Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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Trump Administration Raids Workers’ Tip Jars, Buries Data Showing That’s a Horrible Idea

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration suppressed data and analysis as part of its efforts to take away control of tip money from the employees—food servers, baristas, and many other hardworking people—who earned it. Read more >

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Demolishing Public Protections to Build Trump’s Wall

, researcher, Center for Science & Democracy

From Hadrian’s Wall, to the Great Wall of China, the Wall of the North and many more , political walls have been built to discourage or control immigration, White Walkers, and ideologies at state borders since ancient times (though this is certainly not an endorsement). They have been built from stone, earth, wood, and steel, but one thing they all have in common—they are an ineffective strategy for border control, with other damaging side effects. Read more >

Photo: Denver Gingerich/CC BY-SA 2.0 (Wikimedia)
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Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services. Photo: Wikimedia

Conflicts of Interest in the Trump Administration: The Cases of Alex Azar and Brenda Fitzgerald

It is slim relief that Brenda Fitzgerald was forced to resign last week as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a very short and immoral tenure. Now eyes turn to Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services. Read more >

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Rigor and Transparency as an Antidote to Politicization at EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study committee charged with reviewing advances made to the EPA’s National Center for Environment Assessment and its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program met at the NAS headquarters in DC this week. Over a day and a half, IRIS presented the full slate of activities that the program has been engaging in to modernize and improve the ways that the program is completing its hazard assessment and dose response evaluations. Read more >

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Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

, director of strategy & policy

In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump exaggerated the benefits of the Republican tax cut bill to average Americans, overlooked the harm that will result from his push to weaken public health and worker safety protections, and disregarded the serious concerns expressed about key elements of his forthcoming infrastructure proposal. Read more >

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