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An homage to the dad joke, one of the great traditions of fatherhoodIan Brodie, Cape Breton University and Moira Marsh, Indiana University
Inflation is cooling, but not fast enough for the Fed: Policymakers now expect only one rate cut in 2024Christopher Decker, University of Nebraska Omaha
The US is losing wetlands at an accelerating rate − here’s how the private sector can help protect these valuable resourcesSteph Tai, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University
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Supreme Court justices secretly recorded – the legal issues and what they mean for the rest of usAnne Toomey McKenna, University of Richmond
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Civil rights leader James Lawson, who learned from Gandhi, used nonviolent resistance and the ‘power of love’ to challenge injusticeAnthony Siracusa, St. John Fisher University
Spikes, seat dividers, even ‘Baby Shark’ − camping bans like the one under review at SCOTUS are part of broader strategies that push out homeless peopleRobert Rosenberger, Georgia Institute of Technology
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