Month: March 2020

Five Facts About Emergency Declarations

President Trump on Friday, March 13, declared the coronavirus a national emergency, unleashing an array of federal powers to combat the pandemic. Most governors also have declared local states of emergency. A complex web of laws and guidelines determine when and how a state of emergency is declared, and what it involves. 1. The president’s emergency declaration releases …

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Five Facts: Global Diseases

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has killed more than 3,000 people globally and rattled world economies. This has heightened interest in how new contagious diseases spread, affect various populations, and eventually come under control. Here are five facts about global diseases. 1. Pandemics have been around for centuries. The plague, or Black Death, killed millions in …

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Believe it or not, something good is happening in Washington

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL As the coronavirus spreads, colleges close and stock markets gyrate, it’s easy to overlook something good that’s happening in Washington: a steady advance of results-oriented bipartisanship. The main vehicle for this progress is the House Problem Solvers Caucus. Its 25 …

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Silly disputes are blocking progress in America — but No Labels tears down the walls

The images have not been good lately for those of us who want our elected officials to take a common-sense, results-oriented approach to governing. The bitter presidential impeachment battle ended with a career military officer being marched from his White House post by security guards. At the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump …

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