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TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

  • Written by Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University
imagePresident Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop...

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Muslim Americans assert solidarity with Black Lives Matter, finding unity within a diverse faith group

  • Written by Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
imageMuslims demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice in Brooklyn.John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The killing of George Floyd took place at the doorstep of Muslim America.

He was killed in front of Cup Foods, a store owned by an Arab American Muslim, whose teenage employee – also a Muslim – had earlier reported to...

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Why are so many people lighting off fireworks?

  • Written by Jay L. Zagorsky, Senior Lecturer, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
imageFireworks light up the sky over New York City in 2019.Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

The number of fireworks being lit off at night is out of control this year.

While people often light off fireworks close to the Fourth of July, this year fireworks have been lit in large numbers starting weeks earlier. New York City had a 4,000% increase in fireworks...

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The US isn't in a second wave of coronavirus – the first wave never ended

  • Written by Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University
imageThe U.S. as a whole is facing a huge surge in coronavirus cases, but the differences between states like New York and Florida are striking.Kena Betancur/1207979953 via Getty Images

After sustained declines in the number of COVID-19 cases over recent months, restrictions are starting to ease across the United States. Numbers of new cases are falling...

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When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

  • Written by Marlene Daut, Professor of African Diaspora Studies, University of Virginia
imageHaitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X's decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825.Bibliotheque Nationale de France

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced.

Much...

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Why soldiers can't claim conscientious objection if ordered to suppress protests

  • Written by Dwight Stirling, Lecturer in Law, University of Southern California
imageNational Guard members and protesters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 20, 2020. Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump’s order that National Guard should “dominate” the streets of Washington, D.C., during recent protests troubled at least a few of the men and women compelled to do the dominating.

Most of the 84,000 Guard members...

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As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

  • Written by Lisa Hardy, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Social Science Community Engagement Lab, Northern Arizona University
imageAt the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S. Getty Images / Mark Ralston

In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and...

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How small towns are responding to the global pandemic

  • Written by Leah Kemp, Director and Primary Researcher, Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center; Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Mississippi State University
imagePatrons eat outside at a small cafe in West Reading, Pennsylvania, as the community begins to reopen.Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Before the global pandemic hit, small towns across America were dealing with struggling economies, aging roads and bridges, and declining populations.

The coronavirus added new challenges,...

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COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong, and what other states can learn as younger people get sick

  • Written by Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University
imageOn June 26, Texas' governor ordered bars to close as COVID-19 case numbers spiked, particularly among younger adults. This Houston bar, photographed in late May, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/eightrowflint/photos/a.1522124678099822/2538983929747220/">voluntarily shut down</a> shortly before the order after two staff members tested...

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National parks – even Mount Rushmore – show that there's more than one kind of patriotism

  • Written by Jennifer Ladino, Professor of English, University of Idaho
imageTo some Americans, the figures on Mount Rushmore are patriotic leaders; to others, they're colonizers. AP Photo/Stephen Groves

July 4th will be quieter than usual this year, thanks to COVID-19. Many U.S. cities are canceling fireworks displays to avoid drawing large crowds that could promote the spread of coronavirus.

But President Trump is...

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  5. In this era of protest over racism, will colleges embrace Black student activists?
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  8. 3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening
  9. Northern Ireland's police transformation may hold lessons for the US
  10. Rethinking the K-pop industry's silence during the Black Lives Matter movement
  11. To achieve a new New Deal, Democrats must learn from the old one
  12. Authorities are yanking the legacy of slaveholder John C. Calhoun from public sphere, but his bigotry remains embedded in American society
  13. Should the president pick the attorney general?
  14. This simple model shows the importance of wearing masks and social distancing
  15. Rethinking what research means during a global pandemic
  16. A massive Saharan dust plume is moving into the southeast US, bringing technicolor sunsets and suppressing tropical storms
  17. 100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern
  18. Developing resilience is an important tool to help you deal with coronavirus and the surge in cases
  19. How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans
  20. Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curing blindness (Yes, you read that right)
  21. Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health
  22. Hip-hop is the soundtrack to Black Lives Matter protests, continuing a tradition that dates back to the blues
  23. New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city's latest redesign in times of dramatic change
  24. Most white parents don't talk about racism with their kids
  25. Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview
  26. Prisoners in US suffering dementia may hit 200,000 within the next decade – many won't even know why they are behind bars
  27. Economic policies can induce people to quarantine safely during the pandemic
  28. A selective retreat from trade with China makes sense for the United States
  29. 5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases
  30. What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus
  31. Why safely reopening high school sports is going to be a lot harder than opening college and pro ball
  32. How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it
  33. A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus
  34. 1 in 10 HBCUs were financially fragile before COVID-19 endangered all colleges and universities
  35. Teach police nonviolence, scholars say, and how to work with local residents
  36. Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics
  37. President Trump revives J. Edgar Hoover's tyrannical playbook
  38. To fight US racism, research prescribes a nationwide healing process
  39. When Supreme Court justices defy expectations
  40. Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19
  41. COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs
  42. Islamic State militants incite attacks, gloat at US protests and pandemic deaths
  43. America's Black female mayors face dual crises of COVID-19 and protests – but these women are used to uphill battles
  44. Islamic State calls for followers to spread coronavirus, exploit pandemic and protests
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  47. Does coronavirus aid to news outlets undermine journalistic credibility?
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