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Is The U.S. Government Paying Twice For Coronavirus Vaccine?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — COVID-19 vaccine development continues to be the subject of political jostling, with President Trump contradicting top U.S. health officials regarding timeline and efficacy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they expect to distribute vaccines publicly at no cost to the patient. But what will the government pay, and how much… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

WATCH: How Election Officials And USPS Handle Mail-In Ballots

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The pandemic is pushing more voters to cast ballots by mail. While most evidence shows that voting fraud is extremely rare, President Trump has been claiming the opposite. Now he’s criticizing the idea of more funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which congressional Democrats say is needed to support the increase… Read More

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WATCH: Parents And Students Reevaluate College Costs Amid Virtual Learning

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — For higher education, the pandemic has forced major questions about affordability and cost into the spotlight. Both students and parents are hesitant to spend tens of thousands of dollars on classes taken via video, and many feel that the loss of on-campus life upends the college value proposition entirely. Scott Galloway,… Read More

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WATCH: How Authoritarianism Has Spread Since The Coronavirus Pandemic Began

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — According to pro-democracy institutions, authoritarianism was on the rise globally even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. But experts say the distraction of the crisis has allowed some leaders to indulge their dictatorial impulses without attracting much attention from the people they govern. NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports and talks to The Atlantic’s… Read More

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies remotely during a House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington.

WATCH: Is U.S. Regulatory Framework Capable Of Reining In Big Tech Companies?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google encountered intense scrutiny from House lawmakers on Wednesday, particularly over whether they leverage unfair business practices to prevent their competition from succeeding. Is American antitrust law sufficient to handle the rapidly changing landscape of technology? Dipayan Ghosh of the Harvard Kennedy School joins… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

WATCH: How Has Campaigning Changed Amid COVID-19?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected campaigning not only for candidates, but also the Americans volunteering for them. PBS NewsHour’s Daniel Bush, who was recently reporting in Michigan, noticed in-person campaigning restrictions recently beginning to loosen. There is still a ban on large gatherings in most states, but some campaign volunteers are… Read More

In this July 26, 1990 file photo, President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Joining the president are, from left, Evan Kemp, chairman of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission; Rev. Harold Wilke; Sandra Parrino, chairman of the National Council on Disability, and Justin Dart, chairman of The President's Council on Disabilities. TheAmericans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990.

WATCH: 30 Years After ADA, Inaccessibility Persists For The Disabled

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, NewsHour looks at what the landmark civil rights law, which guarantees equal access to public resources and employment to disabled people has achieved and how much work remains. Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a disabled person… Read More

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WATCH: Colleges And Universities Grapple With Decision To Return To Campus

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — U.S. colleges and universities are scrambling to finalize their fall plans as coronavirus infections continue to rise significantly in much of the country. While some students, faculty and staff are looking forward to returning to campus, others are raising serious health and safety concerns. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports on how schools… Read More

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WATCH: Why This Supreme Court Term Was So Unusual

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — From landmark decisions on immigration and LGBTQ protections to virtual oral arguments amid the pandemic, the Supreme Court’s recent term was certainly one for the history books. NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz talks to Paul Clement, former U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush, Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general under President Obama… Read More

Offerings sit in front of a mural of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen painted on a wall in the south side of Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, July 11, 2020. U.S. Army officials say they will begin an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood, examining claims and historical data of discrimination, harassment and assault, following calls for a more thorough investigation into the killing of the soldier from the Texas base.

WATCH: How Should The U.S. Military Respond to Vanessa Guillen’s Murder?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The disappearance and murder of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has sparked an outpouring of stories from other service members. Mostly female, they say that they also experienced sexual harassment and abuse in the ranks, but felt that the military’s reporting system was not built to help them. NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports… Read More

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The Supreme Court’s ‘Landmark Decision’ On Tribal Sovereignty

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed Native American rights to millions of acres of land in eastern Oklahoma. The 5-4 opinion granted jurisdictional control to the Muscogee Nation and extends to four neighboring tribal nations, which together make up more than half the state. Allison Herrera, a reporter for KOSU public… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

WATCH: In States Where Coronavirus Is Surging, Reopening Plans Put On Hold

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The U.S. is now averaging roughly 40,000 new confirmed infections of COVID-19 each day. The caseload has more than doubled this month in at least 10 states, mostly in the South and the West. As some states put their reopening plans on hold, the nation’s top health experts are sounding new warnings… Read More

In this June 10, 2020, file photo, driver Bubba Wallace waits for the start of a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Martinsville, Va. Bubba Wallace now counts Spike Lee and Demi Lovato – his admitted celebrity crush – as those loudly in his corner since he’s become the leader of NASCAR’s push for change.

WATCH: NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace On Banning The Confederate Flag And A New Generation Of Fans

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag represents a major shift for a sport at whose races they have been ubiquitous. Successfully pushing for the ban this week was Bubba Wallace, a driver in NASCAR’s top series. He joins PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz to discuss how his sport is showing leadership,… Read More

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WATCH: What The Latest Jobs Numbers Say About A U.S. Economic Recovery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The number of weekly jobless claims is the lowest since the economic shutdown began in March, but it remains far above what the U.S. has experienced during other financial crises. Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said earlier this week that he expects unemployment to remain elevated for years to… Read More

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WATCH: What This Global Health Expert Sees In States Where COVID-19 Is Surging

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — As Americans attempt to return to pre-pandemic habits and activities, COVID-19 continues to spread. More than 20 states have seen a jump in coronavirus cases in the past couple of weeks, and hospitalizations have increased significantly in at least eight. Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, joins NewsHour’s… Read More

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WATCH: Pandemic Increases Workload, Health Risks For Postal And Delivery Employees

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are relying on mail carriers and delivery workers for essential supplies. The workload for many of these employees has increased significantly with so many consumers ordering from home. Stress and fatigue are at high levels, as workers worry about virus exposure —… Read More

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WATCH: How A Break In The Nation’s Food Supply Caused Regional Food Companies To Soar

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — During the first months of the pandemic, as industrial meat plants closed and grocery stores experienced shortages, some mid-sized local food companies saw an unexpected boom in business. As people across the country sheltered in place, they turned to these local food sources to fill in the void. But will the demand… Read More

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WATCH: What’s Behind Racial Disparities In American Policing?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Widespread protests over George Floyd’s death and the treatment of black Americans by police more broadly have dominated the U.S. in recent days. For analysis of the issues at the heart of the unrest, NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz talks to Art Acevedo, Houston’s chief of police, Tracey Meares, professor and founder of the… Read More

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WATCH: ‘Massive Numbers of People’ Needed to do Contact Tracing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — State governments across the country are hiring thousands of people as contact tracers to track the spread of COVID-19 and to help bring it under control. The data collected from contact tracing can help researchers better understand how the virus spreads, and what mitigation methods work. ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen joins… Read More

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WATCH: All 50 States Partially Reopen as CDC Quietly Releases its Guidelines

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — All 50 states have now taken some steps to reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns. Their approaches vary, with only minor restrictions remaining in states like Texas, while New York still has strict limitations in place. Federal guidance from the CDC was released quietly, but its recommendations aren’t mandatory. Meanwhile, WHO officials warned that… Read More

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WATCH: As Restrictions are Lifted, How to Apply Lessons from Health Care Workers to Daily Life

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — In all but two U.S. states, stay-at-home orders are being lifted, and businesses are reopening. But can the lifting of restrictions be safe, when COVID-19 is still increasing in many parts of the country? Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chair of the joint health care venture Haven,… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

WATCH: What’s the Key to U.S. Economic Recovery? Testing, says this Nobel Prize Winner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — As millions more Americans file for unemployment amid an economy crippled by COVID-19, many states are lifting restrictions and reopening businesses. But is that the correct approach to reviving the U.S. economy? NewsHour’s Paul Solman talks to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer about weighing costs and benefits and why “there are no… Read More

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WATCH: NASA Monitors Mars Mission ‘Remotely’ During the Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — NASA researchers and scientists are familiar with working “remotely” from millions of miles away, literally, and the global pandemic has now forced most to adapt to working from home. But how are NASA employees who are monitoring the Mars Rover Mission handling the new challenges? Carrie Bridge, science operations team chief… Read More