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The Case for Reopening Schools


Schools are reopening in countries around the world in response to a substantial body of evidence that children are largely unaffected by Covid-19 and minimally contagious when they get infected. Experts and policymakers abroad also acknowledge that school closures perpetuate a long list of known harms to children. Yet, oddly, the US is following a divergent path. Governors from both parties throughout the United States have already mandated or recommended school closures for the remainder of the academic year, and many districts may not even open in the fall. The chancellor of New York City schools recently put the odds of bringing kids back in September at only 50/50.

UK PM May Says Indications Are That Syrian Authorities Were Behind Chemical Attack

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"We're rapidly reaching an understanding of what happened on the ground," May said. "All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and we'll be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account, and also how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe of the use of chemical weapons in the future."



You knew HTC wouldn't let the Oculus Rift's price cut go unanswered for long. As of today, HTC has permanently lowered the price of the Vive headset by $200, to $599. That's still $100 more than you'd pay for a Rift/Touch combo, but it's far easier to swallow than before and might keep HTC's approach to room-scale VR under your consideration. It's hard to imagine HTC not cutting the price of the Vive -- there was no way people were going to pay $300 more than Oculus' setup for a comparable experience.

First Indications 'Not Good' for Fillon: Senator

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Francois Fillon (C), member of the Republicans political party and 2017 French presidential election candidate of the French centre-right, holds his ballot as he waits in line to vote in the first round of 2017 French presidential election in Paris, France, April 23, 2017.

No Indication Russia Wants Positive Relationship With U.S.: Mattis

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Democrats and Republicans on the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees have been negotiating for about a week on an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill that also would impose sanctions to punish Russia over issues including its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for the government of Syria in that country's six-year-long civil war.