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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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The Next Trump Legal Crisis: Who Is In Charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

November 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who will lead the only US financial regulator focused on protecting regular people? That’s a problem that will need to be solved by the courts, thanks to a legal mess created by president Donald Trump. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up after the financial crisis, when it became...

U.S. Is On the Verge of Abandoning a Key Global Advantage: Honest Data About Itself

November 22, 2017 In another case of the “America First” president cutting off his nose to spite his face, Donald Trump is considering the appointment of someone with no background in statistics to run the U.S. census. Running a shoddy survey, out of political opportunism or simple incompetence, would compromise one of the...

The Most Urgent Call For Trump To Solve the U.S. Opioid Crisis Comes From the White House

November 20, 2017 Donald Trump has resisted calls to throw resources into the fight against opioid addiction, but now the call is coming from inside the White House: New research from the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) says the cost of the crisis in 2015 was more than $500 billion, almost 3% of...

Donald Trump’s Choice to Lead America Back to The Moon Has a New Take on Climate Change

November 1, 2017 On Wednesday, senator Bill Nelson leveled a broad attack: You are unqualified, too divisive, and too extreme, with a history of questioning climate science, advocating discrimination against LGBT Americans, and personally attacking people like former president Barack Obama and senator John McCain. He wasn’t talking about president Donald Trump. Nelson...

Cuba Says Cicadas Are Behind the 'Sonic Attacks' That Injured U.S. Diplomats in Havana

October 27, 2017 The US pulled the bulk of its diplomats from Cuba in September, blaming attacks on its staff that caused hearing loss and concussions. Cuba has denied any involvement, and now it is offering a counter-explanation: The alleged “sonic attacks” are coming from cicadas and crickets. That detail comes from an...

The US Is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Spot North Korean Missiles Before They Fly

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...

The Pentagon is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Watch North Korean Missiles

August 2, 2017 The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm. North Korea’s recent ICBM test has analysts convinced that it...

Will Democrats Need to Break Up Amazon And Google to Beat Donald Trump?

July 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Democrats prepare a program to win the legislature in the 2018 legislative elections, one issue stands out as new: The idea of breaking up large tech companies. In an op-ed today, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer wrote that his party would “going to fight to allow regulators to break...

ExxonMobil Made Illegal Deals With Russia When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Ran the Company

July 20, 2017 When Rex Tillerson ran ExxonMobil, he made his name making deals in Russia, which in turn made Donald Trump’s decision to appoint him as secretary of State contentious. Skepticism about Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian state and its connections to the highest levels of the Trump administration dogged his confirmation hearings. Now,...

If The U.S. Really Wants To Go To Mars, Elon Musk Knows How To Bring Down The Price

July 14, 2017 “Our nation will return to the moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” US vice president Mike Pence, newly ensconced as the head of the National Space Council, said last week in a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The only problem? The US government’s...