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I assisted Carter’s work encouraging democracy – and saw how his experience, persistence and engineer’s mindset helped build a freer Latin America over decades

Jimmy Carter answered reporters’ election-monitoring questions in Caracas, Venezuela, May 29, 2004. Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images Jennifer Lynn McCoy, Georgia State University When former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter founded the nonprofit Carter Center in 1982, one of their goals was to help Latin American countries – many of

Choosing not to prosecute low-level crimes may reduce future crime, research finds

by Clark Merrefield, The Journalist’s Resource In most U.S. jurisdictions, an arrest by police does not necessarily lead to criminal charges, especially for low-level offenses. Government prosecutors often have broad discretion over whether and how to charge those arrested, based on evidence law enforcement personnel present them. New research in the Quarterly Journal

Birth Control Access May Get Easier. Here’s Why It’s Not Enough.

by Lucy Tu & Jocelyn Viterna Just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Paris-based company HRA Pharma applied for Food and Drug Administration approval of the country’s first over-the-counter birth control pill. The application was a timely response to Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

The Role of Insurance in Climate Adaption

New research tests the promise of insurance to harden the U.S. economy to tropical storms. Tropical storms and hurricanes bring immediate and direct economic damage to communities and may also reduce a country’s economic growth for more than a decade. Models that determine climate policy in the United States have been criticized for

Classified material found in the Indiana home of former VP Mike Pence

by Ashley Murray, Source New Mexico WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Mike Pence is the latest top public official to have been discovered possessing classified material in his personal home, according to a letter his lawyer sent to the National Archives. A dozen documents with classified markings were discovered in Pence’s residence in

Opinion: What the Left Doesn’t Understand about Rural America

by Skylar Baker-Jordan, 100 Days in AppalachiaFebruary 10, 2022 To win in rural communities, Democrats need to show up and help, not heckle. Earlier this month, a small Twitter spat erupted between mystery writer Don Winslow and Tessa Duvall, an investigative reporter with the Louisville Courier-Journal. Winslow, well known as a liberal activist,

New Mexico Oil and Gas Rules Await Cash After Democratic Sweep

The state’s majority Democrat Legislature has yet to fully fund enforcement of recently strengthened regulations. Despite a Democratic sweep of New Mexico state offices and continuing blue majority in the upcoming Legislature, the future of oil and gas regulation remains hazy. Michelle Lujan Grisham returns to the Governor’s Mansion for another four years,

How women defied and made history in this year’s midterms

Originally published by The 19th We’re making sense of the midterms. We’ve finally made it (mostly!) to the other side of this year’s consequential midterm elections. Election Day proved to be the only poll that mattered, with what we already know so far bucking predictions from pundits and prognosticators of Democratic doom and