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The Hungarian government has submitted a draft bill to revoke the emergency powers law, which gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban the power to rule by decree and sidestep parliament.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:34

The government says it will end its pandemic state of emergency on June 20. Rights advocates say this still won't rein in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's considerable powers.

In a survey of parents nationwide from ParentsTogether, parents from low-income homes are ten times more likely to say their kids are doing little or no remote learning.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:03

Parents from low-income homes are twice as likely to say remote learning is going poorly or very poorly, and 1 in 3 of all parents say they are "very concerned" about children falling behind.

President Trump, who uses Twitter as his primary form of communication, has long accused Facebook and Twitter of censoring conservative views.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:22

Tensions between President Trump and Twitter escalate as he tweets a threat to "strongly regulate" or shut down social media platforms, which he accuses of silencing conservative viewpoints.

Avery Hoppa with her 3-year-old daughter Zelda. Hoppa says she's "incredibly grateful" that she and her husband still have jobs. But she says it "feels weird to be a consumer right now" as many are struggling financially.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:13

Avery Hoppa, a nurse in New Hampshire, says she's "incredibly grateful" that she and her husband still work. But she says it "feels weird to be a consumer right now" when so many can't afford to eat.

Residents of the Colombian capital Bogotá hang red rags from their windows and balconies to signal their need for help with food during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:20

"It's not just city hall that has to act. You have to promote solidarity among neighbors," says a mayor who encourages residents sheltering in place to hang red rags so others will know to help them.

Cyclists stop to look at the fountains at the Caesars Palace hotel and casino on Tuesday on the Las Vegas Strip, which is empty of its normal crowds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:07

"We continue to see a consistent and sustainable downward trajectory of percentage of positive COVID-19 cases," Gov. Steve Sisolak says.

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 08:17

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that closed schools nationwide, students from 46 states and the District of Columbia submitted entries. We've narrowed those down to 25 finalists.

Staff work at a drive-through coronavirus testing site outside the American Airlines center in North Dallas in late March.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 06:20

An NPR investigation shows that black and Latino neighborhoods in four large Texas cities have fewer coronavirus testing sites, leaving communities blind to potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 06:00

A new report proposes a radical solution to America's school funding inequities: Leave district lines in place, but spread the wealth.

President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping, shown in 2019, have faced criticism for their handling of the coronavirus. Both are now pushing hard for a vaccine. The United States has already agreed to pay a drug company more than $1 billion to produce a vaccine that's yet to be approved. Xi says if China succeeds in developing a vaccine, it will be declared "a global public good."
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 05:20

The race to defeat the coronavirus is generating competition among nations and multinational companies. The main competition appears to be between the United States and China.

Since Russia's expansive influence operation during the 2016 election, Americans' usage of social media has only increased — and drastically so, as a result of the pandemic.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 04:02

Studies show that social media polarizes its users. The pandemic means more Americans are on it than ever. What does that mean to a nation attempting to govern itself?

The city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first began to spread, is pictured on May 14. Many Chinese cities have seen rush hour traffic return to pre-pandemic levels — or worse — after reopening, according to traffic data company TomTom. Cities around the world are trying to figure out how to avoid disastrous gridlock as residents resume travel while avoiding public transit.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 04:01

As businesses reopen, many city dwellers worry about the risks of public transit. Cities are trying to figure out how to safeguard public health, keep people moving and avoid a gridlock nightmare.

NASA astronaut Douglas Hurley rehearses putting on his SpaceX spacesuit at the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building Kennedy Space Center in Florida, last week.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 04:00

When Doug Hurley launched aboard Atlantis on July 8, 2011, the future of human spaceflight from U.S. soil was uncertain. Nearly a decade later, the astronaut is piloting SpaceX's new Crew Dragon.

People eat outside of a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 18.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 22:01

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about what's known about the virus and how it's affecting the global community. We'll also hear some of your silver linings.

Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., cleans his desk during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing earlier this month.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 18:44

More than 20 Republicans will sue in federal court to stop proxy voting in the House during the pandemic. Democrats approved the measure along a party line vote earlier this month.

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