trek has captivated audiences around the world by imagining a future beyond the stars themselves.

But even in its earliest days, Star Trek rarely shied away from tackling tough issues – including race, gender, and even colonialism. That ethos could explain why the franchise has lived on for decades, inviting multiple generations to explore the endless possibilities of an imagined world.

Life On Venus? We Look At The Potential.

Oct 14, 2020

Feeling like you’re ready to leave Planet Earth? Yeah, us too. But while some scientists previously thought that Mars’ habitat represented the best place for life outside our planet, recent evidence suggests Venus could be a new contender.

Is This American Opera’s Makeover Movement?

Oct 13, 2020

This year, composer Anthony Davis won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his opera “The Central Park Five.” 

Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings have begun. 

On a recent drive through a working-class suburb in North Carolina, Elon University Professor Megan Squire points out a slew of Joe Biden yard signs.

James Morrison

Megan Squire is surprised at how many lawn signs she’s seeing in support of Joe Biden.

“I’m surprised,” she says. “Because in 2016, there was not a Hillary sign anywhere that I ever saw. I think maybe one time in my friend’s neighborhood.”

Federal and state officials in Michigan recently made a startling announcement.

Legislating Your Vote: Harris County, Texas

Oct 12, 2020

Ahead of early voting in Harris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston, the elections administrator 

What Is Anarchism?

Oct 12, 2020

We’re hearing more about anarchy, especially where President Donald Trump is concerned. He’s repeatedly said that “professional anarchists” were responsible for the unrest and demonstrations against police brutality in cities across the country during the summer. There’s almost no evidence that’s true.

The News Roundup — International

Oct 9, 2020

President Donald Trump announced this week that all American troops in Afghanistan will be “home by Christmas.” His announcement follows one from National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian, detailing a plan to reduce the number of troops based there to 2,500.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Oct 9, 2020

Following the disastrous presidential debate last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates has announced it plans to conduct the next meeting between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden virtually. The president, however, has signaled that he would not participate in an online debate.

The list of government staffers, aides and reporters working in the White House that have tested positive for COVID-19 is growing.

Musicians have adapted to the pandemic in a number of ways. English singer-songwriter Jacob Collier has kept himself busy, writing, performing and… devising new ways to bring live music back into fans’s lives.

We keep learning more about the effect of Cambridge Analytica, a small political consulting company, on the 2016 election. Britain’s Channel 4 News published recent reporting which revealed that “3.5 million Black Americans were categorised by Donald Trump’s campaign as ‘Deterrence’ – voters they wanted to stay home on election day.”

Dollars And Sense: How To Fix Your Credit Score

Oct 5, 2020

There are so many numbers that matter to us throughout our lives. GPAs, salariesour age…but probably one of the most important ones is our