Washington

October 17, 2017

What’s hiding behind the bias in the Tom Marino coverage

On Monday, President Donald Trump held a Q&A in the White House Rose Garden, in which he discussed issues including opioid abuse in the U.S., the 2016 Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, and the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Last week, […]

October 13, 2017

Trump says he won’t certify Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal

At the White House on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he “cannot and will not” certify that Iran is complying with its nuclear agreement. Trump said that Iran has committed “multiple violations of the agreement,” was “not living up to the spirit of the deal.” The International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran […]

October 13, 2017

Trump’s order on healthcare: How word choice contributes to bias

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that calls for changes to three areas of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The order aims to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), increase the maximum time limit of short-term insurance plans (STLDI), and widen the use of health reimbursement arrangements […]

October 12, 2017

Swaying public opinion on NAFTA before negotiations have concluded

A new round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations started on Wednesday. U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials are meeting near Washington to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 agreement. It is the fourth round of such negotiations since President Donald Trump took office. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would seek […]

October 6, 2017

Filling in the gaps in the coverage of Sessions’ gender identity policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a memo that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s Title VII clause, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, “encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) memo, delivered to […]

October 5, 2017

The Daily Cut: Catalan parliament | NRA statement | Niger attack | Transgender policy | Nobel in literature

On Thursday, Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled to prohibit the Catalan parliament from meeting next Monday, when members of parliament were scheduled to discuss the results of Sunday’s referendum on independence from Spain. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had said on Wednesday that the region would declare its independence “within days.” The Socialists’ Party of Catalonia, which […]

October 4, 2017

How subtle spin can make US-Cuban relations seem more dramatic

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department expelled 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington, ordering them to leave within seven days. U.S. State Department officials said it was a reciprocal measure that ensures “equitable staffing levels” at each country’s embassy after the U.S. withdrew embassy staff from Cuba last week. Last Friday, the U.S. reduced its embassy […]