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US debt default could trigger dollar’s collapse – and severely erode America’s political and economic might

Michael Humphries, Touro University It’s a case of déjà vu all over again on the debt ceiling debate. Republicans, who regained control of the House of Representatives in November 2022, are threatening to not allow an increase in the debt limit unless they get unspecified spending cuts in return. In so doing, they risk pushing the U.S. government into default. Brinkmanship over the debt ceiling has become a regular ritual – it happened under the Clinton administration in 1995, then again with Barack Obama as president in 2011, and more recently in 2021. As an economist, I know that defaulting

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US will give military tanks to Ukraine, signaling Western powers’ long-term commitment to thwarting Russia

Monica Duffy Toft, Tufts University President Joe Biden announced on Jan. 25, 2023, that the U.S. would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine – following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s repeated requests for more military tanks to help wage its war against Russia. “This is about helping Ukraine defend and protect Ukrainian land. It is not an offensive threat to Russia. There is no offensive threat to Russia. If Russian troops return to Russia, where they belong, this war would be over today. That is what we all want,” Biden said in his remarks at the White House. The president’s

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COVID-19 deaths in the US continue to be undercounted, research shows, despite claims of ‘overcounts’

Andrew Stokes, Boston University; Dielle Lundberg, Boston University; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, University of Minnesota, and Yea-Hung Chen, University of California, San Francisco Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020, a recurring topic of debate has been whether official COVID-19 death statistics in the U.S. accurately capture the fatalities associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some politicians and a few public health practitioners have argued that COVID-19 deaths are overcounted. For instance, a January 2023 opinion piece in The Washington Post claims that COVID-19 death tallies include not only those who died from COVID-19 but those who died

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Suspect in Half Moon Bay farm mass shooting faces 7 counts of murder

The suspect in the Half Moon Bay farm mass shooting faces seven counts of murder and one of attempted murder.  Chunli Zhao, 66, was set to make his first court appearance on Wednesday but it was postponed until February 16. According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the suspect’s two attorneys did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.  Wagstaffe declined to disclose any additional details on Zhao’s motive in the killing of his current and former coworkers.  Authorities believe Zhao acted alone on Monday when he entered a mushroom farm where he worked in Half

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Drug overdoses in 3 different BART stations reversed by Narcan

Three young men overdosed in three different Bay Area Rapid Transit stations Tuesday before BART officers were able to administer Narcan, an opioid overdose-reversing treatment.  The first overdone happened around 3 p.m. A 23-year-old man lost consciousness on the platform of the Embarcadero station in San Francisco. According to officers, he regained consciousness after being given one dose of Narcan.  He also refused additional medical attention.  Less than an hour later, a 31-year-old man was believed to have overdosed in the Union City BART station. An officer administered two doses of Narcan before the man regained consciousness. He was then

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Suspect for attempted kidnapping at Berkeley campus wanted

A suspect attempted to kidnap a woman leaving the University of California Barkeley campus. According to the Berkeley Police Department, the suspect is still at large.  Shortly after 5 p.m., a woman in her 20s was walking from the UC Campus when a man came up behind her.  The woman told the police the man grabbed her by the arm and threatened to sexually assault her.  She was able to escapte the suspect’s hold and run away. She hid inside a cafe for safety, but the suspect followed her inside.  Staff inside the cafe kept the suspect away from the

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Combating antisemitism today: Holocaust education in the era of Twitter and TikTok

Alan Marcus, University of Connecticut In the era of social media, antisemitism and Holocaust denial are no longer hidden in the margins, spewed by fringe hate groups. From Ye – formerly known as Kanye West – and NBA player Kyrie Irving to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, well-recognized personalities have echoed antisemitic ideas, often online. Beyond high-profile figures, there are clear signs that antisemitism is becoming more mainstream. In 2021, using the most recent data available, the Anti-Defamation League reported that antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reached an all-time high. Eighty-five percent of Americans believe at

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