Emily Birnbaum
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jul 25, 2024
What the ‘extreme’ Project 2025 says and who wrote it
Recent polling shows there has been a dramatic uptick in awareness and negative views of Project 2025 since late June, when U.S. Democrats began emphasizing it.
Voters cast ballots for the U.S. presidential election at a polling station in Portland, Maine, on Nov. 3, 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 7, 2024
Trump ballot removals reflect efforts of liberal-funded groups
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and Free Speech for People have been catalysts for the yearslong campaign.
The Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Washington. A conservative group's charge that a liberal network is abusing its tax-exempt status mirrors similar allegations made against a right-wing activist.
Aug 16, 2023
U.S. ‘dark money’ donor groups trade accusations of tax evasion
Though the allegations by both sides are partisan, legal experts say the concerns they raise have been taken seriously by the IRS in the past.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 12, 2023
AI is making politics easier, cheaper and more dangerous
Deepfakes have plagued politics for years, but with AI, savvy editing skills are no longer required to create them.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2023
TikTok ban gains steam in Congress, dialing up pressure on Biden
The attention on TikTok underscores concerns in Congress that TikTok and its parent comapny, ByteDance, could share information on U.S. users with Chinese authorities.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2022
Biden’s China tech crackdown leaves Xi with few ways to hit back
Beijing's lack of good options is precisely why the U.S. is striking hard and fast now with export controls, experts say.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2022
TikTok U.S. security deal’s prospects clouded by FBI doubts and state bans
A congressional panel is seeking a way to let TikTok keep operating in the U.S. while also preventing the possibility that the Chinese government could access user data.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals