Claire Wang

fire, grass, power lines, truck

Did Negligence Cause the California Wildfires?

The wildfires that ravaged California’s wine country look to be another symptom of climate change. But state politicians and regulators have another culprit in mind: poorly maintained power lines and electrical equipment.

Harvey Weinstein

Will the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Inspire Reforms?

The Hollywood mogul’s swift fall from grace may signal that men in power may no longer be immune to the legal and financial repercussions of sexual abuse. Whether his widely publicized story triggers a decline in predatory behavior remains to be seen.

John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman

Why Are Athlete-Led Anthem Protests So Polarizing?

President Donald Trump demonized dissenting footballers as traitors, revealing a widely held American conviction: patriotism precludes protest, and its symbols are more sacred than its ideals — equal protection under the law, regardless of race, gender and status.

data security, Equifax

Can the US Prevent Another Mega-Breach Like Equifax?

The Equifax breach that compromised the personal information of more than 143 million Americans drove home the growing threat of cyberattacks. But attacks on this scale may soon become common if federal regulations and security practice reforms are not speedily put in place.

Richard Nixon, climate change

Can Harvey and Irma End Republican Climate Change Denial?

Hurricane Harvey was supposed to be a 500-year event. Instead, it became the third and most destructive in three years. Whether Americans can outlast more catastrophic disasters will depend on the GOP’s willingness to acknowledge and combat the threat of climate change.

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