Editor's note

President Trump vowed at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast that he would “destroy” the Johnson amendment, a 63-year-old law that bans houses of worship and other charities from engaging in political activities. Nonprofit experts Philip Hackney and Brian Mittendorf examine the law’s origins, how the president might go about getting rid of it and the potentially explosive consequences of this move for the charitable world.

Consequences could also be serious for millions of low-income and disabled Americans if the president gets his wishes to change how Medicaid is funded. University of Texas professor Cossy Hough walks us through the world of block grants..

And as scientists report record warm winter temperatures in the Arctic, Colorado State University biologist Joel Berger explains how these extremes may be affecting muskoxen and other animals in the world’s coldest places.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Lyndon Johnson, who was friends with evangelist Billy Graham, wasn’t targeting religious groups when he pushed his eponymous amendment in 1954. AP Photo

Trump's vow to 'destroy' Johnson Amendment could wreak havoc on charitable world

Philip Hackney, Louisiana State University ; Brian Mittendorf, The Ohio State University

President Trump recently repeated his pledge to eliminate the 63-year-old law, which bans charities from engaging in political activities, at the National Prayer Breakfast.

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  • Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

    Cossy Hough, LCSW, University of Texas at Austin

    President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?

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    Jeanette Purvis, University of Hawaii

    Data from swiping apps like Tinder are giving researchers a window into how dating and relationships could be changing.

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