Michael Halpern

Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

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Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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A poll worker with a face mask sorts election materials in a polling station in Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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5 Critical Facts about the Health of US Elections You Should Know

This is a post about making sure our election system works during the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights five key facts you should know about US elections, plus three ways you can take action now to help fight for a healthy democracy. Read more >

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President Trump Is More Focused on TV Ratings than Saving Lives from COVID-19

For weeks, the White House coronavirus response press briefings have been a dangerous exercise of misinformation. And now the White House is retaliating against media outlets that don’t carry the White House press briefings in their entirety by preventing those outlets from speaking with CDC experts. Read more >

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Why the White House Must Address Coronavirus’s Disproportionate Impacts on African Americans

Calls are increasing for the federal government to adequately monitor and address racial disparities in testing, treatment, and other actions related to coronavirus. These pleas come amidst growing signs of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans. Read more >

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EPA Advances Broad Science Restrictions in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic

If the EPA won’t do its job, we will do it for them. Read more >

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On Coronavirus, Bypass the White House and Turn to the Experts

Every presidential “press conference” broadcast live weakens our collective ability to deal with COVID-19. Read more >

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