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    How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

How hoax information on social media about COVID-19 might be worsening the pandemic.

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Information claiming that the COVID-19 is a hoax has unfolded on social media at the same time as the virus has spread across the world. Ralf Martin has analysed nearly 12 million tweets for spikes in COVID-19 hoax related content. He finds that those posting coronavirus related hoax content are more likely to mention Donald Trump, and that many […]

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    Primary Primers: Why Texas won’t be turning blue this year 

Primary Primers: Why Texas won’t be turning blue this year 

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As the second most populated state, Texas is a significant electoral prize in presidential contests. Robert Ledger, Madison Imiola and Peter Finn write that changing demographics mean that Democrats are becoming more hopeful about winning the Lone Star State, but other factors such as primary turnout and the COVID-19 pandemic point to an uphill battle this year.

This article is part of our Primary Primers series curated by […]

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    Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

Are US and Chinese leaders passing the stress test posed by the Covid-19 crisis? 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought tensions between the US and China to the fore. In this interview, LSE US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz comments that the crisis has reinforced the view that the US is too dependent on Chinese-based supply chains, and highlighted the United States’ lack of leadership in the world under President Trump’s ‘America First’ policies.

Has the pandemic accelerated the breakdown of relations between the US […]

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    Primary Primers: Wyoming had made important reforms to its nomination process even before Covid-19 disrupted the presidential primary.

Primary Primers: Wyoming had made important reforms to its nomination process even before Covid-19 disrupted the presidential primary.

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With its small population meaning that it has a relatively low number of delegates on offer for presidential nomination candidates, Wyoming’s caucus typically garners little attention. But this year’s vote, is significant, writes James D. King, as the state’s Democrats have moved to a hybrid primary-caucus model as well as extending the submission deadline for ballots due to the […]

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    Why switching to voting by mail for the 2020 presidential election could disenfranchise millions. 

Why switching to voting by mail for the 2020 presidential election could disenfranchise millions. 

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The Covid-19 pandemic has struck as America gears up for the 2020 presidential election. With restraints on social interactions now in place, a move to nationwide voting by mail has been suggested as a way to conduct the election fairly. Peter Miller writes that voting by mail has become more popular, especially in western states, but that this has taken time – time that we now do […]

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    Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

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With disputes between the US federal and state governments as to how best to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, many local governments have had to respond to the crisis on their own. Bruce D. McDonald, III and Sarah E. Larson write that for many of these local governments, Covid-19 is a double crisis. Not only is it a public health emergency, it is also […]

When will the coronavirus pandemic peak?

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An analysis of the available data suggests the number of daily new global cases will be negligible within 40 days, writes Oliver Linton.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We have carried out some analysis of the daily data on the number of new cases […]

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    How nationalism can be a force for good in the struggle against Covid-19

How nationalism can be a force for good in the struggle against Covid-19

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of nationalist sentiment across many countries in the West and beyond, and the ideology is now shaping much of the response to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Robert Schertzer and Eric Taylor Woods write that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing – if we can tap into the liberal, inclusive side of […]

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    How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

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The evidence and messaging are clear – one of the most important ways that people can protect themselves and others from the spread of Covid-19 is to frequently wash their hands. And yet, according to survey data, men are still washing their hands less often than women. Using survey data, Dan Cassino finds that men who feel that they […]

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    Despite past Congressional action on insider trading, Senators’ stock trades are still business as usual  

Despite past Congressional action on insider trading, Senators’ stock trades are still business as usual  

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In recent weeks, a number of US Senators have been criticized for selling stocks just before most had been able to realize the seriousness of the threat posed by Covid-19. Lauren C. Bell writes that US politicians have a long history of stock trading in ethically murky circumstances, and that Congress’ recent efforts to address this problem with legislation […]

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