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Parents report pandemic-related declines in academic, social-emotional skills of young children

58% of parents say their children's academic development has been harmed by the pandemic - and just over half of parents said they have seen a negative impact on their child’s social-emotional development - but 23% of educators surveyed said they have also seen positive changes.... Read more»

FactCheck: Video twists advice on Delta variant and vaccination

Studies indicate that currently available vaccines are largely effective against the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, but a video circulating on Facebook wrongly tells viewers the opposite.... Read more»

Early data shows African Americans disproportionately affected by coronavirus

Environmental, economic and political factors have compounded for generations, putting black people at higher risk of chronic conditions that leave lungs weak and immune systems vulnerable: asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. These conditions make the coronavirus more dangerous than it already is.... Read more»


Coronavirus: 'Our goal should be to crush the curve'

A doctor-scholar who studied the 1976 mishandling of swine flu says the president is wrongly choosing between saving lives and saving the economy.... Read more»

FactChecking Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax plan

In her campaign speeches, Sen. Elizabeth Warren likes to say, “I’ve got a plan for that.” She has lots of plans, but there is one on which many of the others hinge: her plan for an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” an annual wealth tax on all assets over $50 million.... Read more»

Health care & religion

Catholic directive may thwart end-of-life wishes

A woman in Oklahoma suffered a massive stroke and although she had a directive specifying no artificial hydration or nutrition if she weren’t going to recover, her nephew insisted the local bishop’s directive on feeding tubes required the Catholic hospital to install one. ... Read more»