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 11, 2017

Did Catalonia declare independence? Yes, no, maybe so.

Catalan President Carles Puidgemont and his party signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday, which says, “We call on all states and international organizations to recognize the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state.” The region then suspended its implementation to allow for negotiations with the central government in Madrid. Puidgemont addressed the regional […]

October 8, 2017

Now you see it, now you don’t: Data in the Russian protests coverage

On Saturday, protests took place in around 80 Russian towns and cities. Some demonstrators protested against President Vladimir Putin’s potential candidacy in next year’s presidential election, while others protested in favor of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s proposed candidacy. Some protesters carried Russian flags and signs that said, “Putin, go on pension!” and “Putin, retire!” They […]

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 […]