Election Information

The Republican Choice

Editor’s note: This story includes a historical quote that uses a racial slur. Election Day 1981 was ugly in some largely Black and Hispanic districts of Trenton, New Jersey. Ominous signs hung outside several polling places: WARNING THIS AREA IS BEING PATROLLED BY THENATIONAL BALLOTSECURITY TASK FORCE. IT IS A CRIME TO FALSIFY A BALLOT…

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What Economists Fear Most During This Recovery

Graphics by Anna Wiederkehr As states push forward in their phased reopenings, we’re getting clues that the beleaguered U.S economy might be on its way to recovery. Retail sales spiked by 17.7 percent in May, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped in that month as well — suggesting that Americans were returning to work and…

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Is Police Reform A Fundamentally Flawed Idea?

In January, Philip McHarris was driving from New Haven to Boston to visit a friend when he saw a familiar sight in his rearview mirror — flashing police lights. It was late at night, and McHarris pulled into a gas station and waited, as he had done many times before, for the state trooper to…

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Trump’s Latest Firing May Have Violated Four Core Values Of American Democracy

President Trump’s firing of Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in charge of investigating major crimes in the influential Southern District of New York, which includes Manhattan, is another move by the Trump administration that, though likely legal and not totally unprecedented, appears to violate core democratic values. The firing was dramatic, with Attorney General William…

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The Economy Is A Mess. So Why Isn’t The Stock Market?

Graphics by Julia Wolfe We’ve said it before: The stock market is not the economy. Usually, this simply means that fluctuations in the markets may have little to no real bearing on the underlying realities we think of as making up the economy. Or that there are many important structural factors that make the markets’…

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How Americans Feel About ‘Defunding The Police’

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week “Defund the police.” In the last several weeks, this slogan has entered the mainstream amid nationwide protests against police violence. However, there’s some disagreement about what exactly the slogan means. Some activists actually do want to disband police departments entirely, while others argue that…

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