The states we’re in: can ‘laboratories of democracy’ conquer Covid-19? | US news

The states we’re in: can ‘laboratories of democracy’ conquer Covid-19? | US news

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On 30 June, a bill of at least $765bn came due for the 50 states. Unlike the national government, these jurisdictions cannot print money or run deficits without violating their constitutions. States rely on sales and income taxes for revenue, which along with much of the economy has collapsed under the coronavirus pandemic. Without a
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Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum review – when politics ends friendships | Books

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Muslims make up around 4% of Spain’s population. When asked to guess the percentage, Spanish respondents regularly give pollsters an inflated number. A similar discrepancy is found across all western democracies. Demographic alarm, whether based on reality, fantasy or stoked with falsehood provides rich pickings for the nativist movements that have swept the world in
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The Guardian view on Facebook and democracy: real and present danger | Editorial | Opinion

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In every political debate since Facebook began to dominate democracy, the company has placed itself on the wrong side of history. The social media firm cannot be reformed from within because its business model profits from hosting bomb-throwing circuses of hate, humbug and hogwash. The platform harvests users’ personal data to algorithmically recommend content but
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