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Ahead of Election Day, Misinformation Rampant on Social Media 2020-10-29

Ahead of Election Day, Misinformation Rampant on Social Media

Both Facebook and Twitter have taken steps in 2020 to more proactively slow the spread of mis-and-disinformation, but misinformation has still been rampant on social media.

A Votar: Latino Voters Confront Disinformation in 2020

In battleground states like Florida, Latino voters have been seeing a wave of mis-and-disinformation in recent weeks. 

Why Some Black Men are Voting for Trump

Hip Hop artists have supported the President — sort of.

Supreme Court Weighs In On Voting

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided three major voting cases affecting the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. 

Fans Will Have to Look Harder to Find Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin This Year

The Peanuts’ Halloween special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will not air on network TV since it debuted in 1966, but on Apple’s streaming service, APPLE TV plus. 

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Politics with Amy Walter: Diagnosing Georgia’s Primary Problems

Perhaps, no state better embodies the polarization and partisanship with which we approach election administration than Georgia.

After a messy primary in June with long lines and shuttered polling locations, election officials in the state have been working to improve and restore faith in the process for what is certain to be a contentious election in November. And, in a little over a week, they’ll get another try. On August 11th, more than half of Georgia’s 159 counties will hold runoff elections giving voters and election staff another test run prior to the election. 

Efforts to recruit and train more poll workers are underway and more early voting locations are open in Fulton County, the epicenter of Election Day problems. Situated in metro Atlanta, Fulton County is also the state’s most populous. 45 percent of the population there is African American. It is also heavily Democratic. Hillary Clinton carried the county with almost 70 percent of the vote and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacy Abrams won it with 72 percent.  


Robb Pitts, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners 

Evan Malbrough, a 2020 graduate of Georgia State University and founder of The Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project

Stephen Fowler, a political reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Will Radical Resistance Movements Shaking up the Globe Reach the U.S.? 2020-02-10

Will Radical Resistance Movements Shaking up the Globe Reach the U.S.?

Protests in the U.S. have typically focused on changing “the system,” rather than overthrowing it.

Gayle King Comes Under Fire for Interview About Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

This taps into longstanding cultural expectations of black women and the black family, and the priority of upholding and defending black men.

Should We Be Concerned About Election Security in the U.S.?

The problems with the Iowa caucuses have led to new concerns about voting system vulnerabilities across the country. 

New Hampshire Voters Ready for Primary on TuesdayTomorrow, all eyes will be on New Hampshire as the state readies for the country’s first presidential primary.

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How Transportation Can be a Means for Segregation

How Transportation Can be a Means for Segregation 

Voters will decide whether to add a train line from Atlanta to Gwinnett county, a suburban area northeast of the city. The referendum raises issues of race and access.

Protests Seek to Upend Algerian Politics

Young people have been leading protests against Algeria’s ruling government for weeks. The longtime president has agreed not to run for a fifth term, but has canceled the elections. 

Netflix Cancels Cuban-American Family Sitcom “One Day at a Time”

Netflix decision to cancel “One Day at a Time” has been met with criticism and a renewed discussion of the lack of representation in film and television.


King Williams

Shin-pei Tsay

Ruth Michaelson

Vanessa Erazo

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Politics with Amy Walter: Family, Friendship and Politics Collide on Thanksgiving

Sure, it’s nice to gather everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving. But depending on the family, there can be just as much laughter as there is screaming and tears. And politics doesn’t help. Amid our deeply polarized time, some relationships are being tested like never before. 

Amy Walter explores the ways in which relationships have been strained by political discord.


Keith Chen

Ginger Ikuno

Judy Mooney

Carroll Doherty

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Stuck in the Middle With You: The Plight of the Political Moderate

Over the last 20 years, American politics have reached apparent historic levels of polarization and partisanship, at least for the modern era. Today, this polarization feels more personal and intractable than in recent memory. Insults abound with blame and scorn for those perceived to have contributed to this environment. The Republican Party has received its share of denigration from, what has come as a surprise to many within their own party, Republican officials criticizing the direction their party is headed under President Trump. Former R.N.C. Chairman Michael Steele has described the G.O.P. as “virtually unidentifiable” from the organization that he led less than a decade ago.

The Pew Research Center has been studying American’s public political values since 1994, and the gap between Democrats and Republicans is now wider than it has ever been before. Carroll Doherty, the director of political research at Pew, explains how we arrived at the current acrimony in national politics.

Former Tennessee Congressman John Tanner helped found the Blue Dog Democrats in 1995 after his party’s major loss to Republicans that swept the G.O.P. to power in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1952. Does the Democratic Party of today have room for “Blue Dogs” anymore? Tanner offers his perspective.

As the midterm elections approach, former political actors of all stripes are lamenting the loss of bipartisan cooperation they endured in the politics of yore. Bruce Reed, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, Helen Milby, founder and board chair of the progressive organization The New Deal, and John Murray, who served as deputy chief of staff to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, consider whether the aisle can still be cross in 2018.

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Paul Manafort’s Trial Begins as First in Mueller Investigation

Paul Manafort’s trial kicks off today in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. We give you a preview of what to expect; a look at the TSA program spying on Americans during domestic flights; we hear from the Senior Science Advisor for UNAIDS about how far we’ve come, and what’s still left to do; a look at the intersection of race and class and politics; and we continue our series on the intersection of race, place, and health.

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100 Days: What is Facebook’s Plan for the 2018 Midterms?

We take a look at what Facebook says they are doing to protect their users ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and how that effort is going; an explanation on how WhatsApp is propagating mob violence in India; a larger discussion on how the MeToo movement has been changing circumstances in the past few months; a look at the election in Pakistan and what it means for the region; and we kick off our series with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how place affects health outcomes.

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Yeni’s Story: A Migrant Family Reunited

On Monday night, Yeni Gonzalez-Garcia completed the 2,500-mile journey from Arizona to Harlem, New York, and finally, she was reunited with her children. We have the latest on the reunification story of Yeni and her children; a conversation with mayor elect London Breed; a look at the situation of displaced Puerto Ricans who are still using the TSA program through FEMA to stay in hotels; and then we explore patriotism ahead of the holiday.

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The Migrant Family Reunification Process is Confused and Muddled

A federal judge demanded all separated children be reunited with their parents but the Trump Administration and its bureaucracy does not have a solid plan or infrastructure established to accomplish this. We explore the election results in Mexico, what to expect in the upcoming months from those who won, and the projected state of the nation both nationally and internationally following this election cycle; a better understanding of the post-Maria food aid in Puerto Rico and the health effects on the people there; and a look at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new task force on denaturalization.

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