The China conundrum

As incumbent Sen. Steve Daines and Gov. Steve Bullock continue to campaign for U.S. Senate, Daines’ record working with, and in, China has become a campaign issue, with both sides using Daines’ record regarding the country as evidence that he would either advocate policies that benefit China at the expense of Montanans (the Bullock camp’s […]

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Texas Republicans had light presence at national convention amid debate over state’s battleground status

After a Democratic National Convention that raised questions about its limited roles for Texans, the state’s Republicans kept a light footprint at their national gathering this week — and seemed just fine with it. While Democrats emphatically argue that the state is in play this November — and polls back them up — Republicans are trying to […]

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Tennessee lawmakers want answers from Schwinn after fallout over plan to conduct child ‘well-being checks’

When Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn unveiled her plan this month to use $1 million in federal funds to support “well-being checks” on Tennessee children, the goal was to make sure kids were safe, fed, and healthy, despite schooling disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Within days, Schwinn walked back her plan and apologized to state […]

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By delaying the dissolution of parliament Jacinda Ardern buys time on the election date – but only a little

The return of COVID-19 community transmission, with Auckland back in a level 3 lockdown and the rest of New Zealand at level 2, raises real questions about New Zealand’s upcoming general election. Polling day is scheduled for September 19 but the planned election process would actually start far earlier. All candidates were to be nominated […]

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Public Health Officials Are Quitting or Getting Fired Amid Pandemic

Vilified, threatened with violence or in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become. One of the latest departures came Sunday, when California’s public […]

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