Experts agree that widespread use of masks would help stem the spread of coronavirus. Would a national mask mandate help or would it cause even more controversy?
The debate over whether schools should reopen in the fall has reached a new level of urgency as start dates for schools across the country grow closer. Do the benefits of bringing kids back to campus outweigh the health risks?
At least 54,000 residents and workers at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities have died of COVID-19 in the United States. Will the virus lead to a revolution in how we care for the elderly?
The ongoing national conversation about racial justice has brought attention to the ritual of playing the national anthem before sporting events. Should the tradition be scrapped?
The Supreme Court knocked down a Louisiana law that would have limited the number of abortion providers in the state. What does the decision mean for the future of Roe v. Wade?
For the first few months of the pandemic, the worst impacts were concentrated in rich countries. Recently, the number of cases in developing countries that may be vulnerable to severe outbreaks has increased.
Demonstrators in cities across the country have torn down statues honoring historical figures with controversial legacies. Which monuments should remain and which should fall?
President Trump's first rally in months drew a much smaller crowd than expected. Was the event a momentary misstep or a signal that his reelection bid is in serious trouble?
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's upcoming book contains a number of scathing allegations against President Trump. Will the claims make a difference or will they fall flat?
States across the country are lifting lockdown restrictions at the same time as the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise in many places. Is America accepting that it's lost the fight to contain the pandemic?
The Supreme Court's ruling banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation could have ramifications that go far beyond the scope of the case itself.
Can the nationwide movement to address systemic racism produce changes that will endure long after protestors have cleared the streets?
Calls to reform law enforcement have drawn attention to more sweeping proposals that would fundamentally change the role police have in our society. Is defunding a smart solution or would it lead to more crime?
Protests over the killing of George Floyd have upended life in cities across the country. Does the unrest create political opening for the president as he heads into a reelection fight?
Controversies over police killings have been a persistent story in the U.S. for years, but no recent case has prompted a national movement at the scale of the response to George Floyd's death.
Protests in response to the killing of George Floyd have reignited a longstanding debate over whether nonviolent resistance is the only path to creating change.
Protests in cities across the country in response to the death of George Floyd have once again brought the issue of police brutality into the national spotlight. What reforms can limit violence by law enforcement in the future?
President Trump signed an executive order aimed at changing one of the most important laws governing speech on the internet. Will the move change the way social media companies treat his posts?
The Chinese government passed a law giving it sweeping new powers to stamp out dissent on the semiautonomous island of Hong Kong. Should the U.S. and others nations push back?
Public health experts have called for the U.S. to hire 100,000 or more contract tracers to track the spread of coronavirus. Will this strategy help contain the outbreak?
Congress boosted unemployment benefits substantially in response to the pandemic, but the extra funds are set to run at the end of July. Should the program be extended or is it preventing people from getting back to work?
Universities across the country are wrestling with the decision of whether or not to hold in-person classes in the fall. Is bringing students back worth the risk of an on-campus outbreak?
Companies around the world are rushing to create a coronavirus vaccine in record time. But making enough doses and getting them to those who need it may prove to be the real challenge.
Several countries are considering plans to allow people to expand their social circles to a limited number of people to help offset the mental health toll of isolation. Would this plan work in the U.S. or would it lead to more outbreaks?