A variety of topics of national interest were covered in 2022, including gun violence, Governor Ron DeSantis's pro-gun policies, inflation, immigration, the Ukraine war, the labor market, recycling, drug trafficking, and money laundering.
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How U.S. Cities and States Spent Billions in COVID-19 Assistance
President Biden’s signature American Rescue Plan Act gave local governments $350 billion to recover from COVID-19. They spent much of it on police, prisons and the courts.
Stubborn Effort to Bring U.S. Hostages Home Comes at a Price
President Biden's decision to swap two Venezuelan drug traffickers for seven Americans detained in Caracas has provoked criticism. It is not the first time that a White House tenant has acted in this way. The Iran-Contra case was a notable example.
Young People Fear Gun Violence, But Also Think Guns May Keep Them Safe
A new survey explores Gen Z's (refers to the generation that was born between 1997-2012) perception of gun violence and its effect on their daily lives.
In Texas, performing an abortion is now a felony punishable by up to life in prison
Texas now has three significant abortion bans in place and several administrative regulations governing the procedure, setting up a potential conflict as the largest state to ban abortion navigates this new legal landscape.
Republican Governors’ Spending Machine on the Rise
With the midterm elections just months away, Republican governors are using funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to quietly push their respective re-elections and agendas at the expense of the funds they once demonized.
For Half of Americans, Civil War Seems Imminent
A majority share the belief that "in the next few years there will be a civil war" in the country, according to a nationally representative survey, in which one in five people justified political violence and is willing to use a weapon to achieve objectives they support.
A 1996 Law That Keeps People in Prison (And on Death Row) On Technicalities
The Supreme Court has just extended legislation that many have never heard of. Experts say the "Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act" is actually putting innocent people behind bars, and most of the cases it affects have nothing to do with terrorism or capital punishment.
The Merging of Church and State and the End of Roe v. Wade
The question is not whether Roe v. Wade is moral, nor if it is flawed. The question is if it had been ratified not only by the courts but by the people many times before in the past 50 years.
Chain Restaurants in America Became More Powerful After the Pandemic
Big, sit-down restaurant brands are winning on a local level by offering dining experiences that appeal to the broadest audience possible. Familiarity is their secret sauce.
Over 162,000 Guns Missing From US Stores in the Last Decade
Inventory losses were more frequent than all reported thefts (burglaries, robberies, and larcenies). Government officials are cracking down on the diversion of guns that usually feed the illicit market. Southern states account for two-thirds of all gun thefts.
Trump Officials Planned to Attack a Venezuelan Port. CIA and Many Others Opposed
Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's memoir offers a rare glimpse into the struggle in the White House between those who supported an invasion of Venezuela and those who opposed it. They privately knew that the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, was failing to fracture the autocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro.