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Who's in charge of lifting lockdowns?

Swindell, an associate professor of public affairs at Arizona State University, studies how different levels of government interact and work together.

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The two tweets marked with a fact-check warning, prompting the president's retaliatory threats.

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact checks his vote-by-mail claims

The fight over combating disinformation, one of the main scourges of a functioning democracy, has gone to an unprecedented place in the past 24 hours.

President Trump is now threatening to impose new federal regulation on social media companies, or even force them to shut down. That was his extraordinary vow of retaliation on Wednesday to Twitter's path-breaking decision the day before to call out falsehoods in a pair of presidential tweets.

Compounding the importance of the moment for the cause of good government — which is supposed to rely on unfettered political speech, an independent media and truth-bound public officials all acting in harmony — is the topic at the center of the dispute: Wholly unsubstantiated claims from a president of the United States that the American electoral system is being corrupted.

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Germany has been able to contain the coronavirus thanks to the combination of central leadership from Angela Merkel and active regional governments, writes Charles Hankla.

Disorderly democracies can tackle the pandemic better than efficient autocracies

Hankla is an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University.

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Democrats like California Gavin Newsom have had a change of heart on states' rights, according to Amherst College professor Austin Sarat.

While fighting the virus, liberals rally behind states' rights banner

Sarat is a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College.

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